Takamatsu Airport Launches 'Discover Shikoku' Campaign For International Visitors
JCN Newswire
Oct 26, 2018

First Focus: Iya Valley, One of Japan's Three Greatest Unexplored Areas

Shikoku Island, Japan, Oct 25, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Takamatsu Airport Co., Ltd., today announces the launch of a 'Discover Shikoku' Campaign, aimed at attracting international visitors. The first focus of the Campaign centers on a special bus service from Takamatsu Airport to the Iya Valley called 'Koto Bus Iya Valley', operated by Kotohira Bus Co., Ltd. This service allows international tourists easy access to visit some of Shikoku's unexplored tourist areas.

The KotoBus Iya Valley service departs once a day from Takamatsu Airport and brings tourists to the Iya Valley. On the way to the Valley, visitors can alight at a number of popular tourist areas, such as Kotohira, which is famous for the Konpira Shrine, and the Setouchi Islands where you can enjoy marine sports. After leaving Takamatsu Airport, the KotoBus Iya Valley service takes tourists through Takamatsu Port train station, and then on to three distinct areas where spectacular pristine scenery and a myriad of activities can be enjoyed, regardless of the season.

About the Iya Valley

The Iya Valley, one of Japan's three largest unexplored areas, is renowned for its traditional Japanese scenery. The Iya Valley is the only Japanese destination ranked by the U.S. major travel magazine Travel + Leisure, as one of the '50 Travel Locations to Visit in 2018'. The area has recently begun attracting a number of international visitors looking to see the important national cultural treasures hidden in the Valley, such as the Izuya Kazura Bridge and the traditional thatched-roof houses that are over 300 years old.

In addition, the Iya Valley is one of the leading rafting spots in Japan, with the 2017 World Rafting Convention held at the Yoshino River in the Valley. Additional attractions for the outdoor sports enthusiast, from children to adults, include pristine nature hikes, and a world-class zip line that is 50 meters high and over 360 meters in length.

Shodoshima Island

Shodoshima Island offers a variety of experiences, which include cycling around the island on rental cycles where you pass olive groves swaying in the wind at the Olive Park or taking in the sights at superb vantage points like "Tatoubi" (beautiful view of many small islands) - many say it's like looking at jewels of the world, hiking through mountain paths that bathe visitors in color throughout the four seasons, or at a sacred place, experiencing the burning of small pieces of wood on a Buddhist altar to invoke divine help. The Island is also known for its culinary offering: after visiting a traditional soy sauce warehouse where the barrels are made of wood, visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, and other traditional ingredients as well as somen noodles (very thin noodles) made using a special recipe that is handed down from generation to generation.


Kotohira is famous for the Kompira Shrine and is a hot springs town that has been regularly visited by local pilgrims since ancient times. After visiting the Kompira Shrine, Kanemaruza which is the oldest theater in Japan, is a must-see. Even just walking around the old town which transports the visitor back to the olden-day atmosphere is a delight in itself. On the culinary front, taking part in udon (noodle) making is a popular activity and a special experience unique to Kagawa Prefecture, Japan's largest producer of udon. In the evening, relaxing in the hot spring bath in one of the many traditional inns, soothes the tiredness of the trip and takes away the aches and pains of those who indulge in strenuous outdoor activities!

KotoBus Iya Valley Details https://bit.ly/2PUcOa5

Takamatsu Airport
- About 1 hour 20 minutes from Haneda airport (13 flights daily)
- About 1 hour 25 minutes from Narita International Airport (2 to 3 flights daily)
- Flight from Haneda Airport is 10,500 yen for one-way, Economy Class "Starter" ticket (This is special price for foreigners visiting Japan)
- Flight from Narita Airport is 5,390 yen for a one-way, Economy Class "Starter" ticket

KotoBus Iya Valley Service
- Two-hour trip from Takamatsu airport by Koto Bus to the Iya Valley. Tourists make their own accommodation arrangements - this is a bus service, not a tour.
- Reservations for this bus is accepted in Japanese, English, and Chinese through the official website:  https://www.kotobus-express.jp/iyavalley.html
- Promotional video: https://youtu.be/RPZ6W9iafYY

About Takamatsu Airport

Located in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, on Shikoku Island, Takamatsu Airport, the operations of which were taken over by Takamatsu Airport Corporation Ltd., a consortium led by Mitsubishi Estate, in April 2018. Tetsuya Watanabe is president of Takamatsu Airport Corporation Ltd. The airport serves both domestic and international flights. International destinations include Korea, China and Hong Kong.

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Cutting-Edge Crossovers take Centerstage at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Oct 10, 2018

The 11th edition of the conference unveils an exciting line-up of international speakers and the first Real-Time Live! showcase

TOKYO, Japan, 10 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- This year, cutting-edge developments take centerstage at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018. Themed Crossover, the 11th edition of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will showcase exciting crossovers and innovators who bring the best of art, digital technology and culture to life. SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will take place from 4 to 7 December 2018 at the Tokyo International Forum (TIF) in Tokyo, Japan and is expected to attract close to 10,000 attendees from over 40 countries and regions.

"We are very excited to have the event back in Japan for the third time since the start of SIGGRAPH Asia in 2008,” said Dr. Ken Anjyo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Conference Chair. "The 'Crossover’ theme reflects how computer graphics has remained at the forefront of technology development, making significant impact across the industry by changing the way we think, work and live. SIGGRAPH Asia has been able to reinvent itself each year, much like this year’s host country, Japan."

Future Forward Keynotes
The boundaries of Space, Origami and Robots will be explored by this year’s exciting line-up of keynote speakers. Keynote speakers are: David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Kaname Hayashi, CEO & Founder of GROOVE X (Inventor of the Robot “Pepper”), who will all draw on their extraordinary and acclaimed work to explore how they are testing the limits of engineering and design across very different disciplines.

The Featured Sessions segment will delve into technology advancements, character development and production behind some of today’s hottest films. Sessions include Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Creating Realistic Virtual Humans in the 21st Century with Christophe Hery, Pixar Animation Studios, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University, Matt Aitken, Weta Digital Ltd, Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, Luminous Production and Erik Smitt, Pixar Animation Studios; Cinematography of Incredibles 2 - Function and Style by Erik Smitt, Pixar Animation Studios; The History of VFX at ILM from Jurassic Park to Ready Player One with Nigel Sumner and Nico Delbecq, ILM Singapore; From Gollum to Thanos: Characters at Weta Digital by Matt Aitken, Weta Digital Ltd and Behind the scenes of Solo – A Star Wars Story with Nigel Sumner and Atsushi Kojima, ILM Singapore.

Real-Time Live! Makes its SIGGRAPH Asia Debut
Real-Time Live! is a brand-new segment that allows attendees to watch breakthrough innovations presented and deconstructed by the people who created them. From mobile and console games to virtual and augmented reality, creators of cutting-edge real-time graphics will give attendees a look under the hood of their creations and share the techniques they use to achieve jaw-dropping results.

Core Conference Programs at SIGGRAPH Asia
Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques professionals working in research, animation, art, hardware, software, visualization, games, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, high performance computing, will be able to share their work and exchange ideas at SIGGRAPH Asia’s conference programs. Programs include Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), which provides the opportunity to explore emerging media and cutting-edge technologies in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality; the Emerging Technologies program showcases the development of research communities to pursue technological innovations and the Technical Papers, which is a much sought-after premier international forum for disseminating and discussing new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques and many others. Returning is the Computer Animation Festival; Asia's premier computer animation festival which showcases a world-wide collection of the year's best works. The festival will comprise of screenings and panels including presentations by industry experts related to computer animation and visual effects.

To register for SIGGRAPH Asia, and for more details of the program, visit our registration webpage. Best savings end 26 October 2018.

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2018) will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 to 7 December 2018. The annual event held in Asia attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference will include a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Technical Briefs, Technical Papers and Virtual & Augmented Reality. A three-day exhibition held from 5 – 8 December 2018 will offer a business platform for industry players to market their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit http://sa2018.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm Cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is ACM SIGGRAPH’s event organizer for the last 10 editions of SIGGRAPH Asia. For more information, please visit www.koelnmesse.com.sg.

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TRENDE Announces Formation of Advisory Board
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Oct 01, 2018

TOKYO - (JCN Newswire) - TRENDE Inc., an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan, announces the formation of its Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance and advice to management. The members include Yoshiaki Fujimori, Emmy Suzuki Harris, Hiroaki Kitano, Masaakira James Kondo, and Yukiko Muto.

"The search for these advisors has been a strategic and thoughtful process," said Tadatoshi Senoo, Co-founder and CEO of Trende. "We have established a diverse advisory team with extensive experience in community building, customer service, media, technology, sales, entrepreneurship, big business, and government in order to provide advice and guidance during our initial growth phase. We look forward to working with these respected members and leveraging their experience to help us achieve our goals."

- Yoshiaki Fujimori
Chairman, Oracle Japan
Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Director, Boston Scientific
Former CEO, LIXIL Group

- Emmy Suzuki Harris
Asia Regional Director and Interim Deputy Executive Director, Change.org Foundation

- Hiroaki Kitano
CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.

- Masaakira James Kondo
Co-Chairman, Silicon Valley Japan Platform
Senior Advisor, Geodesic Capital
Former Vice President of Twitter Inc., and Chairman, Twitter Japan

- Yukiko Muto
President, Uber Eats Japan
Former Head of Japan, New Business Sales, Google
Former President, OpenTable KK

TRENDE Inc. is an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan via its Ashita Denki and Hot Denki service websites. Our goal is to accelerate the widespread adoption of solar power and redefine the energy ecosystem in Japan with a customer-centric business model and innovative P2P platform. Our investors include Tokyo Electric Power, Showa Shell and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. For more information, please visit http://trende.jp/.

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TRENDE Raises JPY 730 Million in Series A Funding
JCN Newswire
Sep 25, 2018

TOKYO - (JCN Newswire) - TRENDE Inc., an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan, today announced it has closed a JPY 730 million Series A funding round led by TEPCO Ventures with strategic investments from Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

TRENDE is a spinout from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., the largest utility in Japan serving millions of homes and businesses. The company is led by serial entrepreneurs, Tadatoshi Senoo and Jeffrey Char and takes an environmentally responsible approach to provide consumers with clean and affordable energy. With this investment TRENDE will continue to grow its technical team and build upon its early success in the market.

Tadatoshi Senoo, CEO of TRENDE said, "The Japanese energy industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation empowered by new technologies and business models. We are delighted to partner with these global energy companies to lead this digital transformation for the benefit of our customers in Japan."

The company's Ashita Denki service offers customers 2 simple and affordable flat rate plans. In addition, the company's Hot Denki service incentivizes customers to become prosumers. TRENDE installs, operates and maintains solar panels on homeowners' rooftops and shares the cost savings with its customer. The customer does not incur any upfront costs and immediately enjoys a lower energy tariff. Moreover, at the end of the contract term TRENDE transfers ownership of the solar panels to the customer.

TRENDE expects its Ashita Denki and Hot Denki services to accelerate the widespread adoption of solar power in Japan. At which point, the company aims to leverage blockchain technology to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace for producers and consumers of renewable energy.

"We look forward to partnering with TRENDE to drive the transformation of the Japanese energy industry," said Misao Hamamoto, Senior Executive Officer Energy Solution Business COO at Showa Shell. "We believe that TRENDE will redefine the energy ecosystem in Japan with its customer-centric business model and innovative P2P platform."

"TRENDE, an upcoming Japanese electricity retailer and technology company presents a unique opportunity to forge a strong partnership between a world class utility and a dynamic startup," said H.E. Saeed M Al Tayer, MD & CEO at DEWA. "I'm confident that both DEWA and TRENDE will provide each other several strategic benefits."


TRENDE Inc. is an online renewable energy retailer selling electricity to residential customers in Japan via its Ashita Denki and Hot Denki service websites. TRENDE is a Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. group company. For more information, please visit http://trende.jp/.

About TEPCO Ventures

TEPCO Ventures is a Tokyo-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., Japan's largest electrical utility. TEPCO Ventures cooperates with other members of the TEPCO Group as well as new ventures to create additional value for society while strengthening the group's overall business portfolio and earning power.

About Showa Shell

Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and has roots dating back more than 100 years in the downstream energy business. Showa Shell Sekiyu Group's goal is to support its customers and society as an energy solutions provider supplying safe and sustainable energy, with Oil and Energy Solutions Business as its two main businesses.

About Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is a leading global utility that was formed in 1992 to provide Dubai's citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Today DEWA provide services to more than 800,000 customers with a satisfaction rate that reached more than 95%. DEWA has collaborated with several global utilities and is investing in leading startups across the globe.

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Interpets is in full swing preparing for its ninth edition
Sep 18, 2018

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
JCN Newswire
Sep 13, 2018

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.

- 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
JCN Newswire
Sep 12, 2018

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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Japan Jewellery Fair 2018 Encourages Buoyant Retail Sales to Drive Strong Exhibitor Demand
Aug 28, 2018

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
JCN Newswire
Aug 20, 2018

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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Tel: +84 28 1900 6929
Email: kienlong@kienlongbank.com

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Kumiko Kida
Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-5778-8353
Email: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

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SMTS releasing show report for 2018 and now accepting applications for 2019 edition
Aug 09, 2018

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”.


  • 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
    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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