News Briefs

UK-Japan News September 2020

NEC, Fujitsu eyed for 5G

Having banned Chinese tech firm Huawei, Britain is looking to Japan for help in building its next-generation 5G wireless network. The Japanese firms will be asked to bid against others such as Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia Corporation. (Economic Times, 21 July)

SoftBank may lose jobs at Glasgow office

With the SoftBank Group selling its British chip­maker ARM Limited to US-based Nvidia Corporation for $40bn, 21 positions in the firm’s Glasgow, Scotland office may be eliminated. SoftBank acquired ARM in 2016 for $32bn. At the time it was the largest foreign takeover by a Japanese firm. (The Herald, 5 September)

Land Rover Defender SUV on local market

British Chamber of Commerce in Japan Platinum member Jaguar Land Rover Limited announced on 28 August that its iconic Defender SUV will now be available in Japan. (BCCJ, 28 August)

Civic move to Saitama

With Honda closing its Swindon plant in 2021, the carmaker is preparing to move portions of its Civic production to its Yorii plant in Saitama Prefecture. (Just Auto, 27 August)