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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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Suzuki Motor has unveiled the all-new SUV VITARA at the Paris Motor Show

| Transportation News | 10/03/2014

Suzuki - VITARA 03

Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled the all-new SUV VITARA at the Paris Motor Show, which is being held from 2 October, 2014.
Date: Oct 3, 2014
Source: Suzuki Motor Corporation

The all-new SUV VITARA is a whole new compact SUV, which has evolved in every aspect such as driving, safety, and environmental performances, and design, while inheriting qualification as genuine four-wheel-drive vehicle and SUV derived from JIMNY, VITARA, and GRAND VITARA. It has not only pursued excellent driving performance, but has been developed as a car that can reflect the user’s lifestyle.

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11 Japanese companies to gather for producing methane hydrate from offshore

| Energy News | 10/01/2014

Japan Petroleum Exploration Company Limited (JAPEX)

Establishment of New Company for Participation in R & D Project of Pore-filling Type Methane Hydrate
Date: Oct 1, 2014
Source: Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX)

It is pleased to announce that Japan Methane Hydrate Operating Co., Ltd. (JMH) was established on October 1, 2014 aiming to participate in the Medium to Long-term Offshore Production Test from pore-filling type methane hydrate which will be conducted by the Japanese government.

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Toshiba Starts Indoor Vegetable Farm Business in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

| Foods and Drinks News, Green Business News, Kanagawa News | 10/01/2014

Toshiba Clean Room Farm Yokosuka in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture.

Toshiba Starts Vegetable Production at Toshiba Clean Room Farm Yokosuka – Aims to produce 3 million bags of vegetables a year -
Date: Sep 30, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) today announced that it has begun production of vegetables at the Toshiba Clean Room Farm Yokosuka, a plant factory in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture. Shipment of the first crop is scheduled for the end of October.

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Japanese Gov. selected 37 “Super Global Universities” to strengthen international competitiveness

| Economy & Markets News, Fukuoka News, Kanagawa News | 09/29/2014

Japan global universities

37 “global universities” selected
Date: Sep 27, 2014
Source: The Japan News

Jiji Press – The education ministry has said it will help finance the globalization and personnel training programs of 37 universities in the country, including the University of Tokyo, to strengthen their international competitiveness.

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Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) was published in US medical magazine “Neurology”

| Science and Technology News | 09/27/2014

CYBERDYNE Inc. - Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb)

Article regarding efficacy of HAL For Medical Use was published in US medical magazine “Neurology”
Date: Sep 22, 2014
Source: CYBERDYNE Inc.

Following an acceptance in “The Spine Journal” (*note), an article was published in the renowned neurological magazine “Neurology“, showing the medical efficacy for acute spinal cord injury patients in Bergmannsheil University hospital in Germany.

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Murata’s Robot Cheerleaders Achieve Highly Synchronized Dancing

| Science and Technology News | 09/27/2014

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - Robot Cheerleaders

Murata’s Robot Cheerleaders Achieve Highly Synchronized Dancing – Showcasing advanced technologies for flawless stability and synchronization -
Date: Sep 25, 2014
Source: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Tokyo, September 25, 2014 – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced electronic components and solutions, today unveiled its latest innovation, the Murata Cheerleaders, a team of small robots that uses the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology to achieve perfect stability and flawless synchronized dancing.

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has received order concentrating solar power system from Japanese Gov.

| Energy News, Kanagawa News | 09/26/2014

HSTS solar thermal collecting system

BHK Selected by Ministry of Environment to Develop CSP Technology – Targeting Establishment of Low-cost, Highly Operational System -
Date: Sep 26, 2014
Source: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

Yokohama, September 26, 2014 — Babcock-Hitachi K.K. (BHK), a group company of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), has been contracted by Ministry of the Environment to develop the technology for a concentrating solar power (CSP) system as one of its 2014 projects to develop and verify technologies for enhancing measures to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The contract calls for BHK to develop a low-cost, highly operational solar power generation system. MHPS will also participate, and after the two companies integrate effective October 1, MHPS will carry on the contracted work in full.

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Japan’s largest department store group, Isetan Mitsukoshi, to further expand hospitality for foreign visitors

| Travel and Tourism News | 09/24/2014

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings - for Foreign Visitors

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store group, to further expand hospitality for visitors from abroad following revision to tax exemption system on Oct. 1
Date: Sep 24, 2014
Source: Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.

The Isetan Mitsukoshi group, the largest department store group in Japan, will expand its hospitality services for the growing number of foreigners visiting Japan, including setting up or enlarging duty-free counters to expedite procedures for tax-exempt purchases and offering multilingual catalogs to make shopping more convenient and enjoyable, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. announced Sept. 24.

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Japanese steel bridge manufacturer Komaihaltec Inc. gets tailwind from midsize turbine business

| Chiba News, Energy News, Green Business News | 09/23/2014

Wind turbines generate electricity at Komaihaltec's plant in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture.

Komaihaltec gets tailwind from midsize turbine business
Date: Sep 23, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review – by TAKAHISA MIWA

TOKYO — Bridge and steel frame manufacturer Komaihaltec has caught wind of a new market opportunity, selling midsize wind turbines for use in mountainous regions, remote islands and other areas where power supplies are inadequate.

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Google Helps Japanese Game Makers Expand Overseas

| Science and Technology News | 09/23/2014

2014 Tokyo Game Show

Google Helps Japanese Game Makers Expand Overseas – Nation of Gaming Fans Hope to Bring Domestic Hits to New Audiences
Date: Sep 18, 2014
Source: The Wall Street JournalBy ERIC PFANNER And MAYUMI NEGISHI

CHIBA, Japan—Japanese game developers have built a $6 billion industry, the world’s largest, by helping the nation’s mobile-phone users pass time during breaks or on the subway with such local hits as “White Cat Project” and “Monster Strike“.

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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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