Tag - air-conditioners



Takahito Tokita, chief executive officer at Fujitsu, speaks during an interview at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 22, 2023
Fujitsu speeds aircon deal as it aims for ¥700 billion boost from AI
The urgency to close the deal rises amid growing geopolitical and economic uncertainty.
Daikin plans to start introducing the custom chips in high-end air conditioners from 2025 and is looking at using them in about a fifth of units by the end of the decade.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 1, 2023
Japan air conditioner king Daikin eyes custom chips for energy savings
Bespoke silicon costs more than off-the-shelf alternatives but offer better efficiency and allow a reduction in the use of other components.
Air conditioners on display during an event in Guangzhou
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Oct 20, 2023
Countries asked to slash cooling emissions by 68% by 2050
The Global Cooling Pledge represents a tough request given the cooling industry is only expected to grow.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2023
Competition growing over sales of energy-saving goods in Japan
Many consumers are buying new air conditioners to replace old ones as the hot and humid season gets underway.
Japan Times
May 17, 2023
A billion new air conditioners will save lives but cook the planet
Demand for air conditioners is surging in markets where both incomes and temperatures are rising, such as India, China, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2023
Top air-conditioner firm Daikin targets European heating market
Daikin, the top provider of heat-pump systems in Europe since 2019, is betting on new European regulations spurring their use.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Power conservation may lead to higher mortality risk, study claims
Researchers estimated that about 7,710 people died prematurely in Japan each year during energy savings campaigns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 11, 2023
Fujitsu to divest entire ¥140 billion stake in air-conditioning unit
The firm, which in its heyday made everything from supercomputers to chips, has hived off much of its consumer product lineup to focus on communications and information technology systems.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 14, 2022
In hottest city on Earth, mothers bear brunt of climate change
Pregnant women exposed to heat for prolonged periods of time have a higher risk of suffering complications, an analysis of 70 studies conducted since the mid-1990s on the issue found.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2022
Indian workers suffer as heat waves turn factories into 'furnaces'
Many Indian cities recorded their highest average temperatures this summer, breaching century-old records, with multiple heat wave alerts announced by local administrations.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2022
The world’s biggest air-conditioning company braces for a hotter future
Daikin is pouring billions of dollars into research and development, looking to build on technological breakthroughs that could make its machines more efficient.
Japan Times
Nov 10, 2021
India’s battle against heat shows stakes of COP26 climate talks
It will take decades for COP26 measures to have a tangible impact on temperatures. In the meantime, countries like India have to learn to deal with heat that's already baked in.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 30, 2021
Mitsubishi Electric admits to inspection lapses for train air conditioners
Inspection failures are believed to have started around 1985 or earlier, sources said.
Japan Times
Dec 28, 2020
Shut that window! Open that window! Coronavirus in winter presents new challenge
The dry and often freezing climate is proving to be challenging as restaurants, shops and other facilities scramble to keep their facilities safe.
Japan Times
Sep 8, 2020
Sharp says air purification technology can reduce airborne coronavirus
The firm said its technology, which emits positive hydrogen ions and negative oxygen ions, cuts the concentration of the virus in the air by about 90 percent.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 21, 2020
Air conditioner giant Daikin gets lift from coronavirus and climate change in Japan
Surging interest in ventilation and how air conditioners can curb the coronavirus is doing wonders for the company's stock price.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2019
Japanese companies hiking pay and holding classes in race to get tooled up on AI
There's a sense of panic within Japan Inc. and the government — the world's No. 3 economy, doesn't have enough experts in artificial intelligence, and it's time to do something about it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 22, 2019
Home appliance shipments in Japan hit 22-year high in 2018 due to heat wave
Domestic shipments of large household electric appliances hit their highest level in 22 years in fiscal 2018, with the heat wave last summer contributing to an uptick in sales of air conditioners, according to an industry body.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 28, 2019
Last summer's heat wave in Japan helped push appliance shipments to 22-year high
Driven by strong sales of air conditioners, appliance shipments in terms of value reached their highest level in 22 years in 2018, an industry body said Monday.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2018
Shipments of air conditioners in Japan hit a record high in July amid heat wave
Shipments of air conditioners in Japan hit a record high in July, an industry body said Wednesday, due to brisk demand as an unprecedented heat wave swept over the country.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores