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Toyota and Panasonic boost alliance to develop batteries for electric vehicles and other green cars

By Shusuke Murai
- via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (left) and Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga attend a joint news conference on Wednesday in Tokyo. | AP

Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. announced Wednesday that they will strengthen their alliance for developing batteries used in environmentally friendly cars, targeting the market ...

Nikkei hits 26-year closing high on firmer U.S. equities

via The Japan Times    Dec 11, 2017

Stocks gained further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Monday following continued advance on Wall Street last week, sending the benchmark Nikkei average to the ...

E-sports to chocolates: Chinese cities rush into risky specialization projects

via The Japan Times    Dec 09, 2017

Run-down residential buildings are seen in Zhongxian, a hardscrabble city of 1 million people that is one of the many places responding to Beijing's call to create 1,000 'specialty towns' by 2020. | REUTERS

The first plan was for an “eco-city” that would help pull Zhongxian, a remote city on the hilly banks of the Yangtze River in southwest ...

‘Maximum point of danger’: Businesses brace for Brexit disarray as talks stall and May struggles

via The Japan Times    Dec 08, 2017

Big companies are stepping up their plans in case Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles ...

After bumper year this year, China’s import growth seen tumbling in 2018

via The Japan Times    Dec 08, 2017

Traffic drives along a highway in Beijing. Following brisk business this year, the pace of China's import growth is forecast to slow in 2018. | BLOOMBERG

The pace of China’s import growth is set to slow in 2018 following a boom this year.Inbound shipments will expand just 5 percent in 2018 ...

Japan Airlines launches $10 million strategic partnership with U.S. supersonic jetliner startup Boom

By Anurag Kotoky,Kyunghee Park,Justin Bachman
- via The Japan Times    Dec 06, 2017

An artist's impression shows Boom's 55-seat supersonic aircraft (below) and Boom's XB-1 supersonic demonstrator in this undated handout obtained Monday. | REUTERS

Supersonic jetliner travel, which ended more than a decade ago with the Concorde, is set for a boost after Japan Airlines Co. agreed to invest ...

Sony and Panasonic to join fundraising by Japan Display affiliate

via The Japan Times    Dec 06, 2017

Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are among the companies set to help an affiliate of Japan Display Inc. raise ¥100 billion for mass production of ...

Hitachi sees growth of internet of things in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2017

Hitachi Ltd. is promoting internet-of-things technology in Malaysia to prepare for the dawn of Industry 4.0 in Southeast Asia.Hitachi and its Malaysian arm, Hitachi Asia ...

Abuse of irregular but authorized shipments said behind Japan’s manufacturing scandals

via The Japan Times    Dec 03, 2017

A common thread has emerged in the spate of data falsification scandals at Japan’s manufacturers: the abuse of a long-standing business custom called tokusai, an ...

Nissan prods India for $770 million in redress over broken tax-break promise

via The Japan Times    Dec 02, 2017

A Nissan Motor Co. badge adorns the back of a Serena minivan at the company's showroom in Yokohama in early November. | BLOOMBERG

Nissan Motor Co. is seeking compensation from India, saying the government failed to keep its end of the bargain on promised tax breaks after wooing ...

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