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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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Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Thai high-speed rail route

Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links
Date: May 12, 2015
Source: The Straits Times

BANGKOK – Japan has signalled its intention to help develop three multibillion-dollar high-speed railway routes in Thailand.

Both sides will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) this month on joint development of the Bangkok-to-Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Laem Chabang and Bangkok-to-Sa Kaew rail lines.

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Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai Japan

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Malaysia PM Najib Razak takes Shinkansen

Najib takes Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai
Date: May 26, 2015
Source: The Malaysian Insider

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today experienced first-hand the Shinkansen, Japan’s renowned bullet train which travels at 320km per hour.

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Mitsubishi and JAXA successfully launched new intelligence satellite on H2A rocket

| News, Science and Technology News | 05/26/2015

H-2A-Rocket

Japan successfully launches intelligence satellite
Date: Mar 26, 2015
Source: Kyodo

TANEGASHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — Japan successfully launched Thursday morning a rocket carrying a backup optical satellite for the government’s intelligence gathering program.

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Mitsubishi and TEPCO win contract to build $2.5 billion gas-fired power plant in Qatar

| Energy News, News | 05/25/2015

Mitsubishi and TEPCO

Mitsubishi Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Company Participate in IWPP Project in Qatar – The Two Companies Succeeded in The International IWPP Tender
Date: May 25, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are pleased to announce that a 25-year power and water purchase agreement (PWPA) has been reached between Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) and K1 Energy, a joint venture established by MC and TEPCO, each holding an equity share of 98.5% 1.5%, respectively*. The agreement is the result of an international tender issued by the KAHRAMAA in May 2014.

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Mitsubishi and Hitachi To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar

| News, Transportation News | 05/18/2015

Map - Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi Ltd. To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar

Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi Ltd. To Supply and Install Train Signaling Systems in Myanmar
Date: May 18, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Hitachi Ltd. (Hitachi) are pleased to announce the conclusion of a contract to supply and install railway signaling systems in Myanmar. The contract, signed with Myanma Railways on May 15, 2015, amounts to approximately 2.4 billion yen and will be covered by grant aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Completion of the project is scheduled for June 2017.

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Japan’s core machinery orders up 2.9% to $7.28 billion in March

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/18/2015

Japan's March core machinery orders up 2.9% on month

Japan’s March core machinery orders up 2.9% on month
Date: May 18. 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 2.9 percent in March from the previous month to 869.4 billion yen ($7.28 billion), the government said Monday, reflecting an increase in corporate investment on the back of an economic recovery.

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Japan has commissioned Self-Defense Forces’ largest destroyer “IZUMO”

| Kanagawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 03/25/2015

Japan SDF - IZUMO Ship

JSDF’s largest destroyer Izumo commissioned
Date: Mar 25, 2015
Source: NHK World

Japan has commissioned the Self-Defense Forces’ largest destroyer, the Izumo. A ceremony was held on Wednesday at a pier in Yokohama City, near Tokyo, to mark the handover of the vessel from its manufacturer to the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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Japan’s whisky “Taketsuru” named world’s best blended malt in whisky awards for 2nd year

| Awards and Honors, Foods and Drinks News, News, Reports | 03/21/2015

World's best blended malt: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old

Japanese whisky wins top prize for 2nd year
Date: Mar 20, 2015
Source: NHK World

A Japanese whisky has won the world’s top prize in a prestigious contest in Britain for the second straight year. The organizers of the World Whiskies Awards chose the “Taketsuru 17 Years Old” malt of Japan’s Nikka brand as the best blended malt whisky for 2015.

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Kubota expands palm oil mill effluent treatment business in Southeast Asia

| Green Business News, News | 03/19/2015

Kubota - Banner

Expansion of palm oil mill effluent treatment business in Southeast Asia – Electricity generation using biogas recovered in palm oil mill effluent treatment
Date: Mar. 19, 2015
Source: Kubota Corporation

Kubota Corporation (Head Office: Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan; President and Representative Director: Masatoshi Kimata; hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) is currently contributing to environmental preservation activities by palm oil manufacturers through the installation of palm oil mill effluent (hereinafter called “POME”) treatment systems in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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JGC Launches Operations Business for Mega-Solar Power Plant in Kamogawa, Chiba – 125,000 solar panels manufactured by TOSHIBA and KYOCERA

| Energy News, News | 03/19/2015

JGC Corporation - Toshiba Kyocera Chiba

JGC Launches Operations Business for Mega-Solar Power Plant in Kamogawa, Chiba
Date: Mar 19, 2015
Source: JGC Corporation

JGC Corporation has completed a mega-solar power plant in Kamogawa, Chiba, which began commercial power generation on January 6th of this year. Today (March 19th), a ceremony was held at the site to celebrate the completion and pray for safe operation of the plant. The ceremony was attended by Kamogawa Mayor Takao Hasegawa, Deputy Mayor Masao Shoji, City Council President Toshinori Tatsuno, and JGC President Koichi Kawana, among other guests.

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Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/18/2015

Markets - Nikkei Hit 19,544.48

Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism
Date: Mar 18, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Nikkei index rose to a fresh 15-year high Wednesday as wage hikes at large firms fueled optimism about the Japanese economy, while investors also waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues as to when the Fed will raise interest rates.

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Foreign visitors to Japan hit monthly record in February 2015

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 03/18/2015

Foreign Visitors to Japan in Feb 2015

February sees record number of foreign visitors
Date: Mar. 18, 2015
Source: NHK World

Foreign tourists have been making a beeline for Japan, mainly drawn by the weaker yen. Their numbers spiked last month during the Lunar New Year holidays, setting a single-month record.

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Japanese companies agree to hike monthly base pay

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/17/2015

Japan Inc wage hikes

Japanese companies agree to hike monthly base pay
Date: Mar 18, 2015
Source: The Hindu Business Line

TOKYO, March 18: Japanese auto maker Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would raise the monthly base salary for workers by 4,000 yen ($33), its biggest hike in over a decade, joining other major domestic firms in agreeing to larger rises in annual wage talks.

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Japanese Market Advances, Nikkei Tops 19,000 Mark for First Time in 15 Years

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/13/2015

Nikkei Hit 19000

Nikkei hits 19,000
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: NHK World

The benchmark Nikkei index temporarily topped the 19,000-yen mark on Thursday. That’s its highest level in nearly 15 years.

Investors bought a wide range of shares when the market opened on Thursday morning. In the afternoon session, the 225-issu Nikkei soared above the 19,000 level. The key index last hit that level in April 2000.

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Asahi Glass’s Tech Makes Power Generation Possible on Former Salt Farm in Hyogo Pref.

| Energy News, News | 03/12/2015

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. - Lightweight solar panel

Mega-solar System in Ako-city to Begin Operation – AGC Group’s Tech Makes Power Generation Possible on Former Salt Farm
Date: Mar 10, 2015
Source: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, March 11, 2015 — AGC (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.; Head Office: Tokyo; President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) held a ceremony on March 10, 2015 to celebrate completion of the Mega-solar System (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. Ako Photovoltaic Power Station; Power generation capacity: approximately 4.2 Megawatts), which was built in Ako-city, Hyogo Prefecture. AGC constructed the system on a former salt farm to use the site effectively.

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Asahi Kasei Homes’s home order are rising 32% higher than in the same period of the previous year

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/09/2015

Asahi Kasei Homes Home Order Trend

Home Order Trends on February 2014
Date: Mar 09, 2015
Source: Asahi Kasei Corporation

The value of home orders in February was 18 percent higher than in the same month of the previous year. Orders of both unit homes and multi-dwelling homes increased.

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Japan Display to Build $1.4 Billion LCD Plant in Ishikawa Pref.

| Ishikawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 03/07/2015

Japan Display Inc. - Logo

Japan Display Inc. Announces Plans to Build New G6 LCD Fab to Satisfy Growing Demand for Advanced Displays
Date: Mar 6, 2015
Source: Japan Display Inc.

TOKYO, Japan, March 6, 2015 – Japan Display Inc. (“JDI”) today announced that it has decided to build a new Generation 6 (G6) LCD manufacturing fab in Japan to satisfy growing demand for ever-advancing displays (the “Project”). Details of the Project are as follows.

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N. Chandrababu Naidu invited Japanese firms to build smart community in Andhra Pradesh capital

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

Expanding Technology Cooperation for Smart Community in Andhra Pradesh

AP woos Japanese companies to build smart communities
Date: Mar 5, 2014
Source: The Dollar Business – by Sai Nikesh

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has sought Japan’s co-operation for developing a world class capital like Tokyo, and also for better cooperation in sectors like energy, infrastructure and industrial development.

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Japan’s economy is improving by Abenomics

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/06/2015

Japan Coincident Index Jan 2015

Japan’s key index shows recovery
Date: Mar 6, 2015
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government has given its January assessment on the economy, saying it shows signs of recovery in line with a month before.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Receives Order from UAE to Launch a Satellite

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

Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST)

Japan’s H2A rocket to launch UAE satellite
Date: Mar 01, 2015
Source: NHK World

A Japanese firm has received an order from the United Arab Emirates to launch a satellite. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the UAE’s space agency signed a contract last month. Mitsubishi offers launch services using the nation’s mainstay H2A rocket.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Receives Order for World’s Highest Level of Energy Efficiency LPG Carrier from Astomos Energy

| Energy News, News, Transportation News | 03/02/2015

World's Highest Level of Energy Efficiency LPG Carrier

MHI Receives Order for Very Large LPG Carrier from Astomos Energy
Date: Mar 02, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

- Fourth Sister Vessel Since First Order in 2013 Provides World’s Highest Level of Energy Efficiency, Enabling Passage through New Panama Canal -

Tokyo, March 2, 2015 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.

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