Japan

NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Department of Justice said today....
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Toyota plans Olympic all-stars, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Toyota will capitalize on its sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics by launching a string of new models tied to the games, including a taxi and fuel cell cars, a Japanese magazine reported....
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Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags....
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Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry....
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Toyota still No. 1 where it counts: Profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. may have lost its title as world's biggest automaker halfway through the year, but it beat its two top rivals by miles in profits in the latest quarter, thanks largely to currency gains....
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Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries....
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REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa....
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Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks....
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Subaru parent's operating profit jumps 70% on surging U.S. sales

6:20 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, posted a 70 percent jump in quarterly operating profit as sales continued to climb in the United States, its biggest market, and a weak yen boosted the value of earnings overseas....
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Mitsubishi Motors' April-June net falls 15%

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors today said its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 15 percent to 23.99 billion yen, or $195.56 million, brought down by widening losses in Japan, poor performance in Europe and a drop in global factory unit sales....
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Japan auto lobby chief warns of 'downward spiral' in China

11:51 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The head of Japan's auto lobby, warning of a "downward spiral," says China's economic situation looked tough and that he was not optimistic about the outlook for the country's auto market....
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High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automakers....
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Hyundai expects 'tepid' global sales growth amid uncertainties

6:32 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Hyundai Motor Group expects “tepid growth” for global auto sales in the second half of this year because of economic uncertainties and a weak won....
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Honda to make English official work language by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Honda said English will be the official language for all inter-regional communications at the Tokyo automaker by 2020....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Lessons for Americans from Hamp's case

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

A foreign national caught violating laws that are often flouted back home is not new....
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Nissan says Japan plant will make hot-selling Rogue for U.S.

2:06 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Nissan said that next year its plant in Kyushu, Japan, will begin building up to 100,000 Rogues annually for the U.S. market....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: What do Julie Hamp and price fixing have in common?

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

If the Japanese want to enforce their drug laws, they are perfectly entitled to do so. But they had better be prepared for other countries to enforce their own laws, too....
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Honda adds 4.5 million cars to recalls for Takata airbags

July 9, 2015 09:55 CET

Honda added 4.5 million more vehicles to recalls involving Takata airbags. Honda said 1.63 million of the vehicles are in Japan but is still compiling data for other markets. North America is not included in this latest recall, Honda said....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed without charges; Hayakawa new CCO

July 8, 2015 10:54 CET

Former Toyota executive Julie Hamp was released from custody in Japan today without being charged, following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing oxycodone. Toyota said Senior Managing Officer Shigeru Hayakawa will succeed Hamp as chief communications officer....
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Nissan says Takata airbag caused fire in Japan crash

6:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Nissan said an airbag made by Takata Corp. installed in one of its cars had deployed with too much force and caused a fire in a light crash in Japan, marking the automaker's first such case in the country....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody in Japan, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Tokyo prosecutors plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota executive, on Wednesday after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, a report said....
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Mercedes will pass VW in Japan this year on surging luxury car sales

July 6, 2015 11:30 CET

Mercedes will likely pass Volkswagen this year to become the top-selling import brand in Japan for the first time in 16 years, underscoring the nation's surprising boom in demand for luxury cars....
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Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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