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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. - High-performance smoke dust removal systems

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems establish environmental systems to ...

MHPS and FEIDA Establish Environmental Systems Joint Venture in China Date: Jul 1, 2014 Source: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

Japan Corporate Bankruptcies

Japan corporate bankruptcies fell to their lowest level in 23 years

Bankruptcies down 9.7% in Jan.-June period Date: Jul 8, 2014 Source: NHK World Corporate bankruptcies in Japan fell to their lowest level in 23 years...

The reality of water infrastructure: Percentage of population with access to drinking water

Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, contribute to Impr...

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Undertake Strategic Investment in Metito, the Leading Water Company in Emerging Markets Date: Jul ...

Japan Economy Watchers Survey

Workers in Japan are again seeing rising sales after a tax hike in A...

Business sentiment up again Date: Jul 8, 2014 Source: NHK World Workers in Japan are again seeing rising sales after a tax hike in April. Business se...

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Gets Orders for Four 8MW Wind Turbines from...

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind: Velling Mærsk Project Secures Phase Two of Development for the V164-8.0 MW Offshore Wind Turbine Date: Jul 4, 2014 Source: Mit...

Recruit Holdings, Tokyo Stock Exchange

Japan’s top information service firm, Recruit Holdings, applyi...

TSE reviewing Recruit's application for listing Date: Jul 7, 2014 Source: NHK World One of Japan's top information service firms, Recruit Holdings, h...

Ishikawa Wire Netting Co., Ltd. - Mesh Product 1

Ishikawa Wire Netting Co., Ltd. – Precision Sheet Metal &...

Inherited originality and ingenuity, and passion for development Founding in 1936, Ishikawa Wire Netting Co. is a leading company in the metallic mesh an...

Arita Seiyo - Iroe Momijiseigamon

Arita Seiyo Co., Ltd. – Arita Porcelain Lab produce new brand ...

Our tableware has combined the traditional craft of the Yazaemon kiln, having over 200 years of history specializing in the "IMARI" style, with designs wh...

Illustration of LNG Bunker Operations at Zeebrugge

Japanese Shipping Company Nippon Yusen Orders World’s First LN...

NYK Orders World's First LNG Bunkering Vessel Date: Jul 2, 2014 Source: NYK Line - Joint Venture Agreed with GDF SUEZ and Mitsubishi Corporation for ...

Toshiba Corporation and IBIDEN - Prototypes fuel assembly cover

Toshiba and IBIDEN succeed in prototyping a fuel assembly cover usin...

Toshiba and Ibiden Establish Manufacturing Technology for Reactor Core Material Using Silicon Carbide (SiC) Date: Jul 3, 2014 Source: Toshiba Corporatio...

Mirai, Inc. - Plant Factory With LED Light

World’s Largest Plant Factory With LED Lighting Built In Quake...

One Of The World’s Largest All-LED Indoor-Farmscompleted In Miyagi Prefecture State-Of-The-Art Agriculture From Japan’s Tohoku Region To The World Date: ...

TECHNO-FRONTIER 2014 - Collaboration Project

TECHNO-FRONTIER 2014 – Jul 23-25 in TOKYO

TECHNO-FRONTIER 2014 Date: July 23(Wed) - 25(Fri), 2014 Time: 10:00 - 17:00 Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan Organizer: Japan Management Associati...

Japan Cell - Sapphire

Japan Cell Co., Ltd. – Optical contact of adhesive free bondin...

Japan Cell serves leading-edge industry and research institute, providing the world's best precision optical solutions for analytic, medical, bio-science,...

3rd arrow of Abenomics

World Bank head optimistic about Abe’s 3rd arrow of Abenomics

World Bank Kim optimistic about Abe's "3rd arrow" Date: Jun 29, 2014 Source: Jiji Press WASHINGTON (Jiji Press)—World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has...

Expected uses for nanocellulose made from lumber

100 Japanese firms work together to produce nanocellulose from wood ...

100 firms work together to produce nanocellulose Date: Jun 29, 2014 Source: The Japan Times About 100 companies in Japan will work together to put na...

Japan and World Bank

Japan offer 5 billion dollars funds to World Bank to assist developi...

Japan signs agreement with World Bank to boost financial assistance Date: Jun 28, 2014 Source: Kyodo News International Japan signed an agreement wit...

Toppan Printing - Products

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. – Established as printing technology...

Toppan was established as a technology venture in 1900 based on the entrepreneurial spirit of four engineers and the best printing technology of the day. ...

Singapore Sports Hub

Japanese high performance film product used in the national stadium ...

AGC's High Performance Fluon®ETFE Film Used in the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub Date: Jun 27, 2014 Source: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. Toky...

Ono Pharmaceuticals - logo

Japan’s gov to approve anti-melanoma drug. It’s first co...

Japan's ministry to approve anti-melanoma drug Date: Jun 26, 2014 Source: NHK World Japan's health ministry says it will approve a domestic pharmace...

AQUAPASS - Type of Cleaning Machines

AQUAPASS Co., Ltd. – Ultrasonic cleaning machine for precision...

We are developing of cleaning machines for precision equipments such as Coated parts, Lithium ion battery cases, HDD component parts, SMT parts, IC packag...

Fuji Kihan Co., Ltd. - Special Surface Treatment

Fuji Kihan Co., Ltd. – Our surface treatment makes longer prod...

Shot particles used in traditional shot peening treatment need to be hard and large in order to heighten the effect. On the contrary, Fuji Kihan has succe...

Japan - Expected target areas for shallow methane hydrate resources in the FY2014 survey

Japan start drilling surveys for methane hydrate resources as next-g...

Methane hydrate surveys to start in Sea of Japan Date: Jun 20, 2014 Source: NHK World Japan's industry ministry says it will start drilling surveys f...

Hard Lock Industry Co., Ltd. - Hard Lock Nut 02

Hard Lock Industry Co., Ltd. – Strongest bolts, and its never...

The Hard Lock Nut is extremely useful for dangerous places that are difficult to maintain, such as iron towers, long and large bridges and nuclear power g...

Sharp - Free-Form Display

Sharp Develops Free-Form Display, Enables Vastly Greater Design Free...

Sharp Develops Free-Form Display, Enables Vastly Greater Design Freedom for Displays Date: Jun 18, 2014 Source: Sharp Corporation Sharp has developed...

Shinoda Plasma - SHiPLA 02

Shinoda Plasma Co., Ltd. – Development of super-large and slim...

Screens have become increasingly larger and thinner in recent years and power consumption has increased, accordingly. In addition, the large size of their...

Banknotes Manufacturing

Japan National Printing Bureau provide banknote printing technologie...

National print bureau to swap info with Indonesia Date: Jun 18, 2014 Source: The Japan News Jiji Press: The National Printing Bureau has exchanged a ...

Waste Cooking Oil

Japanese govt helps China to turn used cooking oil into soap in a bi...

Japan helps China to recycle waste cooking oil Date: Jun 18, 2014 Source: NHK World Japan's government is working with an environmental group in Chin...

Oxide Corporation - Products

Oxide Corporation – Develop of optical single crystals, device...

We develop optical single crystals, devices and modules with high functionality. Oxide Corporation was established in 2000, to develop and commercialize ...

Boeing 777x

Boeing looking for more partners to develop in areas beyond fuselage...

Boeing hopes to develop ties with Japanese firms Date: Jun 16, 2014 Source: NHK World US aircraft maker Boeing is seeking the participation of Japane...

Nitto Construction Inc. - CTS-02

Nitto Construction Inc. – Concrete Test Hammer

An incident in 1999 prompted President Hajime Kubo to consider the development of the CTS-02. When hearing news that a 200 kg block of concrete had fallen...

Robotics Market - Japan

Japanese government plan robotics and medical market each $12 billio...

Robotics to boost economic growth in Japan Date: Jun 15, 2014 Source: NHK World The Japanese government will promote the use of robots to start a new...

Hitachi-and-Clarion

Hitachi teams up with Clarion to speed development of advanced drive...

Hitachi Automotive Systems Renews Focus on Autonomous Driving Teams up with Clarion to Speed Development of an Advanced Driver Assistance System Using ADA...

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Honda to Introduce World’s First Predictive Safety Cruise Control System

| News, Transportation News | 01/09/2015

Honda CR-V 2015

Honda to Introduce World’s First Predictive Safety Cruise Control System
Date: Jan 8, 2015
Sourec: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

January 8, 2015 – Honda is to introduce the world’s first predictive cruise control system known as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), capable of foreseeing and automatically reacting to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ to the equipped vehicle’s lane.

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Hitachi Wins an Additional Order for 16 TEMU1000 Tilting Rail Cars from Taiwan

| News, Transportation News | 01/09/2015

Hitachi - TEMU1000 Taiwan Railway

Hitachi Wins an Additional Order for 16 Tilting Rail Cars for Limited Express Service from the Taiwan Railway Administration of Taiwan
Date: Jan 9, 2015
Sourec: Hitachi, Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan, January 9, 2015 — Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that it has won an additional order for 16 TEMU1000 tilting rail cars (2 train sets) for a limited express service from the Taiwan Railway Administration (“TRA”) of Taiwan. The rail cars are to be delivered within the 2015/16 financial year, and scheduled to enter service from June 2016 onwards.

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Hitachi Begins Shipment of Class 800 Trains from Yamaguchi Prefecture to UK

| News, Yamaguchi News | 01/07/2015

Hitachi - A Class 800 train is being loaded for shipment to UK

Hitachi Begins Shipment of Trains from Kasado Works for the UK Intercity Express Programme
Date: Jan 7, 2015
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan, January 7, 2015 — Hitachi, Ltd. announced today that it has begun shipment of the first completed pre-series Class 800 train unveiled in November 2014. The train has been produced for the UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP), and following its recent completion is now being shipped from Kasado Works in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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41 Japanese Vehicles Selected the “Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+” from IIHS

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Transportation News | 12/27/2014

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+

2015 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners
Date: Dec 23, 2014
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Vehicles can qualify for one of the awards with either a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, along with good ratings in the other four crashworthiness evaluations. In addition, Top Safety Pick+ winners must have an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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Japanese Govt Discover 746 New Methane Hydrate Spots, and Sample from Sea of Japan

| Energy News, News | 12/27/2014

Japan Methane Hydrate Map

Govt samples methane hydrate from Sea of Japan
Date: Dec 25, 2014
Source: Jiji Press

The industry ministry said Thursday it has succeeded in obtaining samples of sea-bottom soil that contains methane hydrates, seen as a next-generation domestic energy source, in a survey off the country’s Sea of Japan coast.

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Tech in Asia select best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 12/23/2014

Best of Japan's Gadgets in 2014

Robots, rings, and rides: the best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014
Date: Dec 20, 2014
Source: Tech in Asia – by J.T. Quigley

From wearables to robots, Tech in Asia rounded up some of the most interesting and innovative pieces of Japanese hardware that we covered in 2014. While the established tech giants continue to design the vast majority of the country’s gadgets, this year saw several strong entries from domestic startups. Without further ado, here are seven of our favorites (in no particular order):

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JFW International Fashion Fair (JFW-IFF) 2015 in Tokyo, Japan

| Events, Fashion and Apparel Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 12/22/2014

JFW International Fashion Fair 2015 - Banner

JFW International Fashion Fair (JFW-IFF)
Date: Jan 21(Wed)-23(Fri), 2015
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last day until 17:00)
Venue: West Exhibition Hall, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
Organizer: SENKEN SHIMBUN Co, Ltd. / ICS Convention Design, Inc.
Admission: Free (The entry is for business only.)
Official Website: www.senken-ex.com/iff/en/

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Toshiba Supplies Traction Energy Storage System for Tobu Railway

| Energy News, News, Transportation News | 12/19/2014

Toshiba - Traction Energy Storage System

Toshiba Supplies Traction Energy Storage System for Tobu Railway
Date: Dec 18, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO-Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has supplied a traction energy storage system (TESS) to Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. TESS stores traction energy generated by decelerating trains as they enter a station and releases it as needed when trains accelerate from the station. The system is planned to operate from December 22.

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US chooses Japan, Australia to maintain F-35 fighter in Pacific Region

| News, Transportation News | 12/18/2014

F-35 - Lockheed Martin

Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment
Date: Dec 17, 2014
Source: DefenseNews – By AARON MEHTA

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

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Sony develop compact, lightweight single-lens display module with OLED technology

| News, Science and Technology News | 12/17/2014

Sony - Single-Lens Display Module - Applications

Sony Announces the Development of a Compact, Lightweight Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology That Enables Superior Image Quality
Date: Dec 17, 2014
Source: Sony Corporation

- When attached, turns eyewear into a smart device capable of displaying visual information -

With this module, Sony has achieved a compactness of size and a lightness of weight that make it possible to attach the module to a piece of eyewear.

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Toshiba opens healthcare technology center for develop next-generation products in Kanagawa

| News, Sports and Health News | 12/17/2014

Toshiba - Infinix Elite

Toshiba Opens Healthcare Technology Center and Enhances its Research and Development System in the Healthcare Business
Date: Dec 17, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has opened the Healthcare Technology Center in the Komukai Complex in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture today. The center is established for the purpose of expanding the healthcare business under the medium-term management plan, and will serve as a base for the development of next-generation products as well as research and development of differentiating technologies on mid- and long-term basis.

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What is Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance)?

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/15/2014

Japan’s Official Development Assistance - Structure

Japan’s Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance (ODA) refers to grants and loans with concessional conditions that are given to developing countries and regions that are included on the list of aid recipient countries and regions created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), mainly for the purpose of contributing to the improvement of economic development and welfare, etc.

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Mazda and Mitsubishi Chemical Develops Bio-based Engineering Plastic Featuring High-Quality Finish without Paint and Suitable for Exterior Vehicle Parts

| News, Science and Technology News, Transportation News | 12/10/2014

Mazda-Mitsubishi-Chemical-New-Technology

Mazda Develops Bio-based Engineering Plastic Featuring High-Quality Finish without Paint and Suitable for Exterior Vehicle Parts
Date: Dec 20, 2014
Source: Mazda Motor Corporation

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, it has developed a new bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior design parts for automobiles.

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PM Shinzo Abe says Apple to build R&D center in Yokohama, Japan. It’s one of Abenomics strategy

| Kanagawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 12/09/2014

Apple-Logo

Apple to Open New Research Site in Japan
Date: Dec 9, 2014
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple confirmed Tuesday that it would open a new research site in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boasted on the campaign trail that the U.S. tech giant planned to step up its investment in the country.

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Japan’s beef exports hit all-time highs this year both in quantity and value

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 12/08/2014

Japanese Beef - Wagyu

Japanese beef exports hit record high
Date: Dec 6, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — With more Japanese beef being sold abroad than ever before, meat distributors are hoping foreigners will hanker for the premium cuts that penny-pinching domestic consumers pass by.

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Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft takes off with 20000 sets of protective clothing for Ebola fight

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/06/2014

Japanese SDF plane takes off with gear for Ebola fight

SDF plane takes off with gear for Ebola fight
Date: Dec 5, 2014
Source: NHK World

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft has left for Ghana to transport protective clothing to help West African countries fight the Ebola epidemic.

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44th INTERNEPCON JAPAN on Jan 14-16, 2014 in Tokyo Japan

| Events, IT Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 12/04/2014

44th INTERNEPCON JAPAN - Banner

44th INTERNEPCON JAPAN
Date: Jan 14(Wed)-16(Fri), 2015
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last day until 17:00)
Organizer: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JAPAN
Official Website: www.nepcon.jp/en/

Asia’s Largest Scale Exhibition for Electronics Manufacturing and SMT
The latest Manufacturing and SMT technologies which enables greater functionality and higher performance of electronics products will gather under one roof!

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Japanese yen hits 120 for first time since crisis July 2007

| Economy & Markets News, News | 12/04/2014

USD-JPY-Graph

Dollar climbs above 120-yen level in NY
Date: Dec 4, 2014
Source: NHK World

The dollar has briefly climbed above the 120-yen level. This is the first time in about 7 years and 4 months the US currency has entered that trading band.

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Toshiba’s ozone generation systems offer optimum solutions for water treatment

| Green Business News, News | 12/04/2014

Toshiba - Ozone Application for Industrial Water Treatment

Toshiba’s ozone generation systems offer optimum solutions for water treatment
Date: Dec 5, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

We first introduced our ozone generation system into the market in 1976, giving us nearly 40 years of experience in updating and upgrading the technology for our customers. Toshiba’s ozone generation systems today are designed especially for municipal water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment, where large amounts of ozone are required.

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Japan has successfully launched its new asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2

| News, Science and Technology News, Transportation News | 12/03/2014

H2A - Hayabusa 2

Launch Success of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 with “Hayabusa2″ Onboard
Date: Dec 3, 2014
Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) with the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2″ onboard at 1:22:04 p.m. on December 3, 2014 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Hitachi Joins Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia

| Energy News, Green Business News, News | 12/03/2014

Hitachi Participation in Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia

Participation in Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia
Date: Dec 3, 2014
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

Tokyo, December 3, 2014 — Hitachi, Ltd. (President & COO: Toshiaki Higashihara), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Nobuhide Hayashi), Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. (President & CEO: Junichi Nishizawa), and THE Power Grid Solution Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Kiyonori Morita) today announced that they have been selected to carry out a feasibility study for a smart community demonstration project in the Republic of Slovenia being run by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as part of its international project for technologies and systems related to energy consumption efficiency.

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Japan ready to join hands in building new capital of Andhra Pradesh in India

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/02/2014

Andhra Pradesh in India

Chandrababu Naidu wants Andhra Pradesh to shine with help from “land of rising sun”
Date: Dec 1, 2014
Source: indiacom – By Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, Dec 1 : Andhra Pradesh will have Japan’s imprint on development in various spheres, particularly in building the state’s new capital, if plans drawn out by the TDP-led Government fructify.

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16th Eco-Products 2014 in Tokyo Japan

| Events, Green Business Events & Expo, Tokyo Events & Expo | 12/01/2014

Eco-Products Exhibition in Japan

16th Eco-Products 2014
Date: Dec 11(Thu)-13(Sat), 2014
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm / 12/13: 10am-5pm
Organizer: JEMAI, Nikkei Inc.
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight
Admission: Free (Registration required)
OOfficial Website: eco-pro.com/eco2014/english/

The Eco-Products Exhibition, held annually since 1999, features environmental technologies and environmentally-friendly products and services. It is known as one of the largest scale exhibitions in Japan in terms of the total exhibition space and the number of visitors.

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Panasonic developed smart town have “self-distributing” energy system and reduce 70% CO2 of emissions

| Energy News, Green Business News, Kanagawa News, News | 11/30/2014

Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Goes Into Full-Scale Operation Near Tokyo
Date: Nov 29, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Fujisawa, Japan – The Fujisawa SST Council, a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation spearheading the development of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), held today a grand opening ceremony for the forward-looking town located on the outskirts of Tokyo. With its core facility supporting sustainable development of the town and its community now coming into operation, the Fujisawa SST is moving from the construction stage into a new stage where the town is nurtured to grow in full-scale into an eco and smart town that puts a high priority on the residents’ lifestyles.

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Japanese advertising company “Dentsu” announced “2014 Hit Products in Japan” and “2015 Expected Hit Products”

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/28/2014

2014 Hit Products in Japan and 2015 Expected Hit Products

Dentsu Announces “2014 Hit Products in Japan”
Date: Nov 27, 2014
Source: Dentsu Inc.

- The movie “Frozen,” talking mascot characters and Tokyo Skytree chosen as the top three -
Dentsu Inc. announced today the release of its “2014 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit products since 1985, the latest report examines major trends that represented the consumer mindset in 2014. It is based on an Internet survey of Japanese consumers carried out in November 2014 by Dentsu Macromill Insight, Inc.

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Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/27/2014

Country Brand Index 2014-15 Logo

FutureBrand launches the Country Brand Index 2014-15
Date: Nov 11, 2014
Source: FutureBrand by FutureBrand, Press Release

Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014
Today, FutureBrand reveals its latest ranking of the world’s leading country brands. Asia tops the Country Brand Index (CBI), with Japan at number one for the first time in the report’s history.

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Japanese electronic components manufacturer “Murata” joins EcoCampus research program in Singapore

| Green Business News, News | 11/26/2014

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - Smart Energy Management System

Murata Joins Singapore’s EcoCampus Initiative
Date: Nov 26, 2014
Source: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) signed a Research Collaboration Agreement on 14 November 2014. This marks Murata’s entry into the EcoCampus research program, led by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N). The NTU Singapore’s EcoCampus initiative is a novel campus-wide sustainability framework with demonstration sites to achieve 35% reduction in energy, water, and waste intensity by 2020, transforming the university campus into one of the most environmentally friendly university campuses in the world.

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Japanese traditional paper “Washi” techniques registered as UNESCO heritage

| Culture and Society News, News | 11/26/2014

'Washi' skills listed as cultural heritage

‘Washi’ skills listed as cultural heritage
Date: Nov 26, 2014
Source: NHK World

UNESCO has decided to add the traditional techniques of crafting Japanese-style “washi” paper to its list of intangible cultural heritage. A UNESCO intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting held at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Wednesday.

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Japan’s exports rise most in 8 months in recovery sign. It’s highest level since Jun 2012

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/25/2014

Japan's Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign

Japan’s Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign
Date: Nov 19, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japanese exports are increasing as the impact of the falling yen finally starts to emerge via lower prices for goods sold overseas.

The Cabinet Office said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted export volume index for October came to 92.7, up 2.2% from September and the second straight month of gains. The index hit its highest level since June 2012. The benchmark of 100 is set at 2010 levels.

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Fuel cell vehicles sales expected to reach 400,000 by 2030 in Japan

| Green Business News, News | 11/25/2014

Sales Forecast for Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Fuel cell vehicles sales expected to grow
Date: Nov 24, 2014
Source: NHK World

A survey conducted by a Japanese research firm projects that by 2030, one out of every ten new cars sold in Japan will be eco-friendly fuel cell model. Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting estimates domestic sales of fuel cell vehicles will increase from 10,000 units in 2018 to 50,000 in 2020, and reach 400,000 in 2030.

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Asahi Kasei’s UVC LEDs is expected to use for monitoring of chemicals and drinking water quality inspection

| Green Business News, News, Science and Technology News | 11/24/2014

Asahi Kasei's UVC LEDs

High-Output UVC LEDs Now Available For Delivery
Date: Nov 18, 2014
Source: Asahi Kasei Corp.

Start of commercial production of high-output UVC LEDs and launch of Optan™ products for analytical and instrumentation applications.

Asahi Kasei Group company Crystal IS, Inc. of the US has started commercial production of high-output UVC* LEDs at Asahi Kasei facilities in Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan, and launched the sale of Optan™ UVC LEDs for analytical and instrumentation applications such as monitoring of chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing and drinking water quality inspection and control.

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Investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by PM Abe

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/24/2014

November 21, 2014 - Press Conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Tokyo stocks rise on hopes for new economic policies by Abe
Date: Nov 21, 2014
Source: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) –Tokyo stocks edged higher Friday on investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later in the day in the wake of the dissolution of the lower house.

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