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airweave will supply mattresses to U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athletes to help them maximize performance throughout the year ahead

| Aichi News, News, Sports and Health News | 01/17/2018

airweave Portable mattresses is US Ski Team athlete, Alice McKennis (L), and US Snowboard Team athlete, Alex Deibold (R).

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Announces Global Partnership With airweave

Date: Jan 17, 2018
Source: airweave

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2018 – U.S. Ski & Snowboard has today announced that airweave is the latest world class brand to join the Olympic sports organization’s growing roster of partners as the Official Bedding Supplier. As a primary element of the partnership, airweave will supply mattresses to U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athletes to help them maximize performance throughout the year ahead.

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Engineering Plastics and Polymers Manufacturer, Polyplastics Offers Broad Slate of Engineering Thermoplastics for Laser Welding

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News | 01/17/2018

Laser Welding Process

Polyplastics Offers Broad Slate of Engineering Thermoplastics for Laser Welding

Date: Jan. 16, 2018
Source: Polyplastics Co., Ltd.

Polyplastics Co., Ltd. offers an extensive range of engineering thermoplastics which facilitate laser welding of housing components for the automotive and electrical/electronics industries. Materials such as DURACON(R) POM and DURANEX(R) PBT are highly compatible with laser welding and are finding broader end-use applications.

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DENSO and FLOSFIA Collaborate to Develop Next-Gen Power Semiconductor Device for Electrified Vehicles

| Aichi News, News, Tokyo News, Transportation News | 01/12/2018

Denso and FLOSFIA - Logos

DENSO and Kyoto University Startup FLOSFIA will Develop Next-Gen Power Semiconductor Device for Electrified Vehicles

Date: Jan 4, 2018
Source: DENSO

- DENSO also joins FLOSFIA series C funding round, investing in critical technology for the future of electrified vehicles -

KARIYA, Japan, Jan. 4, 2018DENSO Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, and FLOSFIA Inc., a tech startup spun from Kyoto University, are partnering to develop a next-generation power semiconductor device expected to reduce the energy loss, cost, size and weight of inverters used in electrified vehicles (EVs). Through the joint development project, the two companies aim to improve the efficiency of EV power control units, a key to drive widespread EV use, and usher in a future of safer, more sustainable mobility.

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Spectratech Inc., Japan-based R&D Organization, Creates Brain Mapping Equipment

| Kanagawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 01/11/2018

Spectratech Inc. - OEG-17APD

Spectratech Creates Brain Mapping Equipment – Latest Neuroimaging Advancements Announced by Ampronix

Date: Jan 4, 2018
Source: Ampronix

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 4, 2018Spectratech Inc., a Japan-based research and development organization, has created a series of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) devices that tout increased connectivity and monitoring capabilities. Their innovative new OEG-APD series instruments have been developed for encephalography to measure chemical changes in the brain such as hemoglobin levels and apparent arterial oxygen saturation in the frontal lobe. Spectratech is comprised of medical leaders from all fields of medical equipment, however is focused on optics, high frequency, and image data processing. Spectratech is evolving the technology used in the core of brain mapping.

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Japanese Automakers, Mazda, Toyota Select Alabama for New U.S. Auto Manufacturing Plant

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Transportation News | 01/11/2018

Mazda and Toyota - Logos

Mazda, Toyota Select Alabama for New U.S. Auto Manufacturing Plant

Date: Jan 10, 2018
Source: Mazda

- Investment to reach $1.6 billion for facility that will employ up to 4,000, open in 2021 -

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 10, 2018 – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle joined Mazda (TYO: MZDAF) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) leaders today to announce the automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.

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Motorcycle accessories distributor, OKADA, will distribute Cardo’s products in Japan on Mar 2018

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News | 01/11/2018

Okada-Cardo-Logos

CARDO and OKADA Partner to Bring New Line of Motorcycle Communicators to the Japanese Market

Date: Jan 8, 2018
Source: Cardo Systems

TOKYO and TEL AVIV, Israel – CARDO SYSTEMS, Ltd., the global market leader in wireless communication systems for motorcycle riders, and OKADA CORPORATION, the leading Japanese distributor of motorcycle accessories in Japan, announced today a partnership to bring Cardo’s latest generation of motorcycle communicators to Japanese riders – starting March 1st, 2018. The two companies have signed a mutually exclusive agreement under which Okada will distribute and market Cardo’s products in Japan.

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Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo will be held the Setsubun Mame-maki Festival at Zojoji Temple on Feb 3(Sat), 2018

| Events, JPOP and Culture Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 01/10/2018

Setsubun Mame-maki Festival at Zojoji Temple

Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo to Hold “Setsubun Mame-maki” Festival at Zojoji Temple

Date: Jan 10, 2018
Source: Shiba Park Hotel

Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo announced on January 10 that it will hold an event on February 3 to observe a “Setsubun Mame-maki” festival at Zojoji Temple. The event is designed to allow guests from overseas to experience and enjoy Japanese culture and customs.

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Holiday Gift – G-SHOCK Watches from Casio

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 12/22/2017

Holiday Gift - G-SHOCK Watches

G-SHOCK Announces Stylish Timepiece Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season

Date: Casio, Inc.
Source: Dec 19, 2017

DOVER, N.J., Dec. 19, 2017 – With the holidays around the corner, Casio G-SHOCK offers a guide to some of the brand’s stylish watches for men and women. No matter who’s on your list this year, G-SHOCK’s popular selections are available for a variety of activities and budgets. Top styles for men include the GA700UC, latest MUDMASTER models, connected GRAVITYMASTER, connected and mid-size G-STEEL models, plus the S-Series Step Tracker for women.

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How Premier Fixtures uses Japanese kaizen to improve efficiency and increase capacity

| Products & Services, Reports | 12/17/2017

Kaizen - Change for Good

Case study: How Premier Fixtures uses Japanese kaizen to improve efficiency and increase capacity

Date: Dec 12, 2017
Source: Premier Fixtures

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2017 – The Japanese term kaizen translates literally as change (“kai”) for good (“zen”). As a personal philosophy, it focuses on improvement throughout all aspects of life. As a managerial philosophy, kaizen encourages continuous learning and improvement. When implemented with Lean Six Sigma processes, ongoing kaizen improvements create a compounding effect.

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Japan’s International Cycling Event “Cycling Shimanami 2018″ Now Scheduled

| Ehime Events & Expo, Events, Outdoor Sports and Lifestyle Events | 12/14/2017

Cycling Road of Ehime, Japan Photo 01

Welcome to Cycling Road of Ehime, Japan: Seto Inland Shimanami Sea Route International Cycling Event “Cycling Shimanami 2018″ Now Scheduled

Date: Dec. 6, 2017
Source: Ehime Prefectural Government

On October 28, 2018, the western Japanese prefecture of Ehime will hold the international cycling event “Cycling Shimanami” with approximately 7,000 cyclists from around the world expected to participate.

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Asia’s Top Cosmetics Review Site “@cosme” Selected Best Cosmetics 2017 from Consumer Reviews

| Awards and Honors, Health & Beauty, Reports | 12/14/2017

@cosme - Best Cosmetics Awards 2017

Asia’s Top Cosmetics Review Site @cosme Announces “THE BEST COSMETICS AWARDS 2017”

Date: Dec. 7, 2017
Source: istyle Inc.

istyle Inc. (TSE First Section, Company Code: 3660), a Tokyo-based operator of @cosme, one of Asia’s largest beauty information and review sites, announced “@cosme THE BEST COSMETICS AWARDS 2017” on December 7, 2017. The awards reflect Japan’s beauty trends of 2017.

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Bespoke Inc.’s AI Chat Guide “Bebot” start the concierge service of ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 12/01/2017

Bebot - ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

Artificial Intelligence Concierge to Launch in Sendai as Bebot Comes to ANA Holiday Inn

Date: Nov 28, 2017
Source: Bespoke Inc.

- Guests in Sendai are the latest to benefit from the rapidly expanding service of the Bebot Chat Guide -

TOKYO, Nov. 28, 2017 – Holiday Inn and Bespoke Inc. are proud to announce the launch of AI chatbot service Bebot at ANA Holiday Inn Sendai, the first hotel in Sendai to offer an AI Chat Guide.

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Osaka Gas Collaborate with Thai Company to Explore Biogas Refining and Vehicle Natural Gas Fuel Supply in Thai

| Energy News, News, Osaka News | 11/30/2017

Osaka Gas - Pilot Biogas Refining Facility

OSAKA GAS: Pilot Project Launched in Thailand to Explore Biogas Refining and Vehicle Natural Gas Fuel Supply for Future Commercial Usage

Date: Nov 26, 2017
Source: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

- Realization of the World’s Highest Efficiency in Methane Recovery -

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand & OSAKA, Japan – In collaboration with Thai company Agriculture of Basin Company Limited (“ABC”), OSAKA GAS CO.,LTD. (“OSAKA GAS”) launched a pilot project in Thailand on November 27, 2017 to ascertain the feasibility of supplying natural gas to vehicles by continuously removing carbon dioxide and other impurities from biogas generated mainly from agricultural waste, and refining it into high purity methane gas, thus realizing a future commercial operation.

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Japan’s Hair Solutions Company “Aderans” Lectures to UK University Students about Establishing Hair Salon in Hospital for Cancer Patients

| Beauty & Fashion, News | 11/29/2017

Aderans - Mr. Yoshihiro Tsumura, Mr. Mutsuo Minowa, Ms. Lynne Harris

Aderans Gives Lectures at Prestigious British University of Leicester for 2 Years in Row, First by Japanese Company

Date: Nov 24, 2017
Source: Aderans Co., Ltd.

– Lectures Given to MBA Students in Formal Class, Including Case of Establishing Hair Salon inside Hospital to Give Consideration to Feelings of Cancer Patients, Other CSR Activities in UK –

Total hair solution company Aderans Co., Ltd. was officially invited by the University of Leicester in the UK to give lectures regarding strategic CSR to MBA students on September 4, 2017. Last year, the company gave a special lecture to MBA students for the first time as a Japanese company and the lecture received an extremely favorable response. Because of this, the company gave lectures in a formal MBA class again this year, the first Japanese company to do so. It was also the first time that a Japanese company gave lectures for two years in a row at the university.

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Shiseido Develop the Smile App for Improving Hospitality Service Skills

| Beauty & Fashion, News, Tokyo News | 11/27/2017

Shiseiso - Smile App

Shiseido Releases “Smile App” Based on Its Research into Facial Expressions

Date: Nov 15, 2017
Source: Shiseido Co., Ltd.

- Launch of “Smile Program” that brings out the best smiles through comprehensive training -

Shiseido Co., Ltd. (“Shiseido”) is putting to practical use its “Smile App,” an application stemming from long years of research into smiles and impressions of facial expressions. Developed for use on tablet devices, the app will be offered to companies and organizations starting from January 2018 (Japan only), and together with the “Smile Course” will be part of the “Smile Program,” a paid one-year educational program for personnel training aimed at improving communication skills both inside and outside the company.

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Karate Master Adam Newhouse publish the “Black Belts Only” – Invisible but Lethal Power of Karate

| News, Sports and Health News | 11/26/2017

Adam Newhouse - Karate

New Book – Black Belts Only – Unlocks Karate’s Lethal Power; Decodes Language of Kata

Date: Nov 20, 2017
Source: Adam Newhouse

TOKYO, Nov. 20, 2017 – In his new book, Black Belts Only: The Invisible but Lethal Power of Karate, Adam Newhouse explains traditional Karate as if he was there at the art’s birth. At last, there is a book that (a) reveals the secrets of Kime (focused concentration) without which traditional Karate does not exist, (b) analyzes punching and blocking techniques from a fresh perspective, and, most importantly, (c) decodes the esoteric language of Kata.

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Toyota’s third generation humanoid robot explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings

| Aichi News, News, Science and Technology News, Transportation News | 11/25/2017

Toyota - Humanoid Robot T-HR3

Toyota Unveils Third Generation Humanoid Robot T-HR3

Date: Nov 20, 2017
Source: Toyota Motor Corporation

TOYOTA CITY, Japan, Nov. 20, 2017Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today revealed T-HR3, the company’s third generation humanoid robot. Toyota’s latest robotics platform, designed and developed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, will explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings, as well as a new remote maneuvering system that mirrors user movements to the robot.

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Japanese Leading Sleep Solution Brand “Airweave” Expand New Duvet to US Market

| Aichi News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/15/2017

airweave - Duvet

airweave Unveils Hyperdown Duvet In The US

Date: Nov 15, 2017
Source: airweave

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017Airweave, the leading sleep solution brand in Japan, forges into a new product category in the United States and unveils another innovative technology with the airweave Hyperdown Duvet.

With its unique composition and intelligent design, the Duvet features a proprietary synthetic fill (Hyperdown) that, thanks to its molecular makeup, is ultra-lightweight and has the ability to convert moisture into heat. In addition Hyperdown is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and odor-resistant. The Duvet is encased in luxurious 449 thread count of cotton sateen, expertly finished so that it conforms to your body to stay in place while you sleep and provide maximum heat retention.

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Polyplastics, Engineering Plastics Manufacturer Develop Industry’s Broadest Line of Low-VOC Polyacetal Grades for Automotive Interiors

| News, Tokyo News, Transportation News | 11/15/2017

Polyplastics Co., Ltd. - Examples of POM's Use in Automobile Interior Parts

Polyplastics Offers Industry’s Broadest Line of Low-VOC Polyacetal Grades for Automotive Interiors

Date: Nov 14, 2017
Source: Polyplastics Co., Ltd.

TOKYO, Nov. 14, 2017Polyplastics Co., Ltd. offers the industry’s most extensive range of polyoxymethylene (POM) resin grades with low-VOC emissions for the production of automotive interiors. These DURACON (R) low-VOC acetal grades are specifically designed to meet the latest regulations governing the concentration of VOCs in automotive interiors.

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Tokyo Institute of Technology and McGill University’s Scientists Developed New Dye-free Photoalignment Method

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports, Tokyo News | 11/13/2017

Tokyo Institute of Technology and McGill University

Photopolymerization-triggered molecular motion for flexible liquid crystal display

Date: Nov 10, 2017
Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency

TOKYO, Nov. 10, 2017 – Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and McGill University have developed a new dye-free photoalignment method that enables 2D patterns of liquid crystals in one step by guiding nonpolarized light temporally and spatially on the photopolymerization process. This new method provides a pathway for the simple creation of highly functional organic materials such as flexible liquid crystal devices.

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Japan’s largest airline ANA to continue “Experience Class™” campaign in US

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/13/2017

ANA Boeing 787

ANA Announces the Continuation of its Groundbreaking ‘Experience Class™’ Campaign

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: All Nippon Airways

Japan’s largest airline demonstrates an ongoing commitment to reaching U.S. audiences with dynamic original content and integrated partnerships – including Scott Eastwood and Steve Aoki – to highlight its renowned five-star service

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Alcami got agreement with Solasia Pharma for Clinical Supply Solasia’s API Darinaparsin

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 11/12/2017

Solasis Alcami

Alcami Announces Manufacturing Agreement for Solasia’s Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Darinaparsin

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: Alcami Corporation

DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 9, 2017 – Alcami, a leading provider of custom end-to-end development and manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, today announces it has finalized manufacturing and quality agreements with Solasia Pharma, K.K. (TSE: 4597) for the clinical supply manufacture of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) darinaparsin, a novel mitochondrial-targeted agent developed for the treatment of various hematologic and solid cancers.

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Tokyo Metropolitan University’s Researchers Discover a Novel Layered Superconductor Based on Tin and Arsenic

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 11/12/2017

Tokyo Metropolitan University's Researchers - Yosuke Goto and Yoshikazu Mizuguchi

Researchers Discover a Novel Layered Superconductor Based on Tin and Arsenic

Date: Nov 8, 2017
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan University

The layered superconducting material is characterized by a crystal structure in which a SnAs layer (wherein Sn and As are two-dimensionally bonded to develop superconductivity) and a Na layer (the spacer layer) are alternately laminated. Considering that such a layered structure is similar to that of a cuprate- or iron-based high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductor, it is possible that in SnAs-based layered materials, superconductivity is developed as a result of the unconventional pairing mechanism.

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Shiseido Acquires AI Technology Startup Giaran Inc. to Offer Individualized Beauty Customization

| Beauty & Fashion, News, Tokyo News | 11/11/2017

Shiseido Americas Acquires Giaran, Inc.

Shiseido Americas Acquires Giaran, Inc.

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Shiseido Company, Limited

November 7, 2017 – (November 8, Japan Time) – Shiseido Company, Limited today announced its consolidated subsidiary and regional headquarters for Americas, Shiseido Americas Corporation (“Shiseido Americas”), has acquired Giaran, Inc. (“Giaran”), an award winning, data driven company with leading technology in artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, to transform the consumer experience and take personalized beauty to the next level.

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World’s Largest Electrical Insulators Manufacturer NGK Insulators and Schneider Electric to Jointly Promote Best-in-Class Large Capacity Energy Storage System

| Aichi News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/10/2017

NGK's NAS battery

Schneider Electric and NGK Partner to Jointly Promote Best-in-Class Large Capacity Energy Storage System

Date: Nov 8, 2017
Source: NGK Insulators Ltd.

NAGOYA, Japan, November 8, 2017 – Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, along with NGK Insulators Ltd., the worldwide leader of manufacturing advanced ceramic products, announced on November 8 the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, the two companies will explore global opportunities to jointly market NGK’s NAS battery and Schneider Electric’s inverter (Conext* Core XC ES). *Conext is trademark of Schneider Electric.

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Leading Japanese hotelier Fujita Kanko Expands Apartment Business in Indonesia

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/10/2017

Fujita Kanko's Apartment in Indonesia

Fujita Kanko Expands Business with Its First Serviced Apartment in Indonesia

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: Fujita Kanko Inc.

TOKYO, Nov. 9, 2017 – Leading Japanese hotelier Fujita Kanko Inc. announced that the company will launch its first serviced apartment in Cikarang, located in Greater Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Construction is expected to start soon, with a scheduled opening in the fall of 2019.

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Japanese luxury crab “Echizen Gani” was priced $ 4,000 first sales in Japan!

| Foods and Drinks News, Fukui News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/09/2017

Echizen Gani

Japanese luxury crabs “Echizen crabs” start fishing season from November 6, and a Echizen Gani was priced the highest value of 460,000 yen (4,059 US Dollar) to the first sale at Echizen Fishing Port in Fukui Prefecture on Nov 6th.

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Wacom unveils the Pro Pen 3D for intuitive creating, sculpting and designing

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/08/2017

Wacom - Pro Pen 3D

3D at Your Fingertips

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Wacom

TOKYO and PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 7, 2017 – Today Wacom announced the Wacom Pro Pen 3D, a digital pen equipped with new features empowering professional designers and artists to bring their best work to life. Designed for use on a Wacom MobileStudio Pro, Cintiq Pro or the 2017 Intuos Pro pen tablet, the new pen’s third button provides additional control options for 3D programs and applications – a feature frequently requested by creative professionals working in industrial design, game design, animation, virtual and augmented reality, and 2D and 3D art.

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Japanese engineering trading company Hakuto start to distribute Maxim Integrated’s products in Japan

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/07/2017

Hakuto Co., Ltd. and Maxim Integrated

Maxim Integrated and Hakuto Sign Japan Distribution Agreement

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif. and TOKYO, Nov. 7, 2017 – Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Hakuto Co., Ltd. on September 1, 2017.

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Japan Railway Launches Shinkansen Reservation App for Foreign Traveler

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/06/2017

JR Central - Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App

JR Central Announces “Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App”

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Source: Central Japan Railway Company

Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) have released a new free smartphone app, the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App, through which users may purchase tickets for the Tokaido Sanyo bullet train line, Japan’s main artery connecting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata and other destinations.

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JTB Launches New Hokkaido Tour for Foreign Tourists – Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show and Swordsmith Forge

| Hokkaido News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/02/2017

Ninja Show at Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura

TB Group Launches Sales of New Hokkaido Tour Featuring Accommodation at Renowned Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show, and Visit to a Swordsmith Forge

Date: Oct 31, 2017
Source: JTB Group

TOKYO – JTB Group, Japan’s largest travel agency, through JTB Sunrise Tours, its tour brand dedicated to bringing foreign tourists to Japan, has launched sales of a brand-new bus tour plan that invites foreign visitors to experience the majestic nature and rich Japanese culture of central Hokkaido, a favorite destination of tourists to Japan.

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