Keiichiro Otsuka

For Keiichiro Otsuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

May 24, 2016

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

For major Japanese hoteliers, the impending merger between Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signifies the opening of a cutthroat turf war with what will be the world’s largest hotel operator in their home territory. Marriott is poised to expand ...

Honda's business jet certified fit to fly by U.S. regulators

Dec 10, 2015

Honda's business jet certified fit to fly by U.S. regulators

Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday that its HondaJet has been certified as airworthy by U.S. regulators, giving the company the green light to soar into the aviation business. The approval by the Federal Aviation Administration allows Honda to start deliveries of the light business ...

Toyota unveils Prius hybrid with 10% greater fuel efficiency

Sep 9, 2015

Toyota unveils Prius hybrid with 10% greater fuel efficiency

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled the new Prius, its leading hybrid car, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, saying it will be 10 percent more fuel-efficient than existing comparable vehicles. The fourth-generation Prius comes at a time when driver interest in the United States is shifting ...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet may debut on ANA route from Nagoya

Aug 19, 2015

Mitsubishi Regional Jet may debut on ANA route from Nagoya

ANA Holdings Inc. is considering flying the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the nation’s first indigenously built small jet, on a domestic route to and from Chubu Centrair International Airport, a source at the airline group said Tuesday. The airport serves Nagoya city. This will be ...

Resurgent Hitachi goes global after painful reforms

| May 28, 2015

Resurgent Hitachi goes global after painful reforms

In February, Hitachi Ltd., the nation’s largest maker of electric equipment and infrastructure systems, splurged on one of its priciest acquisitions. The target was the railway vehicle and signal businesses of Italy’s Finmeccanica S.p.A., a deal estimated at over ¥250 billion. The move was ...

Mitsubishi MRJ jet marketing push takes off in U.S.

May 20, 2015

Mitsubishi MRJ jet marketing push takes off in U.S.

At an annual convention of the Regional Airline Association in Cleveland earlier this month, top Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. officials were eager to promote its Mitsubishi Regional Jet ahead of its maiden flight in Japan this fall. Hiromichi Morimoto, who assumed the post of president ...