Interpets is in full swing preparing for its ninth edition
 
Sep 18, 2018
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Interpets 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- the four-day international fair for a better life with pets – is preparing for its ninth edition, taking place from 28 – 31 March (Thu – Sun) 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight. The show will again feature a unique concept by showcasing pet-related products and services, and providing a platform where new ideas and business can be developed. It will bring together the pet industry with the fields of housing, interior design, fashion, IT, automobiles, tourism and leisure.

Key Interpets 2019 product categories will be represented in specific zones at the show, such as ‘outdoor & leisure’, ‘living, interior & pet products’ and ‘fashion & accessories’. Interpets will also feature some special themes such as ‘cats’, ‘birds & small animals’ and ‘aquarium’. This will help stimulate visitors’ imaginations, and will make it easier for them to discover their desired items and services.

The eighth edition of Interpets 2018 welcomed record breaking figures of exhibitors and visitors. The success of the previous event, which featured 24% more exhibitors and 10% more visitors than the previous year, proves the fair has cemented its position as the largest international fair for the pet-related industry in Japan, and also for pet owners and potential pet owners. In fact, 85% of total exhibition space of Interpets 2019 has already been booked by existing and new exhibitors around the world.

Corresponding with the increasing number of overseas exhibitors, Interpets 2019 will again provide fringe programmes for them. A business matching programme will be offered to overseas exhibitors on the first day of the show, inviting decision making buyers from leading wholesalers, trading houses and retailers in the pet industry in Japan. In addition, the show will organise a seminar on the Japanese pet market as well as a bus tour to pet shops in Japan, to compliment the fair as a firm business platform.

The size of the pet market has shown steady growth in recent years, and grew by 1.0% (up to 13.6 billion USD) last year. The largest increases were seen in the fields of premium pet food, healthcare products and services, veterinary care and pet insurance[1]. This shows pet owners’ increased demand for a healthier, safer and more comfortable living for pets.

Fringe programmes of Interpets 2019, participatory events, seminars and lectures, will add even more variety to this year’s product coverage, such as those related to the Internet-of-Things, for example. This means Interpets 2019 is an excellent event for pet owners, potential pet owners and anyone in the indusry who is seeking a comprehensive range of products, information and services.

The fair will open exclusively to trade visitors on 28 March, and then to both trade and public visitors from 29 – 31. It is also once again held concurrently with the “FCI Japan International Dog Show” organised by the Japan Kennel Club under the title “AJPET (ALL JAPAN PET EXPO in TOKYO).”

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MobiCom simplifies contracts in Mongolia with fingerprint authentication
 
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Sep 13, 2018
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Links with KHUR, Mongolia's state information exchange system

TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - MobiCom Corporation, a subsidiary of KDDI CORPORATION, has recently introduced fingerprint authentication enabled by compatibility between the KHUR state information exchange system and MobiCom's sales management system.

MobiCom is the first telecommunications service provider to establish compatibility with the KHUR state information exchange system. It enables MobiCom to provide more than 100 service offerings to Mongolians, who are able to complete the personal ID authentication process using fingerprint verification only, without the need to present an ID card.

The KHUR state information exchange system also allows MobiCom to save the time and efforts expended in sales outlets and back-office operations managing customer ID card information, in favour of constructing the necessary data wharehousing facilities.

KHUR state information exchange system was developed as an integrated national population database managed by government authorities for registration, taxation, social insurance, and other services for improved utility and transparency. Use of an open-source platform ensures connectivity for private-sector firms that meet compliance standards.

Issued free of charge, the Mongolian national ID card is required for public procedures, such as voting. The cards include personal information such as digital photograph and fingerprints, which is securely stored to an embedded microprocessor. By linking its sales management system to KHUR, MobiCom can use information integrated with KHUR to enable personal ID authentication through fingerprint verification alone.

By establishing links with KHUR, MobiCom will be able not only to improve its service quality, but also to aspire to provide new telecommunications and finance services, thus contributing to the development of Mongolia.

About MobiCom
MobiCom Corporartion is a total telecommunications service provider, supplying mobile, fixed line and satellite communication services in addition to a wide range of ICT services, and holds the largest market share among Mongolia's mobile subscribers.(12/17).

KDDI has been a shareholder in MobiCom since it was established in 1995 to develop Mongolia's telecommunications industry. KDDI will apply its knowledge and experience to continue powering the growth of MobiCom and Mongolia's telecommunications infrastructure.

History
- Nov 1995 KDDI, Sumitomo Corporation and Newcom LLC enter the Mongolian market, establishing MobiCom, the telecommunications venture.
- Mar 1996 Launched 2G GSM service
- Mar 2009 Launched 3G W-CDMA service
- 2011 Obtained ISO 9001 quality management system certification
- 2012 Obtained ISO 27001 information security management certification
- Aug 2014 Launched Candy loyalty program
- Mar 2016 KDDI took on MobiCom as a consolidated subsidiary
- May 2016 Launched 4G LTE high-speed data communication service in Ulaanbaatar
- Dec 2016 Launched Candy e-money service
- May 2017 Launched Candy Message Loan service
- July 2017 Obtained Mongolia's first international OHSAS18001 certification, for implementation
and operation of the MobiCom Occupational Health and Safety Management System
- Nov 2017 Introduced Mongolia's first carrier aggregation in 4G LTE
- Dec 2017 Received the Grand Prix at the "Entrepreneur Awards"
- Mar 2018 Honored with the prize for "Best Socially Responsible Foreign Company" at the Silk Road Awards
hosted by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

About KDDI
KDDI is the second largest telecommunication service provider in Japan, offering both mobile and fixed-line communications. With its well-established base of over 50 million customers, and through mobile services and shops offering its "au" brand, KDDI is expanding its services into the "Life Design" business, which includes fintech, e-commerce and nationwide electric power utility services.

With a 60-year history, KDDI is today focused on creating smart infrastructure through IoT technologies and open innovation with partners and start-up companies in diverse industries. KDDI is accelerating the global growth of its telecommunications consumer business with operations in Myanmar and Mongolia, and in the global ICT business with the TELEHOUSE brand. KDDI (TYO:9433) is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.  http://www.kddi.com/english/.

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TANAKA develops low-temperature Sintering Technology using Silver Nano Ink, and full-surface Silver Metal Film Forming Technology using Etching Processes
 
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Sep 12, 2018
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New technologies expected to reduce thickness, increase flexibility, and enhance image quality for touch panels and organic electroluminescence displays

TANAKA Precious Metals (TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo) has developed a new wire forming technology capable of sintering at low temperatures using the Company's low-temperature (70°C) sintered silver nano ink ('a low-temperature sintered silver nanometal printing technique'), and a full-surface silver metal film forming technology using existing etching[1] processes ('a full-surface silver metal film forming technique').

This technology will contribute to thinner devices, increased flexibility, and higher image quality of smartphone touch panels, organic electroluminescence displays, andother applications.

FEATURES: Low-temperature sintered silver nanometal printing technique

- Previous silver nano ink sintering was only possible at high temperatures of 130-140°C, which made it difficult to print on organic materials such as the comparatively heat-sensitive PET film and other engineering plastic[2] films. However, the newly developed low-temperature sintered silver nanometal printing technique achieves a resistance of 50 micro-ohm centimeters or less, which is equivalent to sintering at high temperatures, even at the low sintering temperature of 70°C. This has dramatically improved the freedom to choose organic materials on which to print.

- Sintering silver nano wire circuitry at the low temperature of 70°C does not damage materials such as organic luminescence elements[3] and contributes to enhanced image quality.

- Patterns formed by low-temperature sintering can consist of several layers to several dozen layers of silver nanoparticles to create multilayer sintered thin film structures, which is expected to provide improved bending strength (flexibility) compared to previous products.

The combination of low-temperature sintered silver nano ink with TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo's SuPR-NaP[4] technique-based metal mesh wiring technology[5] enables fine wires of 4 micrometers or less to be formed on the film.

FEATURES: A full-surface silver metal film forming technique.

- By sintering low-temperature sintered silver nano ink at 140°C, it is possible to form full-surface silver metal films capable of etching and with an equivalent or better level of electrical resistance to that achieved by indium tin oxide (ITO), which is commonly used in current touch panels and other devices.

- Capital investment and other costs can be reduced because existing etching processes can be used.

- Silver metal mesh substrates formed with this technology have an equivalent or better level of electrical resistance to that achieved by transparent electrodes[6] made from indium tin oxide (ITO) etched into a glass substrate. With improved bending strength (flexibility) and improved transparency as well, they are expected to enable enhanced image quality.

As a result of the advantages offered by these products, application in high-end smartphone touch panels, which are expected to shift to bendable displays, and uses and applications in the flexible electronic device market, which is projected to grow, and the organic electroluminescence display market, which is looking for thinner products and enhanced image quality, are expected.

[1] Etching: Also referred to as chemical cautery. Two types, wet etching, and dry etching are used, and both are used to remove the unneeded thin film when forming wiring on a printed circuit board.

[2] Engineering plastics: Mainly used in industrial applications, engineering plastics have specific enhanced functionality, such as strength and heat resistance.

[3] Organic luminescence elements: This refers to organic materials that emit light in response to stimulation by certain types of energy. Also referred to as organic electroluminescence elements or organic light-emitting diodes (OLED).

[4] SuPR-NaP technique: On a substrate (PET film, etc.) coated with liquid-repellent fluororesin, silver nano ink reacts to parts that are modified with deep ultraviolet light. Then, silver nanoparticles undergo chemisorption so that the silver nanoparticles fuse to each other and form wiring.

[5] TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo's metal mesh wiring technology: Metal mesh is a wiring format in a grid pattern that uses silver or copper for sensor wires rather than indium tin oxide (ITO). TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo developed this technology under consignment from April 2014 to September 2017 based on the SuPR-Nap fine wire forming technology resulting from research conducted by Professor Tatsuo Hasegawa, Principal Research Manager at the Flexible Electronics Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and others. Development was consigned to TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo under the Joint Industry-Academia Practical Application Development Project (NexTEP).

[6] Transparent electrodes: These electrodes are used in electronic display devices such as LCD displays, organic electroluminescence displays, touch panels,and organic photovoltaic displays. In all cases, the use of etched indium tin oxide (ITO) on glass or other substrates is in wide use.

About TANAKA Precious Metals Group
Since its foundation in 1885, TANAKA Precious Metals Group has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. TANAKA is a leader in Japan regarding the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, TANAKA Precious Metals has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and resources. As precious metals specialists, Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. Making further progress in globalization, TANAKA welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016.

The five core companies of the TANAKA Precious Metals Group are:
-- TANAKA Holdings Co., Ltd.
-- TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
-- TANAKA Denshi Kogyo K.K.
-- Electroplating Engineers of Japan, Limited
-- TANAKA Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K.

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 https://www.tanaka.co.jp/en/protanaka/inquiry/index.php

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Japan Jewellery Fair 2018 Encourages Buoyant Retail Sales to Drive Strong Exhibitor Demand
 
Aug 28, 2018
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TOKYO, Aug. 28, 2018 -- Japan's most prestigious jewellery exhibition focused on retailer buying for the upcoming Christmas and Year-End season, the Japan Jewellery Fair, opened its doors today with 450 companies from 11 countries around the world exhibiting an extensive array of high-end jewellery, pearls, diamonds, gemstones and accessories.

The Fair, organised by the Japan Jewellery Association and UBM, organizer of the world's largest jewellery exhibition in Hong Kong as well as many other Asian cities, marks its 26th edition this year. The Japan Jewellery Fair is a trade-only exhibition that features parallel events such as the unveiling of the winners of the 2018 Japan Jewellery Association's (JJA) Jewellery Design Awards, the announcement of the "Jeweller's Choice Woman of the Year," and a full program of fashion shows, seminars and workshops.

"Demand for exhibit space at this year's show has been high reflecting the current buoyancy of Japan's jewellery market. The increase in international tourists visiting Japan is driving growth in retail sales across the board including luxury items such as jewellery. Retailers such as jewellery shops and department stores use the Japan Jewellery Fair to place their orders for the all-important Christmas and Year-End retailer season. We are also seeing growing numbers of professional buyers from overseas visiting the Fair to source products from Japan as they are guaranteed the best quality and highly competitive prices. We are looking forward to a busy show over the next three days."

Japan Jewellery Fair 2018 Highlights:

Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, Visits Japan Jewellery Fair

As one of Japan's highest-profile politicians, Ms. Koike is regularly in the news and wears sophisticated and stylish pieces of jewellery when in public. So we were delighted that she visited the Japan Jewellery Fair today to meet the winner of the Governor of Tokyo Award in JJA Jewellery Design Contest and talk about the importance of the jewellery industry.

2018 JJA Jewellery Design Awards - The Most Important Jewellery Design Competition in Japan

Today the Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) officially announced the winners of the 2017 edition of the JJA Jewellery Design Awards today. The design awards are regarded as the most prestigious jewellery design competition in Japan with a 29-year history. The award-winning jewellery items were featured in a lavish catwalk fashion show and have been put on display in a special event zone for the duration of the Fair.

Yasuko Matsuyuki Chosen as 2018 Woman of the Year

Each year the Japan Jewellery Fair selects an outstanding woman personality as the winner of "Jeweller's Choice Woman of the Year." This year, Yasuko Matsuyuki, one of the most popular actresses in Japan, was chosen and she will make a stage appearance to talk about her recent career and her thoughts on jewellery on the second day of the Fair.

Spotlight on Pearls

This year the Japan Jewellery Association and the Japan Pearl Promotion Society have launched a nationwide campaign to promote pearls. Under the slogan of "Pearls at Twenty", the campaign is aimed at encouraging young women who are coming of age to appreciate the beauty, versatility and utility of owning a set of pearls. A special seminar will be held at Japan Jewellery Fair to highlight the campaign.

Source: UBM Japan Co., Ltd.

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Kienlong Commercial Joint Stock Bank to Launch Kienlongbank - JCB Credit Card in Vietnam
 
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Aug 20, 2018
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Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Kienlong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Kienlongbank) and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd, announced Kienlongbank - JCB Credit Card launched on August 18th in Vietnam.

The holders of Kienlongbank-JCB Card can access the JCB acceptance network with about 30 million merchants in the world, and enjoy a lot of benefits provided by Kienlongbank, special privileges at selected merchants, and customer service at JCB Plaza, an overseas service counter around the world.

Moreover, Kienlongbank-JCB Platinum Credit Cardholders are entitled to a number of other privileges such as the access to over 73 airport lounges in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam; and 24/7 global support through a free hotline when booking car rental, hotel, restaurant, and golf in Japan.

The new cardholder will be waived issuing fee and annual fee of the first year, also for next years if reach the required minimum spending volume. Besides, from September 1st 2018 to December 31st 2018, Kienlongbank will offer gifts to customer who apply for new Kienlongbank - JCB card, and cardholder of Kienlongbank - JCB Card with spending from VND 2 million in the first 30 days after activating.

About Kienlongbank

Kienlong Commercial Joint-Stock Bank (Kienlongbank) was established and has been in operation from October 1995 in Kien Giang province in Vietnam. After over 23 years of operation, Kienlongbank has become a strongly developed, stable and reliable bank.

Kienlongbank set up, constantly strengthening and developing its business network; diversifying products and services, investing in the development of e-banking services; strengthening training and improving personnel policies, attracting talents; assuring the operation of an effective risk management system; improving financial capacity; performing social responsibility through social security activities.

The bank's strategy is to consistently expand its transaction network and bring Kienlongbank's brand, products and services closer to nationwide customers. Kienlongbank continued expanding its nationwide network and accelerated e-banking service development as approved by the State Bank of Vietnam. By the end of 2018, Kienlongbank possessed 134 transaction outlets, including 30 branches and 104 transaction offices located at 28 provinces and cities, striving to develop Kienlongbank into one of the 15 leading retail banks in Vietnam in the near future. For more information, please visit: https://kienlongbank.com

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/

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SMTS releasing show report for 2018 and now accepting applications for 2019 edition
 
Aug 09, 2018
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Tokyo, Japan --( ASIA TODAY )-- Supermarket Trade Show offers the latest information to food distribution industry focus on supermarkets. It gives you the opportunity to meet leaders from the retail, wholesale, ready meal and food service industry, and to bring partnership potential, networking and sharing-trend for your new business chances.

The New Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ http://www.smts.jp/en/ ) has announced the “53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019” which will be held from February 13 (Wed.) to 15 (Fri.), 2019.

The registration deadline will be August 15th, but, it will be closed as soon as the capacity is reached. The Show Report for “52nd Supermarket Trade Show 2018” is disclosed on the official website (http://www.smts.jp/en/report/smts2018-report.pdf).

*Since 2016, Supermarket Trade Show has been held with other 3 trade shows, retails, ready meals, and the food service industry under the comprehensive name, “FOOD TABLE in JAPAN”.

Outline

  • Supermarket Trade Show 2019 (SMTS2019)
  • Duration: February 13th (Wednesday) to 15th (Friday), 2019 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *The last day will close at 4:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Makuhari Messe (Using all facilities 72,000 sqm with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Admission: JPY5,000 *Only charged to visitors without an invitation ticket. Only Industry participant and those over 18 years old are permitted.
  • Visitors: 88,121 ( The year of 2018 with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Other events during the show: SMTS2019 Special Project ; “Future Store ‘NOW’ - Continuous study of near future supermarket” (visit to http://fs-n.net for more details) /  Reception party / Stages / Professional seminars
  • Concurrent Show :
    -The 14th Kodawari Food Fair 2019 (An exhibition highlighting unique specialties from all over Japan)
    -The Delicatessen Trade Show 2019 (An exhibition providing the latest information on ready meals industry)
    -GAISYOKU FOOD TABLE 2019 (An exhibition for the food service industry)

    Organizer’s Theme Zone

    Special Theme Zone for Unique Overseas Food Products (Image)

    Foods that are usual and common in your country may be perceived as peculiar in Japan.

    In SMTS2019, we will set up a theme zone “Overseas foods to Japanese table” where we present several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are willing to introduce new items. A chef makes exhibitor’s product and turns it into Japanese daily dish and serve these samples during the show.

    About Organizer

    New Supermarket Association of Japan
    *The association name will be changed to “National Supermarket Association of Japan(NSAJ)from September 1st, 2018.
    Sakurai Bldg., 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
    Tel:+81-3-3255-4825 
    Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
    Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: 317 regular members, 916 supporting members (as of June., 2018)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

    For inquiries:
    New Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ) for Foreign Media
    (rJp Marketing Communications)
    Telephone: +81-3-5830-7213
    EMAIL: release@smts.jp
    URL http://www.smts.jp/en

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    Russian Agricultural Bank, JCB and Panasonic launch first co-branded JCB card in Russia
     
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    Jul 24, 2018
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    Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Russian Agricultural Bank, Panasonic Russia and JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have launched first co-branded bank card on the base of the international payment system JCB.

    In partnership with Panasonic, Russian Agricultural Bank is now offering credit and debit cards that are issued and serviced free of charge. The co-branded cards will join the Club Panasonic Loyalty Program on special terms and receive 10,000 welcome bonus points.

    For any purchases made with the card, the cardholders will be given bonus points which can be used to receive a discount up to 50% on Panasonic products at the official e-commerce store Panasonic Eplaza, 1 bonus point being equivalent to 1 rouble.

    For any purchase at the Panasonic Eplaza, cardholders will receive 20% cashback in bonus points on their cards. For any other purchases of products or services they will be given 5%.

    "Cooperation between Russian Agricultural Bank, JCB and Panasonic facilitates the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Japan in a year of paramount importance for our two countries, the Year of Japan in Russia[1]. We have created a unique product to help Russian Agricultural Bank's clients make rewarding purchases and cement relationships between our countries. A key player on the Russian financial market with an extensive sales network, Russian Agricultural Bank continues to broaden its product line to stay up to date with the most recent trends and offers reliable servicing of international payment cards," said Irina Zhachkina, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Russian Agricultural Bank.

    "Our new co-branded card is unique for Russia in that it complements and expands the existing loyalty program, already joined by hundreds of thousands of Panasonic brand fans in Russia. It is crucial that we launched this project in 2018, the year of the 100th anniversary of Panasonic Corporation. I believe that this and other partnership projects will help lay a foundation for future success and prosperity in this century," said Junichi Suzuki, Director General of Panasonic Russia.

    "We are confident that this project will become a landmark for us as we are working towards our goal of growing into one of the most dynamic and innovative players in the Russian payment industry. The market of payment solutions is expanding, and consumers now have broader expectations about card products and the privileges they give to cardholders. In partnership with Russian Agricultural Bank and Panasonic we are offering consumers an additional opportunity to pay and be rewarded. The new co-branded card is our response to the growing needs of the market," said Takashi Suetsugu, General Director of JCB International Eurasia.

    Russian Agricultural Bank is the cornerstone of the Russian credit and financial system for national agribusiness. Established in 2000, it is the key lender to Russian agribusiness and one of the largest and most sustainable banks in the country by assets and capital. Ranked among the best Russian banks, Russian Agricultural Bank is 100%-owned by the Russian Federation.

    Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion (7.982 trillion yen) for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:  https://www.panasonic.com/global/home.html

    About JCB

    JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 24 countries and regions. For more information, please visit: https://www.global.jcb/en/ or  http://www.ru.jcb/ru/
    Note: Statistics about JCB are as of June 2018.

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    Email: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

    [1] 2018 has been declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "the Year of Russia in Japan and the Year of Japan in Russia". This undertaking has been a package of events in politics, economics, sciences, culture and art, as well as the sphere of student exchange. The aim is encouraging mutual understanding between the people of these countries and to develop neighbourly ties over the long-run.
     http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/57567
     https://tokyo.mid.ru/web/tokyo-en/-/opening-of-cross-years-of-russia-and-japan

     
     
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    Taipei Nanshan Plaza
     
    Jul 13, 2018
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    Project : Taipei Nanshan Plaza
    Design : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

    The Xinyi district of Taipei, where the building site is located, is a cosmopolitan tourism area that symbolizes the city as a whole. Based on a new urban plan drawn up by the government that encourages cityscape-conscious development, the area has grown into a business center with a range of amenities including shopping, arts facilities, and international exhibition spaces.

    The building stands on the former grounds of a trade center adjacent to Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan, on the southern edge of Xinyi. Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei won a government-led development competition to partner on the project with Nanshan Life Insurance, which has a fifty-year lease from the government and planned to construct an office and high-end shopping complex to re-energize the district.

    The first time our team visited the site—a long, thin, piece of land measuring 100 meters north-to-south and 270 meters east-to-west—we noticed the way the flow of people and energy from the shopping district to the north ended there. In order to attract visitors to the site and create a lively atmosphere, we proposed a new landmark tower to draw people from a distance, paired with a human-scale podium to welcome them in. The idea was for the 272-meter tower to form a set with Taipei 101, creating a new skyline for the city while harmonizing with the existing neighborhood.

    The tower is occupied primarily by offices, with restaurants featuring dramatic views on the top three floors. The architectural design, inspired by the image of two hands joined in a prayer of thanks and peace, expresses the insurance company’s gratitude toward its customers and desire for them to enjoy health and peace. A low-rise “Retail Annex” and the “Cultural Entrance Annex,” a multi-purpose cultural hall, adjoin the tower on either side, linking horizontally to the bustle of the surrounding neighborhood.

    The “Retail Annex” is comprised of three large cubes offset in alternating layers, like hands placed on top of one another. The entire façade is covered with an artistic, three-dimensional cast-stainless-steel motif of plum blossoms, the national flower of Taiwan. The building makes abundant use of other handmade decorative elements as well, which are intended to inspire appreciation of craftsmanship. The “Cultural Entrance Annex” has a trussed shell whose sculptural form seems to invite people in with outstretched hands.

    In the evenings, Taiwan’s first rooftop bar glitters at the peak of the tower, while the plantings on the retail tower terraces blend in with the adjacent park, further enhancing the attractiveness of the building from afar.

    Contemporary architecture may present the illusion of having been created automatically by computers and machines, but in reality, human hands come together at every stage of design and construction Taipei Nanshan Plaza fully expresses the spirit of creation symbolized by human hands.

    Company Information

    Company name : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
    Project team: Tetsuya Okusa(Project Director), Yasuhiro Sube(Project Architect), Hiroshi Kawamura, Takaaki Fuji, Noboru Kawagishi, Shunichi Osaki
    Address : Marunouchi 2-chome Building, 2-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
    Phone : +81-3-3287-5555
    URL : https://www.mj-sekkei.com/

    Credit Information

    Architecture : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
    Structural Engineer : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. + Evergreen Consulting Engineering, Inc.
    Mechanical Engineer : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. +
    GHIA Engineering Consultants Co.,
    Jiesheng HVAC ENGINEERING,
    YUAN DAH FIRE FIGHTING ENGINEERING CO.LTD,
    Ming Shuei Engineering

    Lighting Design: CMA LIGHTING DESIGN

    Construction Supervision: Archasia Design Group
    FFE Coordinator: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
    Art Coordination: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
    Project Management: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.

    Photo Credit :

    Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei 

    Project Outline

    Location : Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
    Date of Completion : January 2018
    Date of Opening: June 2018
    Principal Use : Office, Retail, Cultural Hall, Bus terminal
    Structure : S+SRC+RC
    Site Area : 17,708 m2
    Building Area : 10,271.41 m2
    Total Floor Area : 192,891.35m2

    Architects Profile

    The roots of Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei lie in the Marunouchi Architectural Office, the architectural design firm founded in 1890 which designed Japan’s first modern office building, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan (Building No. 1). Over the subsequent decades, as the country modernized, the firm went on to design a series of iconic brick buildings in the central Marunouchi district of Tokyo, the national capital. In the 1960s, responding to rapid economic growth and the burgeoning demand for office space, the area was transformed into a harmonious central business district, with new buildings designed to conform to a uniform height of 31 meters. In the 21st century, these buildings have been replaced with high-rise towers and the area has been reimagined once more as a lively district with vibrant commercial and cultural functions. Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei has led the development and renewal of the Marunouchi district across three generations, allowing it to bring unparalleled experience to bear in architectural and urban development projects throughout Japan and the world.

     
     
    Free Electrons: 28 Pilots Already Launched between Startups and Utilities
     
    JCN Newswire
    Jul 11, 2018
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    Module 2 was hosted in San Francisco with Top 15 startups

    TOKYO - (JCN Newswire) - Free Electrons, the first global energy accelerator program that connects the world's most promising startups with leading utilities around the world, has wrapped up its second module with an impressive total of 28 running pilots with a final module in Berlin to go.

    The program kicked off its 2018 edition with a successful Bootcamp in Lisbon, followed by module 1 in Sydney/Melbourne, where initial pilots were scoped between utilities and startups. Module 2 took place in Silicon Valley, the global tech hub, and focused on growth and learning.

    In module 2, sessions where utilities and startups forwarded their on-going pilots were key in maximizing performance. The module was also an opportunity to develop new relationships and opportunities. In module 1 only one pilot per startup was recommended in order to insure focus and traction. In module 2 the learnings were shared and the playing field was open.

    Free Electrons allows for utilities to cooperate with each other on pilots, which is unique, and effective for startups, as they only have to go through a learning curve with a utility once and allows for them to scale much faster. To date startups could only have one pilot, but from now they have the opportunity to work with multiple utilities.

    One such example is between Verv, that created a clever home energy assistant, and ESB, that has already successfully completed a pilot with Sterblue, and is now preparing the next steps to apply their solution to monitoring wind farms. Another example is SOLshare, a blockchain platform that is doing a pilot with Innogy where a donor can choose individual users or a predefined group of users (like a village) to donate energy and a second pilot with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to develop a technology and implement for field-testing to enhance data access in DC microgrids.

    "We wanted a safe, fast and accurate solution to inspect our wind turbines to minimize maintenance costs & generator downtime. Sterblue were super-accommodating of all our requirements. Sometimes we find it can actually be easier to work with startups than larger companies because they are more flexible, enthusiastic and listen intently to their customer's needs", says John McKiernan, Head of External Collaboration at ESB. "This program connects us with new companies that we might never otherwise find. It is a tremendous catalyst for accelerating change and innovation at ESB", adds John McKiernan.

    Module 2 (San Francisco)

    The first two days of the module were partially dedicated to sharing learnings derived from the first 15 pilots underway. This process is core to the program structure and allows startups and utilities to build on the experiences of each other.

    The third day represented one of the module's high notes with the Level-Up Energy Innovation event, which presented the Free Electron participants to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The 15 startups in the program were each given the opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge solutions to an audience comprised of investors and tech experts.

    The module closed with the announcement of the new pilots which had been defined throughout the week, and an overview of the roadmap towards the final module in Berlin.

    "Naming this program Free Electrons says a lot about the utilities' shared perspective and view regarding the evolution of power and energy industry and markets around the world. Electricity as a commodity will tend to lose value over time, so we need to develop new business models and new services to add value to our shareholders, and they will certainly revolve around digital, data and data management", says Luis Manuel, Executive Board Member at EDP Innovation.

    The Free Electrons members are American Electric Power (USA), AusNet Services (Australia), CLP (Hong Kong), DEWA (Dubai), EDP (Portugal), ESB (Ireland), Innogy (Germany), Origin Energy (Australia), SP Group (Singapore) and TEPCO (Japan). The program is supported by Beta-i (Portugal).

    In total, the program received 515 applications, from 65 different countries, a testament to the global reach of the initiative. After a selection process that culminated in the Bootcamp (that took place last April, in Lisbon, Portugal), 15 startups qualified for the acceleration phase. The final stage, that closes the program, will happen in Berlin, Germany, in October.

    Structure

    Three international modules held across the globe are the cornerstones of Free Electrons. During the course of the program participants will work closely with local players, utilities, mentors and other resources in order to accelerate their company's growth.

    The utilities backing Free Electrons are leading innovation in the energy sector. This project embodies their commitment to work with startups in building the future of the sector with clean, smart and widely accessible energy.

    About TEPCO

    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TSE: 9501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the largest utility in Japan serving millions of homes and businesses. Worldwide the company has more than 34 subsidiaries and 32 affiliates in 8 countries and employs approximately 42,060 people. Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled 5.3 trillion Japanese yen. The company was established in 1951 and is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For more information visit http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/

    About Free Electrons

    The Free Electrons Program is the best opportunity for startups in the energy space to grow and develop their businesses. The energy market has seen rapid changes in recent years with the rise of renewables, decentralization of the energy system, regulatory uncertainties and disruptive new technologies. To stay ahead, there is a strong need for utilities to source more innovation externally and consider the 'beyond utilities' business models. http://www.freetheelectron.com/

    - ASIA TODAY News Global Distribution http://www.AsiaToday.com

     
     
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    TANAKA Expands FC Catalyst Production Capacity
     
    JCN Newswire
    Jul 10, 2018
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    - 7x current capacity will meet future demand from China and Europe

    The TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP has announced a major expansion of its Fuel Cell Catalyst Development Center at the Shonan Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture, operated by TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO, the manufacturing business entity of the TANAKA GROUP. TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO already commands the top global share in the fuel cell catalyst market, but will increase production capacity seven-fold with its freshly enlarged FC Catalyst Development Center.

    With an investment of 4 billion yen, the new buildings are adjacent to the existing Center, with some 3,000 square meters for production facilities combined with new shipping and warehouse facilities. As a result, TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO will be able to provide stable supplies of electrode catalyst in response to rising demand for precious metal electrode catalysts, having grown in tandem with expanding fuel cell markets and facilitating development of a hydrogen society. Scheduled for completion on July 18, the new Center moves to full-scale operation in January 2019.

    China recently announced its support for developing hydrogen energy for fuel cell vehicles as a strategic industry, while the city of Shanghai announced a subsidy plan for purchasing fuel cell vehicles and the establishment of R&D facilities. The global move away from diesel vehicles is accelerating in Europe, and there are development areas for new transportation including hydrogen-powered trains, marine craft and unmanned or connected vehicles. The question of global demand for fuel cells and electrode catalyst shows no signs of slowing, for which TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO sought an answer.

    TANAKA will maintain a stable supply of fuel cell electrode catalysts into the future, while focusing on its research and development program as well. As the leading provider of precious metal fuel cell catalysts for more than a half-century, TANAKA will continue to contribute responsibly to the wider adoption of fuel cells and the development of a hydrogen-based society.

    TANAKA's Fuel Cell Electrode Catalysts

    TANAKA's FC Catalyst Development Center develops and manufactures electrode catalysts for 'polymer electrolyte fuel cells' (PEFCs). PEFCs are an exciting new technology, used in household 'ENE FARM' fuel cells and in fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). However PEFC use is expected to expand to grow to the fields of industrial machinery, such as FC forklifts, and commercial vehicles, such as FC buses.

    PEFC is a small, lightweight, high-power, and new environmentally-friendly technology that uses the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO combined precious metal catalytic technology, and electrochemical technologies cultivated over the years, to have developed a highly-active platinum catalyst for cathode (air electrode), and a platinum alloy catalyst resistant to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning for anode (fuel electrodes).

    About TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP

    The TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP consists of 30 companies, namely 6 domestic and 24 overseas companies, led by TANAKA HOLDINGS. As a group of precious metals specialist covering various fields focus on precious metals, we correspond to the needs of each customer by deploying a high level of services through close partnership and well-established system.

    Core companies of the TANAKA GROUP:

    -- TANAKA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.
    -- TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K.K.
    -- TANAKA DENSHI KOGYO K.K.
    -- ELECTROPLATING ENGINEERS O JAPAN Ltd.
    -- Metalor Technologies International SA
    -- TANAKA KIKINZOKU JEWELRY K.K.

    Learn about TANAKA at http://www.tanaka.co.jp/english or see Industrial Products at http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en.

     
     
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