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Okamoto Launches New Condom Aimed at Improving STD Prevention, Rate of Condom Use

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) recently announced that it has launched a new condom in the Japanese market. Named the VivaGel condom, the product is aimed at preventing the transmission of STDs and encouraging more people to make use of condoms. The new product is the first in the Japanese market to make use of VivaGel coating in its lubricant. Developed...

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Bridgestone Installs Accessible Curbs at Bus Station in Okayama

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has teamed up with Yokohama National University, the Japan Transportation Planning Association (JTPA) and Advance KK to install accessible curbs at the Korakuen bus station in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. Making use of features such as a specially shaped side, these accessible curbs for bus stations facilitate smaller gaps between the curb and a bus’s entrance and exit....

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Japanese Production of Transmission Belts Falls Year-on-Year Amid Shifts in Automotive Sector

Japan’s domestic production of transmission belts fell 2 percent year-on-year in 2018 to end at 11,701 tons, according to statistics from the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association. General-purpose industrial products performed well for the year, with demand increasing for use in the likes of semiconductor production equipment, injection molding machines, machine tools and industrial robots. This was offset, however, by a...

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Japan Sees 177 New Projects for Large Earthquake-Resistant Buildings in 2017

The number of large buildings in Japan employing seismic isolation technology sits at 4,557 as of December 2017, according to a report put together recently by the Japan Society for Seismic Isolation (JSSI). Up by 177 buildings over 2016, this figure includes projects currently in planning and is categorized into 895 government buildings and 3,662 private buildings. Seismic isolation technology...

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Bridgestone Begins Supply of Turanza Tires as OE for New Mazda 3

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started supplying its Turanza T005A line of tires as OE for Mazda Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7261) new Mazda 3. Designed with a focus on people, the new-model Mazda 3 is said to bring radical improvements to basic vehicle performance. Mazda is touting this as including significant refinements in terms of how smooth the car feels to operate,...

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Bridgestone Plans 3% Price Hike for Domestic Aftermarket Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to increase its prices on aftermarket tires shipped within Japan starting Aug. 1. With distribution-related costs surging amid factors such as a labor shortage, and the expectation that this trend will continue going forward, Bridgestone has decided on the strategy of increasing its own prices in response. This marks the company’s first price increase since...

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