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Sep 30, 2016

Toyota in tech partnership with Microsoft for 2017 return to WRC

Toyota Motor Corp. has reached a technology partnership agreement with Microsoft Corp. for the 2017 World Rally Championship series, its president said Thursday. Under the accord, Microsoft will assist the Toyota Gazoo racing team in developing a data analysis platform, creating a team information-sharing ...

Sep 29, 2016

Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy may integrate nuclear fuel units

Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are considering integrating their nuclear fuel businesses, sources said Thursday. The tie-up could come in the spring. Their nuclear businesses have been in the doldrums since the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

Sep 29, 2016

Auto output in Japan rises 9.2% on year

The nation’s automobile output rose 9.2 percent in August from a year earlier to 621,349 vehicles, data released by eight major carmakers showed Wednesday. The figures suggest recovery after disruptions resulting from devastating earthquakes this spring in Kyushu. Domestic production at Japan’s top three ...

Sep 29, 2016

Opaque Chinese insurers trail Japanese rivals in hunt for U.S. deals

The growth ambitions of China’s insurers could be hindered by some of the companies’ opaque structures when they pursue acquisitions in international markets, a banker at Citigroup Inc. said. “It is not that straightforward with Chinese companies,” Gautam Chawla, co-head of the global insurance ...