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Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 22, 2022
Despite Abe’s push, women still largely absent from Japan boards
'Womenomics' policies required large Japanese companies to produce action plans for hiring and promoting more women and pressured firms to pay female employees the same as men.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 28, 2022
Sony's next big thing in tech is helping Honda take on Tesla
Of all Japan's carmakers, Honda had thrown itself most aggressively into EVs, targeting a full phase-out of combustion-engine vehicle sales by 2040.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 10, 2022
Top Toyota supplier Denso weighs ¥420 billion chip unit spinoff
Well known as the world's second-biggest auto-parts-maker, Denso has also quietly built up a presence in automotive chips.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 2, 2022
Supply snags threaten EV revolution, top Toyota scientist says
Manufacturers are running low on supplies of lithium, nickel and other key battery inputs, with trade frictions and the war in Ukraine exacerbating issues and forcing prices higher.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 11, 2022
Nissan investors seek momentum from likely swing back to profit
Analysts, on average, estimate Nissan will report an annual operating profit for the first time in three years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 10, 2022
Weak yen seen to be boosting Toyota’s profit
Analysts, on average, estimate that Toyota will show an operating profit of u00a53 trillion for the period ended March when it reports results on Wednesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 6, 2022
JAL sees return to profit as Japan moves to reopen borders
The airline forecast net income of u00a545 billion ($345 million) for the fiscal year ending March 2023, topping analysts' average estimate for around u00a510.2 billion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2022
Toyota exceeds annual sales goal with second-highest total
Toyota sold 903,031 vehicles in March, the automaker said Wednesday, bringing the total to 9.51 million units for the business year through March, its second-highest annual figure.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 13, 2022
Honda CEO bets ¥5 trillion to reach goal of going fully electric
The carmaker aims to introduce 30 EV models by 2030 with a production volume of more than 2 million vehicles a year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 8, 2022
Nissan bets on in-house technologies for next-generation battery
While still new and relatively unproven, solid-state battery cells are often considered crucial to unlocking the future potential of EVs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 8, 2022
Renault chief to meet Nissan execs in Japan as woes cloud alliance
Among topics for discussion will be emerging plans for a possible separate listing of Renault's electric-vehicle unit and potential new partner for the legacy operations, sources say.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 6, 2022
GM and Honda announce tie-up to develop affordable electric vehicles
The move will dramatically deepen an existing partnership that already spans gas-powered models, batteries and self-driving technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 23, 2022
Toyota plans ¥100 billion buyback with shares trending down
The firm said in a statement it was taking the current stock price into account and being 'more flexible” than ever in its implementation of buybacks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 21, 2022
Toyota, Subaru and Mazda still betting on green combustion fuels amid EV shift
Japanese carmakers' approach of maintaining a broad range of options has drawn criticism from those who argue that they will fall behind in the pivot to battery-powered cars.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2022
Cyberattack hits Toyota supplier Denso, but operations not affected
If confirmed, the incident against Denso would mark the second recent cyberattack against a Toyota supplier.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 11, 2022
Panasonic readies new battery that Tesla sees as key to $25,000 EVs
Over the past year and a half, Panasonic has been working to develop a bigger '4680” battery it intends to sell to the American electric carmaker.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2022
Renault and Nissan reboot embattled pact with $26 billion EV plan
The funds, announced separately by the carmakers last year, will be spent over five years to roll out 35 new battery-powered cars by the end of the decade.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2022
Titans of carmaking are plotting the overthrow of Elon Musk
The masters of mass production laid out plans to splurge $170 billion over the coming years to preserve their claim on the industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 9, 2021
'Robotaxis' roaming around Yokohama are winning over unlikely fans
Regulations and the need for further technology improvements mean a full-scale launch is still some years away, however.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 7, 2021
Toyota chooses North Carolina for first U.S. battery plant
The company will break ground on its first battery factory in the U.S., joining an industrywide push as automakers accelerate efforts to electrify their fleets.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
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