Ichiro Takayama

For Ichiro Takayama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ex-envoy to Latvia stays on to aid economic development

National May 30, 2008

Ex-envoy to Latvia stays on to aid economic development

Toru Nagatsuka, 66, who stayed on in Latvia after resigning as Japan's acting ambassador in 2005, is working for an investment development public corporation to help the Baltic state following its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The small country on the Baltic Sea ...

Business Aug 28, 2004

Toyota still playing catchup in China with 'well-digging' VW

Last of five parts on problems Toyota Motor Corp. faces in China Toyota Motor Corp. gained a foothold on the Chinese mainland in 2002 via a comprehensive tieup with China FAW Group Corp., the nation's biggest automaker. It started producing Corollas there this year, but ...

Business Aug 27, 2004

Toyota's snub of FAW took 20 years, Tianjin rescue to heal

A groundbreaking ceremony for joint venture company Tianjin Toyota was held in July 2000 under a baking sun, with temperatures soaring to 45 degrees. Both the heat and friction in factory management greeted Toyota as it was finally making an inroad into China. Toyota executives had ...

Business Aug 26, 2004

Tianjin tieup Toyota's only way to get China joint venture nod

Guangzhou Motor Corp., China's fourth-largest vehicle maker, sounded out Toyota Motor Corp. in February 1994 for a joint venture after the Japanese auto giant gave up a plan to manufacture vehicles in Shanghai. The Chinese automaker wanted Toyota to replace Peugeot of France, which was ...

Business Aug 25, 2004

China seen stringing Toyota along while wooing GM

Officials of Toyota Motor Corp. involved in its China project were elated at the end of the New Year's holidays in 1994. "We've finally come this far," one of them said. "We'll be able to catch up with Volkswagen." Their dream of producing Toyota's luxury car, ...

Business Aug 24, 2004

Toyota facing up to China challenges

Akio Toyoda, senior managing director of Toyota Motor Corp., was handling himself deftly at a news conference at the international auto show in Beijing in early June when he suddenly found himself in the hot seat after a reporter asked him about the automaker's ...