Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi form new R&D-focussed alliance

According to a report from Japan’s Kyodo News, Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp have agreed to form a new company focused on research and development of advanced automotive technologies. The trio’s new alliance will announce concrete plans in January 2020, reported Kyodo citing sources familiar with the matter. This new strategic…

Panasonic to divest its chipmaking units to Nuvoton Technology

On Thursday, Japan’s Panasonic Corp stated it will sell its loss-making chip business to Taiwan’s Nuvoton Technology, reported Nikkei Asian Review. According to the report, Panasonic is also slated to divest three Japanese chipmaking facilities of TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor – a joint venture with Israel’s Tower Semiconductor. The development comes midst the U.S.-China trade war which…

Japan’s SoftBank and South Korea’s Naver Corp to create $30 billion tech giant to fight Rakuten Inc

On Monday, Japan’s SoftBank Corp stated, it plans on merge  Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line Corp in order to create a $30 billion tech giant, as it aims to group together struggling internet companies to bulk up against rivals such as Rakuten Inc. In a statement SoftBank said Yahoo Japan, which last month…

Japanese fashion group Fast Retailing Co Ltd to increase automation at its warehouses and facilities

On Wednesday, Japan’s fashion group Fast Retailing Co Ltd stated, it has partnered with two robotics startups to help improve efficiency in its warehousing and distribution strategy. Fast Retailing, the owner of clothing chain Uniqlo and also Asia’s biggest fashion retailer by sales said, it plans on investing $916.59 million (100 billion yen) to increase…

Cyber attack on Asian ports could cost $110 billion: Lloyd’s of London

A report prepared by University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, on behalf of the Cyber Risk Management (CyRiM) project, in partnership with Lloyd’s, a cyber insurer. On Wednesday, a report backed by Lloyd’s of London stated, a cyber attack on Asian ports could cost a whopping $110 billion equivalent to half of the total…