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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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Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing to develop world’s largest floating solar plant in Chiba Prefecture

| Chiba News, Energy News, News | 01/18/2015

World's largest floating solar plant in Chiba Prefecture

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing to Develop 13.4MW Floating Solar Power Plant on Reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Date: Dec 22, 2014
Source: Kyocera Corporation

- Providing the equivalent power used by roughly 4,700 typical households, installation set to become the world’s largest floating solar plant –

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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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Hitachi Begins Shipment of Class 800 Trains from Yamaguchi Prefecture to UK

| News, Yamaguchi News | 01/07/2015

Hitachi - A Class 800 train is being loaded for shipment to UK

Hitachi Begins Shipment of Trains from Kasado Works for the UK Intercity Express Programme
Date: Jan 7, 2015
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan, January 7, 2015 — Hitachi, Ltd. announced today that it has begun shipment of the first completed pre-series Class 800 train unveiled in November 2014. The train has been produced for the UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP), and following its recent completion is now being shipped from Kasado Works in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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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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Japanese Govt Discover 746 New Methane Hydrate Spots, and Sample from Sea of Japan

| Energy News, News | 12/27/2014

Japan Methane Hydrate Map

Govt samples methane hydrate from Sea of Japan
Date: Dec 25, 2014
Source: Jiji Press

The industry ministry said Thursday it has succeeded in obtaining samples of sea-bottom soil that contains methane hydrates, seen as a next-generation domestic energy source, in a survey off the country’s Sea of Japan coast.

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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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Sony develop compact, lightweight single-lens display module with OLED technology

| News, Science and Technology News | 12/17/2014

Sony - Single-Lens Display Module - Applications

Sony Announces the Development of a Compact, Lightweight Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology That Enables Superior Image Quality
Date: Dec 17, 2014
Source: Sony Corporation

- When attached, turns eyewear into a smart device capable of displaying visual information -

With this module, Sony has achieved a compactness of size and a lightness of weight that make it possible to attach the module to a piece of eyewear.

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Toshiba opens healthcare technology center for develop next-generation products in Kanagawa

| News, Sports and Health News | 12/17/2014

Toshiba - Infinix Elite

Toshiba Opens Healthcare Technology Center and Enhances its Research and Development System in the Healthcare Business
Date: Dec 17, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has opened the Healthcare Technology Center in the Komukai Complex in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture today. The center is established for the purpose of expanding the healthcare business under the medium-term management plan, and will serve as a base for the development of next-generation products as well as research and development of differentiating technologies on mid- and long-term basis.

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Mazda and Mitsubishi Chemical Develops Bio-based Engineering Plastic Featuring High-Quality Finish without Paint and Suitable for Exterior Vehicle Parts

| News, Science and Technology News, Transportation News | 12/10/2014

Mazda-Mitsubishi-Chemical-New-Technology

Mazda Develops Bio-based Engineering Plastic Featuring High-Quality Finish without Paint and Suitable for Exterior Vehicle Parts
Date: Dec 20, 2014
Source: Mazda Motor Corporation

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, it has developed a new bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior design parts for automobiles.

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PM Shinzo Abe says Apple to build R&D center in Yokohama, Japan. It’s one of Abenomics strategy

| Kanagawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 12/09/2014

Apple-Logo

Apple to Open New Research Site in Japan
Date: Dec 9, 2014
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple confirmed Tuesday that it would open a new research site in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boasted on the campaign trail that the U.S. tech giant planned to step up its investment in the country.

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Japan’s beef exports hit all-time highs this year both in quantity and value

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 12/08/2014

Japanese Beef - Wagyu

Japanese beef exports hit record high
Date: Dec 6, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — With more Japanese beef being sold abroad than ever before, meat distributors are hoping foreigners will hanker for the premium cuts that penny-pinching domestic consumers pass by.

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Japanese yen hits 120 for first time since crisis July 2007

| Economy & Markets News, News | 12/04/2014

USD-JPY-Graph

Dollar climbs above 120-yen level in NY
Date: Dec 4, 2014
Source: NHK World

The dollar has briefly climbed above the 120-yen level. This is the first time in about 7 years and 4 months the US currency has entered that trading band.

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Toshiba’s ozone generation systems offer optimum solutions for water treatment

| Green Business News, News | 12/04/2014

Toshiba - Ozone Application for Industrial Water Treatment

Toshiba’s ozone generation systems offer optimum solutions for water treatment
Date: Dec 5, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

We first introduced our ozone generation system into the market in 1976, giving us nearly 40 years of experience in updating and upgrading the technology for our customers. Toshiba’s ozone generation systems today are designed especially for municipal water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment, where large amounts of ozone are required.

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Japan has successfully launched its new asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2

| News, Science and Technology News, Transportation News | 12/03/2014

H2A - Hayabusa 2

Launch Success of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 with “Hayabusa2″ Onboard
Date: Dec 3, 2014
Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) with the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2″ onboard at 1:22:04 p.m. on December 3, 2014 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Hitachi Joins Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia

| Energy News, Green Business News, News | 12/03/2014

Hitachi Participation in Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia

Participation in Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia
Date: Dec 3, 2014
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

Tokyo, December 3, 2014 — Hitachi, Ltd. (President & COO: Toshiaki Higashihara), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (President & CEO: Nobuhide Hayashi), Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. (President & CEO: Junichi Nishizawa), and THE Power Grid Solution Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Kiyonori Morita) today announced that they have been selected to carry out a feasibility study for a smart community demonstration project in the Republic of Slovenia being run by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as part of its international project for technologies and systems related to energy consumption efficiency.

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Panasonic developed smart town have “self-distributing” energy system and reduce 70% CO2 of emissions

| Energy News, Green Business News, Kanagawa News, News | 11/30/2014

Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Goes Into Full-Scale Operation Near Tokyo
Date: Nov 29, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Fujisawa, Japan – The Fujisawa SST Council, a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation spearheading the development of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), held today a grand opening ceremony for the forward-looking town located on the outskirts of Tokyo. With its core facility supporting sustainable development of the town and its community now coming into operation, the Fujisawa SST is moving from the construction stage into a new stage where the town is nurtured to grow in full-scale into an eco and smart town that puts a high priority on the residents’ lifestyles.

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Japanese electronic components manufacturer “Murata” joins EcoCampus research program in Singapore

| Green Business News, News | 11/26/2014

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - Smart Energy Management System

Murata Joins Singapore’s EcoCampus Initiative
Date: Nov 26, 2014
Source: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) signed a Research Collaboration Agreement on 14 November 2014. This marks Murata’s entry into the EcoCampus research program, led by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N). The NTU Singapore’s EcoCampus initiative is a novel campus-wide sustainability framework with demonstration sites to achieve 35% reduction in energy, water, and waste intensity by 2020, transforming the university campus into one of the most environmentally friendly university campuses in the world.

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Japanese traditional paper “Washi” techniques registered as UNESCO heritage

| Culture and Society News, News | 11/26/2014

'Washi' skills listed as cultural heritage

‘Washi’ skills listed as cultural heritage
Date: Nov 26, 2014
Source: NHK World

UNESCO has decided to add the traditional techniques of crafting Japanese-style “washi” paper to its list of intangible cultural heritage. A UNESCO intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting held at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Wednesday.

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Japan’s exports rise most in 8 months in recovery sign. It’s highest level since Jun 2012

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/25/2014

Japan's Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign

Japan’s Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign
Date: Nov 19, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japanese exports are increasing as the impact of the falling yen finally starts to emerge via lower prices for goods sold overseas.

The Cabinet Office said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted export volume index for October came to 92.7, up 2.2% from September and the second straight month of gains. The index hit its highest level since June 2012. The benchmark of 100 is set at 2010 levels.

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Fuel cell vehicles sales expected to reach 400,000 by 2030 in Japan

| Green Business News, News | 11/25/2014

Sales Forecast for Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Fuel cell vehicles sales expected to grow
Date: Nov 24, 2014
Source: NHK World

A survey conducted by a Japanese research firm projects that by 2030, one out of every ten new cars sold in Japan will be eco-friendly fuel cell model. Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting estimates domestic sales of fuel cell vehicles will increase from 10,000 units in 2018 to 50,000 in 2020, and reach 400,000 in 2030.

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Asahi Kasei’s UVC LEDs is expected to use for monitoring of chemicals and drinking water quality inspection

| Green Business News, News, Science and Technology News | 11/24/2014

Asahi Kasei's UVC LEDs

High-Output UVC LEDs Now Available For Delivery
Date: Nov 18, 2014
Source: Asahi Kasei Corp.

Start of commercial production of high-output UVC LEDs and launch of Optan™ products for analytical and instrumentation applications.

Asahi Kasei Group company Crystal IS, Inc. of the US has started commercial production of high-output UVC* LEDs at Asahi Kasei facilities in Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan, and launched the sale of Optan™ UVC LEDs for analytical and instrumentation applications such as monitoring of chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing and drinking water quality inspection and control.

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Investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by PM Abe

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/24/2014

November 21, 2014 - Press Conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Tokyo stocks rise on hopes for new economic policies by Abe
Date: Nov 21, 2014
Source: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) –Tokyo stocks edged higher Friday on investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later in the day in the wake of the dissolution of the lower house.

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Alps electric’ cockpit equipped with variety of modules combining core Alps technologies

| News, Science and Technology News | 10/08/2014

With Alps Electric's Premium Cockpit

New sensor tech gives drivers control with a glance or gesture
Date: Oct 9, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Alps Electric‘s new driver assistance system lets motorists control their car’s heads-up display with a glance and lock or unlock the doors with the mere wag of a finger.

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Japan successfully launched next-generation weather satellite “Himawari 8″

| News, Science and Technology News | 10/07/2014

Japan lofts Himawari 8 weather satellite via H-IIA rocket

Himawari 8 successfully launched
Date: Oct 6, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japan successfully launched its next-generation weather satellite atop an H2A carrier rocket and sent it into initial orbit as scheduled on Tuesday.

The rocket lifted off at 2:16 PM with a roar from the launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

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Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD Display” receives Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of “CEATEC AWARD 2014″

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Science and Technology News | 10/07/2014

Sharp Corporation - Full-Spec 8K LCD Display

Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD Display” receives Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of “CEATEC AWARD 2014″ in Japan
Date: Oct 7, 2014
Source: Sharp Corporation

Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD display” exhibited at CEATEC Japan, a comprehensive annual exhibition showcasing the latest in IT and electronics from October 7 to 11, has received “Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of CEATEC AWARD 2014″.

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Japan plan to utilize surplus electricity of renewable energy for producing hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles

| Energy News, News | 10/06/2014

Using hydrogen produced with excess power from renewable energy sources.

Surplus green energy eyed for fuel-cell cars
Date: Oct 06, 2014
Source: The Japan News

The Yomiuri Shimbun – The Environment Ministry will begin a model project in which surplus electricity generated from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, will be utilized to produce hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles.

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Mitsubishi develops high-speed AGT System Capable of Speeds up to 120kph

| Transportation News | 10/04/2014

MHI - High-speed Automated Guideway Transit System

MHI Develops High-speed Automated Guideway Transit System Capable of Speeds up to 120 Kilometers Per Hour – New Offering Will Dramatically Expand the Global Market -
Date: Oct 2, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)

Tokyo, October 2, 2014 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed the development of a high-speed Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System achieving a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour (kph), roughly the twice the speed compared to current so-called “automated guideway transit system.”

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Panasonic developed industry’s smallest pin-size lithium ion battery for wearable gadgets

| Energy News | 10/03/2014

Panasonic - Smallest Lithium Ion Battery

Panasonic Commercializes the Industry’s Smallest*1 Pin Shaped Lithium Ion Battery
Date: Oct 3, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a Pin Shaped Lithium Ion Battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g suitable for powering small devices such as wearable devices. This product, on top of being the industry’s smallest cylindrical shaped rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, features the high reliability and high output required for near-field communications (NFC). Mass production and shipping are planned to begin in February, 2015 with a monthly production of one hundred thousand units.

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