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Japan railway company JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train in spring 2017

| News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News, Vehicles & Transportation | 06/04/2014

JR East Luxury Sleeper Train - Concept Design: Exterior

JR East to launch new luxury sleeper train
Date: Jun5, 2014
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

East Japan Railway Co. is ramping up efforts to increase the number of passengers who travel by train for sightseeing purposes. The company will launch a luxury sleeper trains service for affluent individuals as early as spring 2017. Also, JR East will develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

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Japan companies eyes Southeast Asia for developing food market

| Foods and Drinks News, News | 06/04/2014

Japan companies eyes south-east Asia for developing food markets

Japan’s food giants look to south-east Asia for growth
Date: May 15, 2014
Source: just-food – by Julian Ryall

Japanese food manufacturers are targeting countries in south-east Asia as key export markets. As they extend their presence in the region, Japan’s food exporters hope to benefit from the perceived sophisticated, fashionable and healthy image of Japanese food products. Julian Ryall reports.

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Japan Railway Company JR West plan to start new luxury sleeper train service in Spring 2017

| Transportation News | 05/25/2014

JR West - New Sleeper Train - Concept Image

West Japan’s new sleeper train looks more luxurious than most hotels
Date: May 26, 2014
Source: Rocket News 24 – by Casey Baseel

While the typical itinerary for visitors to Japan is Tokyo, Kyoto, and then home, western Japan has a lot to offer. As a matter of fact, as I type this, I’m just about to leave for a few days of enjoying the beautiful sights and delicious food of Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Sanford-Burnham and Daiichi Sankyo are teaming up with to develop drugs to fight the pandemic of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases

| News, Science and Technology News, Tokyo News | 05/21/2014

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research

Sanford-Burnham, Japanese firm to study metabolic drugs
Date: May 20, 2014
Source: Orlando Sentinel – By Scott Powers

Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona are teaming up with a Japanese pharmaceutical company to develop drugs to fight the pandemic of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases that lead to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, peripheral artery diseases and other killers.

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Japan 8 automakers collaborate on r&d for 30% fuel efficient engines

| Manufacturing and Production, Transportation News | 05/19/2014

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines
Date: May 19, 2014
Source: Automotive News – by Hans Greimel

TOKYO — Japan’s automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines.

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Japan March machinery orders Jump most since ’96, tax hike pain is temporary

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/18/2014

Japan machinery orders soar in March 2014

Japan machinery orders soar in March
Date: May 18, 2014
Source: CNBC

Japan’s core machinery orders soared 19.1 percent on month in March, a sign that corporate Japan is turning more positive on business investment, data on Monday showed.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe described achievements of Abenomics so far in the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/07/2014

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe - OECD Ministerial Council Meeting

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting – Keynote Speech by Prime Minister Abe
Date: May 6, 2014
Source: Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet

1. Introduction: The time for change is now

Secretary-General Gurría, thank you very much for such a gracious introduction. I had the honor of welcoming you to Tokyo last month, and today we have come to meet again in Paris. I am extremely pleased that we were able to reconfirm the deep bonds of friendship between Japan and the OECD.

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Kyocera’s solar sales boosted by demand in Japan

| Energy News, Kyoto News | 05/03/2014

Kyocera - Applied Ceramic Products

Kyocera’s solar sales boosted by demand in Japan
Date: Apr 28, 2014
Source: PV-Tech – By Mark Osborne

Japanese electronics firm, Kyocera reported increased PV module sales for its 2014 financial year, boosted by both domestic and commercial market demand for solar energy in Japan.

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Japanese smartphone makers introduce unique features abroad

| Kyoto News, Manufacturing and Production | 04/30/2014

Japanese Smartphone Makers

Smartphone makers introduce unique features abroad
Date: Apr 30, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese electronics manufacturers are trying to overcome sluggish domestic sales by introducing smartphones with unique features abroad.

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Teruyuki Ono who was senior official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gov. received “Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award”

| Awards and Honors, Green Business News, Key Persons Reports, News, Reports | 04/25/2014

Teruyuki Ono

Japanese wins California air award
Date: Apr 25, 2014
Source: Kyodo News

A former senior official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government became the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award handed out by the California state government.

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Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

| Travel and Tourism News | 04/23/2014

Japan marks record high 1.05 million foreign visitors in March 2014

Foreign visitors to Japan mark record
Date: Apr 23, 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Foreign tourism in Japan hit a record high in March, thanks to a weaker yen and eased visa requirements for visitors from some Southeast Asian nations.

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East Japan Railway tech advice to Britain’s HS2 for construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network

| News, Transportation News | 04/04/2014

East Japan Railway & High Speed Two

HS2 appoints JR East as a consultant
Date: Apr 03, 2014
Source: by Kevin Smith – International Railway Journal

EAST Japan Railway (JR East) has confirmed that it has been appointed as a consultant by Britain’s HS2 (High Speed Two), the company overseeing the project to construct a 531km Y-shaped high-speed network from London to central and northern England.

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World Premiere of the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

| News, Transportation News | 03/05/2014

SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT Photo 01

World Premiere of the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
Date: March 4, 2014
Source: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI)

Tokyo, March 4, 2014 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, unveiled the “SUBARU VIZIV 2 CONCEPT” today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Tokyo Marathon 2014 – The 98th National Championship: Feb 23(Sun), 2014

| Sports and Health News, Tokyo Events & Expo, Tokyo News | 01/30/2014

Tokyo Marathon 2014

Tokyo Marathon 2014
Date: Feb 23(Sun), 2014
Official Site: www.tokyo42195.org/2014en/

About Tokyo Marathon
Around 36,000 runners run through the busy streets that are shut down to traffic, of Metropolitan Tokyo. At first to hold a Tokyo Marathon seemed like an unrealizable dream. But it became a reality in 2007 and as years pass, this city marathon became a race filled with many dreams.

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Suntory will be the World’s 3rd Largest Distilled Drinks Maker

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Osaka News | 01/13/2014

Suntory Holdings to Acquire Beam in $16 Billion Transaction

Suntory Holdings to Acquire Beam in $16 Billion Transaction
Date: Jan 13, 2014
Source: Suntory Holdings Limited

  • Beam Stockholders to Receive $83.50 Per Share in Cash
  • Agreement Represents a Premium of 25% Over the Closing Price on January 10, 2014 and a Multiple of More Than 20 Times Beam’s Latest 12 Months’ EBITDA*1
  • Creates the World’s #3 Premium Spirits Player with Portfolio of Leading Brands Across Key Spirits Categories, Enhanced Global Reach and Unparalleled Expertise in the Fast-Growing Whisky Category

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos

| Economy & Markets News | 01/10/2014

the World Economic Forum in Davos

Abe to attend Davos economic forum
Date: Jan 10 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Abe will deliver a keynote address at the event’s opening session on January 22nd. No Japanese prime minister has ever made such a speech at the forum.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Delivered Subway Cars to Washington DC

| Transportation News | 01/08/2014

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Delivered Subway Cars to Washington DC

Japanese subway cars delivered to Washington
Date: Jan 7 2014
Source: NHK WORLD

Japanese subway cars will soon be running in Washington DC. Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivered 4 of its latest-model cars on Monday at a ceremony at a suburban station in the US capital.

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Japanese cuisine “Washoku” added to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

| Awards and Honors, Culture and Society News, Foods and Drinks News, Foods and Drinks Reports, News, Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 12/04/2013

Washoku-Japanese-Cuisine2

UNESCO picks Japanese cuisine as cultural heritage
Date: Dec 4, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

UNESCO has added Japanese cuisine and food culture to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

The world body’s intergovernmental committee made the decision at a meeting in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Japan filed an application with UNESCO in March last year, following a request by a Japanese civic group.

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Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asia

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/21/2013

Japanese diaper manufacturers are boosting business in Asia

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G
Date: Nov 18, 2013
Source: The Japan Times

Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asian economies outside Japan to attract demand from an expanding class of middle-income earners benefitting from economic growth.

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Shimadzu has developed a blue direct diode laser in a world’s first

| News, Science and Technology News | 10/13/2013

Shimadzu: Blue Direct Diode Laser

Development of a Blue Direct Diode Laser, Providing Industry – Leading High brightness Levels
Date: Oct 10 2013
Source: SHIMADZU Corporation

In a World’s First, Machining by Blue Laser Is Now Possible
Shimadzu has developed a blue direct diode laser, thereby providing industry-leading high brightness levels. The 10-W type will be placed on reference exhibit at InterOpto 2013 (October 16th to 18th at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan).

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Yaskawa Develops an Ankle-Assist Walking Device for Those with Walking Impediments Caused by Stroke and Other Factors

| Fukuoka News, Kyushu News, News, Science and Technology News, Sports and Health News | 09/26/2013

YASKAWA Electric Corporation: Ankle-Assist Walking Device

Yaskawa Develops an Ankle-Assist Walking Device for Those with Walking Impediments Caused by Stroke and Other Factors
Date: September 9, 2013
Source: YASKAWA Electric Corporation

In a collaborative research effort with Shibaura Institute of Technology, Hiroshima University and Space Bio-Laboratories, Yaskawa Electric Corporation (Junji Tsuda, Representative Director, Chairman and President) has recently developed an ankle-assist walking device. Use of this device is expected to improve gait and restore the walking abilities of those with walking impediments caused by stroke and other factors. With the aim of making this device more useful and promoting its spread, Yaskawa will continue its clinical research efforts, collecting evidence (clinical results) showing its therapeutic value and continuing in its efforts to improve the device. Plans are to release the device to market in 2015.

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Japanese Luxury Cruise Train “Seven Stars” Makes First Appearance

| Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/13/2013

Seven Stars

Kyushu Railway unveils luxury sightseeing train
Date: Sep. 13, 2013
Source: NHK WORLD

A railway operator in Kyushu, southwestern Japan, has unveiled a luxury sightseeing train that will debut next month.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Begins Construction of Next Generation Cruise Ships with Leading-edge Technologies

| Manufacturing and Production | 07/01/2013

MHI: AIDA Cruise Ship

MHI Begins Construction of New Generation AIDA Cruise Ships with Leading-edge Environmental Technologies
Date: June 30 2013
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Tokyo, June 30, 2013 – Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) began construction at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of the first of two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, the German cruise company part of Costa Group, Europe’s largest cruise company member of Carnival Corporation & plc.

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Japanese Company(MODEC) Has Developed Ocean Power Generation System in World First

| Energy News | 06/30/2013

MODEC SKWID

Floating wind and current hybrid power generation system
Date: 1 Jul 2013
Source: IDTechEx

Japanese company Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC), has developed the SKWID, a floating wind and current hybrid power generation system capable of converting two inexhaustible ocean energy sources into abundant power.

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The Growth Strategy of Abenomics: An Inside View of the Third Arrow

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/16/2013

Japanese PM Abe Shinzo

The Growth Strategy of Abenomics: An Inside View of the Third Arrow
Event Date: Friday, June 28, 2013
Time: 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Prime Minister Abe’s three arrows of Abenomics—bold monetary policy; flexible fiscal policy; and a growth strategy—have attracted much attention from all over the world.

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Toyota Tsusho, Carrefour to form joint retail venture in Africa

| Manufacturing and Production | 06/03/2013

Toyota Tsusho Corp

Toyota Tsusho, Carrefour to form joint retail venture in Africa
Date: 5/30/2013
Source: Kyodo

NAGOYA – Trading house Toyota Tsusho Corp. and French supermarket operator Carrefour SA have announced they will set up a joint retail venture in Africa.

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H-3 rocket to be developed in fiscal 2020

| Kagoshima News, News, Science and Technology News | 05/18/2013

H3 Rocket

H-3 rocket to be developed
Date:May 18, 2013
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

Japanese government panel on space policy tentatively agreed on Friday to start developing a large, next-generation rocket next fiscal year, aiming to shift the design and development of the new device to private companies to reduce costs.

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3D Seabed Resource Exploration Ship “Ramform Titan” – Petroleum Geo-Services and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry

| News, Transportation News | 04/27/2013

Ramform Titan

PGS Reveals the Ultimate Seismic Acquisition Platform
News Source: Petroleum Geo-Services

Safety, efficiency and productivity are the key features of the 24-streamer Ramform Titan which was named today at MHI(Mitsubishi Heavy Industry) yard in Nagasaki, Japan.

The new ship will be the most powerful and efficient marine seismic acquisition vessel ever and the widest ship in the world at the waterline. Safety and productivity have been the main focus points for her design. She is the first of four such vessels to be built in Japan.

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Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Two Communication Satellites to Turkey

| News, Science and Technology News | 03/08/2011

Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Two Communication Satellites to Turkey

Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Two Communication Satellites to Turkey
Date: March 8 2011
Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a turnkey contract to deliver the Turksat 4A and Turksat 4B communications satellite to satellite operator Turksat Satellite Communication and Cable TV Operation AS (Turksat AS). In-orbit deliveries are slated for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, respectively.

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