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Japanese advertising company “Dentsu” announced “2014 Hit Products in Japan” and “2015 Expected Hit Products”

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/28/2014

2014 Hit Products in Japan and 2015 Expected Hit Products

Dentsu Announces “2014 Hit Products in Japan”
Date: Nov 27, 2014
Source: Dentsu Inc.

- The movie “Frozen,” talking mascot characters and Tokyo Skytree chosen as the top three -
Dentsu Inc. announced today the release of its “2014 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit products since 1985, the latest report examines major trends that represented the consumer mindset in 2014. It is based on an Internet survey of Japanese consumers carried out in November 2014 by Dentsu Macromill Insight, Inc.

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Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/27/2014

Country Brand Index 2014-15 Logo

FutureBrand launches the Country Brand Index 2014-15
Date: Nov 11, 2014
Source: FutureBrand by FutureBrand, Press Release

Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014
Today, FutureBrand reveals its latest ranking of the world’s leading country brands. Asia tops the Country Brand Index (CBI), with Japan at number one for the first time in the report’s history.

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Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 to 3 Japanese Professors, Akasaki, Amano, Nakamura

| Awards and Honors, Key Persons Reports, Reports | 10/07/2014

The principle for a light-emitting diode – LED (upper left) and an example of a blue LED lamp.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014
Date: Oct 7, 2014
Source: Nobelprize.org

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.

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Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD Display” receives Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of “CEATEC AWARD 2014″

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Science and Technology News | 10/07/2014

Sharp Corporation - Full-Spec 8K LCD Display

Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD Display” receives Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of “CEATEC AWARD 2014″ in Japan
Date: Oct 7, 2014
Source: Sharp Corporation

Sharp’s “8K full-spec LCD display” exhibited at CEATEC Japan, a comprehensive annual exhibition showcasing the latest in IT and electronics from October 7 to 11, has received “Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Award of CEATEC AWARD 2014″.

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Many Japanese cosmetic and health products are getting popular in Asia

| Health & Beauty | 10/03/2014

ORBIS Inc.

Japanese beauty, health products favourite among women
Date: Sep 30, 2014
Source: ABP News – by ANI

Tokyo: Oil free cosmetics are a favorite of every woman. In Japan, manufacturers give special emphasis to cosmetics which are “safe” for every skin.

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Japan’s high-tech venture MIRAISENS unveils “touchable 3D imagery” technology

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 09/01/2014

MIRAISENS - Virtual Reality 3D-Haptic Device

Creating New Digital Business of the “Bodily Sensation” by amazing 3D-Haptics Technology
Date: Sep 1, 2014
Source: MIRAISENS, Inc.

MIRAISENS, Inc.” (Head Office: Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki prefecture, CEO: Natsuo KODA ) which is a AIST Technology Transfer Venture, has developed the world’s first “3D-Haptics Technology” which realizes real experience of tactile feeling and kinesthetic feeling by digital technology as if touching physical objects.

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Japan to invest $34 billion for India’s infrastructure projects

| International Cooperation Reports | 09/01/2014

Japan and India

Japan to Double Investment in India Within 5 Years
Date: Sep 1, 2014
Source: The Wall Street Journal – By Mitsuru Obe

TOKYO—Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set an ambitious goal of doubling Japanese investment and the number of Japanese companies in India within five years, as part of an effort by the two countries to strengthen economic and security ties.

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Japan to start “Green Hospitals” project to aim 35% energy-saving effect and CO2 emission reduction in Vietnam

| Energy News, Green Business News, International Cooperation Reports | 09/01/2014

Japan's Green Hospitals Project in Vietnam

Demonstrating “Green Hospitals” in Vietnam – Aiming for 35% Energy-Saving Effect with Energy Efficient Air Conditioning and Energy Management System
Date: Aug 26, 2014
Source: NEDO

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will launch a demonstration project that will introduce about 1,000 energy efficient inverter air conditioners (ACs) and energy management systems to achieve energy efficiency for two hospitals in Vietnam, one in Hanoi and the other in Ho Chi Minh City.

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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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Fujifilm vs Ebola: Japan giants turn hands to medicine

| International Cooperation Reports | 08/31/2014

Fujifilm Logo

Fujifilm vs Ebola: Japan giants turn hands to medicine
Date: Aug 31, 2014
Source: AFP

Tokyo (AFP) – When Japan announced it was ready to supply a new drug to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, one unusual detail emerged — it would be made by Fujifilm.

The company synonymous with cameras and photobooths said it could start producing Avigan, which has been approved in Japan to treat the flu but which scientists think also could crimp the vicious illness.

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60 Years History of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) – To support for self-help efforts

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 08/22/2014

Japan Flag

Sixty Years of Japanese ODA – Interview with Kimihiro Ishikane
Date: Aug 22, 2014
Source: Highlighting JAPAN – by Tami Kawasaki

This year marks sixty years of Japanese official development assistance (ODA). Kimihiro Ishikane, Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the history of Japanese ODA, the bonds it has forged between Japan and other countries, and what direction it should take in the future.

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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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Japan govt to give $1.5 mil. to help fight Ebola

| International Cooperation Reports | 08/16/2014

Ebola Virus

Japan to give $1.5 mil. to help fight Ebola
Date: Aug 14, 2014
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government will give 1.5 million dollars in aid to help prevent an Ebola epidemic, with the money to be disbursed through the World Health Organization and other international bodies.

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Asahi Kasei Chemicals received 2014 Heroes of Chemistry Award from American Chemical Society

| Awards and Honors, Key Persons Reports, Reports | 08/14/2014

2014 Heroes Chemistry Award Recipients

Receipt of 2014 Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society
Date: Aug 13, 2014
Source: Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals received the 2014 Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the technical development and commercialization of the world’s first non-phosgene process for polycarbonate (PC), marking the first time a Japanese company has received this prestigious award. The award ceremony was held on August 10 (US Pacific Time) as part of the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.

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Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific Received “Food Manufacturing Solutions” Award 2014 from Singapore Business Review

| Awards and Honors, Key Persons Reports, Reports | 08/14/2014

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific Wins "Food Manufacturing Solutions" Award 2014

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific Wins “Food Manufacturing Solutions” Award 2014
Date: Aug 13, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

In recognition of the successful establishment of its indoor agriculture facility last October, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (PFSAP) won the “Food Manufacturing Solutions” accolade at the Inaugural International Business Awards 2014 organised by Singapore Business Review.

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Japan to support Myanmar for developing communications network with Southeast Asian countries

| International Cooperation Reports | 08/09/2014

Japan and Myanmar

Japan to extend 10.5 billion yen in loans to Myanmar
Date: Aug 9, 2014
Source: Kyodo

NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) — Japan said Saturday it will extend a total of 10.5 billion yen in loans to Myanmar to help the Southeast Asian country improve its communications network linking major cities to meet growing demand for mobile phones and the Internet.

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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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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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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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Ningen Dock: Japanese-Style Health Examinations

| Health & Beauty | 07/29/2014

CT Scanner

Taking Stock of the Ningen Dock
Date: June, 2010
Source: Highlighting Japan – By Miho Kawasaki

Japan has widely used a system for medical checkup known as the “Ningen Dock”. Dr. Minoru Yamakado, a board member of the Japan Society of Ningen Dock, talks about the Ningen Dock and what it involves.

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Japan Govt to Provide “Ningen Dock” Japanese-Style Health Examinations in Kazakhstan

| Health & Beauty, International Cooperation Reports | 07/29/2014

Japan and Kazakhstan

Japan-style medical screenings to be introduced in Kazakhstan
Date: Jul 29, 2014
Source: NIKKEI

TOKYO — The Japanese government will cooperate with domestic manufacturers and hospitals to provide Japanese-style health examinations in Kazakhstan, in a move to promote its medical industry overseas.

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Japanese electric company, NEC, and the Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development

| Science and Technology Reports | 07/28/2014

NEC Corporation and Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

NEC and the Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development
Date: Jul 29, 2014
Source: NEC Corporation

Tokyo, July 29, 2014 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of advanced satellites.

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Japan support $5.5M in emergency humanitarian aid to residents of Gaza Strip

| International Cooperation Reports | 07/27/2014

Gaza Strip, with Israeli-controlled borders and limited fishing zone

Japan Pledges $5m in Aid to Gaza Strip Amidst Fears Egypt is Blocking Supply Trucks
Date: Jul 26, 2014
Source: International Business Times – by Tabatha Kinder

Japan will give $5.5m (£3.2m) in emergency humanitarian aid to residents of the Gaza Strip, it has been announced.

The number of casualties in the small self-governing enclave is growing each day as the result of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. The Gaza death toll passed 840 on Friday ‒ the eighteenth consecutive day of fighting.

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Palestinian Children Fly Kites to message solidarity with Japan from Gaza Strip

| International Cooperation Reports | 07/27/2014

FROM GAZA TO JAPAN, A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY

FROM GAZA TO JAPAN, A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY
Date: Mar 12, 2014
Source: UNRWA

Gaza – On the third anniversary of the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan, a message of continued solidarity and strength was carried there on the wind from the Gaza Strip. One thousand Palestine refugee students from UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in Gaza gathered to fly kites in commemoration of the disaster that killed thousands of people and caused immense damage.

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Panasonic provide Stand-Alone Solar Power Container for support educational development to elementary school in Indonesian island

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/23/2014

Panasonic - Stand-Alone Solar Power Container Contents

Stand-Alone Solar Power “Container” Supports Educational Development on Remote Indonesian Island
Date: Jul 22, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Indonesia consists of approximately 13,000 islands, many of which lack access to electricity due to the difficulty building large power plants and running power lines in the distinctive geography. Panasonic chose Karimun Jawa Island, an island located not far from Java Island, near Jepara District, as the recipient of our installation of the Power Supply Container, an easy to set up and transport electrical supply system, in aims to make life better for the people living there.

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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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Japanese WAGYU – Genuine Wagyu Beef

| Foods and Drinks Reports | 07/14/2014

Wagyu Logo

Japanese WAGYU – Genuine Wagyu Beef
Source: JNTO and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

One of the excellent examples of Japanese foods is “Wagyu” Japanese beef. The high prime beef is so tender that it almost melts in your mouth. Raised and processed under strict government control, “Wagyu” Japanese beef will add color to your healthy and enjoyable dietary lifestyle. Wagyu offer tasty, high prime beef that you can enjoy with complete assurance of its safety.

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Japan to support Brazil for improving infrastructure, including transportation networks for agricultural products and ports

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/12/2014

Japan and Brazil

Japan to provide broad support to Brazil’s agricultural industry
Date: Jul 12, 2014
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese government plans to provide broad support to Brazil’s agricultural industry will be a focus when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during an upcoming trip to five Latin American nations, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe plan to extend US$200 million for infrastructure and other development in Papua New Guinea

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 07/10/2014

Japan and Papua New Guinea

Japan’s Abe Pledges 20-B.-Yen ODA for Papua New Guinea
Date: Jul 11, 2014
Source: JIJI Press

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, July 10 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will provide 20 billion yen(200-million dollars) in official development assistance to Papua New Guinea over the next three years.

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Portable oshiri “bottom” cleaner for “genital cleansing” lover

| Products & Services | 06/28/2014

DL-P300

A Product for the Troubled Travelers
Date: Jun 28, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

If you had a friend who visited Japan, you may have heard stories from them about great sushi restaurants, the ALWAYS on time trains, people in the city as if they just walked out of a comic book, the crazy vending machines but most importantly the long story of the infamous toilets known for giving gentle jets of warm water to clean your you know what.

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Japanese researchers succeeded in controlling the progression of ALS, in mice by transplanting cells made from iPS cells

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 06/26/2014

Stem Cell Reports: Focal Transplantation of Human iPSC-Derived Glial-Rich Neural Progenitors Improves Lifespan of ALS Mice

iPS derived cells help improve ALS in mice
Date: Jun 26, 2014
Source: NHK World

A group of Japanese researchers say they have succeeded in controlling the progression of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice by transplanting cells made from iPS cells, or pluripotent stem cells.

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Japan is one of world’s leading solar energy markets. Over 7 GW of new solar PV capacity installed in FY2013

| Green & ECO Business Reports, Reports | 06/26/2014

Hydrogen Fuel News - Solar Energy Report

Japan’s solar energy capacity continues to show impressive growth
Date: Jun 26, 2014
Source: Hydrogen Fuel News – By Erin Kilgore

Japan is becoming one of the world’s leading solar energy markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a report concerning the country’s growing solar power capacity.

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