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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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KYOCERA Completes 29.2MW Solar Power Plant on Abandoned Golf Course in Yonago City, Tottori Pref., Japan

| Energy News, News | 05/14/2018

KYOCERA TCL Solar completes 29.2MW solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan

KYOCERA TCL Solar Completes 29.2MW Solar Power Plant on Repurposed Land in Japan

Date: May 14, 2018
Source: KYOCERA Corporation

KYOTO, JapanKYOCERA Corporation (herein “Kyocera”) and Tokyo Century Corporation (herein “Tokyo Century”) announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC (herein “Kyocera TCL Solar”) has completed construction of a 29.2 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The solar modules were installed on 1.2km2 of land originally designated for a golf course and other purposes but subsequently abandoned. A ceremony was held on April 27 to commemorate completion of Kyocera TCL Solar’s largest solar power plant.

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Narita Airport strengthens the service of website for foreign travelers and also travel information from airport to each area of Japan is enriched!

| Chiba News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/12/2018

Narita Airport Mobile Site

New Website to Help Overseas Visitors Plan Japan Travel Starting at Narita Airport

Date: Apr. 18, 2018
Source: Narita International Airport Corporation

TOKYO – On April 16, 2018, NAA launched a new English-language tourist information website to provide the ever-increasing numbers of overseas visitors to Japan with information on tourist attractions around Japan and how they can be accessed from Narita Airport.

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Close to the deadline! The chef who wants to learn high-level techniques of Japanese cuisine should participate in this program!

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 05/10/2018

Japanese Cuisine and Food Culture Human Resource Development Program

Participants Wanted for Japanese Cuisine Training Program, Subsidized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, JAPAN, for Non-Japanese Chefs, Who Seriously Wish to Learn Japanese Cuisine in Japan

Date: April 16, 2018
Source: Japanese Cuisine and Food Culture Human Resource Development Committee

The program provides Japanese language, basic Japanese culinary training and practical training in premium Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurants in Japan.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Begins Demonstration Flights of the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft in Iki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan

| Nagasaki News, News, Security & Defense | 05/09/2018

Iki Island, Ngasaki Prefecture of Japan

GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Japan

Date: May 9, 2018
Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

TOKYO – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced the first flight of the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Japan during an opening ceremony on Iki Island. The demonstration flights, taking place over the next three weeks, intend to promote the civil and scientific applications of the RPA.

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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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Caribou Coffee Offer New Line of Matcha Beverages Starting May 3

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 05/03/2018

Matcha Tea Cooler with Bubbles

A Matcha Made in Heaven! – Bubbles and Matcha!

A Pair of New Offerings is Bubbling Up at Caribou Coffee Stores May 3

Date: May 03, 2018
Source: Caribou Coffee

MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2018Caribou Coffee is proud to now offer a new line of drinks featuring two exciting ingredients: Bubbles and Matcha! Both launch in Caribou stores nationwide starting Thursday, May 3.

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Journey to The Land of the Rising Sun – Adventures by Disney collaborated with JNTO to Create Japan Trip

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/03/2018

Adventures by Disney - Japan Tour 03

Adventures by Disney Debuts All-New Japan Vacation, Robust Line-up of Worldwide Itineraries in 2019

Date: May 03, 2018
Source: Adventures by Disney

BURBANK, Calif., May 3, 2018 – Today Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, announced their line-up of 2019 vacation options, including an all-new itinerary to Japan. This exciting first-time destination is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of more than 50 world-class family vacations across six continents.

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Park Hotel Tokyo Launched “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI (Japanese Hospitality)” to Make Guest Stay More Memorable One

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 04/28/2018

Park Hotel Tokyo - Lobby Concierge and Restaurant Concierge

Making Your Experience at Park Hotel Tokyo More Memorable: “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI” Launched

Date: Apr 10, 2018
Source: Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo announced on April 10 that it has launched “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI” that will showcase unique Japanese aesthetics as well as “omotenashi” Japanese hospitality starting in 2018.

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Application for Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018 has started from 4/13!

| Chiba Events & Expo, Events, News, Sports and Health News | 04/26/2018

Chiba Aqualine Marathon - Photo 01

Entry Applications for Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018 to Open on April 13

Date: Mar 30, 2018
Source: Chiba Aqualine Marathon Planning Committee

On October 21 (Sunday), 2018, the “Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018” will be held in Chiba Prefecture right next to Tokyo. The event has attractive features such as an exhilarating feeling stemming from running just above the Tokyo Bay Aqualine Expressway that cuts across the Tokyo Bay, and more than 300,000 people cheering on the roadside. This time, a combined total of 17,000 runners in full-marathon, half-marathon and wheelchair half-marathon competitions will be recruited.

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Mishima City Launches Six-Language Smartphone-Friendly Website for Foreign Tourists

| News, Shizuoka News, Travel and Tourism News | 04/25/2018

Michima City - Smartphone Friendly Website

Mishima City in Shizuoka Pref., Gateway to Mt. Fuji, Launches Six-Language Smartphone-Friendly Website for Foreign Tourists

Date: Mar. 28, 2018
Source: Commerce and Tourism Division, Mishima Municipal Government

Against the backdrop of an increasing number of foreign travelers, the Mishima Municipal Government has launched a smartphone-friendly multilingual website on tourist information designed to share information on Mishima City’s tourism and historic landscapes so that foreign visitors can enjoy traveling the city to a greater degree. The languages used on the website are Japanese, English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean and Thai.

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ASICS Releases New HYPERGEL-KENZEN™ Exclusively with Foot Locker

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Sports and Health News | 03/23/2018

ASICS HyperGEL-Kenzen Nylon Running Shoes

ASICS Unveils HYPERGEL™ Footwear Franchise

Date: Mar 19, 2018
Source: ASICS

BOSTON, March 19, 2018ASICS America Corporation, the true sport performance brand, today announced the launch of the brand’s newest HYPERGEL™ footwear franchise, unveiling the HYPERGEL-KENZEN™ exclusively with Foot Locker, Inc. The new line of footwear combines street style with high performance GEL® technology proprietary to ASICS, for all day and all night comfort.

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Japan’s largest and most renowned mountain resort regions “Hakuba Valley” joins the Epic Pass

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 03/22/2018

Hakuba Valley Join Epic

Hakuba Valley, Japan Is Now Epic

Date: Mar 02, 2018
Source: Vail Resorts, Inc.

  • Hakuba Valley joins the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass in a long-term alliance, beginning with the 2018-19 winter season.
  • Epic Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts.
  • The Epic Pass now connects Japan with the best of North America’s resorts and Perisher, the best resort in Australia.
  • The industry-leading Epic Pass now features 55 mountain resorts in eight countries, more than any other season pass in the world.

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Fuji Xerox to Start New Services with Leveraging Proprietary AI/IoT/IoH Technologies

| Manufacturing and Production, Tokyo News | 03/16/2018

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. - Logo

Leveraging Proprietary AI/IoT/IoH Technologies, Fuji Xerox to Provide New Services That Streamline Not Only General But Also Professional Work

- New Value Proposition Strategy “Smart Work Innovation” Helps Businesses Improve Competitiveness -

Date: Mar 07, 2018
Source: Fuji Xerox

TOKYO, March 7, 2018 – From April, Fuji Xeroxx will sequentially roll out new services—which utilize the Company’s technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Humans (IoH)—based on the Company’s new value proposition strategy, Smart Work Innovation.

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Famous Anime Voice Actors Participates in Earthquake Early Warning App “Yurekuru Call”

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 03/11/2018

Yurekuru Call - Image

Earthquake Early Warning Application “Yurekuru Call” “voice warning announcements” added

Date: Mar 09, 2018
Source: RC Solution Co., Ltd.

RC Solution Co., Ltd., of Shinjuku, Tokyo (CEO: Akira Kuriyama) has as of today released both iOS and Android versions of the Emergency Earthquake Alarm ‘Yurekuru Call’ app, offering voice warning announcements, available to Premium Service users only.

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You can immediate start into digital art with Wacom’s new Intuos pen tablet “Get Creative”

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

Wacom - "Get Creative" with Wacom's new Intuos pen tablet

Wacom introduces new Intuos pen tablet to “Get Creative”

Technologically and ergonomically improved pen tablet bundled with creative software provides an immediate start into digital art

Date: Mar 06, 2018
Source: Wacom Technology Services, Corp.

TOKYO, and PORTLAND, Ore., March 6, 2018 – Today, Wacom announced a new, significantly upgraded version of its Intuos pen tablet for creative beginners and enthusiasts. Bundled with software for drawing, painting and image editing, the new Intuos tablet offers an immediate start into digital art. Anyone interested in getting creative on a digital level will be able to enjoy a natural pen experience, improved accuracy and enhanced online navigation capability. Ambitious comic and Manga fans, hobby painters and photographers just need to download a software of choice to “get creative.”

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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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Triple W’s “DFree” wearable excretion prediction device, will be released in the US later this year

| News, Sports and Health News, Tokyo News | 03/05/2018

DFree - Placement Image

A Connected Wearable Device to Help People Get to the Bathroom Before It’s Too Late to Be Released in US Later This Year

Date: Mar 05, 2018
Source: Triple W

SAN DIEGO, March 5, 2018Triple W, a startup company that develops the first connected wearable device that can track the progression of bladder movements using non-invasive ultrasonic sensors, announced today that their product will be released in the US later this year.

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Brooks Rehabilitation has partnered with Cyberdyne, Inc. and began offering a hybrid assistive limb robot “HAL” in US

| Ibaraki News, News, Science and Technology News | 03/05/2018

Photo of Medical HAL courtesy of Prof. Sankai University of Tsukuba/CYBERDYNE Inc.

Revolutionary Robotic Treatment For Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries Now Available In United States

New advanced technology available at Brooks Rehabilitation, in partnership with Japan-based Cyberdyne, Inc.

Date: Mar 02, 2018
Source: Brooks Rehabilitation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 2, 2018 – Brooks Rehabilitation, an industry leader in post-acute physical rehabilitation, announced today its partnership with Japanese medical and social innovation company, CYBERDYNE, INC., to introduce and make available the world’s first advanced robotic treatment device that has been shown to improve a patient’s ability to walk. Individuals with spinal cord injuries can now access FDA-cleared HAL, which is short for Hybrid Assistive Limb, at the Brooks Cybernic* Treatment Center in Jacksonville, FL. The Treatment Center is currently the only facility in the U.S. offering this innovative treatment.

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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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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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GEO’s Second Hand Clothing Shop, 2nd STREET, to Launch Its First US Store on Melrose in Los Angeles

| Aichi News, Beauty & Fashion, News | 02/18/2018

2nd STREET Melrose

2nd STREET USA to Launch Its First US Store on Melrose in Los Angeles

Over 10,000 men’s and women’s clothing and clothing accessories – Japan’s Highest Grossing Second Hand Clothing and Fashion Accessories Retailer

Date: Feb. 17, 2018
Source: GEO Holdings

LOS ANGELES & NAGOYA, Japan – 2nd STREET USA, a subsidiary of GEO Holdings is set to launch its first-ever US store, “2nd STREET Melrose,” on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2018.

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Sakura Hotel, Which Offers Reasonable Accommodation Prices, Opened New Hotel in Nippori, Tokyo to Welcome International Travelers

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/16/2018

Sakura Hotel Nippori Room 02

Sakura Hotel Co. Opens New Hotel in Nippori to Welcome International Travelers with Multicultural Offerings

Date: Feb. 06, 2018
Source: Sakura Hotel Nippori

TOKYO – Sakura Hotel Co., headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo, opened the Sakura Hotel Nippori near the historic Yanaka Ginza shopping street in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, the fifth hotel in the Sakura Hotel and Hostel chain, last year. All five hotels are open 24/7 and boast multilingual staff, as 85 percent of guests are international visitors.

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Japan National Tourism Organization inaugurated a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy my Japan” to entice long-haul travelers to visit Japan

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/15/2018

Sparkling white sands and underwater diving discoveries await visitors to Onna Village in Okinawa Prefecture

“Enjoy my Japan” Global Campaign Targets Long-haul Travelers

User-customized videos introduce some of Japan’s best tourist attractions

Date: Feb. 06, 2018
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

TOKYOJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has today inaugurated a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy my Japan.” The campaign seeks to entice long-haul travelers to visit Japan and explore the country beyond the well-known popular attractions, and immerse themselves more fully in the rich depths of Japanese nature and culture that exist off the beaten tourist path.

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STYLY Has Integrated “Google Poly” API, Now Creators Can Access Thousands of 3D Models

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 02/09/2018

STYLY Has Integrated "Google Poly" API

STYLY Has Integrated “Google Poly” API, Now Creators Can Access Thousands of 3D Models

Date: Feb 07, 2018
Source: Psychic VR Lab Inc.

TOKYO, Feb. 7, 2018 – Psychic VR Lab Inc. (Head office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Masahiro Yamaguchi) provides a VR creation and distribution service, “STYLY (https://suite.styly.cc).” A drag-and-drop, cloud and browser-based VR development service that requires no coding, it serves as a gateway for anyone with an imagination to develop VR content.

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Mary Chocolate to Release Valentine’s Day Chocolate Supervised by Chocolatier, Gold Prize Winner at World’s Largest Chocolate Exhibition

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Tokyo News | 02/08/2018

Mary Chocolate - Selection of Japanese Materials

Mary Chocolate to Release Valentine’s Day Chocolate Supervised by Chocolatier, Gold Prize Winner at World’s Largest Chocolate Exhibition

Date: Feb 5, 2018
Source: Mary Chocolate Co., Ltd.

Mary Chocolate Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer/seller of chocolates and other Western-style sweets, will release its “Kanade” chocolate brand focused on the combination of Japanese sake, Japanese tea, Japanese materials and chocolate toward Valentine’s Day in 2018 at “Isetan Bangkok” in the Thai capital.

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Chiba Prefecture Governor Morita Visit Thailand To Promote Chiba Prefecture’s Famous Foods and Tourism

| Chiba News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/02/2018

CHI-BA+BERRY

Chiba Prefecture Governor Morita to Visit Thailand

Date: Feb 2, 2018
Source: Chiba Prefectural Government

Kensaku Morita, Governor of Chiba Prefecture, will visit Thailand on February 3 – 8, 2018, to promote agricultural and fishery products from his Japanese prefecture and its tourist charms.

February 4 (Sun.) : Chiba Prefecture Agricultural/Fishery Product Fair, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (*), Central Food Hall Chidlom
This fair showcases agricultural and fishery products that Chiba Prefecture is proud of, including the new sweet and juicy strawberry variety CHI-BA+BERRY, which is making its Thai debut.

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Recruit Group Integrates Overseas Brands to Enhance Permanent Recruitment and Executive Search Services in Asia

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 02/01/2018

RGF's seven existing brands will be integrated into three service brands: RGF Executive Search, RGF Professional Recruitment, and RGF HR Agent.

Recruit Group Integrates Overseas Brands to Enhance Permanent Recruitment and Executive Search Services in Asia

Date: Jan 31, 2018
Source: Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.

Permanent recruiting services aim to meet diverse employment needs, strengthen organizational leadership and governance

TOKYO – Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Masumi Minegishi) announces that, from April 2018, its wholly owned Asian subsidiary, RGF Hong Kong Limited (“RGF”; Headquarters: Hong Kong; President: Takashi Kuzuhara, www.rgf-hr.com/ ), will integrate its brands and strengthen organizational governance to enhance its range of permanent recruiting services, from executive to staff, across Asia.

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OMRON and SolarEdge launch new DC optimized inverter solution for Japan’s high-voltage PV market

| Kyoto News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 01/31/2018

OMRON and SolarEdge

A New High-Voltage Inverter and Power Optimizer Solution Launching in Japan’s PV Market by OMRON and SolarEdge

Date: Jan 31, 2018
Source: SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.

KYOTO, Japan – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG) and OMRON Corporation (“OMRON”) (HQ: Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto. President and CEO: Yoshihito Yamada) are launching a new DC optimized inverter solution for Japan’s high-voltage PV market.

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DENSO Develops New Vision Sensor for Improved Night Driving Safety

| Aichi News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 01/30/2018

Vision Sensor for Automobile

DENSO Develops New Vision Sensor for Improved Night Driving Safety

Date: Jan 29, 2018
Source: DENSO

Sensor reduces accidents by detecting pedestrians and other road users in low-light situations

KARIYA, Japan, Jan. 29, 2018 – DENSO Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, today announced it has developed a new standard vision sensor that detects pedestrians at night, cyclists, road signs, driving lanes and other road users.

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Revolutionary Japanese Capsule Hotel “The Millennials” Brings Its Upscale Capsule Concept to Tokyo

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 01/29/2018

The Millennials Shibuya - Social Area

Revolutionary Japanese Capsule Hotel “The Millennials” Brings Its Upscale Capsule Concept to Tokyo

Date: Jan 24, 2018
Source: Global Agents

IoT integration, futuristic design, coworking space, this hotel bring everyone’s favorite “quirky Japanese experience” to a whole new level.

TOKYO, Jan. 24, 2018 – Global Agents has just announced the Grand Opening of the second in its luxury capsule hotel brand ‘The Millennials’ for March 15th, 2018. Following the huge success of their first iteration, opened last year in Kyoto, and attracting the attention from many overseas guests and medias, Global Agents is finally bringing its brand to the Japanese capital with a first location in the bustling Shibuya district.

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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)

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