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ANA unveils plans for R2-D2-themed Dreamliner

It might not be the droid you’re looking for, but a plane painted to look like R2-D2 could be the next best thing for “Star Wars” fans awaiting the franchise’s reboot. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled plans for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like the small ...

Apr 17, 2015

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive on Thursday. It is the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company ...

Apr 16, 2015

McDonald's Japan closing stores amid loss forecast

McDonald’s Corp.’s Japan business forecast wider losses this year, announcing store closures and job cuts after sales suffered from food scandals. McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) would probably lose ¥38 billion ($318 million) this year, compared with a ¥21.8 billion loss in 2014, the company ...

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Apr 15, 2015

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Major convenience store chains are stepping up their fight for a bite of the doughnut market, following Seven-Eleven Japan Co.’s pioneering move to launch the snacks last autumn. Lawson Inc. has introduced doughnuts at 600 of its domestic outlets, priced at ¥100 apiece. Heartened ...

Apr 14, 2015

Honda admits Takata air bag fault in Florida injury

Honda Motor Co. on Monday said that a faulty air bag made by Takata Corp. ruptured in the crash of a Honda Civic in March in Florida, injuring the driver. A metal fragment hurled from a front airbag inflator struck the driver in the ...

Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

Apr 14, 2015

Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology attracted a record number of visitors last year, with domestic and foreign tourists flocking to its displays of machines in action. The museum showcases the technological history of the Toyota Motor Corp. group, and has as ...

Maiden MRJ's flight put off to autumn

Apr 11, 2015

Maiden MRJ's flight put off to autumn

The first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first Japanese-made passenger jet, has been put off from April-June to September-October, the developers said Friday. The postponement, the fourth for the MRJ’s maiden flight, was made “to fully incorporate the verification results of the ...

Apr 11, 2015

Toyota to build new plant in China's Tianjin

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to build a new plant in Tianjin, China, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The revelation came after sources said last week that the world’s biggest automaker, which announced a freeze on plant construction in fiscal 2013, is planning ...