Tsuyoshi Inajima
Strong sales of Prius hybrids are delivering a cash boost for Toyota to invest in fully-electric cars.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 16, 2024
Hybrids delivering cash chest for Toyota and Honda’s EV ambitions
With the shift to battery-electric vehicles clearly taking much longer than anticipated, consumers are voting for hybrids with their wallets.
The weak yen impacts the airline industry multiple ways, as it boosts foreign currency revenue from international flights but negatively affects travelers from Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 2, 2024
Japan firms reach pain threshold as yen keeps testing lows against the dollar
The currency's sustained decline makes planning difficult for all firms and can add costs across the whole supply chain.
Daihatsu President Masahiro Inoue
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 24, 2024
Daihatsu’s new president sees potential in Africa and South America
Masahiro Inoue pointed at strong demand for compact cars in those markets due to a prevalence of narrow roads.
Yukio Kani, chairman and global CEO of Jera
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 15, 2024
Japan’s top power producer Jera considers IPO to fund green push
The Tokyo-based company plans to develop 20 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity by fiscal 2035.
Nissan's Ariya electric crossover sport utility vehicle assembled by robots at the company's plant in Kaminokawa, Tochigi Prefecture
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 19, 2024
Japan carmakers forge ahead with EV investments despite slowdown
Outside of Japan, signs of a scaling back are everywhere, with the exception of China.
Workers assemble vehicles at Toyota's Tsutsumi plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 30, 2024
Toyota union eyes extra month's bonus in annual negotiations
Wage increases by Toyota and other carmakers will be seen as a bellwether for the rest of Japan's manufacturing sector and economy.
Japan’s passport gives visa-free entry to 192 global destinations, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. The country lost the top spot to Singapore earlier this year, after leading the list for five straight years.
Dec 19, 2023
Japan’s travel industry urges people to get their mighty passports
Japan’s passport gives visa-free entry to 192 global destinations, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.
Toyota’s gigacast rear component. The company plans to employ the gigacasting technology in making electric vehicles.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 30, 2023
Tesla’s latest disruption in carmaking draws followers in Japan
Carmakers in Japan are starting to embrace gigacasting as they seek to make up for lost ground in the shift to EVs.
A Jera thermal power plant
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 6, 2023
Japan climate group calls for ban on top power firm's emission claims
The group says the ads may mislead consumers as Jera fails to mention that the ammonia the utility plans to use would emit CO2 during production.
A Solterra Subaru RZ450e electric vehicle is displayed during a Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association event on the sidelines of the Group of Seven leaders summit in Hiroshima in May.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 15, 2023
Subaru president close to deciding where to build EV plant in U.S.
While the current base of Indiana is a top candidate, the company is weighing locations based on the procurement of batteries and incentives from states.
An All Nippon Airways employee escorts a group of Chinese tourists through Haneda Airport in Tokyo last month.
Sep 7, 2023
Fukushima water release won’t deter Chinese tourists: ANA CEO
The number of inbound visitors from China was about 300,000 in July, he said, compared with 30,000 in January, says Koji Shibata.
The engine of a Toyota Motor's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 25, 2023
Taxi firm’s hydrogen cell experience highlights fuel’s pitfalls
It’s not that there’s anything wrong specifically with the cars, good looking midsized sedans with Lexus-level luxury. Rather, it’s the high cost of hydrogen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 22, 2023
Markets warm to Toyota after EV and battery development plans ease fears
Nomura Securities and Mizuho Securities are among firms that have have raised their price targets for the Japanese auto giant since it revealed details of a new push into electrification.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 14, 2023
Toyota shares surge most since 2020 after investors reappoint chairman
A resolution calling for greater disclosure on climate lobbying was put forward by a trio of European asset managers, but failed to find support among shareholders.
Japan Times
May 26, 2023
Toyota may lead transition finance in Japan’s auto industry
The firm has said it is considering transition bonds or loans to finance loan and lease receivables for hybrid vehicle sales.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2023
Toyota’s shift to electric future rests on Koji Sato’s shoulders
When announcing his leadership team in February, Sato said he intends to take a bolder and faster 'EV first” approach, promising to overhaul battery production and manufacturing platforms.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2023
Investors watch Japan’s spring wage talks for clues on BOJ moves
This year, the outcome of annual wage negotiations matters to bond investors, stock traders and anyone, really, with anything at stake in the country.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2023
Nissan resolves Renault grievance through big payoff for partner
The partners are on the cusp of redefining the foundations of their alliance with a framework deal to equalize their cross-shareholdings.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2023
Toyota maintains title as world's No. 1 carmaker for third straight year
Group sales, which include those of its subsidiaries Daihatsu and Hino, were mostly flat at 10.5 million units for the year, the company said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2023
Toyota sees vehicle output recovery in 2023, with some risks
The newly issued target would be a significant jump from the planned 9.2 million vehicles that the carmaker forecasts for the fiscal year ending in March.


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