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    ARROWS Tab Q509/VE Q509/VB
    TOKYO, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited today announced the launch of the Fujitsu Tablet ARROWS Tab Q509/VE, an education-focused Windows tablet, and the ARROWS Tab Q509/VB, an enterprise Windows tablet, as well as a number of enterprise PCs and workstations featuring the latest CPUs and the latest OS version. The new tablets are available for purchase in Japan from today.

    Main Features of the New Products

    1. ARROWS Tab Q Series, now with stronger CPU and enhanced fast charging for improved ease of use

    Fujitsu's new ARROWS Tab Q series tablets feature Intel Celeron processors capable of up to 1.9x the processing speed of previous models, delivering even higher performance while maintaining existing strengths, including exceptional durability, as well as water, dust, and chemical resistant functionality to provide users peace of mind These new models additionally have significantly enhanced high speed charging capabilities due to their increased charging voltage, making it possible to charge the tablets to about 80% in one hour, slashing charging time in half from the two hours of a previous model(1). This enables tablets to charge during short windows of time throughout the day, such as a lunch break, supporting smoother business operations and classroom lessons. The education-focused ARROWS Tab Q509/VE includes as standard a stylus pen that can be stored within the body of the device. The stylus has a hexagonal shape to provide a closer feeling to the pencils normally used in schools.

    2. Enhanced lineup of Enterprise PCs and workstations, featuring the latest CPUs and OS version

    Fujitsu's new models, including 6 LIFEBOOK notebooks across 3 product series, the ESPRIMO D588/V desktop PC, and the CELSIUS J580 workstation, come installed with the latest OS version, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. In addition, the ESPRIMO Q558/V miniature desktop PC comes equipped with the latest Intel 8th generation CPU. With its latest improved offerings of Enterprise PCs and workstations, Fujitsu supports workstyle transformation by enabling mobile work through its comprehensive product lineup.

    Pricing and Availability

    (1) Previous model Compared to the ARROWS Tab Q508/SE

    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
    This release at

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

    Copyright 2019 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved.

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    TOKYO, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that its (indirectly) wholly owned subsidiary, Hitachi Rail Italy Investments S.r.l., will come to hold 99.156% shares of Ansaldo STS S.p.A. on January 25, 2019 and will exercise the right to purchase all of the outstanding shares at Euro 12.70 per share.

    Ansaldo STS S.p.A. will become fully owned by Hitachi and will be delisted from the Italian Stock Exchange on January 30, 2019.

    General Notice

    The Procedure referred to in this notice is exclusively promoted in Italy and in the United States of America, and has not and shall not be promoted or distributed in Japan, Canada and Australia, and in any other country where such distribution is not permitted without authorization from the competent authorities or other fulfillments by HRII.

    Notice to U.S. Resident Holders

    The Procedure described in this press release concerns the shares of Ansaldo STS, an Italian company with shares listed exclusively on the MTA and subject to Italian disclosure and procedural requirements, which are different from those of the United States of America.

    Financial statements possibly included in, or incorporated by reference in, the Information Document have been prepar]ed in accordance with non-U.S. accounting standards and may not be comparable to the financial statements of U.S. companies.

    This press release does not represent an offer to buy or a solicitation to sell the shares of Ansaldo STS. Before the start of the offer period in relation to the Procedure, as required by the applicable law, HRII disclosed the Information Document, which the shareholders of Ansaldo STS should examine it carefully

    The Procedure is being implemented in the United States of America pursuant to Section 14(e) of, and Regulation 14E under, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act, subject to the exemptions provided by Rule 14d-1(d) under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act, and otherwise in accordance with the requirements of Italian law.

    Accordingly, the Procedure is subject to disclosure and other procedural requirements, including with respect to withdrawal rights, settlement procedures and timing of payments that are different from those applicable under U.S. domestic tender offer procedures and laws.

    To the extent possible under applicable laws and regulations, in accordance with ordinary Italian law and market practice and so long as the conditions under Rule 14e-5(b)(12) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act are satisfied, HRII, the Issuer, their affiliates, financial advisors and brokers (acting as agents for HRII, the Issuer or any of their affiliates, as applicable) have purchased or may, after the date of this press release, from time to time purchase or agree to purchase the shares or any securities that are convertible into, exchangeable for or exercisable for the shares outside of the Procedure.

    Any such purchase outside of the Procedure will not be made by HRII, the Issuer, their parent, subsidiary or associated companies and by financial intermediaries and consultants (acting on behalf of HRII, the Issuer or their parent, subsidiary or associated companies, as the case may be) at a price greater than the Consideration unless the Consideration is increased accordingly, to match the price paid outside of the Procedure.

    To the extent that information about such purchases or arrangements to purchase is made public in Italy, such information will be disclosed in the United States in accordance with the requirements of Italian law, by means of a press release, pursuant to Article 41, paragraph 2, letter c), of the Issuers' Regulation, or other means reasonably selected to inform U.S. shareholders of Ansaldo STS.

    In making the decision whether or not to subscribe to the Procedure, shareholders must rely on their examination of the Procedure, including the merits and risks involved.

    Neither the SEC nor any Securities Commission of any state of the United States of America has (A) approved or disapproved the procedure; (B) passed upon the merits or fairness of the procedure; or (C) passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the disclosure in the information document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense in the United States of America.

    The Italian Version of the Information Document is the Only Document Approved by Consob

    It may be difficult for shareholders of Ansaldo STS to enforce their rights and any claim they may have arising under the U.S. federal securities laws since the Issuer and HRII are located outside the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors are resident outside the United States. As a result, it may be difficult to compel HRII and the Issuer and their affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court's judgment, or to enforce, in courts outside of the United States, judgments obtained in U.S. courts against any such person, including judgments based on the civil liability provisions of the U.S. securities laws. Additionally, U.S. shareholders of Ansaldo STS may not be able to sue HRII or the Issuer or their respective officers and directors in a non-U.S. court for violations of the U.S. securities laws.

    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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    SINGAPORE, Jan 22, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Sanli Environmental Limited ("Sanli" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an environmental engineering company with more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects in the field of water and waste management under its belt, is pleased to announce that it has secured new Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") and Operations and Maintenance ("O&M") contracts ("Contracts") worth a total of S$51.5 million from the Public Utilities Board (PUB). These contract wins will bolster the Group's order book to S$185.9 million as at 22 January 2019.

    Under the EPC contract which is valued approximately at S$51.0 million, Sanli will be involved in the construction works for the replacement of mechanical and electrical equipment at Kranji water reclamation plant. This contract is expected to contribute to Sanli's revenue for the next two (2) years from the financial year ending 31 March 2020 ("FY2020").

    Mr Sim Hock Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sanli said, "We are very excited to have secured a contract of this size from the public sector. We believe our established track record and strong capabilities have given us a competitive edge. This is also an indication of the level of confidence the public sector has in our abilities. Our team is greatly encouraged by it. The Group will continue to leverage on our established track record and work towards securing more contracts to grow the business further."

    Under the O&M contract, Sanli will provide maintenance services of approximately S$0.5 million for the replaced mechanical and electrical equipment at the same water reclamation plant. This contract is expected to contribute to Sanli's revenue after the completion of the EPC Contract.

    About Sanli Environmental Limited

    Sanli is an environmental engineering company in the field of water and waste management. It has more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects under its portfolio.

    The Group's expertise is in the design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair and overhaul of mechanical and electrical equipment as well as instrumentation and control systems in wastewater treatment plants, water reclamation plants, NEWater plants, waterworks, service reservoirs, pumping stations and incineration plants.

    The Group has two main business segments: Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") and Operations and Maintenance ("O&M"). Under its EPC segment, Sanli provides services within the field of water and waste management, including process upgrading of existing water treatment plants, upgrading of pumping station capacities, replacement of aged equipment, and design and build of various treatment process systems. Through its O&M segment, the Group provides corrective and preventive maintenance services to ensure reliability and minimal disruptions to customers' operations. For more information, please visit the company website at

    Issued on behalf of Sanli Environmental Limited by:

    Waterbrooks Consultants Pte Ltd
    Tel: +65 6100 2228
    Lynette Tan
    (M): +65 9687 2023

    Angeline Cheong
    (M): +65 9666 0977

    This media release has been prepared by the Company and its contents have been reviewed by the Company's sponsor, SAC Capital Private Limited (the "Sponsor"), for compliance with the relevant rules of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the "SGX-ST"). The Sponsor has not independently verified the contents of this media release.

    This media release has not been examined or approved by the SGX-ST and the SGX-ST assumes no responsibility for the contents of this media release, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this media release.

    The contact person for the Sponsor is Mr David Yeong (Telephone: +65 6232 3210) at 1 Robinson Road, #21-00 AIA Tower, Singapore 048542.

    Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.

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    Grand Prix campaign image: National Safety Council
    Energy BBDO wins Grand Prix for National Safety Council's 'Prescribed to Death' campaign

    LONDON, Jan 22, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - A campaign by Energy BBDO for American non-profit organisation, the National Safety Council, has won the Grand Prix and the Early Adopter Award in the Effective Use of Tech category of the 2018 WARC Media Awards.

    The Prescribed to Death campaign raised awareness of prescription opioid overdose in the US with an innovative live experience supported by a multimedia campaign. Prescription opioids contribute to the deaths of more than 22,000 Americans each year. An NSC survey on drug abuse revealed that one in three Americans taking prescription opioids don't even know they're taking opioids, so the campaign targeted household health decision-makers and pain-sufferers.

    The campaign launched opioid educational information on Facebook, developed 'Warn Me' labels for insurance cards and, using data and images of overdose victims, created a digital memorial wall and drove awareness via ads on social media, OOH and radio.

    The campaign attracted close to 2.5 billion earned impressions, built recognition for the NSC and more than one million Americans put the labels on their insurance cards.

    Ben Sutherland, Chief Digital Officer, Diageo, who was on the jury for the 2018 WARC Media Awards' Effective Use of Tech category, commented on the Grand Prix winner: "The way they used the tech to demonstrate the mortality rate was really good. It was an incredibly emotive area and also very impactful -- it's everything I'd like my teams to be creating."

    A Silver and the Most Scalable Idea Award -- for a tech-led idea with the scope to make an impact within its sector and, potentially, beyond -- has been won by OMD Media Direction Russia, Media Direction Group. The agency took the silver for a multimedia campaign for ride-hailing service Uber that used its own 'smart out-of-home' system to grow penetration.

    A Bronze and the Platform Pioneer Award --for how a brand found an innovative and effective way to use an existing platform -- has been awarded to Colenso BBDO, MediaCom NZ for its Bank of New Zealand campaign The Most Prosperous ATM, in which a modified ATM was used, backed by a multimedia strategy, to transform the Chinese New Year experience and attract Chinese customers in New Zealand.

    The full list of winners Effective Use of Tech category -- WARC Media Awards 2018 are:

    Grand Prix

    Prescribed to Death - National Safety Council - Energy BBDO - United States + Early Adopter Award


    - The Wentworth Rat - Showcase - Foxtel - Mindshare Australia - Australia
    - Highway Gallery - Louvre Abu Dhabi - ADTCA - TBWA\RAAD - United Arab Emirates
    - Golden Egg Crunch - KFC - QSR Stores Sdn Bhd - Ensemble Worldwide, Universal McCann - Malaysia


    - Energy Broadcast System - Flying Pig Marathon - Barefoot Proximity - United States
    - TasteFace - Marmite - Unilever - AnalogFolk - United Kingdom
    - Racing the Sun - Volvo - Courageous Studios, Mindshare - United States
    - Smart technologies increase offline media efficiency - Uber - Uber Technology - OMD Media Direction Russia, Media Direction Group - Russian Federation + Most Scalable Idea Award


    - The most prosperous ATM - Bank of New Zealand - Colenso BBDO, MediaCom NZ - New Zealand + Platform Pioneer Award
    - Real-time multiscreen sync - Breeze - Unilever Philippines - Mindshare Philippines - Philippines
    - Less screen time, more play time - OMO - Unilever - Mindshare, Lowe - Vietnam
    - World Cup Winning Moments - Clear Men - Unilever Indonesia - Mindshare Indonesia, AdColony - Indonesia

    More information on the WARC Media Awards 2018 - Effective Use of Tech winners, as well as the winners of the Best Use of Data and Effective Channel Integration categories, is available on The winners of the Effective Use of Partnerships & Sponsorships category will be announced shortly.

    The WARC Media Awards are a comprehensive set of awards rewarding pioneering communications planning which has made a positive impact on business results for brands around the world. The Grands Prix and Special Awards share a total prize fund of $40,000.

    About WARC

    - advertising evidence, insights and best practice

    WARC provides the latest evidence, expertise and guidance to make marketers more effective. WARC's mission is to save the world from ineffective marketing.

    WARC's clients include the world's largest brands, advertising and media agencies, media owners, research companies and universities. They rely on WARC for rigorous, unbiased information and advice on almost any advertising and marketing issue, which WARC delivers via best practice guides, case studies, research papers, special reports and advertising trend data, as well as via webinars, awards, events and advisory services.

    WARC collaborates with more than 50 respected industry organisations globally including: The Advertising Research Foundation, Cannes Lions, Effie Worldwide, Association of National Advertisers, ESOMAR, 4A's, IPA and DMA.

    WARC was founded in 1985, and has offices in the UK, US and Singapore. In July 2018, WARC became part of Ascential plc, the global specialist information company.

    About Ascential

    Ascential is a specialist, global information company that helps the world's most ambitious businesses win in the digital economy. Our information, insights, connections, data and digital tools solve customer problems in three disciplines:

    - Product Design via global trend forecasting service WGSN;
    - Marketing via global benchmark for creative excellence and effectiveness Cannes Lions and WARC, and strategic advisory firm MediaLink; and
    - Sales via ecommerce-driven data, insights and advisory service Edge by Ascential, leading managed services provider for Amazon Flywheel Digital, the world's premier payments and Fin Tech congress Money20/20, global retail industry summit World Retail Congress and retail news outlet Retail Week.

    Ascential also powers political, construction and environmental intelligence brands DeHavilland, Glenigan and Groundsure.

    Amanda Benfell PR Manager +44 20 7467 8125

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    Toyota City, Japan, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation and Panasonic Corporation concluded today a business-integration contract and a joint-venture contract toward the establishment of a new company (joint venture) related to the automotive prismatic battery business. The details of the agreements are below.

    Main Points of the Agreements

    Toyota and Panasonic will establish a joint venture (pending approval from the competition-law authorities in the countries and regions concerned) by the end of 2020.

    The ratio of equity participation in the joint venture will be 51% for Toyota and 49% for Panasonic.

    The scope of the joint venture's business operations will cover research, development, production engineering, manufacturing, procurement, order receipt, and management related to automotive prismatic lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries, and next-generation batteries.
    Toyota will transfer equipment and personnel to the joint venture in the areas of development and production engineering related to battery cells. Panasonic will transfer equipment, other assets, liabilities, personnel, and other items to the joint venture in the areas of development, production engineering, manufacturing (at plants in Japan and in Dalian, China), procurement, order receipt, and management functions related to the automotive prismatic battery business.

    The total number of employees from both companies related to operations subject to transfer to the joint venture is 3,500 (as of the end of December 2018).

    Products produced by the joint venture will be sold to various automakers through, in principle, Panasonic.

    In addition to changes in consumer needs for the automobile, as evidenced by such shifts as those toward connected vehicles, autonomous driving, and car-sharing services, today's automotive world is also being called on by society to help find solutions to such issues as those related to global warming, resources, and energy. As vehicle electrification accelerates toward the solving of such environmental issues, batteries are a most-important element.

    However, numerous battery-related challenges must be tackled, including not only having advanced technological capabilities to address issues of cost, energy density, charging time, and safety, but also being able to ensure stable supply capacity and having effective recycling structures. The business environment is one in which independent efforts by battery manufacturers or automobile manufacturers are not enough for solving the issues concerned.

    Against the backdrop of such a business environment, Toyota and Panasonic announced on Dec. 13, 2017 an agreement to study the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business. Since then, the two companies have achieved high-capacity and high-output automotive prismatic batteries that lead the industry in terms of both performance and cost. To contribute to the popularization of Toyota's and other automakers' electrified vehicles, Toyota and Panasonic have also repeatedly held earnest discussions on the concrete details of their collaboration.

    Toyota and Panasonic are confident that the contracts concluded today will further strengthen and accelerate their actions toward achieving competitive batteries.

    The joint venture will integrate management and other resources from both companies, fusing strengths of both Toyota and Panasonic. Toyota is to contribute: 1) know-how and market data related to electrified vehicles, 2) advanced technologies related to solid-state batteries and more, and 3) Toyota-style manufacturing capabilities (monozukuri); while Panasonic, demonstrating its strengths as a battery manufacturer, is to contribute: 1) technologies related to high-capacity and high-output batteries that are high-quality and extremely safe, 2) mass-production technologies, and 3) a customer base both in Japan and overseas. In this way, the joint venture aims to become the leader in battery-development and battery-manufacturing capabilities.

    Specifically, for the joint venture to become the leader in battery-development capability, Toyota and Panasonic intend to coordinate with each other from the vehicle planning and conception stage, and promote the acceleration of high-capacity and high-output battery development. For the joint venture to become the leader in battery-manufacturing capability, Toyota and Panasonic intend to share with each other their production-engineering resources and monozukuri know-how, and, in addition to establishing a high-quality, low-cost, stable supply structure, they plan to also, among other efforts, leverage merits of scale related to procurement and manufacturing costs.

    Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi said: "Together with Panasonic, we want to hone our competitiveness in batteries, which represent one of the core technologies of electrified vehicles. By contributing to the popularization of Toyota's and other automakers' electrified vehicles, we want to help find solutions to issues such as global warming, environment-related challenges, and energy-related challenges. We have high expectations for the new company, including--as we aim to deliver ever-better electrified vehicles to even more customers--its role in fulfilling our plans for the popularization of electrified vehicles (including achieving Toyota annual global sales of more than 5.5 million units of electrified vehicles), which we announced at the end of 2017."

    Panasonic Senior Managing Executive Officer Masahisa Shibata said: "Uniting with Toyota's battery and production-engineering technologies provides us an excellent opportunity for being able to evolve our automotive prismatic batteries, which have an established track record of performance and safety, faster than ever. Through the electrification of vehicles, we want to accelerate our contribution to the realization of a society of mobility that is kind to the environment."

    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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    Figure: Company's response to a cyberattack
    Offers expert level determinations, shorter evaluation times to minimize damage

    KAWASAKI, Japan, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed an AI technology that automatically determines whether action needs to be taken in response to a cyberattack.

    When a business network has been hit with a cyberattack, various security appliances detect the attack on the network's servers and devices. Conventionally, an expert in cyberattack analysis then manually investigates and checks the degree of threat, to determine whether action is needed to minimize damage.

    To secure the necessary training data needed to develop highly accurate AI technology, Fujitsu Laboratories has now developed a technology that identifies and extracts attack logs, which show the behavior of a cyberattack, from huge amounts of operations logs. It also developed a technology that expands on the small number of training data extracted in a manner that does not spoil attack characteristics. This generates a sufficient amount of training data.

    In simulations using these technologies, they achieved a match rate of about 95% in comparison with experts' conclusions regarding the need for action, and they did not miss any attack cases that required a response. The time necessary to reach a conclusion was also shortened from several hours to several minutes.

    By using these technologies, countermeasures can quickly be put in place for cyberattacks that have been determined to require action, contributing to business continuity and the prevention of loss. Details of these technologies are being announced at the 36th Symposium on Cryptography and Information Security (SCIS 2019), being held from Tuesday, January 22, to Friday, January 25, in Otsu city, Shiga prefecture, Japan.

    Development Background

    In recent years, the number of cyberattacks against business networks continues to increase. With targeted attacks(1), which is a type of cyberattack, the attacker uses clever techniques to embed malware(2) that can be controlled remotely in an organization, and then remotely controls devices infected with malware to conduct intelligence activities. In defense, when a company discovers suspicious activities with such monitoring equipment as a security appliance, a security expert manually investigates the attack, and takes time to evaluate danger and risk, then determines the necessity to respond.

    The decision to respond needs to be made carefully as the responses themselves may have consequences. For example, attacked business devices may need to be isolated, and the network reconstructed, resulting in operation stoppages that impact businesses.

    According to statistics from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(3), by 2020 there will be a shortage of 193,000 security professionals in Japan. That being said, AI-based automation is expected to rapidly determine the necessity to respond to attack cases, making decisions on the same level as an expert who has advanced knowledge and insight on attacks.


    In order to develop an AI-based model to make determinations, the following issues regarding training on attack information needed to be addressed:

    1. The operations logs for normally functioning servers, devices, and network equipment coexist with the attack operations logs, and both logs are accumulated in great abundance. To conduct proper learning with AI, it is necessary to identify the traces of targeted attacks from the large number of logs. However, distinguishing between logs is difficult because intelligence activities via targeted attacks utilize OS commands and other methods.

    2. It is extremely difficult to extract attack operations logs from the huge amounts of existing logs, while securing them in large quantities as training data. For AI technologies, it is possible to increase the small amounts of training data through procedures and conversions such as noise processing; however, such simple processing of the training data of targeted attacks can cause the attack characteristics to be lost, making data expansion difficult.

    About the Newly Developed Technology

    Fujitsu Laboratories has developed technologies to secure sufficient amounts of training data related to targeted attacks required for the creation of highly accurate, AI determination models. Features of the developed technologies are outlined below:

    1. Training data extraction technology

    Based on the know-how Fujitsu has accumulated in its security-related business and research, as well as from about seven years' worth of actual attack analysis data, Fujitsu Laboratories has built a database of attack patterns that includes commands and parameters linked to intelligence activities of targeted attacks. By using this database, users can accurately identify and extract a series of intelligence activities from the vast amounts of logs.

    2. Training data expansion technology

    This technology generates simulations of new intelligence gathering activities-a type of targeted attack-without losing attack characteristics. The technology calculates attack levels and identifies the important commands of intelligence activities in the extracted targeted attack, then converts the parameters within the range existing in the attack pattern database. As a result, it becomes possible to expand the training data fourfold.


    Fujitsu Laboratories combined the newly developed technologies with its own Deep Tensor AI technology, and ran evaluative testing on the determination model that had been trained on the new training data. Run in a simulation using about four months of data-12,000 items-the technologies made an approximate 95% match with the findings that a security expert generated through manual analysis, achieving a near equal determination of response necessity.

    Furthermore, the technologies were field tested on STARDUST, the Cyber-attack Enticement Platform(4) which is jointly operated with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), using real cyberattacks targeting companies. The technologies automatically determined the attack cases requiring a response, thereby confirming their effectiveness.

    With these AI technologies, determinations of the necessity of action, which until now have taken an expert several hours to several days, can be automatically made with high accuracy from tens of seconds to several minutes. Furthermore, by combining these technologies with Fujitsu Laboratories' high-speed forensic technology, which rapidly analyzes the whole picture of the status of damage from a targeted attack, the response sequence, from attack analysis to instructions for action, can be automated, enabling immediate responses to cyberattacks and minimizing damage.

    Future Plans

    Fujitsu aims to make use of these technologies within its Managed Security Services, as a response platform for cyberattacks.

    (1) Targeted attack A cyberattack targeting a specific organization or individual, to relentlessly steal information or destroy systems.
    (2) Malware Malicious software.
    (3) Statistics from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Study of Recent Trends and Future Estimates Concerning IT Human Resources, published in 2016 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (in Japanese).
    (4) STARDUST, the Cyber-attack Enticement Platform a platform, which was developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), for the observation of cyberattacks. By enticing attackers to an environment that elaborately simulates organizations such as government and corporations, and observing over the long term the activities of attackers without them noticing, the platform aims to reveal the detailed behavior of attackers once they have penetrated an organization, to gather the information needed to establish cyberattack countermeasures and responses.

    About Fujitsu Laboratories

    Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Next-generation Services, Computer Servers, Networks, Electronic Devices and Advanced Materials. 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
    This release at

    Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Security Research Laboratory E-mail: Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL:

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    Highest Ranked Japanese Company

    TOKYO, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. has been listed in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100), a global ranking by Canada-based media and investment advisory company, Corporate Knights, Inc. This marks Eisai's fourth inclusion on the list. Ranked 73rd, Eisai was the highest ranking Japanese company among the eight Japanese companies listed in the Global 100.

    The Global 100 evaluates the sustainability of approximately 7,500 of the world's major corporations based on various corporate initiatives in areas such as ESG (environment, society and governance). Since 2005, those companies ranking among the top 100 in the world have been announced each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Global 100 is based on up to 21 key performance indicators covering financial management, clean revenue, supplier performance, employee management and resource management, with the evaluations carried out based on data publicly disclosed in financial filings, integrated reports, or through other such channels.

    Eisai's corporate philosophy is to give first thought to patients and their families, and increase the benefits that health care provides as well as address diverse healthcare needs worldwide. Based on this corporate philosophy, Eisai is striving to sustainably enhance corporate value by strengthening its ESG initiatives and increasing non-financial value.

    About Eisai

    Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. We define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call our human health care (hhc) philosophy. With approximately 10,000 employees working across our global network of R&D facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, we strive to realize our hhc philosophy by delivering innovative products to address unmet medical needs, with a particular focus in our strategic areas of Oncology and Neurology.

    As a global pharmaceutical company, our mission extends to patients around the world through our investment and participation in partnership-based initiatives to improve access to medicines in developing and emerging countries.

    For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit

    Public Relations Department, Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-(0)3-3817-5120

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    - Improving operational efficiency in manufacturing and physical distribution sites through negotiations using AI -

    TOKYO, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701), Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6703), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (R&D manager: Associate Professor Katsuhide Fujita for the Institute of Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TSE: 8015), and the University of Tokyo (R&D manager: Associate Professor Koji Tsumura for the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo), in collaboration with Professor Hiroko Kudo for the Faculty of Law at Chuo University, Professor Kiyoshi Izumi for the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Associate Professor Takanobu Otsuka for the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, were adopted for the public offering business run by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) regarding "inter-AI cooperative fundamental technology," the R&D item for the "2nd period of Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP)/Cyberspace fundamental technology utilizing big data and AI." We will work on R&D under the theme of "Improvement of efficiency and flexibility of value chain through inter-AI cooperation."

    As the utilization of AI progresses in a variety of fields in society, the adjustment of interest that cannot be undertaken by a system is required. However, the use of inter-AI cooperative technology enables the creation of significant value. For example, each company that operates a manufacturing system or a physical distribution system on a value chain has AI as an agent. Through the coordination and cooperation of each company's AI, it becomes possible to immediately find a transaction partner and transaction conditions that are advantageous for both the ordering party and the order receiving party. This enables the efficiency and flexibility of inter-company transactions throughout society to be improved while increasing the profits for each company.

    In this R&D, it is assumed that AI searches for candidate partner companies from hundreds or thousands of companies through a negotiation platform and also searches for price and delivery deadlines that are agreeable for both the ordering party and the order receiving party. The search for transaction conditions is implemented through negotiations, that is, the mutual presentation of transaction conditions and the answering of acceptability using standardized protocols(1), data format, and vocabulary definition. If conditions that are agreeable to both sides are found, the final judgment of whether to conclude an agreement is left to human users. The finalized agreement is implemented at a manufacturing site or a physical distribution site.

    This R&D develops a principle, foundation, and system necessary for implementing inter-AI cooperation in society, integration technology with an operational system, a variety of protocols, and reference architecture (typical system configuration). Further, the targeting and refinement of use cases are implemented through the participation of companies and groups other than the proponents as an advisor. We will work on international standardization and the establishment of a marketplace to encourage the dissemination of the results of the R&D.

    NEC, OKI, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Toyota Tsusho, and the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo will work jointly on this R&D from FY2018 to FY2022. With this R&D, we will aim to improve the efficiency and flexibility of a value chain through inter-AI cooperation and increase the industrial competitiveness of Japan.

    Outline of Roll allocation for each organization

    NEC: Overall control, development of a negotiation platform, and implementation of overall behavior in manufacturing and physical distribution use cases
    - National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology: Modelization and design of manufacturing use cases in companies on the order receiving side and the presentation of the best form of a next-generation manufacturing information system
    - Chuo University: R&D of business, social, and legal rules for the implementation of inter-AI negotiation in society
    - Professor Kiyoshi Izumi for the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo: R&D of the detection and control technology of malicious intentions and abnormalities to improve the stability and safety of the inter-AI negotiation table
    - Nagoya Institute of Technology: Implementation of a series of behaviors in companies on the order receiving side for manufacturing use cases

    OKI: Development of readjustment and negotiation use cases for a plan by information sharing in physical distribution and the implementation of overall behavior
    - Nagoya Institute of Technology: Adjustment of a cross-sectional optimum plan and the development of negotiation technology in the above use cases

    Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology: R&D of parallel negotiation technology for a value chain

    Associate Professor Koji Tsumura for the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo: Development of a dynamic and robust automatic negotiation mechanism from the viewpoint of control theory

    Toyota Tsusho: Extraction of challenges in physical distribution, design of use cases, and demonstration experiment of physical distribution use cases

    (1) Protocols: Procedures and terms for communication between computers

    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

    Seiichiro Toda +81-3-3798-6511

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    TOKYO, Jan 22, 2019 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) announced the completion of the 5th multi-vendor Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept (PoC) with the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) Open Transport Working Group. The PoC took place in November 2018, hosted by Telefonica Germany in Munich, Germany for a period of five days. A total of 20 companies, including NEC, took part in the PoC. Three operators (Telefonica Germany as a host, AT&T and Deutsch Telecom) supported this 5th PoC. Participants included a range of optical hardware vendors and application software developers.

    The aim of this 5th PoC was to further advance the achievements from the prior 4 PoCs, and to move a step closer to commercially deployable SDN controllers integrated into an Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP). This simplifies the operations, management and control of network elements and services across multiple domains encompassing both wireless and optical transport networks and facilitating the integration of distinct multi-vendor solutions under a common framework. The latest version of the OpenDaylight (ODL) SDN controller, Oxygen, was used for the PoC. ONAP Release 3 was used to provide a common network abstraction model for end to end service creation, control and management.

    The 5th PoC demonstrated SDN capabilities for integrating a variety of applications developed by multiple software providers based on microwave and optical models, the Ethernet model and new use cases applying commissioning and configuration guidelines from the Device Management Interface Profile.

    The following enhanced use cases from the 4th PoC were further demonstrated during this 5th PoC:

    - Dynamic configuration of transmission mode with the throughput of required services
    - Monitoring performance values of radio
    - Visualization of network topology
    - Displaying the current configuration of microwave devices
    - Real-time displaying and storing of traffic alarms as Fault management

    The following newly added use case applications of the microwave model were performed successfully:

    - Microwave link information for planners
    - Preventive Maintenance

    For the 5th POC, NEC provided its latest iPASOLINK split mount VR4 microwave communications system, part of the NEC Next Generation Converged Radio solution for LTE & beyond, equipped with a NETCONF interface with the use of an external mediator supporting the ONF Microwave data Model TR 532. The system successfully achieved connectivity to the ONAP platform and proved its compatibility with the OSS/Applications attached on top of the ONAP orchestrator.

    "The importance of intelligence and automation is growing. Operation and management of 5G networks efficiently and cost effectively is very complicated and requires automation and closed loop control with timely data refinement and quick action," said Hideyuki Muto, deputy general manager, Wireless Solutions Division, NEC Corporation.

    "The SDN open source-based platform helps speed up project delivery and reduces complexity through abstraction and virtualization of controllers and orchestrator interfaces. By participating in this 5th PoC with our advanced iPASOLINK VR radio platform, NEC has yet again confirmed its commitment to further advance developments of SDN features in support of innovative mobile backhaul and wireless transport solutions for high utilization and efficient operation of 5G networks and services. This will be fueled by intelligence and automation enabled by the NEC Smart Transport Network (STN) powered by AI and SDN," he continued.

    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

    Seiichiro Toda +81-3-3798-6511

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    HONG KONG, Jan 23, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc., (TSXV: CFY) ("Changfeng" or the "Company") an energy provider in China, is pleased to announce that Changfeng's 50% owned joint venture company with the EDF Group, EDF Changfeng (Sanya) Energy Co Ltd., the Haitang Bay Integrated Smart Energy project company ("EDF Changfeng"), has achieved a new milestone of procuring its first client, the Sanya Haitang Bay Edition Hotel (the "Edition Hotel") following the signing of a centralized cooling service contract (the "Contract") with the Edition Hotel. The Contract outlines the supply of cooling by EDF Changfeng to the Edition Hotel for a term of one year subject to renewal, at a fixed cooling capacity of 4,109 kWr per year. The contract further stipulates that the commencement date for supplying cooling will be subject to construction progress of the first energy station. Construction of the energy station is delayed as more time is needed for the land procurement of the site of the energy station. The Sanya municipal government continues to work towards completing the above land procurement.

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a Canadian public company currently traded on the Toronto Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") under the stock symbol "CFY". It is an integrated energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in the People's Republic of China. Changfeng strives to combine leading clean energy technology with natural gas usage to provide sustainable energy to its customer base in the PRC. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as being one of China's the Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the Natural Gas Industry. Changfeng Energy Website:

    About EDF Group
    A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the EDF Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The EDF Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 35.1 million customers. The EDF Group generated consolidated sales of EUR 69.6 billion in 2017. The EDF Group is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

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