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All Nippon Airways launches the CRAFTSMANSHIP website to increase foreign visitors

| Culture and Society News, News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/15/2018

IS JAPAN COOL?" - "CRAFTSMANSHIP": Japanese armor-maker

ANA’s “IS JAPAN COOL?” Introduces New Theme “CRAFTSMANSHIP” – Focusing on country’s traditional artisans

Date: June 13, 2018
Source: All Nippon Airways (ANA)

TOKYOAll Nippon Airways (ANA) announced today the launch of a new website theme that celebrates “CRAFTSMANSHIP” as part of its “IS JAPAN COOL?” program, which helps promote Japan to international visitors. This new theme will have two features, including interviews with seven traditional Japanese artisans and the SAMURAI AVATAR.

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Hello Kitty try to keep running over 500 km between Hakata and Shin-Osaka during this summer

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/13/2018

Hello Kitty Shinkansen

In a collaboration between West Japan Railway (JR West) and Sanrio’s popular Hello Kitty character, the Hello Kitty Shinkansen will begin operation on June 30 with the aim of revitalizing regional communities in western Japan.

Date: May 18, 2018
Source: West Japan Railway Company, Sanrio Co., Ltd.

People. Things. Happenings. The Hello Kitty Shinkansen will link them together when it begins operation on June 30!
Here we present many possibilities for enjoying Shinkansen travel.

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Toyoda Gosei Establishes High Pressure Hydrogen Tanks Plant in Inabe, Mie Pref., Japan to Meet Growth in FCVs Demand

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Transportation News | 05/15/2018

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. Inabe Plant in Inabe City, Nagoya, Mie

Toyoda Gosei Establishes New Plant in Japan to Produce High Pressure Hydrogen Tanks for FCVs

Date: March 14, 2018
Source: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.

KIYOSU, JapanToyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway.

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SHOEI, Japanese helmet manufacturer collaborate with SENA, Bluetooth communication company, to launch new helmet with seamless communication system

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News, Transportation News | 03/08/2018

SENA and SHOEI Helmets

Sena and Shoei join forces to launch a seamless communication system for the new Neotec II Helmet

Introducing the SHOEI NEOTEC II & SENA SRL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Date: Mar 6, 2018
Source: Sena

IRVINE, Calif., March 6, 2018 – Sena, the industry leader in Bluetooth communication for power sports, is teaming up with Shoei, the world’s premier motorcycle helmet manufacturer to release a joint endeavor, the SRL Communication System for Neotec II. SHOEI® Safety Helmet Corp is proud to announce the Spring ’18 arrival of the all-new NEOTEC II to the North American marketplace, as well as the specially developed, SENA-exclusive SRL Bluetooth Communication System designed for seamless integration with the NEOTEC II.

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JR Kyushu Adds New Train “SL Hitoyoshi and Aso Boy!” to JR Kyushu Rail Pass Online Booking Website – Get Discount Tickets Information!

| Fukuoka News, Kyushu News, News, Transportation News | 02/28/2018

JR Kyushu - Aso Boy and SL-Hitoyoshi Trains

More Trains Available for Booking with “JR Kyushu Rail Pass” Discount Tickets for Foreign Visitors to Japan

Date: Feb. 28, 2018
Source: Kyushu Railway Company

Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) has been facilitating credit card settlements, issuing E-tickets to ensure smooth purchases and providing fee-based services to reserve seats on popular tourist trains since August 2017 when it launched the JR Kyushu Rail Pass Online Booking website, which specially handles JR Kyushu Rail Pass discount tickets for foreign visitors to Japan. On February 17, 2018, the company newly added SL Hitoyoshi and Aso Boy! to its lineup of reservable trains. (The additional trains can be reserved for boarding on and after March 17, 2018.)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Automotive parts suppliers DENSO invests $1 billion in Maryville, Tennessee for future of mobility

| Aichi News, News, Transportation News | 10/08/2017

Denso - Logo

DENSO invests 1 billion dollars in U.S. automotive manufacturing to produce the future of mobility

Date: Oct. 6, 2017
Source: DENSO

– Investment advances U.S. role in crafting the future of electrification and safety technology, creates 1,000+ jobs in Tennessee –

KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive technology, systems and components suppliers, is expanding its U.S. footprint with a $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tennessee location.

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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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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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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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Japan’s high-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas – Potential impact of more than $36 billion

| News, Transportation News | 11/15/2015

Japan's high-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas

High-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas
Date: Oct 15, 2015
Source: Texas Central Partners, LLC

Independent study projects potential impact of more than $36 billion

  • All counties, cities and school districts touched by the Dallas-to-Houston route will share in the financial benefits, even before the trains begin operating
  • New Jobs, new tax revenue for local governments and new private developments generated by the project will create a”ripple effect across Texas”
  • The privately developed rail system will generate income to help the state serve Texans
  • Brazos Valley Station confirmed as third destination at commencement of
    operations

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The World’s Fastest Japan’s Maglev Train Could Be Headed to Washington

| News, Transportation News | 11/13/2015

Japan's Maglev Train

The World’s Fastest Train Could Be Headed to Washington
Date: Nov 9, 2015
Source: Bloomberg by Chris Cooper, Kiyotaka Matsuda, Craig Trudell

The U.S. wants to study the feasibility of building a Japanese-designed magnetic-levitation train line between Washington and Baltimore as part of a plan to upgrade the transportation network in the world’s largest economy.

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Japan’s first commercial jet in 50 years, MRJ90 has successfully completed first flight

| News, Transportation News | 11/10/2015

Mitsubishi MRJ first flight

Japan’s Passenger Jet Takes to the Skies for First Flight
Date: Nov 10, 2015
Source: Bloomberg by Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.’s new jet took off on its debut flight from Nagoya airport in central Japan, half a century after the country last introduced a new passenger plane.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which can seat as many as 92 passengers, took off at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday with two pilots. A round of applause rang out when the plane landed back in Nagoya at 11:02 a.m. after a flight that took it over Japan’s Pacific coast.

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Honda RC213V-S US$184,000 – Legal Street version of MotoGP Bike

| News, Transportation News | 06/11/2015

Legal Street version of MotoGP Bike - Honda RC213V-S 01

Honda to Launch RC213V-S by Turning RC213V Competing in MotoGP Races into a Model for Public Road Riding
Date: June 11, 2015
Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

June 11, 2015 – The RC213V is a machine exclusively for racing that has won consecutive championships in the MotoGP class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (hereinafter called “MotoGP”) in 2013 and 2014. Honda has made changes to some of the specifications of the RC213V, and will now introduce this as the RC213V-S. It is possible to ride the RC213V-S on public roads, and Honda will start accepting order entry for this new model on July 13, 2015.

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Shinzo Abe agreed to memorandum of cooperation with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about several areas including maglev high-speed rail

| News, Transportation News | 06/07/2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sits on board a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track.

Larry Hogan just asked for $28M to develop a maglev train line between Baltimore and D.C.
Date: June 4, 2015
Source: Baltimore Business Journal by Rick Seltzer

Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t just riding a magnetic levitation train in Japan during his trade trip to Asia. His administration is boosting a private effort to build such a super-fast train at home between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Thai high-speed rail route

Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links
Date: May 12, 2015
Source: The Straits Times

BANGKOK – Japan has signalled its intention to help develop three multibillion-dollar high-speed railway routes in Thailand.

Both sides will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) this month on joint development of the Bangkok-to-Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Laem Chabang and Bangkok-to-Sa Kaew rail lines.

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Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai Japan

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen

Najib takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai
Date: May 26, 2015
Source: The Malaysian Insider

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today experienced first-hand the Shinkansen, Japan’s renowned bullet train which travels at 320km per hour.

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Mitsubishi and Hitachi To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar

| News, Transportation News | 05/18/2015

Map - Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi Ltd. To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar

Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi Ltd. To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar
Date: May 18, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Hitachi Ltd. (Hitachi) are pleased to announce the conclusion of a contract to supply and install railway signaling systems in Myanmar. The contract, signed with Myanma Railways on May 15, 2015, amounts to approximately 2.4 billion yen and will be covered by grant aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Completion of the project is scheduled for June 2017.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Receives Order for World’s Highest Level of Energy Efficiency LPG Carrier from Astomos Energy

| Energy News, News, Transportation News | 03/02/2015

World's Highest Level of Energy Efficiency LPG Carrier

MHI Receives Order for Very Large LPG Carrier from Astomos Energy
Date: Mar 02, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

- Fourth Sister Vessel Since First Order in 2013 Provides World’s Highest Level of Energy Efficiency, Enabling Passage through New Panama Canal -

Tokyo, March 2, 2015 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.

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Four Japanese Firms Receives Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction in Qatar

| News, Transportation News | 03/02/2015

Qatar Doha Metro - Japanese Firms

Five Member Consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales Receives Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction
Date: Feb 20, 2015
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

On February 20 2015, a consortium consisting of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd.; and Thales received a Letter of Conditional Acceptance from the Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) for a systems package for the Doha Metro, the first metro system to be constructed in the State of Qatar. This is one of the world’s largest projects for a single metro system. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2019.

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East Japan Railway Company exhibited Shinkansen bullet train simulator for first time in India

| News, Transportation News | 02/26/2015

Bullet Train System in India

JR East promotes bullet train in India
Date: Feb. 26, 2015
Source: NHK World

East Japan Railway Company officials are promoting bullet train technology in India in hope of developing a high-speed rail system there.

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Japan’s Narita Airport to Lease Maintenance Facility to Foreign Airlines

| News, Transportation News | 01/12/2015

Delta - Maintenance Hangar

Narita Airport hopes to lure maintenance business
Date: Jan 10, 2015
Source: NHK World

Officials at Japan’s Narita Airport hope to make better use of some untapped assets. They say they want to attract more business by leasing out maintenance facilities.

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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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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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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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