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US Consumer Reports announces the 2015 People’s Pick and CR Picks 10 Top

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 02/26/2015

Consumer Reports announces the 2015 People’s Pick and CR Picks 10 Top
Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Source: ConsumerReports.org

2015 People’s Pick
As Consumer Reports prepares to release its 2015 Autos Spotlight, which includes our highly anticipated Top Picks and Car Brand Report Cards, we asked our Facebook followers to name the best car on the market today.

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A medium-sized health food importer in US is looking for organic Japanese Green Tea Suppliers/Producers!

| Foods and Drinks Reports, Reports | 02/16/2015

A medium-sized health food importer in US is looking for organic Japanese Green Tea Suppliers/Producers!

A company in California is seriously looking for Japanese organically-grown Green Tea.

If you want to expand your business in Northern America and Europe, please contact us Immediately.

Japan Products are happy to support you as coordinator from export arrangement to building up the sales.

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41 Japanese Vehicles Selected the “Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+” from IIHS

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Transportation News | 12/27/2014

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+

2015 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners
Date: Dec 23, 2014
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Vehicles can qualify for one of the awards with either a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, along with good ratings in the other four crashworthiness evaluations. In addition, Top Safety Pick+ winners must have an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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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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What is Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance)?

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/15/2014

Japan’s Official Development Assistance - Structure

Japan’s Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance (ODA) refers to grants and loans with concessional conditions that are given to developing countries and regions that are included on the list of aid recipient countries and regions created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), mainly for the purpose of contributing to the improvement of economic development and welfare, etc.

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Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft takes off with 20000 sets of protective clothing for Ebola fight

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/06/2014

Japanese SDF plane takes off with gear for Ebola fight

SDF plane takes off with gear for Ebola fight
Date: Dec 5, 2014
Source: NHK World

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft has left for Ghana to transport protective clothing to help West African countries fight the Ebola epidemic.

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Japan ready to join hands in building new capital of Andhra Pradesh in India

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/02/2014

Andhra Pradesh in India

Chandrababu Naidu wants Andhra Pradesh to shine with help from “land of rising sun”
Date: Dec 1, 2014
Source: indiacom – By Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, Dec 1 : Andhra Pradesh will have Japan’s imprint on development in various spheres, particularly in building the state’s new capital, if plans drawn out by the TDP-led Government fructify.

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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

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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