Masatsugu Horie

For Masatsugu Horie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Missile-maker adapts guidance systems for self-driving cars

Mar 30, 2016

Missile-maker adapts guidance systems for self-driving cars

Mitsubishi Electric Corp., a supplier of air-to-air missiles to Japan’s armed forces, is looking to adapt the technologies it originally developed for military use to help autonomous driving cars detect obstacles and avoid collisions. Components such as millimeter-wave radar, sonar, sensors and cameras — ...

New president urges vehicle parts maker Aisin Seiki to change gear

Jul 22, 2015

New president urges vehicle parts maker Aisin Seiki to change gear

A former Toyota Motor Corp. executive is telling the carmaker’s second-biggest supplier to raise its game across its auto parts businesses or risk being benched. Yasumori Ihara, who ran Toyota’s emerging markets operations before becoming Aisin Seiki Co.’s president in June, plans to decide ...

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Jul 17, 2015

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Ambition matters more than brains in Shigenobu Nagamori’s world. As chief executive officer of Japanese motor maker Nidec, Nagamori is known for his eccentric management style. Prospective employees have faced off against each other in eating and shouting competitions; new hires at headquarters in ...

Nidec's 70-year-old CEO plans to run company 15 more years

May 29, 2015

Nidec's 70-year-old CEO plans to run company 15 more years

Shigenobu Nagamori plans to lead Nidec Corp. until he hits his latest financial target, a 10-fold increase in revenue he expects by 2030. He’ll be 85 then. One of Japan’s rare mergers and acquisitions specialists, Nagamori became a billionaire by cobbling together 41 companies ...

Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

| May 8, 2015

Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

Billionaire investors like Dan Loeb may be heroes on Wall Street, but Toyota Motor Corp. would prefer more people like Hisashi Nakanishi. The 77-year-old Japanese retiree plans to invest in an unusual new stock from the carmaker that hedge funds are unlikely to touch. ...

Loyalty to 1960s machine shows risk from Japan's aging factories

Apr 24, 2015

Loyalty to 1960s machine shows risk from Japan's aging factories

The oldest piece of equipment at Osaka Machine Tool Co. has been there so long that only the company’s 70-year-old chairman, Katumi Takata, still knows how to use it. He isn’t planning to replace it anytime soon. Many other Japanese manufacturers are equally reluctant ...