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Nissan and Kanematsu to encourage longer distance EV travel in California

| Research and Development | 03/04/2015

Nissan Motor, Kanematsu Corp and NEDO

Nissan and Kanematsu to encourage longer distance EV travel in California
Date: Mar 4, 2015
Source: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

YOKOHAMA/TOKYO, Japan (March 4, 2015) — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the Japan-based trading company, Kanematsu Corporation, will work with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan’s largest public R&D management organization, to encourage the use of electric vehicles for longer-distance driving in Northern California.

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India becomes most promising investment destination for Japanese companies

| Economy & Markets, India | 01/16/2015

Japan invest India

India becomes most promising investment destination for Japanese companies
Date: Jan 16, 2015
Source: The Dollar Business – by Sai Nikesh D

India is the top destination for future investments, followed by Indonesia and China, for the Japanese manufacturing sector, according to a recently concluded survey by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) conducted on 1,021 Japanese manufacturing companies last year.

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Panasonic’s Housing Solutions – Get environmentally friendly with low-e glass and shading devices

| Malaysia, Products & Services | 01/12/2015

Panasonic - House Glass Innovation

Get environmentally friendly with low-e glass and shading devices
Date: Jan 12, 2015
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Thanks in part to government-led green initiatives, Malaysia is emerging as a leader in sustainable housing development. Low-emission (also known as low-e glass) and other shading technologies are amongst the country’s solutions to the problem of wasteful conventional energy.

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Honda has unveiled Honda Developer Studio, an online portal and open innovation workspace in Silicon Valley

| Research and Development | 11/18/2014

Honda Developer Studio - Honda Silicon Valley Lab

Honda Rolls out the Red Carpet for Developers, Launches Honda Developer Studio in Silicon Valley to Grow App Ecosystem
Date: Nov 18, 2014
Source: Honda Silicon Valley Lab (HSVL)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Nov 18, 2014 – As part of its ongoing effort to elevate the connected car experience, Honda has unveiled Honda Developer Studio, an online portal and open innovation workspace in Silicon Valley. The portal and garage will enable developers to work directly with Honda engineers to create apps that are road-ready more quickly. The announcement comes on the heels of Google’s debut release of the Android Auto software developer kit (SDK), which allows Android developers to easily extend their apps to the in-vehicle environment.

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Why Honda is venturing into Oculus’ virtual world

| Research and Development | 10/24/2014

Honda Silicon Valley Lab use Oculus Rift Headset

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus’ virtual world
Date: Oct 23, 2014
Source: Automotive News – by Gabe Nelson

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch.

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Japan’s three megabanks won to get first license to operate in Myanmar

| Business Development | 10/08/2014

Myanmar hopes foreign banks will help modernize its financial sector.

Japanese banks win big in Myanmar
Date: Oct 9, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review – by GWEN ROBINSON, Senior Asia editor, Nikkei Asian Review

BANGKOK — After months of speculation, Myanmar on Oct. 1 awarded banking licenses to nine foreign financial institutions, including the three biggest Japanese banks and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

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Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Cornwall, UK

| Announcement | 10/07/2014

Yokogawa Electric Corporation - Waste to Energy Process

Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Cornwall, U.K.
Date: Oct 7, 2014
Source: Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa France S.A.S., has won an order from VINCI Environment UK*1 to supply control systems and safety instrumented systems for a waste-to-energy facility that is being built for SITA Cornwall Ltd.*2 in the U.K. VINCI Environment U.K. is a Group company of VINCI Construction, France’s leading construction company.

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All-New ASIMO made debut in Slovenia and he performed ten shows to nearly 5,000 visitors

| Announcement | 10/07/2014

ASIMO attends Speculum Artium in Slovenia - 01

All-New ASIMO Draws in Crowds to Slovenian Debut
Date: Oct 6, 2014
Source: Honda Worldwide site

MOSCOW, Slovenia, October 6, 2014 – All-New ASIMO travelled to Slovenia for the first time this week to attend Speculum Artium 2014, an international festival celebrating new media culture.

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Panasonic and Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects to Provide 16.2 MW Energy to Southern California Edison Customers

| Announcement | 10/04/2014

Panasonic-Coronal Solar Photovoltaic (PV) plant in Tulare, CA

Panasonic and Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects to Provide Clean, Renewable Energy to Southern California Edison Customers
Date: Oct 1, 2014
Source: Panasonic Corporation

NEWARK, NJ, U.S. – Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Panasonic) and Coronal Group LLC (Coronal) announce the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California. The projects provide 16.2 MW of energy to Southern California Edison’s grid to power approximately 14,500 homes annually.

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Household cleaning products manufacturer, Haso, to open manufacturing center in Georgia

| Announcement | 10/03/2014

HASO Ltd. - Logo

Haso Ltd. Expands US Operations to Gwinnett County
Date: Oct 03, 2014
Source: Partnership Gwinnett

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 2, 2014 – Haso Ltd., a market leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality hygiene and household cleaning products, from Tokyo, Japan, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the open of its U.S. manufacturing operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The announcement represents 170 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment for the community.

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Toshiba and Singapore Rail Engineering establish joint venture to supply Energy Efficient Propulsion System

| Products & Services | 09/29/2014

Toshiba and Singapore Rail Engineering establish Railise

SMRT subsidiary Singapore Rail Engineering and Toshiba establish JV to market and supply Energy Efficient Propulsions System to Mass Transit Operators globally
Date: Sep 24, 2014
Source: Toshiba Corporation

BERLIN, 23 September 2014 – Singapore Rail Engineering Pte. Ltd. (SRE) and Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) have decided to setup a joint venture to market and supply propulsion systems using Toshiba’s Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) technology. The joint venture agreement was signed today at InnoTrans, the international transport technology trade fair taking place in Berlin this week. The new company will be called Railise Pte. Ltd.

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Japanese corporations step up efforts to win orders for railway service projects overseas

| Business Development | 09/24/2014

Visitors look around Hitachi, Ltd.’s booth at InnoTrans in Berlin.

Railway businesses look abroad
Date: Sep 25, 2014
Source: The Japan News – by Masataka Morita

BERLIN — Railway business-related Japanese corporations are stepping up efforts to win orders for railway service projects overseas, convinced that the domestic railway market is bound to shrink due to the declining population.

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Japanese satellite broadcasting SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. to promote Japan to audiences abroad

| Products & Services | 09/23/2014

SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.

Satellite TV channel to promote Japan to audiences abroad
Date: Sep 24, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — A satellite television channel that specializes in Japanese content will begin airing a program in November showcasing some of the country’s attractions.

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The 9th US-Japan Future Forum held in San Jose, California. “The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S.”

| Others | 09/21/2014

California High Speed Trains

High speed train forum held in California
Date: Sep 20, 2014
Source: NHK World

Representatives from railway industries in Japan and the United States met in San Jose, California to discuss the economic benefits and changes in lifestyles that a high-speed railway brings.

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Hitachi Rail Europe launches new train design heralding the future of commuter travel

| Products & Services | 07/22/2014

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. - AT-200

Hitachi Rail Europe launches new train design heralding the future of commuter travel
Date: Jul 22, 2014
Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

London, 21st July 2014 – Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today revealed its newly designed AT200 commuter train to an audience of 200 rail industry representatives. A life-size replica of the new train design was on show in London, giving attendees a first glimpse of the future of commuting.

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Japan’s largest flavor and fragrance company, Takasago eye demand for Southeast Asia

| Economy & Markets | 07/21/2014

Takasago International's new plant in Singapore includes research facilities.

Takasago finds tasty market in Southeast Asia
Date: Jul 21, 2014
Source: Nikkei – By TOMOHIRO ARAO

TOKYO — Japan’s largest flavor and fragrance company, Takasago International, is building a new production and research center in Singapore as it looks to capitalize on growing markets in Southeast Asia.

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Southeast Asia’s eCommerce Market reached US$7.0bn in 2013 and will be US$34.5bn by 2018

| Economy & Markets | 07/06/2014

Southeast Asia's eCommerce Market

High Growth & Consolidation Expected in Southeast Asia’s eCommerce Market
Date: Jul 4, 2014
Source: Frost & Sullivan

TOKYO, July 4, 2014 — Southeast Asia will be one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for e-commerce revenues in 2014, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan. Total revenues from B2C ecommerce in the six largest Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) reached US$7.0bn in 2013 and will grow at a CAGR of 37.6% to reach US$34.5bn by 2018.

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Japanese printing company invest $100 million into a new facility in Georgia. It will create 80 new jobs in Spalding County

| Announcement | 06/27/2014

Japanese printing company to locate in Griffin

Japanese printing company to locate in Griffin
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: Albany Herald

GRIFFIN — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Japan-based Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. will create 80 jobs and invest $100 million into a new facility at The Lakes at Green Valley in Griffin, Georgia’s first eco-friendly park.

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Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015

| Announcement | 06/27/2014

A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O

Honda Vehicles to Seamlessly Integrate Android Smartphone Features with Android Auto
Date: Jun 25, 2014
Source: Honda Silicon Valley Lab

A Honda demonstration vehicle is on display June 25-26 at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA- Honda vehicles featuring Android Auto will debut in 2015

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Yokogawa wins control system order from NTPC for Lara supercritical power plant in India

| Announcement | 06/16/2014

Yokogawa NTPC

Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for Lara Supercritical Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant in India – Second consecutive order for a large NTPC project
Date: Jun 16, 2014
Source: Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa India Ltd., has won an order from NTPC Ltd.*1 to supply control systems for the first two 800 MW power generating units of the Lara supercritical coal-fired thermal power plant*2.

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New Civic Natural Gas costs up to 40-percent less than gasoline

| Products & Services | 06/09/2014

Civic Natural Gas 2014 - 03

New Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle Customers In California Eligible for Immediate $1,000 Purchase Credit
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • Civic Natural Gas drivers qualify for single-occupant access to HOV “carpool” lanes and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • California leads the nation in compressed natural gas refueling stations with more than 150 locations in the state
  • Natural Gas costs up to 40-percent less than gasoline

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Honda Accord and Odyssey Named Best Family Cars for 2014 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

| Awards | 06/03/2014

Honda Accord Sedan - 2014

Honda Accord and Odyssey Named Best Family Cars for 2014 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com
Date: Jun 3, 2014
Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the second straight year by parenting and car experts. Odyssey featured in Best Minivan category on annual list.

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India’s trade association NASSCOM seeks to bring more Japanese companies for setting up operations in India

| Others | 06/02/2014

Nasscom seeks to bring more Japanese companies to India

Nasscom seeks to bring more Japanese companies to India
Date: May 7, 2014
Source: LiveMint by Anirban Sen

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Japanese giant convenience store Lawson Inc., has set its sights on the Philippines

| Products & Services | 05/30/2014

Japanese Convenience Store Lawson

Japanese convenience store giant eyes Phl
Date: May 26, 2014
Source: The Philippine Star – By Neil Jerome C. Morales

MANILA, Philippines – Japanese convenience store giant Lawson Inc. has set its sights on the Philippines, a move that would further heat up the retail scene in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economy.

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Japan’s Best-Selling Chondroitin Sulfate is Now Available for North and South American Markets

| Products & Services | 05/28/2014

Zeria USA Inc - Drug

Japan’s Best-Selling Chondroitin Sulfate is Now Available for North and South American Markets
Date: May 28, 2014
Source: Zeria USA, Inc.

Zeria USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Zeria Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., proudly announces that their premier pharmaceutical grade bulk Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate manufactured by ZPD A/S is now available for North and South American markets. ZPD’s Chondroitin Sulfate product has been Japan’s most trusted and best selling consumer Chondroitin brand for over 50 years.

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Japan’s overseas assets topped 7.8 trillion dollars at the end of 2013

| Economy & Markets | 05/27/2014

Japan's foreign assets renew record high in 2013

Japan’s foreign assets renew record high
Date: May 27, 2014
Source: NHK World

Japan’s net external assets hit the highest level ever in 2013. This came as a weaker yen boosted the value of stocks and bonds held abroad.

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Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. to build second plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama

| Announcement | 05/21/2014

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. and Athens, Alabama

Construction of a second plant for plastic compounds in the US
Date: May 20, 2014
Source: Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals has finalized a decision to construct a plant for plastic compounds1 in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its US subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA).

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Sanford-Burnham and Daiichi Sankyo team up to develop treatment of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases

| Research and Development | 05/21/2014

Daiichi Sankyo and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research

Sanford-Burnham and Daiichi Sankyo Form Alliance to Study Novel Drug Targets in Cardiovascular-Metabolic Diseases
Date: May 21, 2014
Source: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Orlando, Fla., U.S. and Tokyo, Japan(May 21, 2014) – Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (Daiichi Sankyo) today announced they have entered into a three-year comprehensive alliance to develop first-in-class therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases.

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Japanese startup company unveils revolutionary dual carbon battery

| Products & Services | 05/15/2014

Power Japan Plus - Ryden Dual Carbon Battery

Power Japan Plus Reveals New Ryden Dual Carbon Battery
Date: May 13, 2014
Source: Power Japan Plus

New battery design balances the need for cost competitive energy storage that is energy dense, reliable, safe and sustainable

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$150 million aluminum facility coming to Bowling Green; creating 80 Jobs

| Products & Services | 05/13/2014

Constellium Aluminum Plant

$150 million aluminum facility coming to Bowling Green; creating 80 Jobs
Date: May 9, 2014
Source: Lane Report

Japanese, European partnership to supply aluminum sheets to automotive manufacturers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2014) –Gov. Steve Beshear today announced a joint venture between Constellium N.V. and UACJ Corp. to build an aluminum production facility in Bowling Green. The $150 million project is one of the largest in south central Kentucky in the past decade and is expected to create 80 new jobs.

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