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

| Economy & Markets News, News | 14 hours ago

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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 | 20 hours ago

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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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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Japanese scientists create ice cream that doesn’t melt

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 08/10/2017

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Ice cream that doesn’t melt! Japanese scientists create a recipe that includes a secret strawberry extract to keep the treat cool in warm weather

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: Daily Mail By PHOEBE WESTON FOR MAILONLINE

Japanese scientists have come up with a cool solution to stop ice cream melting before you’ve had time to finish it.

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NEC, SMUD and SpaceTime partner to deliver smart energy solutions in Japan

| Energy News, News | 08/08/2017

NEC, SMUD and SpaceTime

NEC, SMUD and SpaceTime partner to deliver innovative solutions for electric power companies

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NEC), SMUD and SpaceTime Insight (SpaceTime) have announced a new co-innovation business model and started offering smart energy solutions for electric power companies.

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Japan Companies Nearly Triple On The 2017 Forbes Asia “Best Under A Billion” List

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/03/2017

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Japan Companies Nearly Triple On The 2017 Forbes Asia “Best Under A Billion” List

Date: July 28, 2017
Source: Forbes

SINGAPORE (July 27, 2017) – Japan nearly tripled its presence on the 2017 Forbes Asia’s “Best Under A Billion” list with 38 out of top 200 publicly-traded companies in the Asia-Pacific region, up from 13 last year. 119 companies are new on this year’s list. The full list can be found here and in the latest issue of Forbes Asia.

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Japanese firms provides technology training to researcher from Asia

| News, Science and Technology News | 08/02/2017

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Japanese firms provides technology training to researcher from Asia

Date: July 27, 2017
Source: Deccan Chronicle

Tokyo (Japan), July 27 (ANI): Many Japanese international companies are actively employing overseas personnel. At the NEC central R&D center, under the theme of creating promising and valuable solutions for the various needs of society, advanced research is conducted.

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Japanese miso manufacturer “Marukome” produces organic miso powder in collaboration with model Miranda Kerr

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 07/30/2017

Miranda Kerr - Marukome Miso

Japanese company produces organic miso powder in collaboration with model Miranda Kerr

Date: July 20, 2017
Source: Sora News24 By Oona McGee

If you asked Japanese people on the street to name one of their favourite models from overseas, chances are that Australian beauty Miranda Kerr would be on that list.

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German chemical company Henkel opens composites test center in Kanagawa, Japan

| Kanagawa News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 07/29/2017

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Henkel opens composites test center in Japan

Date: July 24, 2017
Source: CompositesWorld By JEFF SLOAN

The Henkel Composite Lab, in Isogo-ku, will allow automotive suppliers to develop and test production-ready composite materials and manufacturing processes.

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Japan’s cosmetics shipments top record – Makeup exports, shopping by tourists underpinned increase

| Beauty & Fashion, News | 07/27/2017

Foreign tourists hunt for cosmetics at a drugstore in Osaka.

Japan’s cosmetics shipments top record

Date: June 14, 2017
Source: Nekkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Shipments by Japan’s cosmetics makers rose 1.2% to a record 1.52 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) in 2016, aided by rising exports and robust demand from foreign visitors.

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Super Mario cosmetics are coming to Japan – seriously

| Beauty & Fashion, News | 07/26/2017

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Super Mario cosmetics are coming to Japan – seriously

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: The Next Web – by RACHEL KASER

Japanese cosmetics maker Shu Uemura recently revealed a holiday beauty line patterned after — of all things — the Super Mario Bros games. It’s the crossover you never wanted and never expected, and it’ll be out in Japan in November.

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Japanese Cosmetic Giants Target Millennials Through Acquisitions

| Beauty & Fashion, News | 07/25/2017

A Shiseido advertisement is reflected in a window in KLCC park outside the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)

Japanese Cosmetic Giants Target Millennials Through Acquisitions

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: Forbes By Tomomi Hiiro and Raiha Mahmoud in Tokyo

Japanese cosmetics makers will increasingly seek international targets that have a solid millennial customer base in order to compete with global majors.

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Japan’s METI agrees to cooperate on new ADNOC partnership strategy

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/24/2017

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Japan’s METI agrees to cooperate on new ADNOC partnership strategy

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: Hellenic Shipping News

Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company CEO Sultan al-Jaber agreed Thursday to cooperate on ADNOC’s recently announced new strategy, a METI official said.

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Hitachi High-Tech and Etrion Corp completes 9.5MW PV project in Aomori, Japan on time.

| Energy News, News | 07/23/2017

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Etrion completes Japanese 9.5MW PV project on time and within budget

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Source: PVTech By Amanda Lennon

Sweden-based independent solar producer Etrion Cooperation has finished a 9.5MW utility-scale PV project in Japan, connecting the last two remaining sites totalling 4.2MW to the grid.

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Japanese Companies Debut Headset-Less 8K: VR Ride Experience

| News, Science and Technology News | 07/22/2017

Headset-Less 8K: VR Ride

Japanese Companies Debut Headset-Less 8K: VR Ride Experience

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: AndroidHeadlines – By Gursimran Kanwal

Japanese companies Wonder Vision, NHK Enterprises, NHK Media Technology, and RecoChoku Labo have worked together to create a new kind of a virtual reality experience called 8K: VR Ride. As you can see in the video below, the firms created what is essentially a large ride that virtually flies you through the streets of Tokyo by placing you in a big theme park ride without using any traditional headgear that is common among other VR headsets that are available to consumers.

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Japanese information technology company NEC is looking at buying British software firm Civica for $1.2 billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/17/2017

A logo of NEC Corp is pictured at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies)

Japan’s NEC considers buying Civica for $1.2 billion: Sky News
Date: July 13, 2017
Source: Reuters

Japanese information technology company NEC Corp (6701.T) is looking at buying British software firm Civica for 900 million pounds ($1.2 billion) and has hired advisors to work on an offer, Sky News reported.

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NEDO Develops a Surveying System Allowing for Cooperation between GPS Markers and Drones

| News, Science and Technology News | 07/15/2017

AEROBO

NEDO Develops a Surveying System Allowing for Cooperation between GPS Markers and Drones with Commercialization Coming Soon
Date: June 30. 2017
Source: NEDO

Utilizing the results of a NEDO project, Aerosense Inc. has developed a GPS built-in ground control point “AEROBO® Marker” with the aim of reducing survey man-hours and post processing time at construction sites. By installing these markers at construction sites, survey markers can be easily placed, eliminating time and effort otherwise consumed by additional survey man-hours.

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Japan’s economy is running the hottest relative to capacity since the global financial crisis.

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/13/2017

BOJ-Kuroda

BOJ offers most upbeat view on regional Japan in 12 years
Date: July 10, 2017
Source: EconomicTimes

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan offered its most optimistic view of the country’s regional economies in more than a decade on solid exports and private consumption, underscoring its conviction a steady recovery is gathering momentum.

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EU and Japan reach free trade deal

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/08/2017

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EU and Japan reach free trade deal
Date: July 6, 2017
Source: BBC by Damian Grammaticas

The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal.

  • The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world’s biggest economic areas.
  • However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.
  • Two of the most important sectors are Japanese cars and, for Europe, EU farming goods into Japan.

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Honda picks Tokyo over Silicon Valley for AI research center

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 11/06/2016

Honda's latest Asimo humanoid robot can interpret postures, gestures and facial expressions and control its fingers. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Honda picks Tokyo over Silicon Valley for AI research center
Date: October 31, 2016
Source: Bloomberg – Ma Jie, Yuki Hagiwara

Honda Motor Co. will spearhead its artificial intelligence efforts out of a new lab in Tokyo so that researchers can work closely with its engineers to commercialize the technology.

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Japan people spending related to Halloween this year reach 1.3 billion dollars, double the amount from 2011

| Economy & Markets News, News | 10/31/2016

A combination picture shows participants in costumes posing to a camera after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, on Sunday. (Reuters photo)

Halloween all the rage in Japan
Date: Oct 31, 2016
Source: Bangkok Post

Enthusiasm among young Japanese for Halloween continues to grow year by year, not only as a day to enjoy “cosplay” but as a time to spend on goodies like nobody’s business.

Observed in many countries as a time dedicated to remembering the dead, the celebration in Japan has become firmly rooted as an autumn tradition of lighthearted fun or a bit of the macabre.

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Japan bets on aerospace as it seeks to regain manufacturing might

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 10/30/2016

A Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) test aircraft sits in preparation for the static strength test.

Japan bets on aerospace as it seeks to regain manufacturing might
Date: August 23, 2016
Source: The New York Times – By JONATHAN SOBLE

GIFU, Japan — Kato Manufacturing, based in the blue-collar enclave of Gifu prefecture, in central Japan, is a microcosm of the country’s industrial evolution.

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JR Kyushu Shares Surge in Tokyo Debut After $4 Billion IPO

| Economy & Markets News, Fukuoka News, Kyushu News, News, Transportation News | 10/26/2016

Kyushu Railway makes firm debut on Tokyo Stock Exchange

JR Kyushu Shares Surge in Tokyo Debut After $4 Billion IPO
Date: October 24, 2016
Source: bloomberg.com by Chris Cooper Kiyotaka Matsuda

Kyushu Railway Co. shares rose on their first day of trading in Tokyo after Japan’s government raised 416 billion yen ($4 billion) selling its entire stake in an initial public offering.

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Japanese and German cooperation on Industry 4.0

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 10/19/2016

DMG Mori Seiki by DW - M. Kasper Claridge

Japanese and German cooperation on Industry 4.0
Date: Oct 19, 2016
Source: www.dw.com by Manuela Kasper-Claridge

A machine-tool maker called DMG Mori has its headquarters in Iga. What’s special about the company is that it’s working on the next generation of industrial machines – the ‘Industry 4.0′ generation.

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Japan’s economy grew annualized 1.9 percent in Jan-Mar

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/07/2016

Japan GDP Jan-Mar 2016

Japan’s Jan.-March GDP upgraded to annual 1.9% rise
Date: 6/8/2016
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s economy grew an annualized 1.9 percent in the January-March period in inflation-adjusted terms, an upgrade from preliminary data as corporate capital spending fell less than initially thought, the government said Wednesday.

The expansion in real gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services produced domestically, corresponded to a 0.5 percent increase from the previous quarter, the Cabinet Office said.

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Japan summer bonuses increase about 3.74% (US$8,639)

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/07/2016

Japan summer bonuses increase 3.74%

Summer Bonuses at Major Japanese Firms Average 927,000 Yen
Date: 06/07/2016
Source: Jiji Press

Tokyo, June 7 (Jiji Press)–The average summer bonus among major Japanese companies is set to rise 3.74 pct from the previous year to 927,415 yen, up for the fourth straight year, a preliminary report by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, showed on Tuesday.

The growth reflects a rise in the number of companies that link employee bonuses to corporate earnings, according to the survey.

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Japan current account surplus expanded 41.7% from a year earlier to $17.5 billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/06/2016

Japan logs current account surplus Apr 2016

Japan logs current account surplus in April for 22nd month
Date: 6/8/2016
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan posted a current account surplus for the 22nd consecutive month in April, the government said Wednesday, as declining crude oil prices reduced imports and a rising number of foreign tourists continued to push up a travel surplus.

The current account surplus expanded 41.7 percent from a year earlier to 1.88 trillion yen ($17.5 billion), the Finance Ministry said.

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Uzushio Electric wins $30-million contract to supply 3,000 E-Trikes in Philippines

| News, Transportation News | 02/25/2016

Bemac Electric Transportation Philippines Inc. - E-Trikes

Bemac – Uzushio Electric wins order for Philippines’ Department of Energy E-Trike Project
Date: Jan 27, 2016
Source: Uzushio Electric

Uzushio Electric (Head Office: Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, CEO & President: Masato Oda) is pleased to announced that it has received notification that it has been named as the successful bidder for the Republic of the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) E-Trike Project promoted by financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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NEC conducts manufacturing and testing as the system coordinator for “Hitomi” (ASTRO-H)

| News, Science and Technology News | 02/19/2016

Hitomi (ASTRO-H) satellite

JAXA launches X-ray astronomy satellite “Hitomi” (ASTRO-H)
NEC conducts manufacturing and testing as the system coordinator

Date: Feb 17, 2016
Source: NEC Corporation

Tokyo, Japan – February 17, 2016 – The X-ray Astronomy Satellite “Hitomi” (ASTRO-H) was launched today from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center atop the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30. Hitomi has successfully entered the intended orbit and deployed its solar array paddle as scheduled.

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Japan and India will to sign agreement for India’s first bullet train

| News, Transportation News | 12/07/2015

Japan's Bullet Train to India

India-Japan to sign a pact for India’s first bullet train
Date: Dec 7, 2015
Source: Business Inside India

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to India on 11th December, and during his tour, he is most likely to finalise an agreement on high-speed train services in India, which means that India can soon get its first ‘Bullet Train‘.

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