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Leading Japanese hotelier Fujita Kanko Expands Apartment Business in Indonesia

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/10/2017

Fujita Kanko's Apartment in Indonesia

Fujita Kanko Expands Business with Its First Serviced Apartment in Indonesia

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: Fujita Kanko Inc.

TOKYO, Nov. 9, 2017 – Leading Japanese hotelier Fujita Kanko Inc. announced that the company will launch its first serviced apartment in Cikarang, located in Greater Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Construction is expected to start soon, with a scheduled opening in the fall of 2019.

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Japanese luxury crab “Echizen Gani” was priced $ 4,000 first sales in Japan!

| Foods and Drinks News, Fukui News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/09/2017

Echizen Gani

Japanese luxury crabs “Echizen crabs” start fishing season from November 6, and a Echizen Gani was priced the highest value of 460,000 yen (4,059 US Dollar) to the first sale at Echizen Fishing Port in Fukui Prefecture on Nov 6th.

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Wacom unveils the Pro Pen 3D for intuitive creating, sculpting and designing

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/08/2017

Wacom - Pro Pen 3D

3D at Your Fingertips

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Wacom

TOKYO and PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 7, 2017 – Today Wacom announced the Wacom Pro Pen 3D, a digital pen equipped with new features empowering professional designers and artists to bring their best work to life. Designed for use on a Wacom MobileStudio Pro, Cintiq Pro or the 2017 Intuos Pro pen tablet, the new pen’s third button provides additional control options for 3D programs and applications – a feature frequently requested by creative professionals working in industrial design, game design, animation, virtual and augmented reality, and 2D and 3D art.

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Japanese engineering trading company Hakuto start to distribute Maxim Integrated’s products in Japan

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 11/07/2017

Hakuto Co., Ltd. and Maxim Integrated

Maxim Integrated and Hakuto Sign Japan Distribution Agreement

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif. and TOKYO, Nov. 7, 2017 – Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Hakuto Co., Ltd. on September 1, 2017.

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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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JTB Launches New Hokkaido Tour for Foreign Tourists – Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show and Swordsmith Forge

| Hokkaido News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/02/2017

Ninja Show at Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura

TB Group Launches Sales of New Hokkaido Tour Featuring Accommodation at Renowned Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show, and Visit to a Swordsmith Forge

Date: Oct 31, 2017
Source: JTB Group

TOKYO – JTB Group, Japan’s largest travel agency, through JTB Sunrise Tours, its tour brand dedicated to bringing foreign tourists to Japan, has launched sales of a brand-new bus tour plan that invites foreign visitors to experience the majestic nature and rich Japanese culture of central Hokkaido, a favorite destination of tourists to Japan.

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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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Sony’s New CMOS Image Sensor Delivers Three Times the Horizontal Resolution Creating a New Level of Visibility and Safety for Automotive

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

Sony: IMX324 CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

Sony Releases the Industry’s Highest Resolution(*1) 7.42 Effective Megapixel Stacked CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

Date: Oct 23, 2017
Source: Sony Corporation

- Sensor Delivers Three Times the Horizontal Resolution Creating a New Level of Visibility and Safety -

TOKYO, Oct. 23, 2017 – Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced the release of the IMX324, a new 1/1.7-type stacked CMOS image sensor equipped with the industry’s highest resolution*1 7.42 effective megapixel RCCC filter*2 for forward-sensing cameras in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Sony will begin shipping samples in November 2017.

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Japan’s Largest Mobile App Analytics “App Ape” Launch to the US on November

| Chiba News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 10/23/2017

App Ape - Japanese Version

Japan’s Largest Mobile App Analytics “App Ape” is Heading to the U.S.

Date: Oct 20, 2017
Source: Fuller, Inc.

- App Ape Has Just Been Pre-launched, Targeting a Service Launch Upcoming Next Month -

CHIBA, Japan, Oct. 20, 2017 – Fuller, Inc., the largest mobile app market analytics provider in Japan, today announced the pre-launch of its analytics platform “App Ape” in the United States.

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System Developer OTSL Launch the World’s First Real-time Millimeter-wave Radar Simulator for Autonomous Driving

| Aichi News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 10/22/2017

Radar Simulation on 3DCG MAP

OTSL Announces World’s First Real-time Millimeter-wave Radar Simulator for Autonomous Driving at SystemC AMS & COSIDE User Group Meeting

Date: Oct 19, 2017
Source: OTSL Inc.

– Advanced Millimeter Wave Radar Simulator Reproduces Closer-to-reality Driving Situation in Virtual Space by Dynamic Simulation That Can Freely Move Virtual Models –

OTSL Inc., a short-distance wireless system and embedded system developer and distributor, announced a real-time millimeter-wave radar simulator for autonomous driving, the Advanced Millimeter Wave Radar Simulator (AMMWR Simulator), at the SystemC AMS & COSIDE User Group Meeting held in Munich, Germany, and hosted by COSEDA Technologies GmbH. AMMWR Simulator is the world’s first sensor simulator software for autonomous driving that enables dynamic real-time simulation.

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Shiseido Plans to Build New Factory in Tochigi Prefecture to Responding to Growing Demand Inside and Outside Japan

| Beauty & Fashion, News, Tokyo News | 10/20/2017

Shiseido Nasu Factory

Shiseido Establishes a New Factory in Ohtawara City, Tochigi Prefecture

Date: Oct 19, 2017
Source: Shiseido Company, Limited

Shiseido Company, Limited (Shiseido) has decided to acquire a plot of land in Ohtawara City, Tochigi Prefecture with the intent of building a new production site, Shiseido Nasu Factory (tentative name; hereinafter Nasu factory). Shiseido is planning to begin construction of the new factory in the fiscal year 2018 and start its operation in the fiscal year 2019. The new factory will mainly manufacture skincare products.

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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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New Hotel “Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower” Opens in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

| Aichi News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/19/2017

Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower - Logo

Prince Hotels Opens New Hotel in Japan’s Third Largest City, Nagoya, Where Japanese History and Culture Abound

Date: Oct 18, 2017
Source: PRINCE HOTELS, INC.

TOKYOPRINCE HOTELS, INC. (Head office: Toshima-ku, Tokyo; President, Shigeyoshi Akasaka) opened a new hotel, “Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower,” on Monday, October 2, 2017 in Nagoya, Japan, the country’s third largest city.

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Shinkowa Pharmaceutical Start to Distribute the World’s First Supplements Containing β-Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN)

| Beauty & Fashion, Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News | 10/19/2017

NMN PURE 3000

Shinkowa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Distributor of the World’s First Supplements Containing β-Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN), Has Begun World-Wide Distribution of the Special Products “NMN PURE 3000″ and “NMN PURE 1500″

Date: Oct 18, 2017
Source: Shinkowa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

TOKYOShinkowa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. sells the first ever original supplements and cosmetics containing β-nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) under the “MIRAILAB” supplement brand and the “MIRAIDA” cosmetic brand, respectively. The company has begun world-wide distribution of the special supplement products “NMN PURE 3000″ and “NMN PURE 1500″, which contain high doses of NMN.

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REI Adventures Provides New Route “Japan Hiking – Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo” 11-Day Trek

| Kyoto News, News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/18/2017

REI Adventures Japan Hiking - Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo: Ancient tradition meets modern life on this 11-day trekking excursion from Kyoto to Tokyo.

REI Adventures Launches New Destinations, Expands its Easy Active and Signature Camping Offerings

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Source: REI

- Largest expansion of new trips in the travel company’s history with hiking, cycling, kayaking, multisport, safari and snowshoeing itineraries to classic and emerging locations -

SEATTLE, Oct. 17, 2017 – REI Adventures, the active travel company part of national outdoor co-op REI, is launching 20 trips, bringing the total for the year to more than 40 new itineraries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. The industry leader is also formally introducing a collection of lower intensity trips to meet the diverse interests and abilities of its broadening traveler base.

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Tokyo and Kyoto is selected “No.1 & No.3 Top Large Cities in the World” with the Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

| Kyoto News, News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/18/2017

Night view of Tokyo city

Japanese Cities Of Tokyo And Kyoto Recognized With Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award “#1 & #3 Top Large Cities in the World”

Date: Oct 18, 2017
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2017 – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Tokyo recognized as the #1 top large city in the world, with a score of 91.35, and Kyoto recognized as the #3 top large city in the world, with a score of 88.98.

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Japan stocks hit 21-Year High and market expectations PM Shinzo Abe will prevail in election

| Economy & Markets News, News | 10/12/2017

Tokyo-Building

Nikkei hits another 21-year closing high

Date: Oct 12, 2017
Source: Jiji Press

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The benchmark Nikkei average rose further and marked a fresh 21-year closing high on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday, boosted by Wall Street’s overnight advance.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 73.45 points, or 0.35 percent, to end at 20,954.72, the best finish since Nov. 29, 1996. The key market gauge extended its winning streak to an eighth session after climbing 57.76 points on Wednesday.

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Japan’s NEDO Collaborate with US’s DOE to Accelerate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

| Energy News, News | 10/10/2017

NEDO and US DOE - Logo

NEDO and DOE Announced Collaboration to Accelerate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Date: October 10, 2017
Source: NEDO

NEDO and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announce a collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell data sharing of safety research and development to accelerate progress towards mutual goals, including energy security, resilience, and economic growth.

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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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PanaHome Start Japan’s First Microgrid System with a Total of 117 Homes in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture

| Energy News, Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 10/05/2017

Microgrid System for Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima

Launch of Japan’s First Microgrid System with a Total of 117 Homes

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Selected in 2017 for METI’s subsidy program to promote local energy production for local consumption by leveraging regional characteristics

HYOGO, Japan — PanaHome Corporation, ENERES Co., Ltd, IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd. and the Public Enterprises Agency of the Hyogo Prefectural Government plan to embark on the urban development of a microgrid system (a regional energy distribution management system) (*1) starting October 2017.

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Image solution company Socionext jointly developed a new image signal processor (ISP) with GoPro.

| Kanagawa News, Manufacturing and Production | 10/05/2017

New image signal processor GP1 for HERO6.

Socionext Collaborates with GoPro on GP1 Image Signal Processor, the Magic Behind HERO6 Black

Date: Oct 2, 2017
Source: Socionext Inc.

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Oct. 2, 2017 — Socionext Inc., a leading provider of SoC-based imaging solutions, today announced it has co-developed a powerful, efficient new image signal processor (ISP) based on Socionext’s Milbeaut® technology to power GoPro’s just-released HERO6 Black camera.

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Medical device company ARKRAY, Inc. start to sell the hemoglobin A1c testing device in US

| Kyoto News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/18/2017

ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System

ARKRAY launches ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System for hemoglobin A1c testing

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Source: U.S. ARKRAY, Inc.

EDINA, Minn., Sept. 18, 2017 — U.S. ARKRAY, Inc. (ARKRAY) announces the launch of the ADAMS™ A1c HA-8180V System for hemoglobin A1c testing. The system obtained FDA 510(k) clearance as an aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of individuals with diabetes.

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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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Japan’s solenoid manufacturer Takaha Kiko starts mass production of a nice clapping robot “Big Clapper”

| Fukuoka News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/17/2017

Team "Big Clappy"

Japan’s solenoid manufacturer Takaha Kiko starts mass production of a nice clapping robot “Big Clapper”

Date: Sep 17, 2017
Source: Takaha Kiko Co., Ltd.

Japan’s solenoid manufacturer leader Takaha Kiko announced to start mass production of robot “Big Clapper” in early 2018, and Bye Bye World, the manufacturer and distributor of Big Clapper, are currently accepting 100 pre-orders now.

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Japan’s Fiber Optic Products Manufacturer Furukawa Electric Plans to Expand Production Capacity to Meet World Demand

| Manufacturing and Production, News, Tokyo News | 09/15/2017

Furukawa Electric and OFS Fitel, LLC

FEC Plans to Expand Production Capacity at OFS to Meet Global Demand

Date: Sep 15, 2017
Source: OFS Fitel, LLC

5G Wireless, Data Centers, Greater Digitization in Business, and FTTH increase optical fiber demand

TOKYO and NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 15, 2017 — Furukawa Electric Company (Furukawa Electric) today announces plans to nearly double its 2016 optical fiber manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to increase its optical fiber cable manufacturing capacity as well, thereby creating over 400 jobs over the next two years.

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Nisshinbo Collaborated with Ballard to Develop World’s First PEM Fuel Cell Product Using Non Precious Metal Catalyst

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 09/13/2017

Ballard FCgen®‐1040 prototype fuel cell stack, with Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.)

Ballard to Offer World’s First PEM Fuel Cell Product Using Non Precious Metal Catalyst

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Ballard Power Systems Inc.

VANCOUVER, Sept. 12, 2017 – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the Company has collaborated with Nisshinbo Holdings (“Nisshinbo”), an Environmental and Energy company, to develop a Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) for use in the world’s first commercialized NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product. Nisshinbo and Ballard have jointly collaborated on the development of NPMC since 2013.

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Infostellar completed $7.3m financing from Airbus Ventures and other investors

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 09/13/2017

Infostellar - Investor Group

Infostellar closes Series A financing round with $7.3m for satellite antenna sharing platform, with lead investor Airbus Ventures

Date: Sep 13, 2017
Source: Infostellar Inc.

TOKYO, Sept. 13, 2017 — Infostellar, developer of a cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform, announced today a $7.3 million Series A investment, led by Airbus Ventures, with additional funds from WERU Investment, D4V, Sony Innovation Fund, and existing investors, FreakOut Holdings, and 500 Startups Japan. This financing will be used to fund the launch of Infostellar’s flagship platform, StellarStation, expand its network of partner antennas, and hire additional talented team members.

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Solar Frontier, a solar panels and system solutions provider, developed 28 MW of solar project sites in Fresno County, California

| Energy News, News, Tokyo News | 09/12/2017

Solar Frontier - Logo

Solar Frontier Americas Completes Development Phase and Sells 28 MW of Solar Projects to Capital Dynamics

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Solar Frontier Americas Development

TOKYO, Sept. 12, 2017 — Solar Frontier Americas Development, a leading U.S. solar developer and subsidiary of the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier, announced today it has sold two fully developed solar project sites to Capital Dynamics. Located in Fresno County, just South of San Joaquin, California, the sites combined have a planned capacity of 28 megawatts DC. Capital Dynamics, a Swiss-based asset management company investing in private equity and clean energy infrastructure, plans to execute construction on the projects. The projects are packaged with permits and power purchase agreements (PPA) with Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Fuji Pigment established mass-produced process for Perovskite Quantum Dots. It has potential use in display, LED, and bio-imaging applications

| Hyogo News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 09/11/2017

emission spectra of perovskite quantum dots under 420 nm of irradiation light

Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd. Has Established a Manufacturing Process for Perovskite Quantum Dots

Date: Sep 11, 2017
Source: Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd.

  • A large-scale synthesis process for perovskite quantum dots has been established.
  • The narrow half width of the emission spectra of the quantum dots suggests their potential use in display, LED, and bio-imaging applications.

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NEC received order for the largest energy storage system in Switzerland

| Energy News, News | 09/08/2017

NEC Corporation and NEC Energy Storage Systems

NEC to Supply 18 MW Energy Storage System to Major Swiss Utility

Date: Sep 8, 2017
Source: NEC Corporation

Tokyo, Japan & Westborough, Massachusetts, USA – September 8, 2017 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC, announced today that NEC ES is supplying Switzerland-based Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ) with an 18 MW, 7.5 MWh GSS® Grid Storage Solution. Once completed in early 2018, this project will be the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland*. It will be owned and operated by EKZ, one of Switzerland’s largest power distribution companies.

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Japan’s bedding manufacturer airweave partnership with the USTA Player Development

| Aichi News, News, Sports and Health News | 09/06/2017

airweave Logo

airweave announces partnership with the USTA Player Development

Date: Sep 6, 2017
Source: airweave

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2017 — Continuing a history of supporting the training and development of top athletes, airweave has announced a new partnership with the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Player Development division. Airweave will be installing select mattress products at the USTA National Campus, providing athletes optimal rest and recovery to maximize their performance on and off the court.

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Japan’s local rail company TOBU collaborate with travel agency Beauty of Japan to develop travel service for foreign tourists

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/05/2017

Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Tobu Railway and BOJ (BEAUTY OF JAPAN) Strengthen Product Development Targeting Tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia

Date: September 04, 2017
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

TOKYOTobu Railway Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 9001) (Head office: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshizumi Nezu, hereinafter, Tobu Railway) and BOJ Inc. (Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President: Takahiro Noguchi, hereinafter, BEAUTY OF JAPAN) have concluded a capital and business alliance agreement for strengthening the planning and sales of tours, which utilize sightseeing resources along the Tobu Line, targeting inbound tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia.

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