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 ...

May 14, 2014

Elderly woman found after 7 years

A 67-year-old woman missing since 2007 who appeared on a TV program about dementia is reunited with her family — although a police mix-up may have prevented them from being together earlier.

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

May 13, 2014

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

The fiscal year ending March 2015 is looking less rosy for Japanese automakers, who are unlikely to benefit any further from the weakened yen because of fierce overseas competition, experts say. Profit growth at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor. Co. ...

May 12, 2014

Nissan posts 13.6% profit rise as automaker outperforms market

Nissan Motor Corp. announced Monday that group operating profit rose 13.6 percent to ¥498.3 billion for the business year ended in March, boosted by strong sales in Japan and North America. The Yokohama-based firm said its consolidated net profit was up 14.0 percent to ...

May 8, 2014

Toyota eclipses 2007 profit record

Toyota posts a record group operating profit of ¥2.29 trillion for 2013, breaking the previous record of ¥2.27 trillion set before the global financial crisis.

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

May 7, 2014

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

A college student in Tokyo has a lofty Olympic goal: to recruit half the 80,000 volunteers that the organizing committee for the 2020 Games and Paralympics hopes to enlist. In March, Kentaro Fujita, then a sophomore at Tokyo’s Senshu University, and four others established ...

Apr 30, 2014

Education ministry body to roll out English-only meetings

Meetings on English education at a division of the education ministry will be conducted in English beginning in May on a trial basis, in an apparent move to both reflect and promote the trend in language education. “We decided to use English in principle ...