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Automated factories can’t solve Japan’s productivity paradox

By Chris Cooper,Keiko Ujikane
- via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Workers assemble an engine at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger plant in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in July 2016. The maker has cut the number of workers on its turbocharger production lines at the plant by more than 80 percent. | BLOOMBERG

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has cut the number of workers on its turbocharger production lines west of Tokyo by more than 80 percent, as manufacturers from carmakers to electronics producers push f...

Mitsubishi Motors opens plant in Indonesia, looks to synergy with Nissan

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President and CEO Osamu Masuko (left) and Carlos Ghosn, chairman of both Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motor Co., pose for a photo on Tuesday during an opening ceremony for Mitsubishi's new Indonesian plant on the outskirts of Jakarta. | KYODO

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. opened an assembly plant Tuesday in Indonesia capable of producing 160,000 vehicles a year, as it strives to almost double its share of Southeast Asia’s largest car ma...

SOMIC Ishikawa stakes future on new markets and products

By Jan Onghanseng
-    Apr 26, 2017

A leading car components manufacturer in Japan is capitalizing on its competitive advantages to improve its chances of securing hold in markets in every part of the world.

Western Digital makes case for taking over Toshiba chip unit

By Pavel Alpeyev,Takako Taniguchi,Peter Elstrom
- via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

Western Digital Corp. is making a forceful case for its bid to take control of Toshiba Corp.’s memory-chip business amid a fierce bidding war. The San Jose, California-based company is in tal...

Tokyo stocks climb on firmer U.S. equities, yen’s fall

via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

Stocks advanced on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday as investors took heart from Wall Street’s overnight rise and the yen’s drop. The 225-issue Nikkei average gained 190.26 points, or 1....

Nikkei falls back slightly amid wait-and-see mood

via The Japan Times    Apr 20, 2017

The benchmark Nikkei average turned slightly lower on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday amid a wait-and-see mood prior to the French presidential election on Sunday. The 225-issue Nikkei average lo...

Trump travels to Wisconsin tool plant to go after H-1B visas for skilled workers

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs during a visit to the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday. | REUTERS

President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology comp...

Toyota to begin tests of fuel-cell vehicle in China

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2017

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a plan to conduct tests of its Mirai, the world’s first commercially available fuel cell vehicle, in China from October. Two Mirai vehicles will be used for t...

Nikkei ends higher for third day on buying on dips

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2017

The benchmark Nikkei average managed to extend its winning streak to a third session on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, aided by buying on dips. The 225-issue Nikkei average rose 13.61 points, ...

Japan to introduce self-checkout system at convenience stores that reads all items at once

via The Japan Times    Apr 18, 2017

The government in conjunction with five major convenience store operators plans to introduce an advanced self-checkout system by 2025 to mitigate expected labor shortages, officials said Tuesday. T...

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