Masatsugu Horie

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

Furniture chain Nitori weighs buying into apparel market

Feb 10, 2017

Furniture chain Nitori weighs buying into apparel market

Nitori Holdings Co. is considering buying an apparel chain in Japan, a move that will pit the furniture seller against rivals including Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothier. The home furnishing retailer will look for a company with 100 to 200 stores as cash ...

Takata lifelines scrutinized by carmakers stuck in cost bind

Sep 27, 2016

Takata lifelines scrutinized by carmakers stuck in cost bind

Takata Corp. and some of the world’s biggest carmakers face an extensive, expensive to-do list as they try to resolve the worst safety crisis in the auto industry’s history. Executives for the Tokyo-based maker of air bags are scheduled to meet in Japan with ...

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 ...