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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will Speech about Abenomics and Investment at New York Stock Exchange in NY

| Events | 2 hours ago

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to Deliver Speech on Japan’s Economy and Investment-Friendly Reforms at the NYSE on Sept. 20

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: NYSE

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the NYSE and deliver a keynote speech on Japan’s economy and investment-friendly reforms. English translation of the speech will be available.

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Medical device company ARKRAY, Inc. start to sell the hemoglobin A1c testing device in US

| Kyoto News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/18/2017

ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System

ARKRAY launches ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System for hemoglobin A1c testing

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Source: U.S. ARKRAY, Inc.

EDINA, Minn., Sept. 18, 2017 — U.S. ARKRAY, Inc. (ARKRAY) announces the launch of the ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System for hemoglobin A1c testing. The system obtained FDA 510(k) clearance as an aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of individuals with diabetes.

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Hitachi Zosen Inova will build Europe’s largest energy-from-waste plant in Istanbul, Turkey

| Energy News, Green Business News, News, Osaka News | 09/17/2017

Energy from Waste System

Hitachi Zosen Inova to Build Istanbul’s First Energy from Waste Plant

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Source: Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Europe’s largest energy-from-waste plant for municipal solid waste is to be built in Istanbul. The turnkey contract, together with one-year operation has been awarded to the Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova together with its Turkish partner Makyol. The plant will process 1 million tonnes of waste per annum generating around 70 MW of electricity.

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Japan’s solenoid manufacturer Takaha Kiko starts mass production of a nice clapping robot “Big Crappie”

| Fukuoka News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/17/2017

Big Crappi - Clapping Robot

Japan’s solenoid manufacturer Takaha Kiko starts mass production of a nice clapping robot “Big Crappie”

Date: Sep 17, 2017
Source: Takaha Kiko Co., Ltd.

Japan’s solenoid manufacturer leader Takaha Kiko announced to start mass production of robot “Big Crappie” in early 2018, and Bye Bye World, the manufacturer and distributor of Big Crappie, are currently accepting 100 pre-orders now.

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Japan’s Fiber Optic Products Manufacturer Furukawa Electric Plans to Expand Production Capacity to Meet World Demand

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News | 09/15/2017

Furukawa Electric and OFS Fitel, LLC

FEC Plans to Expand Production Capacity at OFS to Meet Global Demand

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Source: OFS Fitel, LLC

5G Wireless, Data Centers, Greater Digitization in Business, and FTTH increase optical fiber demand

TOKYO and NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 15, 2017 — Furukawa Electric Company (Furukawa Electric) today announces plans to nearly double its 2016 optical fiber manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to increase its optical fiber cable manufacturing capacity as well, thereby creating over 400 jobs over the next two years.

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Tokyo Wagyu Show 2017 will be held in Komazawa Olympic Park in October

| Events, Foods and Drinks Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 09/14/2017

Tokyo Wagyu Show 2017 - Logo

Tokyo Wagyu Show 2017

Date: Oct 19(Thr)-23(Mon), 2017
Venue: Central Square in Komazawa Olympic Park
Address: 1-1 Komazawa Olympic Park, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0013 Japan
Official Website: http://wagyushow.com/
Organaizer: Tokyo Wagyu Beef Show Executive Committee

Tokyo Wagyu Show is a 5 day event being held from 19th October to the 23rd October 2017 at the Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo, Japan. This event showcases Wagyu products and provide Wagyu foods. Wagyu is selected from four type cattles such as Japanese Black(Kuroge-shu), Japanese Shorthorn(Nihon Tankaku-shu), Japanese Brown Cattle(Akage-shu) and Japanese Polled(Mukakuwa-shu).

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Nisshinbo Collaborated with Ballard to Develop World’s First PEM Fuel Cell Product Using Non Precious Metal Catalyst

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 09/13/2017

Ballard FCgen®‐1040 prototype fuel cell stack, with Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.)

Ballard to Offer World’s First PEM Fuel Cell Product Using Non Precious Metal Catalyst

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Ballard Power Systems Inc.

VANCOUVER, Sept. 12, 2017 – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the Company has collaborated with Nisshinbo Holdings (“Nisshinbo”), an Environmental and Energy company, to develop a Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) for use in the world’s first commercialized NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product. Nisshinbo and Ballard have jointly collaborated on the development of NPMC since 2013.

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Infostellar completed $7.3m financing from Airbus Ventures and other investors

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 09/13/2017

Infostellar - Investor Group

Infostellar closes Series A financing round with $7.3m for satellite antenna sharing platform, with lead investor Airbus Ventures

Date: Sep 13, 2017
Source: Infostellar Inc.

TOKYO, Sept. 13, 2017 — Infostellar, developer of a cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform, announced today a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings, and 500 Startups Japan. This financing will be used to fund the launch of Infostellar’s flagship platform, StellarStation, expand its network of partner antennas, and hire additional talented team members.

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Wanted Washoku Cooking Challengers! The 5th Competition – Washoku World Challenge

| Events, Foods and Drinks Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 09/12/2017

Washoku World Challenge The 5th Competition - Logo

Washoku World Challenge The 5th Competition: CHALLENGE YOUR TALENT in TOKYO

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Washoku World Challenge Executive Committee

Wanted Washoku cooking challengers -For professional Japanese cooking chefs in the world

TOKYO–About the Washoku World Challenge: The Washoku World Challenge is a cooking contest in which Japanese cuisine chefs from all over the world compete in technical expertise and passion for Japanese food. The contest, the 5th of its kind, is organized by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for non-Japanese chefs.

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Solar Frontier, a solar panels and system solutions provider, developed 28 MW of solar project sites in Fresno County, California

| Energy News, News, Tokyo News | 09/12/2017

Solar Frontier - Logo

Solar Frontier Americas Completes Development Phase and Sells 28 MW of Solar Projects to Capital Dynamics

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Solar Frontier Americas Development

TOKYO, Sept. 12, 2017 — Solar Frontier Americas Development, a leading U.S. solar developer and subsidiary of the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier, announced today it has sold two fully developed solar project sites to Capital Dynamics. Located in Fresno County, just South of San Joaquin, California, the sites combined have a planned capacity of 28 megawatts DC. Capital Dynamics, a Swiss-based asset management company investing in private equity and clean energy infrastructure, plans to execute construction on the projects. The projects are packaged with permits and power purchase agreements (PPA) with Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Fuji Pigment established mass-produced process for Perovskite Quantum Dots. It has potential use in display, LED, and bio-imaging applications

| Hyogo News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/11/2017

emission spectra of perovskite quantum dots under 420 nm of irradiation light

Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd. Has Established a Manufacturing Process for Perovskite Quantum Dots

Date: Sep 11, 2017
Source: Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd.

  • A large-scale synthesis process for perovskite quantum dots has been established.
  • The narrow half width of the emission spectra of the quantum dots suggests their potential use in display, LED, and bio-imaging applications.

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Japanese words “Umami” is one of the five basic tastes. Is that Umami equals MSG?

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 09/09/2017

Common Foods Sources of The Five Basic Tastes

MSG Equals Umami?!

Date: Sep 5, 2017
Source: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (TOKYO: 2802) announced this newsletter on August 30th: Umami. “The fifth taste.” That mysteriously delicious quality of aged parmesan cheese that’s not exactly salty, not sweet, not sour, and definitely not bitter. It’s, well… umami.

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60th Anniversary Japan-India Friendly Exchanges – Kabuki Performances in Delhi, India

| Events, JPOP and Culture Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 09/08/2017

Onoe Kikunosuke and Jiuta players with the members of The International Centre for Kathakali Photo by Takashi Kato (Photo courtesy of Shochiku)

Japan Kabuki Meets India: Shochiku’s Collaboration with India – Kabuki Performances in Delhi and Tokyo to Celebrate Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges

Date: Sep 8, 2017
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.

TOKYO, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This year is the “Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of cultural exchanges between the two countries. Shochiku Co., Ltd. has recently produced a performance of “KANEGAMISAKI,” a “jiuta” (folksong) version of Kabuki masterpiece “KYO KANOKO MUSUME DOJOJI,” in Delhi for the first time in India in 40 years, starring one of the top Kabuki stars, Onoe Kikunosuke V.

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NEC received order for the largest energy storage system in Switzerland

| Energy News, News | 09/08/2017

NEC Corporation and NEC Energy Storage Systems

NEC to Supply 18 MW Energy Storage System to Major Swiss Utility

Date: Sep 8, 2017
Source: NEC Corporation

Tokyo, Japan & Westborough, Massachusetts, USA – September 8, 2017 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC, announced today that NEC ES is supplying Switzerland-based Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ) with an 18 MW, 7.5 MWh GSS® Grid Storage Solution. Once completed in early 2018, this project will be the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland*. It will be owned and operated by EKZ, one of Switzerland’s largest power distribution companies.

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Fukuoka Welcome Campaign start again from Oct 1st to 31st for foreign tourists. Don’t miss discount and special benefit information!

| Events, Fukuoka Events & Expo | 09/07/2017

Fukuoka Welcome Campaign

Ctrip Global Shopping to Promote Fukuoka Welcome Campaign for October 1st Holiday

Date: Sep 7, 2017
Source: Ctrip.com International Ltd.

SHANGHAI, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ctrip.com International, Ltd., under its Ctrip Global Shopping service announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) agreement with Fukuoka Welcome Campaign. Ctrip Global Shopping and Fukuoka Welcome Campaign will cooperate to roll out products, services, marketing and promotional activities with local merchants to promote Fukuoka, Japan as a unique tourist and shopping destination to Chinese tourists.

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Japan’s bedding manufacturer airweave partnership with the USTA Player Development

| Aichi News, News, Sports and Health News | 09/06/2017

airweave Logo

airweave announces partnership with the USTA Player Development

Date: Sep 6, 2017
Source: airweave

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2017 — Continuing a history of supporting the training and development of top athletes, airweave has announced a new partnership with the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Player Development division. Airweave will be installing select mattress products at the USTA National Campus, providing athletes optimal rest and recovery to maximize their performance on and off the court.

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Japan’s local rail company TOBU collaborate with travel agency Beauty of Japan to develop travel service for foreign tourists

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/05/2017

Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Tobu Railway and BOJ (BEAUTY OF JAPAN) Strengthen Product Development Targeting Tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia

Date: September 04, 2017
Source: BUSINESS WIRE

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 9001) (Head office: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshizumi Nezu, hereinafter, Tobu Railway) and BOJ Inc. (Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President: Takahiro Noguchi, hereinafter, BEAUTY OF JAPAN) have concluded a capital and business alliance agreement for strengthening the planning and sales of tours, which utilize sightseeing resources along the Tobu Line, targeting inbound tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia.

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Japanese tractor manufacturer Kubota Corp., donate $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

| News, Osaka News | 08/31/2017

Kubota Corporation - Logo

Kubota Corporation Pledges $1 Million in Relief Funds and Equipment to Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Date: Aug 31, 2017
Source: Kubota Corporation

OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 31, 2017Kubota Corporation headquartered in Osaka, Japan, announced today that they will donate $1 million in relief funds to include monetary contributions and Kubota equipment to several national and local charitable organizations to aid in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Kyocera collaborate with University of Tsukuba to Develop AI-based Image Recognition for Help Diagnose Skin Diseases and Cancers via Smartphone

| Health & Beauty, Ibaraki News, Kyoto News, Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 08/30/2017

Skin disease diagnostic support system and potential applications

KYOCERA Begins Research in AI-based Image Recognition to Help Diagnose Skin Diseases and Cancers via Smartphone

Date: Aug 29, 2017
Source: Kyocera Corporation

KYOTO, Japan — Kyocera Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (hereafter “KCCS”), has started joint research with the University of Tsukuba to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system capable of detecting melanoma and other skin diseases by analyzing digital images of a patient’s skin. The team aims to commercialize the technology by 2020.

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Park Hotel Tokyo Awarded Excellence in Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award at Japan Tourism Awards for Its “Artist in Hotel” Project

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 08/29/2017

The 14th room Artist Room "Castle"

Park Hotel Tokyo Awarded Excellence in Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award at Japan Tourism Awards for Its “Artist in Hotel” Project

Date: Aug 29, 2017
Source: Park Hotel Tokyo

TOKYO, Aug. 29, 2017 — Park Hotel Tokyo announced on August 29 that it has received “Excellence in the Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award” at the Japan Tourism Awards for its “Artist in Hotel” project.

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Top 10 Japan’s chemical companies list in 2017

| Ranking, Reports | 08/27/2017

Top 10 Japan's companies list from chemical industries in 2017

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from chemical industries in 2017

In Japan, 860,000 people work in chemical industry field, and shipment value related to chemical industry is about 40 trillion yen (about 14% of all manufacturing industries). The added value is about 15 trillion yen (about 17% of all manufacturing industries). That is the second largest value added value of transportation machinery & equipment manufacturing industry. The chemical industry is Japan’s basic industry that supplies essential materials for various fields such as automobiles and electronic equipment.

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Top 10 Japan’s companies list from all industries in 2017

| Ranking, Reports | 08/25/2017

Top 10 Japan companies list 2017

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from all industries in 2017

This list comprises the Japan largest public, state-owned, and private businesses by their rankings for sales in all industries.

Type of Industries and Number

  • Trucks and Other Vehicles: 3 companies
  • Services: 1 company
  • Information and Communication: 2 companies
  • Electric Machine: 1 company
  • Insurer: 1 company
  • Retail: 1 company
  • Petroleum and Coal: 1 company

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The World’s First Geisha Cafe Opens in Osaka, Japan

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports | 08/24/2017

Geisha tea ceremony at Maikoya Osaka

The World’s First Geisha Cafe Opens in Osaka, Japan

Date: Aug 22, 2017
Source: Maikoya Osaka

OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 22, 2017Maikoya Osaka, a high-end Japanese cultural experience venue, recently introduced the world’s first geisha themed cafe and restaurant in Osaka.

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ICEYE Raises $13M in Additional Financing to Develop SAR Microsatellite Constellation

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 08/23/2017

An ICEYE rendering of the first SAR microsatellite deployed in orbit.

ICEYE Raises $13M in Additional Financing to Develop SAR Microsatellite Constellation

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Source: PRNewswire

Finnish-based SAR microsatellite technology leader on track for 2017 orbital missions

Helsinki, FINLAND – August 23, 2017 — ICEYE, the leader in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology for microsatellites providing expanded access to reliable and timely earth observation data, today announced $13M in new funding, including an $8.5M financing round led by Draper Nexus.

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The rebirth of Japan Inc.

| Business & Economy, Reports | 08/22/2017

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The rebirth of Japan Inc.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: The World Folio

Prime Minister Abe is pushing forward policies in an effort to open up the country’s economy to the global market. Japan Inc. is following suit with an aggressive strategy to go global through M&As and strategic partnership and by diversifying their business portfolios

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HKTDC Food Expo: Japan as Partner Country, 331 exhibitors from 36 prefectures explored global markets

| Events, Foods and Drinks Events & Expo | 08/22/2017

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HKTDC Food Expo: Japan as Partner Country, exhibitors explored global markets

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Aug 21, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 28th Food Expo, the ninth Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the fourth Home Delights Expo and the second Beauty & Wellness Expo, together with the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products, jointly organised with the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, have concluded successfully.

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Japan’s Manufacturers Most Optimistic in a Decade as Economy Grows-Reuters Tankan

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/22/2017

Factory-Machine

Japan’s Manufacturers Most Optimistic in a Decade as Economy Grows-Reuters Tankan

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Source: New York Times By REUTERS: Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Eric Meijer

TOKYO — Confidence at Japanese manufacturers rose in August to its highest level in a decade led by producers of industrial materials, a Reuters poll showed, in a further sign of broadening economic recovery.

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New Way to Sell Your Design Products in the 3rd Largest Market Japan; Promoting & Selling at Daikanyama, Tokyo

| Beauty & Fashion, News, Tokyo News | 08/21/2017

DESIGNERS' FRIDGE

New Way to Sell Your Design Products in the 3rd Largest Market Japan; Promoting & Selling at Daikanyama, Tokyo

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: PRNewswire

TOKYO, Aug. 21, 2017 - Strategy & Design Labo Inc. (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tokyo CEO: Hisashi Ogiso) has opened DESIGNERS’ FRIDGE as a new flagship store in Daikanyama, Shibuya Ward – the area highly famous even in the grand Japanese capital Tokyo for its sophisticated, tasteful fashion goods and design products – to provide prominent fashion design products from all over the world.

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Granola Boom Proves Japan’s Working Women Are Good for Business

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/21/2017

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Granola Boom Proves Japan’s Working Women Are Good for Business

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Source: Bloomberg By Lisa Du and Shoko Oda

Calbee Inc.‘s granola snack had been around for 20 years, with no real change to its recipe or sales. Then a female marketing executive turned things around by pitching the cereal as a time-saver for a growing class of Japanese consumers just like her: working mothers.

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MIURA Co., Ltd. Develops a 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Commercial Use, with Overall Energy Efficiency of 90%

| Ehime News, Energy News, Products & Services, Reports | 08/15/2017

Figure: The 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Unit for Commercial Use

MIURA Co., Ltd. Develops a 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Commercial Use, with Overall Energy Efficiency of 90%

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: NEDO

Commercial sales to begin in October; will help to fulfill market release goal of METI’s Strategic Roadmap

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Japan Listed ETFs/ETPs Hit Record $219 Billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/13/2017

Japanese-Yen

Japan Listed ETFs/ETPs Hit Record $219 Billion

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: ETF Trends by Brenton Garen

Assets invested in exchange traded funds and exchange traded products listed in Japan have increased by 26.7% from US$173.30 billion to reach a new record of US$219.60 billion in the first half of 2017.

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Drinking Tea May Bring Deeper Benefits Than You Realized

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/12/2017

foodnetwork-Drinking-Tea

Drinking Tea May Bring Deeper Benefits Than You Realized

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: foodnetwork by Amy Reiter

Coffee, tea or … well, both have their fans. But only one of them is traditionally drunk with crumpets at teatime, so, hey, tea definitely has that in its favor.

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