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Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. announced that its U.S. team of service technicians placed second in the 13th Annual Isuzu One Grand Prix World Technician Competition. This marked the second year in a row that Team USA won the silver medal in the prestigious event, a grueling, multi-stage competition requiring outstanding performance on written examinations and in hands-on tests of vehicle diagnosis and repair skills.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central government resumed work at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on Nov. 1, even though Okinawa residents overwhelmingly see the project as an undemocratic imposition on the small southern island. The initial stage of landfill work at Henoko on Okinawa's east coast resumed the morning of Nov.

TOKYO (AP) — The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying the project is 40 percent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony. Located in central Tokyo, the Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Games.

To deal with his country's construction worker shortage, Yoichi Wagatsuma created an app that connects Japanese contractors with construction workers. With a surge of development from key infrastructure projects, as well as the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan's labor ministry reported that there is an average of 4.3 jobs available for every trade worker, The Japan Times reported.

The world's tallest wooden skyscraper is coming to Japan. Japan-based Sumitomo Forestry will create the structure, named W350, with 90 percent wood and 10 percent steel, the South China Morning Post reported. The structure will rise 350 meters, much taller than the world's current highest timber building, which stretches just 53 meters high.

KCMA Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, will change their corporate name to Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America effective Jan. 1, 2018. KCMA Corporation has been active in the North American construction equipment market since 1962 when Kawasaki Heavy Industries built their first articulated wheel loader in Japan.

A 1,410-year-old building is a key resource for modern-day earthquake-safe building methods. Built in 607 A.D., Japan's 122-ft.-tall Horyu-ji temple is one of the oldest wooden structures in the world, and has survived almost 50 earthquakes at magnitudes of 7.0 and greater, the New York Daily News reported.

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Caterpillar a contract for more than $663 million. As part of the five-year contract, Caterpillar will supply commercial construction equipment to perform duties in Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Italy and Japan, with a performance completion date of Aug.

Terex|Finlay, hosted an international open day in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 15 and 16. The event had a very international feel with dealers and end-user customers in attendance from North and South America, Europe, Russia, Japan and South Africa. In total more than 350 dealers and customers visited the site over the two days.

The Japanese multinational IT solutions provider, NEC Corporation, has announced that it will conduct a trial of remote construction technologies with KDDI Corporation and Obayashi Corporation, with the aim of achieving smart civil engineering utilizing 5G, the next-generation wireless communication standard.

Pacifico Energy K.K. announced the commencement of construction on Japan's largest solar power generation plant, the 257.7 MW (DC) Sakuto Mega Solar Power Plant in Mimasaka, Okayama. The plant will be constructed on land in Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture that was previously the proposed site of the Sakuto St.