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EU-Japan FTA - Abe, Tusk, Juncker EU and Japan Sign Breakthrough Free Trade Agreement - In a boost for global free trade, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and EU Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk yesterday signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to lay the ground work for the creation of an open trade zone covering over 600 million people. Also known as JEFTA, the deal has been long in the making, but was […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) METI Releases White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2018 - The global economy is facing significant shifts, according to the 2018 White Paper on International Economy and Trade released recently by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). These shifts include movements against the free trade system under the WTO, advancement of digital transformation including expanding digital trade, and the rise of China and other emerging and developing economies. […]
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EU Data Protection GDPR bits and bytes GDPR: A Curse or a New Milestone in Data Protection Regulation? - Data has become a valuable resource and currency over the past years. Methods of data processing, profiling and automated decision making are improving constantly, enhancing business processes and customer relations. From the perspective of the EU, it was just about time to update the old 1995 Data Protection Directive to protect its citizens against data and privacy breaches. Adopting the […]
Odaiba Illumination Japan’s Casino Gambling Bill Gets Green Light - Japan is on the verge of joining the global casino community thanks to a bill that is set to be passed by the Diet. The parties involved have reached an agreement over the structure of the bill which will see local residents charged an entrance fee of 6,000 yen to use casinos while visitors from overseas will have free access. […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Path to Power: New METI Report on Corporate Law and International Competitiveness - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said it has released a report on Corporate Law and International Competitiveness, covering ideal approaches to legal functions in Japanese companies. It is the result of work by the Study Group for Development of Ideal Approaches to Legal Functions in Japanese Companies for Enhancement of International Competitiveness, which aims at discussing policy […]
JAXA Tanegashima Space Center JAXA and JAMA Work Together on AI Systems for Self-Driving Cars - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it started collaboration with the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) on quality assurance of AI platforms designed to drive autonomous automobiles. In working with Japan’s car industry, JAXA aims to obtain the knowledge necessary to develop safe AI software onboard spacecraft. Through developing spacecraft and other pursuits, JAXA has acquired and built […]
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  • Sumitomo Rubber Begins Run-Flat Tire Deliveries for New Lexus Compact Crossover Dec. 11, 2018
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently began delivery of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT to Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). A high-performance run-flat tire, it is being deployed as a factory-standard product for use in the new Lexus UX compact crossover launched in November.   The Lexus UX comes as a new addition […]
  • Bridgestone CEO Masaaki Tsuya Discusses Focus on Europe, US Markets Dec. 10, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya is focused in on Europe and the U.S. as two markets for his company to build upon. Tsuya recently sat down to talk with Japan Rubber Weekly and offer his breakdown of the market situations here and what his plans are here for Bridgestone. Tsuya sees Europe as being […]
  • Toyo Tires All Set for North American Launch of Newly Enhanced Long-Haul Tires Dec. 7, 2018
    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. (TYO:5105) next spring will begin supplying the North American market with two new fuel-efficient super single tires for use in trucks and buses, lowering rolling resistance by around 6 percent from that of the company’s previous super single. The two new super single tires, the Nanoenergy M175 long-haul trailer tire […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Increase Hamatite Building Materials by 5–15% Dec. 6, 2018
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) plans to raise ex-manufacturer prices on Hamatite building products for shipments from Jan. 1, 2019. Products under the Hamatite line set for the price hike include building sealants, urethane waterproofing materials and other related products. The price increase on these products will range between 5–15 percent. Yokohama Rubber said that […]
  • Japanese Glove Sales Stand Firm, Increasing Steadily Over Last Two Years Dec. 5, 2018
    Kiyohiko Moto, head of the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association, recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to reflect on domestic glove sales against statistics for 2017, discussing both current conditions for his industry and where he sees things heading. Looking firstly at household gloves, Moto said that sales have been quite robust with 93.71 million […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Launches Limited Sales of Lightweight, Eco-Friendly Tire Dec. 4, 2018
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on Dec. 5 launched Japanese sales of BluEarth-air EF21, a new tire incorporating the latest in design technique for lightweighting and reduction of environmental impact. Sales have been limited to 100 units with a single size of 205/55R16 91V. Adopting Yokohama Rubber’s latest design technique to achieve a lighter tire […]
  • Fujikura Rubber Acquires ISO Certification for Medical Device Quality Management Systems Dec. 3, 2018
    Major industrial rubber manufacturer Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) recently obtained ISO 13485:2016 certification, the international standard for quality management systems of medical devices. In contrast to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, ISO 13485:2016 comes chiefly aimed at medical device manufacturers. It seeks conformity with regulatory requirements these devices, adding in risk management, cleanliness, pollution control and […]
  • Synthetic Rubber Demand Expected to Remain Strong Globally for Second Half Nov. 30, 2018
    Demand for synthetic rubber is projected to keep up a strong performance for the second half of fiscal 2018, spanning October–March. While the first half of the fiscal year saw raw material cost trends drive falling profits in some areas, demand itself has been stable on the whole, with some product types continuing to see […]

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