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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

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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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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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