In a sign of the housing market’s continued recovery, YKK AP America is expanding its vinyl window plant in Macon, Ga., the Japanese company announced this week. A subsidiary of YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based U.S. headquarters of the Japanese zipper giant, YKK AP is planning to spend $10 million and hire 150 people at its residential window […]
The Japanese consulate general in Atlanta is denying claims that it used economic threats to strong-arm the National Center for Civil and Human Rights into quashing a monument to the so-called “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. The statue of a young Asian girl seated next to an empty chair was intended […]
Japanese automaker Honda has begun making in Georgia its new 10-speed automatic transmission that will enable smooth shifting for American soccer moms and other drivers starting this spring. The part, utilizing a new design that reduces friction to improve drivability, will be first integrated into the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, with plans to roll it out later into other cars and […]
Despite President-elect Donald J. Trump’s vow to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Japan shouldn’t be looking for a way forward on the trade deal without the U.S. just yet.
In mid-November, following the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, elementary students at the Seigakuin Atlanta International School were surprised by the concerns of their counterparts in a Mexican elementary school with whom they were having a Skype visit. “Would we be safe?” was the question on the Mexican children’s minds should they visit the United […]
Osaka, Japan-based Yanmar Co., Ltd., a global company with its U.S. regional headquarters in Adairsville, Ga., is to open a new training and customer experience facility. According to a Nov. 1 release of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the expansion of the Yanmar America Corp. in Cherokee County, is to create 25 jobs and […]
Despite rhetoric on the campaign trail about the U.S. being “ripped off” in its trading relationships, the top American officials in charge of trade and commerce said Friday that trade rules are being enforced more stringently than ever. And beyond that, trade deals are a way to adjust global trading rules that can sometimes work to […]
At the end of this month, JapanFest’s silent auction will expire, and along with it the chance to fly anywhere in the world on Delta Air Lines Inc. Right now, the prices are a steal with systemwide tickets currently bid up to just $1,050. Tickets to Asia and Japan are starting at $1,000. JapanFest was […]
One makes contact lenses with layers thinner than a human hair. Another produces sensors that help cars avoid collisions. And one makes grown-up “toys” — golf cars, Waverunners and four wheelers. What linked three companies presenting at the Sept. 22 Next Generation Manufacturing annual conference? Foreign ownership and a commitment to efficient manufacturing through the use […]
The problem is that opposition to trade usually goes down well with voters — especially now that trade-bashing has gone mainstream in both political parties.