Japan Forward: Aug 2012, Wk 3

葉月[ha-zuki]: Japanese traditional expression of August (Calligraphy: Akiko Fujii)

"FoodEx kicks off with heavy Japanese presence" -- and nine more news headlines that will tell you how Japan goes forward.


FoodEx kicks off with heavy Japanese presence
Jiji, Kyodo
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
HONG KONG — Food Expo 2012, one of the biggest food shows in Asia, kicked off Thursday in Hong Kong to showcase delicacies from 26 countries and areas….(Japan Times)

Asimo byproduct could revolutionize seniors' lives
By JUN HONGO
Staff writer
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
A byproduct of Honda Motor Co.'s development of the Asimo humanoid robot may be about to come to the aid of Japan's aging population….(Japan Times)

Sumitomo in India auto steel JV
Kyodo
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
Sumitomo Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to set up a joint venture in India with local specialty steel manufacturer Mukand Ltd. for the secondary processing of specialty steel long products for automobile parts….(Japan Times)

Database of engineers to aid overseas expansion
Jiji
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
The infrastructure ministry plans to create a database of civil engineers to help small and midsize construction companies find talent as they attempt to expand abroad, sources said Tuesday….(Japan Times)

JX launching big solar effort in '13
Kyodo
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. says it will start large-scale solar electric generation early next year at its facilities in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, and in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture….(Japan Times)

Tokyo Electron to buy U.S. wafer firm
Jiji
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
Tokyo Electron Ltd. said Tuesday it will acquire U.S. wafer cleaning equipment maker FSI International Inc. through a takeover bid for about $252.5 million….(Japan Times)

Toyota to pitch strategic subcompact in Brazil
Jiji
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
Toyota Motor Corp. is moving into high gear in the subcompact vehicle market in Brazil with the planned launch of the Etios in late September….(Japan Times)

Softbank clients 'top 30 million'
Kyodo
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Softbank Mobile Corp. Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son said the mobile phone company now has more than 30 million subscribers, or double the number it had in 2006 when Softbank Corp. bought the local phone assets of Vodafone Group PLC….(Japan Times)

More Japanese firms relocating to Singapore
By SITI RAHIL
Kyodo
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
SINGAPORE — A growing number of Japanese companies have moved some of their headquarters or key functions to Singapore, viewing the city-state as a strategic location where they can oversee a new wave of investment in Southeast Asia….(Japan Times)

Toyota opens its third plant in Brazil
AFP-Jiji
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
Toyota Motor Corp. has inaugurated a ¥47 billion plant in Brazil's southeastern state of Sao Paulo, its third in the country, with an initial production capacity of 70,000 vehicles a year….(Japan Times)

Courtesy Japan Times

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