Cabinet Approves the FY 2018 Annual Report on Energy (Japan’s Energy White Paper 2019)

The Annual Report on Energy (also known as the “Energy White Paper”) overviews the measures on energy that the Government of Japan conducted in the previous fiscal year, which is submitted to the Diet pursuant to Article 11 of the Basic Act on Energy Policy (Act No. 71 of 2002). On June 7, 2018, the Cabinet approved the Energy White […]

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Nissan and Infinity announce sales results for May 2019

In China, Nissan continued to outperform the sluggish market for the past 10 consecutive months despite a slight decline of its China and passenger vehicle business in the first five months of 2019, down 0.4% from a year earlier to 587,197 vehicles and 2.2% to 481,613 vehicles, respectively. The light commercial vehicle business – Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd. (DFAC) and […]

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METI Publishes Report Titled “GLocal Growth Strategy” Compiled by the GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a GLocal Growth Strategy Study Group, aiming to: break through stereotypical ideas that have pervaded Japan, such as “no growth is expected in a society facing a population constraint;” and encourage regional cities and rural areas with a small population at the front line of the declining population issue to establish […]

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Statement from Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa regarding FCA-Renault merger proposal

“I am aware that FCA’s merger proposal will be discussed by Renault’s board this week. I believe that the potential addition of FCA as a new member of the Alliance could expand the playing field for collaboration and create new opportunities for further synergies. That said, the proposal currently being discussed is a full merger which—if realized—would significantly alter the […]

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Manipulating Nanoscale light in nanocavity of scanning tunneling microscope junctions

Manipulating nanoscale light in scanning tunneling microscope junctions is attained by nanofabrication of gold tips using a focused ion beam technique. Researchers at Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, demonstrated that a spectrum of “nanolight” in a nanoscale plasmonic junction can be modulated with plasmonic Fabry–Pérot tips. Precise control of nanolight is of key relevance to nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy to investigate […]

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Suzuki announces April 2019 Automobile Production, Japan Sales, and Export Figures

Production April 2019 (units) Year-on-Year Year-on-Year Trends Jan.–Apr. 2019 (units) Year-on-Year Japan production 80,953 101.6% Up for the first time in three months 331,724 99.4% Overseas production 189,900 89.7% Down for the third consecutive month 794,509 92.9% Global production 270,853 93.0% Down for the third consecutive month 1,126,233 94.7% *Japan production: Complete built-up (CBU) units + complete knocked-down (CKD) units […]

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Created new artificial rhodopsin protein – Expecting elucidation of neural networks in the deep brain

Rhodopsins are protein families that work with light energy, transmit visual information in the body of animals and transports ions in the cells of micro-organisms by light. In recent years, application of rhodopsin for optogenetics technology into studies of brain neural circuits with light and medical treatments including visual reproduction both gains high level of public interests. Figure 1: Left: […]

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for April 2019 (Flash Report)

Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for April 2019 are summarized below. I. Production Breakdown Apr 2019 Jan – Apr 2019 Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%) DOMESTIC PRODUCTION Passenger Vehicles 85,665 +4.6 353,761 +5.3 Commercial Vehicles 893 -19.0 3,545 -8.6 Total 86,558 +4.2 357,306 +5.1 OVERSEAS PRODUCTION Passenger Vehicles 30,458 -30.5 142,572 -27.8 Commercial Vehicles 2,128 […]

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Organic laser diodes move from dream to reality

Researchers from Japan have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as biosensing, displays, healthcare, and optical communications. Long considered a holy grail in the area of light-emitting devices, organic laser diodes use carbon-based organic materials to emit light instead […]

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Inifinity to refocus operations to drive sustainable profitable growth

NFINITI Motor Company Ltd. (IML) announced today a strategic plan that will provide greater efficiencies and enhance collaboration with parent Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. as INFINITI electrifies its portfolio over the next three years. As part of the plan, IML will relocate its global headquarters from Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan, in mid-2020, where Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is headquartered. […]

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Nissan announces executive management changes

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. yesterday announced the following executive appointments effective June 1, 2019. Roel De Vries, currently corporate vice president for global marketing and brand strategy and Leon Dorssers, currently corporate vice president for global sales and dealer network, will be promoted to senior vice president. De Vries and Dorssers will report to Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino.   […]

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Asahi Group Human Rights Principles Formulated

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo; president: Akiyoshi Koji; the “Company”) has formulated a Asahi Group Human Rights Principles, based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Company’s percentage of overseas core operating profit has increased to almost 40% due to factors such as proactive M&A activities and business portfolio restructuring pursued since 2016. […]

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