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Japan and U.S. aim to seal trade deal after Upper House election: Motegi

via The Japan Times    Jun 14, 2019

Economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi suggested Thursday that Japan and the United States will aim to quickly conclude negotiations for a bilateral trade deal after ...

Honda ponders plan to let Indian companies test e-cycles amid state-backed EV push

By Kaoruko Naruoka,Atul Ranjan
- via The Japan Times    Jun 14, 2019

Honda Motor Co. might undertake project to let businesses in India test ride its electric motorcycles on a trial basis next year as the government ...

In trade talks, Japan considers proposal to cut U.S. farm tariffs immediately to TPP levels

via The Japan Times    Jun 13, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi are seen in Tokyo on May 25. | POOL / VIA KYODO

Japan plans to propose immediately reducing tariffs on U.S. agricultural products to current levels for TPP members, according to sources familiar with the matter.The measure ...

Trump takes hard line on new China tariff threat if Xi proves a no-show

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2017. Trump on Monday said he still expects to talk with his Chinese counterpart, Xi, at the upcoming G20 summit, warning he will impose new tariffs if there is no meeting. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump warned Monday he will slap huge new tariffs on China if his counterpart, Xi Jinping, doesn’t show up for a planned face-to-face ...

Japan and U.S. officials hold talks to advance trade negotiations

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi (left) and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer shake hands before a meeting at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington on April 16. | AFP-JIJI

Officials from Japan and the United States started a two-day meeting Monday in Washington to advance negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement.The working-level meeting comes ...

Despite Prius’s sales slump, hybrids as popular as ever

By Keith Naughton
- via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

A Prius hybrid automobile goes through a final quality check on the production line at Toyota Motor Corp.'s plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in 2017. | BLOOMBERG

The Toyota Prius, once revered as the greenest car on the road, has fallen on hard times. Sales are on a six-year losing streak, and ...

Nagoya-based firm develops tech to let autonomous cars know if driver is holding the wheel

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

Sumitomo Riko Co., a Nagoya-based auto parts maker, has developed a system that can determine whether a driver is holding the steering wheel, a piece ...

Renesas opens Shanghai auto electronics lab in joint project with Volkswagen group

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

Renesas Electronics Corp.'s headquarters in Tokyo | KYODO

Japanese semiconductor-maker Renesas Electronics Corp. has opened a laboratory in Shanghai jointly with a local affiliate of Germany’s Volkswagen group to boost research and development ...

Aso, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discuss global economic risks amid U.S.-China trade spat

via The Japan Times    Jun 09, 2019

Finance Minister Taro Aso shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before the two held talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the city of Fukuoka on Sunday. | KYODO

Finance Minister Taro Aso met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday to discuss issues of global economic concern amid the escalating trade tensions ...

G20 ministers kick of talks on trade and the digital economy in Ibaraki Prefecture

By Masumi Koizumi
- via The Japan Times    Jun 08, 2019

Hiroshige Seko (third from right), minister of economy, trade and industry, delivers his opening address on Saturday at the digital economy portion of a G20 ministerial meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. | MASUMI KOIZUMI

Ministers from the Group of 20 major economies gathered here on Saturday to kick off two days of meetings on trade and the digital economy, ...

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