Japan

Japan's worst car sales in 16 months usher in tax hangover

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Vehicle sales last month in Japan fell to the lowest since December 2012 after Japan raised its consumption tax for the first time 17 years, according to industry figures released today....
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Showa latest supplier to plead guilty to price-fixing, will pay $19.9 million

12:01 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Showa has agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of electric power steering assemblies and to pay a million fine, the Justice Department said today....
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HANS GREIMEL

A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

10:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg....
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U.S. proposes 30-year phase-out of tariffs on Japanese autos, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
The United States has proposed eliminating over 30 years its tariffs on Japanese light vehicles but Japan rejected the proposal because the time period is unusually long, Kyodo News reported on Saturday....
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Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035....
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Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan....
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Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit....
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Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process....
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Members only: How a Japanese Lexus dealer pampers LS owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
From the sparkling Swarovski chandelier to its veined marble paneling, the secluded LS Owners' Lounge at Nagoya's biggest Lexus dealership is one of a kind....
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U.S. chip maker muscles into rival's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Japan's killer 2011 earthquake was an unprecedented knockout to the country's auto industry. But for U.S. company Freescale Semiconductor Inc., it has been a business breakthrough....
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Japan auto demand to slump after sales tax hike, JAMA says

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Japanese auto deliveries will drop 16 percent in the year starting April 1 as a sales-tax increase damps demand, an industry group estimates....
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3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. But as Japan marks the three-year anniversary, the country's carmakers have rebounded to precrisis highs. Last year, Japan churned out 9.6 million vehicles, just topping 2010's prequake result....
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Mazda snaps up engineers in latest sign of rebound

1:44 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Mazda is embarking on a hiring binge in Japan, the latest sign that the former money-losing carmaker is bouncing back. The surge in new recruits will come in engineering as Mazda doubles down on future product....
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Subaru of America names Nakamura CEO

2:21 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Subaru of America has named Tomomi Nakamura as CEO effective April 1, taking over from Takeshi Tachimori. Tachimori will return to Japan, where he will be responsible for global sales, including those in the United States, for Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries. He spent three years as CEO of Subaru of America....
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EDITORIALS

Honda takes baby steps toward a diverse board

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Honda Motor Co.'s belated moves to inject some diversity into its top ranks deserve two cheers....
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Freescale seeks Japan toehold with motorsports marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
How does an underdog American supplier break into a Japanese market dominated by a homegrown rival? Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is going racing with the most Japanese of Japanese automakers in one of the most Japanese of Japanese cars....
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Toyota says union demand for pay hike is surprisingly high

6:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Toyota, Japan's largest manufacturer and employer, said the wage increases labor unions have demanded going into annual negotiations this year were "surprisingly high."...
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Most Japanese auto production resumes after heavy snow

7:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Most Japanese automakers have resumed operations at their plants that were suspended after heavy snow disrupted parts deliveries, companies said on today, limiting impact on their domestic production volume....
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Mitsubishi aims to beat profitability forecast by ending N.A., Japan losses

6:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the maker of i-MiEV electric cars, is seeking to exceed its profitability target by ending losses in Japan and North America, President Osamu Masuko said....
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Most Japan automakers resume plant operations after snow; Mazda, Nissan still affected

Feb. 18, 2014 12:21 CET
Most Japanese carmakers have resumed operations at their domestic plants after heavy snow disrupted parts deliveries....
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Japan automakers idle domestic output as snow slows parts shipments

8:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Japanese automakers including Toyota and Honda suspended operations at some domestic plants in central and eastern Japan after heavy snow disrupted their supply chains and prevented workers from commuting....
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N.A. spiffs hurt Nissan profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Hefty incentives and plunging profits in North America offset foreign exchange gains at Nissan Motor Corp. to temper net income growth in the October-December quarter. As Japan's other carmakers rode the weak yen to bumper profits, overall net income at Nissan rose a comparatively meager 57 percent to 84.30 billion, or about $801.2 million, in the company's fiscal third quarter....
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Japanese auto workers seek pay raises amid soaring profits

8:14 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
Labor unions at all of Japan's automakers are seeking an increase in base salaries and bonuses, as companies including Toyota and Honda forecast record profits this fiscal year....
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Japan is roaring back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Enjoying a huge windfall from a weakening yen, Japan's automakers are putting a half-decade of travails behind them and entering a golden age of record profits....
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ANALYSIS

Mitsubishi, in naming Aikawa as next president, declares its independence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2014
The naming of Tetsuro Aikawa as Mitsubishi Motors' next president marks a key step toward independence for the carmaker. It may finally be getting out from under the thumbs of its largest shareholders....
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