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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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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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