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Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation announced contributed product to Japanese industry

| Awards and Honors, Products & Services, Reports | 06/23/2014

Japan Innovation - Manga and Anime

Japan’s top technology innovations selected
Date: Jun 22, 2014
Source: NHK World

Instant ramen, the Shinkansen bullet train and Manga animation have been selected as some of Japan’s greatest technological innovations since the end of World War Two. The Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation has so far selected 38 technologies that have contributed to industrial and economic growth…as well as the overall improvement of life in Japan.

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World’s Largest EPB Shield Tunneling Machine – Building underground highway in Seattle

| Science and Technology Reports | 06/09/2014

Hitachi Zosen Corporation - SR99 Tunnel Project 10

The World’s Largest EPB Shield Tunneling Machine
Source: Hitachi Zosen Corporation

The Hitachi Zosen Sakai Works has completed work on the world’s largest earth pressure balance (EPB) shield tunneling machine, with a diameter of 17.45 meters.The tunneling machine will be delivered by ship to Seattle in March 2013.

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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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Japanese dishes rank top as most popular foreign cuisine in six-city survey of emerging markets

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 05/29/2014

Japanese Cuisine - Sushi

Results of JETRO’s Survey on Japanese Foods Directed at Overseas Consumers – Japanese dishes rank top as most popular foreign cuisine in six-city survey of emerging markets
Date: Mar 28, 2014
Source: JETRO

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) conducted a survey on Japanese foods among overseas consumers. The results of the survey are as follows. Regarding this subject matter, this is the first survey to target consumers in emerging markets.

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Japan to extend 600 billion yen in aid to Bangladesh for developing Infrastructure

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 05/26/2014

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Bangladesh to get 600 billion yen Japanese aid
Date: May 26, 2014
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

TOKYO, May 26, 2014 (BSS)- Japan has expressed its commitment to providing up to 600 billion yen of assistance to Bangladesh from this year by fully taking into account the proper and smooth implementation of projects.

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Japanese researchers say green tea is good for preventing dementia

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 05/15/2014

Green tea is good for preventing dementia

Japanese doctors: Green tea may prevent dementia
Date: May 15, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japanese researchers say senior citizens who often drink green tea are less likely to develop dementia. A research team led by Professor Masahito Yamada of Kanazawa University surveyed 723 people 60 years or older who do not suffer from dementia. They asked how frequently the respondents consume green tea.

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Japan drinks maker “Suntory” created 3D ice sculptures for whisky lovers

| Cool Advertisements, Reports | 05/09/2014

Suntory Whisky 3D on the Rocks - Guitar

Suntory’s Ice Sculptures Sink Abraham Lincoln in a Glass
Date: Apr 14, 2014
Source: Blouin Artinfo – by Robert Michael Poole

Suntory, Japan’s premier Whisky brand know for its innovative advertising campaigns that often feature Hollywood stars, has this time utilized Abraham Lincoln and other American icons by creating 3D ice sculptures.

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21st Century Yoroi – Samurai armor for modern Japan

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports | 05/08/2014

Samurai armor for modern Japan

21st Century Yoroi – Samurai armor for modern Japan
Source: Highlighting JAPAN – by Nayalan Moodley

Samurai are recognized around the world as iconic emblems of Japanese culture. Their modern image is striking and romantic: powerful, honorable warriors clad in magnificent armor, finely honed katana in hand. And while the katana may be the foremost symbol of the samurai, no less distinctive is their trademark armor, or yoroi.

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Asahi Glass’s strengthened glass to be used for player benches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

| Products & Services | 05/08/2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Benches - Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™Glass Roof for Player Benches Unveiled
Date: Apr 24, 2014
Source: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.

AGC Showcases New Possibilities of Chemically Strengthened Glass

Tokyo and Sao Paulo, April 24, 2014 – AGC today unveiled the official glass roof for player benches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The glass roof, made from chemically strengthened glass, provides unparalleled visibility, durability and damage resistance, and is an evolution from the model provided last year by AGC to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

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Have You Ever Heard of Shinkansen Gran Class? It’s Premium Class (total 18 seats) on Hayabusa

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 05/06/2014

Gran Class: Inside Room

Inside the Gran Class
Source: Japan Rail Pass – By Japan Experience

Most of Japan’s shinkansen normally have a green class and a standard class, but in recent years, newer models of train have introduced a new class for the ultimate bullet train travel: the Gran Class.

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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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Kitakyushu City Help Haiphong City in Vietnam by “Green Growth” Program for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

| Green & ECO Business Reports, International Cooperation Reports | 04/22/2014

Kitakyushu city gov’t set to help Vietnamese city with “green growth” program
Date: Apr 18, 2014
Source: Global Interface Japan – HRI

(NNA) – The Kitakyushu city government is poised to help the city government of Haiphong in northern Vietnam launch a so-called “green growth” program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while securing sustainable economic growth.

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Oldest Japanese Companies and Oldest Companies in the World

| Products & Services | 04/14/2014

Kongo Gumi

Top 10 Japanese companies over 800 years old
Date: Aug 17, 2013
Source: Preston Phro

As you’re probably aware, Japan has quite the lengthy history, stretching back thousands of years. And, as with any civilization, ancient Japan had need of commerce, which lead to the establishment of some of the oldest companies in the world.

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ABI’s Cells-Alive Technology (CAS)

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/29/2014

ABI Inc. - Cells-Alive Technology

ABI’s Cells-Alive Technology (CAS)
When water starts to freeze, water molecules clump together and form a large ice crystal. The complex energy created by CAS Function Generator of ABI makes the water clusters to vibrate, with which it prevents water molecules to gather together and keep them under super-cooling condition to attain small ice crystal formation.

Small ice crystals cannot rupture cell membranes and for this reason, original freshness is restored after thawing.

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Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 03/25/2014

Shigeru Ban

In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions
Date: March 24, 2014
Source: by Joel Rose – NPR

Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a star architect with a long list of glamorous commissions around the globe. This year’s winner is a little different.

Shigeru Ban has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But Ban is best known for a more humble kind of work: The temporary structures he’s built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.

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Japanese government will provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million to Pakistan

| International Cooperation Reports | 03/20/2014

Japanese Ambassador, Inomata and Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi

Japan to provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million
Date: Mar 20, 2014
Source: Business Recorder by Imaduddin

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan will provide hybrid vehicles worth Rs 490 million to Pakistan for improving capabilities of law enforcement agencies in the country.

An agreement to this effect was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata and Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi here on Thursday.

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The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation

| Vehicles & Transportation | 03/18/2014

Dynax Corporation: Transmission

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation
Source: The Japan Machinery Federation

New Clutch Discs with Durability and Anti-friction Characteristics for Automatic Transmission Vehicles
A clutch disc used in the transmission system (automatic transmission) of automatic (AT) vehicles has an iron ring structure provided with a friction material attached to its surface. In the past, asbestos, which causes serious health problems, was used as a friction material. Dynax Corporation took up the challenge of producing “asbestos-free” materials.
In 1983, they succeeded in developing Japan’s first paper friction material through a process of combining natural and synthetic fibers, blended with a friction adjustment agent, which was impregnated with phenol resin for hardening. This development not only solved an environmental issue but also produced a product that far surpasses conventional materials in terms of various specifications such as durability, thus significantly contributing to the “advancement” of AT vehicles.

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Japanese companies use advanced technology to make healthcare and beauty products

| Health & Beauty, Reports | 02/12/2014

Astalift Skincare

Japanese companies use advanced technology to make healthcare and beauty products

Date: Jan 21, 2014
Source: ANI NEWS

Tokyo, Jan.21 (ANI): Astalift is an anti-ageing skincare product created by Fujifilm in 2007.

The product’s advanced understanding of the process of oxidation, used in photo technology to prevent photo fading caused by UV rays, allows it to apply its expertise to skincare products designed to combat skin ageing and the onslaught of freckles and blemishes.

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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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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive policies are forging an escape from deflation

| Business & Economy | 11/28/2013

Abenomics

Rising inflation, output points to Japan recovery
Date: Nov 29, 2013
Source: Reuters – By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto

Japanese consumer inflation accelerated to a five-year high in October and a narrower price measure increased at its fastest pace in 15 years, more evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive policies are forging an escape from deflation.

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Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies

| Vehicles & Transportation | 10/06/2013

Honda Pedestrian Safety Technology

Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies
Date: 8/28/2013 3:24:00 PM
Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Honda today demonstrated two experimental safety technologies aimed at reducing the potential for collisions between automobiles and pedestrians and between automobiles and motorcycles. These advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies, while still in the research and testing phase, demonstrate Honda’s vision to advance safety for all road users, including pedestrians and motorcycle riders, as well as automobile occupants.

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Subaru’s new Safety Systems “EyeSight” Can Recognize Brake Lights and Red Signals

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 10/02/2013

Subaru Safety Systems

Fuji Heavy Industries Reveals the Next Generation “EyeSight”
- All-New Stereo Camera Recognition Technology and Added Steering Assist Control for Better Safety and Further Reduced Driver’s Workload -

Date: October 2, 2013
Source: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Tokyo, October 2, 2013 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, has developed its next generation “EyeSight” advanced driving assist system to enhance safety performance and further reduce burden on the driver. FHI has fully revamped the stereo camera system from current version of EyeSight for significantly improved recognition accuracy and added steering assist control features.

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Japanese Researchers Discover Compound Effective in Treating Eczema

| Awards and Honors, Reports | 09/19/2013

Assoc. Prof. Kabashima(Left), Postdoc fellow Otsuka(Right)

Possible new therapeutic strategy to regulate atopic dermatitis via upregulating filaggrin expression
Date: September 17, 2013
Source: Kyoto University

Associate Professor Kenji Kabashima (Department dermatology, Graduate School of Medicine), and Postdoctoral fellow Atsushi Otsuka (Innovation Center for Immunregulation Technology and Therapeutics :AK project) found the compound to regulate atopic dermatitis via upregulating filaggrin expression.

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OMOTENASHI – Japanese Hospitality

| Japanese Culture & Traditional, Reports | 09/10/2013

Omotenashi - Japanese Hospitality

Omotenashi – The Heart of Japanese Hospitality
By Muneyuki Joraku

I think it’s about creating a non-dominant relationship between a person who’s offering the service and a person who is receiving it. It could be the CEO of a big company, a famous star or an ordinary housewife, but there’s only one simple relationship between host and guest. An example of the best Omotenashi is when the host anticipates the needs of the guest in advance and offers a pleasant service that guests don’t expect. They should not wait for instructions from their guests, as guests who make their requests directly are considered unsophisticated in Japan.

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TV Commercial: NTT DoCoMo Touch Wood SH-08C “XYLOPHONE (PLAY WOOD)”

| Cool Advertisements, Reports | 09/04/2013

TV Commercial: NTT DoCoMo Touch Wood SH-08C "XYLOPHONE (PLAY WOOD)"

Anatomy Of A Cannes Winner: NTT DoCoMo Xylophone
Anatomy of a winner takes us through the key decisions that took a piece of work from good to great–and won the campaign for NTT DoCoMo Touch Wood SH-08C a Golden Lion at Cannes. Here, creative director Morihiro Harano breaks down his process.
Source: Teressa Iezzi

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TV Commercial: Honda “Hands”

| Cool Advertisements, Reports | 09/04/2013

Honda "Hands"

Honda: W+K’s captivating new spot puts the brand’s 65-year history in a single engineer’s hands
Source: Sam Thielman

Full disclosure: I have a collection of Transformers toys that is way too large for a sane adult man to reasonably own. And this new Honda advertisement from Wieden + Kennedy in London makes the part of me that refuses to age very, very happy.

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Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. – Yasuyuki Yoshinaga

| Key Persons Reports, Reports | 08/08/2013

Fuji Heavy Industries: Yasuyuki Yoshinaga

Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.
President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga
Source: Japan International Broadcasting Inc.

Fuji Heavy Industries, known for its Subaru line of cars, approaches the production of autos without preconceptions. Its global market share may be only one percent, but many of its customers are so enthusiastic that they’re called “Subarists.” Recently, the brand’s popularity has been increasing, especially in the United States. Sales continued to rise even after the global financial crisis of 2008. The company is expecting record high sales and profits in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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World’s 5 Hottest Stock Markets – No.1 Japan: +34%

| Business & Economy | 07/17/2013

Tokyo Stock Exchange Building

World’s 5 Hottest Stock Markets
Date: April 28 2013
Source: CNNMoney

  1. Japan: +34%
  2. United Arab Emirates: +28%
  3. Argentina: +27%
  4. Kuwait: +23%
  5. Philippines: +20%

Japan’s stock market has been surging since November thanks to new stimulus measures that are expected to pull Japan out of the deflationary spiral it’s been in for nearly two decades.

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Can Green Tea Prevent Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 07/02/2013

Iced Green Tea

Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Say Four New Studies
Date: June 30, 2013
Source: Melanie Haiken

Could something as simple as drinking green tea protect you from developing Alzheimer’s? A host of new studies have looked at various aspects of how green tea affects the brain, and concluded yes.

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Amino Up Chemical’s AHCC will reduce side effects of chemotherapy and improve Breast Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

| Products & Services | 07/02/2013

AMINO UP CHEMICAL: AHCC

Amino Up Chemical’s AHCC on Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Is Reported by The University of Tokyo
Date: February 05, 2013

AHCC will reduce side effects of chemotherapy and improve Breast Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

The research group of Satoru Iwase, MD., PhD. (Department of Palliative Medicine, The University of Tokyo Hospital) reports effects of AHCC, a food material manufactured by Amino Up Chemical, on breast cancer chemotherapy at ASPEN’s Clinical Nutrition Week 2013 (Phoenix, AZ) on February 9-12, 2013.

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By succeeding and evolving “Faceted Pearl” which was created employing diamond-polishing techniques, a new global market has been cultivated

| Products & Services | 06/21/2013

Komatsu Cutting Factory: Hana Pearl (Faceted Pearl)

By succeeding and evolving “Faceted Pearl” which was created employing diamond-polishing techniques, a new global market has been cultivated
Source: The Japan Machinery Federation

Defying commonsense that pearls should be in perfect spherical by carving them, thus producing unconventional luster
Hana Shinju (Faceted Pearl), which was created by carving pearls for the first time in the world, has shine and texture completely different from those of original pearls.

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Do you know the birthplace of Wasabi?

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 06/10/2013

Wasabi Farm: Yuma Mochizuki

Wasabi: A Visit to Its Birthplace in Shizuoka!
Source: Shizuoka Tourism

The other day I received a phone call from my good friend Dominique Corby, the Chef/Manager of Michelin-starred 6eme Sens in Tokyo.
He told me that the French/German ARTE TV Channel was coming to Shizuoka City on September 12th~13th to make a long report on green tea (Shizuoka produces 45% of all green tea in Japan), wasabi (Shizuoka produces 80% of all wasabi in Japan) and the fishing industry in our Prefecture (they will visit the Fishing Harbour of Yaizu City)!

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