Toyota trolls for techies along Tokyo's Nambu Line amid Silicon Valley's tense rivalry

The Japan Times

When it comes to recruiting tech talent, Toyota Motor Corp. is anything but subtle. The Japanese automaker recently launched a marketing campaign targeting information technology specialists and software engineers along Tokyo's suburban Nambu railway line, where the research centers of Japan's signature tech giants are clustered. "We want engineers from Nambu Line area more than from Silicon Valley," declares one poster at Mukaigawara Station, where one of the exits is designated exclusively for NEC Corp. employees. Toyota's talent raid is unusual in a country where lifetime employment is still the norm at many big companies. "It's very unique for a Japanese company as well-known as Toyota to blatantly target specific talent markets or companies with direct advertising in regional locations like this," said Casey Abel, managing director at recruiter HCCR K.K. based in Tokyo.


BMW's autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

Mashable

As I approached San Francisco International Airport, my expectations for BMW's new concept car were as big as the looming Boeing 777F Lufthansa cargo jet waiting for me. I had surrendered my cellphone and everything in my purse but my drivers license to see BMW's iNext vehicle. Its tour started in Munich a few days earlier; it came to the Bay Area after a stop at New York's JFK airport, and was scheduled to continue on to Beijing. SEE ALSO: BMW makes sure we can't escape voice assistants while driving After passing a final security check, I climbed up the rickety staircase with fellow media members and entered the cavernous aircraft. We had been told very little about what we were going to see, except it was not only the "car of the future" but the "idea of the future."


Toyota recalls air bags in U.S. and Japan that may not inflate properly

The Japan Times

DETROIT – Toyota is recalling 191,000 cars in North America and Japan because the air bags may not inflate properly in a crash. The recall covers certain 2003 through 2008 Corolla compact sedans and 2005 through 2008 Matrix hatchbacks. Toyota says the front passenger air bags in the cars were installed in prior recalls to replace dangerous Takata air bags. But in high temperatures, the replacement bags may not unfold as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been hurt due to the problem.


'Like bombs': Bankrupt company's air bags still out there

Associated Press

Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, June 26, 2017. Japanese air bag maker Takata, overwhelmed by lawsuits, recall costs, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, June 26, 2017.


'Like bombs': Bankrupt company's air bags still out there

Associated Press

Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, June 26, 2017. Japanese air bag maker Takata, overwhelmed by lawsuits, recall costs, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada listens to a reporter's question during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, June 26, 2017.