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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.

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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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Woman makes living with imported Japanese beads

| Biz News, Reports, Turkey | 08/21/2017

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Woman makes living with imported Japanese beads

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Source: Daily Sabah By ANADOLU AGENCY

Living in Gaziantep, 43-year-old Fatma Öztop’s love for Japanese beads led her to pursue making a living through “miyuki,” or Japanese beads, after attending a jewelry design course three years ago. Selling her products in a business that she launched with her partner one year ago, Öztop is working to make her products popular through social media promotions of her brand, which she named after her children.

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Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Makes Food Company Kükre A.Ş. of Turkey a Wholly Owned Subsidiary – Accelerating Business Expansion in the Turkish Market

| Biz News, Investment & Acquisition, Turkey | 08/21/2017

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Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Makes Food Company Kükre A.Ş. of Turkey a Wholly Owned Subsidiary – Accelerating Business Expansion in the Turkish Market

Date: Aug 18, 2017
Source: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

TOKYO, August 18, 2017 – On August 17, 2017 (local time), Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (“Ajinomoto Co.”) acquired an additional 50% of the stock of Kükre A.Ş., a food company in Turkey, for approximately 181 million Turkish Lira (TRY) (approximately JPY 5.7 billion*) and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. With this acquisition, Ajinomoto Co. will accelerate business expansion in Turkey with the intention of further strengthening its operations in the Middle East.

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Ajinomoto Co., Inc. to Newly Enter the Powdered Drinks Market in India with the First Rollout of Its Blendy Brand outside Japan

| India, Investment & Acquisition | 08/21/2017

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Ajinomoto Co., Inc. to Newly Enter the Powdered Drinks Market in India with the First Rollout of Its Blendy Brand outside Japan

Date: Aug 10, 2017
Source: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

TOKYO, August 10, 2017 – Ajinomoto India Private Limited, an affiliate of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (“Ajinomoto Co.”) will newly enter the powdered drinks market in India with the start of sales of Blendy 3 in 1 1 powdered drinks (coffee and masala chai) in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India in mid-August. This will be the first rollout of the brand outside Japan since Ajinomoto Co. acquired the trademark rights for Blendy 2 on November 1, 2016.

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Japanese consortium launched by Taisei Corp and Fujita Corp, breaks Central Expressway impasse in Sri Lanka

| Biz News, Business Development, Sri Lanka | 08/21/2017

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Japanese consortium breaks Central Expressway impasse

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Source: The Sunday Times By Bandula Sirimanna

The long-drawn impasse in the commencement of the third section of the Central Expressway (CE III) has ended with the Sri Lanka Government’s decision to allow two Japanese companies to form a consortium to carry out construction work.

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HondaJet Ranks as Most-delivered Jet in its Category During First Half of 2017

| Products & Services, USA | 08/20/2017

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HondaJet Ranks as Most-delivered Jet in its Category During First Half of 2017

Date: Aug 16, 2017
Source: http://hondanews.com

Aug 16, 2017 – GREENSBORO, N.C.Honda Aircraft Company today announced that the HondaJet was the most-delivered jet in its category for the first half of 2017, as reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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Acura Reveals Striking ARX-05 Prototype Race Car in Monterey ; Debut Set for Daytona

| Products & Services, USA | 08/19/2017

Acura ARX-05 DPi Race Car

Acura Reveals Striking ARX-05 Prototype Race Car in Monterey; Debut Set for Daytona

Date: Aug 18, 2017
Source: hondanews.com

Aug 18, 2017 – MONTEREY, Calif.

  • Acura to take on top WeatherTech SportsCar Championship category with renowned Team Penske running pair of Acura ARX-05s in 2018
  • ARX-05 will be displayed this week at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn

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Tokimeite in Mayfair, London: Chef Murata’s take on Kaiseki cuisine

| Biz News, Reports, United Kingdom | 08/19/2017

KYOTO GOZEN: WAGYU YAMATONI STEAK - Photo: Filippo L’Astorina

Tokimeite in Mayfair: Chef Murata’s take on Kaiseki cuisine

Date: Aug 18, 2017
Source: The Up Coming By FILIPPO L’ASTORINA

It makes sense for chef Yoshihiro Murata to have his restaurant in Mayfair, the home of Japanese fine dining. London’s poshest neighbourhood counts on world-famous establishments such as Araki, Umu and Nobu, which boast five michelin stars; many would find it intimidating, not Murata, though, who holds seven stars between Kyoto and Tokyo.

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Commencement of Demonstration for Microgrid System Using Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation in India

| India, Research and Development | 08/16/2017

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Commencement of Demonstration for Microgrid System Using Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation in India

Date: Aug 14, 2017
Source: NEDO

- Demonstration Aims to Verify Provision of Reliable Power Supply and System Effectiveness -

NEDO, Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Systems, Ltd. and ITOCHU Corporation, in cooperation with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd. (DMICDC) under the Japan-India Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, have begun a demonstration of a microgrid system designed to provide reliable power using PV power generation technology.

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Shojin Ryori: The Divine Taste of Temple Food

| India, Reports | 08/16/2017

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THE DIVINE TASTE OF TEMPLE FOOD

Date: Aug 13, 2017
Source: Bangalore Mirror By Shivani Kagti

Shojin ryori (Shoujin Ryouri) or the vegan cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks in Japan makes for a meal that is a combination of simple processes and surprising flavors

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Japanese Medical Devices, Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), to Be Manufactured in Saudi Arabia

| Products & Services, Saudi Arabia | 08/15/2017

A man wears the new HAL device during a presentation at Haneda airport. (Reuters)

Japanese Medical Devices to Be Manufactured in Saudi Arabia

Date: Aug 13, 2017
Source: Asharq Al Awsat by NAJEEB AL-KHASH

Tokyo – Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) Group, represented by Abdul Latif Jameel General Trading Company in Tokyo announced that it will manufacture and sell the HAL medical devices in Saudi Arabia.

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JICA support construction of P46-B Davao-Panabo bypass project in Philippine to start Q1st 2018

| Biz News, International Cooperation, Philippines | 08/12/2017

A view of the four-lane bypass road stretching from Daang Maharlika Bunawan section up to the Milan (Buhangin) section of the Carlos P. Garcia Highway in Davao City. The road project is one of the thirteen (13) Bypass Road projects being implemented by DPWH 11 in the city for 2017. Facebook/@dpwh11

P46-B Davao bypass road construction to start Q1

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: Business World By Carmencita A. Carillo

DAVAO CITY — Construction of the P46-billion Davao City bypass road project, which will be partly financed by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is scheduled to start within the first quarter next year, according to a city official.

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Our next car should be developed in India by Indian engineers: Kenichi Ayukawa, MD, Maruti Suzuki

| Biz News, Business Development, India | 08/11/2017

"In business it is not just product and sales that are important. Good after-sales service must be available and is also very important."

Our next car should be developed in India by Indian engineers: Kenichi Ayukawa, MD, Maruti Suzuki

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: Economic Times By Malini Goyal

When Kenichi Ayukawa, 62, managing director of Maruti Suzuki, picked up the reins at India’s largest selling automaker in April 2013, the challenge was daunting. With Maruti sitting pretty with a 42% market share, analysts reckoned that Ayukawa’s tenure would be a success if he staved off any erosion in the leader’s fat slice of the pie. Ayukawa did better.

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Toyota takes stake in Mazda, links up for $1.6 billion U.S. plant

| Biz News, Business Development, USA | 08/10/2017

Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda and Mazda Motor President Masamichi Kogai bow at a joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 4, 2017. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon

Toyota takes stake in Mazda, links up for $1.6 billion U.S. plant

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: Reuters By Naomi Tajitsu and Sam Nussey

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it planned to take a 5 percent share of smaller Japanese rival Mazda Motor Corp, as part of an alliance that will see the two build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant and work together on electric vehicles.

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Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) holds meeting with more than 20 Japanese investors

| Biz News, Investment & Acquisition, Saudi Arabia | 08/10/2017

More than 20 representatives from leading Japanese companies meet at SAGIA

SAGIA holds meeting with Japanese investors

Date: Aug 9, 2017
Source: Viet Nam News

RIYADH — The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) hosted more than 20 Japanese businessmen for an investment meeting last Monday to discuss opportunities under Vision 2030, and the efforts underway to enhance Saudi Arabia’s business environment in cooperation with other governmental authorities under the “Tayseer” campaign.

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Slovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistry

| Biz News, Business Development, Slovakia | 08/09/2017

Slovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistry, says Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Jun Shimmi.(Source: Jana Liptáková)

Slovakia and Japan could develop their good chemistry

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: The Slovak Spectator By MICHAELA TERENZANI

Both Japanese and Slovaks are hardworking and diligent; good chemistry may exist for cooperation in industry and innovation, says Japanese Ambassador to Slovakia Jun Shimmi.

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Japanese companies are focused on the Vietnamese market and seek wider, deeper co-operation with Vietnamese firms

| Biz News, Business Development, Vietnam | 08/09/2017

Japanese firms eye Vietnamese market

Japanese firms eye Vietnamese market

Date: Aug 8, 2017
Source: Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News HA NOI – Japanese companies are focused on the Vietnamese market and seek wider, deeper co-operation with Vietnamese firms, Eiichi Tani from SME Support Japan said in Ha Noi on Monday.

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Vietnam puts forth initiatives for Mekong – Japan cooperation

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

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (first right) and delegates participate the meeting

Vietnam puts forth initiatives for Mekong – Japan cooperation

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Source: vietnamnet

Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realization of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018.

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Japanese bullet trains are set to change train travel in India: Here is how

| Biz News, India, Reports | 08/07/2017

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe from at Tokyo Station, in Japan on November 12, 2016.

Bullet trains are set to change train travel in India: Here is how

Date: Aug 8, 2016
Source: The Indian Expess By Express Web Desk

The Bullet Train is a High Speed Rail Network where trains will operate at a top speed of around 320 km per hour. The first section of the network will connect the 508-km route between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The track will move towards Delhi for when the extension project kicks in.

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Japan’s NEDO aids fishermen in Quang Tri with LED lights

| Biz News, International Cooperation, Vietnam | 08/05/2017

Led light system installed on an offshore fishing vessel in Quang Tri (Photo: VNA)

Japan aids fishermen in Quang Tri with LED lights

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: VNA By JULIUS BUSINGE

HCM City (VNA) – The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) presented LED lights to 40 offshore fishing vessels in the central province of Quang Tri.

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Japan’s food product company Ajinomoto acquires French Labeyrie frozen food unit

| Biz News, Investment & Acquisition | 08/04/2017

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Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Strengthens Its Business Platform for Consumer Foods in Europe

Acquisition of Frozen Food Company LABEYRIE TRAITEUR SURGELÉS S.A.S. of France

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

TOKYO, July 20, 2017 – Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (“Ajinomoto Co.”) has decided to acquire LABEYRIE TRAITEUR SURGELÉS S.A.S. (“LTS”) of France through its consolidated subsidiary AJINOMOTO FOODS EUROPE S.A.S. (”AFE”), which signed a share purchase agreement with LABEYRIE FINE FOODS S.A.S. (“LFF”), the parent company of LTS, on July 19, 2017 (local time).

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Water treatment company “Kurita” opened regional headquarter in Jafza, Dubai

| Biz News, Business Development | 08/03/2017

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Kurita opens regional headquarter in Jafza

Date: July 27, 2017
Source: Tradear Abia

Japan-based Kurita, a specialist in water treatment technology, has opened its regional headquarter in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to serve its customers spread across the GCC and the Middle East.

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Japan Airlines and Vietjet launch comprehensive partnership

| Products & Services, Vietnam | 08/02/2017

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Japan Airlines and Vietjet launch comprehensive partnership

Date: July 27, 2017
Source: Travel Daily News

HO CHI MINH CITY – Japan Airlines (JAL) and Vietjet reached a formal partnership agreement that offers greater customer convenience and better quality of operations and services while enhancing the corporate value of both companies.

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Fuji Electric keen on supplying smart meters in Vijayawada city of India

| Biz News, Business Development, India | 08/01/2017

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Japanese power major keen on supplying smart meters

Date: July 24, 2017
Source: The Hindu by V. Raghavendra

Taking forward the proposed installation of smart grid in the capital region, the Japanese power electronics major, Fuji Electric Co. Limited (FECL), has evinced interest in supplying meters that can send digital readings of the power consumed to the distribution companies (Discoms).

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US-based crowd-funder “Crowd Cow” Now Sell Japanese Wagyu Beef Directly From Japan Farm to US Customer

| Products & Services, USA | 07/31/2017

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Crowd Cow Will Now Sell Wagyu Beef Directly From Farm to Customer

Date: July 11, 2017
Source: Food & Wine by Max Bonem

Starting July 12th, the Seattle startup will be largest single importer and online retailer of Japanese A5 Wagyu in the U.S.

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Japan remains committed to promoting Zambia’s economic growth

| Biz News, International Cooperation, Zambia | 07/31/2017

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Count on us, Japan tells Zambia

Date: July 23, 2017
Source: Zambia Daily Mail by MIKE MUGALA

JAPAN says it remains committed to promoting Zambia’s economic growth. Japanese ambassador Hidenobu Sobashima, who was speaking at the Zambia-JICA Fellowship Association (ZAJIFA) annual general meeting in Lusaka yesterday, said his government will always work with the Zambian government in promoting economic growth through bilateral relations and promoting industrial growth to better the lives of Zambians.

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Automotive parts manufacturer “TPR Vietnam” opens 42 mln-USD factory in Binh Duong

| Biz News, Business Development, Vietnam | 07/30/2017

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Japan-invested firm opens 42 mln-USD factory in Binh Duong

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: VietnamPlus

Binh Duong (VNA) – The Japanese-invested TPR Vietnam Co. Ltd on July 21 put into operation a factory producing gaskets, electric mattress pads and plastic products for daily use in the southern province of Binh Duong.

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Canon Asia eyes USD 10 bn sales by 2020

| Biz News, Business Development | 07/29/2017

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Canon Asia eyes USD 10 bn sales by 2020

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: Press Trust of India By Bengaluru

Japanese imaging and optical products major Canon Inc is eyeing a jump in sales to USD 10 billion from Asian markets, including China and India, by 2020.

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Japanese startup ikkai raises funding to connect student freelancers to companies; eyes Malaysia and Indonesia markets

| Biz News, Business Development, Malaysia | 07/28/2017

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Japanese startup ikkai raises funding to connect student freelancers to companies; eyes Malaysia and Indonesia markets

Date: July 26, 2017
Source: e27 by Yon Heong Tung

Fukuoka-based student freelancer platform ikkai has raised JPY 20 million (US$180,000) from a group of angel investors.

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