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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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  • Michelin Japan Extends Satisfaction Guarantee Program to Studless Winter Tires Jul. 18, 2018
    Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is adding studless winter tires to its full-refund satisfaction guarantee program. Four Michelin tire models – the X-Ice3+, X-Ice3, Latitude X-Ice2 and Agilis X-Ice – will be eligible for the program, which guarantees a refund of the full purchase price and installation cost if the customer reports dissatisfaction with tire […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Schedules Japanese Launch of Geolandar X-MT Tires for Autumn Jul. 17, 2018
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced plans for this autumn to launch Japanese sales of the Geolandar X-MT, a mud-terrain tire for SUVs and pickup trucks. The tire is already available for pre-sale in the North American market. Geolandar tires are offered by Yokohama Rubber worldwide as a high-added-value brand of tires for SUVs […]
  • Sumitomo Riko to Exhibit Refleshine Window Film for First Time at Chinese Expo Jul. 13, 2018
    Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is set to exhibit Refleshine, a highly transparent film for shielding and insulating windows, for the first time at an event in China. The company will be bringing this material to the Shanghai International Green Architecture and Construction Materials Expo 2018, which opens on July 18. A transparent, nano-hybrid, multilayered […]
  • Toyo Tires Joins Event to Achieve Workplace Reform Through Home-Based Work, Flexible Hours Jul. 12, 2018
    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) has announced that it will endorse and join as a member of the 2018 Telework Days event, a national movement backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as part of a push for workplace reform. The rubber company has already been looking to better handle […]
  • Inoac’s Thermax PIR Boards Show High Thermal Insulation on Global Stage Jul. 11, 2018
    Inoac Corp.’s Thermax series of polyisocyanurate (PIR) boards is showing strong performance in the long-standing market for energy conservation via thermal insulation. This comes against the background of an industry constantly pursuing increased performance, with thermal insulation materials for construction held in particularly high regard due to their ability to unite both economical and environmental […]
  • Toyo Tires Supplies Proxes R47 Tires for New Toyota Crown Jul. 10, 2018
    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently revealed that it has begun supplying its Proxes R47 tires as original equipment to Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) for the automaker’s new Toyota Crown, which was announced on June 26. The updated Crown represents the 15th generation of the model following its debut in 1955. In developing […]
  • Zeon Subsidiary Tokyo Zairyo Sees Profit Rise for Ninth Straight Year Jul. 9, 2018
    Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) subsidiary focused on the trading of raw materials, has shown strong financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2018. Fiscal 2017 saw the company generate 93.28 billion yen ($844.28 million) in sales, up 7 percent year-on-year; 1.99 billion yen in ordinary profit, up 2.6 percent; and […]
  • Bridgestone Develops New Rubber Composite With High Fuel Efficiency, Fracture Strength Jul. 6, 2018
    Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) Katsuhiko Tsunoda, a member of Research Department III, Central Research Division, recently announced that the company has successfully developed a rubber composite combining low fuel consumption with high fracture strength. The manufacturer’s efforts here fall under an initiative to develop ultrathin, strong, flexible and tough polymers as part of the Impulsing Paradigm […]

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