Central bank trove of woodblock prints shown for 1st time overseas
Central bank trove of woodblock prints shown for 1st time overseas
Forty-six "nishiki-e" woodblock prints displaying scenes from 19th-century Japan stored at the Bank of Japan's Currency Museum are being shown for the first time overseas.
IIJ launches 2GB prepaid SIM card for foreign visitors to Japan
IIJ launches 2GB prepaid SIM card for foreign visitors to Japan
Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), an Internet access and comprehensive network solutions provider, announced on Sept. 30 that it will offer a package featuring a prepaid SIM...
One of the “nishiki-e” woodblock prints on display at an exhibition in Washington (Provided by the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies)
Central bank trove of woodblock prints shown for 1st time overseas
Forty-six "nishiki-e" woodblock prints displaying scenes from 19th-century Japan stored at the Bank of Japan's Currency Museum are being shown for the first time overseas.
The Japan Travel SIM powered by IIJmio (Provided by Internet Initiative Japan Inc.)
IIJ launches 2GB prepaid SIM card for foreign visitors to Japan
Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), an Internet access and comprehensive network solutions provider, announced on Sept. 30 that it will offer a package featuring a prepaid SIM card with 2 gigabytes of high-speed data volume for foreign visitors to Japan.
The Tahara Solar/ Wind Electricity Generation Plant (Provided by Mitsui Chemicals Inc.)
Japan’s largest hybrid power plant to start operations in Aichi Prefecture
The nation’s largest hybrid power plant using solar and wind power in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, will start commercial operations on Oct. 1, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. and seven other companies announced Sept. 30.
Subaru’s new U.S. Impreza model (Provided by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.)
Fuji Heavy to roll out upgraded Subaru Impreza in U.S.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, said Sept. 26 it will begin to sell an upgraded Subaru Impreza with enhanced safety features in the U.S. market within the year.
The China CITIC Ultimate JCB Card (Provided by JCB Co.)
JCB to offer ‘ultimate’ credit card for super rich in China, Indonesia
JCB Co., Japan’s sole international credit card brand, plans to market its highest-level “Ultimate” card in China and Indonesia from October, targeting the growing number of ultra-wealthy people in both countries.
An Ito En Ltd. official checks tea leaves in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Ito En celebrates 30th anniversary of bottled tea
Beverage maker Ito En Ltd. plans to release a 375-milliliter bottle of green tea for 540 yen ($4.9), a steep price that underscores the confidence of what was once a tiny tea-leaf wholesaler.
A guest room of Royal Park Hotel The Haneda for international transit passengers at Haneda Airport (Shimpei Doi)
Hotel to open at Haneda Airport for international transit passengers
The nation’s first hotel designed for transit passengers on international flights who do not wish to go through immigration will open at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Sept. 30.
A tank from the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium draws visitors to Okinawa Prefecture’s booth at the JATA Tourism Expo Japan at the Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Sept. 26. (Shimpei Doi)
Local entities wage charm offensive at tourism expo in Tokyo
One of the world’s largest tourism trade shows now under way in Tokyo is offering municipalities across Japan a perfect opportunity to pitch their charms to foreign travel agencies to drum up tourism.
Kansai Electric to build thermal power plant in Sendai in bid to expand Tokyo sales
Kansai Electric Power Co. will build a coal-fired power plant in Sendai, as it seeks to expand its business in Tokyo after the retail electricity market is fully liberalized in 2016, The Asahi Shimbun learned Sept. 25.
Hayabusa (Provided by Suzuki Motor Corp.)
Suzuki to sell 4 middle, large motorcycle models in Indonesia
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Sept. 26 that its Indonesian subsidiary this month will start successively selling four middle- and large-displacement motorcycle models to meet increasing demand in the country.
A concept image of the verification facility of a solar thermal collecting system (Provided by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.)
Environment Ministry taps Babcock-Hitachi for solar power project
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) said Sept. 26 that its group company Babcock-Hitachi K.K. (BHK) has been contracted by the Environment Ministry to develop technology for the concentrating solar power (CSP) system.
A photovoltaic power station in Oita (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric suspends buying renewable energy, fearing supply instability
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on Sept. 25 stopped signing contracts with renewable energy companies, fearing a further expansion of clean energy could lead to an unstable power supply in local areas.
Panasonic Corp.’s latest robot is designed to help those in need of personal care get up from bed and use toilet facilities on their own. (Kohei Kondo)
Panasonic robot helps elderly stay mobile
Panasonic Corp. unveiled a robot Sept. 24 that is designed to help ease the burden on caregivers assisting Japan’s growing elderly population.
A visitor wears the Morpheus virtual reality system, being developed for use with PlayStation 4, in Chiba’s Mihama Ward on Sept. 18. (Sayuri Ide)
Console makers reinvent themselves in bid to lure gamers
CHIBA--Sporting special headgear, the field of view transforms into an ocean scene. A shark approaches out of the blue and smashes into a barrier, causing the screen to pitch violently.
Components of the “JWX-1 Plus+” for use on wheelchairs (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha Motor to sell improved electric power unit for wheelchairs
Yamaha Motor Co. has developed an upgraded version of its “JWX-1” electric propulsion unit designed to assist wheelchairs, the company said Sept. 24.
A web page that looks like Apple Inc.’s site is designed to steal iPhone users’ Apple ID. (Provided by Trend Micro Inc.)
iPhone users urged to be on guard against data theft
An explosion of fraudulent Apple-related websites has prompted calls for iPhone users to exercise caution when entering personal information.
An artist's concept of the Starbucks coffeehouse that will open in May 2015 in Tottori, the first Starbucks outlet in the prefecture (Provided by Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd.)
U.S. Starbucks to acquire Starbucks Coffee Japan
U.S.-based Starbucks Corp. said Sept. 23 that it will pay 99.5 billion yen ($914 million) to acquire the remaining 60.5 percent share of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. that it does not currently own.
Provided by Sumitomo Corp.
Sumitomo to build combined cycle power plant in Ghana
Sumitomo Corp. and its African subsidiary will build a power plant in Ghana to accommodate an increasing demand for electricity, it was announced Sept. 24.
Koichi Hamada in a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo (Hitoshi Kujiraoka)
Abe aide calls for cutting corporate tax to 25 percent over 2-3 years
Koichi Hamada, a Yale University economics professor emeritus and special adviser to the Abe administration, repeated his call to cut Japan’s effective corporate tax rate to 25 percent.
Visitors examine large and unique import motorcycles during the bike show in front of Hamamatsu Station in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 22. (Shigeo Ohata)
Import motorcycle sales in Japan revving up
HAMAMATSU--As sales of import motorcycles in Japan have showed signs of recovering, the import motorcycle industry held its first exhibition here to give the business a further boost.

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