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Japan’s 10 Major Nightscape Cities in 2018

| Fukuoka News, Hokkaido News, Hyogo News, Kanagawa News, Kyoto News, Kyushu News, Nagasaki News, Ranking, Reports, Shizuoka News, Shizuoka Reports, Tokyo News, Tourism Reports | 10/29/2018

Nagasaki Nightscape - 2

Nagasaki, Sapporo and Kitakyushu City are selected as The New Japan’s Three Major Nightscape Cities in 2018

Date: Oct 8, 2018
Source: YCVB

YCVB (General incorporated association YAKEI Convention & Visitors Bureau), working on the tourism industry in Japan, has announced “New Japan’s Three Major Nightscape Cities”.

“Nightscape Summit 2018 in Sapporo” was held in Sapporo City on October 5, 2018, and three cities, Nagasaki City, Sapporo City and Kitakyushu City, were selected as the “New Japan’s Three Major Nightscape Cities” by YCVB. The certification is every 3 years, Nagasaki City has been chosen twice in a row, Kitakyushu City was elected for the first time.

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One of Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Japan – Nikko is particularly scenic in the autumn when the maples and oaks turn crimson and gold

| Reports, Tochigi Reports, Tourism Reports | 10/21/2018

Ryuzu Waterfall in Nikko

Autumn Foliage In Japan: Nikko Is The Place … Especially For Anime Fans!

Come View Spectacular Ambers and Ochres throughout Nikko, including Irohazaka Winding Road, Setting of the Popular Road Racing Manga/Anime Series “Initial D.” And, check-out the new Nikko Pass and Cycle Sharing Program!

Date: Sep 5, 2018
Source: Tobu Railway Group

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Top 10 Japanese Clothing Companies in 2018

| Ranking, Reports | 10/13/2018

Top10 Japan Clothing Companies List

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from clothing industries in 2018

In the global apparel market size, Japan is the fourth biggest market after the EU, the United States and China. The Japanese apparel market in 2017 is 9,220.2 billion yen, the retail market size is 1.9265 trillion yen for department stores, 858.4 billion yen for mass merchandisers, 4 trillion 982.6 billion yen for specialty shops, 4 trillion 982.6 billion yen for other retailers It is 1,452.7 billion yen.

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American Travel Magazine “Condé Nast Traveler” Selects 3 Japanese Cities “Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka” in The Best Cities in the World 2018

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 10/11/2018

The Best Cities in the World 2018 - Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

American travel magazine has placed three Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka among some of the best big cities in the world. For the first time, Osaka in western Japan has been included on the list. Tokyo is at the top of this year’s Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, retaining the place for the 3rd year in a row. Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto is ranked 2nd, up from 3rd place last year. And Osaka is ranked 12th.

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Japanese brands selected by Hi-Fi category of EISA AWARDS 2018-2019

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 08/18/2018

EISA Awards 2018-2019 HIFI

Japanese brands selected by Hi-Fi division of EISA AWARDS 2018-2019

Date: Aug 18, 2018

The Japan Products introduce Japanese brands from Hi-Fi category in EISA AWARDS 2018-2019, and linking to product detail page of EISA. We also provide information of Japanese manufacturers and their awarded products.

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2018 Japan Heritage Designation List in Kanagawa and Shizuoka Prefectures

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports, Shizuoka Reports, Tourism Reports | 08/08/2018

Hakone Old Road

In Travellers’ Footsteps on Ancient Cobblestone Roads – A Distant Edo Journey Following the Hakone Hachiri Route

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The Tokaido Hakone Hachiri is a route that runs East to West straight through the mountains of Hakone and is portrayed in songs and poems as having a harsh environment. This Hakone Hachiri highway was the main trunk route during the Edo Period and the most magnificent cobblestone road in Japan at the time was laid to help with all the traffic that passed through.

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Grant Masaru Imahara, American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host, reports the world-famous “Henn na Hotel” in Nagasaki, Japan

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 07/16/2018

Global distributor Mouser Electronics and engineer spokesperson Grant Imahara

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Visit Futuristic Robot Hotel and Ponder Dawn of AI in New “Generation Robot” Video

Date: July 11, 2018
Source: Mouser Electronics Inc.

NAGASAKI, Japan – Mouser Electronics Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, today released the third video episode in the Generation Robot series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program.

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Enjoy Japanese Shaved Ice “Kakigori” Using Natural Ice in Nikko’s Summer 2018!

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Tochigi News, Tochigi Reports, Tourism Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 07/13/2018

Nikko Coffee Goyoteidori's Shaved Ice

Summer Treat in Nikko, Japan: Natural, Hand-Crafted Shaved Ice “Kakigōri” Cool Off and Quench Your Thirst!

Date: June 24, 2018
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

NIKKO, Japan – June 24, 2018 – Nikko, an area just less than two hours north of Tokyo on the Limited Express Tobu-railway line, has been famous in Japan for more than a century, providing a respite for cooling off and immersing in nature, during Tokyo’s hot and humid summers.

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KYOCERA’s Artificial Hip Joint Technology “Aquala” received Japan’s “Prize of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry”

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 06/28/2018

Aquala - Kyocera

KYOCERA Honored by Japan’s METI for Aquala® Artificial Hip Joint Technology

Date: Jun 25, 2018
Source: Kyocera Corporation

KYOTO, JapanKyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) today announced that its innovative Aquala technology received Japan’s “Prize of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry” during the 2018 National Invention Awards held in Tokyo June 12 by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII).

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Tokyo chosen as the Best Foodie Destinations and ranked second place in the cities of world – 1st: Paris, 2nd: Tokyo, 3rd: Rome

| Awards and Honors, Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports, Tourism Reports | 06/23/2018

Japanese-Cuisine

Eat Your Way Around The World – Hotels.com Reveals The Best Foodie Destinations

Date: Jun 19, 2018
Source: Hotels.com

DALLAS, June 19, 2018 – Paris (27%), Tokyo (23%) and Rome (22%) have topped a list of the hottest spots on earth for foodies, according to the Hotels.com® Tasty Travels* report.

Paying tribute to these delicious destinations, Hotels.com has collaborated with food artist Carl Warner to bring foodies’ favorite hangouts to life, using each city’s famous food ingredients – Parisian buildings made of cheese, the Pantheon made of pasta and Mount Fuji made of seaweed. Every city looks good enough to eat.

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2018 Japan Heritage Designation List in Tochigi Prefecture

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports, Tourism Reports | 06/14/2018

Subterranean Labyrinth - Kaneiriyama Quarry Site

Discover a Secret Subterranean Labyrinth – Utsunomiya and Oya Stone Culture

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It is difficult to tell how far and how deep the chilled caverns of this labyrinth reach. Columns stand in neat rows and the light glowing from lamps and shadows created form continuous layers within this immense space. As you wind your way between the columns, the same light spreads out before you, making you lose your sense of direction.

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2018 Japan Heritage Designation List in Yamagata Prefecture

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports, Tourism Reports | 06/12/2018

02- Yama-dera Temple

Safflower Culture Supported by Yama-dera Temple

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Yama-dera Temple is located in scenic surroundings of dense forest and fantastically shaped rocks, and is reached by climbing up stone steps. It was at this mountain temple that safflower cultivation and trade began, bringing great wealth and rich culture to the area.

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2018 Japan Heritage Designation List in Hokkaido Prefecture

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports, Tourism Reports | 06/12/2018

02 Kamuikotan

Kamikawa Ainu in Coexistence with Kamui – Traditional World of the Gods at the Foot of Mt. Daisetsu

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The Kamikawa indigenous Ainu people reside at the foot of the magnificent yet austere Mt. Daisetsu in coexistence with the gods, known as Kamui in the Ainu language. They tell of the legend of the battle between evil spirits and heroic gods in the huge gorge located here that has roaring rapids and unusual geological formations. This is a sacred site for the Kamikawa Ainu, worshipped as a place of the gods.

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A Living Sengoku Busho(Daimyo) List! – Introducing “Omotenashi Busho-tai (Hospitality Samurai Lords)” existing in various places of Japan

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports | 06/11/2018

Sengoku Bushotai in Japan

The “Omotenashi Busho-tai” is operated by local organizations, cities, prefectures, etc. as a tourism business to promote local tourist attractions and enhance regional economies, and expanded rapidly in various parts of Japan around 2010. Omotenashi Busho-tai offer a dancing, commemorative photographs and sing a song to tourists.

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Modern Materials Handling selected Daifuku as the Number One Worldwide Systems Supplier

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 06/05/2018

No.1 Materials Handling Systems Supplier: Daifuku

Daifuku North America Recognized as Number One Materials Handling Systems Supplier

Date: May 31, 2018
Source: Daifuku North America Holding Company

NOVI, Mich.Daifuku North America Holding Company – the leading provider of material handling solutions – has, together with its parent company and affiliated entities, been recognized as the Number One Worldwide Systems Supplier in Modern Materials Handling’s annual “Top 20 Systems Suppliers” list.

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Henley Passport Index Chose Japan’s Passport as the World’s Most Powerful Passport

| Ranking, Reports | 05/23/2018

Most Powerful Passport in the World

Japan Has the Most Powerful Passport in the World – Asian countries take the lead when it comes to travel freedom

Date: May 22, 2018
Source: Henley & Partners

LONDON, May 22, 2018 – Japan has consolidated its spot at the top of the Henley Passport Index, now offering its citizens visa-free access to a record total of 189 destinations. Following closely behind are Singapore and Germany in joint second place. Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden).

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Top 10 Japanese cosmetics companies in 2018

| Ranking, Reports | 05/23/2018

Top10 Japan Cosmetics Companies 2018

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from cosmetics industries in 2018

Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for cosmetics and personal care products, and has a long tradition of using cosmetics, making Japanese cosmetics manufacturers such as Shiseido and Kao are among the largest globally. Japanese consumers today are highly sophisticated and conscious of quality, product value, and the brands they buy and use.

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In Nikko which is about two hours from Tokyo, there are still many Japanese charm that you do not know

| News, Tochigi News, Tochigi Reports, Tourism Reports, Travel and Tourism News | 05/17/2018

Nikko - SUP Adventure Plan

Outdoor Activity Trips to Enjoy in Nikko, in the Suburbs of Tokyo

- Fully Experience the Rich Natural Splendors that Resulted in Japan’s Ancient Mountain Worship -

Date: March 28, 2018
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

Nikko, at roughly two hours from Tokyo, abounds with both the shrines and temples that are World Cultural Heritage Sites and other buildings rich with historical significance. Hot springs can be enjoyed year-round. In all respects, it is a booming tourist destination, popular among travelers.

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Enjoy the taste of Omi beef which is one of Japan’s top 3 wagyu brands

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 04/24/2018

Oldest Wagyu Brand - Omi Beef

Shiga Prefecture to Release PR Video “The Premium Culinary Tour Shiga Japan” in Five Languages on March 30 to Promote Charms of Japan’s Oldest Branded Beef, Omi Beef

Date: Mar. 29, 2018
Source: Shiga Prefectural Government

The Shiga Prefectural Government has produced “The Premium Culinary Tour Shiga Prefecture,” a publicity video promoting the charms of Omi Beef, one of Japan’s top three “Wagyu” beef brands. It is to be posted on YouTube in five languages — English, Chinese (both traditional and simplified), Korean and Thai — on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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10 large Japanese companies and one French company establish “Japan H2 Mobility” consortium to accelerating deployment the hydrogen station

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 03/06/2018

JHyM - Business Overview

Japan H2 Mobility, LLC established by eleven companies to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

Date: Mar 05, 2018
Source: Japan H2 Mobility, LLC.

  • 10 large Japanese companies and one french company establish the “Japan H2 Mobility” consortium for the purpose of accelerating the deployment in Japan of hydrogen stations and fuel cell electric vehicles.
  • The 11 founding companies will contribute, in connection with the stated ambition of the Japanese government,1 to the development of a large-scale hydrogen infrastructure in order to build a network of 320 stations by 2025, and 900 by 2030.

1Pursuant to the strategic roadmap presented by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on March 22, 2016.

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USA Chef, David Israelow Won the 1st Place in Washoku World Challenge The 5th Competition

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 02/22/2018

Washoku World Challenge 5th Competition - Banner

David Israelow from the United States Won the 1st Place in Washoku World Challenge The 5th Competition

Six contestants from the world competed for their highly skilled Japanese cooking

Date: Feb. 22, 2018
Source: Washoku World Challenge Executive Committee

TOKYO – Washoku World Challenge Executive Committee, runs the Washoku World Challenge, a cooking contest in which Japanese cuisine chefs from around the world compete in technical expertise and passion for Japanese food, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. On Feb. 13th-14th, 2018, six finalists from 5 countries and regions gathered for the final tournament held in Tokyo, and David Israelow (private chef) from the United States won 1st Place. The second place was a tie between two contestants, Christopher Brian Massad (Tankuma Kitamise) from the United States and Daniele Codini (The Ned London) from Italy.

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Sumitomo Forestry Plan to Build 350 Meter-tall Wooden High-rise Building in 2041

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 02/14/2018

Sumitomo Forestry's Wooden Building

New Development Concept W350 Plan for Wooden High-Rise Building

Changing Cities into Forests: Creating Environmentally-Friendly and Timber-Utilizing Cities

Date: Feb. 08, 2018
Source: Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Akira Ichikawa, Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) will welcome its 70th anniversary since company establishment on February 20, 2018. In this milestone year, the company is preparing the concept W350 Plan for creating a 350 meter-tall wooden high-rise building in 2041, which will mark the 350th year since foundation of the business in 1691.

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How Premier Fixtures uses Japanese kaizen to improve efficiency and increase capacity

| Products & Services, Reports | 12/17/2017

Kaizen - Change for Good

Case study: How Premier Fixtures uses Japanese kaizen to improve efficiency and increase capacity

Date: Dec 12, 2017
Source: Premier Fixtures

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2017 – The Japanese term kaizen translates literally as change (“kai”) for good (“zen”). As a personal philosophy, it focuses on improvement throughout all aspects of life. As a managerial philosophy, kaizen encourages continuous learning and improvement. When implemented with Lean Six Sigma processes, ongoing kaizen improvements create a compounding effect.

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Asia’s Top Cosmetics Review Site “@cosme” Selected Best Cosmetics 2017 from Consumer Reviews

| Awards and Honors, Health & Beauty, Reports | 12/14/2017

@cosme - Best Cosmetics Awards 2017

Asia’s Top Cosmetics Review Site @cosme Announces “THE BEST COSMETICS AWARDS 2017”

Date: Dec. 7, 2017
Source: istyle Inc.

istyle Inc. (TSE First Section, Company Code: 3660), a Tokyo-based operator of @cosme, one of Asia’s largest beauty information and review sites, announced “@cosme THE BEST COSMETICS AWARDS 2017” on December 7, 2017. The awards reflect Japan’s beauty trends of 2017.

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Tokyo Institute of Technology and McGill University’s Scientists Developed New Dye-free Photoalignment Method

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports, Tokyo News | 11/13/2017

Tokyo Institute of Technology and McGill University

Photopolymerization-triggered molecular motion for flexible liquid crystal display

Date: Nov 10, 2017
Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency

TOKYO, Nov. 10, 2017 – Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and McGill University have developed a new dye-free photoalignment method that enables 2D patterns of liquid crystals in one step by guiding nonpolarized light temporally and spatially on the photopolymerization process. This new method provides a pathway for the simple creation of highly functional organic materials such as flexible liquid crystal devices.

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Tokyo Metropolitan University’s Researchers Discover a Novel Layered Superconductor Based on Tin and Arsenic

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 11/12/2017

Tokyo Metropolitan University's Researchers - Yosuke Goto and Yoshikazu Mizuguchi

Researchers Discover a Novel Layered Superconductor Based on Tin and Arsenic

Date: Nov 8, 2017
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan University

The layered superconducting material is characterized by a crystal structure in which a SnAs layer (wherein Sn and As are two-dimensionally bonded to develop superconductivity) and a Na layer (the spacer layer) are alternately laminated. Considering that such a layered structure is similar to that of a cuprate- or iron-based high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductor, it is possible that in SnAs-based layered materials, superconductivity is developed as a result of the unconventional pairing mechanism.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown to strengthen relations with Japanese companies

| Business & Economy, Reports | 10/14/2017

Oregon Gov Brown and US Amb Hagerty

Governor’s Reception Imperial Hotel

Date: October 11, 2017
Source: Governor Kate Brown / Media Room

Thank you very much for your kind introduction. I am honored to join you here in Tokyo to promote the state of Oregon and celebrate the wonderful friendship we have developed with the people of Japan.

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Global Power City Index 2017: Tokyo is No.3 ranking(→), Osaka is 26th(↓), and Fukuoka is 37th(↓) in 44 cities of world

| Ranking, Reports | 10/12/2017

The Global Power City Index 2017 - World Map

London, New York and Tokyo Remain the World’s Most Attractive Cities

Date: Oct 12, 2017
Source: Mori Memorial Foundation

44 of the world’s cities ranked in The Mori Memorial Foundation’s GPCI 2017 Report

TOKYO – London, New York, and Tokyo were again named as the most comprehensively attractive cities in the Global Power City Index (GPCI) 2017 report published today by The Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies, a research institute established by Mori Building, a leading urban developer in Tokyo.

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Canadian Mayor Bonnie Crombie expect Japanese companies for local economic development

| Business & Economy, Reports | 10/09/2017

Mississauga's Mayor Bonnie Crombie brought her "State of the City" address to the members of the Mississauga Board of Trade during a MBOT lunch at the Mississauga Convention Centre Tuesday. Sept 19, 2017. - Rob Beintema/Metroland

Q&A: Mayor Bonnie Crombie shares what happened on trade mission to Japan

Date: Oct 6, 2017
Source: www.mississauga.com by Rachael Williams

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie admits she was surprised to see her face in two Japanese daily newspapers when she arrived in Nagoya for an economic development mission.

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PanaHome Start Japan’s First Microgrid System with a Total of 117 Homes in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture

| Energy News, Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 10/05/2017

Microgrid System for Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima

Launch of Japan’s First Microgrid System with a Total of 117 Homes

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Selected in 2017 for METI’s subsidy program to promote local energy production for local consumption by leveraging regional characteristics

HYOGO, Japan — PanaHome Corporation, ENERES Co., Ltd, IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd. and the Public Enterprises Agency of the Hyogo Prefectural Government plan to embark on the urban development of a microgrid system (a regional energy distribution management system) (*1) starting October 2017.

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Indiana’s Crawfordsville Mayor visit to automotive parts manufacturer Hiruta Kogyo in Okayama, Japan

| Business & Economy, Reports | 09/20/2017

Mayor Todd Barton and Hiruta Kogyo Staff

Barton returns from trip to Japan – Strengthening Ties

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: Journal Review – by Bob Cox bcox@jrpress.com

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton landed in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon after a whirlwind seven-day trip to Japan.

The mayor was part of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s team that traveled to Japan to develop and strengthen economic development relationships, and he believes there was a level of success achieved.

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