Kiyotaka Matsuda

For Kiyotaka Matsuda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Inside Hitachi's growth machine: tubes, patents and petri dishes

Jul 29, 2016

Inside Hitachi's growth machine: tubes, patents and petri dishes

With its network of tubes and petri dishes, Hitachi Ltd.’s latest gizmo may look more like a mini laboratory inside a refrigerator than the growth engine the technology company envisages. Its cabinet-sized stem cell incubator, unveiled in a research center last month, promises to ...

Jul 13, 2016

Kawasaki Heavy looking to buy U.S. train maintenance firm

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of New York City subway trains, is seeking to buy a train maintenance company in the U.S. to help increase its services lineup and boost profit margins. “The costs for maintenance are largely fixed,” Yoshinori Kanehana, president of ...

Apr 14, 2016

Japan Inc. faces biggest Abe-era profits drop on strong yen

For the past three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could usually count on surging corporate earnings to back up the case that his policies were turning around Japan, but that is no more. Pretax profit at the biggest companies will drop about 10 percent ...

Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed

| Apr 22, 2015

Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed

Japan’s faded economic prowess received a boost after a maglev magnetically levitated train operated by Central Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday clocked a new world speed record of 603 kph on a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture. Whether any of this makes a shred ...

Apr 20, 2015

Skymark said to keep Haneda slots in rescue deal with ANA

Skymark Airlines Inc., the Japanese carrier that filed for bankruptcy protection, will keep its landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport as part of a rescue deal it struck with ANA Holdings Inc., people familiar with the matter said. ANA will invest in Skymark as ...

Feb 9, 2015

Airlines benefit from clogged sea traffic

The U.S. military ordered yogurt and cottage cheese flown to forces in Japan and South Korea last month as a labor dispute began jamming up West Coast ports. Honda Motor Co. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. resorted to airlifting parts to U.S. plants to ...