Keiichiro Otsuka

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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 ...

Takata's air bag response puts firm in NHTSA's cross hairs

| Mar 9, 2015

Takata's air bag response puts firm in NHTSA's cross hairs

With no breakthrough in sight regarding Takata Corp.’s faulty air bags and its handling of extensive recalls, U.S. transportation authorities are ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Japanese auto-parts supplier. The world’s No. 2 producer of air bags is widely seen as having been ...

Japanese community papers in the U.S. face stiff competition

| Nov 14, 2014

Japanese community papers in the U.S. face stiff competition

Often available for free at Japanese supermarkets and restaurants in major U.S. cities, Japanese community papers are competing hard with online media, including bloggers, for readers and struggling to generate ad revenue. The rise of community papers, meanwhile, has been partly responsible for at ...

Seiko, Citizen target upmarket foothold in U.S.

Sep 26, 2014

Seiko, Citizen target upmarket foothold in U.S.

Japan’s two major timepiece makers, Citizen Watch Co. and Seiko Watch Corp., are zeroing in on the high end of the North American market where Swiss firms have built solid brand recognition. Citizen is resurrecting the time-honored Wittnauer brand, a marque dating back to ...

HondaJet prepares for take off with aviation venture

| Jul 30, 2014

HondaJet prepares for take off with aviation venture

It was just over half a century ago that Honda Motor Co.’s founder, Soichiro Honda, made public his aspiration to eventually enter the aviation business. That dream is about to take off. The HondaJet, a light aircraft developed by the carmaker’s aviation unit, made ...