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Cool Japan fund, shippers team up on cold storage facility in Vietnam

Oct 10, 2014

Cool Japan fund, shippers team up on cold storage facility in Vietnam

Shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. is taking the export drive called Cool Japan literally by helping to build a $15 million refrigerated storage facility in Vietnam. Japan’s third-largest shipping line and Japan Logistic System Corp. are teaming up with government-backed Cool Japan Fund ...

As yen gets weaker, consumers writhe

| Oct 3, 2014

As yen gets weaker, consumers writhe

The weakening yen is starting to squeeze Japanese consumers as prices rise for everything from Burgundy wine to instant noodles, threatening Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to revive the economy. The currency slid to ¥110 to the dollar on Oct. 1, the lowest level ...

JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Jul 4, 2014

JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Japan Airlines Co. is preparing to seek a credit rating that will enable it to sell corporate bonds for the first time since the nation’s second-largest carrier relisted, widening its financing options. “We’ve just started preparations,” Norikazu Saito, head of finance, said in an ...

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

Jun 26, 2014

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

The maker of Japan’s first jet airliner is counting on bullet train specialists to prevent further delays in completing the plane. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has brought in rail project managers from parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to tighten control of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet ...

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

Nov 25, 2013

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

Boeing Co. told airlines that some Dreamliners with General Electric Co. engines must bypass thunderstorms as a precautionary measure, the latest advisory on the 787 that was grounded globally earlier this year. Dreamliners, powered by the GEnx engines, must avoid flying within 50 nautical ...

NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

Aug 9, 2013

NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

Nippon Yusen K.K. says development of deep-sea Brazilian oil and Australian gas will boost drill-ship and shuttle-tanker demand, helping the energy business post its first annual profit. The shipping line’s energy unit, excluding liquefied natural gas vessels, will report an operating profit of about ...

For Hitachi, there's life after ditching TVs

Nov 15, 2012

For Hitachi, there's life after ditching TVs

Hitachi Ltd. is showing Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. that there can be life after TV. The company ended 56 years of TV manufacturing in August as part of a turnaround from a record loss three years ago. President Hiroaki Nakanishi, a 42-year company ...