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KOKUYO, a Japanese stationery company, exhibit the 360-degree gliding chair “ing” at ORGATEC 2018 in Cologne, Germany

| Design and Manufacturing Events & Expo, Events, Osaka News | 10/17/2018

KOKUYO "ing" at Orgatech 2018

KOKUYO to Showcase the Revolutionary “360° Gliding Chair ing” at ORGATEC 2018

Date: October 16, 2018
Source: KOKUYO Co., Ltd.

OSAKA, JapanKOKUYO Co., Ltd., a leading provider of office design and furniture in Japan, will take part in ORGATEC 2018. The exhibition, held in Cologne, Germany, from October 23rd to 27th, is the largest International Trade Fair for Furnishing and Management of Offices and Office Facilities. This year, KOKUYO will present its revolutionary office chair, “360° Gliding Chair ing”, which is never seen before in Europe.

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Nippon Shokubai, a Japanese chemical company, develops forests of Banten bay for biodiversity preservation and preventing coastlines from being eroded

| Green Business News, News, Osaka News | 10/17/2018

Japan-Indonesia Friendship Forests of Banten Bay for Biodiversity Preservation

Nippon Shokubai Launches Social Contribution Program to Develop “Japan-Indonesia Friendship Forests of Banten Bay for Biodiversity Preservation”

Date: Oct. 16, 2018
Source: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd. has newly begun to develop “Japan-Indonesia Friendship Forests of Banten Bay for Biodiversity Preservation” in the Republic of Indonesia. The company held an opening ceremony for the project and conducted the first round of tree-planting activities.

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Colan Totte, Japanese health gear manufacture, begin selling new magnetic bracelet overseas

| News, Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 10/03/2018

COLANTOTTE LOOP QUON

A Magnetic Health Care Bracelet“COLANTOTTE LOOP QUON”overseas Launch Begins October 2018

Date: Oct 3, 2018
Source: Colan Totte Co., Ltd.

Colan Totte Co., Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of magnetic medical device “Colantotte”, will begin selling the new magnetic bracelet “COLANTOTTE LOOP QUON” overseas in October 2018.

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Japanese Stationery Manufacturer “KOKUYO” Opens Pop-up Store in London from October 3 to 14

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News | 09/18/2018

THINK OF THINGS in LONDON

KOKUYO to Open Limited-time Pop-up Store of ‘THINK OF THINGS’ in London’s Shoreditch District

Date: Sep 07, 2018
Source: KOKUYO Co., Ltd.

TOKYO, Sept. 7, 2018KOKUYO Co., Ltd. will run a pop-up store of its Tokyo-based lifestyle shop & cafe “THINK OF THINGS” in the Shoreditch district, east London, Britain, from October 3 to 14.

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Descente, Japanese premium sportswear brand, establish Descente Athletic Americas Inc. in Atlanta, USA

| News, Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 09/17/2018

Japanese premium athletic apparel brand - Descente Athletic Americas Inc.

Premium Sportswear Brand, DESCENTE, to Expand Presence in the U.S.

Date: Sep 12, 2018
Source: Descente Athletic Americas Inc.

ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2018Descente, the Japanese premium athletic apparel brand, is establishing a wholly-owned North American subsidiary, Descente Athletic Americas Inc. (DAA), located in Atlanta, GA, to tap growing worldwide demand for the Descente brand. Representing the intersection of luxury, athleisure and technical gear, DAA will offer the discerning consumer a singular take on performance apparel for all facets of the modern lifestyle when it launches in Fall 2018.

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Panasonic Launch Shoe Deodorizer Using “nanoe X” on September

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News | 08/13/2018

Panasonic - Shoe Deodorizer MS-DS100

Panasonic Introduces the Shoe Deodorizer: Deodorizes Your Shoes While You Sleep

Date: August 10, 2018
Source: Panasonic Corporation

OSAKA, JapanPanasonic Corporation will begin selling a shoe deodorizer, the MS-DS100, equipped with “nanoe X” that generates 10 times(*2) more hydroxyl (OH) radicals than “nanoe” to remove unpleasant shoe odors in a simple way, on September 20, 2018 (in Japan only).

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Daiwa House and Odakyu Electric Railway will jointly develop the first large-scale residential housing in New South Wales, Australia

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News, Tokyo News | 07/03/2018

Box Hill Project - Daiwa House Industry and Odakyu Electric Railway

Daiwa House Industry Announces “Box Hill Project,” First Large-Scale Joint Residential Housing Development Project in New South Wales, Australia

Date: July 2, 2018
Source: Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. and Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. are set to begin the “Box Hill Project (provisional name),” a large-scale residential housing development project in the suburbs of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, Australia.

Ahead of the development project, Daiwa House Industry established DH Box Hill Pty Ltd. on April 13, 2018, to serve as a company in charge of land development. The company is also pleased to announce that the inspection conducted by the Australian government’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has been concluded. As such, it is set to begin site preparation and lot division sales from July 2018.

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Nitto, Industrial Adhesive Tapes Manufacturer, to Provide Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane to Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant in Singapore

| Green Business News, News, Osaka News | 06/22/2018

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant

Nitto’s RO membrane to be used for Singapore’s first dual-mode desalination plant

Date: Jun 21, 2018
Source: Nitto Denko Corporation

Nitto Denko Corporation (Headquarters: Osaka, Japan; President, CEO COO: Hideo Takasaki; hereafter “Nitto”) won the bid to provide Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane to “Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (also known as KMEDP).” The plant is designed to be able to treat both seawater and freshwater to produce up to 137,000m3 of drinking water per day. Shipping of the membranes is slated to begin this fiscal year 2018 to meet the requirements for the plant’s operational start scheduled in 2020.

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World’s Most Advanced Japanese-made Massage Chair is Now Available at Dealers Nationwide

| News, Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 06/19/2018

Worlds Most Advanced Massage Chair

Synca Wellness Launches the Only Made-in-Japan Massage Chair to Feature a Foot Roller in All of North America

Date: Jun 18, 2018
Source: Synca Wellness

COMPTON, Calif., June 18, 2018Synca Wellness has officially launched the flagship of its massage chairs line nationwide: the JP1100. The JP1100 has won the 2017 Good Design Award and is designed by master engineers in Osaka Japan and manufactured by Japanese company that invented massage chairs in 1954. With key components manufactured by Hitachi and master upholstering done by the supplier to Nissan you know you’re getting a chair made with the best materials by the best craftsmen in Japan.

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Osaka Gas Engineering will conduct Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) and provide technical consulting services on LNG Receiving Terminals in Taiwan

| Energy News, News, Osaka News | 06/04/2018

Osaka Gas LNG Receiving Terminal

Osaka Gas Engineering to Provide Consulting Services on Construction of LNG Receiving Terminals in Taiwan

Date: May 24, 2018
Source: Osaka Gas Engineering Co., Ltd.

OSAKA, Japan – Osaka Gas Engineering Co., Ltd. (OGE), a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (Osaka Gas)(TOKYO:9532), has entered into an agreement to provide consulting services on construction of LNG receiving terminals of CPC Corporation, Taiwan (CPC) and Taiwan Power Co., Ltd. (TPC) respectively.

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Kansai Paint’s Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved By the EPA in US – That Paint Can Play a Vital Role in Helping to Slow the Spread of Mosquito-borne Diseases

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News | 05/09/2018

Governor Rick Scott of Florida and Industrialist Hotelier Danny Gaekward Discussing Kansai's Anti-Mosquito Paint with Kalpana Abe, Vice President, President's Office, Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.

Kansai Paint Group Announces First Ever Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved By the EPA

Date: April 18, 2018
Source: Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.

TROY, Mich.Kansai Paint Group, a global manufacturer of paints and coatings, (Head office: Osaka Japan, President and CEO: Hiroshi Ishino) has announced approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint. The Kansai Anti-Mosquito Paint is designed for interior use and contains a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide.

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Ezaki Guriko Acquired TCHO Ventures, American Chocolate Maker in San Francisco

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Osaka News | 02/20/2018

Ezaki Glico to Announce the Acquisition of American Chocolate Manufacturing Company, TCHO Ventures, Inc.

Ezaki Glico to Announce the Acquisition of American Chocolate Manufacturing Company, TCHO Ventures, Inc.

Date: Feb. 20, 2018
Source: Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

OSAKA, JapanEzaki Glico Co., Ltd. (“Ezaki Glico”) has announced the final agreement to acquire America’s award-winning craft chocolate company, TCHO Ventures, Inc. (CEO: Marcel Bens, Head office: California, USA, “TCHO”).

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Diamond Electric Develops Business Card-sized, Thin 1KW Isolated Bidirectional DCDC Converter

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News | 01/27/2018

Thin 1KW Isolated Bidirectional DCDC Converter

Diamond Electric Develops Business Card-sized, Thin 1KW Isolated Bidirectional DCDC Converter

Date: Jan. 24, 2018
Source: Diamond Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd.

– Smaller, Lighter DCDC Converters Seen Contributing to Spread of EVs, Smart Grids –

Diamond Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd. developed a business card-sized, thin isolated bidirectional DCDC converter (IBDC) in December 2017. The technology can substantially downsize and reduce the weight of DCDC converters, which are essential for rechargeable batteries, and is expected to contribute to spreading electric vehicles (EVs) and smart grids.


Thin 1KW Isolated Bidirectional DCDC Converter

In recent years, requirements of large-capacity batteries for EVs and smart grids are causing rechargeable batteries to have higher voltage. Therefore, demands are growing for higher-level isolation of DCDC converters to ensure safety and meet safety standards.

In response, Diamond Electric has developed the new IBDC by fully utilizing its unique controlling technology (for which a patent is pending). The IBDC combines both charger and discharger circuits.

By adopting high-frequency switching technology (up to 2MHz), Diamond Electric has developed an ultra-compact IBDC (93.5 mm x 60 mm x 10.5 mm excluding control circuit and heatsink).

Furthermore, the use of gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor enabled the achievement of high conversion efficiency (up to 95%) despite the high-frequency switching. By utilizing these technologies, the company expects to downsize the final product to 25% of other existing models.

Expected Applications

EVs:

  • Onboard chargers
  • Onboard AC power supply

Smart grids:

  • Battery system for household use
  • EV stations (V2H)
  • Uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system
  • Portable battery system

Product Specifications:

Primary Side Secondary Side
Output Power -1,000 to +1,000W (bidirectional)
Voltage Range 270 to 330V 270 to 330V
Current Range -3.7 to +3.7A -3.7 to +3.7A
Conversion Efficiency Up to 95%
Switching Frequency Up to 2MHz
Dimension 93.5 x 60 x 10.5mm
(excluding control circuit and heatsink)

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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Panasonic Acquires IoT-centric AI products Developer Arimo to Accelerate AI/IoT-based Solutions Business

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News | 10/24/2017

Panasonic and Arimo

Panasonic Acquires Arimo, Deep Learning Innovator, to Accelerate the Growth of its AI/IoT-based Solutions Businesses

Date: Oct 24, 2017
Source: Panasonic Corporation

OSAKA, Japan, Oct. 23, 2017 – Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has acquired Arimo Inc., a Mountain View, California-based leader in deep learning and behavioral artificial intelligence (AI). Ranked among the ten most innovative companies in data science by Fast Company Magazine in 2016, Arimo is developing IoT-centric AI products for commercial and manufacturing applications, which are associated with Big Data and Deep Learning. Through this acquisition, Panasonic plans to leverage Arimo’s data science expertise in solutions it provides to its B2B customers (including manufacturers) as well as in the housing business.

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Japanese Heated Massage Chair Brand “Synca Wellness” Debuted in the USA

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 10/19/2017

Synca Wellness - Massage chair "CirC"

Synca Wellness Launches Their Premium Japanese Brand Synca Wellness in North America

Date: Oct 19, 2017
Source: Synca Wellness

COMPTON, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017 – Synca Wellness launched its first premium branded massage chair – The CirC. Synca Wellness is based out of Osaka, Japan and produces premier, high-end, health and wellness products. The CIRC, the first in the line of many Synca creations is a premium, small platform, SL-Track massage chair designed for all adults.

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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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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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Panasonic’s AV and security solutions has been active in the Soccer World Cup 2014 stadium in Brazil

| Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 06/25/2014

Panasonic's AV & Security Solutions To Be Active at the Stadiums in Brazil - 02

AV & Security Solutions To Be Active at the Stadiums in Brazil
Date: Jun 26, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic do Brasil (PANABRAS) installed that it has provided Arena Pantanal Stadium, one of the stadiums to be used in the Soccer World Cup 2014, with Panasonic’s wide variety of AV and Security Solutions.

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Toyota and Panasonic Co-developing Cloud Service that Links Cars to Home Appliances

| Aichi News, Osaka News, Science and Technology News | 06/12/2014

Toyota and Panasonic, how the jointly-developed home appliance control system works

Toyota and Panasonic Co-developing Cloud Service that Links Cars to Home Appliances
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Toyota City / Osaka, Japan, June 9, 2014 – Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation are jointly developing a service that links cars with home appliances. A new service will be launched as soon as the second half of this year.

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Panasonic Solar Projects Growing in Latin America – Generating Clean Energy from Sun and Reducing Emission of CO2

| Energy News, Osaka News | 06/11/2014

Panasonic Solar Projects in Latin America 01

Panasonic Solar Projects Growing in Latin America
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic continue the Eco expansion in Latinamerica with new Photovoltaic projects in El Salvador, with HILCASA and INTRADESA as a partners to promote the use of solar panels, generating clean energy from the sun and reducing the emmison of CO2.

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Suntory will be the World’s 3rd Largest Distilled Drinks Maker

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Osaka News | 01/13/2014

Suntory Holdings to Acquire Beam in $16 Billion Transaction

Suntory Holdings to Acquire Beam in $16 Billion Transaction
Date: Jan 13, 2014
Source: Suntory Holdings Limited

  • Beam Stockholders to Receive $83.50 Per Share in Cash
  • Agreement Represents a Premium of 25% Over the Closing Price on January 10, 2014 and a Multiple of More Than 20 Times Beam’s Latest 12 Months’ EBITDA*1
  • Creates the World’s #3 Premium Spirits Player with Portfolio of Leading Brands Across Key Spirits Categories, Enhanced Global Reach and Unparalleled Expertise in the Fast-Growing Whisky Category

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