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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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Japan and EU reach free trade deal (FTA)

| 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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Japan’s first dedicated commercial satellite successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center

| News, Science and Technology News | 11/24/2015

H2A rocket No. 29

H2A No. 29 launched; Japan’s first commercial launch
Date: Nov 24, 2015
Source: The Japan News

TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched H2A rocket No. 29, carrying the Canadian telecommunications satellite Telstar 12V, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday. This is Japan’s first launch of a commercial satellite.

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BoJ’s Haruhiko Kuroda remained optimistic about Japan’s economy

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/19/2015

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda

Positive demand trends keep Kuroda bullish on economy
Date: Nov 20, 2015
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda remained optimistic about Japan’s economy and inflation prospects at a post-policy-meeting news conference Thursday, pointing to significant improvement in consumer spending and exports.

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16.3 mil. foreigners visit Japan this year – Japan likely to hit 2020 tourism goal early

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/18/2015

Foreign tourism in Japan over 16 million

Japan Likely to Hit 2020 Tourism Goal Early, Thanks to Chinese Visitors – In the first 10 months of the year, 16.3 million foreign tourists have visited, beating prior full-year record
Date: Nov 18, 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal by Jun Hongo

TOKYO — Chinese tourists have pushed Japan within reach of its ambitious tourism target—five years ahead of schedule.

Japan has attracted 16.3 million foreign tourists already this year, beating its previous full-year record of 13.4 million as the number of Chinese visitors has more than doubled, according to data released Wednesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization.

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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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Japan Tourism Agency select 7 routes for foreign travelers to visit more destinations

| Kyushu News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/13/2015

Japan's 7 Routes Map for Foreign Tourists

7 routes to be promoted to foreign tourists
Date: June 12, 2015
Source: The Japan Times

For the first time, the Tourism Agency on Friday selected seven regional sightseeing routes within the nation for foreign tourists. The agency aims to encourage foreign tourists — who primarily tend to visit the Tokyo metropolitan area, an area surrounding Mt. Fuji and the Kansai area — to visit attractive sightseeing spots in regional areas linked to specific themes.

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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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Japan’s core machinery orders up 3.8% to $7.26 billion in April

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/10/2015

Japan's value of orders hitting the highest level since July 2008

Japan’s April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month
Date: June 10, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday, indicating companies are eager to make investments amid an economic recovery.

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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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Dollar touched 125 yen for first time since late 2002

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/05/2015

Dollar breaks through ¥125 against yen, at ¥125.53

Dollar Surges to 13-Year High Versus Yen as Jobs May Spur Fed
Date: June 5, 2015
Source: Bloomberg by Lananh Nguyen

The dollar surged to a 13-year high against the yen as a report showed U.S. payrolls climbed in May, boosting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

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Japanese Glass Manufacturer, AGC Releases “infoverre™ MIRROR,” Enabling Digital Information Display on Mirror

| News, Science and Technology News | 06/03/2015

AGC - infoverre® MIRROR

AGC Releases “infoverre™ MIRROR,” Enabling Unique Information Display on Mirror
Date: June 3, 2015
Source: Asahi Glass Company (AGC)

- New infoverre product expands the possibilities of the “glass with display monitor” product line -

Tokyo, March 25, 2015 – Asahi Glass Company (AGC), a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials has released a new infoverre™ product “infoverre™ MIRROR” as an interior product for residential and commercial facilities. This new product will bring solutions to unique design needs in the world.

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Japanese printing manufacturer, Toppan Printing developed the copper touch panel module with ultra-narrow bezel

| News, Science and Technology News | 06/02/2015

Copper touch panel module with ultra-narrow bezel (left) and the conventional product (right)

Development of a copper touch panel module with ultra-narrow bezel
Date: June 2, 2015
Source: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

- Narrower bezel and reduced weight enabled by adopting copper wiring and a high-rigidity plastic cover -

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (hereafter Toppan Printing; Head office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President & Representative Director: Shingo Kaneko) has developed a copper touch panel module with which the use of copper wiring and a high-rigidity plastic cover resistant to bending and impacts has enabled a significant decrease in weight and an ultra-narrow bezel. This means that the product can be smaller, maintaining the same screen size while enhancing the possibilities for innovative design. Sample shipments will begin in mid-July 2015, predominantly targeting use in tablets and notebook PCs.

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Nikkei extends winning streak to 11th day, it’s longest winning streak in 25 years

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/30/2015

Tokyo stocks book longest winning streak in 25 years

Nikkei extends winning streak to 11th day
Date: May 29, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Nikkei index logged 11 straight trading days of gains on Friday, the first such winning streak since February 1988, closing at a 15-year high as investors remained confident about the performance of domestic companies.

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Japan job availability hits 23-year high

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/28/2015

Japan Job Availability on April 2015

Japan job availability hits 23-year high
Date: May 29, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo)– Japan’s job availability improved in April to its best level in around 23 years while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in 18 years, with companies willing to hire more workers on the back of an economic recovery, the government said Friday.

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Kyocera to construct Japan’s largest solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture

| Energy News, News | 05/27/2015

Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills Power Plant

Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Century Tokyo Leasing Announce Construction of 92MW Solar Power Plant in Japan
Date: May 27, 2015
Source: Kyocera Corporation

- One of Japan’s largest solar installations to provide equivalent power for roughly 30,500 households –

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Dollar hits nearly 8-year high against yen

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/26/2015

Dollar climbs to high of nearly eight years against yen

Dollar climbs to high of nearly eight years against yen
Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO (Dow Jones) — The dollar hit its highest level in nearly eight years against the yen Tuesday, as investors coming back from a three-day weekend in Europe poured money into the greenback.

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