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    0 0 to offer donation-based, cryptocurrency support for cutting-edge regenerative medicine and medical equipment

    TOKYO, Sep 3, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - NEGTEC, originator of the Sakura Bloom (SKB) cryptocurrency project, has announced a new donation-based crowdfunding service and SKB-based web portal to promote the introduction of cutting-edge regenerative medicine and medical equipment to hospitals.

    The portal,, will be used to fund the purchase of regenerative medical equipment using CD34+ cells, and provide support for the introduction of the regenerative medicine to medical institutions and hospitals. Donate SKBs to the designated currency address. When SKBs reach the equivalent price of a device, the SKBs will be donated to a medical institution where CD34+ equipment is scheduled to be installed. The medical institution can then convert the donated SKBs into legal currency at a crypto exchange and purchase the CD34+ medical device from a medical device supplier.

    NEGTEC, in its own effort to promote the introduction of regenerative medicine, will donate a CliniMACS device, a Miltenyi Biotec product used in regenerative medicine, to the Ojima Ekimae Clinic in Koto-ku, Tokyo. NEGTEC is hoping to introduce more than 50 of these devices in future via the promotion of its donation-based crowdfunding website.

    NEGTEC will continue to support blockchain technology and the paradigm shift from smart contract technology and other future-oriented systems as advocated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and provide similar promotional measures in the future.

    Web Links:

    Sakura Bloom (SKB) - NEGTEC Press Conference, Aug 30, 2018:

    Sakura Bloom (SKB) - Slide Presentation, Aug 29, 2018:

    For inquiries please contact:
    Mr. Kuniyasu, Mr. Ohara, NEGTEC Co., Ltd.
    T: +81-3-6453-8952

    CD34+ cell therapies
    CD34+ cells are undifferentiated cells found in bone marrow and blood. Regenerative medicine using these cells is an effective treatment for critical limb ischemia (CLI) due to a hardening of the lower limb arteries triggered by diabetes or aging, and for non-union fractures. Regenerative techniques using CD34+ cell therapies are eligible for SAKIGAKE Designation under the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

    SAKIGAKE Designation
    SAKIGAKE shortens pre-market review periods for certain new medical products, aiming to accelerate clinical trials and approval procedures. In Japan, where screening periods for drug candidates are long, Designation was established to shorten the screening period and broaden the treatment options for patients suffering from life-threatening diseases.

    CliniMACS Systems
    CliniMACS is a device used to extract CD34+ cells from bone marrow and blood when practicing regenerative medicine.

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    HONG KONG, Sep 3, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - According to South China Morning Post's report, the interim results posted by Legend Holdings Corporation for the six months to the end of June show continuing strong performance for its main business sectors and subsidiaries. Steady revenue growth was achieved in financial services and IT, as well as innovative consumptions and related services.

    There were also solid gains in advanced manufacturing, professional services and, especially large growth in agriculture and food.

    This confirms the success of plans and policies implemented in the three years since listing and points to further opportunities for expansion and strategic investment.

    In the first half, the company realised revenue of RMB 156.5 billion yuan (HK$ 180 billion), a 10 per cent increase compared with the equivalent period last year. Net profit attributable to shareholders came to RMB2.83 billion, up 5 per cent year on year, putting basic earnings per share at RMB1.21 yuan.

    With China's economy continuing to show consistent growth, spurred by increasing domestic consumption, the company remains confident about overall prospects in the near to medium term.

    In other respects, Legend Holdings became the first pilot enterprise for the H-share Full Circulation Project and relevant domestic shares have been converted to H shares and listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange during the reporting period. The move is seen as contributing to China's overall capital market reforms and, more specifically, should help the company's own business development.

    In IT services, the reporting period saw the planned transformation of Lenovo Group taking effect. The PC and smart equipment business recorded strong growth, losses were trimmed in the mobile division, and the data centre business once again showed a positive upward trend.

    This resulted in a 7 per cent increase in realised revenue to just over RMB143.9 billion yuan and net attributable profit of RMB231 million yuan, a significant improvement. These figures show that efforts to give Lenovo Group a more efficient organisational structure, a more attractive portfolio of products and a more customer-oriented outlook are clearly paying off.

    In the area of financial services, significant events during the last few months included the acquisition of over 89.9 per cent of the shares of Banque Internationale a Luxembourg S.A. The transaction, which was officially completed on July 2, is in line with the stated objective of building up the pillar asset to bring reliable returns for shareholders. It also marked the first time a Chinese non-financial enterprise has acquired a systematically important bank supervised by the European Central Bank. This can be taken as recognition of the strength of Legend Holdings by the relevant regulators and a sign of enhanced cooperation between China and Luxembourg.

    Subsidiary Zhengqi Financial showed the benefits of intensified efforts to understand evolving client needs and optimise asset allocation.

    First-half income of RMB637 million yuan was up 8 per cent year on year, which translated into a 25 per cent increase in net profit to RMB396 million yuan. This performance is underpinned by a long-term strategy of investment-loan linkage which, over the past four years, has proved a source of consistent profit growth.

    In parallel, another subsidiary, Koala Technology, consolidated its leading position in the financial technology sector, continuing to provide services for SMEs, businesses linked to personal consumption, and community finance initiatives. At the end of June, its credit balance stood at nearly RMB6.4 billion yuan and its net profit for the period of RMB249 million yuan represented a 75 per cent jump compared with the prior year.

    There were a couple of key developments in the innovative consumption and services business.

    Firstly, the company entered into an agreement with Taikang Life Insurance Co. to provide funding support for Bybo Dental. This will also lead to further cooperation on insurance products for oral health, marketing, and insurance payment procedures.

    Secondly, Better Education continued to expand. It now runs 110 kindergartens, up from 91 at the same time last year, employing over 4,800 staff and with an enrolment of more than 32,000 pupils.

    Separately, the company's diverse agriculture and food businesses kept performing well. Through Joyvio Group and other subsidiaries, interests range from fruit, seafood and dried bean curd products.

    Notably, KB Food is now a leading supplier of seafood for the Woolworths supermarket chain in Australia and has signed a five-year contract with Compass Group, which provides restaurant services in 50 countries. KB is looking to invest in marine fishing boats.

    The company has also expanded its role in the financial investments sector through Legend Star, Legend Capital and Hony Capital. Legend Star manages five funds with a total value in excess of 2 billion yuan. These include investments in projects such as intelligent machines, biotechnology and medical equipment.

    "The company will continue to focus on the changing external environment, exploring development opportunities in our fields of strategic focus," says Zhu Lina, president of Legend Holdings. "By promoting healthy development and value improvement in our enterprises, we are creating long-term returns for shareholders."

    Liu Chuanzhi, Chairman of Legend Holdings added the group, "Legend Holdings will not miss opportunities arising from the rapid growth of China's economy that pays more attention of the quality instead of speed, and support the development of the real economy by direct investments."

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    HONG KONG, Sep 3, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Everbright Haiyin Fund ("The Fund"), a fund co-initiated and managed by China Everbright Limited ("Everbright", stock code: 165.HK) and Haiyin Capital, has completed its first round of fundraising on 17 August, 2018. The Fund has currently raised RMB500 million, with a target size of RMB1.05 billion.

    The Fund is a RMB fund invested in high-tech sector, which focuses on the field of new energy, medical health, artificial intelligence, robotics, new materials, science and technology finance, computer and electronics, aerospace and other innovative technology with complete patent protection, molding products business. At present, the Fund has a number of quality high-tech project reserves.

    Everbright was Haiyin Capital's largest LP with long-term partnership

    Everbright and Haiyin Capital has started its long-term partnership since 3 years ago. Being confident in the investment of high technology in U.S., as well as the professionalism of Haiyin Capital, Evebright has invested in its US-dollar fund portfolio since 2015 and became its largest LP, with the right to co-invest with the fund. Both sides have jointly invested in more than a dozen high-quality U.S. high-tech projects in early stages, ranging from medical health, new energy, financial technology, aerospace and robotics.

    Based on a good basis of co-operation, both sides have reached an agreement of establishing the Everbright Haiyin Fund and appointed their respective professional teams for joint management. The management team possesses extensive experiences in the industry, as well as equity investment and business operation background.

    Joint force of respective strength to build high-tech industry fund

    Everbright established in Hong Kong in 1997, is the leading cross-border investment and asset management company in China. It manages private equity funds, venture capital funds, sector focus funds, mezzanine funds, fund of funds, fixed income and equity funds. After 21 years of development and with more than 200 investment professionals, Everbright has rich experience in management and operation of investment funds, and equipped with strong cross-border asset management capabilities.

    Haiyin Capital, founded in 2008, is a venture capital organization specializing in overseas high-tech and TMT industry. In the past decade of overseas cultivation, Haiyin Capital has accumulated a wealth of project reserves through numerous US dollar funds. For instance, "WiTricity" wireless charging technology, has achieved mass production in BMW; "Terrafugia", the world's first flying car receiving both flight license and road license, has been fully acquired by Geely and is expected to begin selling mass-produced vehicles in 2019; "Hanson Robotics", the first Sofitel robot granted with Saudi Arabia citizenship, was produced by the world's best facial expression robot company, etc.

    The Fund combines the advantages of both Everbright and Haiyin Capital. With Haiyin Capital's global high-technology projects as a basis, and Everbright's strong capability in industry investment as a backup, the fund integrates the global high-technology with the Chinese market, promoting the integration of the influential and innovative technology with the leading enterprises in China.

    In the meantime, the Fund is also well-positioned in the Chinese capital market. Through strategic co-operation, it supports the listed companies to acquire high-tech assets to achieve growth extension, as well as attaining the upgrade of "PE+ Industrial M&A" through securitization exit.

    For enquiries, please contact:

    Maxson Tsang
    Tel: +852 2501 7907

    Joicey Gao
    Tel: +01085699884

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    Example of identifying useful historic data for Electric Load Forecast
    Use Case with Electric Load Forecasting to be Presented at the 10th IFAC Conference on Control of Power and Energy Systems

    TOKYO, Sep 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), and the Indian Statistical Institute today announced the joint development of HISIA, a data analysis method that identifies the type and amount of historic data effective for accurate forecasting. HISIA, is an acronym for "Hitachi and ISI Analysis" and provides a theoretical assessment to judge the amount of data that can minimize the estimation error for a given confidence level(1).

    Big data analytics continues to transform organizations as they seek ways to improve efficiency and competitiveness. While it is generally believed that an increase in data size will enhance accuracy in applications, such as preventive diagnostics and demand forecast, this is not always the case, particularly when the data is heterogeneous, i.e. contains various types or dissimilar data. To give an example, prediction accuracy may not be significantly improved by increasing the database for an electricity demand forecasting model based on the maximum and minimum temperature of historic data from the past several decades, as the preconditions that influence demand, such as lifestyle, electricity tariff and energy-efficiencies of equipment, may have changed.

    The Research & Development Centre of Hitachi India and the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Centre ("the team"), investigated this issue to determine the type and amount of data necessary to achieve accurate forecasting, and minimize time and money spent on collecting data that may not significantly contribute to results. The team developed HISIA, which performs a theoretical check on the structural changes in historic data and quantifies the error in estimation, both before and after the change. This assists data scientists to determine the limitations in improving the accuracy of estimates and optimizing the granularity of clustering. The structural changes in the historic data are like the "tipping point" beyond which more data does not significantly increase accuracy but instead contributes to "noise" due to the heterogeneity.

    The HISIA model was then applied to the case of electric load forecasting. For this case study, it was found that the electric load for a New York utility at 8:00 AM could be estimated with minimal quantified mean square error(2) using just three years of historic load data.

    The technical report on this study will be presented by the team at the 10th IFAC(3) Control of Power and Energy Systems conference to be held from 4th to 6th September 2018 at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan.

    Hitachi will continue to improve and increase applications of HISIA in digital solutions such as predictive maintenance, healthcare and finance.

    (1) Confidence level in statistics refers to the probability with which the estimation of statistical parameter in a sample is also true for the population.
    (2) Mean square error measures the average squared difference between the estimated values and actual values
    (3) IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) was founded in September 1957. As a multinational federation, it is concerned with automatic control and its representation in the fields of engineering, science and the impact of control technology on society. The symposium on Control of Power and Energy System is organized by its technical committee TC6.3.

    About the Indian Statistical Institute

    The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is a unique institution devoted primarily to the research, teaching and application of statistics and related disciplines. Founded by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata on 17th December 1931, the institute gained the status of an Institution of National Importance by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1959. The Headquarters of ISI is located in the northern fringe of the metropolis of Kolkata. Additionally, there are four centres located in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Tezpur. Research in Statistics and related disciplines is the primary activity of the Institute. Teaching activities are undertaken mainly in Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore. Offices of the Institute located in several other cities in India are primarily engaged in projects and consultancy in Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research. For more information on Indian Statistical Institute, please visit the website at

    The Bangalore Centre of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISIBC) was conceived by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis during 1960s, but it was left to Professor G. Kallianpur, the Director of ISI during 1976-78, to revive the idea, and to develop the campus. For more information about the Bangalore Centre of the Indian Statistical Institute, please visit the website at

    About Hitachi in India

    Hitachi started its business in India in the 1930's. With approximately 30 business bases and approximately 10,000 employees in India. Presently, Hitachi Group in India is expanding through using its expertise in 'Social Innovation Business', by providing solutions in the areas including information and communication systems, industrial systems like water, oil and gas supply and management, transportation and urban development systems. Together with further localisation, Hitachi aims to contribute to developing a sustainable society in India as well as contributing to the country's economic growth. For more information about the Hitachi Group in India, please visit the website at

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

    Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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    Analysis of 7 standard anions and sulfite
    - Launching an HPLC Column to Analyze Anions, Compatible with Hydroxide Eluents

    TOKYO, Sep 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK; TSE:4004) has developed a new type of Shodex high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) column. The 'IC SI-36 4D' column for ion chromatography analyzes anions, and is compatible with hydroxide eluents. SDK will place the 'IC SI-36 4D' on the market by the end of the year.

    Ion chromatography is an analytical method mainly used for the analysis of inorganic ions in water, including analysis of halogenous impurities and standard anionic materials in tap water. SDK had been offering columns for ion chromatography compatible with carbonated eluents before developing the 'IC SI-36 4D' column, compatible with hydroxide eluents. This new type column enables analysis with higher sensitivity than conventional columns used with carbonated eluents.

    Analysis with the 'IC SI-36 4D' column
    - Analysis of 7 standard anions, sulfite and carbonate with the 'IC SI-36 4D' column showed high resolution.
    - Hydroxide eluents have lower background electrical conductivity than carbonate eluents. The combination of new column with hydroxide eluents can perform supersensitive analysis.
    - A combination new column with hydroxide eluents does not require different eluents (gradient system), but can perform separation with a single eluent (isocratic system) within 30 minutes.

    SDK will exhibit at JASIS 2018, Sept. 5-7 at Makuhari Messe, Japan, introducing the 'IC SI-36 4D', as well as demonstrating the 'OHpakTM LB-804', a new grade of OHpak column for GFC, using a hydrophilic polymer base, and SEC, using aqueous solvents, and the 'PROTEIN LW-403 4D', a silicate packed column for GFC, which realizes quick analysis.

    Press release:

    About Showa Denko K.K.

    Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; TSE:4004, ADR:SHWDY), a major manufacturer of chemical products, serves a wide range of fields from heavy industry to electronics and computer industries. The Petrochemicals Sector provides cracker products such as ethylene and propylene, the Chemicals Sector provides industrial, high-performance and high-purity gases and chemicals for semicon and other industries, and the Inorganics Sector provides ceramic products, such as alumina, abrasives, refractory and graphite electrodes and fine carbon products. The Aluminum Sector provides aluminum materials and high-value-added fabricated aluminum, the Electronics Sector provides HD media, compound semiconductors such as ultra high-bright LEDs and rare earth magnetic alloys, and the Advanced Battery Materials Department (ABM) provides lithium-ion battery components. For more information, please visit

    Public Relations Office Phone: 81-3-5470-3235

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    Professor Thomas Borody
    - Enrolls first clinical trial patients in Sydney, Australia

    SYDNEY, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Cadrock Pty Ltd, which owns an investigational prevention and treatment therapy for coronary artery disease (CAD), has secured a US$5 million seed investment from a Chinese investor to fund clinical trials.

    Cadrock is potentially disrupting the entire heart-care sector by proposing CAD is caused by bacterial infection.

    Cadrock data is backed by a clinical trial treating CAD as an infection with an antibiotic therapy in London, UK, which demonstrated a 36% reduction in Major Cardiac Events (MCEs) (STAMINA).

    "Where there is inflammation, look for infection," says Professor Borody, who is well known globally for discovering the cure for the peptic ulcer bacterial infection, using a triple antibiotic therapy.

    His triple antibiotic therapy for peptic ulcers prevented 18,655 premature deaths and saved the Australian Government an estimated AU$10.03 billion (THEMA Report).

    Professor Borody has now developed and patented a new investigational triple antibiotic therapy to combat the infection believed to cause CAD.

    "The Cadrock therapy is targeting the $35 billion CAD market and is the only therapy focused on the cause of CAD rather than suspected risk factors," said Professor Borody.

    The first Cadrock interventional clinical trial of the triple therapy at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney Australia, has just enrolled its second patient.

    The study is recruiting 60 people with CAD and will "evaluate the effect of antibiotic combination therapy on objective measures of improvement in coronary flow as determined by fractional flow reserve (FFR) intra-coronary imaging (Intravascular ultrasound [IVUS] and/or Optical Coherence Tomography [OCT]) in subjects undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with non-critical lesions in non-culprit arteries."

    Professor Borody is most famous for discovering the triple antibiotic therapy for peptic ulcers in 1985, after Nobel Prize recipients Barry Marshall and Robin Warren discovered infection as the cause.

    Professor Borody said, "CAD heart disease and stroke are the world's biggest killers with around 15 million deaths in 2015. In the US alone heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women - 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States annually. (Source: CDC).

    In China, about 230 million or 1/5 people have cardiovascular disease. (Source: Harvard University)

    Additionally, peripheral vascular disease worldwide afflicts around 200 million people.

    Statins form part of the first line treatment of CAD but reduce Major Cardiac Events (MCEs) in preventative studies by as little as 0.2-0.6%. (Jupiter)

    About Cadrock (

    Cadrock Pty Ltd has a novel investigational prevention and treatment therapy for coronary heart disease (CAD) developed by Professor Thomas Borody, who discovered the cure for peptic ulcers. The Cadrock therapy is targeting the $35 billion CAD market and is the only therapy focused on the cause of CAD, rather than suspected risk factors. The Cadrock therapy is now in clinical trials in Australia. For more information, and access to the Digify investor VDR, please contact investor relations at

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    William Chan, Chairman and CEO of Rykadan Capital speaks at 'FundForum Asia 2018'

    HONG KONG, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - William Chan, Chairman and CEO of Rykadan Capital Limited ("Rykadan Capital" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; SEHK: 2288) appeared as a guest speaker at 'FundForum Asia 2018', which took place this week in Hong Kong.

    In panel discussions about hidden investment opportunities in 2018 and inbound China asset allocation, Mr. Chan said, "Even in a higher interest rate environment, we continue to see great opportunities for selective investments in Hong Kong commercial real estate projects, particularly in locations outside the Central district, where prices are lower and properties have a much higher redevelopment potential."

    "Hong Kong plays a unique and essential jurisdictional role for both Chinese and overseas companies - most firms operating in China require a base here. This will continue to drive returns for commercial property redevelopments in the SAR throughout the rest of 2018 and into 2019."

    Since 2012, Rykadan Capital has been targeting different classes of real estate assets, especially commercial property redevelopment projects across Hong Kong, as well as in Mainland China, the United Kingdom and the United States with a view to grow asset values and provide strong returns for shareholders. It recently launched the Rykadan Real Estate Fund LP, the Group's first real estate private equity management fund.

    About Rykadan Capital Limited
    Rykadan Capital Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company. It invests in a growing number of real estate and projects in the Greater China region and overseas with a view to grow asset values and provide strong returns for shareholders. For more information, please visit

    For further information, please contact:
    Think Alliance Group
    Henry Chow / Matthew Schultz
    Tel: +852 3978 5323

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    Hitachi highly reliable server RV3000 providing rock-solid foundation for the new solution
    Outline of Highly Reliable Platform Solution
    Content and price of the solution
    Hitachi's highly reliable server, RV3000: Main specifications, price and time of its launch
    Hitachi's original reliability enhancement function and long-term support are added to VMware vSphere

    Hitachi helps IT system investment optimization and digital business expansion

    TOKYO, Sep 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) announced that it will, as a result of a collaboration with VMware, Inc., offer a "Highly Reliable Platform Solution" for social infrastructure requirements of financial, public and transportation services, beginning September 5. The solution is designed to enable the stable operation of mission critical systems on a long-term basis and in an open and modern system environment.
    Hitachi highly reliable server RV3000 providing rock-solid foundation for the new solution

    The solution involves using Hitachi's original function to enhance the reliability of the industry-leading VMware vSphere, and offering it in combination with RV3000, Hitachi's server. Based on the strong collaboration between the two companies, the long-term support for vSphere is planned to last for up to 10 years, so customers will be able to apply the support required to quickly solve problems to their mission-critical systems.

    These will allow the mission critical systems to continue to reliably operate and be easily connected with other open systems, which will make it possible to streamline system operation and optimize investments in IT. Meanwhile, the availability of data coordination with other open systems, for example, will support the expansion of digital businesses.

    In recent years, IT teams have faced a need to enhance mission-critical systems, while also streamlining their operations and proactively introducing global standard technologies that are easily connectable to open systems - in an effort to adapt to rapid changes resulting from progress in digitalization. Under these new dynamics, Hitachi and VMware expanded their collaboration in October 2017(1) and have worked together on new solution developments to provide an open, modern and highly reliable virtualization platform for mission-critical systems.

    The Highly Reliable Platform Solution is planned to be launched as a result of the collaboration. Incorporating Hitachi's original reliability enhancement technology with vSphere is designed to facilitate connections with open systems. Moreover, both companies' vSphere special support system will be able to swiftly solve problems and provide long-term support.

    Hitachi provides this solution to platforms for open and accounting solutions for financial institutions and to mission-critical systems for social infrastructure fields, including public and transportation services in Japan. Going forward, Hitachi will make mission-critical systems more open and highly reliable with a view to expanding them worldwide, and will help customers optimize their IT system investment and expand their digital businesses.

    Features of the Highly Reliable Platform Solution for social infrastructure fields include

    1. Provides advanced functions to enhance reliability in an open system environment

    Hitachi obtained the certification of VMware vSphere DirectPath I/O, which allows for dedicated assignment of a PCI card(2) to a virtual machine that plays important functions. This would enable a highly reliable system which makes it possible to, in the event of a problem in the PCI card, detach the problem PCI card by means of Hitachi's unique function and switch to a stand-by PCI card to prevent system failure. Also, by reducing overhead of I/O virtualization(3), Hitachi's Highly Reliable Platform Solution achieves the system stabilization that is required in a mission critical system in an open and modern system environment.

    2. The special support system for vSphere quickly solves problems and provides long-term support

    In cooperation with VMware, Hitachi has developed a special system for providing vSphere users with support. Specifically, VMware provides special technical support for Hitachi, and Hitachi engineers will work alongside VMware engineers at VMware, so Hitachi is able to investigate the cause of any problem more deeply, enabling them to resolve a customer's problem quickly. In cooperation with VMware, Hitachi can also provide customers with long-term support(4). Even after the vSphere standard lifecycle is over, Hitachi can cooperate with VMware in providing debugged vSphere to customers whenever a problem occurs. The support will be provided as Hitachi Support 360.

    3. A reliable server RV3000 functions as the foundation of solutions and assists the stable operation of IT systems

    Hitachi RV3000 can be loaded with up to four units of the latest Intel Xeon processor scalable family and up to 3 TiB of high-speed memory, and is compatible with large databases and real-time analysis, which typically require high performance and high-speed processing. Also, hardware maintenance service may be provided for up to ten years, supporting stable operation of mission-critical systems. In addition, a system failure may be addressed with fast switching of the shared disc and with fast switching to a standby system(5). Also, in a vSphere-based environment, system downtime can be minimized by supporting fast switching for each virtual machine.

    Outline of Highly Reliable Platform Solution

    Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware, Inc.
    "VMware and Hitachi enable global organizations to support new workloads while keeping pace with the growing needs and complexity of their infrastructure. VMware is thrilled to collaborate with Hitachi on a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation to help mutual customers accelerate their digital transformations."

    Content and price of the solution

    Hitachi's highly reliable server, RV3000: Main specifications, price and time of its launch

    (1) News release dated October 19, 2017. "Hitachi and VMware expand their collaboration to provide platform solution for social infrastructure fields"
    (2) PCI card: An expansion card that plugs into a computer's motherboard and adds specific functions. VMware vSphere DirectPath I/O is supported on Hitachi's fiber channel adaptor.
    (3) I/O virtualization: The technology for virtually showing a PCI card as two or more PCI cards
    (4) Support may be provided for up to ten years. The period depends on the customer's agreement.
    (5) This applies when Hitachi high-availability software, HA Monitor and Hitachi HA Booster Pack for Linux, are in use.
    (6) This is the price of the minimum configuration with 2 Intel Xeon Gold 5115 Processors(10 cores per processor). Additional options are required for configuration of Highly Reliable Platform Solution.

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

    Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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    Grand Prix Nissan
    Grand Prix Nissan
    Gold campaign Louvre Abu Dhabi
    Gold campaign Louvre Abu Dhabi
    Byblos Bank
    Byblos Bank
    MENA, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Campaigns for Byblos Bank, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Nissan and Saudi Telecom Company are among the 15 winners of this year's WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2018.

    Now in its second year, the prize is in search of the best strategic marketing thinking that has driven results in the region. The winners of the Grand Prix and three Special Awards share a $10,000 prize fund.

    The Grand Prix, awarded to TBWA\RAAD for the 'Camelpower' campaign, saw Nissan Middle East create a new industry benchmark for automotive desert performance.

    A further three Golds, five Silvers, six Bronzes and three special awards, recognising specific areas of excellence, were also awarded by the judging panel made-up of 18 client- and agency-side top industry professionals chaired by Wasim Basir - Director, Integrated Marketing Communications, Coca-Cola MENA.

    Four of the winning campaigns, including the Grand Prix, are regional campaigns. The other award-winning work are for national markets - Egypt (3), Lebanon (3), Saudi Arabia (3) and United Arab Emirates (2).

    Commenting on the work, jury member Laura Chaibi, Head of Digital Research, MBC says: "WARC's MENA strategy awards have been an excellent vehicle to uncover, showcase and celebrate, authentic, local insight-driven, communication strategies with impact.

    "From ultra-local single country brands through to large international brands, from all across the MENA region, we have seen an array of communications putting consumer truths at the heart of their business as well as forays into new technologies to deliver innovative and contemporary communications with bottom-line business impact."

    The WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2018 winners are:

    Grand Prix
    TBWA\RAAD - 'Camelpower' - Nissan - Middle East and North Africa + Research Excellence Special Award
    TBWA\RAAD - 'Highway Gallery' - Louvre Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    FP7/BEY - 'There's no home like home' - Byblos Bank - Lebanon + Local Hero Special Award
    J. Walter Thompson - 'Unveil Saudi' - Saudi Telecom Company - Saudi Arabia
    FP7/CAI (part of McCann Worldgroup) - 'Hijacking the African Cup' - Coca-Cola - Egypt
    FP7/CAI (part of McCann Worldgroup) - 'The Chronicles of Oufa - EGBank - Egypt
    FP7/DXB - 'Cook With Her' - Puck - Saudi Arabia
    TBWA\RAAD - 'Slow Trends' - Connect - Lebanon
    TBWA\RAAD - '#SheDrives' - Nissan - Saudi Arabia + Brand Rebel Special Award
    The Classic Partnership Advertising Dubai - 'Footnote for the breast' - Medcare Women & Children Hospital' - Middle East and North Africa
    Impact BBDO Dubai - 'Cook Less, Waste Less' - Sadia - Middle East and North Africa
    Leo Burnett Dubai - 'If it were your pain, would you share it? - du - United Arab Emirates
    J. Walter Thompson Beirut - 'Em Khalil' - Bou Khalil Supermarket - Lebanon
    Momentum Egypt - '#MoreToAutism' - The Egyptian Autistic Society - Egypt
    J. Walter Thompson - 'Meet the HouseWiFis' - Saudi Telecom Company - Middle East and North Africa

    For more information on the strategies of the winning campaigns and to view the winners of the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2018, go to

    A free-to-attend event on the insights and themes from the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy will be held in Dubai on 6 November.

    About WARC

    - Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness is an online service offering advertising best practice, evidence, insights and data from the world's leading brands. WARC helps clients grow their businesses by using proven approaches to maximise advertising effectiveness. WARC's clients include the world's largest advertising and media agencies, research companies, advertisers, market analysts and academics.

    WARC runs two global and two regional case study competitions: WARC Awards, WARC Media Awards, WARC Prize for Asian Strategy and WARC Prize for MENA Strategy.

    WARC publishes three global rankings of advertising excellence: Gunn 100 (creativity), WARC 100 (effectiveness), Gunn Media 100 (media innovation) and publishes leading journals including Admap, Market Leader, the Journal of Advertising Research and the International Journal of the Market Research Society. In addition to its own content, WARC features advertising case studies and best practices from more than 50 respected industry sources, including ARF, Effies, Cannes Lions, ESOMAR and IPA.

    Founded in 1985, WARC has offices in the UK, U.S. and Singapore. In June 2018 WARC was acquired by Ascential plc, the global specialist information company.

    Amanda Benfell PR Manager +44 20 7467 8125

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    Revenue Increased in Interim Results; Focus on Diversified Business Development

    HONG KONG, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Moody Technology Holdings Limited (Formerly known as Wang Tai Holdings Limited) (the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group", stock code: 1400.HK) formally starts to develop businesses under the new company name and now focuses on the optimization of business structure. The Group recently announced its interim results. Revenue increased to approximately RMB134.1 million for the six months ended 30 June 2018, representing an increase of 1.13%, as compared with revenue of approximately RMB132.6 million for the six months ended 30 June 2017. Gross profit for the six months ended 30 June 2018 was approximately RMB2.7 million, compared to a gross loss of RMB6.9 million for the corresponding period in 2017. Gross profit margin for the six months ended 30 June 2018 was 2.01%. The Company achieved a turnaround from gross loss to gross profit.

    Apart from its well-established textile business and rapidly growing international trading business, the Company is proactively developing driving training business and has signed a non-legally binding memorandum of understanding, planning to purchase the entire share capital of Guizhou Shunli Ruitong Car Driving School Company Limited)("Shunli Ruitong") in order to provide driving training programme and second subject driving test centre in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. In the future, on the one hand, the Company plans to develop internet technology business through building an internet platform serving the needs arising from the driving training industry as well as achieving the integration of driving training and internet technology. On the other hand, the Company plans to establish a subsidiary to conduct blockchain business. By application of blockchain technology, it aims at submitting the candidates' test information and onsite video simultaneously, which is expected to smooth out some of the long existing problems of the industry and avoid cheating in the test.

    Nowadays, the auto industry of China enjoys a flourishing development as the number of car owners is increasing year by year, driving the rapid growth of the driving training industry. Take the A Shares listed company in this industry, Eastern Pioneer (603377), which recorded over 50% gross profit margin, as an example, the Company thinks the profit margin of this industry is high and the cash flow is stable, thus it expects bright prospects for the industry. Different from small-scale driving schools in this industry, Guizhou Shunli Ruitong, with the support of local policies, has exam locations equipped with qualified facilities. Therefore, its diversified revenue resources include both tuition fees and examination fees. Compared to Shunli Ruitong, other surrounding small-scale driving training organizations, which do not have qualified driving exam locations, need to rent Shunli Ruitong's locations to conduct mock trainings before exams, contributing to the business advantages of Shunli Ruitong.

    In light of the above, the Company is actively looking for driving training organizations in other regions. With the intention to acquire more companies of this type, the Company strives for the integration of driving training business in order to build a professional, trust-worthy and reputable business segment.

    The management team said "In 2018, change of directors brings new force to the Group to move forward and resolve the current and foreseeable challenges and problems the Group faces. From the Group's interim results announcement for the first half of 2018, we can see a slight improvement in its textile business. More importantly, the management team is actively seeking ways to enrich income resources and to establish a diversified business model. The driving training business has become our recent development focus. With the management team's in-depth investigation and research about the industry and a feasibility study in all aspects, the Group has great confidence in the business' development. In the future, the Group intends to develop internet technology business and will release relevant information to the public when appropriate."

    About Moody Technology Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 1400.HK)
    Moody Technology Holdings Limited is formerly known as Wang Tai Holdings Limited. The predecessor of the Company is a group company integrating R&D, production and sales of casual fabric and yarn. After it changed its name, the Company has been actively expanding its business scope to establish a diversified business model. Apart from its textile business, now it is also simultaneously developing other businesses including international trading, driving training, etc.

    Media Contact
    Financial Asia Limited
    Keith Lee
    Tel: (852) 2522 8051

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    TOKYO, Sep 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. will offer Japan Welcome SIMTM cards -- prepaid SIM cards for overseas visitors to Japan -- to all press and media representatives attending the World Press Briefing1 of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place in Tokyo from September 4 to 7.

    As a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner for telecommunications services, DOCOMO is currently considering the provision of various Games-related information services to overseas visitors to Japan who use DOCOMO prepaid SIM cards during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

    In advance of the Games, DOCOMO will provide Japan Welcome SIM cards to attendees at the forthcoming World Press Briefing in order to obtain feedback on service quality and functionality, with the aim of improving these prior to actual launch.

    In 2020, DOCOMO is considering offering the service via its free-of-charge "Plan 0" subscription, which will carry commercials but will offer overseas visitors free 4G access throughout Japan; users will be required to use their phones to check information and for various other functions during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

    Going forward, DOCOMO aims to continue leveraging advanced technologies to offer a variety of network services and support to overseas visitors to Japan.

    World Press Briefing (WPB) is an event that provides an opportunity for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to share information on progress in preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games with both international and domestic journalists and photographers.

    About NTT DOCOMO

    NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 76 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (9437).

    NTT DOCOMO International PR Public Relations Department Tel: +81-3-5156-1366 Fax: +81-3-5501-3408 URL: Contact:

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    World's Largest Watch & Clock Fair Opens
    The World Brand Piazza, sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the ninth consecutive year, presents 13 high-end brands.
    The centrepieces are the spectacular timepieces from Piaget (L) and SARCAR Geneve (R)
    Salon de TE Features Top Global Brands; Public Day on Saturday

    HONG KONG, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) today and runs until Saturday, 8 Sept. The fair showcases complete watches, clocks, OEM (original equipment manufacturing) smart watches, parts & components, machinery & equipment, packaging, as well as trade services, providing a one-stop sourcing platform for global buyers.

    An opening ceremony was held this morning with Eliza Lee, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, as the guest of honour. The fair features 830 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions, with newcomers from Denmark, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Leading exhibitors include Coffer Industrial (HK) Ltd, Comtech Watches Company Limited, Mira Watch International Ltd and Seiko Instruments (HK) Ltd.

    The concurrent Salon de TE shines the spotlight on more than 140 internationally acclaimed brands and designer collections at five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure, Renaissance Moment and Wearable Tech. The World Brand Piazza, sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the ninth consecutive year, presents 13 renowned international brands, including two newcomers - PARMIGIANI FLEURIER and SARCAR Geneve - as well as returning brands Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, CORUM, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, Jacob & Co., Jaquet Droz, Juvenia, Piaget and ZENITH.

    The fair gathers a wide range of eye-catching wristwatches and top-quality movements, including:

    Artistic Watches with Temperament
    -- Andre Mouche's ELLA 424-01101 Watch is a handcrafted timepiece with enamel quartz movement and 18-carat gold-plated design. The vivid rose pattern on the dial exudes elegance. (Booth: 3D-D42)
    -- ANPASSA's Ultra Thin Ladies' Tourbillon Watch has an ultra-thin 8.1mm tourbillon, a handcrafted watch case adorned with 18K white gold and natural diamonds, as well as a delicate movement, all showing superb craftsmanship. (Booth: 3E-D28)
    -- ROMAGO features the RM081 ROMAGO X Coronet Collection with Swiss-made automatic movements and skeleton design. A 5mm diamond is set at the noon position while three 1.55mm diamonds are set at the three, six and nine-o'clock positions, creating a strong luxury feel. Two other diamonds, 2mm each, located on the case-side, sparkle like the eyes of an owl. (Booth: 3D-B15)

    Blending Watches with the Moon and the Stars
    -- Memorigin's Stellar series - Imperial features a globe-like time-zone function. Viewing the tourbillion mechanism through the sapphire glass lens resembles gazing into the gorgeous vista of the galaxy. (Booth: 3E-D14)
    -- BEIJING's Inspiration Collection is inspired by the shape of the full moon. The bezel is surrounded by a circle of exquisite zircon, symbolising the sparkling stars in dark sky. The watch has delicate steel bands and leather straps with a wide choice of colours, which is ideal for matching different outfits. (Booth: 3E-D22)

    High-end Technology Offers Multifunctional Features
    -- SMA-B3 is a smart, health-focused watch with an LED display. Features include blood pressure and heart-rate monitors, music control and weather forecast, as well as water resistance down to three atmospheres. (Booth: 3C-E21)
    -- Youngs Watch Company Limited's YP08394 smart watch is equipped with an array of functions including altimeter, barometer, digital compass and five alarms. (Booth: 1C-C02)

    Top-Quality Movements Meet Latest Design Trends
    - Citizen Watches (HK) Ltd features a thin, Caliber 9039 mechanical movement with a height of only 3.9mm. It suits the latest demand for simple and slim watch designs. (Booth: 1C-B20)
    - ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse's brings a brand-new quartz movement which provides an anti-shock system, expanding the options for use. (Booth: 1B-B07)

    70+ Buyers Missions Come For Sourcing
    The HKTDC has organised 78 buyers' missions, comprising over 3,200 companies and 4,400 buyers from 58 countries and regions, including renowned watch and clock brands, retailers and wholesalers, such as Michael Hill Jeweller (Australia), Wempe (German), Tic Tac (Japan), Hyundai Department Store (Korea), Future Group (India), Radatime (Indonesia), Zibi (Poland), Norbreeze Group (Singapore), Konyali Saat (Turkey), Rivoli Group (United Arab Emirates) and Scorpio Worldwide (United Kingdom).

    The Small Order zone, located at Hall 1D-E Concourse, features close to 130 watch and clock showcases, targeting buyers looking to place orders for five to 1,000 pieces, while some of the products can be ordered online on the spot. The award-winning and finalist entries of the 35th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition are also on display at Hall 1B concourse to showcase local creativity to international buyers.

    Insightful Events Facilitate Industry Exchange; Public Day on 8 Sept
    About 30 events - including seminars, networking events and watch parades - are being held during the fair period to facilitate exchange of market information among industry players. The Hong Kong International Watch Forum this afternoon gathered watch associations' representatives from all over the world to discuss future industry trends and the watchmaking industry's global direction.

    At the Asian Watch Conference tomorrow (5 Sept), renowned Swiss watchmaking expert Elmar Mock will share his insights on how to turn ideas into reality while Jorge Martin from Euromonitor International will investigate the role of smart pieces and forecast digital trends. Vincent Calabrese, iconic watchmaker and co-founder of Academie Horlogere des Createurs Independants, will introduce the creation of tourbillon watches on 6 Sept.

    Celebrities - including Jacquelin Ch'ng, Lisa Ch'ng, Derek Wong, Kitterick Yiu, Isabella Kau, William Lok, Rowena Ellen Cortes, Joel Chan, Cally Kwong, Candy Lo, Jade Kwan, Wada Hiromi, Christine Au-yeung, Chin Ka-lok, Ronald Cheng and Mark Lui, as well as famous auctioneer Jin Ling, climber Xia Boyu and bowler Wu Siu-hong - will take part in brand product launch sessions.

    Salon de TE will open free of charge to public visitors aged 12 or above on the fair's last day (8 Sept). More than 90 brands will conduct retail sales, enabling enthusiasts to go home with their favourite timepieces. There will also be a series of sharing sessions and activities where the industry can promote the latest watch trends. Visitors can also take part in two lucky draws to win fabulous prizes.

    Fair Websites
    HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair:
    Salon de TE:
    -- 4-8 Sept: Trade visitors aged 18 or above only (Free admission)
    -- 8 Sept: Salon de TE opens to public visitors age 12 or above (Free admission)
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    Photo Caption:
    Officiating at today's opening of the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair are (front row, from L): Lawrence Chan, Co-chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2018; Enders Lam, President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Kenneth Wong, Chief Honorary President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Eliza Lee, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), HKSAR Government; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC; Samson Sun, Permanent Honorary President, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Harold Sun, Chairman, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; William Shum, Co-chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2018.

    About HKTDC

    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. Please visit or follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department Sunny Ng, Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: Joshua Cheng, Tel: +852 2584 4395, Email:

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    Joining the new hatchback first revealed in Geneva earlier this year, the new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports makes its first appearance at the 2018 Paris motor show. The all-new Corolla features a dynamic design which differentiates between the sporting, compact and dynamic hatchback and the sleek, refined and versatile Touring Sports.

    Created and developed in Europe, the Touring Sports' body type makes it a key model for people looking for practicality and style without compromise.

    With a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, the new 2018 Corolla model range also marks the debut of Toyota's dual hybrid strategy.

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, Sep 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Reflecting the brand's continued focus on hybrid technology, the Corolla Touring Sports will offer customers just one conventional engine -a 116 hp 1.2 litre turbo petrol unit- and a choice of 122 hp, 1.8 litre or 180 hp, 2.0 litre hybrid powertrains. This latter is a unique proposition in this segment as no other conventional powertrain can offer the same combination of performance and low emissions.

    The improved 1.8 litre hybrid powertrain stands for quiet, intuitive, responsive and self-charging EV technology with low cost of ownership. Whilst continuing to reward customers with all of the above benefits, the 2.0 litre system takes full advantage of the added ride comfort, stability, handling and driving enjoyment inherent in the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform.

    The new Corolla features a proven MacPherson strut front suspension system, an all-new multilink rear suspension arrangement, new shock absorber valve technology and, for the first time, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

    Handling and agility are thanks to the low mounting height of the engine, the low hip point of the seats and the location of the hybrid battery beneath the rear seats. In combination, these measures allow the Corolla Touring Sports to have a low centre of gravity.

    Largely fitted as standard on High grade models and available as an option throughout the new Corolla model range, a comprehensive range of premium comfort and convenience technology (like a world first 3-D Driver's meter, premium Head-Up Display, JBL GreenEdge Premium Sound System, wireless mobile phone charging or the Toyota Touch Multimedia System) is available to enhance life on board for both the driver and all cabin occupants.



    The new Touring Sports was styled in Europe at the recently opened Design Centre in Zaventem. Thanks to the adoption of TNGA, the new wagon is no longer merely a variation of the hatchback, but has become a distinctly separate model in its own right.

    The new Corolla Touring Sports has a wheelbase of 2700 mm and a best-in-class rear seat passenger legroom.

    The wagon has a refined, sensuous appearance and the sweeping roofline of an elegant yet robust shooting brake. This sporting profile is reinforced by the wide, flared wheel arches, their edges hemmed to allow the positioning of the wheels further outwards to emphasise the new Corolla's wider stance and lower centre of gravity.

    To the rear, the Touring Sports design theme showcases muscular rear shoulders, widely spaced, full-LED lamp clusters and a slanted rear windscreen.

    Deeper rear bumper styling also echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design.

    Exclusive to the segment, the Corolla Touring Sports' dynamic design is further emphasised through a range of four optional bi-tone colour schemes available from launch. They combine the body colour with a black finish to the roof and roof pillars, and the front lower grille surround.


    The new Corolla Touring Sports features an all-new interior designed to create a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin environment in which new textures, colours and trim combine to offer the highest levels of visual and tactile quality.

    Particular attention has been paid to this version, which has been specifically tailored to the European market, offering customers the highest level of sensory quality.

    A key advantage of the new GA-C platform is the possibility of a having a lower front seat hip point to lower the vehicle's centre of gravity and offer a more engaging driving position.

    The new Corolla Touring Sports has the additional benefits of a front to rear seat couple distance of 928 mm for ample rear seat passenger space, and a generous, 598 litre VDA loadspace incorporating numerous aids for to practicality and convenience.

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit

    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

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    Trillium's Lead Data Scientists Mentor U-M Students on Technology Development and Entrepreneurship

    ANN ARBOR, MI, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc. (Trillium), the leader in vehicle cybersecurity and secure data lifecycle management, has partnered with the University of Michigan's TechLab at Mcity program, managed by the Center for Entrepreneurship, to conduct research on how AI can bolster a vehicle's defenses against cyber-attack. Trillium's Director of Global Engineering, Mr. Ross Hirschi, will collaborate with TechLab at Mcity, a Company-in-Residence program for advanced mobility companies in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) industry, by providing mentorship to a team of students from technical departments at the University of Michigan.

    "We are thrilled to be working in partnership with TechLab at Mcity and to have access to the nation's leading mobility research and test facility," said David Uze, Founder and CEO of Trillium. "Collaboration with TechLab at Mcity will enhance Trillium's mission to make connected and autonomous vehicles safe from cyber-attack."

    Ross Hirschi will spearhead the project to refine SecureIXS, Trillium's intrusion detection and prevention system (IDPS). SecureIXS creates a protective firewall for each electronic control unit (ECU) by leveraging AI and machine learning to inspect behavioral level patterns and to detect anomalies in entire vehicle fleets. Another project goal is to mentor University of Michigan students on using IDPS' deep learning capabilities to model normal data traffic, to prevent rogue messages from entering ECUs, and to validate Trillium's AI solution at the incubator's state-of-the-art facilities. SecureIXS is one component of Trillium's multi-layered solution that prevents malicious cyber-attackers from tampering with vehicles' mission-critical ECU.

    "Partnering with Trillium gives TechLab students the unique opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship while applying classroom learning to practical technology development in the connected and autonomous mobility industry," said Nick Moroz, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Practice at the Center for Entrepreneurship. "I'm confident that the results of this partnership will attract many driven, passionate, and talented students to the cybersecurity field."

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure keeps your connected and autonomous vehicles safe and your private information confidential through a cybersecurity platform as a subscription service. Trillium's software products are used by automotive OEMs, aerospace and defense organizations, insurance companies and ride-share services to form a multi-layered defense against cyber-attacks. Trillium's in-vehicle network protection, machine learning algorithms, secure over-the-air updates, and security operations center serve a critical component to the widespread adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles. Trillium R&D and operations centers are in Sunnyvale, Ann Arbor, Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

    About TechLab at Mcity
    TechLab at Mcity is a Company-in-Residence program (company-sponsored technical projects housed at Mcity and the Ann Arbor campus) for early-stage advanced mobility companies in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) industry through the work of elite and technically-skilled students. The program pairs emerging transportation startups (Post-series A funding) with top-tier undergraduate students studying Engineering, Computer Science, and Data Analytics interested in tackling industry challenges defined by technical projects, with the goal of educating students through mentorship and immersive interaction with high-growth ventures. The program aims to develop a talent pipeline for the growing CAV industry, connecting students and company sponsors, leveraging the University of Michigan's regional access to automotive and transportation industry legacies.

    Press Contact: Kevin Em

    Press Contact: Nick Moroz

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    Retailer boasts the top trends in toys from today's leading brands
    New toy book to land in customers home next month

    PLANO, Texas, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Celebrating the successful one-year anniversary of its toy shops, JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) today unveiled its Top 20 Toys, inviting shoppers to discover the most popular toys sure to top kid's wish lists this Christmas. Gift-givers can turn to JCPenney to find the hottest trends in toys for kids of all ages with collectibles, licensed characters, interactive products and more from top brands including LEGO(R), Hasbro(R), Mattel(R) and Fisher Price(R). Items from the retailer's Top 20 Toys list will land in stores and at next month.

    The JCPenney Top 20 Toys will be featured prominently within a dedicated toys book, which will be delivered to customers' homes in time for the holiday season and will include a sticker sheet enabling kids to mark the items they want from Santa.

    "Toys always top kids' Christmas wish lists and this season we'll be here to help Santa - and parents - deliver smiles on Christmas morning," said James Starke, senior vice president and head of merchandising for JCPenney. "Along with our Top 20 Toys list and new toy book, we've added 40 percent more toys, games and plush toys to our assortment from the industry's leading brands. With these initiatives in place, we're primed to capture additional market share in toys during the competitive holiday shopping season and beyond."

    JCPenney curated the hottest toys of the season and developed its Top 20 Toys list based on a variety of factors including industry trends, customer feedback and toys that brought kids' favorite TV shows and movies to life. The Company's Top 20 Toys list includes:

    Collectibles craze:
    Fingerlings(R) BFF, $14.99
    L.O.L Bigger Surprise(TM), $89.99
    Pomsies(TM), $14.99
    Hairdorables(R), $14.99
    Cutetitos(TM), $11.99

    Favorite characters come to life:
    LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts(TM) Great Hall, $99.99
    Paw Patrol(TM) Ultimate Firetruck, $59.99
    Barbie(R) Ultimate Kitchen with Doll, $49.99
    Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action(TM) Figures, $8.99
    Talking Woody or Talking Buzz, $25 each
    PJ Masks(R) Vehicles, $14.99 each
    Mickey Mouse(R) 90th birthday plush, $18

    Move and groove:
    NERF(R) Megastrike Thunderhawk, $49.99
    Little Tykes(R) Basketball Goal, $24.99
    Fisher-Price(R) Double Dance and Sing Along Mat*, $79.99

    Play with me:
    New product from Hatchimals(R), hatching Oct. 5, $59.99
    Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby(TM) $49.99
    Furreal Friends(R) Chompn' Dino(TM), $49.99
    Melissa and Doug(R) Rolling Shopping Cart, $24.99
    Monopoly(R) Cheaters Edition, $24.99

    In addition to the Company's Top 20 Toys, the toy shops inside every JCPenney store are packed with fun that appeals to a variety of ages and interests. Shoppers will find family board games, character toys, baby dolls, arts and crafts, collectible surprise toys, vehicles, action figures and more. LEGO building blocks are now featured prominently in the toy shops with more playsets than ever before and over 300 LEGO items can be found at this holiday season. Over the last year, JCPenney has also doubled its assortment of Fisher Price educational toys for babies, toddlers and kids.

    Kids Zone events
    Each month, next to the toy shops, JCPenney hosts free activities for our youngest shoppers. Kids, along with their parents, are invited to a festive, interactive Kids Zone workshop taking place in all JCPenney stores from 11 am to 12 pm, local time. Upcoming, hands-on events include decorating a greeting card on Sept. 15, creating a scarecrow or haunted house on Oct. 13 and a limited-edition Kids Zone event with Nickelodeon on Nov. 10. Kids receive a collectible pin for every project they finish. And after each event, adults will receive a special 10 percent off coupon to use in-store on the day of the event. This coupon can be used in addition to current marketing promotions for maximum savings.

    For a trend sheet showcasing the Top 20 Toys at JCPenney, please visit:

    *JCPenney exclusive

    JCPenney Corporate Communications & Public Relations:
    (972) 431-3400 or
    Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

    About JCPenney:
    J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation's largest apparel and home retailers, combines an expansive footprint of over 860 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site,, to deliver style and value for all hard-working American families. At every touchpoint, customers will discover stylish merchandise at incredible value from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Reinforcing this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 98,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company's mission to help customers find what they love for less time, money and effort. For additional information, please visit


    This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
    Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc. via Globenewswire

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    BOSTON, Sep 4, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) today announced that it is collaborating with Capsicum Re, a full-service global reinsurance broker, as part of a joint effort to enhance the insurance industry's modeling of what many refer to as "silent" cyber incidents. Capsicum Re has also adopted AIR's cyber risk modeling and analytics platform, ARC, which includes a wide range of cyber scenarios and models to help deliver sophisticated insights to its insurance portfolios. AIR Worldwide is a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business.

    As part of the collaboration, the two firms will identify which non-cyber lines of business and industries are more likely to be exposed to silent cyber-related losses. The result of this collaboration is expected to yield the availability of models that simulate the impact of incidents that could cause silent cyber-related losses. AIR continually collects data on cyber risk to inform its cyber risk models, and the addition of Capsicum Re's expertise is expected to result in models that provide unique insights for identifying and evaluating silent cyber exposures.

    "Silent cyber exposure could exist in some insurance policies when cyber-related risks are not specifically included or excluded in the policy wording," said Prashant Pai, vice president of cyber offerings at Verisk. "As a result, it's possible the insurance industry could face higher-than-expected loss ratios when cyber incidents occur if certain cyber-related exposures are not necessarily accounted for during the underwriting process."

    "There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding cyber risks, and these could result in losses for property, professional, marine, and other non-cyber lines of business," said Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and director of emerging risks modeling at AIR. "The models we're developing in collaboration with Capsicum Re can help the insurance industry assess and quantify silent cyber risks appropriately."

    "Given the rapidly evolving nature of cyber risk, it's likely that insurance policy wordings will be challenged to keep up, and some forms of silent cyber exposures could always exist," said Ian Newman, global head of cyber at Capsicum Re. "Our goal is to better advise insurers and reinsurers about the nature of cyber risk and help the industry develop innovative risk-transfer solutions that truly reflect the underlying risk exposure. We're excited to work with AIR to improve our industry's ability to understand and manage silent cyber risks."

    Justyna Pikinska, actuary at Capsicum Re, said, "Silent cyber is an area of growing concern, and the market is actively researching different ways to quantify it. It's widely discussed by the actuarial community, and we see a significant uptick in requests for specialized models to be developed - both deterministic and stochastic. We have a great opportunity with AIR to develop a reliable probabilistic model to assess the volatility around the mean and quantify the probability of extreme cyber events."

    The silent cyber models are expected to be available in upcoming versions of ARC and through Capsicum Re's broking service. AIR currently offers deterministic modeling capabilities for cyber risks, which are available within ARC. AIR has been offering probabilistic modeling capabilities for cyber through bespoke consulting services. Probabilistic modeling is expected to be built into the general availability (GA) version of ARC later this year.

    About AIR Worldwide
    AIR Worldwide (AIR) provides risk modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, AIR Worldwide founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber incidents. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR's advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, longevity modeling, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR Worldwide, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit

    About Capsicum Re
    Founded by Grahame Chilton and Rupert Swallow in 2013, Capsicum Reinsurance Brokers LLP Group (Capsicum Re) is a full-service global reinsurance broker, working in partnership with Gallagher as its primary treaty reinsurance broking outlet. Based out of offices in London, Bermuda, New York, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Santiago, Capsicum Re is focused on attracting the best advocates in the market to provide bespoke and specialist reinsurance advice and products; it boasts the foremost broking teams in the specialist areas that it focuses on, supported by market-leading analytical capabilities.

    For more information, contact:
    Kevin Long
    AIR Worldwide


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    - Major milestones achieved with the success of Soft Tissue Sarcoma phase III clinical trial with first-in-class NBTXR3 product
    - Overall expenses according to plan
    - Post cloture event: financial partnership with European Investment Bank (EIB) allowing visibility beyond 2019

    Paris, France and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - NANOBIOTIX (Euronext: NANO - ISIN: FR0011341205), a late clinical-stage nanomedicine company pioneering new approaches to the treatment of cancer, today announces its half year results for the six months ended June 30 2018, from the consolidated financial statements at June 30, 2018 that have been reviewed by the supervisory board dated September 4, 2018.

    Philippe Mauberna, CFO of Nanobiotix, commented: "For the first half of 2018, the group pursued its growth in line with operational development expectations. The period has been marked by the positive topline results on the phase II/III soft tissue sarcoma clinical study and by the formation of new immuno-oncology partnerships with high level research institutes in the USA. The cash position at the end of June, strengthened by the partnership with the European Investment Bank after reporting period, enables us to secure our growth beyond 2019."

    Financial highlights

    - Operating revenues for the first half of 2018 were EUR2.1m (H1 2017: EUR1.9m), including EUR1.8 m of Research Tax Credits (CIR)
    - As expected, operating expenses were higher compared to last year (EUR15.0m in H1 2018 vs. EUR13.7m in H1 2017)
    - The operating result for the period was a EUR13.0m loss compared to a EUR11.8m loss in H1 2017
    - The Group had cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2018 of EUR32.7 m (31 December 2017: EUR47.2m)

    Financial events

    - Nanobiotix entered Euronext's Tech40 label, recognizing the best performing Tech SMEs listed on Euronext markets.

    Operational highlights

    - Nanobiotix announced positive phase II/III topline data in Soft Tissue Sarcoma with NBTXR3. The trial achieved its primary endpoint of pathological Complete Response Rate and its secondary endpoint in operability (R0 rate). NBTXR3 demonstrated significant superiority and clinical benefits for patients compared to the standard of care. The safety profile was confirmed. This randomized trial validated the first-in-class mode of action of NBTXR3.
    - Nanobiotix presented first promising data from I/II trial evaluating NBTXR3 in liver cancers, including primary (Hepatocellular, HCC) and liver metastasis from other tumors, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Annual Meeting (ASCO-GI).
    - Nanobiotix presented preclinical data showing that NBTXR3 nanoparticles can activate the cGAS-STING pathway at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. These observations support the rationale for using NBTXR3 with radiation therapy in combination with immunotherapeutic agents and/or STING agonist to transform tumors into an in-situ cancer vaccine.
    - Nanobiotix partnered with the Providence Cancer Institute to run immunotherapeutic preclinical research in pancreatic cancers. The collaboration with Providence Cancer Institute will enable to provide essential preclinical data on the ability of NBTXR3 activated by radiotherapy to induce an antitumoral immune response.
    - Nanobiotix also announced that it will cooperate with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX, USA, to run immunotherapeutic pre-clinical research in lung cancer, combining NBTXR3 and Nivolumab. This project with MD Anderson, one of the world's leading oncological research centers, will enable to provide an unparalleled ability to develop pre-clinical data using NBTXR3 activated by radiotherapy plus anti-PD1 Nivolumab (murine version of Opdivo(TM)).
    - Nanobiotix announced that it is launching a research collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine to begin nonclinical studies to evaluate the impact of NBTXR3 on cGAS-STING pathway in mammary cancers. The research collaboration will be conducted over the course of one year, with the goal of continuing the exploration of the role of NBTXR3 in immuno-oncology.

    Post period end main highlights

    The Company launched in July 2018, a non-dilutive financial partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to boost its research, development and innovation activities. The financing agreement will allow the Company to borrow up to EUR40m through loan over the coming five years subject to achieving a set of agreed performance criteria. This financing agreement will enable Nanobiotix to accelerate both the development of NBTXR3 clinical trial in the head and neck cancers indication and to support the European go-to-market strategy.

    Next financial press release: revenue for the third quarter of 2018 on 15 November 2018.

    Full press release (PDF):


    Incorporated in 2003, Nanobiotix is a leading, late clinical-stage nanomedicine company pioneering new approaches to significantly change patient outcomes by bringing nanophysics to the heart of the cell.

    The Nanobiotix philosophy is one rooted in designing pioneer physical based approaches to bring highly effective and generalized solutions to address high unmet medical needs and challenges.

    The Company's first-in-class, proprietary lead technology, NanoXray, aims to expand radiotherapy benefits for millions of cancer patients. Furthermore, the Company's Immuno-Oncology program has the potential to bring a new dimension to cancer immunotherapies.

    Nanobiotix is listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (Euronext: NANO / ISIN: FR0011341205; Bloomberg: NANO: FP). The Company's Headquarters are based in Paris, France, with a U.S. affiliate in Cambridge, MA, and european affiliates in Spain and Germany.


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    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Nanobiotix and its business. Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that Nanobiotix considers to be reasonable. However, there can be no assurance that the estimates contained in such forward-looking statements will be verified, which estimates are subject to numerous risks including the risks set forth in the reference document of Nanobiotix filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorite des Marches Financiers) under number D.17-0470 on April 28, 2017 as well as in its 2017 annual financial report filed with the French Financial Markets Authority on March 29, 2018 (a copy of which is available on and to the development of economic conditions, financial markets and the markets in which Nanobiotix operates. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to risks not yet known to Nanobiotix or not currently considered material by Nanobiotix. The occurrence of all or part of such risks could cause actual results, financial conditions, performance or achievements of Nanobiotix to be materially different from such forward-looking statements. This press release and the information that it contains do not constitute an offer to sell or subscribe for, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for, Nanobiotix shares in any country. At the moment NBTXR3 does not bear a CE mark and is not permitted to be placed on the market or put into service until NBTXR3 has obtained a CE mark.


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    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
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    - Contributing to the acceleration of digital transformation through the provision of comprehensive network and data connectivity -

    TOKYO, Sep 5, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) and Solace Corporation, a Canada-based developer of message broker products, today announced a global partnership in the development and provision of data connectivity.

    In recent years, digital transformation has become a major theme for businesses throughout the world, and in order to successfully implement this digital transformation through advanced ICT, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), high-added value is required, including flexible, optimal, and safe connectivity, as well as reliable networks to support it.

    In line with this implementation, the number of connected devices and systems is rapidly growing and cross-industrial linkage is quickly expanding. Against this backdrop, connection requirements for devices and systems, such as interfaces and protocols, are becoming increasingly diversified and complex.

    In order to address this issue, a new mechanism connected by data between devices and systems is needed, in addition to a conventional network to launch a new service or change a service immediately and flexibly.

    Using an advanced message technology as a core, Solace provides "PubSub+," a message broker product that moves data by converting the interfaces and protocols of messages transferred between devices and systems in a variety of forms, such as the cloud, software and applications, to customers in a wide range of industries, including finance.

    In this collaboration, NEC and Solace combine NEC's network solutions for enabling multi-access and optimizing networks with PubSub+ to provide total network and data connectivity.

    Specifically, NEC is introducing PubSub+ to the cloud and providing a message function that handles a variety of interfaces and protocols in combination with an access line, such as mobile-phone network and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA). Further, by introducing PubSub+ to a customer's system, NEC is promoting the development and construction of an event-driven architecture system.

    With such initiatives, NEC will contribute to the acceleration of digital transformation for customers in a wide range of industries.

    "We are excited about this collaboration with NEC, a leading provider of a wide range of global data connectivity solutions," said Les Rechan, CEO, Solace. "We are confident in our smart data movement technologies and honored to contribute to NEC's goal of orchestrating a brighter world."

    "NEC has an accomplished history of providing 'connected' value, mainly through networks, to enterprises and public customers, including telecommunications carriers, both domestically and internationally. This partnership with Solace enables us to further expand our 'connected' value to the data domain, where one-stop connectivity can be provided, from the edge to the cloud," said Takashi Sato, General Manager, Digital Services Solution Division, NEC Corporation. "By combining Solace's advanced message technology and NEC's broad network solution, we are confident that we can contribute to the realization of customers' IoT / DX business quickly, easily and flexibly."

    About Solace Corporation

    Solace is the only unified message broker that supports publish/subscribe, queuing, request/reply and streaming using open APIs and protocols across hybrid cloud and IoT environments. The company's smart data movement technologies rapidly and reliably route information between applications, devices and people across clouds. Established enterprises such as SAP, Barclays and American Express as well as high-growth companies such as VoiceBase and Jio use Solace to modernize legacy applications and successfully pursue analytics, hybrid cloud and Internet of Things strategies. Learn more at

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at

    NEC Seiichiro Toda +81-3-3798-6511

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    Figure 1: Cashless betting machine
    Figure 2: Personal authentication using palm veins at a cashless betting machine
    Biometric authentication allows the public to more safely and conveniently enjoy horse racing without cash or printed betting tickets

    TOKYO, Sep 5, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited today announced that their jointly developed biometric-enabled cashless betting machines will be put to use by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). The betting machines will allow users to place bets without using cash by simply holding their hands out to the machine and using their JRA-UMACA contactless membership card. The JRA will begin operating the betting machines at the Tokyo Racecourse on September 22, 2018. Users link their pre-registered palm vein information with their JRA-UMACA card, which can be loaded with money. This enables highly secure placement of cashless bets as well as payouts, authenticating the user with their unique bio-signature when they touch their JRA-UMACA card to the cashless betting machine and hold out the palm of their hand. The JRA will initially operate the machines at the Tokyo Racecourse, and plans to expand the service to the Fukushima, Chukyo, and Hanshin racecourses, and subsequently to all racecourses nationwide as well as WINS off-course betting facilities. The Fujitsu Group actively supports the JRA's digital transformation by contributing to the improvement of fan services, providing solutions that can be used both safely and conveniently.
    Figure 1: Cashless betting machine
    Figure 2: Personal authentication using palm veins at a cashless betting machine


    Previously, when purchasing a betting ticket at a racecourse or at a WINS betting facility, customers faced a number of issues, including excessive coins when change was returned, and the loss of betting tickets. Given this, JRA decided to deploy cashless betting machines where users could place bets without printing out paper betting tickets by registering their personal information onto their members-only JRA-UMACA contactless cards, which can be loaded with money in advance. JRA is using Fujitsu's cashless betting machines featuring palm vein authentication as they make counterfeiting difficult and offer high recognition accuracy to verify members of JRA-UMACA, which offers anonymous memberships.

    Features of the Cashless Betting Machines

    1. Enables simple placement of bets and payouts without cash

    The cashless betting machine reads the user's members-only JRA-UMACA card, as well as betting information, such as the betting application ticket in its existing format, and then the betting ticket purchase can be made when it authenticates the user through the veins in their palm. The purchase information is recorded on the JRA-UMACA card making it unnecessary to print a paper betting ticket, and if they make an accurate prediction, winnings will be paid out to the JRA-UMACA card automatically.

    2. Secure operations with a high authentication rate through palm vein authentication

    These cashless betting machines now feature the Fujitsu Group's palm vein authentication technology, which has a global track record of usage in areas including bank ATMs and corporate PC access management. Verification with palm veins, being information contained within the body, makes it difficult to fake. With its high authentication accuracy and lack of physical contact, the technology ensures that personal authentication can be completed easily and hygienically. Palm veins can be used to authenticate a person even when reissuing a lost JRA-UMACA card, and the system also prevents unauthorized use by third parties, such as a person finding a lost card.

    3. Additionally allows the purchase of WIN5 tickets and bets on races outside Japan

    With the cashless betting machines, users can now also purchase WIN5 tickets and place bets on races outside Japan, which could previously only be done online. Immediate payouts will automatically be added to the user's JRA-UMACA card balance.

    About Fujitsu Frontech

    As part of the Fujitsu Group, Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and ICT together through the development, manufacture and sales of front-end technologies such as ATMs, banking terminals, palm vein authentication system, RFID, totalizator terminals, and public display devices. Fujitsu Frontech also offers related software, system integration and services as part of its total solutions. Fujitsu Frontech Limited (FTEC: 6945) reported consolidated revenues of 96 billion yen (US$912 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 140,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.1 trillion yen (US $39 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information, please see

    * Please see this press release:

    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL:

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    Currency of Trust surges forward with IDAX agreement

    LONDON, Sep 5, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - DasCoin, the Currency of Trust and the store of value within the DasEcosystem, begins trading today on IDAX, bringing DasCoin to an exchange featuring more than 40 coins and tokens and offering high daily trading volumes.

    DasCoin CEO Michael Mathias said; "We're excited about listing on IDAX as we continue to accelerate our trading potential, and we are very pleased that the exchange offers trading in Chinese RMB. We are looking to have DasCoin trading in key geographical regions around the world and IDAX is a great partner with a unique genesis having been born from its early roots as a blockchain research center."

    This fifth public exchange listing on Mongolian-based IDAX further expands DasCoin trading opportunities.

    Today's listing comes shortly after the recent announcement of DasCoin's listing on Coinbene, one of the top 10 Exchanges as defined by CoinMarketCap. In April, DasCoin announced listings with Coinfalcon, BTC-Alpha and EUBX.

    In addition to the growing list of prominent exchanges where DasCoin is trading, recent achievements have also included a partnership with the popular crypto specialist app Blockfolio, the number one free crypto portfolio management app.

    DasCoin draws on the strengths of traditional and emerging digital currencies while addressing their weaknesses. Its blockchain can process up to 100,000 transactions per second and uses a distributed ledger built on Graphene technology and BitShares.

    Last month, the DasCoin blockchain radically improved its speed a full 100%, reducing block time from six seconds to three seconds, dramatically boosting settlement speeds and positioning itself as one of the fastest blockchains to date.

    About DasCoin: DasCoin is a better way to store and exchange value and is the next step in the evolution of money.

    DasCoin is the blockchain-based currency at the center of an innovative digital asset system that seeks to optimize the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses of existing currency systems. It is fast, efficient, balanced, secure and scalable.

    DasCoin is focused on creating a digital currency that delivers superior performance through greater operational efficiency, increased transaction capacity, wider distribution, better governance and greater regulatory compliance. Protected by industry leading security protocols and a permissioned blockchain, DasCoin is a pioneer in the sector with the goal of becoming the world's first mainstream digital currency.

    The DasCoin codebase can be viewed on GitHub and visit DasCoin Explorer to see blocks built in real time.
    - GitHub:
    - DasCoin Explore: / +44 (0)20 7300 6262

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