Panasonic likely to upgrade Japanese battery cell production plants to 2170 cells by March 2020

The development comes in the wake of Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, tweeting that Panasonic has been a constraint on Tesla’s production of the Model 3 since July 2018. Against the installed capacity of 35 GWh at Tesla’s Gigafactory at Nevada, Panasonic has operationalized only 24 GWh. On Thursday, as per a source familiar with the…

Security of cryptocurrency exchanges to be bolstered in Japan

Japan’s financial regulator is pushing to improve internal security in the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges. On Tuesday, in a development that marks Japan’s intent to increase its oversight of cryptocurrencies, Japan’s financial regulator stated, cryptocurrency exchanges will now require to strengthen internal oversight of “cold wallets” used to store digital money, said a source with direct…

Honda Motor & truckmaker Hino Motors join SoftBank Group’s and Toyota Motor’s joint venture

The development underscores a growing trend of consolidation among communications, automakers and technology companies as they grapple with the massive investment and software expertise required to develop new services for which demand has yet to be tested. On Thursday, Japan’s Honda Motor Co and truckmaker Hino Motors Ltd stated they join a joint venture of…

Japanese carmaker Subaru to recall 2.3 million vehicles globally

The comparatively tiny Japanese automaker is facing a series of quality assurance related issues over rapid expansion in the U.S. In a significant development, Japan’s Subaru Corp stated it plans on recalling nearly 2.3 million vehicles globally over an issue with brake lights. This will be the automaker’s biggest-ever recall as it struggles with a…

Sony announces 1st ever share buyback worth $910 million

The move is clearly aimed at boosting shareholder returns. On Friday, Sony Corp announced its first-ever major share buyback worth $910 million (100 billion yen). With the news reaching the market, its stock recovered from a hammering from investors who were spooked over its lackluster earnings. Sony’s announcement marked Japan’s second major buyback this week:…

SoftBank’s share fall by 10% on their stock market debut

Investors worries include SoftBank Corp’s exposure to Huawei. SoftBank has stated it plans on replacing its Huawei-provided 4G network equipment with those of other suppliers – an expensive and time-consuming affair. In a rare development, shares of Japan’s SoftBank Corp fell by more than 10% on debut as investor appetite for what has been Japan’s…

SoftBank to replace Huawei’s 4G network equipment with Nokia and Ericsson equivalent

SoftBank will also source its 5G network equipment from Nokia and Ericsson rather than from Huawei: Nikkei In a significant development, Japan’s Nikkei has reported without citing sources, SoftBank Group Corp plans on replacing 4G network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd with equivalent hardware from Nokia and Ericsson. Further, for its 5G network,…