Murata Delivers 'Fortelion' Containerized Large-Scale Energy Storage System
JCN Newswire
Mar 01, 2018

Kyoto, Japan - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed a container-type large-scale 'Fortelion' energy storage system to provide emergency load management and counter instantaneous voltage drop, and released the developed system in cooperation with Japan Facility Solutions, Inc. (JFS), a 100% subsidiary of TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc. (TEPCO EP).

The system's storage block uses Murata's 'Fortelion' lithium-ion battery, manufactured by Murata subsidiary Tohoku Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and is used in combination with an AC-DC converter made by Meidensha Corporation or YAMABISHI Corporation.

Instantaneous voltage drop, or a momentary drop in power system voltage, due for example to lightning strikes on power transmission lines, may have large impact such as the stoppage of production lines in factories, while data centers, and factories that manufacture high value-added products require more stability of power supply than ever before.

Murata's 'Fortelion' lithium-ion battery uses a cathode composed of olivine-type iron phosphate, with a high safety standard and no risk of fire, and a useful lifespan of up to fifteen years. In addition, the battery provides a higher amount of power than that of general lithium-ion batteries, which leads to installation space savings. The product also has a demand response function that can help to level power supply by making use of energy storage to achieve efficient energy use.

Going forward, Murata will continue to develop high input (2C charging) high output (6C discharge) large-scale energy storage systems, and provide various solutions that realize not just instantaneous voltage drop compensation measures and demand response, but also mitigation of short-term fluctuations and adjustment of frequencies.

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Fortelion lithium battery:

Main specifications:
Container size: 20 to 40 feet (ISO standard maritime transport container specification)
Capacity: Approx. 2.0 Mwh
Charge rate: Approx. 1C
Discharge rate: Approx. 4C
Expected life: 15 years
Operating env: -10 degrees C to 40 degrees C.
Ancillary equip: Battery panel, AC/DC panel, air conditioner, smoke detector, fire extinguisher

Murata in Brief
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules, is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, please visit

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DMarket Raises Over US$19 Million in Token Sale
Feb 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 05:33 PM Hong Kong Time
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DMarket, the world's first blockchain-based cross-game marketplace for turning virtual in-game items into real assets, has closed the second and final phase of its ICO token sale, after raising over US$19 million.

"We held a short test token sale back in August 2017 to make sure there's substantial demand for our product on the market. Having raised almost $11 million in just four days, we got solid proof that both gamers and game studios badly wanted our product," said Volodymyr Panchenko, CEO and founder of DMarket. "We've raised enough funds to turn DMarket into a powerful game changer and make DMarket Token the core cryptocurrency in gaming. While holding our final token sale, we partnered up with some of the gaming industry's leading companies and got truly top advisors on board. I'm confident that together we'll disrupt the gaming industry and create huge value for gamers and game developers across the world."

DMarket Token will be listed on one of the major crypto exchanges. At the moment, DMarket is negotiating with several exchanges, and the chosen one will be announced in the near future.

DMarket plans to roll out an MVP with connected real games and blockchain in Q1 2018, and the final full-fledged marketplace in Q4 2018.

In Q2 2018, DMarket plans to integrate 10 games totaling 1M user base and achieve in-game items trading value exceeding $200 million.

About DMarket:

DMarket is the world's first cross-game platform based on blockchain and smart contracts that enables one-click sale, exchange, or evaluation of any virtual item from any game on any platform. DMarket Token will be the only virtual currency used within the platform, providing different options for trading items, exchanges, and smart contracts. DMarket presented the Alpha/DEMO version of its future marketplace and blockchain testnet in October 2017.

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Mun Shing Cheong

Shionogi Announces FDA New Drug Application (NDA) and EMA Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) Acceptances for Lusutrombopag (S-888711)
Feb 26, 2018

In the United States, Lusutrombopag Granted Priority Review by the FDA

February 27, 2018 12:22 AM Hong Kong Time
OSAKA, Japan & FLORHAM PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Shionogi") announced today that the New Drug Application (NDA) for lusutrombopag (S-888711), an investigational, once-daily, orally administered, small molecule thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist, has been accepted for filing and has been granted Priority Review by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In the United States, Shionogi is seeking FDA approval of lusutrombopag for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic liver disease who are at increased risk for bleeding associated with invasive procedures.

The submission is based on two Phase 3 clinical trials, L-PLUS1 and L-PLUS2, in which lusutrombopag met the pre-specified primary and all key secondary endpoints with statistically significant results. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for an FDA decision is August 26, 2018.

“I am very pleased the FDA has granted Priority Review for lusutrombopag’s New Drug Application. This step emphasizes an urgent need exists for more advanced medicines for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in patients living with chronic liver disease (CLD) who have to undergo invasive procedures,” said John Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shionogi Inc. “We at Shionogi look forward to the upcoming FDA review, and the near future in which patients and physicians have additional, advanced therapeutic options beyond platelet transfusions which are the current standard of care.”

The FDA Priority Review status accelerates the review time from a standard 10-month review to a goal of six (6) months from the date of acceptance of filing. A Priority Review designation will direct overall attention and resources to the evaluation of applications that, if approved, would be significant improvements in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of serious conditions when compared to standard applications.

The European Medicines Agency has validated for review Shionogi’s standard Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for lusutrombopag. In Europe, the MAA submission is based on the same two Phase 3 clinical trials as the FDA filing.

About Lusutrombopag, an investigational drug

Lusutrombopag (S-888711) is an orally administered, small molecule agonist of the human thrombopoietin receptor. Lusutrombopag was approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan in September 2015 for the improvement of thrombocytopenia associated with CLD in patients undergoing an elective invasive procedure.

About Thrombocytopenia in Chronic Liver Disease

Thrombocytopenia is a common complication of CLD, which may be caused by multiple factors including decreased production of TPO. Thrombocytopenia is frequently observed in patients with CLD, with studies suggesting that it occurs in up to 78% of patients with cirrhosis.1 CLD-associated thrombocytopenia is defined as a platelet count of less than 150,000/µL and is the most common hematologic complication of CLD.2,3,4 Patients with CLD and thrombocytopenia are at increased risk for bleeding, requiring recurrent platelet transfusions, increased ambulatory visits and inpatient hospital stays compared with patients with CLD without thrombocytopenia.5 The annual health care cost of a patient with CLD with thrombocytopenia is more than three times that of a patient with CLD without thrombocytopenia.5 In addition to the potential of thrombocytopenia, especially severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count less than 50,000/µL), to aggravate surgical or traumatic bleeding, it may also significantly complicate routine diagnostic procedures and patient care, such as liver biopsy and medically indicated or elective procedures for cirrhotic patients, resulting in delayed or cancelled curative treatment.6

About Shionogi

Shionogi & Co., Ltd. is a major research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing benefits to patients based on its corporate philosophy of “supplying the best possible medicine to protect the health and wellbeing of the patients we serve.” Shionogi’s research and development currently target two therapeutic areas: infectious diseases, and pain/CNS disorders. For over 50 years, Shionogi has developed and commercialized innovative oral and parenteral anti-infectives. In addition, Shionogi is engaged in new research areas, such as obesity/geriatric metabolic disease and oncology/immunology. Contributing to the health and quality of life of patients around the world through development in these therapeutic areas is Shionogi's primary goal. For more details, please For more information on Shionogi Inc., the U.S.–based subsidiary of Shionogi & Co., Ltd., headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, USA, please For more information on Shionogi Ltd., the UK-based subsidiary of Shionogi & Co. Ltd., headquartered in London, England, please

Forward Looking Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on expectations in light of the information currently available, assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. Risks and uncertainties include general domestic and international economic conditions such as general industry and market conditions, and changes of interest rate and currency exchange rate. These risks and uncertainties particularly apply with respect to product-related forward-looking statements. Product risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, completion and discontinuation of clinical trials; obtaining regulatory approvals; claims and concerns about product safety and efficacy; technological advances; adverse outcome of important litigation; domestic and foreign healthcare reforms and changes of laws and regulations. Also for existing products, there are manufacturing and marketing risks, which include, but are not limited to, inability to build production capacity to meet demand, unavailability of raw materials and entry of competitive products. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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2. Giannini EG. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006; 23(8):1055-1065.
3. Koruk M, et al. Hepatogastroenterology. 2002; 49(48):1645-1648.
4. Aref S, et al. Hematology. 2004; 9(5/6):351-356.
5. Poordad F, et al. J Med Econ. 2012; 15:112-124.
6. Hayashi H, et al. World J Gastroenterol. 2014; 20: 2595-2605.

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Gigaphoton Launches FABSCAPE™, Its Next-Generation, Open Platform for Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Analysis
Feb 23, 2018

Integrating data from all types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and enabling a wide range of analysis and evaluation, it promises to make new contributions to the field

February 23, 2018 12:25 PM Hong Kong Time
OYAMA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gigaphoton Inc. (Head office: Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. President & CEO: Katsumi Urakanaka), a leading manufacturer of lithography light sources has announced the launch of FABSCAPE™, the next generation monitoring solution for semiconductor manufacturing. At the heart of FABSCAPE™ is a truly open platform that is designed to resolve the problem of data ambiguity between multiple vendors. It enables users to manage key performance data from virtually any lithography equipment in a unified manner - facilitating the ability to experience true apples-to-apples comparisons and cover a broader range of analysis.

Its flexible modular architecture also allows users to tailor the feature sets to fit their specific needs by mixing and matching only features that are meaningful to them. User and third parties will also be able to easily create their own plugins and drivers to service their specific needs. Going forward, Gigaphoton will be launching its own visualizer tool and plugins such as a solution for automatically optimizing maintenance schedules across the Lithocell and a series of automated features build on top of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine.

In addition to offering its own set of plugins and drivers, Gigaphoton will promote FABSCAPE™ and its revolutionary open platform by offering a rich set of Developer Tools, including a robust Application Programming Interfaces (API), sample code, tutorials, and workshops. Furthermore, Gigaphoton plans to make the FABSCAPE™ platform available online to device manufacturers as well as other equipment manufacturers and third parties interested in participating in a community to build and distribute solutions based on a common, open platform.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to enter the next phase of our software strategy through the release FABSCAPE™," said Katsumi Uranaka, president and CEO of Gigaphoton. “Making sense of the enormous volumes of data generated by varying semiconductor manufacturing tools continues to be a challenge for our customers. I strongly feel that while it is our mission to continue offering new and innovative software solutions, it is equally important to adequately empower users to quickly and easily develop their own custom solutions for the unique problems they face. I am confident that FABSCAPE™’s bold new open software approach can allow device manufacturers to gain a deeper and more uniform understanding of equipment data and help spark new innovations through collaboration, and partnerships both inside and outside of our traditional industry players, contributing to the further growth of our industry.”

The first edition of FABSCAPE™ will be available in March 2018.

* “FABSCAPE™” will be introduced at “SPIE Advanced Lithography”, Session 10 (1st March), which will be held in San Jose, California from 25th February to 1st March, 2018.

About Gigaphoton
Since it was founded in 2000, Gigaphoton has delivered valuable solutions to semiconductor manufacturers throughout the world as a laser supplier. In every stage from R&D to manufacture, sales, and maintenance services, Gigaphoton is committed to providing world-class support delivered from the perspective of everyday users. For more information please

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David Israelow from the United States Won the 1st Place in Washoku World Challenge The 5th Competition
Feb 22, 2018

Six contestants from the world competed for their highly skilled Japanese cooking

February 23, 2018 02:00 AM Hong Kong Time - TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washoku World Challenge Executive Committee, runs the Washoku World Challenge, a cooking contest in which Japanese cuisine chefs from around the world compete in technical expertise and passion for Japanese food, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. On Feb. 13th-14th, 2018, six finalists from 5 countries and regions gathered for the final tournament held in Tokyo, and David Israelow (private chef) from the United States won 1st Place. The second place was a tie between two contestants, Christopher Brian Massad (Tankuma Kitamise) from the United States and Daniele Codini (The Ned London) from Italy.

The theme of the Competition this year was UMAMI, which contestants sent their two original recipes (Suimono and Fuchidaka Mori) reflecting it for the application screening. Approximately 100 contestants from 23 countries and regions had applied for the competition and 43 advanced to the qualifying tournaments. The Qualifying tournaments was held in six cities (London, New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo) for the first time in the Competition's history. At the qualifying tournaments, they were judged strictly on their basic knife skills using Daikon (Japanese radish) and making Suimono using dashi.

On day one of the final tournament, the screening was done by making New Year's Nimonowan, using same ingredients and preparation for their Fuchidaka Mori dish. On day two, contestants completed five Fuchidaka Mori dish cooking in a limited time.

The winner, David Israelow was selected for his sophisticated work reflecting traditional style and menu. He was also good at choosing ingredients using his knowledge. For example, the spinach he chose was one of a special type that is available only in winter season. These aspects surprised the Head Judge of the Competition and all the judges were very much impressed by the high-quality workmanship of every contestants.

Tokyo winner (Uniform Number 1)
Christopher Brian Massad (Tankuma Kitamise) from the United States
Hong Kong winner (Uniform Number 2)
Wai Leung Ronald Ho (Matsunichi) from Hong Kong
Bangkok winner (Uniform Number 3)
Jidtinan Yotapakdee (Nihon Tei Inter-Co.Ltd.) from Thailand
New York winner (Uniform Number 4)
David Israelow (Private chef) from the United States
London winner (Uniform Number 5)
Daniele Codini (The Ned London) from Italy
Los Angeles winner (Uniform Number 6)
Samuel Flores Garcia (Restaurante Suntory Lomas) from Mexico

Mr. Yoshihiro Murata (Head Judge, Owner & Chef of Kikunoi, Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy)
Mr. Masahiro Nakata (Deputy Head Judge, Director of Taiwa Gakuen Education Inc., President of Kyoto Culinary Art College)
Ms. Lucy Birmingham (Journalist, author, editor and former president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan)
Mr. Kazuhiro Shimane (Deputy Director/ Food Industry Affairs Bureau, Food Cultures and Market Development Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)

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TDK showcases the latest in power technologies at APEC 2018
Feb 21, 2018

TDK and EPCOS branded solutions range from capacitors, inductors, actuators, transformers, ferrites, contactors and more.

February 21, 2018 09:00 PM Hong Kong Time
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TDK Corporation will present several of its latest power solutions in stand 901, APEC 2018, March 4-8, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.

TDK’s expanding portfolio for engineers includes a variety of products to meet the growing demand for power technologies across multiple industries including automotive, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), communications and industrial equipment. These offerings complement the leading electronics company’s existing roster of electronic components.

TDK and EPCOS brand product highlights include:

SMD pulse transformers for Gigabit Ethernet and PoE: The expanded ALT4532 series of pulse transformers are designed for high transmission rates of up to 10 Gbit/s and supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications at 1 Gbit/s. The components feature a compact SMD package with dimensions of 4.5 mm x 3.2 mm x 2.9 mm. These TDK transformers also feature a special core design that is optimized for fully-automated production and winding processes, resulting in extremely stable quality. Applications include LAN interface for network devices, communication equipment, digital appliances and IoT devices.

Chokes for automotive power over coax: The ADL3225V chokes for automotive power over coax (PoC) applications features high impedance over a broad frequency spectrum of 1 MHz up to 1 GHz and is qualified to AEC-Q200. The wire wound inductors offer good DC superimposition characteristics, thus separating the power from the signal path and making it ideal for automotive camera systems. TDK's proprietary structural design and winding combined with the fully automated manufacturing process ensures the excellent electrical properties and high reliability of the inductors.

First chip beads and inductors with robust soft termination: The KMZ1608 and KPZ1608 series of chip beads and the KLZ1608 and KLZ2012 series of inductors feature a conductive resin layer that offers effective protection against board flexure and solder cracks. These multilayer chip beads and inductors have innovative soft-termination technology that is already proven in TDK MLCCs. They also offer high reliability under harsh conditions, even at high operating temperatures up to 150 °C and are qualified to AEC-Q200. Their main applications include engine control modules (ECM) and various in-vehicle electronic control units (ECU), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and industrial equipment.

Distributed air gaps ferrite cores: These new ferrite cores reduce proximity losses by up to 70 percent. Lower winding loss can be achieved with distributed air caps than with a single large air gaps which allows for a reduction in core size by one class. These new cores are available in E, EQ, ER, ETD, PM and PQ designs. Applications include storage chokes and transformers in switch-mode power supplies and inverters.

MnZn-based PC200 ferrite materials: All-new MnZn-based PC200 ferrite materials are designed specifically for power supplies and frequency converters that operate with fast-switching power semiconductors on a GaN basis. The new materials are optimized for a frequency range from 700 kHz to 4 MHz and is available in ER, EFD, ELP, EQ, I and RM cores. PC200 material will enable considerably more compact power supplies and greater energy savings.

PowerHap™ piezo actuators with haptic feedback: These compact and powerful actuators enhance the sensory experience of human machine interfaces (HMIs) significantly. PowerHap actuators feature high acceleration and force, low insertion height and a fast response time of <1 ms, all with an extremely low energy consumption of 1 to 8 mJ, depending on type. Available in three types 2.5G (9mm x 9mm) 7G (12.7mm x 12.7mm) and 15G (26mm x 26mm).

High voltage contactors: EPCOS bipolar high-voltage contactors are for the switching of high DC voltages and currents. These gas-filled contactors were designed for the needs of e-mobility and industrial applications, such as battery management and DC charging systems, for which fast disconnecting from a DC source is crucial over the entire lifetime. Further applications include DC traction systems, photovoltaic installations, DC power grids, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

Power electronic capacitors for AC applications: EPCOS single-phase and three-phase (Delta and Star connection) power capacitor series B32370* through B32374* are designed for rated AC voltages of between 250 VRMS and 1000 VRMS with a capacitance range of 5 µF to 600 µF. This wide range of AC capacitors for power electronic applications offers unique features such as high voltage, high current capability, low inductance and high reliability.

TDK-Lambda Corporation, a TDK group company, will also exhibit its recent innovations in power supplies at APEC 2018. More details can be found here.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's portfolio includes passive components, such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites and inductors, high-frequency products, and piezo and protection components, as well as sensors and sensor systems and power supplies. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK's further main product groups include magnetic application products, energy devices, and flash memory application devices. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2017, TDK posted total sales of USD 10.5 billion and employed about 100,000 people worldwide.

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Rakuten Communications & Content Guru Announce Strategic Partnership
Feb 20, 2018

TOKYO, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Rakuten Communications, a subsidiary of global innovation leader Rakuten Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, and cloud communications specialist, Content Guru Ltd., have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver connect storm cloud contact centre solutions into the Japanese market.

connect storm will support the multi-award-winning portfolio of storm® applications and will target the rapidly-growing Japanese cloud contact centre market, which is set to rise to 39% of overall contact centre seats in the country by 2020[1]. It will be launched at the TechMatrix CRM Forum in Tokyo on 23rd February 2018, with Content Guru also opening a Tokyo office during Q1/2018 to support the partnership.

"We anticipate that, by leveraging storm's capabilities and Rakuten Communications' best-in-class services, many contact centres will benefit from improved customer experience and workforce productivity," said Yasufumi Hirai, Representative Director and Chairman, CEO of Rakuten Communications. "We look forward to combining our AI capabilities with Content Guru's experience to deliver contact centre solutions to our more than one thousand customers."

Sean Taylor, Global CEO of Content Guru, added: "Asia-Pac is a critical region in our global expansion strategy and its cloud contact centre market is seeing impressive growth. We're delighted to enter into an exciting partnership with Rakuten, and are convinced that our shared cultural values and ambitions will drive tremendous success."connect storm enables businesses to more effectively communicate with their customers through channels such as SMS, web chat, email, voice and social media, unified within a single interface for contact centre agents. The platform also integrates with hundreds of third-party CRM, WFO, and ERP systems, and scales to handle any concurrent demand in contact.

[1] MIC Lab, Cloud CRM Market Forecast, 2017

About Content Guru
Content Guru is a leading provider of cloud communication solutions, delivering omni-channel cloud contact centre and customer engagement services through the storm platform. storm powers hundreds of the world's largest organisations in sectors ranging from utilities and travel to government and finance, including G4S, Serco, National Rail Enquiries, and the UK's National Health Service.

About Rakuten Communications
Rakuten Communications, subsidiary of global innovation leader Rakuten Inc., is an Information and Communications Technology company that strives to create new value for a digital society. In addition to existing fixed-line communication services including IP phone, Myline and internet connection services, the company offers mobile and cloud solutions to position its customers for a digital future. Rakuten Communications aims to expand by developing the potential of IP platforms, across voice, data, media and applications. For more information:

Source: Rakuten Communications and Content Guru

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World Smart Energy Week 2018 : World's Leading Comprehensive Smart Energy Trade Show
Feb 15, 2018

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. will be holding the Japan’s largest comprehensive show for smart and renewable energy - World Smart Energy Week 2018 from February 28 - March 2 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. The show aims to provide a platform for professionals from across Japan, Asia, and the world to negotiate and network for the future of smart and renewable energy business. It will consist of 8 exhibitions and world-class conference sessions filling up Tokyo Big Sight - the largest exhibition center of the country. The show ranges from power generation, storage, saving, transmission to distribution technologies. The comprehensive business event is expected to welcome 1,580 exhibitors and 70,000 professional visitors.

The show will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony inviting 60 energy industry leaders from Japan and overseas as dignitaries. Ambassadors from Denmark and Norway, and senior representatives from major companies in Japan, such as Toshiba Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Panasonic Corp., many others will celebrate the opening of World Smart Energy Week 2018.

Date & Time: Feb. 28 (Wed) 9:30 am -
Venue: In front of Reception Counter, East 5 Hall

Also, Executive Party will be held on the first day to facilitate networking among executives of smart energy industries 800 executives from exhibiting and visiting firms, organisations, speakers from keynotes, and other conference sessions will be attending the reception party. A perfect opportunity to meet and carry out interviews with great influencers.
Date & Time: Feb. 28 (Wed) 12:30 pm -
Venue: Reception Hall, 1st floor of Conference Tower

During the show period, keynote and technical conference sessions will be held in parallel to the exhibitions at the Conference Tower of Tokyo Big Sight. Distinguished industry leaders from the 8 energy sectors share the outlook for their industries, the latest technologies, market trends, national and international energy policies, and various strategies for business and national/international energy policies. Throughout the show period, 220 sessions will be held in 2018. These will include a World Smart Energy Week keynote session led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), U.S. Department of Energy to discuss “Japan & US Smart Energy Strategies and Future Outlook” Many more interesting sessions you don’t want to miss in this year are published. Please check the details of all sessions via the following link.

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The show has been expanding its scale and the profile of the show by attracting increasing attention from smart and renewable energy related professionals year by year. World Smart Energy Week 2018 is the best place to keep up with the changing conditions of the industry.

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The show has been expanding its scale and the profile of the show by attracting increasing attention from smart and renewable energy related professionals year by year. World Smart Energy Week 2018 is the best place to keep up with the changing conditions of the industry

World Smart Energy Week 2018
Dates: February 28 - March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 (10:00 – 17:00 on March 2, 2018)
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
Organised by: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

Held inside World Smart Energy Week 2018:
FC EXPO 2018 - 14th Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo
PV EXPO 2018 - 11th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo
PV SYSTEM EXPO 2018 - 9th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation System Expo
BATTERY JAPAN 2018 - 8th Int'l Rechargeable Battery Expo
WIND EXPO 2018 – 6th Int’l Wind Energy Expo & Conference
THERMAL POWER EXPO – 2nd Next-generation Thermal Power Generation Expo

Co-organised by:
Hydrogen Energy Systems Society of Japan (HESS) [FC EXPO]
Fuel Cell Development Information Center (FCDIC) [FC EXPO]
Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) [WIND EXPO]
Japan Woody Bioenergy Association / Japan Organics Recycling Association [INT’L BIOMASS EXPO]
Thermal and Nuclear Power Engineering Society [THERMAL POWER EXPO]

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Mutation in single rice gene cancels interspecific hybrid sterility
Feb 12, 2018

Joint press release by Hokkaido University, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and Kyoto University

Scientists successfully employed mutagenesis to identify the gene that causes hybrid sterility in rice, which is a major reproductive barrier between species.

Their success is expected to help elucidate the genetic basis of interspecific hybrid sterility, which is important not only for understanding the evolutionary biology of speciation, but also for improving crops for food production.

There are only two cultured rice species: an Asian one (Oryza sativa) and an African one (O. glaberrima). The African species is tolerant to various abiotic and biotic stresses such as high temperature, providing a valuable source of genes that could be useful in rice production. However, the interspecific reproductive barrier stands in the way of using the African species in breeding programs with the Asian species. Plants obtained from hybridizing the two species yield almost no seeds when they are cultivated. This is known as hybrid sterility.

To identify the cause of this infertility, Assistant Professor Yohei Koide and Associate Professor Akira Kanazawa of Hokkaido University along with their collaborators Senior Researcher Yoshimichi Fukuta from JIRCAS and Professor Yutaka Okumoto from Kyoto University focused on the S1 gene locus, which is known to be involved in hybrid sterility. The team created numerous hybrid seeds heterozygous for the S1 locus, which were then subjected to heavy-ion beam irradiation to induce mutations. The irradiation experiments were conducted at RIKEN.

While screening for mutants, they found plants that yielded seeds, thus fertile, despite being heterozygous for the S1 locus. Subsequent gene analysis of the S1 locus found a deletion in the peptidase-coding gene called SSP. When the team brought the intact SSP into the Asian species by transformation experiments and crossed the transformant with the mutant, it regained hybrid sterility, showing SSP is causative. Interestingly, the transformation alone did not show sterility, suggesting that SSP is indispensable but not sufficient for hybrid sterility.

The team then researched the evolutionary pathways of SSP and found that the gene is present only in the African species and some other wild species, not in the Asian one. This signifies the gene was acquired or lost in certain evolutionary pathways and maintained interspecific boundaries.

“Our study shows the interspecific reproductive barrier can be overcome by a disruption of a single gene. Further research could help improve breeding programs and enhance rice yields to address food shortages in growing populations,” says Yohei Koide.

Original article:

Koide Y., et al. Lineage-specific gene acquisition or loss is involved in interspecific hybrid sterility in rice, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, February 12, 2018.

Photo caption / Asian species (Oryza sativa, top), African species (O. glaberrima, bottom), and their hybrid (middle). The hybrid has husks but does not yield seeds.


Assistant Professor Yohei Koide
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Tanaka to Donate Pure Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the Winners of Tokyo Marathon 2018
JCN Newswire
Feb 08, 2018

TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - TANAKA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Akira Tanae) will produce and donate gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three men and women finishers of the marathon and wheelchair marathon events of the Tokyo Marathon 2018 (a total of 12 medals).

The Tokyo Marathon 2018, organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, will be held on February 25, 2018. The wheelchair marathon has been officially sanctioned as an international event since 2016. The medals to be presented to the marathon winners are approximately 65 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick. The pure gold medal weighs approximately 200 grams, the pure silver medal 110 grams, and the pure bronze medal 90 grams. TANAKA is also holding a Tokyo Marathon Winner and Finisher Medal Exhibition at its GINZA TANAKA main store in Ginza, Tokyo, from February 2 to 12, 2018. TANAKA HOLDINGS is actively supporting the Tokyo Marathon 2018 with the provision of medals recognizing the efforts of the marathon runners and by holding this exhibition.

The Tokyo Marathon medals provided by TANAKA HOLDINGS are made from pure gold, silver, and bronze, which are extremely rare even among medals presented at sports competitions. They are rarities of considerable value. The medals for the Tokyo Marathon 2018, the 12th Tokyo Marathon, were designed with the "RUN as ONE" event concept as their theme. The overlapping lines represent the runners who compete in the Tokyo Marathon as well as the volunteers who support the event and the spectators who encourage the runners.

The lines portray the varied routes (courses) of the many people involved in the Tokyo Marathon, and express their commitment to move forward. The design expresses the 42.195 km of the Tokyo Marathon being created by the interactions of people as a tapestry made of interwoven lines (threads). The circular hole in the center of the medal expresses harmony and signifies looking ahead to the future. The overall round form and hole were designed to convey a hope for a bright future created through the connections between people, seen from the hole (a circle). The reverse sides of the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be presented to the top three winners of each marathon event depict the new course map and the TANAKA KIKINZOKU logo.

The Tokyo Marathon Winner and Finisher Medal Exhibition, to be held at the GINZA TANAKA main store in Ginza, will display the 2018 winner medals as well as replicas of previous winner medals and all finisher medals that the TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group has been involved in producing since 2007. Photo panels of athletes who competed in earlier Tokyo Marathons will also be on display.

The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group has produced the winner medals and finisher medals for every Tokyo Marathon since the first was held in 2007. The Tokyo Marathon was added to the World Marathon Majors (currently the Abbott World Marathon Majors) in 2013, attracting global attention as one of the world's six premier marathons. The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group has produced and sold various commemorative medals other than for the Tokyo Marathon, including the official commemorative medals for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group will continue to produce medals made of precious metals and support various events in a way unique to the Group.

Overview of the Tokyo Marathon 2018 Winner Medals

Material, Weight, and Size (from left)
- Silver Medal: Pure silver, approx. 110 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 3 mm thick
- Gold Medal: Pure gold (24K), approx. 200 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 3 mm thick
- Bronze Medal: Pure bronze, approx. 90 g, approx. 65 mm in diameter, approx. 3 mm thick
* The weights of the wheelchair marathon medals are gold (pure gold): approx. 160 g, silver (pure silver): approx. 95 g, and bronze (pure bronze): approx. 80 g

Tokyo Marathon 2018 Winner Medal Exhibition Schedule

The winner medals (gold, silver, and bronze) will be displayed according to the following schedule.

February 2-12 * Display of originals
Tokyo Marathon Winner and Finisher Medal Exhibition, GINZA TANAKA Ginza main store,
5th floor, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

February 22-24 * Exhibition of replicas
Tokyo Marathon Museum at the Tokyo Marathon EXPO 2018,
Tokyo Big Sight West Exhibition Hall

About the Tanaka Precious Metals

Since its foundation in 1885, the Tanaka Precious Metals group has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. Tanaka is a leader in Japan in terms of 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, all Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. In addition, in order to make further progress in globalization, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016.

As precious metal professionals, Tanaka Precious Metals will continue to contribute to the development of an enriching and prosperous society.

The TANAKA KIKINZOKU Group is cooperating with the Tokyo Marathon.

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