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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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Four Japanese Firms Receives Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction in Qatar

| News, Transportation News | 03/02/2015

Qatar Doha Metro - Japanese Firms

Five Member Consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales Receives Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction
Date: Feb 20, 2015
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

On February 20 2015, a consortium consisting of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Corporation; Hitachi, Ltd.; The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd.; and Thales received a Letter of Conditional Acceptance from the Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) for a systems package for the Doha Metro, the first metro system to be constructed in the State of Qatar. This is one of the world’s largest projects for a single metro system. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2019.

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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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