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Olympus NDT Canada Launch $37 Million CAD Building to Improves Employee Work Experience

| Biz News, Business Development, Canada | 15 hours ago

Olympus NDT Canada CAD Building

Olympus NDT Canada Invests to Support Growth

Date: Oct 16, 2017
Source: Olympus Corporation of the Americas

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Oct. 16, 2017Olympus NDT (Nondestructive Testing) Canada proceeded today with the official inauguration of its new office and manufacturing complex, built at a cost of $37 million CAD in the Michelet Innovation Zone.

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Japan’s small and medium-sized enterprises is looking for opportunities to expand business in Myanmar

| Biz News, Business Development, Myanmar | 10/12/2017

Workers at a construction site in Yangon. Construction businesses in Japan are keen to invest in their counterparts in Myanmar. Photo: The Myanmar Times

Japanese manufacturers eye expansion opportunities

Date: Oct 12, 2017
Source: The Myanmar Times by AYE NYEIN WIN

After investing heavily in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, Japanese businesses are now keen to expand in Myanmar, said Mr Satoshi Yamamoto, chief director of The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) told The Myanmar Times during a business development seminar in Yangon on October 9.

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Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association report Japanese-brand Automakers activity and local economic effect in US

| Biz News, Reports, USA | 10/12/2017

JAMA USA: 2017-2018 CONTRIBUTIONS REPORT

Japanese-brand Automakers Mark 35 Years of Manufacturing and R&D in America

Date: Oct 10, 2017
Source: JAMA USA

New Report Highlights History of Growth in JAMA Members’ U.S. Employment and Automotive Production

WASHINGTON – Today, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s U.S. office (JAMA USA) released its 2017-2018 Contributions Report “35 Years of Manufacturing and R&D in America.”

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“Taste of Japan” Food Event Held in NY to Expand Japanese Cuisine Culture

| Biz Events, Food & Drink Events, USA, USA Events | 10/11/2017

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“Taste of Japan” Event Held in N.Y. to Raise Public Awareness about Appeals of Japanese Food and Cuisine Culture

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 11, 2017 – Quality Branded Executive Chef & Partner Craig Koketsu Explains Appeals of Japanese Cuisine and Use of Japanese Ingredients -

On September 19, 2017 (EDT), in parallel with the United Nations General Assembly, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan presented “Taste of Japan,” a public awareness event communicating the appeals of Japanese food and cuisine culture.

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Tamagotchi, a huge hit in the world, is back to US with a small size!

| Products & Services, USA | 10/10/2017

Bandai America Celebrates The 20th Anniversary of The O.G. Tamagotchi with U.S. launch this Fall

Get Ready To Hatch, Feed And Clean-Up. Tamagotchi Is Back!

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Source: Bandai America

Bandai America Celebrates The 20th Anniversary of The O.G. Tamagotchi with U.S. launch this Fall. Limited Quantities will be Available; Fans Can Pre-Order Starting Today!

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 – ’90s kids hoping to relive their childhood can now do so in full glory with the return of everyone’s favorite digital pet, Tamagotchi®!

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Nissin’s Top Ramen removed MSG and artificial flavors, and also reduced sodium for healthy demand

| Products & Services, USA | 10/10/2017

Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Chicken Flavor

Nissin Foods® Top Ramen® Finds Noodle Zen with Updated Recipe

Date: Oct 9, 2017
Source: Nissin Foods USA

GARDENA, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017 – Today Nissin Foods, the inventor of instant ramen, announces a significant update to its iconic Top Ramen brand in the U.S. Nissin Top Ramen is responding to consumer demand for reduced sodium and fewer artificial ingredients by updating its entire product line to remove added MSG and artificial flavors and reduce sodium content. By focusing on what is truly important to the brand – delicious noodles – Top Ramen is improving its nutritional profile while maintaining the great taste fans love– all at the same, affordable price.

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5 US Governors Meet with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Attend 49th Annual Joint Meeting of Midwest US-Japan Association in Tokyo

| Biz News, Business Development, USA | 10/06/2017

Governor Ricketts of Nebraska addresses the 49th Annual Joint Meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association held in Tokyo [Image: Nebraska Department of Agriculture]

Governors Attend Midwest US-Japan Association Meeting in Tokyo

Date: Oct 3, 2017
Source: asiamattersforamerica.org by HEEJAE PARK, SAVANNAH SHIH

Five governors from the Midwestern United States recently traveled to Japan to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and attend the 49th Annual Joint Meeting of the Midwest US-Japan Association. This year’s meeting focused on “Midwest US-Japan Strategies for Economic Growth.” The attending governors came from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, with many having already traveled to Japan several times.

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NEDO SV will hold Robotics Conference with Silicon Valley Forum on Oct 16th, 2017

| Biz Events, USA Events | 10/05/2017

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Our Robots, Ourselves: Silicon Valley Forum Announces Partnership With NEDO on Robotics Conference This October

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Source: Silicon Valley Forum

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Robotics is on the rise, and this October 16th two eminent organizations will join forces to explore a transformative future: NEDO and Silicon Valley Forum are delighted to present their conference “Robots on the Rise: Building the Future of Robotics in Japan and the US.” Hosted at the Computer History Museum, this all-day event will bring together industry leaders and technology experts to the impact of robotics on everything from autonomous vehicles to automated agriculture to healthcare.

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Japanese Metal Hardware Manufacturer, Sugatsune To Expand Into the Aerospace Industry in US

| Products & Services, USA | 09/30/2017

Aerospace Component Hardware

Sugatsune America Inc., To Launch Into the Aerospace Industry; Receiving Its AS9120 B Certification

Date: Sep 21, 2017
Source: Sugatsune America, Inc.

CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2017 — Component hardware manufacturer, Sugatsune America, Inc., will make its debut appearance at booth 2247 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, California, Sept. 26th through 28th. Known for creating high-quality component hardware, Sugatsune demonstrates its commitment to quality announcing that the company will be receiving its AS9120 B Certification on the wings of its plans to expand their product line up in the Aerospace industry.

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GS Yuasa Technology’s lithium ion (Li-ion) cells have surpassed 3.0 MWh of energy storage on orbit

| Products & Services, USA | 09/30/2017

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GS Yuasa Lithium ion Cells Surpass 3,000,000 Watt-Hours On Orbit

Date: Sep 29, 2017
Source: GS Yuasa Lithium Power

ROSWELL, Ga., Sept. 29, 2017 — GS Yuasa Lithium Power announced today that GS Yuasa Technology‘s lithium ion (Li-ion) cells have surpassed 3.0 MWh of energy storage on orbit. GS Yuasa lithium ion cells have now been flown on more than 150 spacecraft supporting commercial communication, remote sensing, scientific, defense and multiple human rated applications.

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West Virginia Governor and Commerce Secretary Welcome the New Factory of Hino Motors

| Biz News, Business Development, USA | 09/28/2017

(Left to right) Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. President Takashi Ono and West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher

Governor Justice, Secretary of Commerce Thrasher announce Hino Motors to expand, create 250 new jobs

Date: Sep 28, 2017
Source: West Virginia Department of Commerce

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 28, 2017 — Governor Jim Justice and Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher announced yesterday that Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A. will expand its truck manufacturing and assembly operations in West Virginia. The company will relocate its operations from its current site in Williamstown to the former Coldwater Creek facility in Mineral Wells.

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Japan’s Wagyu Beef Producers to Show Delicious Taste Genuine Wagyu in London

| Biz Events, Food & Drink Events, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Events | 09/27/2017

Wagyu Exhibition

Exhibits Genuine Wagyu Beef at The Restaurant Show in London, the United Kingdom – Japan Livestock Products Export Promotion Council

Date: Sep 25, 2017
Source: Wagyu Exhibition

LONDON — Japan Livestock Products Export Promotion Council(President:Toshiaki Namba)announces its participation at The Restaurant Show in London, the United Kingdom, from October 2nd-4th (Mon-Wed). It will hold a series of PR events highlighting the attractions of Wagyu beef.

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Sharp Electronics’ Autonomous, Outdoor Robot is a First in PSA’s Product Lineup

| Products & Services, USA | 09/22/2017

Sharp INTELLOS™ Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV)

PSA Security Network Named Authorized Distributor of the Sharp INTELLOS™ A-UGV

Date: Sep 21, 2017
Source: Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics’ Autonomous, Outdoor Robot is a First in PSA’s Product Lineup

MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 21, 2017 — Sharp Robotics Business Development (SRBD), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announced the appointment of PSA Security Network as an authorized distributor of the Sharp INTELLOS™ Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV).

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Toyota Forklifts Celebrates 50th Anniversary In The United States

| Awards, Biz News | 09/19/2017

50th Anniversary Gold Forklifts

Toyota Forklifts Celebrates 50th Anniversary In The United States

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A.

COLUMBUS, Ind., Sept. 19, 2017 — Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. (TMHU), commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first Toyota forklift sold in the U.S. with a special event for dealers, associates, dignitaries and media at its U.S. forklift headquarters in Columbus, Indiana. The company, which holds the title as the number one forklift in North America, sold its first U.S. forklift to a grape farmer in Fresno, California, in 1967. Fifty years later, Toyota proudly displays that forklift at its Columbus campus as a reminder to visitors of the brand’s quality and longevity.

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Madison Area Technical College got a first place winner of the Advanced Automation Challenge 2.0 from FANUC

| Awards, Biz News, USA | 09/19/2017

Madison College students Eric Laylan (L) and Chris Dalhoff win FANUC America’s Automation Challenge 2.0

FANUC America Announces Winners of Advanced Automation Challenge 2.0

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: FANUC America Corporation

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — FANUC America Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of robotics, CNC systems and factory automation today announced that Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) is the first place winner of its Automation Challenge 2.0, a nation-wide contest for high school and college students. The challenge requires participating schools to design an automation project that relates to a real-world manufacturing application.

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Casio America provided 25 Casio keyboards to Rosewood Avenue Elementary in Los Angeles, California

| Biz News, Donate & Local Contribution | 09/18/2017

Casio and Adopt the Arts Give the Gift of Music to Los Angeles-Area School

Casio and Adopt the Arts Give the Gift of Music to Los Angeles-Area School

Date: Sep 14, 2017
Source: Casio America, Inc.

Rosewood Avenue Elementary Received 25 Casio SA-46 Keyboards for New Classes

LOS ANGELES and DOVER, N.J., Sept. 14, 2017 — School is back in session and with that comes the start of music classes and lessons for many students. Casio America, Inc., a leading electronic musical instrument provider, is dedicated to providing budding musicians of all levels with the instruments they need to foster a love and appreciation of music. This month, Casio teamed up with Adopt the Arts (ATA) to gift Rosewood Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, California with more than two dozen Casio SA-46 mini keyboards for the program’s new keyboard classes starting this year.

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PILOT PEN received the 2017 Teen Choice Award. Increase creativity and suppress negativity

| Awards, Biz News, USA | 09/15/2017

Pilot Pen to showcase FriXion erasable pens that help creative minds write fearlessly and erase doubt at the GBK Pre-Teen Choice Awards Lounge.

PILOT PEN enhances creativity and erases negativity during 2017 Teen Choice Awards

Date: Aug 11, 2017
Source: Pilot Corporation of America

Pilot to showcase writing instruments that help creative minds write fearlessly and erase doubt at the GBK Pre-Teen Choice Awards Lounge

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$1,000 whiskey aged for 18 years “Yamazaki Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition” is sold from Suntory

| Products & Services | 09/12/2017

The House of Suntory Whisky Proudly Introduces The Yamazaki® Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition™. Photo credit: Suntory Whisky

The House Of Suntory Whisky Proudly Introduces The Yamazaki® Mizunara Cask 2017 Edition™

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Beam Suntory

Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery Releases Limited Edition Offering Aged For 18 Years Exclusively In Japanese Mizunara Oak

CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2017 — For more than three generations, the master blenders at Suntory Whisky, the founding house of Japanese Whisky, have devoted themselves to pursuing the harmony of Japanese nature and craftsmanship.

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130th anniversary of Japan-Thailand diplomatic relations celebration in Bangkok

| International Cooperation, Thailand Events | 09/12/2017

130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations celebration

Japanese economic minister and investors meet with PM Economic partnership strengthened, EEC opportunity in highlight

Date: Sep 12, 2017
Source: Thai Ministry of Industry

BANGKOK, Sept. 12, 2017 — Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha welcomed Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment (METI) on Sept. 11, who led a mission of 570-high level Japanese business people and economic organisations to visit Thailand on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations celebration.

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(Updated 9/22) Japanese companies, located USA, are donating to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

| Biz News, Donate & Local Contribution | 09/01/2017

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Japanese companies, located USA, are donating to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Post: Sep 1, 2017
Update: Sep 22, 2017

According to ABC News, the cost to rebuild areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey is rising and already on track to shatter records. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that the cost of Harvey could require federal support “far in excess” of $125 billion.

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New Yorkers and Traveler Enjoy TOTO’s Sustainable, High-Design Plumbing Products in NY’s Public Restrooms

| Products & Services, USA | 08/31/2017

TOTO's Helix Wall Mount EcoPower Faucets and Arvina Vessel Lavatories enhance the elegance of Bryant Park’s newly remodeled luxury public restrooms.

Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers and Visitors Enjoy TOTO’s Sustainable, High-Design Plumbing Products in Bryant Park’s Posh Public Restrooms

Date: Aug 31, 2017
Source: TOTO USA

MORROW, Ga., Aug. 31, 2017 — TOTO, the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer with more than $4.9 billion in annual sales, announced today that this summer more than 375,000 New Yorkers and visitors have experienced its sustainable, high-design plumbing products in Bryant Park’s newly renovated luxury public restrooms, which opened in late April.

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Sumitomo Chemical signs a deal to build an electronics materials facility in Changzhou Binjiang Economic Development Zone

| Biz News, Business Development, China | 08/30/2017

Changzhou National Hi-Tech District signs a project investment agreement with Sumitomo Chemical

Sumitomo Chemical signs a deal to build an electronics materials facility in Changzhou Binjiang Economic Development Zone

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Source: The Public Promotion Department of Changzhou Xinbei District Commission of CCP

CHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 24, 2017 — Changzhou National Hi-Tech District signed a project investment agreement with Sumitomo Chemical on August 16, 2017.

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Epson’s New Expression Photo XP-8500 is Quickly Print, Compact Size and Professional-Quality Photos

| Products & Services, USA | 08/29/2017

New Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One Printer

Epson Unveils New Expression Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One Printer

Date: Aug 29, 2017
Source: Epson America, Inc.

LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017 — Epson America, Inc. continues to empower creativity with the introduction of its Expression® Photo XP-8500 Small-in-One® wireless printer. Offering fast, quiet performance in a sleek design, the Expression Photo XP-8500 delivers sharp, professional-quality, borderless photos up to 8″ x 10″, and 4″ x 6″ in as fast as 10 seconds1.

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Japan firms demonstrated project for large EV bus system in Malaysia

| International Cooperation, Malaysia | 08/28/2017

Super Quick Charge-Electric Buses Enter Service in Malaysia

Demonstration project for large EV bus system launches in Malaysia

Date: Aug 28, 2017
Source: NEDO

NEDO, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, PUES Corporation, HASETEC Corporation, and Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd., have started a demonstrative operation of a large EV bus system which can drive 30 km on a ten-minute charge in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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Pasta Montana Celebrates Opening of New $6.5M Processing Line, Marking 20th Anniversary in Great Falls, Montana

| Awards, Biz News, USA | 08/25/2017

Dry pasta manufacturer, Pasta Montana, owned by Nippon Flour Mills, marked its 20th anniversary

Pasta Montana Celebrates Opening of New $6.5M Processing Line, Marking 20th Anniversary in Great Falls, Montana

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Source: PRNewswire

Nippon Flour Mills-owned company to increase production to 80 million pounds of pasta annually

GREAT FALLS, Mont., Aug. 23, 2017 – Dry pasta manufacturer, Pasta Montana, owned by Nippon Flour Mills, marked its 20th anniversary this week in Great Falls, MT, by opening a new $6.5 million processing line.

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HI-CHEW Renovates New Field For El Toro High School Softball Program

| Biz News, Donate & Local Contribution, USA | 08/24/2017

Morinaga America, Inc. C.E.O. Masao Hoshino celebrates the renovation of El Toro High School’s softball field alongside the softball team and coaching staff.

HI-CHEW Renovates New Field For El Toro High School Softball Program

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Source: Morinaga America, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today HI-CHEW, the sensationally chewy, long-time #1 soft candy in Japan and new American favorite, unveiled its latest project: the renovation of the El Toro High School softball field, home of The Chargers in Lake Forest, California. With HI-CHEW’s U.S. headquarters based nearby the Lake Forest area, the company has been longtime supporters of the local community and heard of the need for a field renovation due to wear and tear over time.

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NAGASE expands U.S. specialty chemicals reach with acquisition of Fitz Chem Corporation

| Biz News, Investment & Acquisition, USA | 08/24/2017

NAGASE Group

NAGASE expands U.S. specialty chemicals reach with acquisition of Fitz Chem Corporation

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Source: Nagase America

NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2017Nagase America Nagase America announced today that it has acquired US-based specialty chemicals distributor Fitz Chem Corporation. This acquisition advances the strategy of the NAGASE Group (NAGASE) for growth in the specialty chemicals market in the United States.

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SOURCENEXT Partners with Corel to Deliver Award-Winning Software to Japanese Market

| Products & Services, USA | 08/22/2017

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SOURCENEXT Partners with Corel to Deliver Award-Winning Software to Japanese Market

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: www.sourcenext.com/us/

Japan’s Leading Software Publisher to Distribute Corel Software Including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, PaintShop Pro, VideoStudio and More in eShop

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Japan-led consortium got permission to build a large-scale mixed-development project near Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

| Biz News, Business Development, Myanmar | 08/22/2017

Artist’s impression of the new mega project near Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo - Supplied

New mega-complex project approved near Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda

Date: Aug 18, 2017
Source: Myanmar Times By Tin Yadanar Tun

A Japan-led consortium has officially obtained permission to build a large-scale mixed-development project at the intersection of Shwedagon Pagoda Road and U Wisara Road in Yangon.

Development of the US$332.5 million project will begin this year on the former site of the military museum across 16,000 sq m of land. It will comprise a high-grade office building, commercial facilities and a luxury hotel occupying a total floor space of approximately 92,000 sq m. The project, which is expected to be complete in 2020, is also the first project to be granted under the new Myanmar Investment Law. The location is near the city’s famed Shwedagon Pagoda and near the Yangon Central Railway Station.


Artist’s impression of the new mega project near Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo – Supplied

It will be led by Japan’s Fujita Corporation, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development in partnership with Yangon Technical & Trading Co (YTTC), an affiliate of Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co. The maximum total investment amount is projected to be around US$150.8 million, according to a July 28 statement released by the Japanese.

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Japan seeks new approach to scale up private investment in Africa

| Biz News, International Cooperation | 08/21/2017

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Japan seeks new approach to scale up private investment in Africa

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Source: New Times By SHARON KANTENGWA

The Japanese government is set to scale up private investment in Africa as it readies to shift its intervention approach in Africa from the Official Development Assistance (ODA) to private investment.

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