Toyota Announces Plans for First US-Assembled Battery Electric Vehicle

Toyota Motor North America has announced plans to assemble an all-new, three-row, battery electric SUV at its Kentucky plant, set to roll off the assembly line in 2025. This will be the auto giant’s first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembled in the U.S., and its batteries will be sourced from Toyota’s North Carolina battery plant. The battery plant, currently under […]

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Japan’s Dining-Out Market Sees Rebound in April Amid Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite enduring tough conditions due to the ongoing pandemic, Japan’s dining-out market appeared to be on an uptrend in April, driven by eased mask regulations and anticipation of the COVID-19 situation transitioning to the fifth stage. A surge in demand during farewell and welcome parties, as well as spring vacations, further fueled this trend. According to the data published by […]

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Autonomous Cars Find Varied Global Acceptance: Asahi Kasei Survey

According to a recent global survey conducted by Japanese tech company Asahi Kasei, acceptance and usage of autonomous cars differ widely across the world’s four largest automotive markets: Germany, China, the USA, and Japan. The study was conducted in partnership with Skopos, a market research institute based in Cologne. The survey showed that despite an overall decline in brand loyalty, […]

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Hitachi Astemo Develops Autonomous Driving Technology for Safe Navigation on Narrow Roads

Hitachi Astemo has unveiled a new autonomous driving technology that uses 3D sensing to ensure safe and smooth navigation past oncoming vehicles on narrow roads and similar challenging situations. The company plans to enhance its cost competitiveness through the utilization of 3D sensing data captured by novel stereo cameras that offer improved cost benefits. The demand for autonomous driving solutions […]

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Komatsu and Toyota to Develop Autonomous Light Vehicle for Mining Operations

Komatsu and Toyota have announced a joint venture to create an Autonomous Light Vehicle (ALV) that will integrate with Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). The project aims to bolster safety and increase productivity in mining operations through advanced autonomous technologies. The ALV is currently undergoing testing at the companies’ proving grounds, and the partnership plans to have a proof of […]

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Hitachi and Toshiba to Build Next-generation High Speed Trains for Taiwan

The Hitachi Toshiba Supreme Consortium (HTSC), consisting of Hitachi, Toshiba and Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions, has been awarded an order by the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) to manufacture 12 sets of next-generation high-speed trains. The contract, valued at around 124 billion yen ($900 million), will see the consortium deliver 144 train cars based on the advanced N700S […]

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Isuzu and Honda to Develop Fuel Cell-Powered Heavy-Duty Truck

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor have signed a partnership agreement to develop a fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck set for release in 2027. Under this agreement, Honda will develop and supply the fuel cell system for Isuzu’s forthcoming truck. The two companies have jointly developed a prototype fuel cell truck that has been licensed for use on public roads in Japan. […]

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Fujitsu’s AI Technology Powers Toyota Gazoo Racing’s New Video Analysis System

Fujitsu is supporting the development of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s new video analysis system, using its advanced AI technology. The system made its debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps racing event, held from April 27 to 29 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Fujitsu’s sponsorship of Toyota Gazoo Racing, a participant in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), began […]

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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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