Companies

Taiwanese machine parts maker to double presence in Japan

TOKYO -- Hiwin Technologies will double the locations and employees of its Japanese unit by December 2016, seeking to compete for market share here. The Taiwanese manufacturer of machine tool parts now has six locations in Japan, including ones i...

  • Uniqlo's China factories key to success

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, the company behind the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has achieved the estimated annual sales of more than 1 trillion yen ($9.27 billion). However, its goal by fiscal 2020 is to hit sales of 5 trillion yen. To achieve this...

  • Sumitomo Metal Mining invests in producing EV battery materials

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Metal Mining will invest roughly 20 billion yen ($185 million) to increase its output of materials used for lithium ion batteries for electric cars, the company announced Monday. The investment is intended to more than double pr...

  • Hokkaido Gas jumping into electricity retail market

    SAPPORO -- Hokkaido Gas is branching out to become an electricity retailer. The company plans to begin the business in fiscal 2016, using energy generated by a 5,000kW-class biomass power plant it will build in partnership with Mitsui & Co., Sumi...

  • Sagawa Express starts logistics service for large malls

    TOKYO -- Sagawa Express has kicked off a service that handles all aspects of logistics work for such large commercial facilities as malls. The Japanese company will collect products at its neighborhood business locations, sort them in advance and...

  • BBC to push global news brand in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- BBC Global News, the international news arm of British Broadcasting Corp., will aggressively promote its brand in Southeast Asia and plans to launch a Japanese-language version of its website in 2015, Chief Executive Officer Jim Egan said. ...

  • Fujifilm to boost supplies of potential Ebola drug

    TOKYO -- Fujifilm said Monday it will ramp up production of its Avigan influenza drug to prepare for shipment once the product is proven to be effective in treating Ebola in overseas clinical trials. The company currently has a stockpile of cours...

  • US giant in smart-home systems entering Japanese market

    SILICON VALLEY -- Icontrol Systems of the U.S. will partner with Tokyu to provide smart-home systems in Japan that allow customers to remotely control air conditioning, security cameras and other home appliances on the Internet. Tokyu cable TV pr...

  • Kyushu utility relents on geothermal, hydraulic power

    TOKYO -- Kyushu Electric Power plans to restart purchasing geothermal- and hydraulic-generated power under the feed-in tariff system before the year is out. The regional power company in October stopped buying clean power from these sources becau...

  • Yamato Transport to develop driver-training program for Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Japanese parcel-delivery company Yamato Transport will develop a program for training commercial drivers in Malaysia. It will obtain revenue by licensing the program to a local partner. Malaysia has five times more traffic deaths than Ja...

  • Nissan brings Dalian SUV plant online, plans expansion

    DALIAN, China -- Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle, a joint venture between China's state-owned Dongfeng Motor and Japan's Nissan Motor, brought a new plant online in the city of Dalian in northeast China on Saturday. The factory will be position...

  • Obayashi to share 3-D data with more contractors for swifter design

    TOKYO -- Obayashi, one of Japan's leading general construction companies, plans to link 500 subcontractors in a network to facilitate sharing of 3-D blueprints so buildings can be designed as much as 30% faster. The company already shares 3-D dat...

  • Apple's appeal falters in China as iPhone 6 fails to impress

    BEIJING/SILICON VALLEY -- A lack of enthusiasm over the launch of Apple's newest iPhone in China bodes ill for the U.S. company, which is threatened by homegrown brands in the world's largest smartphone market. Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPh...

  • Kanematsu, JFE Steel building pipe processing plant in Texas

    TOKYO -- Kanematsu and JFE Steel will build a pipe processing plant in Texas, increasing U.S. output by 50% with the aim of tapping into growing demand generated by the shale oil and gas boom. Benoit Premium Threading, a subsidiary of a holding c...

  • McDonald's Japan faces first operating loss as public company

    TOKYO -- McDonald's Holdings Japan is bracing for a group operating loss for the year through December 31, the fast-food giant's first since listing its stock in 2001. The slump owes primarily to the scandal in which the company's hamburger resta...

  • Recruit chief says 100 billion yen acquisitions on the table

    TOKYO -- The president of Recruit Holdings said his company could make large-scale acquisitions of over 100 billion yen ($931 million) a pop as it strives to become the world's top human resources player by 2020. Japan's largest staffing company ...

  • IndiGo gives Airbus green light for record 250 aircraft

    NEW DELHI -- Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a record memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 250 single-aisle A320s - the largest number of aircraft ever ordered from the manufacturer. The deal adds to orders previously placed by Ind...

  • Court detains one of four Wei brothers in food scandal

    TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese district court on Friday ordered the detention of a member of the owning family of food conglomerate Ting Hsin International Group in an ongoing contaminated cooking oil saga. Public outrage has mounted against Ting Hsin, th...

  • Samsung readies next NAND revolution

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has developed technology that could increase the data capacity of NAND flash memory chips by as much as 50%. The technology, called 3-bit/cell multilayer cell NAND, works in two ways to raise memory capacity. First, 3...

  • Facebook utilizes personal information for new targeted ads

    TOKYO -- Facebook, the world's biggest online social network based in the U.S., is taking full advantage of its real name registration policy to market its highly targeted advertising service to corporate clients eager for access to its 1.3 billion u...