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Japan’s Construction of New Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Slows for 2016

The total number of large buildings in Japan employing seismic isolation technology reached 4,345 as of December 2016, according to a recent report from the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI). This includes projects currently in planning, consists of 853 government buildings and 3,492 private sector buildings, and marks an increase of 160 buildings over the previous year’s total of...

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Sumitomo Rubber’s Vibration Control Damper Chosen for Seismic Retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that its vibration control damper will be used by Obayashi Corp. (TYO:1802) for the seismic retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle’s keep. The viscoelastic damper absorbs tremors by instantly converting seismic energy to heat, and uses high-damping rubber developed based on the advanced technology Sumitomo Rubber has accumulated for racing tires. The rubber has also...

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Kyoto University Proves Strength of Sumitomo Rubber’s Miraie Seismic Damper System

Since Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) launched its Miraie residential-purposed seismic damper units in March 2012, they have gone on to be installed in 18,000 buildings through the end of last year. After earning high praise in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, effectiveness has now also been proven by conducting a full-scale seismic test on Jan. 27 at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention...

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Michelin Japan Supports Car Sharing Project in Earthquake-stricken Regions

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is lending a hand to a car sharing project supporting residents of areas affected by the earthquakes in Tohoku (March 2011) and Kumamoto (April 2016). Organized by the Ishinomaki City-based Japan Car Sharing Association, the auto-sharing project aims to improve the quality of life of local residents who live in temporary accommodations or at home...

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Rubber Industry Feels Impact of Kumamoto Earthquakes – Special Report

Rubber manufacturers in the Japanese prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita have been greatly affected by a recent string of earthquakes that have centered on Kumamoto Prefecture, beginning with a foreshock at 9.26 p.m. on April 14. Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) and NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) suspended operations at their respective manufacturing plants in Kumamoto Prefecture. Meanwhile, damage to locally based Tsuchiya Rubber...

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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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