ビジネスワイヤ(バフェットのBerkshire Hathaway group)

World's First! App-CM Inc. Launches a New Service "Voty" 2017年04月22日 19時30分


"Which do you like better?"


JAKARTA, Indonesia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--App-CM Inc. (Head office: Tokyo, Japan, CEO: Atsufumi Otsuka) will
release the 2-choice Q & A service "Voty (voty-app.com)" on April 22,
2017.








App-CM Inc. is a start-up company that creates innovative Internet
services.
By 2017, we have accumulated a cash total of 1.7 million
dollars, and we are developing business mainly in Southeast Asia, Japan
and the United States.



Voty is the simplest and fun Q & A service in the world.
Everyone
can easily create attractive two-choice Q & A and share it to friends
and people all over the world.
And the biggest feature is the
world's first mechanism that you can vote by tapping images from the Web
and the App.



It is simultaneous release of iOS, Android, and Web, and all smartphone
users can vote.



From now on, App-CM Inc. will develop this "Voty" as the largest Q & A
community in Indonesia.




Contacts


App-CM Inc.
Atsufumi Otsuka
Call: +81-90-4803-1421
Mail: info@app-cm.co.jp
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/atsufumi.otsuka



Announcement of Commencement of Tender Offer for Share Cert… 2017年04月22日 11時12分

OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Corporation (the “Tender Offeror”) hereby announces that the
Tender Offeror resolved at a meeting of its board of directors held
today to acquire shares of common stock (the “Target Company’s Shares”)
of PanaHome Corporation (Stock Code: 1924, First Section of the Tokyo
Stock Exchange, Inc. (the “Tokyo Stock Exchange”), the “Target Company”)
through a tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) in accordance with the
Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (Act No. 25 of 1948, as amended,
the “Act”), as set forth below. Also, in connection therewith, each of
the Tender Offeror and the Target Company resolved at meetings of their
respective boards of directors held today to terminate, by mutual
agreement, the share exchange agreement between both companies (the
“Share Exchange Agreement”) that was announced by the Tender Offeror and
the Target Company in the press release titled “Panasonic Corporation
Announces to Have Executed a Share Exchange Agreement to Make PanaHome
Corporation its Wholly-owned Subsidiary through Share Exchange” dated
December 20, 2016 (the “December 20, 2016 Press Release”). Also today,
both companies terminated the Share Exchange Agreement by mutual
agreement.




Please note that, pursuant to the “Memorandum of Understanding with
respect to the Termination of the Share Exchange Agreement and
Implementation of the Tender Offer” entered into by and between the
Tender Offeror and the Target Company as of today (the “MoU”), the
implementation of the Tender Offer is subject to each of the following
conditions (collectively the “Conditions of the Tender Offer”) being
satisfied: (i) from the execution date of the MoU until the commencement
date of the Tender Offer, no event that will have a material adverse
effect on the businesses, assets, debts, financial position, results of
operations, cash flow or profit plans has occurred or realized in
relation to the Target Company itself or the whole group including the
Target Company and its subsidiaries, and no other event that will be a
material interference of the achievement of a purpose of the Tender
Offer has occurred or realized; (ii) the Target Company’s meetings of
its board of directors lawfully and validly resolve to express an
opinion in favor of the Tender Offer, and to recommend that the
shareholders of the Target Company accept the Tender Offer, and such
resolution has not been changed or withdrew; (iii) there are no
judgements, decisions or orders, etc. by a judicial or administrative
body that restrict or prohibit the commencement of the Tender Offer and
there are no procedures pending in a judicial or administrative body
seeking to restrict or prohibit the commencement of the Tender Offer;
and (iv) there are no unpublicized material facts (the material facts
set forth in paragraph 2, Article 166 of the Act) with respect to the
Target Company and the Tender Offeror is not aware of any unpublicized
facts concerning a tender offer, etc. (the facts set forth in paragraph
3, Article 167 of the Act) of the Target Company’s Shares.
































1.



 

 

 

 

 


Purpose, etc. of Tender Offer









 


(1)









Overview of the Tender Offer








As of the date hereof, the Tender Offeror holds 91,036,634 shares (a
shareholding ratio (Note) of 54.18%) of the Target Company’s Shares
that are listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange,
and the Target Company is a consolidated subsidiary of the Tender
Offeror.













 

 

 

(Note)

 

 

 

“Shareholding ratio” means any shareholding ratio relative to the
total number of issued shares of the Target Company as of March 31,
2017 (i.e., 168,563,533 shares) less the number of treasury shares
held by the Target Company as of the same day (i.e., 541,791 shares)
(equating to 168,021,742 shares) (shareholding ratios are rounded up
or down to second decimal places), and hereinafter the same shall
apply.




































The Tender Offeror resolved at the meeting of its board of directors
held today to implement the Tender Offer, with the commencement date
of the Tender Offer being April 28, 2017, as a part of a transaction
aiming to acquire all of the Target Company’s Shares (excluding the
Target Company’s Shares held by the Tender Offeror and the treasury
shares held by the Target Company) and make the Target Company a
wholly owned subsidiary of the Tender Offeror (the “Transaction to
Make the Target Company a Wholly Owned Subsidiary”) (hereinafter,
the Transaction to Make the Target Company a Wholly Owned Subsidiary
by way of the Tender Offer and the following procedures shall be
referred to as the “Transaction”). The Tender Offeror will implement
the Tender Offer subject to the Conditions of the Tender Offer being
satisfied.

 

As announced in the December 20, 2016 Press Release, each of the
Tender Offeror and the Target Company resolved at meetings of their
respective boards of directors held on December 20, 2016 to conduct
a share exchange (the “Share Exchange”) in order to make the Tender
Offeror the wholly owing parent company after the share exchange and
the Target Company a wholly owned subsidiary after the share
exchange, and both companies have executed the Share Exchange
Agreement. Since the Tender Offeror and the Target Company decided,
however, to change the scheme of the Transaction to Make the Target
Company a Wholly Owned Subsidiary and implement the Tender Offer by
the Tender Offeror as a part of such transaction, the Tender Offeror
and the Target Company resolved at meetings of their respective
boards of directors held today to terminate, by mutual agreement,
the Share Exchange Agreement, and, on the same day, both companies
terminated the Share Exchange Agreement by mutual agreement. For
details of the background to and reasons for the change in scheme
mentioned above, please refer to the section titled “(iii)
Background to the implementation of the Tender Offer by the Tender
Offeror after the execution of the Share Exchange Agreement,” under
a. Background to, purpose of and decision making process of the
Tender Offer,” of “(2) Background to, Purpose of and Decision Making
Process of the Tender Offer, and Management Policy After the Tender
Offer” below.

 

Since the Tender Offeror has not set a limit on the maximum or
minimum number of shares to be purchased through the Tender Offer,
the Tender Offeror will acquire all of the share certificates, etc.
tendered (the “Tendered Shares, Etc.”) in response to the Tender
Offer.

 

In addition, if the Tender Offeror fails to acquire all of the
Target Company’s Shares (excluding the Target Company’s Shares held
by the Tender Offeror and the treasury shares held by the Target
Company) through the Tender Offer, the Tender Offeror intends to
require that the Target Company perform each procedure set forth in
the section titled “(3) Policy for Organizational Restructuring,
etc. After the Tender Offer (Matters Relating to So-called ‘Two-tier
Acquisitions’)” below (the “Procedures for Making the Target Company
a Wholly Owned Subsidiary”) in order to make the Target Company its
wholly owned subsidiary.

 

According to the “Announcement of Termination by Mutual Agreement of
the Share Exchange Agreement with Panasonic Corporation, the
Controlling Shareholder of PanaHome, and PanaHome’s Opinion in Favor
of the Tender Offer for PanaHome’s Shares by Panasonic Corporation
and Recommendation to Tender Shares” which was announced by the
Target Company as of today (the “Target Company’s Press Release”),
the Target Company determined that (i) in order for the Target
Company to deal with medium to long term management challenges, it
is necessary to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tender
Offeror through the Transaction, and therefore the implementation of
the Transaction will contribute to increasing the Target Company’s
corporate value, (ii) with respect to the Tender Offer, changing the
scheme from the Share Exchange to the Transaction will not cause any
particular disadvantages to the Target Company’s shareholders other
than the Tender Offeror, and in fact the Target Company believes it
will make it possible to provide an opportunity for the Target
Company’s shareholders other than the Tender Offeror to enjoy even
greater premiums, and therefore the Transaction provides to the
Target Company’s shareholders a reasonable opportunity to sell the
shares, and has resolved at its board of directors meeting held
today, to terminate by mutual agreement the Share Exchange Agreement
as of today, and to express an opinion in favor of the Tender Offer,
and to recommend that the shareholders of the Target Company accept
the Tender Offer.

 

For details of the Target Company’s opinion regarding the Tender
Offer and the decision making process of the Target Company, please
refer to the Target Company’s Press Release and the section titled
(iv) Background to the decision of the Target Company to support
the Tender Offer and reasons therefor,” under “a. Background to,
purpose of and decision making process of the Tender Offer,” of “(2)
Background to, Purpose of and Decision Making Process of the Tender
Offer, and Management Policy After the Tender Offer” below and the
section titled “e. Unanimous Approval of Directors and the No
Objection Opinion of All Company Auditors (Excluding Directors and
Company Auditors with Conflicts of Interest,” “(Measures to Ensure
the Fairness of the Tender Offer Such As Measures to Ensure the
Fairness of the Tender Offer Price and Measures to Avoid Conflict of
Interests)” under “(ii) Background of Calculation” of “(4) Basis of
Calculation, etc. of the Tender Offer Price,” of “2. Outline of the
Tender Offer” below.











































(2)



 

 


Background to, Purpose of and Decision Making Process of the
Tender Offer, and Management Policy After the Tender Offer






 


a.






Background to, purpose of and decision making process of the
Tender Offer






 


(i)






Background to and reasons for the Tender Offer






 

The Tender Offeror was founded in 1918 as Matsushita Electric
Housewares Manufacturing Works (Matsushita Denkikigu Seisakusho) and
started to manufacture wiring devices. In December 1935, it was
reorganized as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (the Tender
Offeror had used the trade name Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,
Ltd. until it changed its trade name to the current name, Panasonic
Corporation, in October 2008). In May 1949, the Tender Offeror
listed its stock on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
and the First Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange Co., Ltd.
(the “Osaka Securities Exchange”; in July 2013, the cash markets of
the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange were
integrated, and as a result thereof, the shares of the Tender
Offeror have been allocated to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock
Exchange), and in September 1951, the Tender Offeror’ listed on the
First Section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange, Inc. Thereafter, the
Tender Offeror made Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (“Panasonic
Electric Works”) its subsidiary in April 2004, and made SANYO
Electric Co., Ltd. its subsidiary in December 2009, and, in order to
further strengthen the competitive power of the Panasonic Group, the
Tender Offeror made each company a wholly owned subsidiary in April
2011. In addition, in January 2012, the Tender Offeror absorbed
Panasonic Electric Works by way of an absorption-type merger and
restructured its organization based on the business model and
transformed its corporate structure to consist of 9 domains and 1
marketing section. Further, in April 2013, in order to recover the
competitive power of individual businesses, the Tender Offeror
gradually dissolved the 9 domains and reorganized the 88 business
units which had been placed under the 9 domains into 49 business
divisions (36 business divisions as of the end of March, 2017), and
established a structure consisting of four Divisional Companies
(Note 1), consisting of “Appliances Company,” “Eco Solutions
Company,” “AVC Networks Company” (as from April 1, 2017, “Connected
Solutions Company,” after having revised a part of the structure of
the AVC Networks Company) and “Automotive & Industrial Systems
Company”, which is the basis of the current structure. As of today,
the Panasonic Group, with the Tender Offeror at the top, continues
to expand development, manufacturing, sales and servicing activities
as a general electronics manufacturer. The Panasonic Group consists
of the Tender Offeror, 495 consolidated subsidiaries and 91
associated companies as of the end of March, 2017.





































(Note 1) The outline of the four Divisional Companies of the
Tender Offeror is as set forth below.



Appliances Company

 

 

Development, manufacturing and sale of consumer electronics (such as
TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, personal-care products, micro
wave ovens, video equipment, home audio equipment, vacuum cleaners
and rice cookers), air-conditioners and related products (such as
room air-conditioners and large-sized air-conditioners), cold chain
equipment (such as showcases) and other devices (such as compressors
and fuel cells)

Eco Solutions Company

 

 

Development, manufacturing and sale of lighting fixtures, lamps,
wiring devices, solar photovoltaic systems, water-related products,
interior furnishing materials, exterior materials, ventilation and
air-conditioning equipment, air purifiers, nursing-care-related
products and bicycle-related products

Connected Solutions Company

 

 

Development, manufacturing, sale of, and providing services relating
to, products such as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems, PCs
and tablets, projectors, surveillance cameras,
electronic-component-mounting machines and welding equipment


Automotive & Industrial
Systems Company



 

 

Development, manufacturing and sale in connection with Automotive
products (such as automotive infotainment-related equipment and
electrical components), the Energy products (such as dry batteries
lithium-ion batteries and automotive batteries,) and the Industrial
products (such as electronic components, automation controls,
electronic materials, semiconductors and LCD panels)


 

 












































Since its establishment, the Tender Offeror has been developing
business globally as a general electronics manufacturer under its
basic management philosophy, which states that “the mission of an
enterprise is to contribute to the progress and development of
society and the well-being of people worldwide through its
business activities.” In recent years, the Tender Offeror has been
operating its businesses in the automobile (Note 2), housing and
B2B (Note 3) business fields, in addition to the consumer
electronics field, under its brand slogan, “A Better Life, A
Better World” to expand its business fields to serve customers and
society.



(Note 2)

 

The products of the automotive business include general equipment
and systems to be installed in cars. In the Panasonic Group, the
automotive business is mainly operated by the Automotive &
Industrial Systems Company. By seamlessly integrating the image
processing, downsizing, optics, heat radiation, sensing, and other
technologies used in the Group’s digital consumer electronic
products with the infotainment-related technologies that have been
developed over many years and are typically used in its car AVC
equipment as well as its battery technologies, the Automotive &
Industrial Systems Company is targeting further business growth.

(Note 3)


At the Panasonic Group, the B2B business is the Tender Offeror’s
solutions business mainly to service industry customers. In the B2B
business, the Panasonic Group has focused on key fields including
“retail/logistics,” “entertainment,” “public,” and “avionics” and,
by becoming a service industry expert in these fields, the Tender
Offeror has been providing value-oriented solutions that integrate
core products and services with end users.



 


The Target Company was established in 1963 as National House
industrial Co., Ltd. (National Juutaku Kenzai Kabushiki Kaisha)
through the joint investment of Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. (currently, the Tender Offeror), Matsushita Electric
Works, Ltd. (subsequently, Panasonic Electric Works), and other
parties (investment ratio of 50.00% by Matsushita Electric
Industrial Co., Ltd. and 49.87% by Matsushita Electric Works,
Ltd.) with founder Konosuke Matsushita’s strong sense of mission
that “creating optimal houses to provide the most important
foundation for human lives”. Thereafter, in October 1971, the
Target Company listed its stock on the Second Section of the Tokyo
Stock Exchange and the Second Section of the Osaka Securities
Exchange, and in August 1972, its stock was allocated to the First
Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the First Section of the
Osaka Securities Exchange. In addition, in August 1982, the Target
Company changed its trade name to National House Industrial Co.,
Ltd. (National Juutaku Sangyou Kabushiki Kaisha, no change
was made to the English translation of the trade name); and in
October 2002, it merged with 28 major consolidated subsidiaries
that handled marketing, logistics, construction and services and
also changed its trade name to PanaHome Corporation, the same name
as its product brand. As Panasonic Electric Works became a
subsidiary of the Tender Offeror in April 2004, the Target Company
became a consolidated subsidiary of the Tender Offeror. In January
2012, as a result of an absorption-type merger of Panasonic
Electric Works by the Tender Offeror, the Tender Offeror succeeded
to the Target Company’s Shares that had been held by Panasonic
Electric Works, and the number of the Target Company’s Shares held
by the Tender Offeror has been 91,036,634 shares since then.



 


As a core company in the Panasonic Group’s housing business, by
utilizing the Tender Offeror’s know-how and technologies for home
construction centered on the housing equipment business, in
addition to the housing design and architecture technologies and
the materials and construction quality management know-how that
the Target Company has developed over many years, the Target
Company has been aiming to become a company that is able to move
people and generate creativity in life and constantly provide
optimum comfort, health and joy based on its basic policy,
“Customers First”. In recent years, the Target Company has placed
four business areas, “custom-built housing,” “urban development,”
“residential stock,” and “overseas businesses,” at the heart of
its business operations and has promoted its growth strategy by
strengthening its partnership with each company of the Panasonic
Group.



 


In addition, recently, as one of the engagements by Tender Offeror
and the Target Company covering “Remodeling Business,” “New
Construction and Urban Development Business,” “Age-Free
(elderly-care) Business,” “Home Energy Management Business” and
“Overseas Business” as major areas in the housing business
strategies of the Panasonic Group, the Tender Offeror subscribed
the capital increase of PanaHome Reform Co., Ltd., which is a
subsidiary of the Target Company, in December 2015 (the paid-in
amount by the Tender Offeror was 19,200,000,000 yen, and, since
the capital increase, the investment ratio of the Tender Offeror
has been 49%, and the investment ratio of the Target Company has
been 51%), and PanaHome Reform Co., Ltd. changed its name to
Panasonic Home Renovation Co., Ltd. in April 2016. Accordingly,
the Tender Offeror and the Target Company have integrated the
brand in the remodeling business, the market of which is expected
to grow going forward, into “Panasonic Reform” and strengthened
the customer connection in the remodeling business within the
Panasonic Group as a whole, and the Tender Offeror and the Target
Company have thus engaged in further enforcing the capacity to
propose designs and construction service system, etc. in aiming
for providing more comfortable housing spaces. Including the
foregoing measures, the Tender Offeror and the Target Company have
shared their management strategies as group companies in order to
expand their businesses.



 


On the other hand, the Tender Offeror and the Target Company
realize that the business environment surrounding the Target
Company has been changing at an accelerating pace. In the domestic
housing market, a decrease of new housing starts is expected due
to demographic movement, and therefore the transformation and
diversification of their business model for the urban development
business, remodeling business, overseas business, etc. is urgently
needed in the increasingly competitive market.




















































































































































(ii)



 



Background to the execution of the Share Exchange Agreement







 



Under the circumstances set forth above, the Tender Offeror has
come to believe that, in order to cause the housing business, as a
business of the Panasonic Group, to grow even faster than the
average growth level of the other companies operating housing
businesses in the market, it is effective to address customer
needs swiftly and precisely, by sharing and utilizing management
resources of both the Tender Offeror and the Target Company,
thereby making it possible to further enhance the value of the
Panasonic Group in the housing market. The Tender Offeror has been
considering a method to make the Target Company its wholly owned
subsidiary since the beginning of October 2016. As a result of the
consideration, the Target Company has come to believe that it
should make the Target Company its wholly owned subsidiary under a
scheme where the consideration will be paid in shares, taking into
consideration, among other things, that, a scheme of delivering
cash to shareholders of the Target Company as consideration will
not be eligible for a tax deferral upon the Target Company’s entry
into the consolidated taxation structure of the Tender Offeror.
Thus, the Tender Offeror proposed the Share Exchange to the Target
Company in early November 2016.








 


Under the rapidly changing business environment as set forth
above, the Target Company is facing the following major management
challenges: to improve its market share in Japan; to further
expand its business operations in overseas markets and to solve
its shortage of human resource necessary therefor; and to further
reduce its costs such as selling, general and administrative
expenses. In order to resolve these challenges and enhance its
competitive advantage and grow in the housing business, after
having carefully considered the Tender Offeror’s proposal for the
Share Exchange, the Target Company has recognized that it is
essential for the Tender Offeror and the Target Company to have a
stronger collaborative relationship and realize the following
synergies as the Panasonic Group.








 


As a result of the Transaction to Make the Target Company a Wholly
Owned Subsidiary, specifically, the Tender Offeror and the Target
Company believe that both companies will realize the following
synergies. The Tender Offeror and the Target Company believe that
these synergies would be realizable only if the Target Company
becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tender Offeror (i)
through promoting business strategies that maximize the use of the
management resources of both the Tender Offeror and the Target
Company by fully integrating the capital and businesses of both
companies, and (ii) through flexible and prompt decision-making,
and innovative management of the Target Company based on a
long-term perspective that will be unaffected by its short-term
operating results after the Tender Offeror becomes the only
shareholder of the Target Company.






i)




 



It will become possible to promote the effective use of the
management resources held by the Tender Offeror, such as its brands,
thereby making it possible to not only enhance customer awareness
but also enhance the quality of services provided to customers in
the major businesses, such as the Remodeling Business, the New
Construction and Urban Development Business, the Age-Free
(elderly-care) Business, the Home Energy Management Business and the
Overseas Business. In particular, it will become possible to create
housing space having Panasonic brand characteristics through the
integration of consumer electronics equipment and housing
technologies and strengthen IoT technical developments in smart
houses (Note), based on integrated Panasonic brand strategies. In
addition, the Tender Offeror believes that, by integrating the
overseas network and global personnel held by the Tender Offeror
with the Target Company’s design and architecture know-how, the
development of overseas businesses mainly in the ASEAN region will
accelerate.




ii)




 



It will become possible to effectively utilize the Tender Offeror’s
creditworthiness, thereby making it possible to enhance the
potential for the implementation of mergers and acquisitions as well
as capital and business alliances and the potential for the
implementation of large-scale investments that were difficult for
the Target Company to implement alone.




iii)




 




It will become easy to appropriately and promptly carry out the
re-distribution of management resources across the companies of
the Panasonic Group, thereby making it possible to focus on
investment of resources into the major businesses of the Panasonic
Group.





(Note)


Smart houses are houses that enable comfortable and energy-efficient
living by enhancing housing heat insulation and airtightness, and by
combining a system to “generate” and “accumulate” electricity (such
as solar power generation, household fuel cells, batteries, etc.)
and a home energy management system (HEMS), that enables the
efficient control and use of energy.






 


Furthermore, the Target Company will also be able to accelerate
the collaborative projects between the two companies in order to
implement cost reductions in indirect business units and
efficiently operate indirect business units through the
integration of management resources, reinforcing the recruitment
activities of the Panasonic Group companies for new graduates and
the specialized human resource of the Panasonic Group, and
increasing the introduction of large-scale projects utilizing the
Tender Offeror’s domestic and overseas sales channels.
Accordingly, the Tender Offeror and the Target Company believe
that both companies can maximize the group’s synergies at an early
stage.








 


With this understanding, from the beginning of November 2016, the
Tender Offeror and the Target Company held consultations many
times during which both companies shared their knowledge about the
differences in the positions of the Target Company (as a housing
builder) and the Tender Offeror (which also has a role as a
supplier of the housing equipment such as building materials, air
conditioner and lighting fixtures) in the housing business, and
challenges to strengthening their competitive power in light of
such differences, and repeatedly discussed the form that both
companies should adopt in the future. The Target Company
independently considered advantages and risks and effects on
stakeholders caused by delisting. As a result, the Target Company
and the Tender Offeror came to mutually agree that it would be
highly beneficial for them to make the Target Company a wholly
owned subsidiary of the Tender Offeror, so that the Tender Offeror
would be able to strengthen its housing businesses, a key business
field, thereby contributing to an increase in the corporate value
not only of the Target Company but also of the entire Panasonic
Group. Thus, both companies resolved at meetings of their
respective boards of directors held on December 20, 2016 to
conduct the Share Exchange, and executed the Share Exchange
Agreement. For details of the Share Exchange, please refer to the
December 20, 2016 Press Release.








 


(iii)






Background to the implementation of the Tender Offer by the Tender
Offeror after the execution of the Share Exchange Agreement








 


As set forth in “(ii) Background to the execution of the Share
Exchange Agreement” above, the Tender Offeror was, before having
proposed the Share Exchange to the Target Company, considering a
scheme, as one of the options, to deliver cash to the Target
Company’s shareholders as consideration.  At that point, however,
the scheme of delivering cash as consideration was not favorable
to the Tender Offeror in terms of taxation, because, such scheme
would not be eligible for a tax deferral (Note) upon the Target
Company’s entry into the Tender Offeror’s consolidated taxation
structure.






(Note)





Prior to the relevant amendment by the 2017 Tax Reform (i.e., the
tax reform pursuant to the Act on Partial Revision, etc. of the
Income Tax Act, etc. promulgated on March 31, 2017; hereinafter
the same shall apply), when the Target Company becomes a wholly
owned subsidiary of the Tender Offeror and enters into the Tender
Offeror’s consolidated taxation structure through the scheme where
cash is delivered to the Target Company’s shareholders as
consideration, some assets (certain fixed assets, lands,
securities, monetary claims and deferred assets) are required to
be revalued to fair market value at the time of the Target
Company’s entry into the Tender Offeror’s consolidated taxation
structure.  Resultantly, taxable gain would be recognized.  In
contrast, after the relevant amendment by the 2017 Tax Reform,
when making the Target Company a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Tender Offeror on and after October 1, 2017 through the scheme
where cash is delivered to the Target Company’s shareholders as
consideration, such revaluation of these assets to fair market
value at the time of the Target Company’s entry into the Tender
Offeror’s consolidated taxation structure will not be required,
and thus, taxable gain would not be recognized at that time to the
extent certain requirements are met.  The language “tax deferral”
used herein describes the effect that the timing of recognition of
unrealized taxable gain on the assets is to be later than the
timing when the Target Company becomes a wholly owned subsidiary
of the Tender Offeror, as explained above.




However, the 2017 Tax Reform, including an amendment to the
Corporate Tax Act to the effect that a scheme under which a party
makes another party its wholly owned subsidiary by delivering cash
to such other party’s shareholders as consideration will be
eligible for a tax deferral upon the other party’s entry into its
consolidated taxation structure, was approved in a Cabinet meeting
on December 22, 2016 after the announcement of the December 20,
2016 Press Release.  Therefore, even after the execution of the
Share Exchange Agreement, the Tender Offeror continued to consider
the positioning of the Share Exchange within the Panasonic Group’s
capital strategies and financial strategies, while assessing the
status and movements of deliberations with respect to the tax
reform.  Thereafter, the certainty of the scheme delivering cash
as consideration being eligible for the tax deferral was increased
to a satisfactory level based on relevant circumstances including
the fact that a bill for the Act on Partial Revision, etc. of the
Income Tax Act was submitted to the Diet on February 3, 2017.  In
consideration of the circumstances above, the Tender Offeror has
come to believe that, if the scheme of delivering cash as
consideration will be eligible for the tax deferral, the scheme
under the Transaction will be more favorable than the scheme under
the Share Exchange for the following reasons: (i) in terms of the
financial strategies of the Panasonic Group, by adopting the
scheme under the Transaction, the Tender Offeror will be able to
receive financial benefits such as the reduction of cost of equity
capital and enhancement of return on equity by maintaining the
capital composition of the Tender Offeror and (ii) the scheme
under the Transaction will contribute to the benefit of
shareholders of the Tender Offeror by anticipating an increase of
net income per share of Tender Offeror’s common shares (“Tender
Offeror’s Shares”) by preventing a dilution of their shares.  In
early March 2017, the Tender Offeror proposed to the Target
Company a change in scheme from the Share Exchange to the
Transaction.



 


In addition, when the Tender Offeror proposed a change in the
scheme of the Transaction to Make the Target Company a Wholly
Owned Subsidiary to the Target Company, it re-examined the amount
of consideration it could pay in terms of the Target Company’s
acceptability of the change in scheme from the Share Exchange to
the Transaction, while ensuring the reasonable ground for the
Tender Offeror’s business judgement taking into account the
financial benefit that will be received by the Panasonic Group and
the benefits of the shareholders of the Tender Offeror, in the
case of delivering cash as consideration under the new
scheme.  Upon such re-examination, the Tender Offeror has also
taken into account the prediction that by implementing the Tender
Offer with the tender offer price, on which a certain premium is
added to the valuation of the Target Company’s Shares, by giving
maximum consideration to the interest of shareholders of the
Target Company other than the Tender Offeror, it will be able to
gain the understanding and support of the Target Company’s
shareholders and further ensure the completion of the Transaction
to Make the Target Company a Wholly Owned Subsidiary.



 


After the foregoing, from the middle of March 2017 until the end
of that month, the Tender Offeror conducted due diligence on the
Target Company after obtaining the Target Company’s approval and,
from March 27, 2017 until April 10, 2017, the Tender Offeror has
continued to hold consultations and negotiations with the Target
Company with respect to the terms and conditions of the Tender
Offer, including the tender offer price per share of the Target
Company’s Shares (the “Tender Offer Price”) in the Tender
Offer.  In addition, the Tender Offeror has confirmed that, with
the promulgation of the Act on Partial Revision, etc. of the
Income Tax Act, etc. on March 31, 2017 in relation to the 2017 Tax
Reform, the scheme of delivering cash as consideration would be
eligible for the tax deferral, on the basis of consummating the
Procedures for Making the Target Company a Wholly Owned Subsidiary
on or after October 1, 2017.



 


Through the above consultations and negotiations, the Tender
Offeror has agreed, with the Target Company, on the termination of
the Share Exchange Agreement by mutual agreement and on the terms
and conditions of the Tender Offer, including the Tender Offer
Price.  As a result thereof, the Tender Offeror resolved, at the
meeting of its board of directors held today, to implement the
Tender Offer as a part of the Transaction, with the commencement
date of the Tender Offer being April 28, 2017 subject to the
Conditions of the Tender Offer being satisfied, and the Tender
Offeror and the Target Company terminated the Share Exchange
Agreement by mutual agreement as of today after each obtaining
approval at meetings of their respective boards of directors also
held today.



Contacts


Panasonic Corporation
Media Contacts:
Chieko
Gyobu (Japan)

Public Relations Department
(Tel:
+81-3-3574-5664)

Panasonic News Bureau (Japan)
(Tel:
+81-3-3542-6205)

Jim Reilly (U.S.)
(Tel:
+1-201-392-6067)

Anne Guennewig (Europe)
(Tel:
+49-611-235-457)

or
Investor
Relations Contacts:

Yasumichi Murase (Japan)
Corporate
Planning Department

(Tel: +81-6-6908-1121)
Yuko
Iwatsu (U.S.)

(Tel: +1-201-348-7000)
Noboru
Uchiyama (Europe)

(Tel: +44-1344-853135)



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訂正・差し替え イッツコムとコネクティッドデザイン、 Mnubo採… 2017年04月22日 09時03分


IoT データと人工知能を駆使し、



卓越したサービスの提供とカスタマーエクスペリエンスを実現


カナダ・モントリオールおよび日本・東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--–本日、mnuboは、日本におけるマルチサービス事業のリーディングカンパニーである東急グループのイッツ・コミュニケーションズ株式会社(iTSCOM(以下、「イッツコム」という)と、スマートプロダクトのサプライヤーであり、東急グループのイッツコム、富士通グループの富士通クラウドテクノロジーズ株式会社、および東京急行電鉄株式会社の国内有数のサービスプロバイダー3社の合弁企業であるConnected
Design株式会社(Connected
Design
Inc)(以下、「Connected
Design」という)が、スマートホーム事業の展開状況から価値の高い実践的なインサイトを捉えることにより、サービス品質を向上させ最高レベルのカスタマーエクスペリエンスを提供するために、mnuboのSmartObjects分析ソリューションを採用したことを発表しました。




mnuboは、モノのインターネット(IoT)の分析とデータサイエンスの分野で実績のある大手企業です。同社のSaaSベースのソリューションは、世界の主要なスマートホームプラットフォームを含む複数のIoTアプリケーションに採用されています。



イッツコムとConnected
Designは、2015年初旬に「インテリジェントホーム」という、日本で初めてのスマートホームサービスの提供を開始しました。現在、このホームオートメーションサービスは、主要なケーブルプロバイダーと不動産開発会社とのパートナーシップを通じて、提供対象世帯数を日本国内で約900万世帯に拡大しています。



「住居をお持ちの方にスマートハウスの効果を提供できる信頼される企業となることで、日本のスマートハウス市場の開拓に努めます」とイッツコムのインテリジェントホーム担当執行役員武田浩治氏は述べています。「mnuboが持つビッグデータ、IoTインサイトと人工知能(AI)に関する高度な専門知識と技術を活用することで、お客様を真に理解し、最高水準のサービスを提供することができます。そしてこのことは、弊社のビジネスの根幹にある価値観と強く合致するところなのです。」



Connected
Designの代表取締役社長である新貝文将氏は、次のように述べています。「私たちはmnuboとパートナーシップを結んだことを誇りに思っています。そして、リアルな使用状況に関するインサイトを活用して、イッツコムのスマートホーム契約者の急速な増加に積極的に対処いたします。顧客を360度の視点で理解することは、製品、ビジネス、サービスのどのチームにとっても有効なアクションを起こすために不可欠です。」



「イッツコムとConnected
Designは、北米におけるホームオートメーションとセキュリティの伝統的なサービスにとらわれず、非常に革新的なスマートホームの活用をアジアにおいて推進しています」とmnuboのCEOであるフレデリック・バスチャン氏は述べています。「これらの市場をリードする企業と共に、IoTのデータサイエンス、マシンラーニングやAIが、多数のコンシューマー向けIoTアプリケーションにどのように価値を与えられるかという限界を押し広げていけることを大変うれしく思います。」



イッツコムについて



イッツコム(イッツ・コミュニケーション ズ株式会社)は、東京急行電鉄株式会社(Tokyu
Corporation)の出資によりの出資により1983年に設立され、独立系のケーブル事業者として東京都と神奈川県を中心にサービスを提供しています。イッツコムは1987年にケーブルテレビ事業を開始し、現在はブロードバンドプロバイダーとして、テレビ、インターネット、および電話のサービスを提供しています。さらに、小規模のオフィスとその他の独立系のケーブル事業者にISPとしてのサービスを提供しています。



Connected Designについて



Connected Design(Connected
Design株式会社)は、東急グループのイッツコム(56.6%)、富士通グループの富士通クラウドテクノロジーズ株式会社(33.4%)、東京急行電鉄株式会社(10%)による合弁会社で、人々の生活をより便利でスマートにすることを使命としています。Connected
Design株式会社の詳細についてはhttp://connected-design.jp/
をご覧ください。



mnuboについて



mnubo は、モノのインターネット(IoT)企業であり、コネクティッド プロダクツ メーカーや
サービスプロバイダーにデータ解析ソリューションを提供しています。mnuboは、カスタマイズせずにIoTインサイトを実現するSaaSソリューション、データサービス、高度なIoTデータサイエンスの提供を通じて、IoTデータからビジネス価値を引き出します。mnuboの詳細についてはwww.mnubo.comをご覧ください。




Contacts


この記事に関する問い合わせ先
mnubo
Jennifer Sewell
marketing@mnubo.com



RMB Capital Opposes Faith’s Acquisition of Nippon Columbia … 2017年04月22日 06時27分

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Founded in 2005, RMB Capital is an independent, Chicago-based investment
management firm. We manage more than $6 billion of assets in global
equities, fixed income, and other asset classes and strategies, guided
by our long-term investment philosophy. We serve a diverse client base
of high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as institutional
investors such as endowments and foundations. RMB Capital owns more than
5% of Faith (4295 JP) and Nippon Columbia (6791 JP) as filed in October
2015 and in June 2016, respectively.




We support Faith’s plan to fully consolidate
Nippon Columbia



Faith is an innovating information technology company that has provided
many services including the global standard of mobile phone ring tone
coding. Founded in 1910, Nippon Columbia launched Japan’s first
phonographs, first long-playing records, and the world’s first compact
discs. As the oldest record label in Japan, the firm owns several
historic music properties created by Shirley Yamaguchi and Hibari
Misora, and is an influential entertainment business in Japan with its
strength in rock music and animation songs.



We started investing in Faith and Nippon Columbia in 2010 and 2014,
respectively, and have been engaging with the management as a friendly
shareholder. We support Faith’s plan to fully consolidate Nippon
Columbia, believing both firms will generate further synergies going
forward.



However, we oppose the stock swap acquisition



As a shareholder of both Faith and Nippon Columbia, however, we oppose
the stock swap consolidation plan for the following reasons:




  1. For the Faith shareholders, issuing new stocks at the price below the
    book value, despite a large amount of cash on book, is not the best
    option. The price-to-book ratio of the shares of Faith is about 0.8
    times, as of March 28th, 2017. On the other hand, Faith has
    about 6 billion yen of cash at the parent firm and about 14 billion
    yen of cash at the consolidated level.


  2. For Nippon Columbia shareholders, the Faith stocks are very illiquid
    in the market and are not an ideal payment. In addition, we believe
    the stock swap ratio is flawed as explained below.



We believe the stock swap ratio is flawed



We believe the swap ratio was unfairly depressed by unreasonable use of
DCF valuation of Faith stocks, which was much higher than the market
price.




  1. Based on the disclosed information, we estimate the DCF valuation of
    Faith stocks from 2,000 yen per share to 2,440 yen per share (average
    2,220 yen per share), which is much higher than the market price of
    1,300 yen per share on the stock swap announcement date. If the
    management used such a non-existent price, the resulting swap ratio is
    unfairly low for Nippon Columbia shareholders.


  2. We believe DCF valuation should be used only to factor synergy values
    and expectation for future price appreciation associated with the
    stocks that will be delisted. In this deal, DCF should be used only
    for the valuation of Nippon Columbia, not Faith.


  3. Based on the disclosed information, we estimate the DCF valuation of
    Nippon Columbia stocks from 770 yen per share to 1,080 yen per share
    (average 925 yen per share). The price range indicates a premium from
    14.8% to 61.0% (average 37.9%), which is comparable to recent
    acquisition deals in Japan.


  4. If we use the market price of 1,300 yen per share for Faith stocks and
    above DCF valuation 925 yen per share for Nippon Columbia, a new stock
    swap ratio will be 0.71, which is 20.3% higher than the proposed 0.59.



Further, we believe the valuation of Nippon Columbia is unfairly low due
to the excessively pessimistic earnings forecasts, which is explained in
the disclosure: (management) expects operating profit will decline
by 60.5% year over year in fiscal year ending March 2018 at Nippon
Columbia.”



Our proposal: A cash tender by Faith to acquire
Nippon Columbia shares



As an alternative, we propose that Faith initiate a cash tender offer to
acquire Nippon Columbia shares for the following reasons:




  1. The acquisition process will be more transparent through a tender
    offer with better disclosure.


  2. The shareholders’ value of Faith will not be impaired without a stock
    issuance of as much as 40% of the outstanding shares at the price
    below the book value.


  3. By using the excess cash, the shareholders of Faith can expect an
    appreciation of the stock price with the reduced asset size and better
    capital efficiency.


  4. The shareholders of Nippon Columbia will be rewarded with a fairer
    valuation under a transparent tender offer process and can receive
    cash instead of illiquid stocks of Faith.



We believe corporate governance did not work
properly at both companies



We believe corporate governance did not work properly at the boards of
both companies during their decision-making process. More specifically,
we believe the independent board members, who are supposed to represent
minority shareholders, did not properly check the conflict of interest.
As the Corporate Governance Code clearly requires, independent directors
have a duty to monitor potential conflict of interests by executives.
Such monitoring function is strongly expected when a controlling company
consolidates its publicly listed subsidiary, a situation where interests
of minority shareholders are at risk.



Mr. Yasuyuki Higuchi (CEO of Microsoft Japan, representative director at
Panasonic from April 1st) is an independent director at Faith
and Mr. Yasuyuki Nanbu (founder of Pasona Group) is an independent
director at Nippon Columbia. We believe they are responsible to explain
their view on the stock swap transaction and how they fulfilled their
monitoring duties to protect interests of minority shareholders.



(An excerpt from the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Tokyo Stock
Exchange follows).



Principle 4.7 Roles and Responsibilities of Independent Directors



Companies should make effective use of independent directors, taking
into consideration the expectations listed below with respect to their
roles and responsibilities:



iii) Monitoring of conflicts of interest between the company and the
management or controlling shareholders; and



iv) Appropriately representing the views of minority shareholders and
other stakeholders in the boardroom from a standpoint independent of the
management and controlling shareholders.



We demand boards of both companies reconsider
the plan



Upon the delisting of Nippon Columbia, which we believe is a historic
event in Japan’s entertainment industry, we demand boards of both
companies reconsider the plan in order to implement the full
consolidation through a fairer and more appropriate way. We plan to make
related shareholder proposals upon the annual general shareholders’
meetings at both companies in June.



Masakazu Hosomizu
Portfolio Manager, Japan investment team
RMB
Capital


Contacts


RMB Capital
Masakazu Hosomizu
Portfolio Manager, Japan
investment team
mhosomizu@rmbcap.com

RMBキャピタルは株式会社フェイスによる日本コロムビア株式会社… 2017年04月22日 06時27分

シカゴ--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) --
RMBキャピタルは2005年に創業したシカゴを拠点とする資産運用会社です。当社は個人富裕層、年金・大学基金等、長期投資方針を共有する安定的な顧客基盤を有しており、長期投資の観点から約6000億円の運用資産を世界各国の株式、債券等に投資しております。当社は2015年10月時点で株式会社フェイス(銘柄コード:4295
JP)株式の5%超を、また、2016年6月時点で日本コロムビア株式会社(銘柄コード:6791
JP)株式の5%超を保有している旨、それぞれ大量保有報告書を提出しております。




当社は、フェイスによる日本コロムビアの完全子会社化には賛同します



フェイスは携帯電話着信メロディの世界フォーマットを確立するなど、様々なサービスを世に送り出してきた革新的なIT企業です。1910年創業の日本コロムビアは日本初の国産蓄音機、日本初のLPレコード、世界初のCDを発売した他、日本最古のレコードレーベル会社として、李香蘭、美空ひばり等、歴史的価値のあるアーティスト資産を保有し、現在においてもロックミュージック、アニメソングに強みを持つ日本有数のエンターテイメント会社です。



当社は2010年よりフェイスについて、2014年より日本コロムビアについて調査・投資を行っており、両社の友好的な株主として経営陣と対話を続けてきました。当社は、日本コロムビアがフェイス・グループのもとでさらに発展することを期待し、フェイスによる同社の完全子会社化に賛同します。



しかしながら、株式交換という手段には反対します



一方で、当社はフェイス、日本コロムビア両社の株主としての立場から、株式交換という手段に反対します。理由は以下のとおりです。




  1. フェイス株主にとって、潤沢な現預金を保有しているにも関わらず純資産価格を下回る株価で発行済株式数に対し約40%の株式発行を行うことは合理的ではありません。フェイスは単体で約60億円、連結で約140億円の現預金を保有している一方、その株価は株価純資産倍率で約0.8倍(2017年3月28日現在)と、いわゆる解散価値である1倍を下回っています。


  2. 日本コロムビア株主にとって、市場流動性の低いフェイス株式は必ずしも望ましい対価ではありません。また、以下に詳述のとおり、当社は交換比率が不当に低く抑えられたと考えます。



株式交換比率が不当に低く抑えられた可能性があります



株式交換に使用するフェイス株式について、市場株価を用いるのではなくDCF法によって算定した割高な価格を用いることで、不当に低い交換比率となったと当社では考えます。




  1. 会社側はフェイスの算定株価を開示していませんが、当社において開示情報をもとにDCF法を用いて試算したところ、算定価格は約2,000円~約2,440円(平均値2,220円)、となりました。仮にこのような、現実には存在しない、かつ市場株価(株式交換発表当日の終値1,300円)を大幅に上回る価格を株式交換の対価として用いたとすれば、本件交換比率は日本コロムビア株主にとって不当に低いといえます。


  2. 本来は、交換比率の決定にあたっては、完全子会社化によるシナジーや将来の値上がり期待など、非上場化の結果享受できない価値を加味すために、完全子会社側のみの株価算定についてDCF法を用いるべきです。すなわち、本件においては、非上場化される日本コロムビア株式についてのみDCF法を用いるべきであり、上場を継続するフェイス株式に用いるべきではありません。


  3. 日本コロムビア株式について同じく開示情報をもとにDCF法を用いて試算したところ、算定価格は約770円~約1,080円(平均値925円)、となりました。これは日本コロムビアの市場株価(株式交換発表当日の終値671円)に、14.8%~61.0%(平均値37.9%)のプレミアムを加えた価格であり、近年の他の非上場化案件におけるプレミアム率と比較しても遜色ありません。


  4. 仮に、フェイス株式については市場株価1,300円を、日本コロムビアについては上記DCF法の平均値925円を用いた場合、交換比率は現在提案されている0.59より20.3%高い0.71となります。



さらに、開示資料に「平成30
年3月期において(中略)、日本コロムビアの営業利益において約60.5%の大幅な減益となることを見込んでおります」とあるなど、上記DCF法の前提となる会社側業績予想が過度に悲観的な結果、日本コロムビア株主にとって不当に低い交換比率となっている可能性があります。



当社の提案:フェイスによる日本コロムビアの現金による公開買付



当社は、代替案として、フェイスによる日本コロムビア株式の現金による公開買付を提案します。理由は以下のとおりです。




  1. 公開買付を行うことで、具体的な算定株価をはじめより多くの情報が開示されるなど手続きの公正性が改善し、株主が合理的な判断を行うことができます。


  2. 現在予定されている純資産価格を下回る株価での株式発行(発行済株式数に対し約40%)が行われないため、フェイス既存株主の利益を毀損しません。


  3. 逆に、資産圧縮効果により、フェイス株式価値の向上が期待できます。フェイスグループの保有する潤沢な余剰キャッシュを買付に使用することで資産を圧縮し資本効率を改善することで、フェイス株価の上昇が期待できます。


  4. 日本コロムビア株主が適切な対価を得られます。公開買付というより透明性の高い手続きを経ることで、適切なプレミアムが上乗せされた価格を享受することが期待できます。また、流動性の低いフェイス株式でなく現金で対価を得ることができます。



両社においてコーポレートガバナンスが適切に機能したか疑問です



なお、当社は、両社取締役会における意思決定においてコーポレートガバナンスが適切に機能したか、具体的には、両社の独立社外取締役が適切に利益相反の監督義務を果たしたのか疑問を持っています。独立社外取締役が経営陣の利益相反を監督すべきことはコーポレートガバナンス・コードで明確に要請されており、特に利益相反により少数株主の利益が損なわれる蓋然性の高い親会社による上場子会社の完全子会社化では、そのようなチェック機能が十分発揮されることが求められます。



フェイスにおいては樋口泰行氏(日本マイクロソフト株式会社会長、4月1日よりパナソニック株式会社専務)、日本コロムビアにおいては南部靖之氏(株式会社パソナグループ代表取締役)がそれぞれ独立社外取締役として取締役会に参加しています。両独立社外取締役は、少数株主利益の保護という観点から本件についてどのような見解をもち、どのようにモニタリング機能を果たしたのか説明する義務があると当社は考えます。



(参考)株式会社東京証券取引所「コーポレートガバナンス・コード」より抜粋



【原則4-7.独立社外取締役の役割・責務】



上場会社は、独立社外取締役には、特に以下の役割・責務を果たすことが期待され ることに留意しつつ、その有効な活用を図るべきである。



(ⅲ)会社と経営陣・支配株主等との間の利益相反を監督すること



(ⅳ)経営陣・支配株主から独立した立場で、少数株主をはじめとするステークホ ルダーの意見を取締役会に適切に反映させること



両社経営陣に再考を求めます



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Cryopreservation Systems Market - Trends and Forecasts by T… 2017年04月22日 05時03分

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#LabEquipment--Technavio’s latest report on the global
cryopreservation systems market
provides an analysis of
the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from
2017-2021. Technavio
defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to
significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.








Amber Chourasia, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research
on lab
equipment
sector, says, “Cryopreservation is the process of
preserving living organisms, cells, or tissues by cooling them at very
low temperatures to avoid any damage caused by unregulated chemical
kinetics
.”



Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global
cryopreservation systems market
to grow steadily at a CAGR of
nearly 13% by 2021. Phenomena that can cause damage to cells during
cryopreservation mainly occur during the freezing stage. This includes
solution effects, dehydration, extracellular ice formation, and
intracellular ice formation. Many of these effects are reduced by
cryoprotectant (CPA). Once the preserved material is frozen, it is
comparatively safe from further damage.



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The top three emerging trends driving the global cryopreservation
systems market according to Technavio research analysts are:



Growing number of egg, sperm or embryo donors



The advancements in freezing technology are likely to increase the use
of donor eggs, sperm, or embryo for fertility treatment. Some fertility
clinics have also started using their own banks. This is increasing
awareness about the procedure among individuals. Countries with high
elderly population have a high demand for donors due to the high chances
of infertility among them.



There has been a rise in the number of eggs, sperm, or embryo
donation in the recent past. This is because of the rising number of
donors for money. The rise in the amount paid to donors attracts more
donors each year. For instance, egg donors in New Zealand will soon be
paid USD 2000 to help boost numbers
,” according to Amber.



Increase in outsourcing activities



With increased emphasis on R&D investments and drug discovery, several
small companies have resorted to outsourcing their drug discovery
process to subcontract laboratories while limiting themselves to
manufacturing and marketing. The number of subcontract laboratories has
been rising rapidly since 2011, and this trend will continue over the
forecast period.



In the past, cost constraints had prevented several companies from
investing in research facilities due to the high capital requirements,
leading to a reduction in R&D investments by companies. The introduction
of subcontract laboratories has enabled these companies to carry out
research and testing to drive innovation.



Increasing trend of cryopreservation of eggs and embryos



Like egg freezing, the cryopreservation of embryos is also
common. It is often used when there are more embryos than needed for a
fresh IVF transfer. It provides an additional opportunity for
pregnancy, without undergoing another ovarian stimulation and retrieval
through frozen embryo transfer (FET). Thus, one of the
reasons for the rise in demand for frozen embryos is it being less
invasive.



The survival rate of frozen embryos is now 90 to 95%. Also, the rate of
pregnancy using cryopreserved or fresh embryos is similar. There is no
known rise in the rate of miscarriages or in the rate of congenital
disabilities that have resulted from the implantation of previously
thawed and frozen embryos.



The key vendors are as follows:




  • Chart Industries


  • Panasonic Biomedical


  • Thermo Fisher Scientific


  • VWR



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サイバー犯罪捜査の新基準として、サイバー犯罪捜査ボディ・オ… 2017年04月21日 20時55分

ワシントン--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) --
CIBOK編集委員会は本日、その組織としての設立と「サイバー犯罪捜査ボディ・オブ・ナレッジ」(CIBOK)第1版の出版について発表しました。CIBOKは、世界各地の法執行組織と企業に新たな基準を提供できるように作られており、現代の複雑で高度化したサイバー犯罪の問題解決や防止に必要な知識、スキル、行動を提供します。CIBOKの第1版は、英語版と日本語版が用意されています。




CIBOK編集長およびサイバー犯罪捜査ボディ・オブ・ナレッジ編集委員会委員長のShane
Shookは、このように語っています。「サイバー犯罪が注目を集めたり自分の能力をひけらかしたりすることを狙った個人の行動から、目標を定めた高度な関与者の組織的・協同的な活動へと変化していることで、犯罪の目的や動機を理解するために私たちの焦点を変えることが重要です。犯罪捜査では、手段、動機、機会の側面から侵害者を特定しますが、これまでのサイバー捜査では、ツール、技術、手順に重点が置かれていました。CIBOKは、従来型とサイバー領域での捜査アプローチを組み合わせて最良の効果を生み出し、サイバー犯罪活動についての社会および企業の理解が収斂していることを示す基準を提供することを意図しています。これは、世界的なサイバー犯罪に取り組む官民のアプローチをつなぐ協調・協力体制にしたいと私たちが考えているものの第一歩です。」



CIBOKには、セキュリティー研究者による法執行機関の支援、あるいは企業のリスク管理者によるサイバー犯罪の捜査におけるニーズ、背景、要件が記載されています。本書には、5つの目的があります。



1. サイバー犯罪捜査に対する常識としての一貫した世界的アプローチを普及・促進すること。



2. サイバー犯罪捜査の範囲を規定するための体系化された慣習の位置づけを図ること。



3. サイバー犯罪捜査において実践されるべき事柄の性質を実証を通じて明らかにすること。



4. サイバー犯罪捜査の計画、実行、見直しのための捜査資産としてCIBOKを活用するための構造化されたガイダンスを提供すること。



5. サイバー犯罪捜査のために開発が必要な組織と個人のスキルおよび知識を明らかにすること。



CIBOKの第1版は、トレンドマイクロが計画・調整し、スポンサーとなりました。また、法律事務所、法執行機関、学術関係者を含む多様な領域の専門家12人が協力者として執筆、レビュー、編集に携わりました。CIBOK編集委員会は、トレンドマイクロから著作権とCIBOKの管理を引き継ぎます。



CIBOKを公的財産として更新を継続していくために一般法人組織が設立され、この組織が認定プログラムや関係する研修プログラムの開発計画を立案します。



CIBOK第1版は、2017年5月から販売される予定です。書籍「CIBOK」の購入や関係組織の詳細情報については、CIBOKのウェブサイトをご覧ください。



www.cibok.org



CIBOK編集委員会について



CIBOK編集委員会は、経験豊富な法律、司法、業界のリーダー12人によって組織されており、2016年に設立された業界および法律専門家の運営委員会による付託を受け、情報通信技術(ICT)資産や社会の機能をサイバー犯罪から防衛するための支援を目的として活動しています。



本記者発表文の公式バージョンはオリジナル言語版です。翻訳言語版は、読者の便宜を図る目的で提供されたものであり、法的効力を持ちません。翻訳言語版を資料としてご利用になる際には、法的効力を有する唯一のバージョンであるオリジナル言語版と照らし合わせて頂くようお願い致します。


Contacts


CIBOK Editorial Committee
Yasumoto Masakazu, +81-3-5334-3623
secretariat@cibok.org

Decker & Co. Expands into China and Japan, Adds Christine P… 2017年04月21日 04時07分

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ASEAN--Asia-focused institutional equities broker Decker & Co. has expanded
coverage to China and Japan. The firm launched in 2013 with a focus on
ASEAN markets and has added additional coverage over time, including
Taiwan and Frontier Asia.




“This milestone is our most significant yet,” said Mark Decker, founder
and CEO. “Demand for on-the-ground access to high-quality, lesser-known
corporates—especially mid-sized—has driven each stage of our growth.
That’s the approach we’re now bringing to China and Japan.”



The expansion is highlighted by three significant new hires—all based
from the firm’s Asian office—and a promotion:




  • Christine Peng has joined as Chinese Specialist. Peng was formerly
    head of China Corporate Access and executive director at UBS
    Investment Bank.


  • Keiko Sebata has joined as Japan Specialist and will handle both
    public and private transactions. Sebata has 27 years’ experience as a
    Japan Specialist.


  • Henry Jung, formerly a managing director at Nomura, has joined Decker
    & Co.’s Asia trading desk.


  • Joy Nicharot, formerly Head of Asian Sales for Decker & Co., has been
    promoted to Global Head of Sales.



“Our clients will benefit from day one from the tremendous depth of
experience represented by the additions of Christine Peng, Keiko Sebata,
and Henry Jung. They are among the most talented professionals in the
region. Christine and Keiko are outstanding corporate access
professionals. And on the trading side, Henry Jung’s experience at
Nomura, Goldman Sachs, UBS, and other institutions puts him in a rare
class of intensely experienced professionals.”



Regarding Nicharot’s promotion, Decker said, “I have worked with Joy for
12 years now. There is no one more qualified to lead the next phase of
our growth.”



Last year, Decker & Co.’s team met with over 300 companies, of which 75%
are covered by four or fewer brokerages. In addition to facilitating
public security access and trading, Decker has brought private
transactions to market in partnership with its local partners.



ABOUT DECKER & CO



Decker & Co. is the leading Asia specialist brokerage based in the U.S.
and will soon be the only boutique brokerage covering all of Asia. Its
principals have been among the leading experts in Asian markets since
the 1990s. The firm’s clearing partner is Convergex Execution Solutions.
Learn more at www.deckerco.com.



SAFE HARBOR



The information in this release may be based on management forecasts and
reflects prevailing conditions and our views as of this date, all of
which are accordingly subject to change. Past performance is not an
indication of future performance.








Contacts


The Lowe Group
Ben Bishop, +1 (414) 777-1880

Ceftibuten Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecast, 2021 - … 2017年04月21日 03時19分

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Ceftibuten
Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecast - 2017"
report to
their offering.




Find out the sales of Ceftibuten worldwide and by countries in North
America, Europe, Japan, BRIC, and Australia. Discover the growth trends
of Ceftibuten by countries, and also find out the sales forecast until
2021.



The research also provides Ceftibuten unit price by countries. The sales
and price data from this report is useful for analyzing Ceftibuten sales
trends, sales forecast for Ceftibuten, brand planning, Ceftibuten
generics trends, product positioning, strategic forecasts, BD&L,
competitive intelligence, pricing analysis, and price benchmarks.



Research Scope:



- Product: Ceftibuten



- Country Scope: US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil,
Russia, India, China, Canada, and Australia



- Companies marketing Ceftibuten and by brand name in major countries



- Historic Ceftibuten sales revenues worldwide and by countries, sales
trends



- Ceftibuten unit price by countries, trends, and benchmarks



- Ceftibuten sales forecast worldwide and by countries



Benefits to the User



- Identify companies marketing Ceftibuten by major countries



- Find out Ceftibuten sales, growth, and sales forecast by major
countries; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



- Determine the price of Ceftibuten in major markets; use it to devise
pricing strategies, estimate patient shares, develop patient forecast
models, and estimate annual therapy costs



- Derive unit sales of Ceftibuten by countries using pricing and sales
data; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



Key Topics Covered:



1. Ceftibuten - Introduction



2. Ceftibuten Sales Analysis



3. Ceftibuten Sales by Countries



4. Ceftibuten Price Analysis by Countries



5. Ceftibuten Sales Forecast



6. Ceftibuten Sales Forecast by Countries



For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5697fm/ceftibuten_sales.




Contacts


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For
EST Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call
1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
U.S.
Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Related
Topics: Respiratory
Drugs
, Antibiotics,
Bronchitis
Drugs

Furosemide Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecasts 2017-20… 2017年04月21日 02時51分

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Furosemide
Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecast - 2017"
report to
their offering.




Find out the sales of Furosemide worldwide and by countries in North
America, Europe, Japan, BRIC, and Australia. Discover the growth trends
of Furosemide by countries, and also find out sales forecast until 2021.



The research also provides Furosemide unit price by countries. The sales
and price data from this report is useful for analyzing Furosemide sales
trends, sales forecast for Furosemide, brand planning, Furosemide
generics trends, product positioning, strategic forecasts, BD&L,
competitive intelligence, pricing analysis, and price benchmarks.



Research Scope:



- Product: Furosemide



- Country Scope: US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil,
Russia, India, China, Canada, and Australia



- Companies marketing Furosemide and by brand name in major countries



- Historic Furosemide sales revenues worldwide and by countries, sales
trends



- Furosemide unit price by countries, trends, and benchmarks



- Furosemide sales forecast ($mn) worldwide and by countries



Benefits to the User



- Identify companies marketing Furosemide by major countries



- Find out Furosemide sales, growth, and sales forecast by major
countries; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



- Determine the price of Furosemide in major markets; use it to devise
pricing strategies, estimate patient shares, develop patient forecast
models, and estimate annual therapy costs



- Derive unit sales of Furosemide by countries using pricing and sales
data; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



Key Topics Covered:



1. Furosemide - Introduction



2. Furosemide Sales Analysis



3. Furosemide Sales by Countries



4. Furosemide Price Analysis by Countries



5. Furosemide Sales Forecast



6. Furosemide Sales Forecast by Countries



For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/88wxsw/furosemide_sales.




Contacts


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For
EST Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call
1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
U.S.
Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Related
Topics: Cardiovascular
Drugs
, Animal
Pharmaceuticals

Proto Labs Secures ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 Certi… 2017年04月20日 23時00分


Certification shows rapid manufacturing company’s global commitment to
quality, environmental, and information security


MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Custom prototyping and low-volume manufacturing company Proto Labs, Inc.
(NYSE: PRLB) has acquired ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001
certification for its Japanese facility in Zama-shi, Kanagawa. The
recent ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
certifications further demonstrate Proto Labs’ commitment to global
standardization.




“By implementing quality, environmental, and information security
management systems in accordance with the ISO criteria, our customers
can have complete confidence in Proto Labs’ processes,” said Dr. Thomas
H. Pang, President, Proto Labs G.K. “We are fully committed to
addressing the needs of our customers engaging in product design and
development by continuing to improve our services by applying these
standardized management systems.”



ISO 9001 is the quality management system (QMS) established under
a family of international standards that work to enhance customer
satisfaction by continuously improving quality of products and services.
Proto Labs will now accelerate its evolution of its digital
manufacturing technology and processes using the management system.



ISO 14001 is the environmental management system (EMS) that aims
to comply with environmental regulations, reduce environmental impacts,
and improve environmental management based on the concept of
sustainability. The rapid manufacturing company already complies with
the RoHS Directive (restricting the use of hazardous substances in
electrical and electronic equipment) and regional rules and regulations
and further aspires to focus on sustainability by minimizing its
material usage, recycling used material, and implementing efficiencies
throughout its operation.



ISO 27001 is the information security management system (ISMS)
that ensures the company’s commitment to continuously improving
information security by identifying and assessing various risks
associated with the management of organization’s information. Proto Labs
has implemented rigorous security measures to manage both internal
information and confidential information gathered from suppliers,
customers, and clients.



Proto Labs opened its manufacturing facility in Japan in 2009 and has
been steadily building its presence there, highlighted by the expansion
of its new facility in 2016. By securing ISO certification, Proto Labs
has the standardization in place to help them continue growing within
the Japanese market and as part of the global digital manufacturing
company.



About Proto Labs
Proto Labs is the world's fastest digital
manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production
parts. The technology-enabled company uses advanced 3D printing, CNC
machining and injection molding technologies to produce parts within
days. The result is an unprecedented speed-to-market value for designers
and engineers and an on-demand resource throughout a product’s life
cycle. Visit protolabs.com
for more information.


Contacts


Proto Labs
Bill Dietrick, 763-479-7664
bill.dietrick@protolabs.com
or
Media
Contact
Padilla for Proto Labs
Tim Nelson, 612-455-1789
Tim.Nelson@PadillaCo.com

ICON Corp. Toy Robot to Teach Programming to Infants and To… 2017年04月20日 23時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 20th, 2017 (Thu.) ICON Corp. will begin a crowdfunding campaign
for KUMIITA, an educational toy designed for 0 to 3 year olds to teach
them the concepts of programming.








Kickstarter project page at https://goo.gl/MLkbjM.



By providing a language-less and hands-on experience in the form of a
puzzle game, children will be accustomed to programming from a young
age. KUMIITA cultivates the basic thinking patterns and logic behind
programming in children by allowing them to physically assemble command
panels and see how the resulting programs are executed - and why they
fail at times, as well. Failed programs can also be fixed by rearranging
the panels in various ways, allowing children to figure out new
solutions for themselves.



KUMIITA is played by placing down panels which the robot will roll over,
following its path ahead. The robot scans each panel and executes
different commands to change its color or direction, play a musical
instrument, or make animal sounds.



The ICON Outlook
Through cultivating a rich culture of
product development that has led us to solutions for searchable,
encryption protected data systems, ICON Corp. will soon reach the 20th
anniversary of our founding. The KUMIITA project represents a confluence
of technical expertise and free thinking to realize the development,
introduction, and furthering of new ideas under the banner of
"well-being through technology" that we have strived for since our
inception.



To realize a prosperous future through technology, we have taken a
stance of total integration, to include not only our programming
software, but hardware products and services. And now we are venturing
to build opportunities for children so that they may enjoy programming
in the effort to accelerate the creation of new ideas, and value that
will ultimately carry the future forward.



KUMIITA on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter campaign will run
from April 20th through May 20th with a project funding goal of $30,000.
For full details concerning the campaign including pledge rewards,
please see our project page at https://goo.gl/MLkbjM.



Press Kit: https://goo.gl/O3sF12




Contacts


Awesome Japan, Inc. for ICON
Kazuhiro Tsuchinaga, +81 3-6459-1401
info@awesome-japan.co.jp



Poxel to Present New Imeglimin Data at the 9th Scientific M… 2017年04月20日 15時00分

LYON, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--POXEL SA (Euronext – POXEL - FR0012432516), a biopharmaceutical company
focused on the development of innovative drugs to treat metabolic
diseases, including type 2 diabetes, announced today that two Imeglimin
abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations at the Asian
Association for the Study of Diabetes, which is being held in
conjunction with the 60th Annual Meeting of The Japan
Diabetes Society. The meeting will be held on May 19-20, 2017 at the
Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Japan.




Imeglimin Oral Presentation Information



Title:Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of Imeglimin
in Healthy Japanese Subjects”

Session Name: Clinical
Science 1
Date, Time & Location: May 19, 2017, 8:00-9:00
am, Venue: Room 6, Nagoya Congress Center Building 1, 4F Reception Hall
(West)



Title: “Imeglimin Increases Insulin Secretion in Response to
Glucose as a Unique Mechanism of Action Depending on NAD Synthesis”

Session
Name:
Basic Science 2 – Insulin Resistance and Adipocyte Biology
Date,
Time & Location:
May 20, 2017, 3:50-5:20 pm, Venue: Room 6,
Nagoya Congress Center Building 1, 4F Reception Hall (West)



Poxel will announce the results through a press release after the
presentation.



About Imeglimin
Imeglimin is the first clinical candidate in
a new chemical class of oral agents called the Glimins. Imeglimin has a
unique mechanism of action (MOA) that targets mitochondrial
bioenergetics. Imeglimin acts on the three main target organs involved
in glucose homeostasis: the liver, muscle, and the pancreas. This MOA
has the potential for glucose lowering benefits, as well as the
potential to prevent endothelial dysfunction, which can provide
protective effects on micro- and macro-vascular defects induced by
diabetes. The additional protective effect on beta-cell survival and
function may lead to a delay in disease progression. This unique mode of
action compared to existing treatments for type 2 diabetes makes
Imeglimin a prime candidate in all stages of the current anti-diabetic
treatment paradigm, including monotherapy or as an add-on to other
glucose lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with type 2
diabetes.



About Poxel SA
Poxel uses its development expertise in
metabolism to advance a pipeline of drug candidates focused on the
treatment of metabolic disorders, including type 2 diabetes. We have
successfully completed our Phase 2 clinical program for our
first-in-class lead product, Imeglimin, which targets mitochondrial
dysfunction, in the U.S. and EU and have fully enrolled a Phase 2b
clinical study in Japan. Our second program, PXL770, a direct AMPK
activator, is in Phase 1 development. We intend to generate further
growth through strategic partnerships and pipeline development.
(Euronext: POXEL, www.poxel.com)




Contacts


Poxel SA
Jonae R. Barnes, +1 617-818-2985
Senior Vice
President, Investor Relations and Public Relations
jonae.barnes@poxelpharma.com
or
Investor
relations / Media - EU/US

MacDougall Biomedical Communications
Gretchen
Schweitzer or Stephanie May, + 49 89 2424 3494 or + 49 175 571 1562
smay@macbiocom.com
or
Investor
relations / Media - France

NewCap
Florent Alba/Nicolas
Mérigeau, + 33 1 44 71 98 55
poxel@newcap.fr

New Standard for Cybercrime Investigation Launches as Cyber… 2017年04月19日 21時04分

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIBOK Editorial Committee today announced its establishment and the 1st
edition “Cybercrime Investigation Body Of Knowledge” (CIBOK) published
work. CIBOK is designed to provide a new standard for law enforcement
organizations and enterprises around the globe with knowledge, skills
and behaviors required to solve or prevent today’s complex and
sophisticated cybercrime. The CIBOK first edition publication
is available in English and Japanese.




“As cybercrime evolves from individuals seeking attention and
demonstrating their capabilities to organized and syndicated activities
of sophisticated goal-oriented actors, it is important to change our
focus to understanding the objectives and motivations of the crimes,”
said Shane Shook, the chief editor of CIBOK and the chair of Cybercrime
Investigation Body Of Knowledge Editorial Committee. “Crime is
investigated in terms of means, motives and opportunity to identify
perpetrators. Cyber investigations, however, have traditionally focused
on tools, techniques and procedures. The CIBOK is intended to weld the
best efficiencies of traditional and cyber investigative approaches, and
to provide a standard that demonstrates the convergence of societal and
corporate understanding of cybercriminal activity. This is step one of
what we hope will become coordination and cooperation between public and
private sector approaches to addressing global cybercrimes.”



CIBOK describes the needs, background and requirements for security
researchers to assist law enforcement, and for corporate risk managers
to investigate cybercrimes. The book seeks to fulfill these five
objectives:




  1. Popularize and promote a global commonsense, and consistent, approach
    to cybercrime investigations.


  2. Positioning of systematized practices for defining the scope of
    cybercrime investigations.


  3. Characterizing through demonstration the content that should be put
    into practice in cybercrime investigations.


  4. Providing structural guidance for utilizing CIBOK as an investigation
    asset to plan, conduct, and review cybercrime investigations.


  5. Demonstrating the organizational and individual skills and knowledge
    development needed for cybercrime investigations.



The CIBOK first edition was planned, coordinated and sponsored by Trend
Micro, and has been written, reviewed and compiled by 12 experts from
various industries as joint forces, including law firms, law enforcement
and academia. The CIBOK Editorial Committee will take over copyright and
management of CIBOK from Trend Micro.



And a general incorporated association will be established to continue
to update CIBOK as public property, and the association will plan to
develop a certification program and a related training.



And the CIBOK first edition will be planned to sell from May, 2017. To
purchase a copy of the CIBOK book and to learn more about the
organization, please visit CIBOK web site.



www.cibok.org.



About CIBOK Editorial Committee



The CIBOK
Editorial Committee is organized by 12 experienced legal, judicial and
industry leaders, and assigned by a steering committee of industry and
legal professionals formed in 2016 with the goal of helping to protect
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) assets and operations of
society from cybercrime.




Contacts


CIBOK Editorial Committee
Yasumoto Masakazu, +81-3-5334-3623
secretariat@cibok.org

Stepes Goes to Tokyo to Present Mobile Translation 2017年04月19日 21時00分


Mobile translation services are poised to grow in Japan’s
hyper-connected, mobile society



SAN FRANCISCO & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#innovation--Stepes (pronounced /'steps/), the leader in on-demand
translation services
, has announced it will present Mobile
Translation for the Digital Economy
at the TAUS Executive Forum in
Tokyo Japan on April 25-26, 2017.



The digital era has led to the rapid spread of information,
fundamentally altering basic customer expectations about translation
speed. Fast delivery no longer refers to a few weeks or days, it now
means minutes and seconds. In addition to speed, two of the biggest
trends impacting the translation and localization industry are the
continued development of mobile technology and artificial intelligence
(AI).



“In today’s mobile-connected world, everyone is creating and accessing
information, including translated content, on mobile devices. This is
why mobile will play an increasingly important role in the translation
ecosystem,” commented Carl Yao, Stepes Visionary. “Today’s digital
content is becoming smaller, more fragmented, distributed on multiple
channels, and in need of on-demand, around the clock translation.”



The TAUS forum will feature Macduff Hughes, Director of Google
Translate, and Chris Wendt, Program Manager of Machine Translation at
Microsoft, to talk about neural machine translation (NMT) and the other
translation technology innovations that are impacting the localization
industry. Stepes mobile translation solutions, powered by professional
human translators, provide a perfect complement to today’s NMT in terms
of both quality and scale.



“Legacy localization services are no longer sufficient in meeting the
always-on, agile, and fast translation requirements of the digital age,”
noted Marisa Bowers, Director of Worldwide Business Development at CSOFT
International. “Mobile translation services like Stepes deliver
unrivaled speed and scalability and are perfectly suited for the digital
economy.”



To download the Stepes app, please visit Apple
App Store
or Google
Play
.



About Stepes



Stepes is the world’s first mobile
translation
platform powered by human translators and interpreters
from around the world. Stepes disrupts the traditional translation
process, delivering 30-minute,
one hour, and
just-in-time translation services for the digital economy. By seamlessly
connecting businesses with a larger pool of translators and bilingual
subject matter experts around the world, Stepes breaks down language
barriers between businesses and their customers, and among nations and
people. The word Stepes stands for Social Translation Experiment Project
and Eco System.




Contacts


CSOFT International
Megan Robinson, +1-415-889-8989 (U.S./Europe)
megan.robinson@csoftintl.com
or
Lisa
Chan, + 86-755-6683-3000 (Asia)
lisa.chan@csoftintl.com



Experience Athletes' Vitals on Live Online Broadcast of the… 2017年04月19日 19時10分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Corporation will be organizing the "Panasonic Open Golf
Championship 2017" from April 20 - 23 at the Chiba Country Club's
Umesato Course in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, as well as the LPGA Step
Up Tour, "Panasonic Open Ladies 2017" at the Noda Course, same golf
course, from April 19 - 21.








At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, golf returned to the Olympic Games for
the first time after a 112-year hiatus. Panasonic, which has been
supporting the Olympic Games as an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner
for more than 25 years, has begun organizing the Panasonic Open once
again in 2016 to help contribute to the development of golf as the sport
enters a new age.



As the concept of this tournament is to make "golf more open" and
accessible to all, Panasonic will organize various events for golf
lovers, as well as spectators new to golf or who have come as a family
such as "The Gallery Hall," the "Farewell Party," and lucky draws.



Please come to the Panasonic Open and experience new ways to enjoy golf
and witness the passion of the athletes first hand.



"Panasonic Open Golf Championship 2017"



Date: April 20 (Thurs) - 23 (Sun), 2017
*May also watch the
specified practice sessions on April 19 (Wed).
Place: Umesato
Course, Chiba Country Club, Noda City, Chiba Prefecture
*Please
refer to the Panasonic Open homepage for information about tickets and
access to the golf course.
*Please note that same-day tickets may
sell out.



Let's party with green DJs! "The Gallery Hall"
At
the final round (April 22, 23), "The Gallery Hall" will appear on the
16th (short) hole where spectators will be able to enjoy the tournament
with a drink in hand. Takeaki Koyama and Hiroshi Yakushiji will join the
party as green DJs and enliven the gallery by providing information
about the golf clubs the players selected to tee-off, about their play,
and inside stories. Moreover, a lottery will take place where spectators
will be able to win Panasonic products and Panasonic Open merchandise
according to the number of hole-in-ones and birdies.



Meet golfers at the "Fairwell Party"
After
the final round on April 23, 2017 (Sun), a Fairwell Party will be held
to thank the fans, who came to watch the tournament, and the golfers,
who gave the tournament their all. A lucky draw will take place where
spectators will have a chance to win Panasonic products and autographed
golf goods.



Fun for families, too - The "gallery plaza"
The
gallery plaza will feature an area where spectators can lay on an air
sofa under the blue skies and watch the tournament, a kids park where
kids can run wild, 3D foot mapping service, and a shopping area where
spectators will be able to buy Panasonic Open merchandise and popular
golf gear.



Broadcast schedule



If you can't make it to the golf course, you can also watch the Open on:
BS-TBS
(live broadcast)

April 22, 2017 (Sat) 14:00 - 15:54 (tbc)
April
23, 2017 (Sun) 13:00 - 15:54 (tbc)
http://www.bs-tbs.co.jp/sports/panasonicopen2017/
(Japanese)



Online live streaming
April 22, 2017
(Sat) first group tee-off (8:00) to final group hole out
April 23,
2017 (Sun) first group tee-off (8:00) to final group hole out
*Commentary
will be available from 12:00 to final group hole out
Please access
online live streaming from the Panasonic Open Special Website.
http://www.panasonic.com/global/panasonic-open



Contactless Vital Sensing
With the cooperation of
BS-TBS, contactless vital sensing (
video)
will measure the heart rate of athletes on camera, giving the audience
an idea of the emotional state of these athletes. By making the level of
nervousness/tension athletes are feeling visible, the audience will be
able to enjoy a dramatic broadcast like never before.

Date:
April 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun), 2017
Place: 16th hole,
Umesato Course, Chiba Country Club, Noda City, Chiba Prefecture



LPGA Step Up Tour - Panasonic Open Ladies 2017



Date: April 19 (Wed) - 21 (Fri), 2017
Place: Noda Course, Chiba
Country Club, Noda City, Chiba Prefecture
Free admission. Come join
us at the tournament. Please access the Panasonic
Open Special Website
for details.



Panasonic will conduct a demonstration experiment of ICT-based spectator
solutions that propose new ways to enjoy golf and security solutions
that ensure the safe operation of the tournament. Please take a look.




Contacts


Panasonic Corporation
Global Communications Department
Media
Promotion Office
presscontact@gg.jp.panasonic.com



ISE Group, Total and SunPower Start Up the Nanao Solar Powe… 2017年04月19日 16時05分

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:




ISE Group, Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) and SunPower have
started up a 27-megawatt-peak photovoltaic power plant in Nanao on
Japan’s Honshu Island. Completed one year after the beginning of
construction, the plant will generate clean and reliable electricity to
serve thousands of Japanese households on the island.



The Nanao plant is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds a 50 percent
interest, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25 percent interest.



ISE Group is a leading company in the egg farming industry with a
world-class quality and safety management system. We are committed to
applying the same dedication to safety and security in our renewable
energy projects
,” said Hikonobu Ise, Chairman of the ISE Group. “The
photovoltaic power plant that has started operations in Nanao is one of
the largest in the Hokuriku region. We are pleased to partner with
Total, one of the world’s leading energy companies, and SunPower, which
possesses the world’s most efficient solar panel technology. We hope
that this project will further strengthen the friendship between Japan
and France.



“Total Solar is proud of the start-up of its first photovoltaic power
plant in Japan. This project, launched in partnership with Japanese ISE
Group and Total’s affiliate SunPower, is part of our strategy to develop
new projects in the fast growing solar market,”
said Julien Pouget,
Senior Vice-President Renewables at Total. “The start-up of the Nanao
photovoltaic power plant is an important milestone in the history of
Total in Japan, where we have been present for 60 years. Total is
committed to assisting Japan in further diversifying its energy mix to
ensure a supply of affordable and clean energy through our solar and
liquefied natural gas activities.”



"The SunPower solar panels operating at the Nanao solar power plant
maximize the power generated on site by producing 45 percent more energy
in the same amount of space compared to conventional solar panels, and
are recognized for long-term reliability and performance,"
 said SunPower
Vice President Shingo Tajiri. "We are pleased to partner with Total
and ISE Group on our first solar power plant in Japan, a milestone that
underscores SunPower’s commitment to the growth of the Japanese market."



The ground-mounted solar power plant has been designed to fully meet the
stringent Japanese earthquake-resistant building standards. Constructed
on 25 hectares of land owned by ISE Group, the facility is now entirely
connected to the electricity distribution grid and has begun supplying
power through more than 80,000 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels.



About ISE Group
ISE Group, which started its genetic and
breeding improvement business for egg-producing chickens in Takaoka City
in Toyama Prefecture in 1912, celebrated its 100th year in business in
2012 thanks to its many loyal customers. As a top runner in the
egg-producing industry in Japan, we are committed to improve egg
sanitation by introducing the ISE Integration System for integrated
management of all processes from producing feed and breeding to egg
shipment. Outside Japan, we have 65% market share in six large states on
the U.S. east coast and are expanding our business in China and
Southeast Asia.



About Total
Total is a global integrated energy producer and
provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major
player in solar energy with SunPower and Total Solar. Our
98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner,
more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as
possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that
our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver
economic, social and environmental benefits. total.com



About SunPower Corporation
As one of the world’s most
innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower Corporation
(Nasdaq: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar
solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments,
schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30
years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower
delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life
of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower
Corporation has dedicated customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information
about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.




Contacts


ISE (ISE Power)
Kazunori Murakami, +81.3.5414.1555
murakami-k@ise-power.co.jp
or
Total
Investor
Relations: +44 207 719 7962 / +1 713 483 5070
or
SunPower
Ingrid
Ekstrom, +1.510.260.8368
iekstrom@sunpower.com



Toshiba's New Stepping Motor Driver IC Has an Anti-Stall Fe… 2017年04月19日 14時38分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba
Corporation
's (TOKYO:6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions
Company today announced the launch of “TB67S289FTG,” a stepping motor
driver with a Toshiba developed architecture that automatically detects
and prevents stalling during operation. Mass production is scheduled to
begin in the end of July 2017.








Stable and highly precise control is a basic operating requirement, for
motors used in printers, office appliances, banking terminals such as
ATMs, cash dispensers, amusement machines, and home appliances. Recent
demand has also emphasized more efficient motor drivers that use less
power and generate less heat generation.



Avoiding stalls in stepping motor operation is the highest priority for
securing stability and precision in motor control, and is achieved by
provision of additional current to assure an operating margin for the
motor. Real-time monitoring of motor torque and current feedback, using
additional sensors and highly advanced MCU control, are also required to
improve efficiency and heat generation.
A further way to improve
efficiency and cut down heat generation is to adjust the built-in
MOSFET's on-resistance and cut down power loss during operation.



The TB67S289FTG is the first stepping motor driver to apply Toshiba’s
original anti-stall and efficiency improvement system, Active Gain
Control (AGC)[1], which enables the driver to monitor the
motor and torque, and automatically optimizes motor control without
additional MCU control. In operation, TB67S289FTG prevents motor stalls
and automatically optimizes motor current, depending on torque needed.
Compared with current solutions, TB67S289FTG cuts down the motor power
by up to 80% at best, winning significant improvements in efficiency and
heat improvement without relying on on-resistance.



Further efficiencies can also be achieved when the new stepping motor
driver is supported by ACDS[2], Toshiba’s sense-resistor-free
current monitor and control system, which allows more free space and
uses fewer external components on the PCB.



Toshiba positions the TB67S289FTG as its flag-ship stepping motor
driver, a high performance motor control and component reduction
solution, and will continue to expand its line-up.



Main Features



1. Anti-stall and high efficiency
Toshiba’s new motor control
architecture AGC for anti-stall and high efficiency motor control. Plus
sense-resistor-less current control ACDS for additional PCB space.
High-resolution 1/32 step (max.) motor control cuts down noise and
vibration.



2. Lower heat generation
Heat generation is reduced by low
on-resistance (0.46 Ω (upper + lower: typ.)).



3. Small package
Packaging in a small QFN package allows customers
to reduce heat problems and simplify PCB design patterns for heat
dissipation. It will also realize affordable solutions in terms of space
and cost.



4. Built-in error detection circuits
Thermal shutdown, over-current
shutdown, under voltage lock-out and motor load open detection circuits
contribute to equipment safety and reliability. Also, error status can
be flagged to MCU using error flag function.
















































 


Main Specifications of New Product



Product name

 


TB67S289FTG



Control I/F



CLK-IN



Absolute maximum ratings


50V, 3A

Package


QFN48

Step resolution


Full, Half, Quarter, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 step resolution

Other features



- AGC; a current control method for anti-stall and high efficient
motor operation
- ACDS; a current control method which does
not require sense resistor
- Built-in error detection
functions (thermal shutdown, over-current shutdown, under voltage
lock out, and motor load open detection)
- Built-in error
detection signal output function
- Supports the power-on
sequence by the single power drive



Mass production

 

End of July, 2017 (scheduled)

 


[1] AGC: Active Gain Control. Motor control architecture that optimizes
motor current to torque while preventing motor stalls.
[2] ACDS:
Advanced Current Detection System. A motor control architecture that
does not require an external sensing resistor to monitor the motor
current.
Note: Motor stall: When motor rotation deviates from the
control signal, stalling occurs and the motor stops rotating.



For more information about the new product, please visit:
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TB67S289FTG&region=apc&lang=en



Customer Inquiries
Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department
Tel:
+81-44-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/contact.html



*Information in this document, including product prices and
specifications, content of services and contact information, is current
on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior
notice.



About Toshiba



Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class
capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems
into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life,
that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life;
and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by
the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed
to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations
and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to
come can live better lives.



Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global
network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people
worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50
billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)
To find out more about Toshiba,
visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm




Contacts


Media Inquiries:
Toshiba Corporation
Storage & Electronic
Devices Solutions Company
Chiaki Nagasawa, +81-3-3457-4963
semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



東芝:脱調防止機能による高効率モータ制御を実現したステッピ… 2017年04月19日 14時38分

東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) -- 株式会社東芝ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社は、当社オリジナルの脱調注1防止機能により高効率モータ制御を実現したステッピングモータドライバ「TB67S289FTG」をラインアップに追加し、7月末より量産開始する予定です。なお、本日より幕張メッセで開催される「TECHNO-FRONTIER
2017」の東芝ブースに、本製品を出展します。








プリンタ、OA機器、ATMなどの金融端末や紙幣識別機、遊戯機器、家電などのアプリケーションには常に安定したモータ動作が求められています。また、使用環境の多様化により、効率や発熱の改善に対する要求が高まってきています。



安定したモータ動作を実現するためには、ステッピングモータの課題である脱調を回避する必要があり、従来は常に必要以上の電流を流し続けることでトルクマージンを確保してきました。一方で、効率や発熱改善のためにトルクマージン分の電流を可能な限り削減することが求められ、モータ駆動時の負荷状況をセンサやマイコンなどにより常にモニタし、モータに流す電流をその都度調整するなど、極めて複雑な制御が必要でした。
また、効率や発熱を改善するには駆動時の導通損失も減らす必要があり、従来では内蔵出力MOSFETのオン抵抗に大きく依存していました。



「TB67S289FTG」は、当社オリジナルの脱調防止・効率改善機能(AGC注2)を初めて搭載しました。これによりマイコンなど制御システムへの余計な負荷を増やすことなく、ドライバIC自身が外付センサ無しでモータの状況を監視し、制御の最適化を行うことができるようになりました。
モータの脱調を回避しつつ負荷トルクに応じた最適な電流を自動で調整することで、従来の制御方式に対して最大80%程度のモータ消費電力削減が可能となり、オン抵抗に依存せずにモータ駆動時の大幅な効率改善・発熱低減ソリューションを提供します。



さらに、外付抵抗不要でモータ電流をモニタするシステム(ACDS注3)の採用や、ドライバを制御する上で必要な部品数の削減により、システムBOMコストの削減と基板パターンの自由度なども大幅に改善しました。



当社は、AGCを含めた自動化システムにより、高性能/高機能を実現しつつ必要な部品数の削減を両立させた本製品を、次世代のフラグシップモータドライバと位置づけさらに強化していきます。



新製品の特長



1. 脱調防止・高効率
当社が新たに開発した新モータ駆動技術(AGC)により効率・発熱を改善することができます。また、電流センス抵抗レス制御(ACDS)による省スペース化も可能です。更に最大1/32ステップの高分解能モータ駆動技術も採用し低騒音化・低振動化に貢献します。



2. 低発熱の実現
低オン抵抗(0.46Ω(上下和:標準値))により発熱量を軽減します。



3. 小型パッケージの採用
小型で放熱特性に優れたQFNパッケージを採用することにより、セットやモジュールの熱処理の簡素化が可能となり、小型化とコスト削減に寄与します。



4. 異常検出機能の搭載
従来搭載されていた過熱検出機能、過電流検出機能、低電圧検出機能に加え、モータの負荷がオープンになったことを検出する負荷オープン検出機能を新たに搭載しました。また、これらの異常値を外部にフラグとして出力する異常検出フラグ機能も搭載しています。
















































 


新製品の主な仕様



品番

 

TB67S289FTG

制御I/F


CLOCK-IN

絶対最大定格


50V, 3A

パッケージ


QFN48

励磁モード


2相、1-2相、W1-2相、2W1-2相、4W1-2相、8W1-2相

その他・特長



AGC技術によるモータ駆動電流制御の最適化
ACDS技術による電流センス抵抗レス化
異常検出機能(過熱・過電流・低電圧・負荷オープン検出機能)搭載
異常検出フラグ出力機能搭載
単一電源駆動による電源投入シーケンスフリー



量産時期

 

2017年7月末以降(予定)

 


注1:脱調(現象):制御信号とモータ回転のズレが生じることで発生し、動作継続が困難となるステッピングモータ特有の現象。
注2:AGC:
Active Gain Controlの略。モータの負荷トルクに応じて自動的に電流を最適化する技術。
注3:ACDS:
Advanced Current Detection Systemの略。電流センス抵抗を使わずにモータに流れる電流を検出できる技術。



新製品のさらに詳しい仕様については下記ページをご覧ください。
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TB67S289FTG&region=jp&lang=ja



お客様からの製品に関するお問い合わせ先:
ミックスドシグナルIC営業推進部
Tel: 044-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/jp/contact.html



*本資料に掲載されている情報(製品の価格/仕様、サービスの内容及びお問い合わせ先など)は、発表日現在の情報です。予告なしに変更されることがありますので、あらかじめご了承ください。




Contacts


報道関係の本資料に関するお問い合わせ先:
株式会社東芝 ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社
長沢千秋
Tel:
03-3457-4963
e-mail: semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



CORRECTING and REPLACING Prudential Investment Management J… 2017年04月19日 12時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release dated April 6, 2017 with the following
corrected version due to multiple revisions.








The corrected release reads:



PRUDENTIAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT JAPAN TO BECOME PGIM JAPAN



Prudential Investment Management Japan Co., Ltd. (PIMJ), will rebrand
its asset management operations to PGIM Japan, to align with its global
parent, PGIM, effective October 1. PGIM, the $1 trillion1
investment business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:
PRU)
manages assets in 32 countries with nearly 30 percent of its
assets managed for clients outside of the U.S.



Since establishing its roots in Japan in 1988, PIMJ has evolved from a
manager of primarily proprietary insurance company assets to a business
with JPY 19.7 trillion in assets under management,1 with
fivefold growth in third-party assets over the past five years.



“As we continue to grow in the Japanese market, aligning our brand with
our parent organization offers clarity and consistency, as we deliver
PGIM’s active global investment management capabilities across a broad
range of asset classes to our clients,” said Yasuhisa Nitta, PIMJ’s
president and CEO.



Added David Hunt, president and CEO of PGIM: “Japan is one of our
critical growth markets and we intend to continue to invest here to
serve our broadening client base. As long-term investors, PGIM is
well-positioned to advise clients on risk-controlled, actively managed
strategies across traditional and alternative asset classes.”



PIMJ has approximately 90 asset management professionals in Japan with a
large fixed income presence through PGIM Fixed Income, PGIM’s $637
billion1 active global fixed income manager. PIMJ is
additionally positioned to meet the Japanese market’s investment needs
through PGIM’s equity, private fixed income, real estate and commercial
mortgage businesses.



The firm manages assets for many of Japan’s largest institutional
investors including three of the country’s five largest public pension
funds2.



About PGIM and Prudential Financial, Inc.



With 14 consecutive years of positive third-party institutional net
flows, PGIM, the global asset management businesses of Prudential
Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), ranks among the top 10 largest asset
managers in the world with more than $1 trillion in assets under
management as of Dec. 31, 2016. PGIM’s businesses offer a range of
investment solutions for retail and institutional investors around the
world across a broad range of asset classes, including fundamental
equity, quantitative equity, public fixed income, private fixed income,
real estate and commercial mortgages. Its businesses have offices in 16
countries across five continents. For more information, please visit pgim.com.



Prudential’s
additional businesses offer a variety of products and services,
including life insurance, annuities and retirement-related services. For
more information about Prudential, please visit news.prudential.com.



1 As of December 31, 2016.
2 Public filings,
2016.




Contacts


PGIM
Mayura Hooper, +1-973-367-7930
mayura.hooper@pgim.com



RagingWire and NTT Communications Host Grand Opening Celebr… 2017年04月19日 11時30分


500 business and civic leaders cheer launch of massive high-tech
facility for housing computing systems of enterprises and cloud companies


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., the premier
data center provider
in the United States, and its parent company
NTT Communications (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international
communications business within the NTT (TYO:9432) Group, were joined by
500 business and civic leaders today to celebrate the opening of the
Dallas TX1 Data Center, a 230,000 square foot facility designed to house
computing systems of large enterprises and hyperscale cloud companies.







The TX1 Data Center is engineered to meet the requirements of global
enterprises, cloud providers and the unique conditions in the
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, one of the top data center markets in the
United States:




  • 16 megawatts (MW) of power to support large-scale, high-density
    computing


  • Flexible private-suite configurations from 1 to 5 MW as well as
    multi-rack cages


  • Direct connection to major cloud providers, including Amazon Web
    Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform


  • Fiber connectivity to carrier hotels and more than 120 area data
    centers and connected properties


  • Multiple onsite telecommunications providers


  • Extensive, multi-factor physical security, including perimeter
    fencing, video surveillance, access controls, and 7x24 onsite security
    officers


  • Highly efficient, waterless cooling system that leverages available
    outside cool air and does not stress local water supplies


  • Office space, conference rooms, and complimentary amenities including
    Wi-Fi, fitness room, and beverages


  • Designed and built to withstand an EF3 tornado of 136 mph


  • Part of NTT Com’s global data center platform, which comprises over
    140 facilities in 19 countries under the NexcenterTM brand.



“RagingWire’s new Dallas TX1 Data Center is ‘Texas-ready’ and
world-class,” said Douglas Adams, President and CEO of RagingWire. “We
expect that TX1 will become a critical data center hub for large
enterprises and cloud companies as part of their global IT deployments.”



The grand opening event featured a thrilling digital laser ribbon
cutting and appearances by sports legend and business icon Roger
Staubach, Emmy Award-winning news anchor Shelly Slater as the master of
ceremonies, RagingWire President and CEO Douglas Adams, NTT
Communications President and CEO Tetsuya Shoji, RagingWire Founder and
Executive Chairman George Macricostas, and NTT Group executives from
around the world.



“Congratulations to RagingWire on the grand opening of the Dallas TX1
Data Center,” said Tetsuya Shoji, President and CEO of NTT
Communications. “With their patented design, 100% uptime, and superior
operations, RagingWire has become NTT Com’s data center solution in
North America and part of our global data center portfolio under the
Nexcenter brand.”



The Dallas TX1 Data Center, combined with data centers in Ashburn,
Virginia and Sacramento, California, expands RagingWire’s data center
capacity to 1.5 million square feet and 113 MW of power. In Ashburn, the
world’s top data center market, the new VA3 Data Center which is under
construction will join the VA1 and VA2 data centers for a total
footprint of over 500,000 square feet of space and 44 MW of power. In
Sacramento, an ideal Northern California data center location outside
the earthquake zone of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, RagingWire has
680,000 square feet of data center space and 53 MW of power with a
compelling total cost of ownership (TCO) based on low-cost power
provided by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).



NTT Com acquired an 80% equity stake in RagingWire in January 2014.
RagingWire joined NTT Com family members such as Netmagic Solutions Pvt.
Ltd. in India, Gyron Internet Ltd. and e-shelter facility services GmbH
in Europe, and an extensive data center portfolio in Asia, as well as
other regions, as part of a global data center platform totaling some
four million square feet. In February 2017, NTT Com announced its intent
to purchase the remaining shares of RagingWire to acquire 100% ownership
of the company.



About RagingWire Data Centers



RagingWire Data Centers designs, builds, and operates mission
critical data centers
that deliver 100% availability, high-density
power, flexible configurations, carrier neutral connectivity, and
superior customer service. The company has 113 MW of critical IT load
spread across 1.5 million square feet of data center infrastructure in
Northern California, Ashburn, Virginia, and Dallas, Texas, with
significant growth plans in these locations and other top North American
data center markets. As part of the NTT Communications group, RagingWire
is one of the largest wholesale data center providers in the world with
a global network of 140 data centers operated by NTT Communications
under the Nexcenter™ brand and one of the most financially strong
companies in the data center industry. For more information visit www.ragingwire.com.



About NTT Communications Corporation



NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and
cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology
(ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the
company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1
IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196
countries/regions, and 140 secure data centers worldwide.
www.ntt.com
| Twitter@NTT
Com
| Facebook@NTT
Com
| LinkedIn@NTT
Com




Contacts


RagingWire Data Centers
James Leach, +1-703-840-7721
jleach@ragingwire.com
or
NTT
Communications
Hiroshi Seo, +81-3-6733-9511
wg-cl@ntt.com



Box Strengthens Strategic Cloud Content Management Relation… 2017年04月19日 10時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Box, Inc. (NYSE: BOX), a leader in cloud content management, today
announced that Fujitsu has become an official Box reseller in Japan. The
reseller relationship, started in March 2017, will enable Fujitsu to
help accelerate sales of Box in the country. It also strengthens the
relationship between the two companies who are working on additional
ways to partner in the cloud content management space.



“We’re thrilled that Fujitsu has come on board as a Box reseller to help
deliver transformative software to Japanese businesses in every
industry,” said Katsunori Furuichi, President and managing director at
K.K. Box Japan. “Selling through Fujitsu will enable us to help even
more organizations to benefit from entirely new ways of working, by
providing technology which enables secure cloud content management.”



In addition, in December 2016, Fujitsu launched
its FUJITSU Enterprise Application Digital Global Communication Service

to support rapid implementation of communication platforms. The service
includes Box as the cloud content management tool.



Becoming a Box reseller in Japan is the first part of the strategic
partnership previously
announced by Box and Fujitsu
, and the companies are exploring
additional areas for collaborating, including developing Fujitsu
solutions that integrate with Box.



Box makes it easy for more than 71,000 organizations around the world to
share, access, and collaborate on files securely. The company serves 64%
of the Fortune 500, including global enterprises like AstraZeneca,
Daiichi Sankyo, General Electric, P&G, Schneider Electric, Shiseido, and
more.



About Box



Box (NYSE:BOX) is the cloud content management company that empowers
enterprises to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their
people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more
than 71,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General
Electric, P&G, and The GAP. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA,
with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more
about Box, visit http://www.box.com/.






Contacts


PR contacts:
Box, Inc.
Titus Thomson, 44 (0)7598029952
titus@box.com



Boxが富士通との戦略的クラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメントの提… 2017年04月19日 10時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ)エンタープライズ向けクラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメントの分野をリードする株式会社Box
Japan(本社:東京都千代田区、代表取締役社長:古市克典、以下「Box」)は本日、富士通株式会社(本社:東京都港区、代表取締役社長:田中達也、以下「富士通」)が日本におけるBoxの正式販売代理店となったことを発表しました。この販売代理店業務は本年3月より開始しており、富士通は国内におけるBoxソリューションの販売を促進します。また、クラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメント分野における提携に取り組んでいる両社の関係がより一層強化されます。



株式会社Box
Japan代表取締役社長の古市克典は次のように述べています。「富士通様がBoxの販売代理店となって、国内のあらゆる企業に弊社のソリューションをご提供してくださることを大変うれしく思います。富士通様を通じて販売することにより、より多くの企業にセキュアなクラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメントで実現する新たな働き方から得られるメリットをお届けすることができます。」



富士通は2016年12月に、コミュニケーション基盤の迅速な導入をサポートする「FUJITSU
Enterprise Application デジタルグローバルコミュニケーションサービス」
の提供を開始しています。同サービスの中でもクラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメントのツールとしてBoxソリューションが採用されております。



Boxおよび富士通は、戦略的パートナーシップの一環として富士通が日本におけるBoxの販売代理店となったことを発表しており、両社は、Boxと統合した富士通ソリューションの開発など、さらなる協業分野を検討しています。



Boxは、71,000社を超える世界中の企業が、安全なファイルの共有、ファイルへのアクセス、ファイル上での共同作業を容易に行えるようにします。Boxのソリューションは、アストラゼネカ、第一三共、ゼネラル・エレクトリック、P&G、シュナイダーエレクトリック、資生堂をはじめとするフォーチュン500企業の64%で利用されています。



Boxについて



Box (NYSE:
BOX)は、安全に人と情報とアプリケーションを連携させながら、組織の働き方を変革させるクラウド・コンテンツ・マネジメント企業です。2005年に設立され、アストラゼネカ、ゼネラル・エレクトリック、P&G、GAPをはじめとする71,000以上のグローバル企業を支援しています。Boxは、カリフォルニア州レッドウッドに本社を置き、米国、ヨーロッパ、アジアに拠点を持っています。Boxの詳細は、https://www.box.com/ja_JP/ 
にてご覧ください。株式会社Box JapanはBox Inc.の日本法人です。






Contacts


株式会社ボックスジャパン広報代理 (エデルマン・ジャパン株式会社)
担当:安達沙織/渡辺智/中田清光
TEL:
03-4360-9000 FAX: 03-4360-9001
E-mail: BoxJp@edelman.com

Parnaparin Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecast Report 2… 2017年04月19日 03時04分

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Parnaparin
Sales, Price Analysis, & Sales Forecast - 2017"
report to
their offering.




Find out the sales of Parnaparin worldwide and by countries in North
America, Europe, Japan, BRIC, and Australia. Discover the growth trends
of Parnaparin by countries, and also find out the sales forecast until
2021.



The research also provides Parnaparin unit price by countries. The sales
and price data from this report is useful for analyzing Parnaparin sales
trends, sales forecast for Parnaparin, brand planning, Parnaparin
generics trends, product positioning, strategic forecasts, BD&L,
competitive intelligence, pricing analysis, and price benchmarks.



Benefits to the User



- Identify companies marketing Parnaparin by major countries



- Find out Parnaparin sales, growth, and sales forecast by major
countries; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



- Determine the price of Parnaparin in major markets; use it to devise
pricing strategies, estimate patient shares, develop patient forecast
models, and estimate annual therapy costs



- Derive unit sales of Parnaparin by countries using pricing and sales
data; use it for your market planning - market assessments, market
sizing, market shares, BD&L, product strategy, positioning, and
competitive intelligence



Key Topics Covered:



1. Parnaparin - Introduction



2. Parnaparin Sales Analysis



2.1. Parnaparin Sales by Geography



3. Parnaparin Sales by Countries



4. Parnaparin Price Analysis by Countries



5. Parnaparin Sales Forecast



6. Parnaparin Sales Forecast by Countries



7. Methodology



For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/dv8mnw/parnaparin_sales.




Contacts


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For
EST Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call
1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
U.S.
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Related
Topics: Hematological
Drugs

Simplex Partners with Beacon - Risk Magazine's FinTech Star… 2017年04月19日


Partnership aims to build a next-generation Simplex trading and risk
management solution, code-named GenesisEIP



Simplex will accelerate growth in North American, European and Asian
Markets


NEW YORK & TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Simplex Inc., one of Asia’s leading financial services technology firms,
announced a strategic partnership with Risk Magazine’s FinTech start-up
of the year, Beacon Platform, Inc.




The partnership combines Simplex’s expertise in implementing trading and
risk management solutions with Beacon’s experience in building
cross-asset trading and risk management platforms for industry leaders
including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.



“Beacon is the first transparent source vendor platform in finance. It
enables our trusted partner Simplex to build completely integrated
modules and applications in an app-store like environment and deliver
their unique expertise to their clients while leveraging Beacon's
platform-as-a-service, dependency graph, reference financial models and
applications”, says Beacon CEO, Kirat Singh.



Over the past 2 years, Simplex and Beacon have invested significantly to
jointly build a next-generation, cloud-enabled trading and risk
management solution, code-named GenesisEIP, to bridge the gap between
traders, quants, risk managers and IT. The solution enables quick
delivery and focuses on time to market, enabling solutions to be
deployed in days instead of months.



“Simplex is a major trading software platform player in Asia and has
been working with Beacon since 2015. We see this partnership as
formalizing an already strong relationship. The upcoming next-generation
Simplex trading and risk management solution, GenesisEIP powered by
Beacon, will be a must-have platform for companies that want to leverage
the tremendous changes coming to the industry,” says Simplex CEO Hideki
Kaneko. With annual growth of more than 20% over the last twenty years,
Simplex continues to deliver robust, sophisticated solutions and has
become a trusted partner and insider to its clients. GenesisEIP powered
by Beacon is expected to launch in 2018.



About Simplex Inc.



Established in 1997, Simplex Inc. provides consulting, system
development, maintenance and operations to some of the largest
banks, asset managers and insurance companies in Asia. With more than 20
consecutive years of profitability, Simplex has served more than 50
clients. The company is headquartered in Tokyo with offices in San
Francisco and New York. Simplex employs more than 1,000 financial and
software engineers and has invested significant capital to build a
next-generation software solution for the financial services industry.
http://www.simplex.ne.jp/en/



About Beacon Platform, Inc.



Beacon Platform, Inc. was founded by the front office trading and risk
technologists who created SecDB, Athena and Quartz at Goldman Sachs, JP
Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Leveraging the experience and
lessons learned during their extensive careers at major investment
banks, Beacon’s founders have created the only third-party solution on
the market that integrates end-user applications for the financial
services industry within a comprehensive developer platform. Beacon has
offices in the United States, Germany, UK, and Canada and recently won
Risk Magazine’s award for 2017 FinTech start-up of the year.
http://beacon.io/




Contacts


News Release Inquiries
Simplex Inc.
Tony Gonzalez, +1
973 255 0304
Managing Director, North America & Europe
tony@simplexglobal.io
or
Beacon
Platform, Inc.
Mark Higgins, +1 917 721 8150
Chief Operating
Officer
mark.higgins@beacon.io

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts a Special "Peter Rabbit™ Hotel… 2017年04月18日 23時00分


in Commemoration of 150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter™’s
Birth


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#BeatrixPotter--Keio
Plaza Hotel Tokyo
, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, celebrates the 150th
anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the British author who
created the famous series of children’s stories about the fictional
character Peter Rabbit, by hosting a special event entitled “Peter
Rabbit™ Hotel Carnival
.” During the course of this event to be held
through June 30, 2017, special desserts created in image of characters
from the story of Peter Rabbit will be served in All Day Dining Jurin’s
sweets buffet. Moreover, special Peter Rabbit-themed menus will be
served at our other restaurant facilities. In addition, special photo
spots of various Peter Rabbit characters will be set on the second floor
to take pictures of and enjoy.








Beatrix Potter first created the character “Peter Rabbit” in 1893 in a
picture post card sent to a five year old child, and later wrote the
children’s story “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. The story depicts the
playful lead character Peter Rabbit playing in gardens in the
picturesque countryside of England, and is still read around the world
even today over 100 years after its original publication. “The Tale of
Peter Rabbit” is also said to be recognized by nearly 100% of Japanese
women over the age of 45 years. The “Peter
Rabbit™ Hotel Carnival
” event is one of a series of special events
designed to commemorate famous stories such as “Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid” and others and is part of our hotel’s
policy of providing unique experience to our guests.



Full
Version of Press Release



BEATRIX POTTER™© FrederickWarne & Co., 2017



About the Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio
Plaza Hotel Tokyo
, located in Shinjuku at the very heart of the
nation’s capital Tokyo, is one of Japan’s leading international hotels.
Our hotel boasts of over 20 restaurants and bars, and we host a wide
range of local and international guests who visit us for our welcoming
facilities, warm hospitality and unique services that allow them to
experience Japanese culture, including our Hello
Kitty themed rooms
, wedding
kimono fitting experience
, tea
ceremony
, ikebana
experience
and many
others
. For more information about our facilities and services,
please visit our website,
YouTube,
Facebook
or Instagram.




Contacts


Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Sunaho Nakatani, +81-3-5322-8010
Public
Relations Manager
s-nakatani@keioplaza.co.jp

iTSCOM and Connected Design Select mnubo to Empower the Jap… 2017年04月18日 21時30分


Using IoT Data and Artificial Intelligence to Drive Service
Excellence and Customer Experience


MONTREAL & TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iTSCOM,
a leading multi-play service operator in Japan and part of the Tokyu
Group, and Connected
Design Inc
, a smart product supplier
formed as a joint venture between iTSCOM of the Tokyu Group, Fujitsu
Cloud Technologies Limited of the Fujitsu Group, and the Tokyu
Corporation – three of Japan’s most prominent service providers,
announced today that they have selected mnubo’s
SmartObjects analytics solution to gain valuable, actionable insights
from their smart home deployment base – to drive service excellence and
deliver a top-quality customer experience.




mnubo is a proven leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) analytics and
data science space. Its SaaS-based offering serves several IoT
applications including some of the largest smart home platforms in the
world.



In early 2015, iTSCOM and Connected Design successfully launched a
first-to-market smart home service in Japan, called Intelligent HOME.
This home automation offering is now available to over 9 million
Japanese customers through partnerships with leading cable providers,
real estate developers amongst other channels.



“We are embarking on a transformational journey in the Japanese market
by becoming the trusted brand that is putting the power of a smart home
in the hands of homeowners,” stated Koji Takeda, Executive General
Manager of iTSCOM Intelligent Home. “By leveraging mnubo’s expertise in
Big Data, IoT insights and Artificial Intelligence (AI) we are able to
truly understand our customers and deliver the highest level of service
– this is strongly aligned with our core business values.”



“We are proud to partner with mnubo, and leverage real usage insights to
proactively service iTSCOM’s rapidly growing smart home subscriber
base,” said Fumi Shingai, CEO of Connected Design Inc. “The 360°
perspective of the customer base is crucial to help the product,
business and service teams drive meaningful business actions.”



“iTSCOM and Connected Design are pioneering very innovative smart home
use cases in Asia that go beyond the traditional home automation and
security services we see in North America,” said Frederic Bastien, CEO
of mnubo. “We are delighted to work with these market-leading companies
to help push the boundaries of how IoT data science, machine learning
and AI can bring value to a multitude of consumer IoT applications.”



About iTSCOM



iTSCOM, founded in 1983 and owned by Tokyu Corporation, is an
independent cable operator servicing parts of Tokyo and Kanagawa. iTSCOM
began providing cable television service in 1987, and now provides TV,
Internet and telephone services as a broadband provider. iTSCOM also
offers ISP functionality services to small business offices and other
independent cable operators.



About Connected Design Inc.



Connected Design Inc. is a joint venture between iTSCOM of the Tokyu
Group (56.6%), Fujitsu Cloud Technologies Limited of the Fujitsu Group
(33.4%), and the Tokyu Corporation (10%), with the mission of making
people’s lives more convenient and smarter. For more information, visit http://connected-design.jp/.



About mnubo



mnubo is an Internet of Things (IoT) company, providing data analytics
solutions to connected product manufacturers and service providers.
mnubo extracts business value from IoT data by delivering a SaaS
solution with out-of-the-box IoT insights, data services, and advanced
IoT data science. More at www.mnubo.com.




Contacts


mnubo
Jennifer Sewell
marketing@mnubo.com

NTT Solmare Releases Shall we date?: Modern Cinderella+, th… 2017年04月18日 21時00分


Cinderella, the Future Is Yours to Create!


OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NTT Solmare Corporation (NTT Solmare), a leading love simulation game
company, has released a social-based dating sim game “Shall we date?:
Modern Cinderella+” in the iTunes
App Store
, Google
Play
, and Facebook.







FEATURES



-Receive complimentary Story Tickets which are restored automatically.
-Read
as many stories as you wish.
-Choose options wisely for a sweet and
romantic ending.
-Dress up with a variety of avatar items.
-Be
impressed by beautiful illustrations and dramatic sound effects.
-Link
account on Facebook.



“I am happy to announce the release of Modern Cinderella. Our
latest title takes place in a realistic situation, where players must
find a way to successfully balance career and love life. The game is
aimed at anyone who wants a new outlook on life,” said Senior Vice
President, Yasuhiro Manabe.



Story Summary



You have been given everything. Friends and families are always there to
support you. Only you know the truth behind your seemingly carefree
life. When your life drives you crazy, you decide to run out of the
house. Now is your chance to start all over...!
“This is the moment
I change myself. Let me show you who I really am!”
New friends and
new experience help you grow as a person. The pursuit of happiness
begins here!



Price



The game is free to play. (In-app purchase available)



Release Date



April 18, 2017(PST)



Language



English



Supported OS Versions



Mobile: Android - 4.4 or later / iOS - 8.0 or later
PC: Windows /
Mac - the latest version of Google Chrome



How to Play *NOT available to those residing in Japan



Mobile: Download from links at http://shallwedate.jp/mc
PC:
Go to Facebook Gameroom and search the game “Modern Cinderella”, or
access the link below
https://apps.facebook.com/modern_cinderella



Official Media and SNS



Trailer: https://youtu.be/ePMgP4zoM9k
Website:
http://www.nttsolmare.com/shallwedate/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ShallWeDate.NTTSolmare



About NTT Solmare Corporation



NTT Solmare is one of the largest Japanese digital contents providers in
Japan including Digital
Book (e-Book) Enterprise
and Game
Enterprise
. “Shall we date?” has gained support from 166 countries,
having an average review score of 4.4/5.0 in iTunes App Store as of
March 2017. Game popularity keeps increasing with great reputation from
customers. NTT Solmare Corporation will continue providing our customers
with a great satisfaction in creating advanced services from the
customers’ perspective, holding the corporate mission: “We, NTT Solmare,
offer new kinds of surprise and plenty of excitement to our customers,
contributing to enrichment of our society.”




Contacts


NTT Solmare Corporation
Taeko Tamada / Tsutomu Kitaoya,
+81-6-6228-8861
Game Department
info@nttsolmare.com



Toshiba Launches H Bridge Driver IC for Low-Voltage 2.5V Dr… 2017年04月18日 18時10分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba
Corporation
's (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions
Company today announced the launch of “TC78H630FNG,” “TC78H621FNG,” and
“TC78H611FNG,” additions to its line-up of H bridge[1] driver
ICs for DC brushed motors and stepping motors used in the mobile
battery-drive equipment, home appliances, and housing and facility
equipment. Sample shipments* start today with mass production scheduled
for end of July.








TC78H630FNG has one H bridge with a 2A rating and is suitable for the
large current drive of DC brushed motors. Additionally, making
on-resistance[2] 0.4Ω (sum of upper and lower: typ.) in the
motor driver output block allows the IC to realize a large current drive
for motors.



TC78H621FNG and TC78H611FNG have two H bridges with 1A ratings, and are
suitable for driving bipolar stepping motors or two DC brushed motors.



This series supports 2.5V to 15V power supply for driving motors, and
diverse applications include mobile devices (cameras and small printers)
with a 3.7V lithium-ion battery, home appliances with 5V or 12V power
supply (refrigerators and air-conditioners), and housing and facility
equipment (smart meters, hot-water supply machines, water supply valves
of water service, and electronic locks).



Main Features of New Products




  • Abnormality detection functions (over current detection, thermal
    shutdown circuit, and under voltage lockout circuit) improve safety in
    driving the motor.


  • Consumption current of approximately 0μA (typ.) in standby mode (in
    case of motor stop) is realized.


  • Shoot-through current protection is incorporated. The motor can be
    controlled without considering the dead time in switching output ON
    and OFF.


















































































 


Main Specifications



 

Part No.

 

TC78H630FNG

 

TC78H621FNG

 

TC78H611FNG


Features





Suitable for large
current drive of DC
brushed motor



 


Suitable for driving
stepping motors



 


Suitable for driving 2
DC brushed motors




Power
supply
voltage
(operating
range)




Power supply for motor drive: 2.5 to 15V
Logic power supply:
2.7 to 5.5V


Output
current
(Absolute
maximum
ratings)







2.1 A







1.1 A







1.1 A




Number of
H bridge
Channels




1ch


2ch


2ch


 



Drive
motor





- DC brushed motor
Compatible with
brake mode





- Stepping motor



Full step:
Controllable 3-ports



Half step:
Controllable 4-ports



- DC brushed motor





- Stepping motor



Full step:
Controllable 4-ports



Half step:
Controllable 4-ports



- DC brushed motor
Compatible with
brake mode




Output ON
resistance
(Sum of
Upper and
Lower)







0.4 Ω (typ.)



 




0.8 Ω (typ.)



 




0.8 Ω (typ.)




Safety
function




Over current detection
Thermal shutdown
Under voltage
lockout


Shoot-through current protection



Package

 

TSSOP16



  • Note 1: A circuit formed by aligning transistors in an H form. Used to
    drive DC brushed motors and stepping motors with forward and reverse
    control.


  • Note 2: Resistance when current flows. The lower values enable low
    dissipations for driving motors and reducing a heat generation.



* Sample here refers to “samples for functional evaluation,” which may
differ from the mass production product in specifications.



For more information about the new products, please visit:



TC78H630FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H630FNG&region=apc&lang=en



TC78H621FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H621FNG&region=apc&lang=en



TC78H611FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H611FNG&region=apc&lang=en



Customer Inquiries
Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department
Tel+81-44-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/contact.html



*Information in this document, including product prices and
specifications, content of services and contact information, is current
on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior
notice.



About Toshiba



Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class
capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems
into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life,
that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life;
and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by
the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed
to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations
and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to
come can live better lives.



Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global
network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people
worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50
billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)
To find out more about Toshiba,
visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm




Contacts


Media Inquiries:
Toshiba Corporation
Storage & Electronic
Devices Solutions Company
Chiaki Nagasawa, +81-3-3457-4963
semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



東芝:2.5V低電圧駆動に対応したHブリッジドライバICについて 2017年04月18日 18時10分

東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) -- 株式会社東芝ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社は、モバイル機器、家庭電器、住宅設備などに使用されるDCブラシ付モータやステッピングモータ向けの電圧駆動対応Hブリッジ注1ドライバICシリーズに、2.5V低電圧駆動に対応した「TC78H630FNG」、「TC78H621FNG」、「TC78H611FNG」を追加し、本日からサンプル出荷(※)を開始し、7月末から量産を開始する予定です。








「TC78H630FNG」は、2A定格のHブリッジを1個内蔵しており、DCブラシ付モータの大電流駆動に適しています。また、本製品はモータドライバ出力部のオン抵抗注2を0.4Ω(上下和:
標準値)にすることで、モータの大電流駆動を実現しています。



「TC78H621FNG」および「TC78H611FNG」は、1A定格のHブリッジを2個内蔵しており、バイポーラタイプのステッピングモータや2個のDCブラシ付モータの駆動に適した製品です。



本シリーズは、モータ駆動用電源2.5V~15Vに対応しており、3.7Vのリチウムイオン電池を使ったモバイル機器(カメラや小型プリンタ)や、5Vや12V電源の家庭電器(冷蔵庫やエアコン)、住宅設備(スマートメータ、給湯器、水道の給水弁、電子錠)といった幅広い用途に使用可能です。



新製品の主な特長




  • 各種異常検出機能(過電流検出/過熱検出/低電圧検出)を内蔵しておりモータ駆動の安全性向上に貢献。


  • スタンバイモード時(モータ停止時)における消費電流:約0µA(標準)を実現。


  • 貫通電流防止機能を搭載しており、出力のON/OFF切り替え時のデッドタイムを考慮することなくモータ制御が可能。





















































































 


新製品の主な仕様



 

品番

 

TC78H630FNG

 

TC78H621FNG

 

TC78H611FNG

用途



DCブラシ付モータの大
電流駆動



 


ステッピングモータの
駆動



 


2個のDCブラシ付モー
タの駆動



電源電圧
(動作範囲)



モータ駆動用電源:2.5~15V
ロジック電源:2.7~5.5V



出力電流
(最大定格)



2.1A





1.1A





1.1A




Hブリッジ
Ch数





1ch





2ch





2ch




 



対応モータ




・DCブラシ付モータ
ブレーキモード対応


・ステッピングモータ


2相励磁(3ポートI/F)



1-2相励磁(4ポートI/F)



・DCブラシ付モータ




・ステッピングモータ


2相励磁(4ポートI/F)



1-2相励磁(4ポートI/F)



・DCブラシ付モータ
ブレーキモード対応




出力オン抵

(上下和)





0.4Ω(標準値)



 


0.8Ω(標準値)



 


0.8Ω(標準値)






安全機能





過電流検出
過熱検出
電源電圧低下検出
貫通電流防止機能



パッケージ

 

TSSOP16

 


注1:
DCブラシ付モータやステッピングモータを正転/逆転制御する場合に用いられる駆動回路で、トランジスタと負荷の関係がH型の構成となっている回路。
注2:
電流を流した際の抵抗成分で、数値が低いほどモータ駆動時の損失が少なく発熱の低減が可能。



※本サンプルは機能評価用です。本サンプルは量産時と仕様が異なる場合があります。



新製品のさらに詳しい仕様については下記ページをご覧ください。



TC78H630FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H630FNG&region=jp&lang=ja



TC78H621FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H621FNG&region=jp&lang=ja



TC78H611FNG
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TC78H611FNG&region=jp&lang=ja



お客様からの製品に関するお問い合わせ先:
ミックスドシグナルIC営業推進部
Tel: 044-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/jp/contact.html



*本資料に掲載されている情報(製品の価格/仕様、サービスの内容およびお問い合わせ先など)は、発表日現在の情報です。予告なしに変更されることがありますので、あらかじめご了承ください。




Contacts


報道関係の本資料に関するお問い合わせ先:
株式会社東芝 セミコンダクター&ストレージ社
長沢千秋
Tel:
03-3457-4963
e-mail: semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



NTT Communications' Multi-Cloud Connect Extends Connection … 2017年04月18日 15時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and
international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432),
announced the extension of Multi-Cloud
Connect
connection to Oracle Cloud, to help multi-national customers
take advantage of performance, cost and innovation benefits of the cloud.








While enterprises understand the promise and many benefits of the cloud,
most experience issues such as latency, packet loss and security threats
given that connectivity to cloud services are still heavily dependent to
public Internet. With Multi-Cloud Connect, Oracle Cloud users will be
able to leverage NTT Com’s secure, reliable, high performing MPLS
network to access their business critical applications.



Multi-Cloud Connect will connect directly to Oracle Cloud’s platform
through Oracle Network Cloud Services- FastConnect enabling private
connection to its broad portfolios and features: platform as a service
(PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This includes middleware
such as “Oracle Database Cloud Service” and “Oracle Java Cloud Service”,
as well as integration and business analytics features. Furthermore, NTT
Com and Oracle will enable hybrid deployment of Oracle Cloud and Oracle
software hosted on-premises or “Oracle Cloud at Customer”, under one
global network.



1. Service Menu
























 

Menu

 

Type

 

Bandwidth

Multi-Cloud Connect for Oracle Cloud

 

Guaranteed

 

100M

 


2. Service Start Date



April 18th 2017



3. Multi-Cloud Connect Service Highlights



(1) Security and Performance
Multi-Cloud Connect currently connects
to Oracle Cloud as well as other third party cloud services – such as
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM
Online as well as NTT Com's private cloud service – via a
security-enhanced, private Layer 3 connection, not via the internet.



(2) Multi-cloud solution
Multi-Cloud Connect allows enterprises to
easily meet the needs of different applications, by enabling hybrid
cloud environment: such as a mix of public cloud and private cloud, or
on-premises, private cloud (Enterprise Cloud) and/or public cloud.



(3) Global reach
Multi-Cloud Connect is directly connected to
public clouds hosted in key markets of Europe, North America and Asia
Pacific.



About NTT Communications Corporation



NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and
cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology
(ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the
company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1
IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196
countries/regions, and 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT
Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group
companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
www.ntt.com
| Twitter@NTT
Com
| Facebook@NTT
Com
| LinkedIn@NTT
Com



About Oracle PartnerNetwork



Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides
partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement
Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized
knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to
recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business
opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for
partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle
Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their
Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud
program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program
levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners
working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.



Trademarks



Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its
affiliates.




Contacts


For more information
NTT Communications Corporation
Mr.
Hiroyuki Fukui / Ms. Noriko Enmei, +81-3-6700-9109
Network Services
Division
mktg-en-ns@ntt.com



Shionogi presents New Data on Cefiderocol (S-649266), a Sid… 2017年04月18日 14時00分

OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shionogi & Co., Ltd. today announced it will be presenting new data on
cefiderocol (S-649266), an investigational siderophore cephalosporin in
late stage development with activity against a broad range of
Gram-negative pathogens, including those highly resistant to currently
available agents such as colistin and carbapenem-resistant strains of Pseudomonas
aeruginosa
, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Enterobacteriaceae
(CRE) and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, and S-033188, an
investigational cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor targeting influenza
at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious
Diseases (ECCMID), held in Vienna, Austria, April 22 – 25, 2017.



Highlights of cefiderocol presentations include first time clinical
trial efficacy results, as well as supportive in vitro data, and
S-033188 presentations will showcase both clinical and non-clinical data
(e.g., non-clinical efficacy against avian influenza virus A/H5N1).



Below is an overview of the oral and poster presentations featuring
cefiderocol and S-033188 at ECCMID 2017:












































































































Cefiderocol

Session Title

 

 

Presentation

 

 


Abstract Number &
Presentation Information



Late-breaker: Recent clinical trials

 

 

Cefiderocol Compared with Imipenem/Cilastatin in the Treatment of
Adults with Complicated Urinary Tract Infections with or without
Pyelonephritis or Acute Uncomplicated Pyelonephritis: Results from a
Multicenter, Double-blind, Randomized Study (APEKS*-cUTI)

 

 


Abstract #7582
Oral Presentation
Saturday, April 22, 2017
17:09-17:20
PM
Presenter: Simon Portsmouth



Advances in Japanese Chemotherapy

 

 

Mode of action of cefiderocol, a novel siderophore cephalosporin,
active against highly resistant Gram-negative bacteria including
carbapenem-resistant strains of Enterobacteriaceae and
non-fermenting bacteria

 

 


Abstract #3177
Oral Presentation
Monday, April 24, 2017
14:54-15:04
PM
Presenter: Yoshinori Yamano



Cefiderocol

 

 

In vitro activity of cefiderocol against globally collected
carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria including isolates
resistant to ceftazidime/avibactam, ceftolozane/tazobactam and
colistin: SIDERO-CR-2014/2016 study

 

 


Poster #1316
Poster Presentation
Monday, April 24, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Yoshinori Yamano





Surveillance of cefiderocol in vitro activity against
Gram-negative clinical isolates collected in Europe: SIDERO-WT-2014

 

 


Poster #1314
Poster Presentation
Monday, April 24, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Masakatsu Tsuji



 

 

The in vitro activity of cefiderocol, a siderophore
cephalosporin, against a global collection of Stenotrophomonas
maltophilia


 

 


Poster #1313
Poster Presentation
Monday, April 24, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Masakatsu Tsuji



S-033188

Session Title

 

 

Presentation

 

 


Abstract Number &
Presentation Information



Advances in Japanese chemotherapy

 

 

Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic analysis of S-033188, an influenza
Cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor, from a phase 2, randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled study in otherwise healthy adults
with seasonal influenza

 

 


Abstract #1033
Oral Presentation
Monday, April 24, 2017
15:18-15:28
PM
Presenter: Takeki Uehara



Novel and improved therapeutical approaches to viral infections



One day oral dosing of S-033188, a novel inhibitor of influenza
virus Cap-dependent endonuclease, exhibited significant reduction of
viral titer and prolonged survival in mice infected with influenza B
virus

 

 


Poster #1971
Poster Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Takao Shishido





Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis of S-033188/S-033447, a
novel inhibitor of influenza virus Cap-dependent endonuclease, in
mice infected with influenza A virus

 

 


Poster #1973
Poster Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Takeshi Noshi



 

 

Inhibitory effect of S-033188/S-033447, a novel inhibitor of
influenza virus Cap-dependent endonuclease, against highly
pathogenic avian influenza virus A/H5N1

 

 


Poster #1974
Poster Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:30-13:30
PM
Presenter: Keiichi Taniguchi



 


Cefiderocol—an investigational antibiotic agent1



Cefiderocol is a siderophore cephalosporin with a novel mechanism for
efficiently penetrating the outer cell membrane of Gram-negative
pathogens. Cefiderocol binds to ferric iron and is actively transported
into bacterial cells through the outer membrane via the bacterial iron
transporters which function to incorporate this essential nutrient for
bacteria.2 This Trojan Horse strategy allows cefiderocol to
achieve higher concentrations in the periplasmic space where it can then
bind to receptors and inhibit cell wall synthesis in the bacterial cells.3 In
addition, cefiderocol is stable against all known classes of
beta-lactamases, including both the metallo- and serine-carbapenemases.4 Data
from global surveillance studies for cefiderocol demonstrated potent in
vitro
activity against a wide spectrum of Gram-negative pathogens
including carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
and Enterobacteriaceae and Stenotrophomonas
maltophilia.
5



About the regulatory pathway of cefiderocol



Cefiderocol is currently in clinical development and recently completed
a US registrational study in patients with cUTI (APEKS*-cUTI). An
additional Phase 3 trial in patients with carbapenem-resistant pathogens
at various infection sites (CREDIBLE-CR) is ongoing. In 2017 Shionogi
will initiate a Phase 3 HAP/VAP/HCAP† (APEKS*-NP‡) clinical trial. The
Company plans to submit a new drug application to the U.S. FDA in 2017
and to the EMA in 2018. Information is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov
under the identifiers NCT02321800, NCT02714595 and NCT03032380,
respectively.



* Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Escherichia, Klebsiella
and Stenotrophomonas

Hospital-Acquired
Pneumonia/Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia/Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia

Nosocomial Pneumonia



About Influenza



Epidemic and pandemic influenza remain a major public health concern,
and novel influenza drugs that will offer significant improvement over
current therapy are urgently needed. Worldwide, annual influenza
epidemics are estimated to result in 3 to 5 million cases of severe
illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.6 In general,
those at highest risk of influenza-associated complications include
children under 2 years of age, adults over 65 years of age, pregnant
women, and people of any age with certain medical conditions, including
chronic heart, lung, metabolic diseases (such as diabetes) and weakened
immune systems.



About S-033188



S-033188 is a cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor with a novel
mechanism of action being studied for the treatment of influenza.
S-033188 is an investigational product being developed for one-time
dosing, and has the potential to be more effective than existing
marketed anti-influenza products. Development and commercialization are
in collaboration with F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.



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 well-being 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 visit www.shionogi.co.jp/en/.
For more information on Shionogi Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of
Shionogi & Co., Ltd., headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, USA, please
visit www.shionogi.com.
For more information on Shionogi Ltd., the UK-based subsidiary of
Shionogi & Co. Ltd., headquartered in London, England, please visit www.shionogi.eu.



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.









































































References




 



1.





Kohira N, West J, Ito A, et al. In vitro antimicrobial
activity of a siderophore cephalosporin, S-649266, against Enterobacteriaceae clinicalisolates,
including carbapenem-resistant strains. Antimicrob Agents
Chemother
. 2015;60(2):729-734.





 


2.





Ito A, Nishikawa T., Masumoto S, et al. Siderophore Cephalosporin
Cefiderocol Utilizes Ferric Iron Transporter Systems for
Antibacterial Activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antimicrob
Agents Chemother
. 2016;60(12).





 


3.





Tillotson GS. Trojan Horse Antibiotics—A Novel Way to Circumvent
Gram-Negative Bacterial Resistance? Infectious Diseases:
Research and Treatment.
 2016;9:45-52 doi:10.4137/IDRT.S31567.





 


4.





Ito-Horiyama T, Ishii Y, Ito A, et al. Stability of Novel
Siderophore Cephalosporin S-649266 against Clinically Relevant
Carbapenemases. Antimicrob Agents Chemother.
2016;60(7):4384-4386.





 


5.





M Hackel, M Tsuji, Y Yamano, et al. In Vitro Activity of the
Siderophore Cephalosporin, Cefiderocol, Against a Recent
Collection of Clinically Relevant Gram-Negative Bacilli from North
America and Europe, Including Carbapenem Non-Susceptible Isolates:
The SIDERO-WT-2014 Study. Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy (In
preparation)





 


6.





http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/
WHO website, Influenza (Seasonal), Fact sheet N°211, March 2014





 



Contacts


Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications
+81-6-6209-7885
Fax:
+81-6-6229-9596
or
Investor Relations
Shionogi &
Co., Ltd.
Yoshimasa Kyokawa, +81-6-6209-7885
Associate
Director of Corporate Communications
yoshimasa.kyokawa@shionogi.co.jp
or
Shionogi
Inc. U.S. Media

Michele Mencer, +1-973-307-3353
Vice
President
Michele.mencer@shionogi.com

Fujifilm Increases Production Capacity and Establishes New … 2017年04月18日 13時30分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FUJIFILM
Corporation
(President: Kenji Sukeno) will increase production
capacity by investing about JPY14 billion ($130m) in the USA and UK in
order to expand the business of its BioCDMO Division.








In the USA, at FUJIFILM
Diosynth Biotechnologies
Texas, LLC (FDBT), a JPY10 billion ($93m)
cGMP production facility has been completed. This facility was built in
part with funding from BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and
Development Authority), an office of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, and Fujifilm plans to invest an additional JPY3 billion
($28m) to outfit the facility with mammalian cell culture bioreactors.
This facility will start operation at the beginning of 2018. FUJIFILM
Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas, LLC (FDBT) was acquired by Fujifilm
through FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A., Inc. (FDBU) in 2014.
In March of this year, FDBT became a wholly owned subsidiary of FDBU
exercising the option early included in the initial deal to take 100%
ownership. In addition, a JPY1 billion ($9m) investment will be made to
expand the Process Development capabilities at FUJIFILM Diosynth
Biotechnologies UK Limited near to its Billingham, UK site. This
facility is scheduled to be operational in summer of 2017.



The FDBT facility will be the manufacturing center of excellence for the
company’s Saturn
Monoclonal Antibody Platform
with an initial cell culture capacity
of 6,000L (3X 2000L bioreactors). The design of the facility allows for
future expansion that can accommodate up to 24,000L of upstream capacity
to meet much needed customers’ clinical and commercial demands. In the
United Kingdom, the investments include the establishment of a dedicated
Mammalian Cell Culture Center of Excellence. These laboratories span
over 10,000 sq. ft. and are designed to incorporate the latest
high-throughput technologies, including fully automated bioreactors and
chromatography systems, to enable for rapid and efficient monoclonal
antibody manufacturing process readiness. These assets will enable
Fujifilm to provide 'best in class' facilities, technology and
operational know how to the industry. They are also a key in our
continuing commitment to develop future Medical Counter Measures and
Pandemic Flu response candidates for our long term Partners the CIADM
(Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing), BARDA
and other third party customers.



“FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is committed to its vision of being
Leaders in the Bio CDMO space,” said Steve Bagshaw, Chief Executive
Officer, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, “Our commitment is to
transform the CDMO business through innovation and with our great people
– providing long term support to our partners fulfilling our core
purpose as ‘Partners for Life - Advancing tomorrow’s medicines’.”



Biopharmaceutical production requires the use of advanced manufacturing
technologies and facilities for culturing, separation and purification.
The number of companies outsourcing process development and
manufacturing activities of biopharmaceuticals to CDMOs is increasing.
The contract development and manufacturing market is projected to
achieve growth of 8% per annum* accordingly.



Fujifilm will continue to grow and expand its existing capabilities in
addition to engaging in external collaborations to increase capacity,
and it will further develop high efficiency and high productivity
technology by combining group technologies, to continue to grow further
the business. It is targeting sales of JPY100 billion in its BioCDMO
business by 2023.



* According to Fujifilm data



About Fujifilm



FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is an industry-leading Biologics
Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with
locations in Billingham, UK, RTP, North Carolina and College Station,
Texas. FUJIFILM Diosynth has over twenty five years of experience in the
development and manufacturing of recombinant proteins, vaccines,
monoclonal antibodies, among other large molecules, viral products and
medical countermeasures expressed in a wide array of microbial,
mammalian, and host/virus systems. The company offers a comprehensive
list of services from cell line development using its proprietary
pAVEway™ microbial and Apollo™ cell line systems to process development,
analytical development, clinical and FDA-approved commercial
manufacturing. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is a partnership
between FUJIFILM Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation. For more
information, go to: www.fujifilmdiosynth.com.



FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan (TOKYO: 4901) brings
continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of
industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals
and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as
flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and
cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based
on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic,
software and production technologies. Fujifilm is committed to
environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more
information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.


Contacts


Media Contact:
FUJIFILM Corporation Corporate Communications
Division
Kana Matsumoto
TEL +81 3-6271-2000
or
Other:
FUJIFILM
Corporation Bio CDMO Division
TEL +81 3-6271-2171

Japan Bank for International Cooperation to Take Part in Mi… 2017年04月18日 11時34分


Participation Signals JBIC Support of Argentina Ministry of Energy
and Mining Projects


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the need for clean, reliable energy continues to grow in Argentina,
the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is planning to take
part in a technical conference for power generators being hosted on
April 18 in Buenos Aires by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
(MHPS Americas).




JBIC is a policy-based financial institution of Japan and conducts
lending, investment and guarantee operations, complementing activity by
private sector financial institutions. JBIC has supported a number of
highly efficient power generating projects all over the world and is now
interested in expanding its activities in Argentina through the Ministry
of Energy and Mining’s second thermal power auction. MHPS Americas will
work in cooperation with JBIC and local developers on large power
projects in Argentina.



“Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas is proud to host the Japan
Bank for International Cooperation at our upcoming technical conference
in Buenos Aires,” said Paul Browning, President & CEO of MHPS Americas.
“We look at this as an important element of providing the lowest cost of
electricity to meet the Argentinian government’s plans to expand the
availability of affordable and reliable power for residential and
commercial use.”



JBIC funds will be earmarked for use for large combined cycle power
plant utilizing MHPS Advanced Class Gas Turbines. The MHPS M701JAC, with
a world record rating of 717MW, offers energy producers a revolutionary
efficiency of greater than 63 percent. This level of efficiency will
create a clean source of energy to help fuel the Argentinian economy for
decades to come.



“JBIC is very appreciative of being invited to this technical
conference. Argentina is one of the most interesting countries for JBIC
to support projects in power generation sector. JBIC will continue to
support the realization of projects working with MHPS,” said Ryuta
Suzuki, Director, New Energy and Power Finance Department,
Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group.



JBIC financing for projects in Latin America range from mineral resource
development, energy efficiency to renewable energy projects. Latin
America is second only to Asia as the recipient of JBIC project funding
with a total Latin America and the Caribbean investment by JBIC valued
at ¥10,223.1 billion in 4,164 projects at the end of March 2016.



About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.: Mitsubishi
Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc. is enabling the power plant of the
future. Headquartered in Lake Mary, FL, MHPS employment in the Americas
has grown from five in 1999 to more than 2,000 today. The company has
large manufacturing and repair facilities in Florida, Georgia and Texas,
including the world’s most modern heavy duty gas turbine and steam
turbine factory in Savannah. MHPS Americas Latin American operations are
headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company utilizes repair centers
throughout the Americas to provide service parts and repairs to a
rapidly expanding installed base throughout the Americas and to service
the fleets of other OEMs around the world. MHPS utilizes three repair
centers to provide service parts and repairs to a rapidly expanding
installed base throughout the Americas and to service the fleets of
other OEMs around the world. Products and services for the electric
power generation industry include the world’s largest and most efficient
gas turbines, steam turbines, geothermal turbines, boiler and
environmental control systems. MHPS is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. (MHVYF:US)



Learn more at www.mhpsa.com.


Contacts


Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Media
Contact:

David Rosenberg, +1 407-562-0563
David.Rosenberg@mhpowersystems.com
or
Customer
Contact:

Alexandre Aoki, +(55)119-6405-7303
Alexandre.Aoki@mhpowersystems.com



Mitsubishi Electric Develops 28GHz Massive-element Antenna … 2017年04月18日 11時10分


Compact module achieves wide bandwidth and wide-angle beam forming


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi
Electric Corporation
(TOKYO:6503) has developed a compact
massive-element antenna and RF module that achieves a wide 800MHz
bandwidth and wide-angle beamforming for 28GHz communications in
fifth-generation (5G) radio base stations. Going forward, Mitsubishi
Electric will confirm the module’s performance for high-speed,
large-capacity communication, aiming at early commercialization. The
status of development will be presented at the Brooklyn 5G Summit* to
be held in New York City from April 19 to 21.
*Forum for discussing
5G wireless technologies organized by NOKIA and NYU WIRELESS, a research
center, at NYU Tandon School of Engineering




Key Features



1) Wide bandwidth achieves high-speed,
large-capacity communication




  • Wideband high-frequency circuitry enables communication with a wide
    800MHz bandwidth.



2) Wide-angle beamforming expands area coverage




  • Beam control technology is combined with a proprietary massive
    256-element antenna and RF device.


  • Wide-angle beam forming at ±45 degrees horizontally contributes to
    expanded area coverage.



3) Compact antenna and RF module for easy
installation




  • Highly efficient integration of RF device realizes compact size



For the full text, please visit: http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news




Contacts


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Customer Inquiries
Communication
Networks Center
The 5th Generation Base Station Business Promotion
Project Group
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/ssl/contact/bu/communication/form.html
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/products/communication/
or
Media
Inquiries

Takeyoshi Komatsu, +81-3-3218-2346
Public
Relations Division
prd.gnews@nk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news/



Toshiba Earns Largest Share in Chinese A3 MFP Market for 17… 2017年04月17日 17時00分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#A3MFP--Toshiba
Tec Corporation
(TOKYO:6588) today announced that it is the 2016 A3
multi-functional peripheral (MFP) market leader in China with a 16.4
percent share. This marks the 17th consecutive year Toshiba has held the
top position since 2000. Toshiba’s market share has increased by half a
percentage point from 2015 according to regional industry analyst firm,
KeyResearch Inc.




In China, 655,200 A3 MFPs were sold in 2016 representing a 4.8 percent
year-over-year market increase. Toshiba’s sales have increased 8.4
percent during that time, a growth ratio stronger than that of the
market.



To retain the highest share in China, Toshiba introduced its entry-level
monochrome A3 MFPs, the e-STUDIO2803AM
series
and e-STUDIO2809A
series
, in autumn 2015. The compact and lightweight MFPs offer easy
operability while the products' toner and other consumables extend use
to lower operating cost. Toshiba's latest monochrome series were
specifically developed based on the needs of customers in China.



“Since No.1 is always bench-marked in the market, we should keep driving
innovation and delivering fascinating products to the market. Obviously,
it is not easy to keep the No.1 position, which is always targeted by
competitors. Therefore, we keep providing high quality products &
services, qualified operation and building mutual trust with customers
and partners. In the future business, we hope that we are targeting No.1
not only in quantity, but also in business quality,” says Satoshi
Matsumoto, President of Toshiba
Tec Information Systems (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
, Sales Head Quarters
(Shanghai).



Source: "China Copier & MFP Market Report 2017 April" published by
KeyResearch Inc. / A3 Copier & MFP market



About Toshiba Tec



Toshiba Tec Corporation is a Toshiba’s group company, a leading provider
of technology solutions, operating across multiple industries – ranging
from retail, education and business services to hospitality and
manufacturing. With headquarters in Japan and over 80 subsidiaries
worldwide, Toshiba Tec Corporation helps organizations transform the way
they create, record, share, manage and display information.



Please visit http://www.toshibatec.co.jp/en/
For
Global site please visit http://www.toshibatec.com/global/



Unless otherwise specified and/or credited all images, artwork, text and
graphics, logos and logotypes are the copyright and/or trademark of the
respective owners. All rights reserved.




Contacts


Media Contact
Toshiba Tec Corporation
Toshihiko “Tommy”
Minato, +81-(0)50-3681-5528
Marketing Department
Products,
Marketing & Service Division
Printing Solutions Business Group
Toshihiko_Minato@toshibatec.co.jp

東芝: 「TECHNO-FRONTIER 2017」の出展について 2017年04月17日 16時42分


最新半導体技術を使ったモータソリューションを提案



東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) -- 株式会社東芝ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社は、4月19日から21日まで幕張メッセで開催される「TECHNO-FRONTIER
2017」の「モータ技術展」に出展し、マイコン、モータドライバIC、フォトカプラなど当社の最新半導体技術を使ったモータソリューションの展示やデモ、ブース内セミナーを行います。



「TECHNO-FRONTIER 2017」展示の概要




  1. 開催日:2017年4月19日(水)~21日(金)


  2. 会場:幕張メッセ


  3. 小間番号:4D-19 (展示ホール4) 東芝ブース
    (株式会社東芝
    ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社、東芝産業機器システム株式会社、東芝情報システム株式会社の共同出展)


  4. 主な展示内容:




  • 省エネ化に貢献する独自の制御技術(AGC, InPAC)を搭載したモータ制御ICの紹介


  • ESC(Electrical Speed Controller)にベクトル制御エンジン搭載MCUを展開した事例の紹介


  • TXZ™ファミリーの新シリーズ「TXZ4」の紹介


  • TXファミリー「 M470」を用いたACサーボ リファレンスモデルの紹介


  • TXファミリー 「M340」を用いた監視カメラ リファレンスモデルの紹介


  • フォトカプラ製品のアイソレーションアンプ、スマートゲートドライバ、高電流フォトリレーの紹介



※TXZは、株式会社東芝の商標です。



当社の展示内容のさらに詳しい内容については下記ホームページをご覧ください。
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/jp/design-support/exhibition/techno17.html



*本資料に掲載されている情報(製品の価格/仕様、サービスの内容及びお問い合わせ先など)は、発表日現在の情報です。予告なしに変更されることがありますので、あらかじめご了承ください。




Contacts


報道関係の本資料に関するお問い合わせ先:
株式会社 東芝
ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社
長沢千秋
Tel:
03-3457-4963
e-mail: semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp

Toshiba Launches High-Voltage Multi-Channel Solenoid and Un… 2017年04月17日 15時46分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba
Corporation
's (TOKYO:6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions
Company today announced the launch of “TB67S111PG,” a multi-channel
solenoid and a unipolar motor driver IC that achieves high-voltage and
low ON resistance drive. Sample shipments start today, with mass
production scheduled to start in May.








TB67S111PG incorporates four channels of each low-side MOSFET and
regenerative common diode. This enables it to control all output MOSFETs
independently and realizes a design that is suited to driving the
solenoids and unipolar motors widely used in such applications as
amusement equipment (pachinko and slot machines), home appliances
(air-conditioners and refrigerators) and industrial equipment (vending
machines, banking terminals such as ATMs, office automation equipment
and factory automation equipment).



Fabricated with the latest high-voltage analog power process, BiCD
130nm, the motor driver IC achieves an output rating of 80V and reduces
IC heat generation by lowering the output ON resistance [1]
to 0.25Ω.



The IC is packaged in a high heat dissipation H-frame DIP package that
can be mounted on low-cost paper phenol board and on a general
glass-epoxy board.



Main Features of New Product
1. Four
channels of each low-side MOSFET and regenerative common diode
This
allows all output MOSFETs to be controlled independently. The IC is
suited to multi-channel solenoid drives and unipolar motor drives.



2. High voltage (80V) and low ON resistance (0.25Ω) drive
High-voltage
(80V) MOSFET in the output block provides support for solenoid and
unipolar motor drives. Heat generation during motor operation can be
reduced by low ON resistance (0.25Ω).



3. Lead insert type package (DIP)
The H-frame DIP package, which
has high heat dissipation, supports diverse consumer and industrial
applications.



4. Built-in error detections with automatic reset functions
A
thermal shutdown circuit and overcurrent shutdown circuit protect the IC
when abnormalities occur in set usage, and automatically reset IC
operation after a specified time.









































































 


Main Specifications of New Product



Part number

 

TB67S111PG

Function



Multi-channel solenoid/ Unipolar driver



Package


DIP16-P-300-2.54A


Input



 

Control I/F


Full parallel input (CMOS)

 


VM power supply
voltage




45V (max)


 



Output





Output rating
(voltage)




80V (max)



Output rating
(current)




1.5A per channel (max)



Output ON
resistance




0.25Ω (typ.)

 

Common diode


Built in


Other features





- Built-in error detection circuits (thermal shutdown and
overcurrent shutdown)



- Built-in automatic reset function after error detection



- Built-in thermal shutdown flag output function



- Supports the power-on sequence by the single power drive



Mass production

 

May 2017 (scheduled)


Note 1: On resistance: Resistance in applying current. When resistance
is low, power loss from driving the motor is small and heat generation
is reduced.



For more information about the new product, please visit:
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TB67S111PG&region=apc&lang=en



For more information about Toshiba’s stepping motor driver ICs, please
visit:
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/linear/motordriver/stepping-motor.html



Customer Inquiries
Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department
Tel:+81-44-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/contact.html



*Information in this document, including product prices and
specifications, content of services and contact information, is current
on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior
notice.



About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company,
channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical
product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that
sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that
sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced
information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of
the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”,
Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the
realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.



Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global
network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people
worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50
billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)
To find out more about Toshiba,
visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm




Contacts


Media Inquiries:
Toshiba Corporation
Storage & Electronic
Devices Solutions Company
Chiaki Nagasawa, +81-3-3457-4963
semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



東芝:高耐圧マルチチャネルソレノイド/ユニポーラモータ用ド… 2017年04月17日 15時45分

東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) -- 株式会社東芝ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社は、高耐圧かつ低オン抵抗を実現したマルチチャネルソレノイドドライバ/ユニポーラ用モータドライバ「TB67S111PG」をラインアップに追加します。本日からサンプル出荷を開始し、5月から量産を開始する予定です。






新製品はローサイドMOSFETと回生用コモンダイオードを各4チャネル内蔵しており、全出力MOSFETの独立制御が可能です。遊戯機器(パチンコ、スロットマシン)、家電(冷蔵庫、エアコン)、産業機器(ATMなどの金融端末、OA機器、FA機器)等に広く使われているソレノイドやユニポーラモータ駆動に適したドライバです。





また、新製品は最先端の高耐圧アナログパワープロセス(BiCD
130nm)を採用することで、出力定格80Vを実現しています。さらに、出力部のオン抵抗注1を0.25Ωとすることで、ICの発熱低減に貢献します。



パッケージはHフレームタイプのDIPパッケージを採用しています。一般のガラス・エポキシ基板に加え、低コストの紙フェノール基板にも対応可能で、放熱性に優れています。



新製品の特長
1.
ローサイドMOSFETと回生用コモンダイオードを4チャネル内蔵
全出力MOSFETの独立制御が可能で、ソレノイドやユニポーラモータ駆動に適しています。



2. 高耐圧(80V)・低オン抵抗(0.25Ω)を実現
ソレノイド駆動やユニポーラモータのドライブに対応するため、出力部に80V高耐圧MOSFETを採用しました。また低オン抵抗化(0.25Ω)により、ドライバ動作時の発熱低減に貢献します。



3. リード挿入型パッケージ(DIP)の採用
放熱に有利なHフレームタイプのDIPパッケージを採用しています。民生・産業分野問わず幅広い用途で使用することが可能です。



4. 自動復帰の異常検出機能を内蔵
セットで異常が発生した場合に備えて過熱検出機能、過電流検出機能を内蔵しました。一定時間経過後に自動復帰する仕様になっています。









































































 


新製品の主な仕様



品番

 

TB67S111PG

機能


マルチチャネルソレノイド/ユニポーラドライバ

パッケージ


DIP16-P-300-2.54A


入力部



 

制御I/F


フルパラレル入力(CMOSレベル)

 

VM電源電圧


45V(最大)


 



出力部




出力定格(電圧)


80V(最大)


出力定格(電流)


1.5A/チャネル(最大)


出力オン抵抗


0.25Ω(標準)

 

コモンダイオード





その他・特長




異常検出機能(過熱検出、過電流検出)内蔵


異常検出自動復帰機能内蔵



過熱検出フラグ出力機能内蔵



単一電源駆動による電源投入シーケンスフリー



量産時期

 

2017年5月(予定)


注1: 電流を流した際の抵抗成分で、数値が低いほどモータ駆動時の損失が少なく発熱の低減が可能。



新製品のさらに詳しい仕様については下記ページをご覧ください。
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/info/lookup.jsp?pid=TB67S111PG&region=jp&lang=ja



東芝のステッピングモータドライバ製品の詳細については下記ホームページをご覧ください。
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/jp/product/linear/motordriver/stepping-motor.html



お客様からの製品に関するお問い合わせ先:
ミックスドシグナルIC営業推進部
Tel:044-548-2821
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/jp/contact.html



*本資料に掲載されている情報(製品の価格/仕様、サービスの内容及びお問い合わせ先など)は、発表日現在の情報です。予告なしに変更されることがありますので、あらかじめご了承ください。


Contacts


報道関係の本資料に関するお問い合わせ先:
株式会社東芝 ストレージ&デバイスソリューション社
長沢千秋
Tel:
03-3457-4963
e-mail: semicon-NR-mailbox@ml.toshiba.co.jp



Wedge Holdings: Notice of Asian Largest Illustration Contes… 2017年04月17日 15時30分

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wedge Holdings CO., LTD (JASDAQ:2388)(HQ: Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan) will
host illustration contest ”Illustrator contest Asia” in Mongol,
Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. The opening ceremony of the contest
will take place on 16 April 2017 at Movenpick Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam as
we start accepting applications from 15 April 2017 in Vietnam.








The concept of contest is “The Gate to the World for Asian talents” and
the main purpose of contest is to find talented creators in these
countries and market them to the world. We will make presentations of
illustration works of talented creators in Japan and other countries.
And we may secure exclusive management contracts with them and give them
full supports of promotion and marketing to the world. Mr. Nambaral
Erdenebayar who is a representative comic artist of Mongolia secured an
exclusive management contract with us on 6 April 2017 already starts
promotion activities for release of his works in Vietnam, Thailand and
Indonesia. We consider it as a best practice of promotion to the world.



We take advantage of accomplishments in contents filed over the years
and expansion in Asian countries and will find hidden talents such as
illustrators in Asia.



Overview of the opening ceremony of “Illustrator contest Asia” in Vietnam
•Date
and time: 16 April 2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM
•Venue: Movenpick Hotel
Hanoi 83 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
•Host: Wedge
Holdings Co., Ltd.
•Guests: Mr. Akira Itou, Ms. Can Tieu Hy, Mr.
Nambaral Erdenebayar



*Find below for details of “Illustrator contest Asia”



"Illustrator contest Asia" information



Overview [Illustrator contest Asia First round]
•Application
period: 6 April 2017 – 1 July 2017
•Result announcement date: 31
July 2017
•Panel of judges: Mr. Akira Itou (Japanese), Mr. Anan
Thitakom (Thai), Mr. Nambaral Erdenebayar (Mongolian), Ms. Can Tieu Hy
(Vietnamese)
•Result announcement: official website
•Host:
Wedge Holdings CO., LTD, Brain Navi (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
•Official
website: http://brain-navi.asia/acv/
*Please
refer to official website for latest information



•Profile of judges
Mr. Akira Itou (Japanese)
An original
writer of “CARDFIGHT!! Vanguard” which is very popular in Asia and North
America. His comic works became films and broadcasted all over the world.



Mr. Anan Thitakom (Thai)
Over 20 years of career in comic, he’s
filed and positioned as No.1 in Thailand and also entrusted with X-men
works (Thai version) by Marvel Comic.



Mr. Nambaral Erdenebayar (Mongolian)
Received the highest award at
8th international Manga Award in 2015.
*Refer to his detailed
profile below



Ms. Can Tieu Hy (Vietnamese)
Her comic work “Gateway to Underworld”
was selected as an award for excellence at 10th international Manga
Award out of 296 works from 55 countries. It was the first comic
publishing by advance booking and became a bestseller, 3,000 copies
sold-out at first day.



•Schedule



Illustrator contest Asia First round
Application period: 6 April
2017 – 1 July 2017
Result announcement date: End of July 2017



Illustrator contest Asia Second round
Application period: 1 August
2017 – 1 November 2017
Result announcement date: End of November
2017



Illustrator contest Asia Third round
Application period: 1 November
2017 – 31 December 2017
Result announcement date: End of January
2018



Illustrator contest Asia Championship
Vote start: 1 March 2018
Result
announcement date: End of March 2018



The awards ceremony of “Illustrator contest Asia championship” will take
place in Japan.



*The schedules are subject to change over time.
*Please refer to
official website for latest information


Contacts


Wedge Holdings CO., LTD.
Yasuhiro Kotake, +81-3-6225-2207
IR
Representative
wedge-ir@wedge-hd.com

Wedge Holdings: Mr. Erdenebayar, a Mongolian Comic Artist W… 2017年04月17日 15時30分


“Bumbardai” the story a million people moved to tears makes a journey
to Southeast Asia


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wedge Holdings CO., LTD (JASDAQ:2388) (HQ: Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan) would
like to announce that we start activities in regard to an exclusive
management contract with Mr. Nambaral Erdenebayar, a representative
comic artist of Mongolia.








The first destination to visit is Vietnam. We invite him to “Japan
SPRING Festival 2017 in Viet Nam” and introduce his work “Bumbardai” at
our exhibition booth.
* “Bumbardai” animation movie on TV: https://youtu.be/qVzeoWM56aI



Mr. Erdenebayar will visit at various places in Southeast Asia as the
activity “A journey of Bumbardai in Southeast Asia”. We deliver the
movie of his journey throughout Asia. His representative work which
received the highest award at 8th international Manga Award in 2015 and
its popular main character will be introduced in Southeast Asian
countries. And also places to visit in Southeast Asia will be
introduced. This is a promotion campaign for his work releasing early
next year and also a journey to stretch his imagination.



Moreover, we will invite him to “Thailand Comic Con 2017” (21 April 2017
- 23 April 2017) in Thailand and “ENNICHISAI” (13 May 2017 - 14 May
2017) and introduce him and his works at our exhibition booth.



Overview of “Japan SPRING Festival 2017 in Viet Nam”
• Event dates:
15 April 2017 (SAT) – 16 April 2017 (SUN)
• Event hours: 9:00AM –
10:00PM
• Venue: Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long, 19 Hoang Dieu,
Hanoi, Vietnam
• Hosts: Japan Festival Executive Committee, Wedge
Holdings Co., Ltd. and others
• Remark: Approximately 200 thousands
visitors every year



Mr. Erdenebayar will serve as one of judges at an illustration contest
called “Illustrator contest Asia” in Mongol, Thailand, Vietnam and
Indonesia.
We will actively secure exclusive management contracts
with talented creators in Asia and give them full support of promotion
and marketing to worldwide.



Detailed profile of Mr. Nambaral Erdenebayar



Mr. Erdenebayar holds a personal belief that he wants to tell the
lifestyle and history of Mongolians as a nomad race and also express
their pride and points of view to next generations and people all over
the world. In Mongol, he is not only famous for being an artist of
satirical comics on social and political issues, but also a leader in a
field of comic art.



He is currently working on a series of “Bumbardai.” The story is about
5-year-old boy named “Bumbardai” who growing up as a nomad race. The
story introduces lives of nomad race through his interactions with many
people and issues confronting his growth.



“Bumbardai” was received the highest award at 8th international Manga
Award in 2015 hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It was the
first time ever to give an award to Mongolian work. Since February of
2017, the series has been broadcasted on TV in Mongol and achieves high
popularity.



We have actively interacted and communicated with Mr. Erdenebayar and
Nordic Comic group (Mongol NGO) which acts as his agent. We have signed
a contract with him since we strongly feel attracted to his talent and
genuinely empathize for his philosophy and attitude that he shows on his
works.



We will wholeheartedly support and market Mr. Erdenebayar and his works
to all over the world. We hope you are looking forward to his future
success.



Reference “Bumbardai” animation movie on TV: https://youtu.be/qVzeoWM56aI




Contacts


Wedge Holdings Co., Ltd.
Yasuhiro Kotake, +81-3-6225-2207
IR
Representative
wedge-ir@wedge-hd.com

Toshiba's Autonomous Off-grid Hydrogen Energy System H2One™… 2017年04月17日 14時00分



  • Toshiba’s H2One™ is generating electricity to light part of a
    station building in Kawasaki, Japan



  • In the event of a disaster will provide off-grid energy supply and
    hot water.



  • Delivers a CO2-free, environmentally friendly energy solution.


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that H2One™,
the company’s autonomous hydrogen energy system, is now in operation at
Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station on the JR Nambu Line in Kawasaki City,
Japan. The system, a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), is designed for use
in both normal, day-to-day operation and in the event of a disaster that
knocks out power supply.








In emergencies, the H2One™ will provide uninterrupted, off-grid energy
supply to light part of the station concourse and its lavatories. At
other times, the system produces hydrogen and generates electricity,
lowering consumption of mains electricity. In winter, hot water it
produces will be circulated though benches at the station to warm them.
Toshiba’s H2EMS™ management system provides optimal control of overall
operation, including hydrogen production and power generation and
storage.



Commenting on the start of operation, Hiroyuki Ota, Project Manager, New
Energy Solutions Project Team of Toshiba
Energy Systems & Solutions Company
said: “I am delighted that we
have installed an H2One™ at a train station for the first time. I am
sure use of the BCP H2One™ will save energy and raise environmental
awareness among passengers using the station. Our goal is to help
realize a low carbon economy where CO2-free electricity from hydrogen is
widely used.”



Toshiba has already delivered an H2One™ BCP model to the Kawasaki Marien
public facility and Higashi-Ogishima-Naka Park in the Kawasaki Port
area, and to an artificial island and pier in the Port of Yokohama.



About Toshiba
Founded in Tokyo
in 1875, Toshiba Corporation is a Fortune Global 500 company that
contributes to a better world and better lives with innovative
technologies in Energy, Infrastructure and Storage. Guided by the
philosophy of “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba
promotes operations through a global network of 551 consolidated
companies employing 188,000 people, with annual sales surpassing 5.6
trillion yen (US$50 billion; March 31, 2016).



Find out more about Toshiba at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm




Contacts


Press Contact:
Toshiba Corporation
Hirokazu Tsukimoto
and Yuu Takase
PR & IR Division
+81-3-3457-2100
media.relations@toshiba.co.jp

ファインデックス、AOSモバイルのアプリとの連携により緊急時画… 2017年04月17日 13時00分


汎用画像診断用閲覧システム「ProRad
Web」とビジネスチャットソリューション「InCircle」の連携により、院外におけるスムーズな医用画像
※1 や患者情報の共有を実現


東京--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(ビジネスワイヤ) -- 株式会社ファインデックス(東証一部:3649 
本社:東京 代表取締役:相原輝夫、以下ファインデックス)は、汎用画像診断用閲覧システム「ProRad
Web
※2」とAOSモバイル株式会社(本社:東京 
代表取締役:原田 典子、以下AOSモバイル)のビジネスチャットソリューション「InCircle」の連携を実現し、緊急時画像参照ソリューションとしての機能を強化しました。




昨今、慢性的な医師不足や過重労働が問題となっていますが、医療現場では緊急の判断や処置を求められることが多く、患者を受け持つ医師や画像診断専門医に課される負担は非常に大きなものとなっています。しかしながら、CTやMRIなどの検査画像を参照する為の専用ビューアがない院外において患者の状態を安全かつ適切に把握することは難しく、結果として医師は長時間病院に拘束されることになってしまうケースが多々ありました。



そこで当社は、汎用画像診断用閲覧システム「ProRad Web」を電子カルテなどの病院情報システム(HIS) ※3
や医療用画像管理システム(PACS)
※4などの院内システムに加えてAOSモバイルの「InCircle」と連携させることにより、院外においても安全かつスムーズに医用画像の閲覧やメッセージ共有が行える仕組みを実現しました。



「ProRad
Web」は院内外における画像閲覧をサポートするクラウドサービスで、医師は連絡を受けてすぐにスマートフォンやタブレットでCTやMRIなどの検査画像を閲覧し院内のスタッフへ指示を出すといった緊急時のコンサルテーションを行うことができます。通信面などの安全性にも考慮している為、院外においても安心して利用することができます。



「InCircle」は高い安全性を誇るビジネスチャットソリューションで、「ProRad
Web」と連携することにより、チャット形式で気軽に情報共有を行いながらも、電話での会話だけでは難しかった詳細な患者情報を把握することで適切な診断や指示を可能にします。



今後は、両システムの連携を強化しより安全かつ円滑に情報共有が行える仕組みを構築していくと共に、院内スタッフ間の患者情報共有ツールとして全国の医療機関へ積極的に展開していきます。



AOSモバイル株式会社について



AOSモバイルは、スマート、シンプル、スピーディーなワークスタイルのためのソリューションを提供し、お客様のより高いビジネスパフォーマンスの実現を支援いたします。3キャリア直通でユーザーとの双方向メッセージを日本で初めて実現したSMSソリューション、メールやチャット、IVRなどのクロスメディアを統合した卓越したビジネスチャットは、多くの企業様の課題を解決して参りました。今後も仕事効率化アプリ開発とプラットフォームサービスを通じて社会に貢献していきたいと考えています。



































 


社名



 


AOSモバイル株式会社




代表者





代表取締役社長 原田典子




所在地





東京都港区虎ノ門3-2-2 虎ノ門30森ビル8階




設立





2015年3月10日




コーポレートサイト





http://aosmobile.com/



 


株式会社ファインデックスについて



ファインデックスは、医療システムを中心とした自社パッケージソフトの開発・販売を行っています。
主力製品の画像ファイリングシステム「Claio」を始めとする当社製品は全国の国立大学病院の7割以上で利用されており、院内に散在する画像や文書等の患者情報を統合管理することで診療の効率化はもちろん、研究や病院経営にも活用されています。
医療以外の分野へも文書管理やデータ移行等業務を効率化するシステムを展開しており、AIを利用したデータ活用ビジネスにも取り組んでいます。
































 

※1

 


単純X線画像、CT、MRI、超音波断層画像(US)、血管造影(血管撮影)などの放射線画像を指す診療放射線技師によって撮影が行われ、放射線診断医によって画像診断が行われる



※2



販売名:汎用画像診断用閲覧システム ProRad Web





認証番号:229ALBZX00002000

※3



電子カルテシステム、オーダエントリシステム、医事会計システムなどの総称



※4



放射線科部門内における、診療予約、診断結果のレポート、実績管理、材料在庫管理などを行う情報管理システム





Contacts


株式会社ファインデックス
事業戦略室 横田千明
089-947-3388
chiaki.yokota@findex.co.jp



SII Semiconductor Corporation Introduces a New Hall Effect … 2017年04月17日 11時38分


Able to identify the polarity of nearby magnets when used in combination
with a microcontroller


CHIBA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SII Semiconductor Corporation, a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments Inc.,
introduces the S-5718 series of Hall effect switch ICs that allow
switching between omnipolar detection, N pole detection and S pole
detection on a single IC. SII has now begun taking orders for the
series. When used in combination with a microcontroller, the S-5718 can
identify the polarity of nearby magnets, allowing design engineers
greater flexibility when designing open / close detection for
smartphones, tablets, or other devices needing this function.




The new S-5718 series of products are Hall effect switch ICs capable of
omnipolar and single-pole detection. The product is equipped with three
types of detection capabilities: a type that detects both poles (both S
pole and N pole), a type that detects only S pole, and a type that
detects only N pole. When there is no input to the SWP pin (High-Z),
omnipolar detection is enabled. High input voltage to the SWP pin
switches to N pole detection, while low input voltage switches to S pole
detection. This, when combined with a microcontroller, allows the
polarity of nearby magnets to the identified. By detecting the polarity
of magnets it is possible to switch operations, determine accessory
types, or respond in other ways.



The S-5718 is among the best in the industry for low voltage operation
down to 1.45V. The product has also been equipped with a wide hysteresis
component that can obtain stable output results even in environments
where magnetic distances are susceptible to change. The series is
available in the super small SNT-4A (1.6 × 1.2 × 0.5mm) package.



Sales Target



Annual sales of two million units for FY2017



Data Sheet



http://datasheet.sii-ic.com/en/hall_ics/S5718_E.pdf



Image Available



http://datasheet.sii-ic.com/images/S-5718.jpg



About SII Semiconductor Corporation



SII Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer in Seiko
Instruments Group, offers analog semiconductor products such as Power
Management ICs, EEPROMs, Sensors, Timer ICs, Amplifiers and ASSPs;
featuring small size, low current consumption and high accuracy.
http://www.sii-ic.com/en/




Contacts


Seiko Instruments Inc.
Yasuko Arai, +81-43-211-1111 (Japanese
inquiry only)
Corporate Communications
pr@sii.co.jp
Online
Inquiry: https://krs.bz/sii/m/sii_inquiry_en



Mitsubishi Electric Completes New Elevator Test Tower at Mi… 2017年04月17日 11時20分


Strengthened testing and evaluation expected to accelerate local
product development


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi
Electric Corporation
(TOKYO:6503) announced today the completion of
a new elevator test tower at Mitsubishi Elevator Asia Co., Ltd. (AMEC),
which produces elevators and escalators for markets outside Japan. The
tower will be operable from June. AMEC, which established an R&D center
in 2015 and a new factory last year, will use the new tower for enhanced
testing and evaluation functions that are expected to accelerate local
product development.





























































 


Overview of New Test Tower (and Factory)



 

 

New Test Tower

 

New Factory

Name



Kiang Fah (“to the sky” in Thai)




-

Building area


287m2 (floor area: 3,182m2)


4,800m2 (floor area: 14,400m2)

Structure


Steel; 68.3 meters high
(equivalent to 15-story building)


Steel; three stories

Purpose


Development, designing and evaluation of elevator equipment


Manufacturing of elevator equipment (control equipment, etc.)

Operation


June 2017


May 2016

Investment

 

710 million THB (2.2 billion yen)

 


AMEC plays a central role in Mitsubishi Electric’s manufacture of
elevators and escalators for markets outside Japan. To meet growing
demand and respond to requirements in specific markets with tailored
product features and designs, AMEC upgraded its development and
engineering capabilities by establishing an R&D center in October 2015,
and expanded its production capacity by 50 percent to 20,000 units by
opening a new factory in May 2016.
The company decided to build a
taller test tower to evaluate medium- and high-speed models in response
to the recent trend of higher buildings, and to develop specialized
models for the expanding renewals market. The new tower extends the
range of products that can be verified, including high-speed models. By
strengthening local-development capabilities, AMEC expects to reduce
costs and lead times.



For the full text, please visit: http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news




Contacts


Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Customer Inquiries
Overseas
Marketing Division
Building System Group
bod.inquiry@rk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/products/building/
or
Media
Inquiries

Takeyoshi Komatsu, +81-3-3218-2346
Public
Relations Division
prd.gnews@nk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news



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