Manufacturing World Japan 2019 is Coming Back
 
Feb 05, 2019
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World's leading manufacturing show with 1,530 exhibitors & 80,000 visitors expected

TOKYO, Jan. 28, 2019 - Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., the largest trade show organiser in Japan announced that Manufacturing World Japan 2019 is coming back at Tokyo Big Sight from February 6 - 8, 2019.

Feature 1: Covering the Whole Manufacturing Industry!

Manufacturing World Japan 2019 is the world's leading trade show for the whole manufacturing industry. This year 80,000 professional visitors and 1,530 exhibitors are expected across 7 shows including 4 NEW ones. Here you can see all kinds of materials/components & technologies for manufacturing, subcontracting services & motion/motor technologies, "AI/IoT" & 3D/VR technologies/solutions for manufacturing industry, 3D printing technologies & additive manufacturing, etc. For more details: https://www.japan-mfg.jp/en-gb.html

Feature 2: Best platform to experience the world's latest and cutting-edge technologies!

The requirements for quality from Japanese manufacturers are well known as extremely high, all exhibitors will exhibit their latest products/technologies/solutions with all their efforts. If you would like to see the finest skills of metal processing/micro fabrication, or have a trouble with your production which you have been struggling for a long time to fix, you should not miss this show.

Feature 3: World's Major Companies Gather under One Roof!

Many major companies from all around the world are exhibiting in Manufacturing World Japan 2019. They are unveiling the world's latest technologies/products which are "Must-See" for all professionals working in manufacturing industry. Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with the world's latest solutions for manufacturing!

Feature 4: Conference by Top Leaders!

Keynotes & Special Sessions will be held concurrently during the show. Top industry leaders from global leading companies such as MAZDA MOTOR, OLYMPUS, HONDA, BOSCH, NIKON, FUJI XEROX, KONICA MINOLTA, SUBARU MOTOR, PANASONIC, FUJITSU, IBM JAPAN etc. will reveal their latest topics for manufacturing innovation, IoT technology, smart factory, IT strategy for manufacturing industry, etc.

Manufacturing World Japan 2019 is inarguably a must-attend show for every person working in manufacturing industry!

For visitor ticket or more information about Manufacturing World Japan 2019, please visit official website: https://www.japan-mfg.jp/en-gb.html

CONTACT:

Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
Manufacturing World Show Management
Yifan WANG (Ms.)
TEL: +81-3-3349-8506
mfg-japan@reedexpo.co.jp

Source: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

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Murata Manufacturing Conducts Field Trial Utilizing Soil Monitoring System to Visualize the Condition of Agricultural Land
 
JCN Newswire
Jan 22, 2019
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Promoting measures against salt damage in the Mekong Delta region in cooperation with Can Tho University, Vietnam

Kyoto, Japan, Jan 22, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is promoting measures to address salinity impact to agricultural land by conducting field trials utilizing a soil monitoring system that makes it possible to visualize the condition of agricultural land in the Mekong Delta*1 in collaboration with Can Tho University, a national university of Vietnam. The initiative is part of "Studies on Sustainable Soil Uses*2" (hereinafter referred to as "the Project"), based on an agreement between the governments of Japan and Vietnam to provide ODA (Official Development Assistance) in support of measures to address the problem of salinity impact to agricultural land.

1. Background of the Project

Vietnam's Mekong Delta region is subject to salinity impact from the infiltration of seawater during the dry season as a result of a decline in the volumetric flow rate of the Mekong River and the action of the tides under the impact of climate change driven by global warming. In addition to salt damage, the environment for agriculture has become harsher than in the past due the increasing severity of droughts and floods. The Mekong Delta region contains 30% of Vietnam's farmland and accounts for the majority of its domestic food production, and the damage, which is estimated to run into billions to tens of billions of yen, has become a serious problem.

Murata has been conducting the Project since 2017 in collaboration with Can Tho University, which possesses deep knowledge of agricultural and environmental research in the Mekong Delta. The Company is using compact sensor units that draw on its know-how and expertise in the fields of electronic components, circuit design and software design to measure the condition of agricultural land and channel water with high precision. Combining these observations with independently developed monitoring tools, we can visualize and analyze the environmental conditions with a view. It contributes to the implementation of IT in agriculture in the Mekong Delta region by preventing salt damage to rice paddies and orchards, ameliorating salt and sulfur contamination of agricultural land and water channels, and creating a mechanism to comprehensively manage fertilizers, crops and irrigation systems.

2. Features of the Soil Monitoring System

The wireless transmitter-receiver system consists of a gateway, a router and several sensor nodes. Each sensor node is made up of a transmitter*3 and three sensor units to measure the soil, field and channel water quality, and the sensing data is accumulated in the cloud.

The main features are as follows.
- A compact approximately 13cm sensor unit equipped with three sensors for measuring two types of electrical conductivity*4, temperature and moisture content
- High-precision analysis of conditions utilizing a sensor incorporating a uniquely shaped sensor element and a proprietary algorithm
- Over a year of continuous operation on three size AA batteries
- IP68*5 dust and water resistance and reliable rustproofing enabling prolonged use in harsh environments

3. Future Outlook

The Project began with a three-year plan from 2017 utilizing know-how developed in the restoration of agricultural land based on monitoring of the salt content condition of farmland damaged by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. In addition to Soc Trang and Ca Mau Province, where the monitoring system was initially introduced, in October 2018 we deployed the system in other four locations in Ben Tre and Kien Giang province. Through joint researches with many research institutions, Murata will continue to make efforts to realize global SDGs*6 by utilizing its unique sensing and wireless technologies.

4. Installation in the Mekong Delta

*1 The delta region of the lower reaches of the Mekong River including southeastern Cambodia
*2 An initiative for improving the fertility and quality of soil for crop production on alluvial soils, acid sulfate soils and saline-affected soils in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. It is also aimed at improving profitability and realizing sustainable agriculture capable of adapting to climate change.
*3 A device used to generate and transmit electromagnetic waves carrying messages or signals
*4 Indicates the ability of a material to conduct electricity
*5 The highest level of dustproof and waterproof performance among the protection grades for the exterior surfaces of electronic devices
*6 Sustainable Development Goals: International goals from 2016 to 2030 adopted at the United Nations Summit of September 2015

About Murata

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a global comprehensive electronic component manufacturer that develops, produces and sells a wide range of ceramic-based electronic components. The Company is contributing to the development of the electronics society by creating original products through the use of its independently developed and accumulated materials development, process development, product design and production technology supported by its technological base including software, analysis and evaluation. Please see the following page for details. .www.murata.com/ja-jp

Contact:
Toshiyuki Ozawa, General Manager, PR Department
TEL: +81-75-955-6786/FAX: +81-75-955-6526
URL: .http://www.murata.com/ja-jp

 
 
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Exhibition and business meeting event providing the latest information to supermarkets and the food distribution industry
 
Jan 18, 2019
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The National Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 53rd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2019 from February 13 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), 2019, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 53rd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.

With 2,134 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,547 booths (as of November 1, 2018) the tradeshow is expected to surpass the previous year in scale. This year, 1,526 Japanese regional product manufacturers more than last year will exhibit thanks to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 74 overseas companies from 18 countries are participating with 155 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

As the organizer’s project, two new attractions will be introduced. In the movement of promoting an international standard- HACCP,“Food Safety and Sanitation”zone is established to aim at disseminating information on safety and safety of food supermarkets. At “Overseas foods to Japanese table”zone, several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products will be suggested to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Continuing from last year, organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket”-will be held.

The results and solution of information gathering and research according to the theme of last year will be shown. At the theme zone “Handmade in Japan” displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan, local producers focusing on “Japan Quality” will exhibit in this zone. Japanese wines, whose display standard had been changed in October, 2018, are newly added to existing brewers- Japanese sake, shochu and craft beer. We look forward to your visit at Supermarket Trade Show 2019.

Outline
◆Name:The 53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019
◆Date:February 13(Wed.), 14(Thu.), 15(Fri.), 2019
10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
◆Venue:Makuhari Messe
◆Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
◆Organizer:National Supermarket Association of Japan
◆Official website: http://www.smts.jp/en/index.html
◆Official Support: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare / The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Agricultural Trade Office, The Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Italy Trade Promotion Section / Embassy of Canada / Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain / Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy / the Royal Danish Embassy / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / French Embassy - Business France Japan Office / Embassy of Belgium / POLISM INVESTMENT & TRADE AGENCY TOKYO OFFICE / Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo / Economic Division, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa / Trade Commission of Mexico in Japan / Taiwan Trade Center, Tokyo / Food Marketing Institute Japan

Organizer’s Project
Food Safety and Sanitation (Hall 3)
This is a corner aimed at disseminating information on food safety of food supermarkets as food-related companies will introduce HACCP two years later.

Overseas foods to Japanese table (Hall 8)
There are many opportunities for overseas products especially which are still unfamiliar in Japan. We present several easy recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Cooking demonstration and free food sampling will be available.

Handmade in Japan- Theme zone displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan (Hall 1)
We will introduce the "techniques" and "sentiments" of the creators who prioritize local regions and focus on quality that respect the traditions of Japan. We propose newly adding "Japanese wines and fruit wines" to existing brewers (craft beer, sake, shochu).

New product pickup exhibition (focused on Japanese Regional Product) (Hal 9-11, Esplanade)
We will exhibit new products that will be displayed in the "SMTS 2019 Japanese Regional Product Zone" for each product category rather than by region, and this will be used as a tool for visitors to efficiently explore the halls.

Future Store “NOW” - the continuous near future supermarket research (Hall 2)
The continuous near future supermarket research gives you ideas and possible solutions toward social environment changes such as aging population with declining birthdate, decrease in population and labor shortage. Supermarkets can be one of the essential elements for vitality life and urban development support in near future.

OVERSEAS RETAILERS PROGRAM


A press conference for Supermarket Trade Show 2019 was held in South East Asia (Vietnam and Taiwan). In order to promote the show and entice visitors, media related to food industry and local retailers were invited. Collected local retailer surveys will be utilized to broaden overseas sales channels for Japanese products in the future. (Outsourced to The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) )


This program broadens Japanese exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries. Overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from South East Asia are invited, and business matching meetings and consultation will be held based on pre-registration.


This is especially optimized for overseas buyers. It will surely help the buyers to find the desired producers and they will find exactly what they are looking for.

Business Matching @FTJ2019 [Hall 9]
Business matching meeting with distribution buyers will be held.
Feb.13 (Wed.) ~Feb. 15(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
The organizer: National Supermarket Association of Japan and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Stage Programs [Hall 8 Seminar Stage]
Feb.13 (Wed.)
10:10a.m.~11:20a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
Title: Impermanence in the field of distribution
Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of National Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

* Other specialized lectures, panel-discussion and etc. will be organized during the 3 days.
* Free attendance
* Pre-registration is not necessary. Please come to the venue directly.
* Capacity: about 250

* Each seminar will be provided with real time subtitles in English by using speech recognition technology "UD Talk". UD Talk is a communication support and conversation visualization application.

By installing the free application UD Talk on your smartphone, you can view subtitles in nearly 30 languages other than English.

About Organizer
National Supermarket Association of Japan
Sakurai Bldg.4F, 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 to New Supermarket Association of Japan in Sep. 2010. Renamed again to the present association name in Sep. 2018)
Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
Members: 313 regular members, 940 supporting members (as of Oct. 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.

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OKI and ARC Innovation Center at Sheba Join Forces to Prevent Dementia
 
JCN Newswire
Jan 16, 2019
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Aiming at a service which prevents dementia and enables a society of healthy longevity

Jerusalem, Jan 16, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - OKI and ARC Innovation Center at Sheba (Sheba), the largest medical facility in the Middle East, have agreed to pursue research on the prevention of dementia, aiming at a society in which the elderly can remain active according to their health with a 'Very Accurate Health Score' (*1) from the results of this research.

The agreement was concluded on January 15 in the presence of the Japan's Economic Minister Hiroshige Seko and Israel's Economic Minister Eli Cohen at the Japan-Israel Business Forum, organized by the economic ministries of Japan and Israel.

With this agreement, Sheba will work with OKI to demonstrate the effectiveness of prevention for the risk factors of dementia by using novel approach. Sheba and OKI are also planning to conduct research in the future to analyze the relationship between big health data and measuring the quality of walking. In these studies, OKI is looking toward global application in the future by leveraging the data of various ethnicities in Israel.

Israel has many startup companies based on advanced state-of-the-art technologies, more recently focusing on the field of digital healthcare. Sheba is also actively involved in innovation research that leverages the health examination data and medical receipt data for large numbers of patients. OKI has been strengthening its relationship with digital health-related organizations in Israel, holding a seminar in Japan for representatives of four Israeli institutions, including Sheba, on July 31 of last year.

OKI promotes 'Yume Pro'(*2) activities to discover business opportunities and create innovation from social issues raised by SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) laid out by the United Nations. Leveraging on IoT related technologies, OKI is focusing on reducing noninfectious diseases such as diabetes and dementia through presymptomatic treatment or prevention before the onset of illness, striving to realize a society in which the elderly can remain active and flourish.

OKI provides a 'Very Accurate Health Score' to encourage daily activities such as 'walking' 'sleeping' and 'eating' in the prevention of noninfectious diseases. In scoring health conditions, OKI plans to develop new services for the elderly which, according to health scores, will allow users to access various services currently restricted by 'actual age', including mortgages, life insurance, and property insurance. OKI is striving to address the challenges of a super-aging society, said to be facing Japan first, and to realize 'a society of healthy longevity'.

*1: Very Accurate Health Score
It represents the health condition of the person in points. Based on medical evidence, we aim for accurate things that can be utilized for credit in the financial industry.
*2: Yume Pro
OKI has started a companywide effort to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in 2015 through its business as a company. Therefore, OKI recruits Collaboration partners to work together to open up future of medical care.

About ARC Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center (Sheba)

The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is a university-affiliated referral hospital that serves as Israel's national medical center in many fields. Located near Tel Aviv, it is the most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East, renowned for its care and leading-edge medical practice. It is also a major medical-scientific research powerhouse that collaborates internationally with bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies, and a foremost global center for medical education.

Sheba is also promoting innovation in ARC (Accelerate Redesign Collaboration) Innovation Center. The ARC's mission is to create an integration of research, medicine, industry and entrepreneurship as well as collaborate with other healthcare organizations to enable game changing innovation that would have profound impact on global health.
About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)

Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer in the Info-telecom field. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at https://www.oki.com/.

Press Contact:
OKI Public Relations Division, Corporate Planning Group
Phone: +81-3-3501-3835

Customer inquiries:
Innovation Promotion Division, Corporate Infrastructure Group
Phone: +81-3-3501-3821

 
 
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Completion of Heaviest and Tallest Cargo Transportation in the History of Uzbekistan
 
Dec 19, 2018
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In 2017, Bolloré Logistics Japan was awarded the transportation of materials and equipment from Mitsubishi Corporation for a large-scale fertilizer plant in Navoiy, a city in the central region of Uzbekistan. By September 2018, our team had successfully transported 24 heavy-lift units by hydraulic conventional trailers, including 17 units over 100 MT each.

Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is one of only two landlocked countries in the world surrounded by five countries, namely, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. This makes Uzbekistan one of the most difficult areas to transport cargoes. The port of discharge selected by Bolloré Logistics varied from one time to another as there was no standard transportation route. Depending on the port of loading & discharge, weight, dimensions, transit time, and cost efficiency, Bolloré Logistics Japan provided the best transportation route and mode for Mitsubishi Corporation.

The heaviest unit, an Ammonia Converter, registered at 422 tons and the widest and tallest unit, a Package Boiler, recorded at LWH (mm) 12,700 x 8,700 x 10,720 – making history as those were the heaviest and tallest cargoes handled in Uzbekistan.

The scope of work included Free On Board (FOB) from various ports of loading to Navoiy’s site, together with import customs clearance formalities.

Timely arrangement of breakbulk vessel, Volga-Don class sea river vessel or barge, road permits, conventional hydraulic trailers and more were requested from our team in order to meet the construction schedule’s deadline with all the requirements.

As for the heaviest and most voluminous cargoes, Bolloré Logistics visited the vendor’s factories several times prior to the breakbulk shipments and physically checked the cargo figures, lifting points, lashing points, to successfully design the transportation plan accordingly.

But the most challenging part remained the inland transportation from the Caspian Sea port to the job site.

First of all, the distance from the Caspian Sea port to the job site is around 1,700 km. These days, most cases of heavy lifts are handled by self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT), just for short distances only, but in our case it was transported by conventional hydraulic trailers, for 1,700 km. As 1,700 km is a long journey, Bolloré Logistics Japan had to anticipate unexpected trouble on the way and prepare a backup plan, while respecting the construction schedule.

Road surveys were carried out several times and we decided to adopt the safest transportation route. However, it was still not enough as infrastructures were limited and could not withstand transportation of such heavy and voluminous cargo; it therefore had to be improved.

As a result, Bolloré Logistics improved 24 bridges (including the construction of a new bridge and installation of new piles on another bridge), constructed 15 bypass roads (including two long ones), expanded five corners, replaced electric poles at one place, and widened roads at four points.

Yet, it was still not enough. During the transportation of heavy lifts cargo, Bolloré Logistics mobilized construction machinery teams such as dump trucks, road rollers, wheel loaders, etc., in order to improve unpaved road temporarily. We also mobilized an electrical team such as cherry pickers, mobile cranes to shut down / remove power cables and other overhead obstacles.

Thanks to Mitsubishi Corporation’s full cooperation and Bolloré Logistics’ team effort; we were able to meet the cargo readiness in accordance with heavy lift transportation schedule and unloading heavy lifts on time at the site.

END

Press Contact
Bolloré Logistics: Jim Brouleau – Regional Marketing & Communication Manager – Asia-Pacific
Tel +66 2260 8219 – jim.brouleau@bollore.com

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Bank Mandiri and JCB Issued Precious Credit Card
 
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Dec 18, 2018
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JAKARTA, Dec 18, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - PT Bank Mandiri Persero (Tbk) ("Bank Mandiri") and PT JCB International Indonesia, a subsidiary of JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have started to issue Mandiri-JCB Precious Card targeting the premium segment, especially to online shoppers and travelers.

The initial launching ceremony was carried out by Bank Mandiri Retail Banking Director Donsuwan Simatupang and JCB International Co., Ltd. President & COO Kimihisa Imada in Jakarta, Tuesday (December 18).

Mandiri JCB Precious Credit Card gives delightful online shopping experience by giving complimentary Wifi.id access, complimentary insurance premium protection for online transactions, and also complimentary Rp250,000 e-voucher at Blibli.com to each new cardholder. Cardholders can also enjoy Mandiri offers at more than 10,000 outlets and double Mandiri Fiestapoin from all domestic transactions.

As additional benefits, Mandiri JCB Precious Credit cardholders can enjoy many benefits and a variety of services provided by JCB, especially premium benefits in travel such as airport lounges services in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Thailand. Besides that JCB provides lounge service at JCB PLAZA and JCB PLAZA Lounge to tourists in major travel destinations. JCB PLAZA Tokyo and JCB PLAZA Kyoto offer services such as making reservations and providing sightseeing information. JCB PLAZA Lounge provides exclusive lounge service in Japanese and the local language for JCB cardholders in 8 world-class travel destinations (Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Guam and Paris). JCB also provides more than 3,000 privileges and discounts on dining and shops around the world. In addition, cardholders can earn 3 times Mandiri Fiestapoin for any international transaction.

Donsuwan said, "This collaboration is very strategic because it can strengthen the customer base and increase the added value that can be enjoyed by customers. Japan has become one of the top 5 international destinations for our cardholders, adding JCB will complete the product selection offered by Bank Mandiri. Therefore, in this special occasion, I would like to announce that in March 2019, Bank Mandiri will give the best ticket price to Japan, for Mandiri JCB Precious card holders".

Donsuwan added, "This corporate action was also in line with the company's business focus to strengthen market share in the retail banking segment."

As of November 2018, the number of active Bank Mandiri credit cards that have been issued reached more than 2 million cards, with year on year sales volume growth at 10% from the same period last year. Of that amount 10% is international transactions.

Meanwhile, President & COO of JCB InternationaI, Kimihisa Imada said, "We are pleased that Mandiri, one of the largest banks in Indonesia, has become our issuing partner. I believe it will definitely attract many customers with its broad range of benefits and services provided by both parties. Also, I am sure that it will bring Mandiri and JCB many opportunities to expand business in Indonesia that has high potential for the future as the national economy continues to grow."

About PT Bank Mandiri (Persero), Tbk

Bank Mandiri is one of the leading banks in Indonesia with financial services to customers that covers Corporate, Commercial, SME, Micro, Consumer Banking and Treasury business segments. Bank Mandiri is currently working with several subsidiaries to support its main business, which include: MandiriSekuritas (capital market service), Bank Syariah Mandiri (Islamic banking), Bank MandiriTaspen / Mantap (UMKM Credit), AXA-Mandiri Financial Services (life insurance), MandiriInHealth (health insurance), Mandiri AXA General Insurance (Mandiri insurance), Mandiri Tunas Finance (financing services), Mandiri Utama Finance (financing services), Mandiri International Remittance (remittances), Mandiri Europe (treasury & financial institution) and Mandiri Capital Indonesia (Venture capital financing).

As of September 2018, Bank Mandiri network has spread throughout Indonesia, covering 4,607 office networks, including 2,632 branches and 1,975 micro networks. Bank Mandiri's distribution services are also equipped with 17,391 ATM units connected in the ATM Link network, ATM Bersama, ATM Prima and Visa / Plus, and 235,671 Electronic Data Capture (EDC) and e-banking networks which include Mandiri Online, SMS Banking and Call Center 14,000

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.

Rohan Hafas
Corporate Secretary
PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk.
Telp. 021-5245740 Fax 021-5268246
Rohan.Hafas@bankmandiri.co.id

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

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Makes Crossover History in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Tokyo
 
Dec 13, 2018
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TOKYO, Japan, 13 December 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 concluded on a record high note in Tokyo, Japan. The 11th edition of the conference drew close to 10,000 attendees worldwide including computer graphics professionals, researchers, enthusiasts and trade visitors from 59 countries and regions. This makes this the largest and most successful SIGGRAPH Asia edition in the history of the event.

“SIGGRAPH Asia is a story of a diverse group of individuals coming together to celebrate the intersection of science, technology, art and entertainment. The variety of expertise under one roof allows for the cross pollination of ideas which is what makes it a great place for collaboration, disruption and innovation. We knew from the onset that SIGGRAPH Asia in Tokyo was going to a great destination and the end-result has proven that it was indeed an excellent choice. Tokyo’s achievement has been the cumulation of over two years of dedication from the conference and local SIGGRAPH Asia committees. SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 has set a new benchmark and we will strive to make the event even more impactful in the coming years.” said Prakash Ramajillu, Division Director – (Technology, Digital Media, Entertainment & Mobility) Koelnmesse Pte Ltd & Chief Staff Executive SIGGRAPH Asia.

Around 750 speakers presented at the conference, discussing the latest industry developments and future of the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry. The exciting line-up featured distinguished keynote speakers such as David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer at NASA JPL who shared about NASA’s recent Mars exploration and their latest mission, Psyche – The first metal asteroid that humankind will visit; Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who spoke about computational origami and how he uses math to create artistic sculptures; and Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO of GROOVE X (A member of Pepper Project in Softbank) who gave the final keynote on a “New Generation Household Robot’s” and his LOVOT concept (Love x Robot) exploring the relationship between human beings and robots.

Production and visual effects teams from Pixar Animation Studios, Weta Digital Ltd and ILM Singapore took to the stage to showcase their crossover work; from creating realistic virtual humans, to unforgettable characters in films such as Lord of the Rings and the Avengers franchise, to developing a backstory for Star Wars’ most iconic character, Han Solo.

Emerging Technologies featured strongly at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 with several presentations on how interactive technology has played a vital role in driving the development of research communities in the pursuit of technological innovations that will impact the public. The Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) program showcased emerging media and cutting-edge technologies in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The highly engaging sessions were a dive into these emerging digital media and interactive technologies. The Art Gallery featured fascinating crossover pieces titled Candle TV (1975) by Nam June Paik, which is designed to represent two interrelated organisms in a communication system, and Mannbi (1981), a mask used in classical Japanese musical drama Noh, by Ayako Iwai.

The largest exhibition in SIGGRAPH Asia’s history featured 93 exhibitors from over 14 countries showcasing the latest hardware, software, technologies and innovations from around the world. Key exhibitors and brands included: ASTRODESIGN, Inc., AWS Thinkbox, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., BinaryVR, Inc., CLO Virtual Fashion Inc, CyberAgent, Inc., Dell Japan Inc., Digital Hollywood University, Dwango Media Village, EEZ Production Studios Co., Ltd., FORUM8 Co., Ltd., HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., IMAGICA GROUP, InstaLOD GmbH, NOITOM, teamLab, Too Corporation, Tsinghua University-Tencent Joint Laboratory, Unity Technologies Japan G.K., VFX-Japan Association, Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Xsens Technologies B.V., YGGDRAZIL Group Co., Ltd, Zero C Seven, Inc. and more.

Award-winners at SIGGRAPH Asia
SIGGRAPH Asia featured an awards component for the Computer Animation Festival, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and the Emerging Technologies programs.

The winners for the Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) are:
• Best VR/AR Technology Voted by Committee:
FiveStar VR: Shareable Travel Experience Through Multisensory Stimulation to The Whole Body by Kouichi Shimizu, Gaku Sueta, Kentaro Yamaoka, Kazuki Sawamura, Yujin Suzuki, Keisuke Yoshida, Vibol Yem, Yasushi Ikei, Tomohiro Amemiya, Makoto Sato, Koichi Hirota, Michiteru Kitazaki

• Best VR/AR Content Voted by Committee:
Rapture of the Deep VR by Monja Dietrich, Vincent Suttner, Theres Buehler

Second and third places of each of the above award categories can be found in Annex A.

Under Emerging Technologies, the winning teams are:
• Best Demo Voted by Attendees
Hap-Link: Wearable Haptic Device on the Forearm that Presents Haptics Sensations Corresponding to the Fingers by Taha Moriyama, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

• Best Demo Voted by Committee
Relaxushion: Controlling the Rhythm of Breathing for Relaxation by Overwriting Somatic Sensation, by Yuki Ban, The University of Tokyo, Japan

The Computer Animation Festival honored the top talent in animation including:
• Best in Show: L'oiseau qui danse (France), directed and produced by Jean-Marie Marbach
• Jury Special Award: Vermin (Luxembourg), directed by Jérémie Becquer, Miyu Distribution and produced by Michelle Ann Nardone, Miyu Distribution, Denmark
• Best Student Film: Reverie (Mexico), directed by Philip Louis Piaget Rodriguez, Miyu Distribution and produced by Michelle Ann Nardone, Miyu Distribution, Denmark

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019
Next year’s edition, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Brisbane, Australia from 17 – 20 November 2019.

“Next year’s edition of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 (SA2019) will be held for the very first time in Australia, in the beautiful subtropical city of Brisbane, which is referred to as Brissy by the locals,” said Tomasz Bednarz, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Conference Chair. “The leading theme of the conference is a DREAM ZONE!, therefore you can expect lots of magical experiences that expand perception and interaction through the creative use of computer graphics and interactive techniques, delivered in completely new innovative ways. SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 will include the Studio Program from the North American editions. We will also debut a Demoscene Program, which is inspired by limitation-driven creative, real-time computer graphics underground hack-code-art communities. Mark your calendars for SIGGRAPHG Asia 2019! Join the conference and take the opportunity to explore beautiful Queensland.”

Visit the website for more details: http://sa2019.siggraph.org.

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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) took place in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 – 7 December 2018. The event attracted the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference included 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. The exhibition held from 5 – 7 December 2018 also offered a business platform for industry players to market and showcase 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.

About ACM SIGGRAPH
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.

Media Contacts
Hitoshi Kasai
Head of Communications, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
MIACIS Associates
hitoshi.kasai@siggraph.org

Jamie Huang
Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd
jamie.huang@siggraph.org

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Kindai University to Hold "Kindai EXPO in Taiwan" to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Student Exchanges between Kindai and Taiwan
 
Dec 06, 2018
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HIGASHIOSAKA, Japan, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Kindai University, based in Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, will hold "Kindai EXPO in Taiwan" at the Taipei International Convention Center on Dec. 21 (Friday), 2018, as an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of its student exchanges with Taiwan and deepen friendly relations further through exchanges with Taiwan's universities and companies.

Key points of the project

- Kindai University to hold an event in Taipei to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of its exchanges with Taiwan.
- It will showcase Kindai's latest research at a business forum and a workshop on research seeds.
- It will provide an opportunity for young people interested in Japan to deepen their understanding of Kindai by setting up a counseling booth for foreign students and introducing school clubs.

Overview of the project

Kindai University will hold an event aimed at further deepening friendly relations through exchanges with Taiwan's universities and companies in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kindai starting exchanges with Taiwan. Kindai started exchanging with Taiwan through its Correspondence Division in 1968. Even though diplomatic relations between Japan and Taiwan were severed in 1972, Kindai has been building close relations with Taiwan by resuming accepting students in 1973 and providing schooling on the sea in Taiwan, among other efforts. Kindai has continued to exchange with Taiwan and accepted 1,680 students from the island so far as it concluded agreements with Taiwan's universities and so forth in recent years.

On the day of the event, a total of 300 people, including graduates, enrolled students and staff from Japan, Mainland China and the U.S., will converge in Taiwan to pump up the event. Apart from a filleting display and tasting of "Kindai Tuna," the bluefin tuna that Kindai has successfully farm-raised for the first time in the world, there will be must-attend programs for businesspeople such as a speech by Kindai University General Affairs Director Ishihiro Seko, known for his book titled "Shingekiteki Daigaku (Aggressive University), and a workshop on research seeds. Among other programs are e-sports competitions involving Naoki Sugimura, a Kindai student who represented Japan in sports video game "Winning Eleven 2018" and won the gold medal at the Asian Games, as well as a counseling booth for foreign students and a program for introducing school clubs. Furthermore, "KINDAI GIRLS," a performance unit for Kindai's entrance ceremony produced by Tsunku, a former producer for all-girl group Morning Musume, will put on spectacular performances. There will be plenty of other programs, including a booth for Japanese cuisine and a raffle draw.

- Date: Dec. 21 (Fri.), 2018
- Place: Taipei International Convention Center (Exit 1 at Taipei 101-World Trade Center)
- People who can attend: General public, high school/university students, Kindai University graduates (free admission)
- How to apply: Applications can be filed through the website http://www.kindaiexpo2018.com/

Please make advance notice and cover the event on the day. If covering the event, please notify Public Relations Office in advance.

Main programs

- Opening ceremony
KINDAI GIRLS' performances and others

- Business forum
-- "Shingekiteki Daigaku" (Aggressive University) by Kindai University General Affairs Director Ishihiro Seko
-- "e-sports competitions" by 4th-year Kindai University students and Naoki Sugimura
-- "History of Kindai Tuna" by Shukei Masuma at Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory

- Entertainment
-- "Kindai Tuna" filleting display
14:30: Hand-rolling of tuna sushi starts
-- Manzai performance by "Manzai Bonbon" from Yoshimoto Kogyo
-- Performance by world latte art champion Hiroshi Sawada (1992 graduate from Kindai University)
-- Talk show by former Taiwanese baseball player Lin Wei-Chu (2003 graduate from Kindai University)
-- Performances by clubs (karate, tea ceremony, brass band and cheering)
-- Booth for Japanese cuisine ("okonomiyaki" or hot plate-cooked pancake, "udon" noodles, etc.)

- Raffle draw

-- Prizes include an observation tour of Kindai University campus and goods related to the university.
The campus tour is for two days and limited to 3 persons.
It will come with a meal at Kindai University Fisheries Laboratory, a restaurant where one can eat "Kindai Tuna."

- Workshop on research seeds.
Kindai University's latest research to be announced. There will be an exhibition booth for industry-academia collaboration products.

- Road to Kindai University
Introduction of the university, information session on entrance examinations, and counseling service

Source: Kindai University

 
 
Crossovers Abound! The International Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Community Descends in Tokyo for SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
 
Nov 27, 2018
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• Keynotes by NASA’s David Oh, MIT’s Erik Demaine, and GROOVE X’s Kaname Hayashi Explore the Limits of Engineering and Design
• Featuring 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions

TOKYO, Japan, 26 November 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 11th edition of SIGGRAPH Asia aims to take computer graphics and interactive techniques into space and beyond this year. Themed, Crossover, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, today announced the full lineup of its conference program. The annual conference and exhibition will take place from 4 – 7 December at the Tokyo International Forum, where 10,000 attendees from more than 60 countries are expected to attend.

"In a few short decades, the computer graphics and interactive techniques community has been exploring new frontiers of digital media and industries. The international teams at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will share their knowledge, crossover experiences and achievements to further inspire the next generation of the computer graphics community,” said Dr. Ken Anjyo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Conference Chair. "This year, we've also sought out keynote speakers, who are pioneers in their own fields beyond computer graphics, bringing interesting topics that are reflective of our conference theme "Crossover". We believe that the delegates will be very much excited to attend the future-minded conference.”

Close to 750 speakers will be presenting at the four-day conference. Notable panel and production sessions include:

The boundaries of Space, Origami and Robots will be explored through the Keynotes:

• Exploring Red Planets and Metal Worlds: How JPL turns Dreams into Reality by Dr. David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Technical Authority for “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World”
• Computational Origami: From Science to Sculpture by Dr. Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• New Generation Household Robot’s Concept by Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO, GROOVE X (Inventor of the Robot “Pepper”)
Invited Sessions from the Featured Sessions and Computer Animation Festival – Panel and Production Talks, which spotlights major breakthroughs in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, include:
• Featured Sessions – Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Creating Realistic Virtual Humans in the 21st Century with Christophe Hery, Senior Scientist, Pixar Animation Studios; Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd; Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, Senior Game Designer, Luminous Production; Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios and David Hanson, CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – The Making of Pixar’s Bao: A Production Panel with Domee Shi, Story Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Ian Megibben, Director of Photography, Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios; Rona Liu, Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Patrick Lin, Director of Photography – Camera, Pixar Animation Studios; Mara MacMahon, Character Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Cinematography of Incredibles 2 - Function and Style with Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios
• Featured Sessions – From Gollum to Thanos: Characters at Weta Digital by Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Behind the scenes of Solo - A Star Wars Story with Nigel Sumner, Creative Director, ILM Singapore Atsushi Kojima, Lead Animator, ILM Singapore

Cutting-Edge Technologies on the Exhibition Show-floor

A total of 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions will showcase the latest developments in hardware and software applications in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques on the exhibition show-floor.

Some of the key exhibiting companies and brands include: ASTRODESIGN, Inc., AWS Thinkbox, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., BinaryVR, Inc., CLO Virtual Fashion Inc, CyberAgent, Inc., Dell Japan Inc., Digital Hollywood University, Dwango Media Village, EEZ Production Studios Co., Ltd., FORUM8 Co., Ltd., HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., IMAGICA GROUP, InstaLOD GmbH, NOITOM, teamLab, Too Corporation, Tsinghua University-Tencent Joint Laboratory, Unity Technologies Japan G.K., VFX-Japan Association, Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Xsens Technologies B.V., YGGDRAZIL Group Co., Ltd, Zero C Seven, Inc. and more.

Delegates who are looking for career opportunities can head to the Job Fair, held by Imagica Digitalscape and Kurihaku Navi, where the companies will present job offers from leading companies in computer graphics, film and game studios.

Key Exhibits at the Art Gallery

The Art Gallery program is a specially curated exhibition that aims to engage, challenge and entertain the conference attendees via media works. Art pieces under the Crossover theme include, Candle TV (1975) by Nam June Paik, which is designed to represent two interrelated organisms in a communication system, and Mannbi (1981), a mask used in classical Japanese musical drama Noh, by Ayako Iwai.

Academic Sessions and Research Papers

For academia and industry professionals, the Technical Papers program will feature the results of state-of-the-art research on topics ranging from modeling and design to fabrication, from HDR imaging to novel displays, and physically based animation to capturing faces, bodies and hands and more. The Posters program is an interactive forum for innovative ideas that are not yet fully polished, it also showcases high-impact practical contributions, behind-the-scenes views of new commercial and artistic work and solutions that help solve challenging problems. The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to meet and discuss their work with one another and with a panel of experienced SIGGRAPH Asia researchers in an informal and interactive setting.

First-time Programs at SIGGRAPH Asia

Three sessions make their debut at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018. Real-Time Live!, deconstructs the most innovative interactive techniques on stage, while VR Theater, a part of the Computer Animation Festival program, will feature virtual reality narrative films in the newly established VR Theater. Production Gallery (Artists Behind The Scenes Exhibition), also a part of the Computer Animation Festival, is one-of-a-kind exhibit that recognizes the art, processes, and physical materials used to create major studio projects. This gallery features artwork, props, special makeups and more from recent films, TVCM or game productions. This program will be jointly operated with Born Digital of Japan.

To register for SIGGRAPH Asia, and for more details, visit https://sa2018.siggraph.org/registration/. Attendees can select from full week, single-day, and exhibition-only options.

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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 – 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 – 7 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.

About ACM SIGGRAPH
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.

Media Contacts
Hitoshi Kasai
Head of Communications, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
MIACIS Associates
hitoshi.kasai@siggraph.org

Jamie Huang
Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd
jamie.huang@siggraph.org

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

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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Miyo Tanabu: Miyo.Tanabu@edelman.com
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Tel: +81-3-4360-9000

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