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Sony breaking into automotive image sensor market

| News, Transportation News | 08/15/2014

Sony Kyocera TDK

Sony breaking into automotive image sensor market
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Sony plans to offer image sensors for automotive cameras, aiming to tap a new growth market amid the drive toward smart cars and driverless vehicles.

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Japan plans to increase duty free products and shops for foreign tourist

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/14/2014

Duty Free Shop

Japan to ease rules to lure foreign shoppers
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japan plans to loosen regulations to encourage shopping by foreign tourists, streamlining the tax exemption process and making it easier for merchants to set up stands catering to cruise ship passengers.

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H-IIA Rocket No. 25 will be launched with Geostationary Meteorological Satellite on Oct 7

| Kagoshima News, Kyushu News, Science and Technology News | 08/13/2014

H-IIA Launch Vehicle

Launch of H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 25
Date: Aug 7, 2014
Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 25 (H-IIA F25) with the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite “Himawari-8″ onboard in the following schedule.

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NEC Corporation to participate in the New Trans-Pacific Cable System “FASTER” project

| Science and Technology News | 08/12/2014

New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"

A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System “FASTER”
Date: Aug 11, 2014
Source: NEC Corporation

Contract has been awarded to NEC to build new 60Tb/s system expected to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016

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Panasonic’s First Indoor Vegetable Farm in Singapore

| Foods and Drinks News, Green Business News | 08/11/2014

Panasonic - Indoor Farm in Singapore

Panasonic Contributes to Singapore with First Indoor Vegetable Farm
Date: Aug 11, 2014
Source: Panasonic

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) announced its pilot commercial supply of locally-harvested vegetables to Japanese restaurant, Ootoya on July 31st. The premium Japanese crop varieties are cultivated in the country’s first licensed indoor vegetable farm with controlled and optimised conditions.

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Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Tugboat Receives 2013 Marine Engineering Award. This hybrid boat to reduce 20% of CO2 emissions

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Transportation News | 08/08/2014

LNG-Fueled Tugboat - Tsubasa

NYK’s Eco Tugboat Receives 2013 Marine Engineering of the Year Award
Date: Aug 8, 2014
Source: NYK Line

Tsubasa, an environment-friendly tugboat owned by Wing Maritime Service Corporation (head office: Yokohama; president: Toshinori Yamashita), an NYK Group company, has been bestowed the 2013 Marine Engineering of the Year award by the Japan Institute of Marine Engineering.

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NYK Line Build Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Tugboat with Dual Fuel Engine

| Manufacturing and Production | 08/08/2014

NYK LINE - LNG fueled tugboat

NYK to Build Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Tug
Date: Dec 24, 2013
Source: NYK Line

NYK will build a tugboat 1 featuring a dual fuel engine 2 that can be powered by either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy oil. Other than LNG carriers, this tugboat will be the first building in Japan of an LNG-fueled vessel.

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Japanese students learn how to guide tourists at 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

| Sports and Health News, Travel and Tourism News | 08/07/2014

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Students learn how to guide tourists at 2020 Games
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese students are learning how to welcome foreign tourists and offer them hospitality (Omotenashi) in preparation for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

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IMF offers contrasting recommendations for Asia’s two largest economies, Japan and China

| Economy & Markets News | 08/07/2014

Japan and China

China Urged to Slow, Japan to Speed Up
Date: Aug 4, 2014
Source: The Diplomat – By Anthony Fensom

China should slow growth to prevent a “web of vulnerabilities” crippling its economy, while Japan needs its “third arrow” structural reforms firing faster. The contrasting assessments from the International Monetary Fund have put Beijing and Tokyo on notice amid rising political tensions between Asia’s economic heavyweights.

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Japanese firms increasingly shifting investments from China to ASEAN

| Economy & Markets News | 08/07/2014

ASEAN Member Countries

Investment in China shifting to ASEAN
Date: Aug 7, 2014
Source: NHK World

Analysts at a Japanese trade organization say companies in the nation are increasingly shifting their Asian investment focus from China to ASEAN countries.

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Southeast Asian production and consumption are increasing, but advanced recycling framework and technology is lacking

| Fukuoka News, Green Business News, Kyushu News | 08/06/2014

Southeast Asia - Recycling Business

Recycling business picking up in Southeast Asia
Date: Aug 7, 2014
Source: Nikkei – YUICHI SHIGA

TOKYO — At a recycling center in Thailand’s Chonburi Province, Fuji Xerox disassembles some 4,000 tons a year of its used printers collected from various parts of Asia.

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Mitsubishi to test new High-efficiency 2MW Gas Engine to confirm world’s highest level of power generation efficiency

| Energy News | 08/06/2014

MHI - High-efficiency 2MW Gas Engine

MHI Develops High-efficiency 2MW Gas Engine
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

- Demonstration Testing of Prototype to Commence in September To Confirm World’s Highest Level of Power Generation Efficiency -

Tokyo, August 6, 2014 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), as part of the Strategic Innovation Program for Energy Conservation Technologies operated by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), has developed a 2-megawatt (MW) 16-cylinder high-speed gas engine achieving one of the world’s highest power generation efficiency ratings in a high-speed gas engine.

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Japan’s Meteorological Agency start new rain forecasting system. It’s 16 times as much accuracy as current system

| News, Science and Technology News | 08/06/2014

Japan Meteorological Agency - Precipitation Nowcast: 250m Resolution (New)

New rain forecasting system to start
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) will start using a new online forecasting system to track the strength of rainfall and movement of rain clouds. The system is capable of following rapid movement by rain clouds in a much more localized area.

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Second largest Japanese life insurance company, Nippon Life start selling first Japan stock fund in India

| Manufacturing and Production | 08/05/2014

Nippon Life Insurance Company

Nippon Life to sell Japan stock fund in India
Date: Aug 3, 2014
Source: NHK World

India’s rich are increasingly looking for new ways to invest their money as the country’s economy continues to expand. To tap this growing demand, Japan’s leading life insurer is launching a mutual fund to be sold in India that focuses on Japanese stocks.

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INCJ, JDI, Sony and Panasonic collaborate to accelerate development and early commercialization of OLED display panels

| Manufacturing and Production | 08/05/2014

JOLED Inc. - Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Japan Display Inc., Sony Corporation, Panasonic

INCJ, JDI, Sony and Panasonic announce the establishment of JOLED Inc. – A new integrated company in organic light-emitting diode display panels
Date: Jul 31, 2014
Source: Sony Corporation

Tokyo, July 31, 2014 — Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (“INCJ”), Japan Display Inc. (“JDI”), Sony Corporation (“Sony”), and Panasonic Corporation (“Panasonic”) announced today that they have executed a definitive agreement to establish a new company, JOLED Inc. (“JOLED”), to integrate Sony and Panasonic’s R&D functions for organic light-emitting diode (“OLED”) display panels.

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Japan eyes bullet train contract for Malaysia-Singapore route

| Transportation News | 08/05/2014

Japan's Shinkansen to Malaysia and Singapore

Japan eyes bullet train contract for Malaysia-Singapore route
Date: Aug 6, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — The Japanese public and private sectors will join forces to have shinkansen bullet trains chosen for a high-speed rail project connecting Malaysia and Singapore.

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Japanese domestic corporate investments expected to swell 15.1% from the previous fiscal year. That’s the biggest increase since fiscal 1990

| Economy & Markets News | 08/05/2014

Japanese major firms to boost investments

Major firms to boost investments
Date: Aug 5, 2014
Source: NHK World

A survey shows that capital investments planned by major Japanese companies for fiscal 2014 will amount to the sharpest increase in 24 years.

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Sony commence selling in-house developed “SORPLAS™” flame-retardant recycled plastic material

| Green Business News, Manufacturing and Production | 08/04/2014

Sony - Sorplas

Sony commences external sales of SORPLAS™ flame-retardant recycled plastic material that achieves high durability and heat resistance, and comprises up to 99% recycled content
Date: Aug 4, 2014
Source: Sony Corporation

Tokyo, Japan — August 4, 2014 – Sony Corporation (“Sony“) today announced that from the beginning of October 2014, it will commence selling its flame-retardant recycled plastic, SORPLAS™ (Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic) outside the Sony Group, and will offer this product to a wide variety of manufacturing business operators such as consumer electronics retailers, both within Japan and abroad.

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Japan Demonstrate Waste Heat Recovery System at Steel Plant in India

| Energy News, International Cooperation Reports | 08/04/2014

NEDO - Sinter cooler waste heat recovery system flow

Demonstration of a Waste Heat Recovery System at a Steel Plant in India – Reducing Electricity Consumption by 6%
Date: Jul 31, 2014
Source: NEDO

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Steel of the Government of India, has completed a demonstration project on a Japanese waste heat recovery system at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant in the State of Andhra Pradesh in India.

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First Japanese-made passenger aircraft in half a century will begin ground test this summer

| Transportation News | 08/03/2014

Mitsubishi Regional Jet - MRJ

MRJ ground test to begin in Aichi
Date: Aug 3, 2014
Source: NHK World

The first Japanese-made passenger aircraft in half a century will soon begin a ground test in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, is being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to deliver the first plane to All Nippon Airways in April 2017.

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Japan to support Brazilian offshore oil drilling and grain transportation

| Energy News, International Cooperation Reports | 08/01/2014

Japan and Brazil

Japan to support Brazilian offshore drilling, infrastructure
Date: Aug 1, 2014
Source: NIKKEI – by OKI NAGAI

BRASILIA, Brazil — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed Friday to pursue cooperation in areas including offshore oil drilling and grain transportation.

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Japanese Food Restaurant Chain, Sato Restaurant Systems, to Invest in Thai Peer

| Foods and Drinks News | 08/01/2014

Sato Restaurant Systems's Strategy of Overseas Market

Japan’s Sato Restaurant Systems to invest in Thai peer
Date: Aug 1, 2014
Source: NIKKEI

OSAKA — Sato Restaurant Systems said Friday it will take a stake in a Thai company that operates Japanese-style restaurants, in a bid to gain a foothold in the Southeast Asian country.

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Honda’s First Jet Aircraft Makes Public Debut at Largest Airshow in USA

| Transportation News | 07/28/2014

HondaJet - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 #2

First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014
Date: Jul 28, 2014
Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

OSHKOSH, Wis, U.S.A., July 28, 2014 -The first production HondaJet made its public debut today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

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Japanese Govt plans to join shale gas development in Mexico for importing cheap natural gas

| Energy News | 07/25/2014

Japan's Gas Import Routes From US and Mexico

Japan eager to join Mexico shale gas development
Date: Jul 26, 2014
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

The government plans to join shale gas development in Mexico, aiming to start imports of the cheap natural gas in the mid-2020s, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

At a summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to be held Saturday in Mexico, they are expected to reach an agreement to strengthen bilateral energy cooperation, according to sources.

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New onsen hotel “Ofunato Onsen Hotel” to open in tsunami-devastated Iwate prefecture

| Travel and Tourism News | 07/24/2014

Ofunato Onsen Hotel

Ofunato City Unveils New Landmark
Date: Jul 23, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation

- Ofunato Onsen Hotel to give locals relaxation space and revitalize tourism product -

Local hotelier, Kairakuso, Ltd opens a new hotel in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture on July 31. The opening of the hotel, Ofunato Onsen, is being made possible through a contribution of 50 million yen in loan funds from the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation (MCDRF). These funds complement support already being provided by The Bank of Iwate, a local financial institution.

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New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, NEDO, published Japan’s first white paper on robotics

| Energy News, International Cooperation Reports | 07/23/2014

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) - Robotics White Paper 2014

Japan’s NEDO publishes robotics white paper
Date: Jul 21, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese researchers are calling for the use of more robotics technologies in society.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, NEDO, has put together Japan’s first white paper on robotics. It is titled the “2014 White Paper on Robotization of Industry, Business and Our Life“.

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Toshiba to Supply Steam Turbine and Generators for World’s Largest-class Geothermal Power Plant Projects

| Energy News, News | 07/16/2014

Toshiba Corporation - Steam Turbine

Toshiba to Supply Steam Turbine and Generators for one of World’s Largest-class Geothermal Power Plant Projects
Date: Jul 16, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO— Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502), today announced that is has been awarded a major contract to supply 3 x 60-megawatt geothermal steam turbines and generators (STG) for one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants, the Sarulla geothermal power plant project, which is now under construction in Tapanali Utara in Indonesia’s North Sumatra.

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Sumitomo to build largest biomass power plant in Japan. It’s enough to power 20,000 standard households

| Aichi News, Energy News, News | 07/15/2014

Sumitomo Corp - Construction Site for Biomass Power Plant

Construction to Begin on Biomass Power Plant in Handa, Aichi Prefecture
Date: Jul 14, 2014
Source: Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation (Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Kuniharu Nakamura), via Summit Energy Corporation (Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: Daisuke Ohashi), a power producer and supplier wholly owned by Sumitomo Corporation, will begin construction of 75MW biomass power plant in the city of Handa in Aichi prefecture (“Handa Biomass Power Plant”) as a new power supply source for Summit Energy’s electric power retail business.

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Eastern Air Lines Signs MOU with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp for Purchase of 40 MRJ Aircraft

| Transportation News | 07/15/2014

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation - MRJ

Eastern Air Lines Group Signs MOU with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation for Purchase of up to Forty MRJ Aircraft
Date: Jul 14, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an order of twenty firm MRJ90 with purchase rights to an additional twenty MRJ90 with Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., an airline based in Miami, Florida in the United States.

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Mitsubisi Receives Order for Three Automated People Mover (APM) Systems at Orlando International Airport

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 07/14/2014

Mitsubishi - APM System

MHI Receives Order for Three Automated People Mover (APM) Systems at Orlando International Airport
Date: Jul 17, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Tokyo, July 17, 2014 — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), with the cooperation of Sumitomo Corporation, has received an order to design, build, operate, and maintain three separate Automated People Mover (APM) systems at the Orlando International Airport (OIA) in Orlando, Florida, to be completed in 2018. With this fifth order, MHI will have seven Airport APM systems in the United States.

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AGC to Reduce by Six Times(80 million tons) Annual CO2 Emissions in 2020

| Green Business News, News | 07/11/2014

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. - ATTOC

AGC to Reduce by Six Times Annual CO2 Emissions in 2020 through Energy-Saving, Energy-Creating Products
Date: Jul 10, 2014
Source: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, July 10, 2014—AGC (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.; Head Office: Tokyo; President & CEO: Kazuhiko Ishimura) announces that it will enable avoidance of as much as six times the AGC Group’s own annual CO2 emissions in 2020, through its energy-saving and energy-creating products.

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Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites

| Science and Technology News | 07/02/2014

NEC - METI ASNARO Project

NEC to seek satellite orders from abroad
Date: Jul 2, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese electronics maker NEC is eyeing rising global demand for satellites. The company has unveiled a new plant to produce satellites in Tokyo.

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