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The rebirth of Japan Inc.

| Business & Economy, Reports | 2 hours ago

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The rebirth of Japan Inc.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: The World Folio

Prime Minister Abe is pushing forward policies in an effort to open up the country’s economy to the global market. Japan Inc. is following suit with an aggressive strategy to go global through M&As and strategic partnership and by diversifying their business portfolios

The challenges facing Japanese firms on a global scale can be directly linked to domestic concerns that the government is tackling through the policies of Abenomics; to pull the country out of two decades of economic stagnation and to address the problems posed by Japan’s aging and shrinking population.

Faced with increasing competition within the ASEAN region and hampered by a shrinking market domestically, Japanese firms are looking increasingly to the United States and other international markets to gain a foothold in a fast-moving globalized panorama. Japan has been slower than other nations to fully embrace trade on a global scale, having traditionally relied on a robust internal market and the appeal of the Japanese brand abroad to foreign consumers who associated the ‘Made in Japan’ hallmark with manufacturing quality and technological innovation that simply wasn’t attainable other than through Japanese household name companies.

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Granola Boom Proves Japan’s Working Women Are Good for Business

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/21/2017

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Granola Boom Proves Japan’s Working Women Are Good for Business

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Source: Bloomberg By Lisa Du and Shoko Oda

Calbee Inc.‘s granola snack had been around for 20 years, with no real change to its recipe or sales. Then a female marketing executive turned things around by pitching the cereal as a time-saver for a growing class of Japanese consumers just like her: working mothers.

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MIURA Co., Ltd. Develops a 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Commercial Use, with Overall Energy Efficiency of 90%

| Ehime News, Energy News, Products & Services, Reports | 08/15/2017

Figure: The 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Unit for Commercial Use

MIURA Co., Ltd. Develops a 4.2 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Commercial Use, with Overall Energy Efficiency of 90%

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: NEDO

Commercial sales to begin in October; will help to fulfill market release goal of METI’s Strategic Roadmap

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Drinking Tea May Bring Deeper Benefits Than You Realized

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/12/2017

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Drinking Tea May Bring Deeper Benefits Than You Realized

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: foodnetwork by Amy Reiter

Coffee, tea or … well, both have their fans. But only one of them is traditionally drunk with crumpets at teatime, so, hey, tea definitely has that in its favor.

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Researchers developed a new material to better protect sensitive teeth, using green tea polyphenols

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/09/2017

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Could a green tea extract help to treat tooth sensitivity?

Date: Aug 8, 2016
Source: Medical News Today By Ana Sandoiu

Available treatments for tooth sensitivity are lacking in a number of ways, such as being ineffective and predisposing patients to bacteria and cavities. But researchers have now developed a new material to better protect sensitive teeth, using green tea polyphenols.

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A compound found in green tea has shown promise for the treatment of Down syndrome

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/07/2017

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Green tea compound could help treat Down syndrome

Date: June 7, 2016
Source: Medical News Today By Honor Whiteman

A compound found in green tea has shown promise for the treatment of Down syndrome, according to a new study published in The Lancet Neurology.

Study co-leader Dr. Mara Dierssen, of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues reveal how the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) improved the cognitive function of individuals with the condition.

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A $180 Japanese Wagyu Sandwich Is Coming to San Francisco

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/06/2017

Japanese Wagyu Sandwich - Photo: Business Insider Japan

A $180 sandwich from Japan is coming to San Francisco

Date: July 31, 2017
Source: Business Insider By Shayna Olsan & Shigeru Sato, Business Insider Japan

A beef-cutlet sandwich normally costs you about $5 in Japan. Tokyo restaurant Wagyumafia, however, is luring affluent tourists from all over the world with a $180 sandwich.

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Trend-watchers consider Japanese rice wine the next big thing. So, check 8 things about Sake.

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 08/05/2017

Sake with aromatic expressions are best served cool. (Propeller Studios file photo)

Sake: 8 things to know about Japanese rice wine

Experts advise beginners start with a chilled glass but sparkling sake is also an excellent first sip

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: thestar.com By CHRISTINE SISMONDOSpecial to the Star

Most Torontonians can confidently place an order for sushi or sashimi at the local izakaya but there is one part of the menu that almost everybody is still wary of — the sake section.

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World’s first blue chrysanthemums through gene engineering

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 08/04/2017

A blue transgenic Taihei chrysanthemum. Scientists modified two genes to create the "true blue" flower. (Naonobu Noda/NARO)

World’s first blue chrysanthemums through gene engineering

Also under development: fragrant moss, non-wilting flowers, glow-in-the-dark weeds

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: The Mercury News By LISA M. KRIEGER

A flower is one of nature’s most beautiful creations — but gene engineers think they can make it even better.

For the first time, Japanese researchers have turned chrysanthemums’ naturally pink or red booms into true blue — an unattainable holy grail of the flower world.

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CG Woman Selling Beer In A Japanese Supermarket

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 08/03/2017

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CG Woman Selling Beer In A Japanese Supermarket

Date: July 28, 2017
Source: Kotaku by Brian Ashcraft

If you’ve ever been to a supermarket in Japan, you’ll know that throughout the store, there are people offering free samples and prompting various products. They are real flesh and blood humans. This Asahi beer salesperson is not.

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Nikon proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary on July 25, 2017

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 08/01/2017

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Nikon proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary on July 25, 2017

Date: July 25, 2017
Source: nikon.com

Founded in 1917, Nikon began as a manufacturer of precision optical glass.

In 1925, the company expanded into optical instruments, introducing the world’s first microscope with a revolving nosepiece and interchangeable objectives — JOICO. Since then, Nikon microscopes have helped to advance science and technology all over the world, such as playing a key role in recent Nobel Prize winning stem cell discoveries.

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Miso Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 07/30/2017

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Miso Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027

Date: July 29, 2017
Source: Future Market Insights

Miso is produced by fermenting soybean, rice, barley, or other ingredients with fungus Aspergillus oryzae and salt. It is a traditional seasoning in Japan used for miso soup, pickling vegetables or meats, and sauces and spreads. Miso is high in minerals, vitamins, and protein, therefore it is a preference food for health consciousness people.

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To Lure Wine Lovers, Sake Makers Learn It’s All About Rice

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 07/29/2017

Nanbu-Bijin Brewery’s Awasake Sparkling, left, at Isetan Shinjuku Store.Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

To Lure Wine Lovers, Sake Makers Learn It’s All About Rice

Date: July 24, 2017
Source: Bloomberg By Aya Takada and Hiromi Horie

Brewery executive Kosuke Kuji brought his best sake to a New York booze showcase 16 years ago hoping to promote high-end Japanese rice wine to a new generation of sophisticated foreign drinkers. They were a little disappointed.

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Japanese start-up “CureApp” to help smokers kick the habit

| Health & Beauty, Reports | 07/28/2017

CureApp Smoking Cessation

Japanese app to help smokers kick the habit

Date: July 24, 2017
Source: The National by Richard Smith

A Tokyo start-up has invented a revolutionary aid to kicking the smoking habit and has attracted investments the company will use for expansion.

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The goodness of matcha tea – Matcha’s USP is that it contains lots of phytonutrients and flavonoids

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 07/27/2017

Matcha tea is considered better than green tea in all respects because of its higher antioxidant levels. Photo: iStockphoto

The goodness of matcha tea

Matcha’s USP is that it contains lots of phytonutrients and flavonoids that help neutralize free radicals and provides protection against heart disease, hypertension and cancer

Date: July 25, 2017
Source: live mint by Kavita Devgan

The world over many java enthusiasts are ditching coffee and green tea in favour of matcha tea, a cup of which is believed to pack nutrients equivalent to 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.

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Matcha a healthy choice: Drink this Japanese tea as it improves mood, memory and concentration

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 07/23/2017

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Matcha a healthy choice: Drink this Japanese tea as it improves mood, memory and concentration

Date: July 12, 2017
Source: The Indian Express

Given that matcha is high in antioxidants, enhances calmness, boosts memory and concentration, increases energy levels and endurance, helps to burn calories and detoxifies the human body, improve cholesterol levels and more, it is fast making its way as an ingredient of significance.

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JICA signed agreement with Tunisia to support the Sfax Sea Water Desalination Plant Construction Project

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/20/2017

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Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Tunisia
Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Contributing to a solution to the water shortage in a major metropolitan area with the second largest city in Tunisia through the construction of seawater desalination facilities.

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Japan pledged US$1 billion over the next two years to back the UN’s development goals

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/18/2017

Japan pledges US$1b to back UN development goals

Japan pledges US$1b to back UN development goals
Date: July 18, 2017
Source: The Business Times

[UNITED NATIONS] Japan on Monday pledged US$1 billion over the next two years to back the UN’s development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world’s largest foreign aid donors.

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The Coolest-Looking Capsule Hotels Outside Japan

| Products & Services, Reports | 07/15/2017

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The Coolest-Looking Capsule Hotels Outside Japan
Date: Jul 11, 2017
Source: kotaku.com By Brian Ashcraft

The first capsule hotel in the world opened in Osaka, Japan in 1979. Since then, capsule hotels have not only spread to across the country but around the world. Here are some of the coolest-looking ones that aren’t in Japan.

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Global Matcha Tea Market 2017 and Related Articles of Matcha

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Health & Beauty, Reports | 07/12/2017

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Global Matcha Tea Market 2017- Aiya, ITOEn, Marushichi Seicha and ShaoXing Royal Tea

Date: July 5, 2017
Source: TalkHerald By Stefen Marwa

Global Matcha Tea Market 2017-2022:

Global Matcha Tea market Report offers decisive insights into the overall Matcha Tea industry along with the market dimensions and evaluation for the duration 2017 to 2022. The forenamed research study covers extensive analysis of various Matcha Tea industry segments based on the type of applications, type of product Components and services, and different geographical regions.

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About Kobe Beef (Japanese Wagyu)

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 05/18/2017

Kobe Beef (Wagyu)

About Kobe Beef (Japanese Wagyu)
Date: May 18, 2017
Source: Kobe Isoda Farm Inc.

The Characteristic Deliciousness of Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef’s deliciousness has been scientifically proven. You can easily see the marbling, the fat intertwining beautifully with the muscle.
​For Kobe Beef, this fat is so delicate that it melts at a touch from the warmth of your hand. The real deciding factor, though, is the high amounts of oleic and inosinic acid.

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Japanese industrial robots manufacturer, Fanuc is trying to get them to learn on the job

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/07/2016

Fanuc, a company that produces robot arms for factories, is trying to get them to learn on the job.

Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains
Date: October 7, 2016
Source: MIT Technology Review by Will Knight

The big, dumb, monotonous industrial robots found in many factories could soon be quite a bit smarter, thanks to the introduction of machine-learning skills that are moving out of research labs at a fast pace. Fanuc, one of the world’s largest makers of industrial robots, announced that it will work with Nvidia, a Silicon Valley chipmaker that specializes in artificial intelligence, to add learning capabilities to its products.

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Mercari, a peer-to-peer marketplace app, to rival the likes of Amazon, eBay and Rakuten

| Products & Services, Reports | 11/07/2016

Mercari is a peer-to-peer marketplace app

Amazon’s newest rival is a Japanese start-up you need to know about
Date: Nov 4, 2016
Source: CNBC.com – Julian Littler

After resigning from a start-up he sold to gaming company Zynga, Japanese tech CEO Shintaro Yamada spent six months backpacking abroad. When he returned to Japan, he founded a company that this year became Japan’s first and only unicorn.

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Can mega-fast maglev revive Japan’s rail reputation?

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 11/02/2016

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Can mega-fast maglev revive Japan’s rail reputation?
Date: Nov 1, 2016
Source: by Andrea Lo, CNN

(CNN)When the record-breaking Shinkansen high-speed rail line opened in 1964, it was perfect timing.

That year Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, and Japan hogged the spotlight to debut the world’s first commercial bullet train.

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Home appliance recycling technology – Technology for high quality recycling that is ecologically safe

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 04/07/2016

Number of home appliances collected in accordance with the Home Appliance Recycling Law

Home appliances can be a source of pollution if handled inappropriately, but become useful resources if handled in the right way

In developing countries, small companies recover precious metal from appliance waste manually, which is a health hazard for workers and contributes to environmental pollution. Home appliances contain both hazardous substances and useful resources, such as rare metals. Treatment through sophisticated resource recovery technology produces merit in term of environmental preservation and the reuse of precious resources.

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How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 04/01/2016

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How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look
Date: Mar 22, 2016
Source: Japan Society, Photo by Peter Lyon.

Japan brought us the hybrid car, the Gran Turismo driving game, drifting, Speed Racer, and now the world’s first production fuel-cell car. Japanese innovations inspired high-end European automakers to realize more reliable, better handling cars.

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PET bottle recycling technology – Technology to produce high-grade recycled PET resin and recycle products

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 11/28/2015

Remaking PET bottles

Collection and recycling to make diverse products

Under the 3R policy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Japan has been collecting PET bottles, food trays, and cans separately for reuse as recycle resources in the manufacturing of new products. PET bottles are collected in accordance with the Act on the Promotion of Sorted Collection and Recycling Containers and Packaging, and they are used to make a variety of textile products, etc. Relatively high-grade PET bottles are collected and remade into PET bottles or carpets with the high technology possessed by Japan.

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Japan and the US are doing the most innovating in 3D printing, nanotech and robotics

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/13/2015

US and Japan Are Leading in 3D Printing

UN Report: US and Japan Are Leading in 3D Printing
Date: Nov 13, 2015
Source: ALL3DP by Hannah Augur

According to a UN report, Japan and the US are doing the most innovating in 3D printing, nanotech and robotics…and governments everywhere need to listen.

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Medical waste disposal technology – Sanitary disposal technology with high-environment preservation capability

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 06/12/2015

Mdedical Waste

Safe and appropriate disposal of medical waste

Some waste generated from medical institutes may be contagious. In the past, Japan has experience cases of medical accidents in which medical staff were infected by hepatitis B with needles used on hepatitis patients which eventually caused death. Such accidents attracted public attention and made people aware of the need for the sterilization of medical waste.

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3 Japanese researchers receive European Inventor Award for ground-breaking discovery of carbon nanotubes

| Awards and Honors, Key Persons Reports, Reports | 06/12/2015

Akira Koshio and Masako Yudasaka receives at the European Inventor Award awards ceremony

Outstanding inventors honoured with the European Inventor Award
Date: June 11, 2015
Source: European Patent Organisation

The EPO today presented the European Inventor Award 2015 in the heart of Paris. The prestigious annual award, now in its 10th year, honours outstanding inventors who through their work have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress and economic growth. More than 400 guests from the worlds of politics, business and academia attended the award ceremony at the Palais Brongniart, the historical Paris stock exchange.

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Japan to support the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Mandalay City of Myanmar

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 06/09/2015

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Signing of Grant Agreement with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Date: June 3, 2015
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency

- Supporting safe water access in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city -

On June 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to provide grant aid of up to 2.555 billion yen for assistance for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Mandalay City.

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