Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Oct 18, 2016

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Hitachi Appliances Inc., a unit of Hitachi Ltd., will launch a robotic vacuum cleaner that it says can clean hard-to-reach areas. At only 25 centimeters wide, the product named minimaru is smaller than rival models and can reach where others cannot, such as spaces ...

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Oct 4, 2016

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Welcome to Tokyo. Need directions? Ask Emiew3. East Japan Railway Co. has started a pilot project under which a humanoid robot serves visitors in English, Chinese and Japanese. Placed in front of the travel service center at the Marunouchi north exit, the 90-cm, 15-kg ...

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 ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments


The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...

Hitachi starts trials of EMIEW3 humanoid robot at Haneda airport

Sep 2, 2016

Hitachi starts trials of EMIEW3 humanoid robot at Haneda airport

Hitachi Ltd. started trials of its EMIEW3 humanoid robot at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Friday to aid foreign visitors to Japan. During the trials through December in the airport’s domestic Terminal 2, the robot will communicate with passengers in Japanese and English at a ...

Jun 30, 2016

Brexit risks pile up for Hitachi Construction, CEO says

The risks are piling up for Japan’s construction equipment makers in the aftermath of Brexit. Already contending with China’s slowdown and a rout in commodities prices, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. now faces two new threats after the U.K.’s vote to quit the European Union: ...

Jun 23, 2016

Pay for Hitachi's Americas boss outshines that of other executives

Jack Domme, Hitachi Ltd. chief executive for the Americas, received ¥900 million in pay for fiscal 2015, far exceeding the remuneration of the firm’s other leaders, officials said Wednesday. Domme is the highest-paid Hitachi official on record, the company’s data show. In the same ...

Jun 11, 2016

Japanese firms operating in Britain concerned about Brexit

Japanese companies operating in Britain are increasingly concerned about the country’s possible exit from the European Union, a move that, if it happens, is expected to push up their costs. Concern is growing ahead of a national referendum on June 23 on Britain’s continued ...

May 11, 2016

Hitachi to invest ¥300 billion in Internet-connected projects

Hitachi Ltd. plans to invest about ¥300 billion ($2.8 billion) over the next three years in its “Internet of things” platform as the maker of power plants, bullet trains and elevators bets the technology will drive sales. The money will be used for acquisitions, ...