Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Jun 9, 2014

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Nissan Motor Co., moving to expand its lineup of eco-friendly vehicles here, said Monday it will launch its first all-electric commercial-use vehicle in October. “While our competitors are coming to market with their first electric vehicle, we’re breaking convention once again by expanding and ...

Jun 6, 2014

Olympics advisory panel mixed bag

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has set up an advisory council consisting of 170 people from various parts of society to make sure the games are an “all-Japan” effort. Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who was convicted of insider trading and falsifying financial statements ...

Jun 2, 2014

Latest email in cyberriddler case likely a prank

An email sent to media outlets by someone claiming to be “the real culprit” in the cyberriddler case is likely a prank, sources say. “Yusuke Katayama denied sending the email, and I think it was a prank,” Hiroshi Sato, the lawyer representing the suspect ...

May 30, 2014

Tokyo panel to boost transport system links

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government set up a panel Friday to come up with a plan to improve coordination among the capital’s train, bus and subway systems. “(Tokyo) has a highly condensed and safe transportation system, unlike any other in the world. But each transportation ...

May 27, 2014

JAMA chairman downplays dangers for automakers

Fumihiko Ike, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said Tuesday he doesn’t think last week’s military coup will have a major impact on the production operations of Japanese carmakers in Thailand. “There have been some protest rallies, but there were few cases in ...

May 19, 2014

New group to lead joint research into automobile engines

A joint research initiative for developing car engines will be led by the Research Association of Automobile Internal Combustion Engines (AICE), it was announced Monday. The aim of consolidating the industry’s research into nonpolluting, fuel-efficient engines is to reduce development costs at each of ...

May 16, 2014

Tokyo sets up panel to map out blueprint for hydrogen energy

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Friday set up a private-public panel to explore ways to promote greater use of hydrogen to meet the nation’s energy needs. Addressing the media at the panel’s inaugural meeting at City Hall, Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said its main task ...

Auto industry lobby appoints Honda Chairman Ike as new chief

May 15, 2014

Auto industry lobby appoints Honda Chairman Ike as new chief

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association on Thursday picked Honda Motor Co. Chairman Fumihiko Ike to replace Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda as the chief of the industry lobby. “As a leading industry and a representative for manufacturers (in Japan), automobile industry will contribute ...