France’s Air Liquide partners with Itochu Corp to develop hydrogen mobility markets in Japan

On Friday, in a statement French industrial gas giant Air Liquide said, it has entered into a collaboration with Japan’s Itochu Corp, a trading house, to further develop the hydrogen mobility markets in Japan. Initially, both companies will focus on the development of hydrogen retail infrastructure in Japan for both commercial and for passenger vehicles,…

Mitsubishi Corp to supply clean energy to Amazon.com Inc’s European data centre

On Monday, in a report Japan’s the Nikkei business daily said, Mitsubishi Corp is set to enter into an agreement to “provide Amazon.com Inc’s European facilities with renewable energy through its Dutch unit, Eneco”. An offshore wind farm which is being built by Eneco is scheduled to come online in 2023; it will supply 130…

Japan plans on eliminating gas powered vehicles by mid-2030s, ramps up renewable energy investments

On Friday, in a significant development, the Japanese government said it aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the country in the next 15 years so as to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” sees an increased adoption of hydrogen in…

Japan considering support for electric vehicles, policy to be released later this month

On Thursday, during a news conference, Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief spokesman for the government stated, the trade ministry is weighing options to support a shift to electric-powered vehicles and will map out a plan by the end of this year. Japan plans on stopping the sale of new gasoline powered cars by mid-2030s in favour…

Central bank digital currency will help ease trading in cryptocurrencies

In a statement, Oki Matsumoto, the head of Japan’s Monex Group said, digital currencies of Japan’s central bank will help boost trading of cryptocurrencies by providing a trusted and convenient platform for converting them into legal tenders. Welcoming the move the Bank of Japan, Matsumoto, the CEO of the Monex Group said, it will look…

Intel sells its NAND chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix for $9 billion

In a significant development, Intel Corp has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc for $9 billion. The all-cash deal will propel the South Korean chipmaker to the second spot in global rankings. The development marks Intel’s efforts to divest its non-core businesse and move away from the volatile commodity…

Japanese carmaker taps Xilinx for driver assisted hands free car driving experience

In a joint statement, Japanese carmaker Subaru Corp and chip maker Xilinx Inc said, the Japanese automaker will use Xilinx’s chip to power a new driver-assistance system which will enable drivers to go hands-free during traffic jams, among other new features. Subaru’s upcoming midsized hatchback Levorg will use Xilinx’s “Zynq” chips to provide a new…

U.S and Japan to collaborate on economic security including 5G technology

On Saturday, the United States and Japan agreed to start a dialogue on economic security which includes 5G mobile networks as well as the export of civilian technology that also has military use, reported Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper. On Friday, the U.S. administration moved to block the global supply of chips to Chinese 5G equipment giant…