Kiyotaka Matsuda
For Kiyotaka Matsuda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 7, 2019
ANA makes superjumbo-size bet it can fill axed Airbus A380s with Japanese tourists to Hawaii
Just as a tide of canceled orders has prompted Airbus SE to halt production of the A380 superjumbo, Japan's biggest airline is betting it can succeed where others have failed — by filling the luxurious double-deckers with tourists flying to Hawaii.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2018
Scientists await Japan's decision on planned $7 billion linear collider project
Twenty-five years after particle physicists began studying prospects for a linear collider, Japan is poised to decide whether to pay for half of the $7 billion project and build the 20-kilometer-long superconducting tunnel in mountains northeast of Tokyo.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 8, 2018
Japan Airlines may set up budget carrier, vice chairwoman says
Japan Airlines Co. is examining setting up a new low cost carrier to increase capacity and take on rising competition from budget operators.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2017
Japan's bullet train tech to give 164-year-old Indian railway a jolt
Japan's government and its rail companies lobbied the U.S. for years to sell their bullet-train technology and found little success. Finally, there's an international buyer: India.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 13, 2017
Parcel giant Yamato's first price hike in 27 years shows fruits, limitations of Abenomics
By last November, Hirotaka Yokota had finally had enough.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 1, 2017
Japan's most-shorted stock faces AGM pressure as largest shareholder Effissimo looms
The most-shorted stock on Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average, a shipping line, is facing rough seas again.
Japan Times
May 29, 2017
BITPoint in talks to add bitcoin payments to outlets across Japan
BITPoint Japan, the company behind Peach Aviation's move to let travelers use bitcoin to pay for tickets, is planning to give hundreds of thousands of retail outlets the ability to accept the digital currency.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2017
Hitachi looks to boost U.S. rail business amid Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure blitz
Hitachi Ltd. is aiming to expand its rail business in the U.S. by bidding for streetcar and light-rail projects as President Donald Trump pledges to spend as much as $1 trillion to upgrade infrastructure across the country.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 29, 2016
Inside Hitachi's growth machine: tubes, patents and petri dishes
With its network of tubes and petri dishes, Hitachi Ltd.'s latest gizmo may look more like a mini laboratory inside a refrigerator than the growth engine the technology company envisages.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 13, 2016
Kawasaki Heavy looking to buy U.S. train maintenance firm
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of New York City subway trains, is seeking to buy a train maintenance company in the U.S. to help increase its services lineup and boost profit margins.
Apr 14, 2016
Japan Inc. faces biggest Abe-era profits drop on strong yen
For the past three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could usually count on surging corporate earnings to back up the case that his policies were turning around Japan, but that is no more.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 3, 2016
Skymark may fly international routes after restructuring, chairman says
Bankrupt carrier Skymark Airlines Inc. is weighing the possibility of starting overseas flights and is set to unveil a business plan by April as part of its turnaround, Chairman Nobuo Sayama said.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 27, 2015
Nippon Paper to invest in nanofiber to head off challenges to print
Nippon Paper Industries Co. plans to build a factory to mass produce a high-strength, low-weight material known as nanofiber as soon as next year, part of a push to bolster revenue as Japan's shrinking population and the shift to online content threatens sales of newspapers and books.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2015
Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed
Japan's faded economic prowess received a boost after a maglev magnetically levitated train operated by Central Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday clocked a new world speed record of 603 kph on a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 20, 2015
Skymark said to keep Haneda slots in rescue deal with ANA
Skymark Airlines Inc., the Japanese carrier that filed for bankruptcy protection, will keep its landing slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport as part of a rescue deal it struck with ANA Holdings Inc., people familiar with the matter said.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2015
Skymark's $612 million airport slots represents a lifeline from bankruptcy
Skymark Airlines Inc. may have filed for bankruptcy and seen its passenger numbers dwindle. It still holds an asset worth about $612 million in annual revenue that offers a path out of bankruptcy.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2015
Airlines benefit from clogged sea traffic
The U.S. military ordered yogurt and cottage cheese flown to forces in Japan and South Korea last month as a labor dispute began jamming up West Coast ports.
Japan Times
Oct 16, 2014
Mitsubishi Aircraft to roll out first passenger jet after four-year delay
It has almost four years late in arriving. Now, with a helping hand from bullet train specialists, Japan's first passenger jet is about to make its debut.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 4, 2014
JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales
Japan Airlines Co. is preparing to seek a credit rating that will enable it to sell corporate bonds for the first time since the nation's second-largest carrier relisted, widening its financing options.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 26, 2014
Jet maker enlists bullet train experts
The maker of Japan's first jet airliner is counting on bullet train specialists to prevent further delays in completing the plane.


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