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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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  • Price Hikes Set for Synthetic Rubber, Carbon Black and More Oct. 17, 2018
    Synthetic rubber, carbon black and a range of other raw materials have entered into a major period of price rises. This comes as price spikes for crude oil and naphtha – as well as the rising costs of distribution – place increasing pressure on companies in the industry. In synthetic rubber, industry leader JSR Corp. […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Settles on New Procurement Policy for Natural Rubber Oct. 16, 2018
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has adopted a procurement policy for sustainable natural rubber. The company will use this to detail its stance and efforts with regard to natural rubber procurement – as well as any related requests made to suppliers – and plans to implement the policy throughout the entirety […]
  • Tokyo Commodity Exchange Lists TSR20 Futures Market Oct. 15, 2018
    The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) on Oct. 9 listed futures contracts for technically specified rubber 20 (TSR20), expanding its operations in the rubber market. For contracts lasting until April, TSR20 prices per kilogram opened at 163.5 yen ($1.46) for the day before closing at 160 yen, with a high of 163.5 yen and a […]
  • Bridgestone Develops New and Improved Series of Seismic Isolation Bearings Oct. 12, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to launch its ST series of low-friction elastic sliding bearings, which help to reduce the effects of earthquakes by slowing the shaking of buildings. The series is fit for use in a wide variety of applications, ranging from low-rise buildings to skyscrapers. Elastic sliding bearings are primarily composed of a […]
  • Volvo Selects Continental PremiumContact 6 as OE Tire for V60 Station Wagon Oct. 11, 2018
    Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd., the Japanese arm of Continental AG, revealed on Oct. 3 that its PremiumContact 6 tire has been installed as original equipment (OE) for the Volvo V60, a premium midsize station wagon recently launched in Japan by Volvo Car Japan Co. Ltd. The PremiumContact 6 tire has already been certified by […]
  • Bridgestone Sees Success With Spikeless Golf Shoes Employing Tire Technologies Oct. 10, 2018
    Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), has announced that a line of spikeless golf shoes under its Tour B series achieved a major sales landmark over Sept. 10–16, becoming the week’s top-selling over-the-counter line of spikeless golf shoes in Japan. This comes as Bridgestone has applied technologies from its tires to […]
  • Toyo Tires Wins Good Design Award for M925 Snowplow Tire Oct. 9, 2018
    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has won a 2018 Good Design Award for its M925 snow tire, a product made exclusively for snowplows. Launched in July 2017, the M925 is designed to improve snowplow performance. The tire sets itself apart with its tread: while conventional studless tires for trucks […]
  • JSR Plans Price Hikes for Synthetic Rubbers, Emulsions Oct. 5, 2018
    Major synthetic rubber firm JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Oct. 1 that it will be increasing prices for a range of its synthetic rubbers, emulsions and other products from Oct. 21 onward. For synthetic rubbers, the company will raise its per-kilogram prices by at least 15 yen ($0.13) for styrene–butadiene rubber; 16 yen for butadiene […]

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