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Newsweek International 10/25/2019

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8 min.
green-focused japanese smes respond to global market changes

“In our industry, we are facing new challenges and new difficulties every year. At our company, finding the answer to these challenges motivates us more than money”Yorioki Nara, President, NARA Machinery Co. Ltd. Profound market changes are presenting both challenges and opportunities for Japanese companies, particularly the small and medium-sized manufacturers that form the backbone of the nation’s economy. Japan’s shrinking domestic market, the result of its aging population, has prompted a large number of Japanese SMEs to expand their presence abroad and pursue international growth strategies. Leveraging on their capacity for innovation and the Japanese reputation for high-quality manufacturing (largely seen as superior to the regional competitors that have emerged in recent decades), these companies are primed to reap the potential of new emerging markets like fast-growing South East Asia, while…

3 min.
eliiy power’s lithium-ion batteries for a greener and safer world

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 that left vast swathes of the Tohoku region without electricity, employees from Eliiy Power loaded up cars with eight of the company’s ‘Power Yiile’ transportable electricity storage systems and headed for Miyagi prefecture. There, the ‘Power Yiile’ were set up at the Disaster Response Headquarters, as well as at six emergency shelters, and were used to power TVs, radios, lighting and charge mobile phones. Since its establishment in 2006, Eliiy Power has grown from a little-known start-up to become one of Japan’s leading developers of large-size lithium-ion batteries and electricity storage systems. “One of our customers is Japan’s largest homebuilder and real-estate developer, Daiwa House. And Eliiy Power has expanded the electricity storage market with Daiwa House,” says 82-year-old founder, chairman and…

3 min.
ydk and the air of innovation

“In terms of quality in comparison to YDK’s foreign competitors, there is a huge difference between theirs and YDK’s. And that is why one of YDK’s main clients is Dyson”Hironori Yamamoto, President, YDK One of the most reputed brands in the world, Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are synonymous with high-performance and sleek design that have made them a popular choice with high-end consumers. While Dyson is a British company, it does in many ways resemble the characteristics of a Japanese manufacturer. Like many of its Japanese counterparts, Sir James Dyson’s firm focuses on developing innovative products that are often more expensive than those of its competitors, but are far superior in terms of performance, quality and reliability. Perhaps it will come as no surprise then that the company depends on a specialist Japanese manufacturer…

1 min.
the archives

1969 “Of all the devices that man has created to propel himself from one place to another on Earth, the Boeing 747 jetliner must rank as the most spectacular,” Newsweek wrote of the larger-than-life airplane. “The aviation industry sees in the 747 the coming of a second jet age, a new millennium.” The wide-body carries “nearly 500 passengers on two luxurious levels,” stretches “three-fourths of a football field” long and “has a tail as tall as a six-story building.” After soaring for nearly five decades, the 747 may be in its final descent as demand shifts to smaller, more fuel-efficient commercial aircraft. 1985 “The talk is of trouble in paradise,” Newsweek wrote of the “fairytale marriage” turned “soap opera” of the Prince and Princess of Wales. While the magazine concluded the worst of…

6 min.
does jim mattis have a duty to criticize donald trump?

AS FOUR-STAR GENERAL AND FORMER SECRETARY of Defense Jim Mattis embarks on a book tour, his vow to refrain from criticizing President Donald Trump raises important ethical questions. Should a retired general or admiral ever criticize a sitting president? If so, under what circumstances? Is there a duty to warn the American people if their president is a clear and present danger to national security? In addressing these questions, it is instructive to consider the standard set by George Marshall, the only other former flag officer who also served as secretary of defense. Before and after Marshall stepped down as President Harry Truman’s defense secretary in 1951, he consistently and flatly refused several lucrative offers from publishers to write his memoirs or to otherwise speak out about the presidents, politicians and…

11 min.
playing with fire

ON A BALMY SEPTEMBER 28, Sen. Lindsey Graham went golfing with President Donald Trump at the president’s private golf club in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles outside Washington D.C. As they played the tree-studded course on the banks of the Potomac River, Graham assured Trump that Senate Republicans had his back on the formal impeachment inquiry underway in the House. But Graham’s principal message that day focused on Iran—namely the need to punish the Islamic Republic militarily for what Trump and many others believe was its drone-and-cruise-missile attack on two major Saudi Arabian oil facilities two weeks earlier. “Make Iran pay a price,” Graham, appearing the next day on CBS’s Face the Nation, recalled urging Trump. The South Carolina Republican said he also told the president that last-minute orders in June to…