Japan – Mitsubishi Corporation Invests in Kyoto Fusioneering, a spin-off from Kyoto University

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is pleased to announce that it has acquired a stake in Kyoto Fusioneering Ltd. (KF) through a third-party allotment of the latter’s shares.

KF is a plant engineering company focused on fusion energy(1) technologies. Its establishment in 2019 was based on decades of fusion research and development by Kyoto University. KF specializes in key components and integrated systems that are required in order to build fusion reactors and fusion power plants. KF’s strategic aim is to build a fusion energy supply chain by leveraging Japan’s leading manufacturing capabilities. Furthermore, KF serves a wide range of fusion research institutions and startups around the world as clients. These advantages led to MC’s decision to invest into KF.

Fusion energy can generate electricity without producing any CO2 emissions. Its primary fuel, namely hydrogen, is widely available in seawater, meaning that it could potentially represent an inexhaustible source of energy. There continues to be considerable global interest in fusion as a next generation of clean energy, one that could both help decarbonize our plant and secure stable supplies of energy. During its Integrated Innovation Strategy Promotion Council meeting on April 14, 2023, the Japanese government set out its “Fusion Energy Innovation Strategy,” which outlines the country’s vision to establish fusion energy as a new industry. The strategy also clarifies that cooperation among industry, academia and government must be accelerated in order to realize this vision. MC believes that the Kyoto University-born startup KF will lead such collaborations and help make this vision a reality.

In the Midterm Corporate Strategy 2024 announced in May 2022, MC has set “Creating a New Future through Fostering New Industries/Regional Revitalization” as a pillar of its growth strategy. Accordingly, MC has been stepping up efforts to partner with industry and academia to help address various societal issues through its business activities. The increased number of start-ups using the research results of universities and other institutions will not only solve social issues but also improve Japan’s technological capabilities and industrial competitiveness. MC is taking steps to boost such entrepreneurial activity, as evidenced by its announcement on April 13, 2023 that it would be supporting the establishment of the “Kyoto University-Mitsubishi Corporation Startup Catapult,” a program designed to promote the development and commercialization of the technological capabilities and research findings of Kyoto University.

Through this investment, MC is further demonstrating its commitment to stimulate greater cooperation among industry, academia and government. Moreover, MC plans to take full advantage of its own networks and industry connections to help create a new and carbon-neutral fusion energy industry. We remain dedicated to decarbonizing our planet and securing stable supplies of energy both here in Japan and around the world.

(1) Fusion energy is energy produced when two light nuclei (deuterium, tritium) collide to form a single heavier nucleus (helium), the same kind of energy that illuminates the Sun and stars. Fusion energy has the following advantages: 1) Carbon neutrality(Carbon dioxide is not emitted during the process of power generation); 2) Abundant fuel (On top of the fact that the fuel exists abundantly in seawater and can be generated nearly inexhaustibly, a huge amount of energy can be produced from a small amount of fuel); 3) Inherently safe (The fusion reaction stops when the fuel supply or the power supply is cut off); 4) Low environmental impact (Only low level radioactive waste is generated and it can be processed with existing technology). As such, fusion energy is expected to be the next generation of energy source that can solve both energy supply and global environmental issues.

(Based on the provisional translation of “Fusion Energy Innovation Strategy” adopted by Japan’s Integrated Innovation Strategy Promotion Council on April 14, 2023)

About Kyoto Fusioneering

Established in 2019, Kyoto Fusioneering is a privately-funded technology startup with facilities in Tokyo, Kyoto, Reading (UK), and Seattle (USA). The company specializes in developing state-of-the-art technologies for commercial fusion reactors, including gyrotron systems, tritium fuel cycle technologies, and breeding blankets for tritium production and power generation. Kyoto Fusioneering collaborates with public and private fusion developers globally, striving to establish fusion as the ultimate energy source for humanity. https://kyotofusioneering.com/en/

About Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses together with its offices and subsidiaries worldwide, as well as with its global network of group companies. MC has 10 Business Groups that operate across virtually every industry: Natural Gas, Industrial Materials, Chemicals Solution, Mineral Resources, Industrial Infrastructure, Automotive & Mobility, Food Industry, Consumer Industry, Power Solution and Urban Development. Through these 10 Business Groups plus the addition of its Industry Digital Transformation Group and Next-Generation Energy Business Group, MC’s current activities have expanded far beyond its traditional trading operations to include project development, production and manufacturing operations, working in collaboration with our trusted partners around the globe. With an unwavering commitment to conducting business with integrity and fairness, MC remains fully dedicated to growing its businesses while contributing to a prosperous society. www.mitsubishicorp.com/jp/en/

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Japan – Chiseikan Dojo in Kyoto Grand Opening Event: “When in danger, how can you best protect yourself?”

Kyoto’s Chiseikan Dojo (Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Director: Yoshie Sugai) will hold a special “Grand Opening Seminar” on Saturday, April 3, 2021, to help teach children & adults the art of self-defense.

Event Details
On April 3, 2021 as part of the grand opening of Nenshinryu Budo’s Chiseikan Dojo in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, the CEO of one of Japan’s top security firms (specializing in security and the protection or important individuals) will hold one special seminar for elementary school students and one more for junior high, high school students and adults entitled “The art of self-defense techniques that anyone can use.” The maximum number of attendees for these two classes is limited to 12 participants each.

Almost every day there are news reports of sex-related crimes, random murders, street crime, and incidents targeting children and the elderly. Because of this, there is no telling when danger will strike. In this seminar, participants will be able to learn from one of Japan’s top security professionals what they need to do to escape when they are suddenly grabbed or attacked, the best way to escape from an attacker if they are targeted, and how to use a bag or backpack and its contents to defend themselves.

Seminar Information
This event will be held on April 3, 2021 and includes two separate classes. The first class will be held for students enrolled in elementary schools in Kyoto from 13:30-14:30. The second class will be held for students enrolled in junior high & high schools in Kyoto as well as adults living in Kyoto from 15:30-16:30. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed as soon as the number of participants reaches the maximum. The participation fee is 2,500 yen for 1 person. Reservations are accepted only through the Chiseikan website. In order to strictly protect the privacy of the lecturer, assistants and related parties, all photographs and recordings without permission or approval of the Director of Chiseikan Dojo are prohibited.

April 3rd Program Details
13:00: Doors Open
13:30-14:30: Self Defense for Elementary School Children Seminar
Capacity: 12 people (students enrolled in a Kyoto City elementary school)*
15:30-16:30: Self Defense for older children and adults
General (Kyoto City residents of Junior high school age and older) capacity: 12 people*
*Applications will be closed as soon as the quota is reached.

This event will be taught by the CEO of a Kanto-based company involved in overall crisis management and security (Specializing in the protection of important individuals).

Outline of the Event
Event Name: Chiseikan Dojo Grand Opening Seminar
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Venue: Chiseikan Dojo
Access: JUSTIN Ohnmae Building 3F, Mibu Higashi Takada-cho 43-6, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minute walk from the JR Sagano Line “Tambaguchi Station” on the east side of Kyoto City Hospital.
How to apply: From HP (https://en.aikidoinkyoto.com)
Fee: 2,500 yen

About Chiseikan
Chiseikan Dojo was founded with the spirit to help all students to “Learn together. Help each other. Grow together.” Using Aikido as its foundation, the classes at Chiseikan integrate a variety of martial arts techniques including karate, judo, jujutsu, and iaido and also offer insights how to apply the lessons from the Japanese martial arts to living life more comfortably and smoothly. Additionally, Chiseikan Dojo holds Japanese business etiquette courses for international residents.

Corporate Profile
Company Name: Chiseikan
Location: JUSTIN Ohmae Building 3F, Mibu Higashi Takada-cho 43-6, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
President & CEO: Yoshie Sugai
FOUNDED: January 11, 2021
URL: https://en.aikidoinkyoto.com

Customer Contact Information
From HP: https://en.aikidoinkyoto.com
TEL: 075-286-7036 (9:00-18:00)

For press information about this release, please contact:
Chiseikan, Director: Yoshie Sugai
Tel: 075-286-7036
E-mail: [email protected]

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BYD to Help Kyoto Reach Japan’s 2050 Carbon Neutral Goal

On February 24, BYD Japan Co., Ltd. (BYD), Keihan Bus Co., Ltd. (Keihan Bus) and also The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric Power) introduced a tripartite handle Kyoto, Japan, which will certainly see the 3 celebrations interact to assist the city attain Japan’s 2050 carbon nonpartisanship target as well as construct a carbon-free culture.

Beginning in 2021, Keihan Bus as well as Kansai Electric Power will certainly release the initial set of 4 BYD J6 buses on Kyoto’s renowned taking in the sights bus line (Kyoto Station – Shichijo Keihan-mae – Umekoji – Hotel Emion Kyoto), as component of a five-year demo procedure to additional advertise pure electrical public transport in Japan. In the very same spirit, this most current offer is not just an energetic action to the Japanese federal government’s objective of attaining Japan’s 2050 carbon nonpartisanship target for a carbon-free culture, yet additionally an initiative to attain the Ministry of Economy, Trade and also Industry’s strategy to outlaw the sale of brand-new gasoline-powered automobiles in the mid-2030 s.

Operating buses in this world-renowned visitor location, Keihan Bus has actually constantly supplied crucial traveling assistance for the tourist sector in Kyoto.

Since BYD’s K9 buses very first started running Kyoto in 2015 as well as effectively opened up the Japanese market, the brand name’s buses have actually gone on to get in Okinawa, Fukushima, Iwate, Yamanashi, Tokyo, as well as Nagasaki, as well as numerous various other locations in Japan over the previous 6 years.