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Japan Bike Retail Chain Taken-Over by Equity Firm

TOKYO, Japan - Private equity firm The Riverside Company has acquired Y. International, a Tokyo-based bicycle retailer with 29 company-owned stores across Japan, with a particular focus on metropolitan Tokyo. Y. International is Japan's leading high-end, sport enthusiast bike retail chain. It is a b...

Bicycle Ministry To Promote Cycling in Japan

TOKYO, Japan – In an attempt to coordinate the county’s national cycling policy a parliamentary working group proposed the creation of a Ministry of Bicycle Promotion. Currently cycling policy in Japan is handled by multiple governmental bodies. The police establishes the rules of the road, while th...

Japan 2012: Market Goes Back to Normal

TOKYO, Japan – “Back to normal” seems to be the mantra. The Tohoku earthquake on March 2011 the giant tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe that followed crippled transportation networks and led to a spike in bicycle sales. Looking at the 2012 bicycle market statistics it seems that there ha...

Japan 2011: Pedelec Sales on the Rise

TOKYO, Japan – Bike Europe’s latest published Japan bicycle market report for 2011 was based on the January to October figures. Correspondent Jo Beckendorff went to Tokyo for the final year 2011 figures and research. What he found most astonishing is the positive impact of rising Made-in-Japan e-bik...

Koga supports Japan

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Bike Sales Skyrocketing in Japan after Earthquake

TOKYO, Japan - Japan’s leading bicycle retailer, Asahi Co. – a stock-listed retail giant with nationwide about 200 outlets – reports that its bicycle sales has doubled since March 11; the day the worst ever earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast of Japan.   In particular in the Kanto r...

Nuclear Threat in Japan Affects Visits to Taipei Cycle

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The threat of a nuclear meltdown and the leaking of radio-active material due to damage to nuclear power plants by the earthquake in Japan of last Friday, is affecting the number of visitors to Taipei Cycle. Exhibitors of the show are receiving cancelations of scheduled meeti...

Earthquake: No Direct Damage to Shimano Production in Japan

OSAKA, Japan – The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the Northern regions in Japan last Saturday didn’t damage the Shimano factories in the country. On questions Bike Europe received this statement from Shimano Europe commercial director Frank Peiffer: “No direct damages to Shimano or probl...

Regenerative e-Bike Motors from Japan

German Fullstage Technologies GmbH is launching e-Bike hub motors with regenerative power characteristics which are made in Japan. The new e-Bike motor system is called ‘Aero Assistant’ and is developed by the world renowned company Meidensha in Japan. This is the motor-supplier for the high spee...

Japan: Large pedelec recall hits market

TOKYO, Japan - The Japanese e-bike market is experiencing one of the perhaps largest product recalls. On 15th May Yamaha, founder and producer of the so-called „PAS“ pedelec system, and two competitors using PAS for their pedelec range, recalled a total of 221,358 models (!) produced between Janu...

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