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River Davis
For River Davis's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 14, 2021
Nissan CEO says $1.4 billion U.K. electric vehicle hub ‘just a start’
The automaker is betting that roughly a decade of experience making EVs will give it a leg-up over rivals in the increasingly crowded segment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 29, 2021
Ghosn accomplices 'deeply regret' helping him escape Japan
By pleading guilty and showing remorse, the Taylors appear to be seeking a speedy sentencing and reduced sentence.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 24, 2021
New Panasonic CEO says efficiency to fuel Tesla business and spur growth
What's now critical to Panasonic's future growth is its relationship with the world's biggest maker of electric cars and ability to claim a share of the global market for EV batteries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 22, 2021
Carlos Ghosn looms over Nissan annual meeting years after arrest
Shareholders at the automaker's annual meeting Tuesday repeatedly questioned executives about the events surrounding Ghosn's 2018 arrest.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 14, 2021
Carlos Ghosn escape accomplices plead guilty in Tokyo court
The Taylors' case in Tokyo is the latest addition to multiple legal proceedings around the world left in Ghosn's wake.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 4, 2021
Nissan delays release of flagship electric car amid chip crunch
The struggle to release new models amid a global shortage of automotive chips is one that automakers worldwide are facing, but the issue is particularly acute for Nissan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 14, 2021
Forklift driving becomes a desk job with Phantom-Mitsubishi deal
Via the tie-up, the firms will offer forklifts that can rove around a warehouse in California, controlled by workers sitting at a desk a continent away.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 11, 2021
Toyota set to dodge earnings nightmare caused by chips crisis
On the other side, Japan's other automakers remain mired in a morass of factory closures due to the global shortage.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 27, 2021
Billionaire founder of Nidec hands reins to ex-Nissan star
Shigenobu Nagamori is stepping down almost half a century after founding his pioneering motor maker on the family farm.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 24, 2021
Chip shortage makes repair of Renesas factory in Japan a national effort
The auto sector and chip manufacturing are among top export categories for the world's third-largest economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 12, 2021
Toyota chief’s warning to Apple: The car business isn’t easy
The technology giant has been creating waves as it approaches a wide range of automakers that are seen as potential contenders for a vehicle partnership.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 10, 2021
Panasonic CEO leaves with cash lined up for car batteries
Panasonic is embarking on a corporate revamp that will usher in automotive business head Yuki Kusumi as CEO from April.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 5, 2021
Nissan to electrify more sedans and SUVs for U.S., says COO Gupta
Even so, the Japanese automaker isn't rushing to join a stampede into battery-powered trucks, the executive said, citing low demand.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Mar 3, 2021
Japan scores rare win with extradition of alleged Carlos Ghosn accomplices
The government clinched a much-needed symbolic victory in its prosecution of Carlos Ghosn with the successful extradition of two Americans accused of helping the ex-chairman of Nissan Motor Co. escape trial over a year ago.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 20, 2021
Honda appoints Japan R&D chief Toshihiro Mibe as new CEO
The move marks the latest in a number of bold moves the automaker is taking to step beyond its more than half-a-century-long reliance on selling gasoline-powered cars.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2021
Nissan trims full-year loss outlook as virus-hit sales recover
Japan's second-largest carmaker is now forecasting a net loss of u00a5530 billion for the fiscal year through March, narrower than previous expectations of u00a5615 billion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 4, 2021
Toyota moves to take on Tesla in high-tech auto software
Overseen by a star Silicon Valley engineer, the automaker's Arene system allows new features to be installed in a car's existing hardware over the air.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 28, 2021
Debt-ridden Nissan hopes spending big on tech will reverse slide
After two years of faltering sales and fallout from the 2018 arrest of then-Chairman Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co.'s newly installed management is at another crossroads.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 12, 2021
World’s top maker of tiny motors has sights on Tesla as EVs gather pace
Although most who use its products don't know its name, Nidec's motors are used in about 85% of the world's hard drives and it controls almost half of the global market for brushless motors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 17, 2020
Nissan decides against making EV in U.K. over Brexit worries
The battery-powered Ariya sport utility vehicle will instead be made at a facility in Tochigi Prefecture and shipped to Europe and the U.S.

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