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Sony Shoot Movies Without Locations

Next-generation LEDs Bring a Revolution in Movies Images

Toyota Show Their Competitiveness With EV Patents

The Japanese car industry has an edge in electric vehicle (EV) technology

Small and Medium Companies are Promoting Intellectual Property Mixes

Making the most of technical strengths with the combination of patents and trademarks to promote brands

Daiei and NTT Data Develop Fully touchless “No-checkout Stores”

Opening stores where you can buy products with smartphone authentication, without going through checkout

MOS Burger Tests Customer Service Robots

Working towards fully touchless customer service with remotely-operated robots

Numbers of M&As Among Japanese Companies are Accelerating

The number of M&As between January and June set a record, and the level remained high in July

Nippon Shokubai is Working Towards Mass Production of Raw Material for Plant-derived Paper Diapers

A move in response to consumers and investors who demand action for the environment

Moving Away From China in Drug Feedstock Procurement

Shionogi and other Japanese pharmaceutical companies are starting to rethink their reliance on foreign sources

Kameda Seika Aims to Become a Global Food Company

Evolving from a “rice cracker and snack manufacturer” to “the ‘Better for You’ food company”. We interviewed Mr. Ichiro Nishikura and Ms. Eri Udagawa, driving force behind Kameda’s mission to “deliver delicious plant-based protein”, at their office in Tokyo.

Shionogi Moves Away From China in its Drug Feedstock Procurement, to Domestic Production

Japan’s pharmaceutical industry is looking at its drug feedstock production and starting to rethink its reliance on foreign sources...

Euglena Uses Fuel From Euglena Gracilis in a Civilian Aircraft for the First Time

Successful test flight when introduced into a privately-owned jet...

Komatsu, Working to Slash Construction Costs

Recreating construction sites in 3D to optimize worker allocation...

Door Dash, the Major US Home Meal Delivery Company, Moves Into Japan

A stream of foreign and domestic companies is entering the home meal delivery market, which is booming because of Covid-19...

Working to Reduce Plastic Usage

Nissin Foods Scraps the Seals That Hold the Lids of its Main Cup Noodle Products...

Coupang, the Major South Korean Online Shopping Company, Expands Into Japan

It provides the mall-type e-commerce site Coupang, which aims to be the Amazon of South Korea...

Ricoh Enter the Data Business With AI

The first example of a major precision device company moving into analysis of customer companies’ data...

The Ever-growing Pet Food Market

Thai Union, the canned tuna giant, is entering the Japanese pet food market...

UNIQLO Adopts Plant-based Polyester

UNIQLO will launch “UNIQLO+ (Plus)”, an environmentally conscious sports apparel worldwide from June...

Four in Ten Companies in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Have Zero Female Directors

The state of empowerment of women in companies is an essential factor for their growth, and is taken into consideration in investment decisions...

Kao Collaborate with Popular Buyers in China on Social Media

Kao publicize their high-end cosmetics through social media and similar channels, to make cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) sales...

Honda to Switch to EV and FCV for All New Vehicle Sales

By 2040, Honda will stop selling new vehicles which emit CO2 while driving, including hybrids (HV)...

Toray Develop a Biochip Able to Test for Allergies from One Drop of Blood

This testing biochip imposes little physical burden on the subject, and is usable on infants as well as on general subjects...

Half-price Synthetic Diamonds are Within Reach

“Synthetic diamonds”, artificially made from carbon for use in jewelry, are spreading in Japan...

Kewpie Isn’t Just About Mayonnaise: It Also Makes Robots

Kewpie aims to move away from being a company that only sells foodstuffs...

Nissan Introduce Their Self-developed Online Sales Negotiation System

Nissan will provide services that can complete everything from sales negotiations through to car delivery remotely, from a smartphone...

The Domestic Olive Oil Market for Household Use Grows to $400 Million

A $500 Million Market is in Reach With Further Development of Latent Demand and Mining of Gift Demand...

Tokyo Electron Operates With Remote Maintenance

Remote support using tools such as Smartglasses is developing into a center of earnings...

Taisei Corp. Contributes to Decarbonization

Taisei has developed technology to make concrete from CO2...

A New Trend in Antiviral Materials 

Materials companies are launching streams of products with antiviral effects...

Uniqlo Opens Up the Children’s Apparel Market 

In its 2021 spring and summer lineup, Uniqlo announced products jointly developed with leading brands...

Major Japanese Shipbuilders Start Developing New Ships as Climate Change Countermeasures

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry will develop the world’s first CO2 carrier ships for practical use by 2025...

Challenging the "72-hour wall" with drones

The "72-hour wall" refers to the sharp drop in disaster victim survival rates from 72 hours after a disaster, and drone technology is developing in a bid to break it down...

Sony Aim to Dominate in Content

Sony clarifies its transition from an electronic device company to an entertainment-centered conglomerate...

Kubota Aims to Open Up Digital Agriculture

Kubota will develope driverless tractors, and polishing its automatic driving technology with artificial intelligence tech from the US semiconductor company Nvidia...

Uber Eats is Starting Home Deliveries of "Pro Ingredients"

Uber Eats is teaming up with the food wholesaler Eiwa Bussan to enable delivery of the latter's ingredients, starting in Eastern Tokyo...

Shiseido Looks for its Way Forward in High-priced Products

As the COVID-19 pandemic shakes the selling environment, Shiseido is changing direction towards high-end products aligned with its core strengths, such as skin care...

Canon Electronics Starts Selling Satellites

Canon Electronics is starting sales of small satellites, able to image the Earth's surface and space, to meteorological and data analysis companies...

Asahi is Switching to Renewable Energy at All its Factories Around the World

Asahi GHD is taking action first in Europe, where wind power generation is widespread and renewable energy procurement costs are low. It aims to cover all its factories worldwide by 2050...

Ito Yokado is Rolling Out Mobile Supermarkets Nationwide

Ito Yokado, under the umbrella of Seven and i Holdings, is planning to roll out mobile supermarkets, with goods loaded onto vehicles, nationwide by 2022...

Japan's Green Growth Strategy to Achieve Decarbonization by 2050

The government has drawn up a roadmap to reach zero effective greenhouse gas emissions by 2050...

Workman Aims to Double to 2,000 Stores

Workman is expanding into low-priced outdoor wear. It plans to double its current number of stores, to 2,000 by 2040...

Intensifying Struggle for the Initiative in Video Streaming

Sony are buying US companies and movie companies are joining in, to counter Netflix...

"Unicorns" Double in Two Years. There are 500 "Unicorn" Companies Worldwide, with 70% of them in the US and China

The number of large startup companies, dubbed "unicorn companies", has grown to 500 worldwide. Their number has doubled in the last two years, backed by IT mergers with existing companies and the advance of artificial intelligence...

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Will Make All New Cars Electric by 2030

Governor Yuriko Koike has presented the policy of switching to hybrid vehicles (HV) and electric vehicles (EV)...

Companies with Enterprise Value Over JPY10 Billion Increase by 30%

The growth of unlisted startups continues, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic...

Japan Shows its Presence in Planetary Exploration

Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Probe achieved seven world firsts before returning its capsule safely to Earth...

Three Out of Ten Japanese Companies Allow Side Jobs

It is becoming increasingly common for company workers to have a second job outside the company. The proportion of companies allowing side jobs has risen to 30%, and 70% or more of company employees are interested...

Towards CO2 Emission Reduction

Nippon Yusen is going to switch 40 ships, roughly half of its fleet of specialized car transporter ships, to burn liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather than fuel oil by as early as 2030...

The Japanese Government is Collaborating with India in the Data Communications Field

The Japanese government is scheduled to sign a memorandum with the Indian government in December on comprehensive collaboration in the data communications field...

NTT Starts Towards 6G Comeback

Reflecting ruefully on its late start with 5G, NTT Group is consolidating the technologies that are scattered across the Group, and aiming to take the lead in 6G, the next high-speed communications standard...

This New Entertainment Out of Japan is Expanding Fast

Virtual Youtubers (V-Tubers), who take the appearance of anime-like characters in their streamed video, are expanding their economic reach...

US Retailer Walmart has Started Taking Orders Online and Transferring the Goods to Customers in Store Parking Lots

Walmart is stepping up its service which allows shoppers to place orders online and pick up their goods in store parking lots, without getting out of their cars. It will double the number of "picker" employees in readiness for the end of year sales season...

Shobunsha HD Uses Data in its Tourism Strategy

Shobunsha Holdings has begun a service that uses maps and data to predict and analyze the behavior of travelers in tourism spots...

Post-gasoline Vehicles Accelerate Worldwide

A succession of regulations on gasoline vehicles is coming into effect around the world, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

Fugaku Super-Computer Remains at the Pinnacle

Fugaku, the super-computer developed by Riken and Fujitsu, has kept its top spot in the latest global ranking of computation speed competition published on 17 November...

Around 60% of Japanese Companies Are Making Recycling into a Business Opportunity

According to a "SDGs Management Survey” by the Nikkei Shimbun, 60% of Japanese companies take the view that environmental action will be important for both future growth and maintenance of existing business...

Aluminum Cans are Getting a Boost from the Move Away from Plastics

Major aluminum roller UACJ aims to expand its worldwide production capacity of aluminum sheet by 40% from the 2019 level by 2022. It is expanding production in expectation of global demand growth...

Kuraray Begins Development of Fishing Gear that Prevents Marine Pollution

Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray has started developing biodegradable fishing gear. It is looking to expand this business to Western countries with high environmental awareness, and elsewhere...

Japan Aims to Commercialize Hydrogen in 2030

Hydrogen is becoming a rapidly growing presence amid decarbonization moves, which are accelerating around the world. The use of hydrogen is essential for honoring the Paris Accords, which set the path for climate change countermeasures...

A Canadian Realty Fund will Invest JPY1 Trillion in Japan

Bentall GreenOak (BGO) acquired a large office building in Tokyo in April this year. In 2017, the company attracted attention by spending JPY20 billion to buy the whole of the 8th floor of the Ginza Six building...

Apparel Companies are Working on Shifting Business Models

Within FY2020, Onward Holdings will open new bricks-and-mortar stores that are only for trying clothes on. Purchases are made online and the products are delivered...

Unattended Stores Have Started to Spread in Japanese Retailing

From November, Ministop, the mid-range convenience store chain, will roll out around 1,000 compact stores, where customers process their own payments. The stores will be in locations such as corporate offices...

M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) Between Japan and China are Increasing

According to Refinitiv, the total value of M&A worldwide from January to September was around USD2.32 trillion, down 20% from the same period of last year...

There are now over 40,000 home meal delivery workers

In the food service industry, the novel coronavirus is causing ongoing restaurant closures and employee layoffs, prompting people to migrate to home delivery in search of work. The home meal delivery business is starting to change the nature of the food service industry...

East Japan Railway is increasing its "Ekinaka" in-station office personal spaces, to meet teleworking demand

East Japan Railway will increase business-use private spaces both inside and near the station. Currently, there are about 30 hubs such as Tokyo Station, which will be expanded to major stations in the suburbs of Tokyo...

Developing Digital Personnel through Re-education

Public support for recurrent education (re-education) that fosters digital human resources is spreading in Europe and the United States...

Japanese-affiliated Retail Companies in Southeast Asia ~From department stores to discount stores~

The balance of power among Japanese-affiliated retailers in Southeast Asia is shifting from department stores to discount stores. Mitsukoshi Isetan Holdings has closed its flagship branch in Bangkok, Thailand...

Saizeriya's New Business Type: Compact Branches

Saizeriya, an Italian restaurant chain with over 1,500 branches, is opening compact branches with around 60% the floor area of its ordinary branches....

Will Quantum Technology Propel Innovation in the 21st Century?

It's increasingly likely that the digital society that semiconductor technology has supported will be followed by quantum technology as the driver of innovation in the 21st Century...

Glassware Market in Japan

Glass is non-porous and more hygienic than plastic, giving it an advantage amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Soap Market in Japan

The market for solid soap was worth JPY22.9 billion (USD215 million) in 2019. In 2020, sales are expected to increase due to the impact of the coronavirus...

Apparel Retailers and Supermarkets are Focusing Investment on E-commerce

Apparel retailers and supermarkets, which had been lagging in moving online, have started devising new policies with their eyes on the “post-coronavirus” situation...

Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association is the largest group in Japan’s alcoholic beverages industry, with 1,691 member breweries and distillers. It disseminates information, inside and outside Japan, about the appeal of Japanese sake, its trends, new ways of drinking it, and more...

Now We Need Flexible Minds and Strong Will to Change

The products and services that consumers are looking for have been transformed by the behavior of avoiding contact with other people. Revenues in land and air transport are down by 70%...

Japan Ranks Fourth in the World in the Number of Academic Papers

On August 7th, the research agency of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced that China had overtaken the USA to take first place in the number of papers published in natural science fields...

Production of Plant-based Artificial Meat is Accelerating

Global food manufacturers like Nestle, the world’s largest food company, as well as new companies, are competing to develop artificial meat. With the impact of the novel coronavirus, artificial meat is also attracting attention for its health aspects...

Rapid Growth in “Tea Cafés” that Attract Female Customers

"Tea cafe", which provides black tea, Japanese tea and Chinese tea is growing rapidly. In July, Starbucks Coffee Japan and a major Chinese tea company opened their first stores in Japan one after another...

Products Specialized for Takeout Sales are a New Trend in Food Service

Yoshinoya is a major gyudon (rice bowl topped with beef) chain. It is also known overseas as a symbol of Japanese-made fast food. When in lived in the USA, I often ate at Yoshinoya when I missed the tastes of Japan...

Japanese Wine Market is Expanding

Wine market in Japan is now expanding. According to statistics, the total taxable volume for domestic and imported wine amounted to 377,430 kiloliters in 2019, up 4% from the previous year...

Coronavirus Acccelerates “Factory Sharing”

With the coronavirus crisis causing sharp declines in demand for products such as cars, “factory sharing” is advancing as a way to apply the resulting surplus factory capacity to new purposes...

Nissan Roll Out Subscriptions Nationwide

Automakers are expanding subscription services which allow users to use cars by paying a flat fee. Nissan will extend their service nationwide by September...

Onward Announced a Tie-up with ZOZO, Seeking for E-commerce

The fusion of the Internet and the real world is proceeding in the sluggish apparel industry. Onward Holdings and ZOZO will tie up in the manufacture and sale of clothing using digital technology...

The Seeds of New Products and Services (July 2020)

As digitalization moves forward in government administration and in companies, online identity authentication services are starting to spread. Until now, such services have been used for identity checks when opening bank accounts, for e-commerce payments, and the like...

Fujitsu aims to halve its office floor area in three years, based on working from home

Responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Fujitsu, including its Group companies in Japan, will be halving its office space. Fujitsu aims to complete the process in three years and has started working towards...

Japanese-made Supercomputers Reclaim their Global No.1 Rank

The latest global ranking of supercomputers contending over computation speed was published on 22 June. It showed Fugaku, developed by Riken and Fujitsu, in the top spot....

Manufacturing Industry will Go Remote

Remote working has become the new norm due to the growing impact of COVID-19 and there is a growing trend in the manufacturing industry to utilize virtual reality (VR) and other remote technologies...

Expansion of Sales of Products with Antimicrobial Properties

In response to the heightened awareness of hygiene due to the spread of Covid-19, textile manufacturers and others will expand sales of products that have antimicrobial properties....

Increasing Use of Job-description Employment

Japan’s Labor Standards Law, enacted after the war, has asked companies to manage the working hours of workers. With the shift to job-description employment...

Home Centers are the People’s Friend

Amid the stream of stories about companies reeling from the coronavirus shock, like department stores slumping and a famous long-established apparel company collapsing, home centers are increasing sales...

The Global Tourist Industry in Crisis

The industry faces losses of around USD1.2 trillion if countries maintain their travel bans to December in response to the spread of novel coronavirus infection...

Japan Begins Setting Policies on Measures Against Plastics

There are expanding business opportunities associated with developing new materials and technologies in the move away from plastics...

Japan’s Tourism Industry is Taking Its First Steps Towards Recovery

Getting past the current situation is not the most important thing for the tourism industry today. It will take at least a year and a half to establish a vaccine or treatment method for the novel coronavirus...

The Seeds of New Products and Services (June 2020)

Startups are developing IT-based services. They include services to tell customers how crowded the interior of a store is before they enter, or to stream video of store interiors, while taking...

The Wave of Subscription Services is Spreading to B2B

Subscription services, such as movie and music streaming, were directed first at general consumers. In contrast to leasing, subscriptions have short-term contracts that can be easily...

Top 100 Companies Spending Money on Social Contribution

The novel coronavirus state of emergency was fully lifted on May 25. But, the impact, economic as well as medical, has been enormous, and the social chaos looks set to continue...

New Entries Into the Online Medical Treatment Field

The spread of the novel coronavirus has prompted a succession of new entries into the online medical treatment field, particularly from new companies. From April, such treatment was allowed for even first-time examinations...

The Size of the Home Remodeling Market in FY2019 was JPY6.6 Trillion (up 4.3%)

Yano Research Institute has announced its estimate that the size of the home remodeling market in FY2019 (April 2019 through March 2020) was JPY6.557 trillion...

Textile Industry Ready for an “After Corona” World

When the novel coronavirus infection was spreading in China, and Wuhan and many other areas were in lockdown, it was still possible for apparel imports from China to pass....

The Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Consumption Trends

The novel coronavirus has thrown everyday life into turmoil and greatly changed product consumption trends....

In the Spotlight! The Burgeoning Drugstore Industry Reached JPY7.7 Trillion Market Size After 20 Years of Continuous Growth

According to the Japan Association of Chain Drug Stores, total sales revenue of its 401 companies nationwide grew by 5.7% in FY2019...

Industries in Japan

Japan’s industries are tabulated below by genre. There are a total of 136 genres. We plan to compile summaries of the current situation, trends, and future outlook in key industries..

Foreign Trade 2020

The following is an excerpt of information and data presented in “Foreign Trade 2020”, published by the Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC). The reader should note that it was prepared before the spread of coronavirus infection...

Twelve Business Types Hit Hard by the Coronavirus in Japan

Numbers of bankruptcies related to the novel coronavirus have started to be reported since February 20th, caused by a sharp drop in inbound demand as the entry restrictions etc. that began in February...

The Seeds of New Products and Services (May 2020)

People wearing masks has been an everyday sight in Japan before, and doesn’t feel strange to anyone. Masks are essential for hay fever sufferers and people with colds...

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