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The University of Tokyo, Toyota, and TRENDE to Begin Testing of Next-generation Electricity System - Aiming for the efficient usage of electricity, the three parties will test a system for trading electricity between individuals by utilizing distributed power supplies such as solar panels, secondary batteries, and electrified vehicles. Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2019―The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), and TRENDE Inc., (TRENDE) will jointly conduct tests, from June 17 at Toyota’s Higashifuji […]
TCFD Consortium to be inaugurated - On May 27 (Mon.), 2019, five founders, inducing Mr. Kunio Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University, will inaugurate a new body called the “TCFD Consortium” (hereinafter referred to as the “consortium”) as an opportunity for holding discussions on effective corporate information disclosure and efforts for leading disclosed information to appropriate decision making on investment by financial institutes […]
MEXT Minister submits inquiry to Central Council for Education on Elementary and Secondary School Education in a New Era - MEXT Minister Masahiko Shibayama visited the Central Council for Education on April 17th to submit an inquiry on the following 4 items for elementary and secondary school education in a new era. 1    Modality of compulsory education corresponding to a new era; 2    Modality of higher education corresponding to a new era; 3    Modality of education corresponding to the increasing […]
The University of Tokyo, Toyota, and TRENDE to Begin Testing of Next-generation Electricity System - Aiming for the efficient usage of electricity, the three parties will test a system for trading electricity between individuals by utilizing distributed power supplies such as solar panels, secondary batteries, and electrified vehicles. Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2019―The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), and TRENDE Inc., (TRENDE) will jointly conduct tests, from June 17 at Toyota’s Higashifuji […]
Nissan Leaf Autech to go on sale in Japan - YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Nissan LEAF Autech will go on sale in Japan next month, adding exclusive styling to the world’s best-selling electric car. The customized model, based on the Nissan LEAF, will be launched June 21 by Autech Japan, Inc., a Nissan subsidiary. The Nissan LEAF Autech is the fourth model released under the Autech brand, following the Nissan Serena, […]
Suzuki Reveals All-new Carry in Indonesia - Suzuki revealed a global truck, the all-new Carry in Indonesia. In 1976, Suzuki started export of the Carry from Japan, and started production in Indonesia in the same year. Since then, the Carry has been acclaimed for its ease-of-use and durability. It has supported working people in various industries including agriculture, fisheries, construction and delivery in 145 countries and regions […]
Mazda Production and Sales Results for March 2019 and for April 2018 through March 2019 (Flash Report) - Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for March 2019 and for April 2018 through March 2019 are summarized below. I. Production Breakdown March 2019 Apr 2018 – Mar 2019 Jan – Mar 2019 Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%) DOMESTIC PRODUCTION Passenger Vehicles 89,136 -4.2 998,312 +2.3 268,096 +5.5 Commercial Vehicles 982 -12.2 […]
TCFD Consortium to be inaugurated - On May 27 (Mon.), 2019, five founders, inducing Mr. Kunio Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University, will inaugurate a new body called the “TCFD Consortium” (hereinafter referred to as the “consortium”) as an opportunity for holding discussions on effective corporate information disclosure and efforts for leading disclosed information to appropriate decision making on investment by financial institutes […]
MEXT Minister submits inquiry to Central Council for Education on Elementary and Secondary School Education in a New Era - MEXT Minister Masahiko Shibayama visited the Central Council for Education on April 17th to submit an inquiry on the following 4 items for elementary and secondary school education in a new era. 1    Modality of compulsory education corresponding to a new era; 2    Modality of higher education corresponding to a new era; 3    Modality of education corresponding to the increasing […]
Japan-China International Development Cooperation Policy Consultation - On 23 May 2019, the Japan-China International Development Cooperation Policy Consultation was held in Beijing, China. The outcome of the consultation is as follows: This consultation was attended by: from the Japanese side; Mr. Kazuya Nashida, Assistant Minister and Director General, International Cooperation Bureau, and other relevant officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) […]
MOFA: Opinion Poll on Japan - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan commissioned research agencies to conduct an opinion poll on the image of Japan in the United States, Canada, five European countries, Russia and four Central Asian countries from January to February in 2019. The results of the poll are as follows. 1. United States The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan contracted with […]
FANUC: Construction of New Factory - FANUC CORPORATION is pleased to announce the construction of a new factory for ROBONANO. The existing ROBONANO factories (two buildings) will be combined, and shall be replaced by the new factory. The new factory will enhance production of the ROBONANO for turning, which is a new addition to the lineup of the current ROBONANO for machining. Overview of New ROBONANO […]
Yokogawa Releases FAST/TOOLS R10.04 Real-time Operations Management and Visualization Software - Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces the release of FAST/TOOLS R10.04, the latest version of its renowned real-time operations management and visualization software, and will release it for sale on April 18 as part of its OpreX™ Control and Safety System family. A highly flexible and scalable supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution suitable for use in everything from […]
Asahi Holdings completes acquisition of the beer and cider business of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. - Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (“Asahi”) is pleased to announce that Asahi Europe Ltd (“AEL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi, completed the acquisition of the premium beer and cider business and other related assets (“Target Business”) of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. (“Fuller’s”), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and operates pubs, hotels, and a premium beer and […]
Beam Suntory introduces Legent, a masterful collaboration between two celebrated whisk(e)y legends - East Meets West as this first-of-its-kind bourbon melds Kentucky distilling tradition with Japanese blending excellence. Read more: https://www.suntory.com/news/article/mt_items/13416E-2.pdf
IoT - Ind40 - Smart Factory Connected Industries – Japan’s approach to Industry 4.0 on the way to Society 5.0 - Industry 4.0 was first introduced in Germany. The term comes from the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and refers to the digitalization of production. In the last editorials we described how Japan then introduced the idea of Society 5.0, which looks at digitalization from a societal viewpoint aiming at the Super Smart Society. Information Technology (IT), especially Artificial Intelligence, will change many […]
EU-Japan FTA - Abe, Tusk, Juncker EU and Japan Sign Breakthrough Free Trade Agreement - In a boost for global free trade, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and EU Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk yesterday signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to lay the ground work for the creation of an open trade zone covering over 600 million people. Also known as JEFTA, the deal has been long in the making, but was […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) METI Releases White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2018 - The global economy is facing significant shifts, according to the 2018 White Paper on International Economy and Trade released recently by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). These shifts include movements against the free trade system under the WTO, advancement of digital transformation including expanding digital trade, and the rise of China and other emerging and developing economies. […]
EU Data Protection GDPR bits and bytes GDPR: A Curse or a New Milestone in Data Protection Regulation? - Data has become a valuable resource and currency over the past years. Methods of data processing, profiling and automated decision making are improving constantly, enhancing business processes and customer relations. From the perspective of the EU, it was just about time to update the old 1995 Data Protection Directive to protect its citizens against data and privacy breaches. Adopting the […]

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