TEPCO Launches Second Edition of Free Electrons Global Startup Acceleration Program
 
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Dec 12, 2017
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TOKYO - (JCN Newswire) - Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), together with 7 other international utilities, today announced the launch of the second edition of Free Electrons, a global startup acceleration program to recruit energy startups that will drive the next generation of ideas in clean energy, energy efficiency, e-mobility, digitization, and on-demand customer services. Startups chosen for Free Electrons participate in three separate week-long acceleration modules in San Francisco and two other locations around the world. Free Electrons was initiated by eight international utilities, AusNet Services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), ESB (Electricity Supply Board), EDP (Energias de Portugal), innogy, Origin Energy, SP Group and TEPCO.

A win-win approach for startups and utilities

The utilities and accelerators behind the Free Electrons program are committed to a future where energy is smart, clean and accessible to everyone. The global accelerator program is designed for energy startups to further refine their products and services, with the potential of testing and developing them to a global customer base of 73 million. Industry leaders will offer expertise, resources and access to their customer base in exchange for investment and partnership opportunities.

A global calling

The utility partners in Free Electrons are leaders in the clean energy transition, covering more than 40 countries, representing over $148 billion in combined net income and access to over 73 million end customers worldwide.

Energy startups around the world with a working prototype are encouraged to apply to Free Electrons. Twelve energy startups will be selected by the eight utility partners to participate in the six-month accelerator program.

The call for the world's energy startups starts on 12 December 2017. The application deadline is on 9 February 2018. The selection period is in March 2018 and the selected startups will be announced by the end of March 2018. Interested applicants can apply for the Free Electrons program athttp://www.freetheelectron.com/.

The 8 Free Electrons utility members are: Ausnet Services (Australia), DEWA (Dubai), EDP (Portugal), ESB (Ireland), Innogy (Germany), Origin (Australia), SP (Singapore) and TEPCO (Japan). Together they represent an aggregated customer base of 73 million and develop activities in over 40 countries all over the planet. The Free Electrons program connects startups with each of the 8 utilities experts and key decision makers generating a very significant deal flow of pilot projects, partnerships, commercial contracts and investment.

In September 2017 at the final module for Free Electrons in Singapore, the global financial value of the contracts signed between the 12 startups and the 8 utilities was about $2 million, with a pipeline of opportunities being developed reaching over $12 million.

Free Electrons first edition took place between May and September of 2017 and passed by San Francisco, Lisbon, Dublin and Singapore. BeOn, a Portuguese company that sells integrated plug-and-play solar kits, including a solar panel and their own proprietary micro-inverter, was the winner, having signed several agreements with member utilities and receiving an award of $175,000.

The other startups selected as finalists in Free Electrons 2017 edition included, Aperio (Israel), Climote (Ireland), DataGlen (India), Depsys (Switzerland), Driivz (Israel), EthosGen (USA), Greencom (Germany), HST (USA), Ohm Connect (USA), Simple Energy and Tempus (UK).

About TEPCO

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

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mybitwallet introduces Payment Request feature
 
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Nov 13, 2017
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Singapore/Tokyo, Nov 11 - JCN Newswire - mybitwallet, a world-wide, online payment services e-wallet, is pleased to announce the availability of a new Payment Request feature for businesses and individual users of the mybitwallet payment service. The new feature offers an easy and convenient way for merchants or other users to request and collect online payments from among mybitwallet account holders and send custom Payment Requests with complete tracking and payment receipts which are automatically sent to both parties with each transaction.

The new service is designed for any number of everyday situations. It is for friends or colleagues who simply want to share the expenses of food and drink easily among themselves. It is for borrowers who may wish to repay their debts incrementally, or for service providers who may want to receive monthly or periodic payments. By using this service, anyone with mybitwallet can issue a Payment Request in an ad-hoc way, or make payments promptly and securely, between friends or clients or for any periodic or impromptu payments for business.

Benefits for users sending Payment Requests --
Friends using mybitwallet Payment Request system can exchange funds without actually meeting, while businesses can receive a more stable collection of funds or monthly payments by using the Payment Request system. Moreover, senders of a Payment Request may limit payment methods to those available for a particular friend or client as a means of settlement.

Senders of a Payment Request can normally select from various payment methods, such as credit-card settlement, mybitwallet account, or mybitwallet plus credit-card payment, while a Payment Request may also be sent to someone who doesn't have a mybitwallet account. After a Payment Request is sent, the sender may change or even cancel the request if it hasn't yet been paid.

Benefits for customers receiving Payment Requests --
Customers who receive a Payment Request won't have to visit a bank or convenience store for fund transfers, rather they may withdraw the requested amount from a mybitwallet account or settle by credit-card. Further, customers can make payments without any worry, as an invoice with details of the item(s) and sender of the request will always be attached to the e-mail.

With the release of the Payment Request feature on mybitwallet, businesses and other users will be able to collect payments more conveniently, while customers will able to respond to requests with a transfer of funds more easily. The team at mybitwallet is available 24/7 to help you with your daily payments or collections of sales proceeds.

Payment Request service flow --
Businesses or other users who wish to send a Payment Request can easily send a request email with a PDF invoice attached to a specified email address. Each email also has a link to the 'make payment' page and a list of the outstanding items on the customer's account.

Customers receiving a Payment Request e-mail may easily make the payment by logging in to mybitwallet and accessing the one-time payment screen by clicking the URL in the request email from the sender. From that payment screen, payment can be easily made. The remittance fee will be borne by the user on the sending side, while the same applies if the payment is made by card settlement.

About mybitwallet

mybitwallet digital Wallet was introduced in 2016 by E PROTECTIONS PTE LTD, which was founded in Singapore in 2012. mybitwallet is a leading online payment solution driven by a team of passionate disruptors determined to create a seamless payment platform for business owners and merchants around the world and their clients.

mybitwallet aims to provide not only the world's best multi-currency, real-time payment experience for all mybitwallet users, but the world's best complete payment solution experience across all industries. Please visit our official 'mybitwallet' site athttps://mybitwallet.com.

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MINISO Accelerates Development in the Vietnam Market, Planning to Open 500 Stores by 2019
 
Nov 09, 2017
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- According to data released by Vietnam's General Statistics Bureau, Vietnam's retail market grew by 10.2% over the previous year to $118 billion in 2016. Vietnam ranked the sixth in the list of the world's most attractive retail markets, behind India, China, Malaysia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The huge potential of Vietnam's retail market has attracted many retail brands to develop in, including Japanese designer brand MINISO, which began to further develop in the Vietnamese market this year, for bringing "high quality and affordable" products to more Vietnamese people.

On October 28, 2017, MINISO held a promotion conference in GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr. Miyake Junya, the co-founder and chief designer of MINISO, together with the directors, general manager and representatives of Vietnam were present at the conference. A large number of local investors, retailers and entrepreneurs also attended the conference. Mr. Miyake Junya addressed the conference that MINISO advocates the life philosophy of "simplicity, nature and good quality", hoping to lead consumers to establish a healthy consumption concept and a sustainable development attitude towards life by excellent design, so that consumers around the world may have a chance to enjoy the high quality and affordable products in MINISO.

So far, MINISO has reached strategic cooperation agreements with over 60 countries and regions, opening more than 2,000 stores all over the world in merely four years since its establishment. By 2019, MINISO is expected to open 10,000 stores in 100 countries with global revenue reaching USD 15 billion. Vincent, MINISO's Vice President of International Operation, indicated that there are 30 MINISO stores in Vietnam so far, and this number would increase to 50 by the end of 2017. MINISO plans to open 300 stores in Vietnam by 2018 and 500 by 2019. MINISO is confident about developing in the Vietnamese market. Ms. Helen, the representative of Vietnam, believed that as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the retail industry in Vietnam has great potential, and there are new brands being introduced into Vietnam almost every day. Support of government policies, the rapid rise of the middle class and the relatively young demographic structure are the factors contributing to the rapid growth of the retail market.

At the promotion conference, on behalf of MINISO, Mr. Miyake Junya signed the strategic cooperation agreement with a few Vietnamese developers, including Vincome, the largest property group in Vietnam, which is laying a solid foundation for MINISO to develop in this country.

The conference was held on the anniversary day of MINISO's establishment in Vietnam. Large number of customers standing in long queues and shopped in the MINISO stores. Majority of consumers were young people. In addition to the popular products, such as makeup, digital products, perfume, etc., masks became one of the favorite products of local consumers. Because of the lack of public transport in Ho Chi Minh City and the general use of gas-guzzling motorcycles, masks have become a necessity for the local people.

MINISO sticks to the customer-oriented principle and works hard to develop products that meet the needs of the local market, conveying the concept of "high quality and affordable" to every consumer. In the future, MINISO will keep on moving forward, making effort to accelerate its overseas expansion so as to realize its vision of "liberating the younger generation".

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World's First Christmas Tree Made from 2017 Vienna Philharmonic Coins on display at renowned GINZA TANAKA Ginza Main Store
 
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Nov 09, 2017
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TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - Renowned precious metal store, GINZA TANAKA (TANAKA KIKINZOKU JEWELRY K.K., main office: Ginza, Chuo-ku, Representative Director & CEO: Masakazu Tanaka, hereinafter: GINZA TANAKA), marked its 125th year since establishment in 2017. Going forward, it will continue to pursue possibilities for its distinctive precious metal ornaments with a fixation on quality that has been passed down the generations since its foundation, without forgetting to be continuously grateful toward the many people who have supported the company over its 125 years.

GINZA TANAKA created a GINZA TANAKA Vienna Philharmonic Coin Golden Christmas Tree (not for sale) made from 2017 Vienna Philharmonic coins (worth 350 million yen), which are issued by the Austrian Mint (CEO: Gerhard Starsich, main office: Vienna, Austria) and will display it on the first floor of its GINZA TANAKA main store (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) during the Christmas season from November 9 to December 25, 2017. This is the first Christmas tree in the world to be made from Vienna Philharmonic coins.

The GINZA TANAKA Vienna Philharmonic Coin Golden Christmas Tree (height: approx. 3 m, width: 1.4 m) has been made from a total of 2017 coins (pure gold: approx. 63 kg) in reference to the year 2017. This includes 2016 one-ounce Vienna Philharmonic coins and one 20-ounce coin. This is the most pure gold that has ever been used in a Christmas tree by GINZA TANAKA. The 2016 one-ounce Vienna Philharmonic coins were placed individually by hand on a transparent acrylic square pyramid base and the top of the tree was adorned with a star-shaped decoration made using the 20-ounce Gold Philharmonic coin. The base supporting the Christmas tree was designed based on the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Wien and it has been made to rotate so that the Gold Philharmonic coins will reflect the light and shine.

For the back panel, trick art has been utilized in what is a first for GINZA TANAKA. Motifs such as musical instruments and musical notes shown behind the GINZA TANAKA Vienna Philharmonic Coin Golden Christmas Tree have been gloriously designed together with the Christmas decorations. An optical illusion has been used to make it appear that the design emerges from the surface three-dimensionally depending on the angle it is viewed from. Visitors are welcome to take stunning pictures capturing the atmosphere of Vienna, the music capital of the world.

The GINZA TANAKA main store has displayed a Christmas tree made from precious metal every year from 2005, making this the 13th year that such a tree will be displayed. In the 125th year since GINZA TANAKA's foundation, this year's Christmas tree conveys the beauty of the Vienna Philharmonic coins and communicates the power and profound feeling of pure gold despite its simple silhouette. GINZA TANAKA directly managed by TANAKA KIKINZOKU, which is the sole agent for Gold Philharmonic coins in Japan, has utilized its distinctive characteristics to create this Christmas tree decadently covered in Vienna Philharmonic coins.

The Vienna Philharmonic Coin
Vienna Philharmonic coins are legal tender that the Austrian government guarantees as being made from gold of 99.99% purity. Because of this level of trust, it is the most commonly-purchased gold coin in Japan. It comes in four sizes -- one ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce. Therefore, it is popular not only for asset formation in accordance with budget, but also as a present for friends or family. In addition to investment coins, the coins are also available as various coin jewelry products such as pendants and broaches.

Outline of the GINZA TANAKA Vienna Philharmonic Coin Golden Christmas Tree

Displayed item: GINZA TANAKA Vienna Philharmonic Coin Golden Christmas Tree (not for sale)
Display period: Thursday, November 9 - Monday, December 25, 2017, 10:30 to 19:00.
Display location: GINZA TANAKA main store, 1F Entrance
Materials:
One-ounce Vienna Philharmonic coins (K24, diameter: 37 mm, thickness: 2.0 mm, weight: 31.1035 g) Total: 2016 coins
Twenty-ounce Vienna Philharmonic coin (K24, diameter: 74 mm, thickness: 8.3 mm, weight: 622.07 g) Total: 1 coin
*A total of 2017 Vienna Philharmonic coins were used in the Christmas tree (Total weight: Approx. 63 kg, equivalent to 350 million yen)
Size:
Tree: Approx. 3 m high x approx. 1.4 m wide
Back panel: Approx. 3 m high x approx. 2.6 m wide
*The price of the 2017 Vienna Philharmonic coins has been calculated at a rate of 171,738 yen (retail price including tax) per ounce.

GINZA TANAKA
GINZA TANAKA (TANAKA KIKINZOKU JEWELRY) was established in 1892. By means of the high quality jewelry and crafted products that it offers, it has become a renowned precious metal store that adds further sparkle to each individual's lifestyle. The company manufactures and sells jewelry and craft products with rich design and high investment potential that have been created by utilizing artisan craft skills on high quality precious metals such as pure gold and platinum.
Directly managed stores
Ginza main store, Shinjuku, Hotel Chizanso Tokyo, Isetan Tachikawa, Yokohama Motomachi, Sendai, Niigata Mitsukoshi, Nagoya, Sakae (specialty bridal store), Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae, Shinsaibashi, Takamatsu Mitsukoshi, Fukuoka Nishitetsu Grand Hotel

The TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP
Since its foundation in 1885, the TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP, 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. TANAKA KIKINZOKU JEWELRY is in charge of the jewelry sales business as a member of the TANAKA KIKINZOKU GROUP. 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.

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Delicatessen Trade Show 2018: Introduction of Latest & Featured Japanese Bento and Prepared Meal
 
Nov 08, 2017
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TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- At “Delicatessen •Trade Show 2018 (DTS2018)”, the concurrent show of “Supermarket Trade Show 2018”, “Bento and Prepared Meal Awards” is held every year as a special project. “Bento” is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

The award is to honor outstanding products among entered bento and prepared meals from all over Japan, and the award-winning products and their information will be displayed during DTS2018. Also, a food court where visitors can actually taste some award-winning products is provided.

The award, which will be held for the seventh time this year, started accepting entries from June 1st, 2017 and received more than 50,000 entries (entries are closed on September 30th, 2017). The document screening was completed by October 18th and the final screening will be held (taste-screening) on November 14th and 15th.

Outline

  • Supermarket Trade Show 2018 (SMTS2018)
  • Duration: February 14th (Wednesday) to 16th (Friday), 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    *The last day will close at 4:00pm.

  • Venue: Makuhari Messe (Using all facilities 72,000 sqm with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Admission: JPY5,000 *Only charged to visitors without an invitation ticket. Only Industry participant and those over 18 years old are permitted.
  • Visitors: About 86,768 ( The year of 2017 with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Other events during the show: SMTS2018 Special Project ; “Future Store ‘NOW’ - Continuous study of near future supermarket” (visit to http://fs-n.net for more details) /  Reception party / Stages / Professional seminars
  • Concurrent Show :
    -The 13th Kodawari Food Fair 2018 (An exhibition highlighting unique specialties from all over Japan)
    -The Delicatessen Trade Show 2018 (An exhibition providing the latest information on ready meals industry)
    -The 3rd GAISYOKU FOOD TABLE 2018 (An exhibition for the food service industry)

    About Organizer
    New 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 in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: About 330 regular members (about 6,000 stores), about 880 supporting members (as of Apr., 2017)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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

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    15th JCB World Conference Held in Taipei
     
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    Nov 06, 2017
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    TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - JCB Co., Ltd., the only global payment brand based in Japan, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), international operations subsidiary, today announce 15th JCB World Conference was held in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 1 and 2 2017. About 500 people from around 200 companies and financial institutions from 27 countries and territories participated in the conference.

    JCB World Conference is a biennial event held since 1988 to share JCB strategy and strengthen relationships with JCB partners all over the world. Speakers at 15th JCB World Conference included the Deputy Director General of the Financial Supervisory Commission and the Director General of the Tourism Bureau in Taiwan, representatives from leaders in the variety of industry in France, Denmark, and Japan, and top executives from JCB itself.

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    Position and Company:
    Speaker:

    JCB Strategy: Two Years in Review
    President & CEO, JCB Co., Ltd.; Chairman & CEO, JCB International Co., Ltd.
    Ichiro Hamakawa

    Keynote Address: Cashless Transaction Policies in Taiwan
    Deputy Director General, Banking Bureau, Financial Supervisory Commission Republic of China (Taiwan)
    Li Chun Wang

    Theme Speech: Taiwan Tourism 2020
    Director General, Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
    Joe Y. Chou

    JCB Speech: The Role of JCB in Japan Tourism - Providing Unique Value for Tourists to Japan
    Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing Department, JCB Co., Ltd.
    Hiro Sugiyama

    Theme Speech: The Magic Combination to Shape the Future of Payments
    CEO, IDEMIA (France) (previously known as OT-Morpho)
    Didier Lamouche

    Theme Speech: Next Generation Payments The mobile journey
    CEO, Dankort
    Nets Denmark
    Jeppe Juul-Andersen

    Theme Speech: LINE SMART PORTAL and a World Actualized with LINE Pay
    CEO, LINE Corporation (Japan)
    Takeshi Idezawa

    JCB Speech: Evolution of Payment Technologies Delivering unique value
    Executive Vice President, Brand Infrastructure & Technologies Department, JCB Co., Ltd.
    Tac Watanabe

    About JCB

    JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 23 countries and territories. For more information, please visit:www.global.jcb/en/

    Note: Statistics about JCB are as of March 2017.

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    Forty-five years of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations marked by student visit
     
    Nov 06, 2017
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    Forty-six students from China's Northeast Normal University in Jilin province visited Tohoku University on October 19 as part of an academic tour to mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations.

    In total, four Chinese provinces sent student representatives to various regions around Japan to visit universities, museums and institutions which relate to ecology or disaster prevention.

    Tohoku University is especially well known in China due to its first and most famous Chinese alumnus, Lu Xun - the man regarded as the most influential figure of modern Chinese literature.

    Lu Xun studied at Sendai Medical College, the forerunner of Tohoku University's Medical School, from 1904 - 1906. The University archives - which contain displays of his handwritten notes - and the lecture hall where he had classes, are popular destinations for Chinese visitors to the university.

    "Coincidentally, it is the 81st anniversary of Lu Xun's death today, so visiting his classroom felt very special," said Ma Xiaotong, a biotechnology student. "He was very influential and his works continue to have a profound impact on us in China. I'm grateful that I had the chance to see the room where he studied."

    The group then headed to the International Research Institute of Disaster Science where they heard a brief lecture about disaster mitigation, and watched a 3-D documentary on the events of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

    For an understanding of the work being done by the university to promote green consciousness, the students visited the Graduate School of Environmental Studies and walked around the Ecollab.

    "I was most impressed with the wooden Ecollab, because the design is simple and comfortable, and the materials used are environmentally friendly," said Hu Chengzheng, an environmental science student. "It's also very quiet so I get the feeling that researchers can have a settled mind to do their research well there."

    Northeast Normal University was founded in 1946 and is one of six national normal universities in China. It is located in Changchun City, the capital of Jilin province, which has been a sister-city to Miyagi Prefecture since 1987. Tohoku University currently maintains three Department Level Agreements with Northeast Normal University - one in education and two in economics.

    "There are so many trees here, the environment feels very good for studying," said Zhang Meng, echoing the sentiments and observations of many students on the tour. "If I have the chance, I would definitely like to come back. This campus is beautiful and the professors we met were interesting. It would really be an honour to be able to study here."

    Contact:
    International Exchange Division, Tohoku University
    Tel: +81 22 217-5578
    Email: kokusai-r@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

    SOURCE / Tohoku University Japan

     
     
    4th New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2017 Slated for Nov. 2-5
     
    Oct 31, 2017
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    CHITOSE, Japan, Oct. 31, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2017, an international animation film festival held in its entirety within the airport terminal building, is to be held from Thursday, November 2, to Sunday, November 5.

    In this fourth edition of the festival, animation filmmakers, both Japanese and international, and fans communicate with one another through the internationally common culture of animation, to be shown at the three theaters in the airport.

    An International competition, the main part of the animation festival, will show 44 works from 21 countries, which were selected from 2,037 works submitted from 85 countries and regions. The number of the films submitted showed an increase of about 800 works from last year.

    There will also be special screenings. Masaaki Yuasa's "Lu Over the Wall" and "MIND GAME" as well as "Legend of the Galactic Heroes -- My Conquest is the Sea of Stars," a collection of works by Yuri Norstein known as animation master, will be shown in collaboration with "Bakuon (extremely loud) Screening" featuring the full blast of dynamic sound generated by speakers used for a live concert. There will be the live score screening of "A Silent Voice" by composer Kensuke Ushio. Moreover, "KUBO and the Two Strings" is to be screened during the festival in advance of its theatrical release in Japan.

    Furthermore, at the Center Plaza, the main event space on the second floor of the domestic terminal building, there will be exhibitions and workshops, featuring Indie Games.

    For more details, please visit the official website:
    http://airport-anifes.jp/en/

    Source: New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival Executive Committee

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    New attraction for overseas visitors at SMTS2018 : Japanese Craft Sake & Beer Zone
     
    Oct 17, 2017
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    At SMTS2018, the new theme zone will be introduced.

    The New Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED) announced the new theme zone for Supermarket Trade Show 2018. “Japanese Craft Sake & Beer Zone” is the area you will meet products of craftsmen who value Japanese tradition.

    You can indulge in the art of craft and their passion for regional diet, food culture and history of Japan.

    The main product is “alcohol (sake)”.

    Japan quality is there to be fully displayed with the selected brewers’ specialty products.
    You can taste all the products on display.

  • Displayed Zone: Soft and Alcoholic Beverage Zone
  • Scale: 50 participating companies (expected)
  • Exhibiting Companies: Mainly Japanese brewers of sake and craft beer who are community-based (except large national brands)

    Outline

  • Supermarket Trade Show 2018 (SMTS2018)
  • Duration: February 14th (Wednesday) to 16th (Friday), 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    *The last day will close at 4:00pm.
  • Venue: Makuhari Messe (Using all facilities 72,000 sqm with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Admission: JPY5,000 *Only charged to visitors without an invitation ticket. Only Industry participant and those over 18 years old are permitted.
  • Visitors: About 86,768 ( The year of 2017 with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Other events during the show: SMTS2018 Special Project ; “Future Store ‘NOW’ - Continuous study of near future supermarket” (visit to http://fs-n.net for more details) /  Reception party / Stages / Professional seminars
  • Concurrent Show :
    -The 13th Kodawari Food Fair 2018 (An exhibition highlighting unique specialties from all over Japan)
    -The Delicatessen Trade Show 2018 (An exhibition providing the latest information on ready meals industry)
    -The 3rd GAISYOKU FOOD TABLE 2018 (An exhibition for the food service industry)

    About Organizer
    New 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 in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: About 330 regular members (about 6,000 stores), about 880 supporting members (as of Apr., 2017)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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

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    Keio University Law School Ranks First in the 2017 National Bar Exam
     
    Oct 08, 2017
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    On September 12, the Japanese Ministry of Justice announced the final results of the 2017 National Bar Examination. This year's exam saw a total of 1,543 successful candidates.

    Among the successful candidates, 144 graduates of the Keio University Law School passed the exam with a passage rate of 45.4%. This gives Keio University Law School the highest number of successful candidates and the 4th highest bar passage rate among all law schools (and the highest for a private university) in the country for 2 consecutive years.

    SOURCE / Keio University