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Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites

| Science and Technology News | 07/02/2014

NEC - METI ASNARO Project

NEC to seek satellite orders from abroad
Date: Jul 2, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites. The company has unveiled a new plant to produce satellites in Tokyo.

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Japan’s solar power generation will grow to $19.6 billion in FY2013

| Energy News, News | 06/26/2014

Solar Panels

Japan’s Solar PV Market Estimated to Be $19.6 Bln in 2013
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute – By Kenji Kaneko

Keisuke Murakami, director, New and Renewable Energy Division, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), said, “The (Japanese) market for solar power generation will grow to about ¥2 trillion (approx US$19.6 billion) in 2013.”

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Japanese stock market is trading modestly higher

| Economy & Markets News | 06/26/2014

Japanese stock market

Japanese Market Trades Higher
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: RTTNews

The Japanese stock market is trading modestly higher on Thursday, with investors indulging in some buying after the previous session’s decline. While a positive lead from Wall Street is aiding sentiment, a slightly stronger yen is limiting the market’s gains.

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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

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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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Japanese Univ. Keio start clinical trial to ease paralysis and other conditions stemming from spinal cord injuries

| Science and Technology News | 06/19/2014

Keio University

Keio Univ. to test injections to ease spinal cord injuries
Date: Jun 19, 2014
Source: The Japan News

Jiji Press: A team led by Keio University said it will start a clinical trial aiming to ease paralysis and other conditions stemming from spinal cord injuries by beginning treatment on patients soon after they are injured.

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Japanese 7-Eleven convenience store expand to Dubai, first in Middle East

| Manufacturing and Production | 06/17/2014

7-Eleven, Seven & I Holdings

7-Eleven to open in Dubai next year, first in Middle East
Date: Jun 17, 2017
Source: The National – By Sananda Sahoo

A convenience fixture around the world and in popular culture, name-checked in a U2 song and parodied on Grand Theft Auto, 7-Eleven will now launch in the UAE next year.

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Japanese house maker, electrical maker and automaker have jointly built new demonstration test house

| Manufacturing and Production | 06/16/2014

Smart House - 3 Japanese Firms

Sekisui House, Toshiba and Honda Embody 2020 Lifestyle of the Future with Real-World Smart House
Date: May 21, 2014
Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

- Three Companies Conduct Joint Demonstration Testing Toward Practical Applications of Their Smart Community Technologies -

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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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Japan’s Southern Alps, Tadami selected on UNESCO “eco park” list

| News, Shizuoka News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/12/2014

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UNESCO adds Japan’s Southern Alps, Tadami on “eco park” list
Date: Jun 12, 2014
Source: Kyodo

TOKYO, June 12, Kyodo – UNESCO decided to add Japan’s Southern Alps mountain range and the Tadami beech forest to its list of biosphere reserves, known as eco parks in Japan, for harmonizing environmental preservation and human activity, the Japanese government learned Thursday.

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Japan firms to produce 21% of major components of Boeing Aircraft 777X

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 06/12/2014

Japan Aircraft Industries (JAI) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI); Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI); Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI); ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. (SMIC); and NIPPI Corporation (NIPPI)

Boeing says Japanese firms to build 21 pct of the 777X
Date: Jun 12, 2014
Source: FOX News (Original Source: Reuters)

Boeing Co said it will retain Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd as key partners in its commercial aircraft business, awarding them a 21 percent workshare of its latest jetliner, the 777X.

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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

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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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Philippine leisure and gaming firm eyes Japan’s casino market has potentially the second-largest in the world

| Travel and Tourism News | 06/06/2014

Manila's Bloomberry

Manila’s Bloomberry in talks with Japan firm on casino tie-up
Date: Jun 5, 2014
Source: Reuters – Reporting by Siegfrid Alegado; Editing by Matt Driskill and Muralikumar Anantharaman

MANILA, June 5 (Reuters) – Philippine leisure and gaming firm Bloomberry Resorts Corp is in talks with a potential Japanese partner for what could be the company’s maiden overseas venture, its chief executive officer said on Thursday.

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Japan railway company JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train in spring 2017

| News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News, Vehicles & Transportation | 06/04/2014

JR East Luxury Sleeper Train - Concept Design: Exterior

JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train
Date: Jun5, 2014
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

East Japan Railway Co. is ramping up efforts to increase the number of passengers who travel by train for sightseeing purposes. The company will launch a luxury sleeper trains service for affluent individuals as early as spring 2017. Also, JR East will develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

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Japan companies eyes Southeast Asia for developing food market

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 06/04/2014

Japan companies eyes south-east Asia for developing food markets

Japan’s food giants look to south-east Asia for growth
Date: May 15, 2014
Source: just-food – by Julian Ryall

Japanese food manufacturers are targeting countries in south-east Asia as key export markets. As they extend their presence in the region, Japan’s food exporters hope to benefit from the perceived sophisticated, fashionable and healthy image of Japanese food products. Julian Ryall reports.

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Japan Railway Company JR West plan to start new luxury sleeper train service in Spring 2017

| Transportation News | 05/25/2014

JR West - New Sleeper Train - Concept Image

West Japan’s new sleeper train looks more luxurious than most hotels
Date: May 26, 2014
Source: Rocket News 24 – by Casey Baseel

While the typical itinerary for visitors to Japan is Tokyo, Kyoto, and then home, western Japan has a lot to offer. As a matter of fact, as I type this, I’m just about to leave for a few days of enjoying the beautiful sights and delicious food of Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Sanford-Burnham and Daiichi Sankyo are teaming up with to develop drugs to fight the pandemic of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 05/21/2014

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research

Sanford-Burnham, Japanese firm to study metabolic drugs
Date: May 20, 2014
Source: Orlando Sentinel – By Scott Powers

Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona are teaming up with a Japanese pharmaceutical company to develop drugs to fight the pandemic of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases that lead to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, peripheral artery diseases and other killers.

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Japan 8 automakers collaborate on r&d for 30% fuel efficient engines

| Manufacturing and Production, Transportation News | 05/19/2014

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines
Date: May 19, 2014
Source: Automotive News – by Hans Greimel

TOKYO — Japan’s automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines.

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Japan March machinery orders Jump most since ’96, tax hike pain is temporary

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/18/2014

Japan machinery orders soar in March 2014

Japan machinery orders soar in March
Date: May 18, 2014
Source: CNBC

Japan’s core machinery orders soared 19.1 percent on month in March, a sign that corporate Japan is turning more positive on business investment, data on Monday showed.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe described achievements of Abenomics so far in the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/07/2014

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe - OECD Ministerial Council Meeting

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting – Keynote Speech by Prime Minister Abe
Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet

1. Introduction: The time for change is now

Secretary-General Gurría, thank you very much for such a gracious introduction. I had the honor of welcoming you to Tokyo last month, and today we have come to meet again in Paris. I am extremely pleased that we were able to reconfirm the deep bonds of friendship between Japan and the OECD.

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Kyocera’s solar sales boosted by demand in Japan

| Energy News, Kyoto News | 05/03/2014

Kyocera - Applied Ceramic Products

Kyocera’s solar sales boosted by demand in Japan
Date: Apr 28, 2014
Source: PV-Tech – By Mark Osborne

Japanese electronics firm, Kyocera reported increased PV module sales for its 2014 financial year, boosted by both domestic and commercial market demand for solar energy in Japan.

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Japanese smartphone makers introduce unique features abroad

| Kyoto News, Manufacturing and Production | 04/30/2014

Japanese Smartphone Makers

Smartphone makers introduce unique features abroad
Date: Apr 30, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese electronics manufacturers are trying to overcome sluggish domestic sales by introducing smartphones with unique features abroad.

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Teruyuki Ono who was senior official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gov. received “Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award”

| Awards and Honors, Green Business News, Key Persons Reports, News, Reports | 04/25/2014

Teruyuki Ono

Japanese wins California air award
Date: Apr 25, 2014
Source: Kyodo News

A former senior official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government became the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award handed out by the California state government.

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Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

| Travel and Tourism News | 04/23/2014

Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

Foreign visitors to Japan mark record
Date: Apr 23, 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Foreign tourism in Japan hit a record high in March, thanks to a weaker yen and eased visa requirements for visitors from some Southeast Asian nations.

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East Japan Railway tech advice to Britain’s HS2 for construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network

| News, Transportation News | 04/04/2014

East Japan Railway & High Speed Two

HS2 appoints JR East as a consultant
Date: Apr 03, 2014
Source: by Kevin Smith – International Railway Journal

EAST Japan Railway (JR East) has confirmed that it has been appointed as a consultant by Britain’s HS2 (High Speed Two), the company overseeing the project to construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network from London to central and northern England.

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World Premiere of the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

| News, Transportation News | 03/05/2014

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World Premiere of the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
Date: March 4, 2014
Source: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI)

Tokyo, March 4, 2014 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, unveiled the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Tokyo Marathon 2014 – The 98th National Championship: Feb 23(Sun), 2014

| Sports and Health News, Tokyo Events & Expo, Tokyo News | 01/30/2014

Tokyo Marathon 2014

Tokyo Marathon 2014
Date: Feb 23(Sun), 2014
Official Site: www.tokyo42195.org/2014en/

About Tokyo Marathon
Around 36,000 runners run through the busy streets that are shut down to traffic, of Metropolitan Tokyo. At first to hold a Tokyo Marathon seemed like an unrealizable dream. But it became a reality in 2007 and as years pass, this city marathon became a race filled with many dreams.

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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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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos

| Economy & Markets News | 01/10/2014

the World Economic Forum in Davos

Abe to attend Davos economic forum
Date: Jan 10 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Abe will deliver a keynote address at the event’s opening session on January 22nd. No Japanese prime minister has ever made such a speech at the forum.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Delivered Subway Cars to Washington DC

| Transportation News | 01/08/2014

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Delivered Subway Cars to Washington DC

Japanese subway cars delivered to Washington
Date: Jan 7 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Japanese subway cars will soon be running in Washington DC. Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivered 4 of its latest-model cars on Monday at a ceremony at a suburban station in the US capital.

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Japanese cuisine “Washoku” added to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

| Awards and Honors, Culture and Society News, Foods and Drinks News, Foods and Drinks Reports, News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 12/04/2013

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UNESCO picks Japanese cuisine as cultural heritage
Date: Dec 4, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

UNESCO has added Japanese cuisine and food culture to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The world body’s intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Japan filed an application with UNESCO in March last year, following a request by a Japanese civic group.

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Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asia

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/21/2013

Japanese diaper manufacturers are boosting business in Asia

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G
Date: Nov 18, 2013
Source: The Japan Times

Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asian economies outside Japan to attract demand from an expanding class of middle-income earners benefitting from economic growth.

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