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China’s high-tech push seeks to reassert global factory dominance

By Kevin Tao
- via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Employees work on assembling an automated guided vehicle at a Lanyu Robot Co. factory in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 7. | REUTERS

Beijing's pivot puts the focus on advanced manufacturing, rather than the services sector, to steer the world's second-largest economy past the so-called "middle income trap."

U.S. lifts post-Fukushima import restrictions on Japan farm products

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2021

A trial cultivation of vegetables is carried out in the Nagadoro district of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in August. | ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY / VIA KYODO

Under the restrictions, U.S. imports of a total of 100 agricultural products produced in 14 Japanese prefectures including Fukushima had been suspended.

U.S. opens probe into 30 million vehicles over Takata air bag inflators

By David Shepardson
- via The Japan Times    Sep 20, 2021

U.S. investigators have opened a new investigation into 30 million vehicles built by nearly two dozen carmakers with potentially defective Takata air bag inflators. | REUTERS

There have been at least 28 deaths worldwide, including 19 in the United States tied to faulty Takata inflators and more than 400 injuries.

Japan to carefully analyze China’s readiness to join TPP after bid

via The Japan Times    Sep 17, 2021

Speculation persists as to whether China can adhere to the trade pact's rules on state-owned enterprises.

Japan’s exports growth cools as COVID-19 hits supply chains

via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

Japan's exports extended double-digit gains in August but the pace of growth weakened as the pandemic hit Asia's supply chains. | BLOOMBERG

"Exports have been driving the economy. The recovery scenario for Japan's economy may become shaky if they won't grow."

Firms sucking carbon from air see boost from ‘code red’ climate crisis

By Alister Doyle
- via The Japan Times    Sep 15, 2021

Pods containing technology for storing carbon dioxide underground, in Hellisheidi, Iceland. | BLOOMBERG

The need to remove carbon already in the air to try to limit the damage from climate change is becoming increasingly clear.

Amazon hikes starting pay to $18 an hour as it hires for 125,000 more logistics jobs

By Jeffrey Dastin
- via The Japan Times    Sep 14, 2021

A worker assembles a box for delivery at the Amazon fulfillment center. The e-commerce giant is set to raise wages in the U.S. and hire another 125,000 employees. | REUTERS

Most new hires will help run 100 new logistics facilities in the United States, on top of more than 250 that opened earlier this year.

Building a more sustainable car, from headlamp to tailpipe

By Eric A. Taub
- via The Japan Times    Sep 13, 2021

The Audi RS E-tron GT. Carmakers are turning away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, such as leather and plastics.  | AUDI / VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES

Carmakers around the world are turning away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, such as leather and plastics.

Biden team weighs China trade probe in bid to press Beijing

By Jenny Leonard
- via The Japan Times    Sep 11, 2021

A woman walks past Chinese and U.S. flags displayed at the U.S. Soybean Export Council booth during the 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services in on Sept. 4. | REUTERS

USTR has asked outside consultants to help quantify the damage from Chinese subsidies in order to measure the kind of response that’s appropriate should an ...

Nearly 10% of Japan firms to add regular staff after minimum pay hike

By Keita Nakamura
- via The Japan Times    Sep 11, 2021

A shopping district in Tokyo on Thursday | REUTERS

The survey appears to show that more employers are deciding it's better to shift their labor force to nonfixed-term regular workers.

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