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Winter Tire Demand Holds Firm for 2016

Demand for commercial winter tires in Japan is expected to be largely the same as that seen in 2015, according to the mid-year review of domestic tire demand for 2016 published by the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) in July. The review projects a 100 percent year-on-year equivalent on four-wheel vehicle tires, at approximately 23.2 million units. Of these,...

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JATMA Introduces New Associate Membership System

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revamped its membership system, introducing a new associate membership system as of April 1, 2016. On the same date, two companies — Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. and Nippon Goodyear Ltd. — were registered as associate members. The establishment of this new membership system reflects the fact that tires are a global...

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Bridgestone’s Kumamoto Plant Ceases Operations, Conducts Safety Checks After Powerful Quake

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck at 9.26 p.m. Japan Standard Time on April 14, with its epicenter near the city of Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. At Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) Kumamoto Plant in Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture, the earthquake was recorded on the Japan Meteorological Agency’s seismic intensity scale as 6-lower, and the plant ceased operations immediately after the earthquake struck....

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Bridgestone Questioned About Surplus Capital Usage

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has held its general shareholders’ meeting, attended by 630 stakeholders, who asked Bridgestone leadership about a variety of topics. Those topics included the company’s use of surplus capital, the outlook for fiscal 2016, corporate governance as a firm with a nominating board and other committees, business results for fiscal 2015, the company’s Contact Area Information Sensing (CAIS)...

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Bridgestone Awards Winners of Children’s Eco-painting Competition

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) held an awards ceremony for the 13th Bridgestone Children’s Eco-painting Competition. The annual contest organized by the Bridgestone Group was launched in 2003 as part of its environmental initiatives. Attracting a record high of 56,128 entries, the competition called for entries from students in sixth-grade and under to show their favorite parts of nature. Various individual prizes...

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