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Japanese Multinational Imaging Company, Ricoh Launches 3D Printing Related Business

| Science and Technology News | 09/20/2014

Ricoh - Logo

Tokyo, September 8, 2014 –Ricoh Company, Ltd. today announced the launch of an additive manufacturing business (AM Business) centered on 3D printers. Through this new business, Ricoh will sell 3D printers and its associated output service directly to manufacturing customers, as well as provide consulting services to these customers using first-hand knowledge and experience.

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Fukuoka Gov. expect a lot [from FCVs] in terms of revitalising Fukuoka’s local economy

| Energy News, Fukuoka News, Green Business News, Kyushu News, Science and Technology News | 09/19/2014

Fukuoka Gov. Hiroshi Ogawa, right, visits an FCV exhibition on Aug. 19 in Fukuoka.

Fuel-cell cars to hit market in ’15
Date: Sep 13, 2014
Source: The Japan News by Naoki Ogawa and Hajime Yamagishi
Fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs), which use hydrogen and have zero emissions, will soon be on the market. Toyota Motor Corp. is scheduled to release the “ultimate eco-friendly cars” by the end of this fiscal year, which ends on 31 March.

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Fukuoka sister city, Oakland’s fifth-graders attend 26th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan

| Culture and Society News, Fukuoka News, Kyushu News | 09/19/2014

Oakland fifth-graders attend convention in Japan

Oakland fifth-graders attend convention in Japan
Date: Sep 2, 2014
Source: Contra Costa Times

OAKLAND — Four Oakland fifth-graders and their chaperone participated in the 26th annual Asian Pacific Children’s Convention, which was held July 10-24 in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Hakata ramen house, Ippudo succeeded beyond wildest dreams. It has 40 international outlets

| Foods and Drinks News, Fukuoka News, Kyushu News | 09/19/2014

Ippudo - Akamaru Shinaji Ramen

Ramen in the wind
Date: Sep 14, 2014
Source: The Nation – by Pattarawadee Saengmanee

YOU CAN recognise the recently opened Japanese restaurant Ippudo at Central Embassy by the queue outside the door. No matter the time of day, hungry customers happily stand in line to savour a bowl of authentic Hakata-style ramen by Shigemi Kawahara, the man also known as the Ramen King.

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Michelin Guide Fukuoka and Saga now available online in English

| Foods and Drinks News, Fukuoka News, News, Saga News | 09/18/2014

Michelin Guide Fukuoka and Saga Online

Michelin Guide Fukuoka now available online in English
Date: Sep 12, 2014
Source: AFP-Relaxnews

FUKUOKA, Sept 12 — Foodies worldwide can now browse the restaurants of the special-edition Michelin Guide to the Japanese city, which was published exclusively in the local language last July.

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Panasonic’s Automated Driving Technologies

| Transportation News | 09/16/2014

Panasonic - 21st ITS World Congress 2014 - 03

Panasonic Showcases Automated Driving Technologies and Systems Using Big Data at the 21st ITS World Congress 2014
Date: Sep 15, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Leading global systems-solutions provider Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has exhibited and demonstrated a range of advanced technologies that support automated and connected vehicles at the 2014 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS), held at Cobo Center in Detroit, U.S.

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Japan conducted world’s first surgery to implant “iPS” stem cells to restore human sight

| Sports and Health News | 09/13/2014

iPS cell treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

World’s 1st iPS transplant performed
Date: Sep 12, 2014
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

KOBE (Jiji Press) — A team led by RIKEN researcher Masayo Takahashi performed a transplant of retina cells on Friday on a woman suffering from an eye disease, in the world’s first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells.

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Japan’s baby product maker, Pigeon, is expanding to overseas with using experience in Japan

| Economy & Markets News | 09/07/2014

Pigeon's baby products are now sold across China

Japan’s baby goods giant Pigeon sees record profit for fifth year on overseas success
Date: Sep 7, 2014
Source: Nikkei – by TSUYOSHI MINAMI

TOKYO — Pigeon, one of Japan’s top makers of baby products, is expanding to the Middle East and Africa in addition to growing its existing markets in Western countries and Asia.

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East Japan Railway has strong intention to bid for high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles

| Transportation News | 09/05/2014

East Japan Railway Company - Bullet Train

JR East to bid for California rail project
Date: Sep 4, 2014
Source: NHK World

The chairman of East Japan Railway has expressed his strong intention to bid for a high-speed rail system in California.

The super-express rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles is expected to be completed by 2029. The bidding is due to take place later this year.

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Japanese water treatment company, Kurita Water Industries, was successfully developed new materials for lithium-ion batteries

| Green Business News | 09/04/2014

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. - Logo

Kurita Announces the Strengthening of its Business in the Energy Field by Making Use of the Clathrate Compound Technology it has Cultivated in Water Treatment
– Successfully Developing New Materials and Entering the Lithium Ion Battery Field

Date: Sep 4, 2014
Source: Kurita Water Industries Ltd.

Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Head Office: Nakano-ku, Tokyo; President: Toshiyuki Nakai) is pleased to announce its successful development of new materials to improve the safety of lithium ion batteries by making use of the clathrate compound technology* of chemicals that it has cultivated in water treatment.

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Japan to start “Green Hospitals” project to aim 35% energy-saving effect and CO2 emission reduction in Vietnam

| Energy News, Green Business News, International Cooperation Reports | 09/01/2014

Japan's Green Hospitals Project in Vietnam

Demonstrating “Green Hospitals” in Vietnam – Aiming for 35% Energy-Saving Effect with Energy Efficient Air Conditioning and Energy Management System
Date: Aug 26, 2014
Source: NEDO

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will launch a demonstration project that will introduce about 1,000 energy efficient inverter air conditioners (ACs) and energy management systems to achieve energy efficiency for two hospitals in Vietnam, one in Hanoi and the other in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Japan Govt start to develop robot wheelchairs to read minds and moving automatically

| Health & Beauty, Sports and Health News | 08/31/2014

Robot Wheelchairs - Yomiuri Shimbun

Robot wheelchairs would read users’ minds
Date: Aug 30, 2014
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said it aims to start a project to develop “robot wheelchairs,” which detect the user’s intentions from their brain waves and automatically move in line with the user’s will.

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Japanese business delegation visits Ethiopia to explore business opportunities

| Economy & Markets News | 08/31/2014

Ethiopia

Japanese business delegation visits Ethiopia
Date: Aug 29, 2014
Source: NHK World

A group of Japanese business people and government officials has visited Ethiopia to explore opportunities in the East African country. The delegation of about 50 people includes representatives of trading companies and manufacturers.

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Japan Govt plans to start 4K and 8K television for Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016

| Science and Technology News | 08/31/2014

8K Super Hi-Vision TV

Tests of 4K, 8K broadcasts eyed for 2016
Date: Aug 31, 2014
Source: Jiji Press

The government plans to start ultrahigh-definition 4K and 8K television broadcasting on broadcast satellite TV channels on a trial basis in 2016 when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics will be held.

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Japanese Oil Firms Discovered Oil in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c Offshore Southern Vietnam

| Energy News | 08/21/2014

Vietnam Oil - Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c

Discovery of Gas and Condensate Offshore Southern Vietnam – Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c
Date: Aug 21, 2014
Source: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

Idemitsu Oil & Gas Co., Ltd. (Operator, President: Kosuke Tsuji), JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (President & CEO: Shunsaku Miyake) and Teikoku Oil (Con Son) Co., Ltd. (President: Kenji Kawano) are pleased to announce the discovery of gas and condensate at the fourth well in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c offshore southern Vietnam.

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Japan receives record 1.27 mil foreign visitors in July. 26.6% up from last July

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/20/2014

foreign visitors jul 2014

Japan receives record foreign visitors in July
Date: Aug 20, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese government officials say nearly 1.27 million foreign tourists visited Japan in July. The figure marked a record for a one-month period, topping the 1.23 million set this April.

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Isuzu’s diesel engines can be customized to “customer’s exact requirements”

| Transportation News | 08/20/2014

Isuzu 4LE2 Diesel Engine T4F

Isuzu takes high-level approach to T4F solutions
Date: Aug 19, 2014
Source: SAE International

Depending on which off-highway engine manufacturer you’re talking to, it is either an advantage that its teams of engineers design specifically and solely for the off-highway industry, or it is an advantage that its teams of engineers design for both the on- and off-highway industries.

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Business hotel operator, Toyoko Inn, plans to open hotels in Germany, France and possibly US

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/20/2014

Toyoko Inn

Toyoko Inn to open business hotels in Europe, US
Date: Aug 21, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — As part of its Western expansion, business hotel operator Toyoko Inn plans to open hotels in Germany and France and possibly the U.S.

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Sunrise Inn Iwaki to open in Fukushima after Great East Japan Earthquake

| Travel and Tourism News | 08/19/2014

Sunrise Inn Iwaki - Rooms

Fukushima Hotelier’s Commitment to Local Business Gets Support – Juichiya Company’s Sunrise Inn Iwaki Opens in Iwaki City on August 19 -
Date: Aug 18, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation

Local hotelier, Juichiya Company Ltd., opens the doors of Sunrise Inn Iwaki to guests on Tuesday August 19. The opening of this brand new accommodation in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture is being made possible through 50 million yen in loan support from the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation (MCDRF).

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Subaru Legacy and Outback received “2014 Top Safety” Award from US Automotive Safety Organization (IIHS)

| Awards and Honors, Reports, Transportation News | 08/19/2014

Subaru Outback 2015

All-New Subaru Legacy and Outback Awarded
IIHS’ Highest Standard of Safety “2014 TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) +”

Date: Aug 20, 2014
Source: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI)

Tokyo, August 20, 2014 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS; a nonprofit organization supported by auto insurers in the US) has awarded the highest standard of safety, 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) along with the highest possible rating of “Superior” for front crash prevention to the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback, equipped with Subaru’s new version of EyeSight driving assist system and sold in the North American region from this July.

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Mitsubishi receive first order for automated unmanned railway system from Brazil

| Transportation News | 08/18/2014

MHI - Automated People Movers

MHI to Construct Automated Unmanned Railway System For São Paulo Metro Line 6 in Brazil – First Order for Railway System from Latin America -
Date: Aug 18, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Tokyo, August 18, 2014 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), in cooperation with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., has received an order from the Concessionária Move São Paulo for the turnkey construction and delivery of the fully automated driverless system for São Paulo Metro Line 6-(Project). The Concessionária Move São Paulo is in charge of the construction and operation of the Project. This is MHI’s first railway systems in Latin America and expected to complete in 2020.

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Japan govt to launch international economic forum for women

| Economy & Markets News | 08/17/2014

Japan Prime Minister Office

Japan to host meeting of global women leaders
Date: Aug 16, 2014
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government is preparing to launch an international economic forum for women next month.

Tokyo will host the 3-day World Assembly for Women beginning September 12. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend.

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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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