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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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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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Kyocera collaborate with University of Tsukuba to Develop AI-based Image Recognition for Help Diagnose Skin Diseases and Cancers via Smartphone

| Health & Beauty, Ibaraki News, Kyoto News, Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 08/30/2017

Skin disease diagnostic support system and potential applications

KYOCERA Begins Research in AI-based Image Recognition to Help Diagnose Skin Diseases and Cancers via Smartphone

Date: Aug 29, 2017
Source: Kyocera Corporation

KYOTO, Japan — Kyocera Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (hereafter “KCCS”), has started joint research with the University of Tsukuba to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system capable of detecting melanoma and other skin diseases by analyzing digital images of a patient’s skin. The team aims to commercialize the technology by 2020.

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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

CG-Woman-Supermarket

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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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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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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Mitsubishi Successfully Completes Ground Demonstration Testing of Wireless Power Transmission Technology for Space Solar Power Systems

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/13/2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. - Wireless Power Transmission - Transmitting Unit

MHI Successfully Completes Ground Demonstration Testing of Wireless Power Transmission Technology for SSPS
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Expanding the Potential for New Industrial Applications

Tokyo, March 12, 2015 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has conducted ground demonstration testing of “wireless power transmission,” a new technology presently under development to serve as the core technology of the space solar power systems (SSPS) that are expected to be the power generation systems of the future. With successful completion of the test at the company’s Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, MHI has now verified the viability of long-distance wireless power transmission.

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Panasonic batteries to support Hayabusa 2 for 6 years in space

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/13/2015

Panasonic Batteries for Hayabusa 2

Off For a 6-Year Mission. Panasonic Batteries on Board Hayabusa2
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic‘s lithium primary batteries have been mounted in the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2“* launched on December 3, 2014. Three models of graphite fluoride (BR series**) cylindrical-type lithium primary batteries (BR-A, BR-1/2AA, and BR-C) with an extensive shelf life have been mounted this time. The same type of batteries had also previously been mounted in “Hayabusa,” which returned to Earth in 2010.

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Tech in Asia select best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 12/23/2014

Best of Japan's Gadgets in 2014

Robots, rings, and rides: the best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014
Date: Dec 20, 2014
Source: Tech in Asia – by J.T. Quigley

From wearables to robots, Tech in Asia rounded up some of the most interesting and innovative pieces of Japanese hardware that we covered in 2014. While the established tech giants continue to design the vast majority of the country’s gadgets, this year saw several strong entries from domestic startups. Without further ado, here are seven of our favorites (in no particular order):

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How big is the biotech industry in Japan?

| Science and Technology Reports | 04/12/2013

Bioindustry in Japan

How big is the biotech industry in Japan?
Source: JETRO: BIO2013

The biotechnology industry occupies an important position in 21th century Japan. The industry was valued at 2.75 trillion yen (appox. $ 34.5 billion USD) in 2012.
The current of open innovation promotes the growth and activities of Japanese biotechnology companies (currently over 500) and the growth of their licensing out of contracts.
The competitiveness of the Japanese biotechnology industry is largely underpinned by the country’s high share of biotechnology patents filed under PCT and the high amount of biotechnology R&D expenditures in the business sector.

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