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Norihiko Shirouzu
For Norihiko Shirouzu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 20, 2020
The Musk Method: Learn from partners then go it alone
Musk and his team are preparing to outline new steps in Tesla's drive to become a more self-sufficient company less reliant on suppliers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 24, 2020
European battery-makers power up for a 'green' recovery
European firms are focusing on niche markets and new technologies rather than taking on Asian firms whose mass production is aimed at supplying electric vehicles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 28, 2020
How Tesla defined a new era for the global auto industry
The firm's practices are at odds with traditional automakers' methods, but are proving popular when measured by sales figures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 18, 2020
More trouble at the top for Nissan, as COO Ashwani Gupta captures attention
Allies of the chief operating officer are pressing the board to promote him to co-CEO, so he can drive the turnaround plan he is said to have engineered.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 5, 2020
Nissan to retrench further in new plan to focus on U.S., Japan and China
The carmaker will pull back from Europe and elsewhere to focus on the United States, China and Japan under a plan that represents a new strategic direction.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 1, 2020
Nissan shakes off virus woes with April rebound in China, sources say
The data reinforces growing optimism that the world's biggest car market is stabilizing fast as businesses return to normal in China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 3, 2020
Japan's Nidec betting on electric cars and acquisitions to triple sales: sources
Nidec Corp. plans to more than triple its revenue over the next five years by focusing on electric vehicle powertrains and buying specialists in motor technologies, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 29, 2020
Nissan takes an ax to the house that Ghosn built with new cost-cutting measures
Nissan is planning aggressive cost cuts to deal with an unexpected slump in sales as the expansionist strategy it inherited from fugitive former Chairman Carlos Ghosn flounders, four people familiar with the plans said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2019
With Honda mired in crisis over quality lapses, CEO Takahiro Hachigo seizes the wheel
At a two-day gathering for Honda's suppliers in March, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo sounded the alarm.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 26, 2019
Nissan's Infiniti names new design chief as another non-Japanese exec exits
Nissan Motor Co.'s premium brand Infiniti said it has named Taisuke Nakamura as its new design chief, replacing Karim Habib who resigned from the post.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 4, 2019
China car sales sink over chaotic adoption of new emissions rules
Shanghai-based Buick dealer Ron Li in late April found himself in an unfamiliar quandary: how to sell off almost 80 sedans and SUVs crowding his dealership lot.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 21, 2019
Striking a delicate balance, Toyota took care to draw up U.S. investment plan before China research deal
Announcing U.S. investment first was a strategy CEO Akio Toyoda felt the firm needed to pursue in order to avoid Trump's wrath, meeting minutes showed.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 10, 2019
With strong China focus, VW spearheads $300 billion global drive to make all cars electric
Global automakers are planning a $300 billion surge in spending on electric vehicle technology over the next five to 10 years, with nearly half of the money targeted at China, accelerating the industry's transition away from fossil fuels and shifting power to Asian suppliers of batteries and EV technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 27, 2018
Nissan sources link latest Ghosn allegations to Khaled Al-Juffali, vice chairman of one of Saudi Arabia's largest conglomerates
Sources with knowledge of Nissan Motor Co.'s probe into its former Chairman Carlos Ghosn have said that an individual involved in fresh misconduct allegations against Ghosn is Khaled Al-Juffali, vice chairman of one of Saudi Arabia's largest conglomerates and a member of the board at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 23, 2018
Nissan's Hiroto Saikawa, a hard-nosed leader, takes center stage after Ghosn's ouster
In sacking his long-time mentor, Carlos Ghosn, as chairman of Nissan Motor Co., CEO Hiroto Saikawa has only bolstered his reputation for being a tough leader unafraid to antagonize people in the interests of business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 5, 2018
Nissan to pump ¥1.05 trillion into China business, eyeing spot among country's top three carmakers
Long stuck in China's second-tier, Nissan and Dongfeng Group plan to boost their volume to 2.6 million vehicles a year by 2022.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 1, 2017
Toyota's solid-state battery to power future as automaker readies 'game-changer' for mass market
Toyota Motor Corp. is scrambling to solve outstanding issues as it races to commercialize a battery breakthrough during the first half of the 2020s with the potential to cut the cost of making electric cars.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 29, 2017
Chinese automakers have until 2019 to meet new green-car sales targets
China has set a deadline of 2019 to impose tough new sales targets for electric plug-in and hybrid vehicles, slightly relaxing an earlier plan to launch the rules from next year that had left global automakers worried about being able to comply.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 12, 2017
How Honda lost its mojo, and the mission to get it back
The driver punched the air as his red and white McLaren-Honda roared over the finish line. It was in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, 1988, and Ayrton Senna had just become Formula One world champion for the first time. The McLaren racing team and its engine maker, Honda Motor, were unstoppable that year, their drivers winning all but one of the 16 grand prix races.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2016
Toyota expands battery options with safer lithium-ion devices
Engineers at Toyota Motor Corp. say they have tamed volatile lithium-ion battery technology, and can now safely pack more power at no significant extra cost, giving the automaker the option to enter the growing all-electric car market.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on