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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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Japan’s solar power generation will grow to $19.6 billion in FY2013

| Energy News, News | 06/26/2014

Solar Panels

Japan’s Solar PV Market Estimated to Be $19.6 Bln in 2013
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute – By Kenji Kaneko

Keisuke Murakami, director, New and Renewable Energy Division, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), said, “The (Japanese) market for solar power generation will grow to about ¥2 trillion (approx US$19.6 billion) in 2013.”

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Japanese stock market is trading modestly higher

| Economy & Markets News | 06/26/2014

Japanese stock market

Japanese Market Trades Higher
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: RTTNews

The Japanese stock market is trading modestly higher on Thursday, with investors indulging in some buying after the previous session’s decline. While a positive lead from Wall Street is aiding sentiment, a slightly stronger yen is limiting the market’s gains.

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Panasonic’s AV and security solutions has been active in the Soccer World Cup 2014 stadium in Brazil

| Osaka News, Sports and Health News | 06/25/2014

Panasonic's AV & Security Solutions To Be Active at the Stadiums in Brazil - 02

AV & Security Solutions To Be Active at the Stadiums in Brazil
Date: Jun 26, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic do Brasil (PANABRAS) installed that it has provided Arena Pantanal Stadium, one of the stadiums to be used in the Soccer World Cup 2014, with Panasonic’s wide variety of AV and Security Solutions.

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Japanese Univ. Keio start clinical trial to ease paralysis and other conditions stemming from spinal cord injuries

| Science and Technology News | 06/19/2014

Keio University

Keio Univ. to test injections to ease spinal cord injuries
Date: Jun 19, 2014
Source: The Japan News

Jiji Press: A team led by Keio University said it will start a clinical trial aiming to ease paralysis and other conditions stemming from spinal cord injuries by beginning treatment on patients soon after they are injured.

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Japanese 7-Eleven convenience store expand to Dubai, first in Middle East

| Manufacturing and Production | 06/17/2014

7-Eleven, Seven & I Holdings

7-Eleven to open in Dubai next year, first in Middle East
Date: Jun 17, 2017
Source: The National – By Sananda Sahoo

A convenience fixture around the world and in popular culture, name-checked in a U2 song and parodied on Grand Theft Auto, 7-Eleven will now launch in the UAE next year.

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Japanese house maker, electrical maker and automaker have jointly built new demonstration test house

| Manufacturing and Production | 06/16/2014

Smart House - 3 Japanese Firms

Sekisui House, Toshiba and Honda Embody 2020 Lifestyle of the Future with Real-World Smart House
Date: May 21, 2014
Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

- Three Companies Conduct Joint Demonstration Testing Toward Practical Applications of Their Smart Community Technologies -

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Toyota and Panasonic Co-developing Cloud Service that Links Cars to Home Appliances

| Aichi News, Osaka News, Science and Technology News | 06/12/2014

Toyota and Panasonic, how the jointly-developed home appliance control system works

Toyota and Panasonic Co-developing Cloud Service that Links Cars to Home Appliances
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Toyota City / Osaka, Japan, June 9, 2014 – Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation are jointly developing a service that links cars with home appliances. A new service will be launched as soon as the second half of this year.

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Japan firms to produce 21% of major components of Boeing Aircraft 777X

| Manufacturing and Production, News | 06/12/2014

Japan Aircraft Industries (JAI) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI); Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI); Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI); ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. (SMIC); and NIPPI Corporation (NIPPI)

Boeing says Japanese firms to build 21 pct of the 777X
Date: Jun 12, 2014
Source: FOX News (Original Source: Reuters)

Boeing Co said it will retain Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd as key partners in its commercial aircraft business, awarding them a 21 percent workshare of its latest jetliner, the 777X.

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Panasonic Solar Projects Growing in Latin America – Generating Clean Energy from Sun and Reducing Emission of CO2

| Energy News, Osaka News | 06/11/2014

Panasonic Solar Projects in Latin America 01

Panasonic Solar Projects Growing in Latin America
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Panasonic continue the Eco expansion in Latinamerica with new Photovoltaic projects in El Salvador, with HILCASA and INTRADESA as a partners to promote the use of solar panels, generating clean energy from the sun and reducing the emmison of CO2.

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Philippine leisure and gaming firm eyes Japan’s casino market has potentially the second-largest in the world

| Travel and Tourism News | 06/06/2014

Manila's Bloomberry

Manila’s Bloomberry in talks with Japan firm on casino tie-up
Date: Jun 5, 2014
Source: Reuters – Reporting by Siegfrid Alegado; Editing by Matt Driskill and Muralikumar Anantharaman

MANILA, June 5 (Reuters) – Philippine leisure and gaming firm Bloomberry Resorts Corp is in talks with a potential Japanese partner for what could be the company’s maiden overseas venture, its chief executive officer said on Thursday.

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