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55 New EV Fast Charging Stations Have Been Installed at 25 Locations in Northern California (From Monterey to Lake Tahoe)

| Biz News, Research and Development | 11/14/2017

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“DRIVETHEARC” EV Fast Charging Corridor Announces Grand Opening In Northern California

Date: Nov 14, 2017
Source: EVgo

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 – DRIVETHEARC, a corridor of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations spanning from Monterey to Lake Tahoe, today announced the completion of the chargers’ deployment and its official grand opening on the one year anniversary of the project’s official launch.

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Japanese Soba Noodle Shop “Ringer Hut SOBAYA LANAI” Opens at Ala Moana Center in Hawaii

| Products & Services, USA | 11/11/2017

Ten Soba

Japanese Soba Noodle Shop “Ringer Hut SOBAYA LANAI” Opens Hawaii Location on October 27

Date: Nov. 8, 2017
Source: Ringer Hut Co., Ltd.

– Offering Specially Developed “Nama” (Fresh) Noodles and “Dashi” Soup for Classic Soba Experience in Hawaii –

Ringer Hut Co., Ltd. opened its fourth Hawaii location of the Japanese soba noodle shop “Ringer Hut SOBAYA LANAI” in the U.S. island’s largest shopping center, the Ala Moana Center, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Located in the new gourmet dining area, “The Lanai @ Ala Moana,” the latest outlet follows three Ringer Hut shops and one ROKKAKU HAMAKATSU location.

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Overseas Japanese restaurants increases 5 times in 10 years

| Products & Services | 11/11/2017

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Japanese Restaurants Abroad See Fivefold Rise in 10 Years

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: Jiji Press

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press) – The number of Japanese restaurants abroad totaled some 118,000 in October, posting a fivefold jump in about 10 years, an agriculture ministry survey showed Tuesday.

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Primary Care Doctors Can Provide Blood Test Results In Minutes, On-site, With New Sysmex XW-100

| Products & Services, USA | 11/09/2017

Sysmex XW-100

Primary Care Doctors Can Provide Blood Test Results In Minutes, On-site, With New Sysmex XW-100

Date: Nov 8, 2017
Source: Sysmex America, Inc.

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Nov. 8, 2017Sysmex America announced today that its Sysmex XW-100 received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—making it the first Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived, complete blood count (CBC) system. Once prepared for each day’s use, the XW-100 will allow health care professionals to provide patients with blood test results in as few as three minutes.

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Honda Innovations Will Expand Its Engagement of Startup Ecosystems in Detroit, Japan, China and Europe

| Biz News, Business Development, USA | 11/09/2017

Honda Xcelerator Staff

Honda “Xcelerates” Startup Collaborations Globally to Drive Open Innovation

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: Honda Innovations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 9, 2017 – Committed to creating transformative products and services through open innovation, Honda Innovations is expanding its global open innovation program for early stage innovators to Detroit, Japan, China, and Europe.

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MegaChips’s new analog ASIC breaks through the cost barriers for high-speed applications

| Products & Services, USA | 11/07/2017

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MegaChips Unveils Breakthrough 16nm Analog ASIC for 5G and Other High-Speed Applications

Date: Nov 7, 2017
Source: MegaChips America

- New 16nm FinFET Analog ASIC Integrates Ultrafast Data Converters to Deliver Enormous Cost Savings to High-Volume Designs -

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017MegaChips Corporation today announced a new 16nm FinFET analog ASIC with integrated Gigabit-class data converters designed to meet the cost and performance demands of 5G networks and other high-volume applications. This new analog ASIC breaks through the cost barriers for high-speed applications by integrating 6.8Gsps data converters into an advanced SOC. With this integration, system designers now have a clear path for bringing FPGA-based prototypes from the R&D lab to high-volume commercial markets.

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Epson Launches World’s First Augmented Reality Drone Flight Simulator App Optimized for Smart Glasses

| Products & Services, USA | 11/06/2017

Moverio BT-300FPV Smart Glasses (FPV/Drone Edition)

Epson Launches World’s First Augmented Reality Drone Flight Simulator App Optimized for Smart Glasses

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Source: Epson America, Inc.

- New AR App Designed for Training on DJI Drones with Epson Moverio BT-300 FPV Glasses; Software Developed by Silicon Valley-based Y Media Labs -

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6, 2017 – As part of its ongoing collaboration with global drone leader DJI, Epson, providers of the Moverio® augmented reality (AR) smart eyewear platform, today announced the world’s first glasses-based augmented reality drone flight simulator app, developed by Y Media Labs exclusively for the Epson Moverio BT-300 (FPV/Drone Edition) smart glasses.

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Olympus’s Business Smart Glasses “EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10″ will be available in November

| Products & Services, USA | 11/06/2017

The EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses

Olympus Launches The EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses for Business Applications

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Source: Olympus America Inc.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 6, 2017 – Drawing on its long history in the development of smart glasses technology, Olympus America Inc. announced today the launch of the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 Smart Glasses in the United States. The patented optical system in the EyeTrek INSIGHT EI-10 enables users to see its display without blocking eyesight and easily access information whenever needed without interfering with their activities.

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Toyota Celebrates 60 Years in the US – 33 million vehicles, 10 manufacturing plants, 1,500 dealerships and 36,000 employees in the US

| Products & Services, USA | 10/31/2017

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Toyota Celebrates 60 Years in the U.S.

Date: Oct 31, 2017
Source: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

- After humble beginnings, Toyota is poised to transform from just a car company into a mobility company –

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 31, 2017 – When Toyota launched its North American headquarters in a Hollywood, Calif., dealership on October 31, 1957, it was, no doubt, a frightening affair.

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Leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables, Mizuho OSI exhibit Levó Head Positioning System at NASS 2017

| Products & Services, USA | 10/25/2017

Mizuho OSI® Introduces New Levó Head Positioning System for Spine Procedures

Mizuho OSI® Introduces New Levó Head Positioning System for Spine Procedures

Date: Oct 25, 2017
Source: Mizuho OSI

- New Technology Available for Demonstration at North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, October 25-27 in Booth #717 -

UNION CITY, Calif., Oct. 25, 2017 – Mizuho OSI®, a leading manufacturer of specialty surgical tables, pressure management solutions, and table specific patient care kits, is introducing its newest technology, the Levó Head Positioning System at NASS 2017.

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Japanese Ambassador of Georgia Tadaharu Uehara talk about relationship with Japan and Georgia country

| Biz News, Georgia, International Cooperation | 10/20/2017

Japan and Georgia

Japanese Ambassador to Georgia: Aiming to Develop Cultural & Economic Ties

Date: Oct 16, 2017
Source: Georgia Today

Exclusive Interview

Georgia and Japan have a special relationship. Since Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union, the cooperation between the two nations has been ever increasing, not only politically but economically and culturally, too. Indeed, Japan has had a two-tier Grassroots Grant Projects scheme active in Georgia since 1998, part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) financial aid offered by the Japanese government for the development of projects initiated by local communities, with the goal of fulfilling diverse communal needs at the grassroots level.

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Canon Reaches 90 million EOS Series Cameras and 130 Million EF Lenses

| Products & Services, USA | 10/19/2017

EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon Hits Major Production Milestone With EOS Series Cameras And EF Lenses

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Source: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2017Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has reached two major production milestones— a combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed 90 million on September 20, 2017 and 130 million1 EF-series interchangeable lenses on October 12, 2017.

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

| Biz News, Business Development, Canada | 10/18/2017

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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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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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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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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