Japan – TANAKA to Provide Pure Gold, Pure Silver, and Pure Bronze Medals for the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023

TANAKA Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku Tokyo; Group CEO: Koichiro Tanaka) will provide and donate pure gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three finishers in the half marathon (elite athletes) and elite para athletes (wheelchair, visual impairment, and upper limb impairment) categories at the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023. The Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023 is organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, and will be held on October 15, 2023.

*If the top three finishers above have a guide runner, a medal will also be provided to the guide runner.

Medals Using Concentric Circles to Represent a Half Marathon with a Diverse Range of Participants

The Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon medals provided by TANAKA Holdings are made from pure gold, pure silver, and pure bronze—this makes them special and unique among sports medals and rarities of considerable value. The medals presented to the top three finishers are approximately 55 mm in diameter and approximately 2.3 mm thick; the weights of pure gold, pure silver, and pure bronze are approximately 100 grams, 55 grams, and 45 grams, respectively.

The design of the medals and ribbons was inspired by the concept of the event, “to give the extraordinary experience of running to everyone, even those who have never run before.” The medals are decorated with gently curving concentric circles, representing the participation of a diverse range of people and the gentle spread of a ripple-like impact. On the back of the medals, the number 21.0975 km, which is the full distance of the half marathon, and the date of the event are engraved, along with the word “FINISHER.”

About the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023

The Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023 is a public participation half marathon (21.0975 km) that is half the distance of the Tokyo Marathon (42.195 km). It was born from the desire to create a half marathon that would give the extraordinary experience of running to everyone. It was named “Legacy” to carry on the momentum of sports and wellness that grew during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a legacy and preserve it for many years to come. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marathon course will be utilized, with the Japan National Stadium at the center of the event. The Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023 aims to be an event that anyone can participate in, including top runners, general public runners, and para runners, by meeting the diverse needs of runners due to new lifestyles.

(Reference official website: https://legacyhalf.tokyo/)

TANAKA Precious Metals produces winner medals for the Tokyo Marathon, sponsors various public marathons, supports the promotion of sports for para athletes as an official partner of the Japanese Para Sports Association (JPSA), and also produced and sold official commemorative medals for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics among other activities. The TANAKA Precious Metals will actively continue to produce medals made of precious metals and support the promotion of sports with the aim of contributing to the realization of a prosperous society.

Overview of the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023 Medals

Weight and size
– Pure Gold Medal: approx. 100g; approx. 55 mm in diameter and 2.3 mm thick
– Pure Silver Medal: approx. 55g; approx. 55 mm in diameter and 2.3 mm thick
– Pure Bronze Medal: approx. 45g; approx. 55 mm in diameter and 2.3 mm thick

Race Information of the Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon 2023


Tokyo Marathon Foundation


Tokyo Metropolitan Government; JAAF (Japan Association of Athletics Federations); Tokyo Sports Association for the Disabled

Managing Organization

Tokyo Athletics Association

Operation Support

Japan Para Athletics

Supporting Organizations

Japan Industrial Track & Field Association

Official Partners

Sky Co., Ltd.; Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; ASICS Japan Corp;

KINTETSU INTERNATIONAL; Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co.Inc.;

TOPPAN Inc.; Tokyo Kiraboshi Financial Group, Inc.; TANAKA Holdings Co., Ltd;



Sunday, October 15, 2023 (rain or shine)

Start/Finish Area

Japan National Stadium (Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku, Tokyo)

About the Tanaka Precious Metals

Since its foundation in 1885, Tanaka Precious Metals has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. Tanaka is a leader in Japan in terms of the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, Tanaka Precious Metals has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and resources. As precious metals specialists, all Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. In addition, in order to make further progress in globalization, TANAKA Precious Metals welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016. As precious metal professionals, Tanaka Precious Metals will continue to contribute to the development of an enriching and prosperous society.

Press Inquiries
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Person in Charge: Fukuzono, Suda
22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
MAIL: media-info@ml.tanaka.co.jp

Press Release: http://www.acnnewswire.com/docs/files/20231011.pdf 

Hong Kong – LCSD to provide over 50 more Inclusive Parks for Pets

LCSD to provide over 50 more Inclusive Parks for Pets


     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (June 8) that more than 50 Inclusive Parks for Pets will be opened in various districts from June 13 (Tuesday), bringing the total number of Inclusive Parks for Pets to over 170. Park users with or without pets could enjoy park facilities together in an inclusive environment.

     To meet the public’s demands to open more parks for them to visit with pets, six parks under the purview of the LCSD were opened for members of the public to enter and use with their pets under the trial scheme of Inclusive Park for Pets launched in January 2019. Following the successful implementation of the trial scheme, the LCSD regularised the six Inclusive Parks for Pets under the trial scheme and provided more Inclusive Parks for Pets in various districts starting from February 2021.

     After consulting with the local community, more than 50 additional leisure venues across the territory will be designated for use as Inclusive Parks for Pets starting from June 13 to meet public aspirations for opening more parks for them to visit with pets. Please refer to the attachment for the list of additional venues. 

     “The aim of Inclusive Parks for Pets is to enable members of the public who bring their pets into existing parks to use park facilities together in an inclusive environment, thereby promoting exchanges and integration in the community. When identifying suitable locations as Inclusive Parks for Pets, the department has considered different criteria, including the demand of the public for these facilities, size and location of the venues, ancillary facilities and their usage. Additional supporting facilities such as dog excreta collection bins and hand-washing facilities will be provided for the convenience of pet owners and their pets in light of the actual circumstances and needs. Cleaning work will also be stepped up,” an LCSD spokesman said.

     “The LCSD will consider the views of the public on the new arrangements and open up more venues for pets in the future if a positive response is received,” the spokesman added.

     Park users should observe and follow the users’ code for Inclusive Parks for Pets. Dog owners should keep their dogs on a leash. They should make sure pets are kept under proper control and are effectively restrained from causing a nuisance or danger to others, and should clean up any mess caused by their pets and keep the environment clean and hygienic.

     Please browse www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/facilities/otherinfo/petpark.html for details.

Hong Kong – EDB to provide financial support for frontline cleansing and security workers of post-secondary education institutions, non-government schools and kindergartens

EDB to provide financial support for frontline cleansing and security workers of post-secondary education institutions, non-government schools and kindergartens


     The Education Bureau (EDB) issued letters/circular memorandum today (May 27) to inform schools and related organisations of the details about the provision of an allowance for cleansing and security workers engaged by post-secondary education institutions (PSEIs), non-government schools and kindergartens (and their service contractors) under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (AEF 6.0). It is estimated that the above measure will benefit around 33 000 frontline cleansing and security workers. The total expenditure is about $334 million.


     A spokesman for the EDB said that the AEF 6.0, with further extension of the coverage of the subsidy, will provide a monthly allowance of $2,000 for five months (the eligible months for the allowance are the months of February to June 2022) to frontline cleansing and security workers of PSEIs, non-government schools and kindergartens, with a view to giving financial support for their anti-epidemic efforts and recognition of their committed services provided at this critical juncture.


     Under the AEF 6.0, the Cleansing and Security Service Provider Subsidy Scheme for Non-Government Schools and Kindergartens will cover aided schools (including special schools), schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme, caput schools, schools under the English Schools Foundation, international schools, Private Independent Schools, kindergartens and private day schools offering full and formal curriculum. Cleansing and security workers directly employed by non-government schools and kindergartens as well as those deployed to perform duties at schools by the cleansing/security service contractors commissioned by schools are also eligible to apply for the allowance. The Cleansing and Security Service Provider Subsidy Scheme for Post-secondary Education Institutions will provide a special allowance to frontline cleansing and security workers engaged by 36 PSEIs (including the University Grants Committee-funded universities, the Vocational Training Council, and self-financing institutions offering locally accredited sub-degree and/or degree programmes) and their service contractors.


     In order to expedite the vetting process and provision of allowances, the applications should be submitted through PSEIs, schools or their service contractors. Frontline cleansing or security workers are not required to submit applications on their own. Upon receipt of disbursement of the allowances, PSEIs, schools and service contractors should disburse the allowances to eligible workers as soon as possible.


     The EDB has uploaded the letters/circular memorandum to the EDB website (www.edb.gov.hk/en/sch-admin/admin/about-sch/diseases-prevention/special_anti-epidemic_subsidy.html) or issued them to the relevant PSEIs, detailing the application and disbursement arrangements for the relevant allowances.

Pine Raises $1.5M to Provide Instant Liquidity to NFT Owners

 The round is led by Sino Global Capital, Amber Group and Spartan Group, with participation from Alameda Research, Gate Ventures, Impossible Finance and Shima Capital.

The Pine Platform, which is built on top of the Pine Protocol, enables permissionless instant lending and borrowing of cryptocurrencies using NFTs as collateral. The Pine Platform offers distinctive features to provide a better user experience: The “Pine Now, Pay Later” feature allows anyone to purchase NFTs on open NFT marketplaces with a mortgage, providing flexible financing terms. Currently, OpenSea and LooksRare are supported with more marketplaces to be added. Additionally, NFT owners will be able to keep the utilities of their NFTs, such as receiving airdrops and accessing gated channels, even when they are pledged as collateral.

Since its alpha launch in February and official product launch at the end of April 2022, the Pine Platform has facilitated over $2M in lending. NFT owners can currently get a crypto loan on 30 popular NFT collections including Bored Ape Yacht Club, Azuki, CloneX, Moonbird, Doodle and many more.

“A year ago, I wanted to buy a Meebit but did not have spare ETH in my wallet. I sold my Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) at 7 ETH to execute the trade. I wanted to buy back another BAYC but I never did and I still have my Meebit right now. In hindsight I wish I had access to a platform like Pine. I decided to build out Pine so that NFT owners like myself are able to unlock liquidity without having to sell their NFTs. They can also obtain financing for their dream NFT purchases,” says Alex “Azure” Ho, co-founder of Pine. “We are building Pine with a diverse team that comes from different professional backgrounds but most importantly, we are all NFT lovers, collectors, and believers,” adds Alex.

“We believe NFTs have a multi-decade growth runway and will unlock tremendous value for artists, builders, creators, curators and owners. But we are still early, and infrastructure needs to be built out. Pine’s mission to provide DeFi primitives for NFTs will be a critical piece of the puzzle. We are extremely excited to partner with the Pine team and look forward to working with them to accelerate the emergence of an open, inclusive, and flourishing creator economy,” says Wang Jian, Head of Principal Investment of Amber Group.

“Pine is a perfect example of how breakthrough innovation occurs at the intersection of different ideas. By building the infrastructure to facilitate the use of NFTs as collateral, Pine protocol brings needed capital efficiency to the NFT market and is a key step in the continued integration of the NFT and DeFi ecosystems. Sino Global Capital could not be more thrilled to support this amazing team of builders as they push our entire industry forward,” concludes Matthew Graham, CEO of Sino Global Capital.

The funds will be used to further develop the Pine Platform and the Pine Protocol and add multi-chain support for Solana, Binance Smart Chain, Avalanche and Fantom, among others.

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Sky selects UEI to provide remote control for new Sky Box

Our knowledge in Android TV and voice control integration, combined with our outstanding industrial design skills and unique QuickSet technology, made this a perfect fit.”

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices, has been selected by Sky New Zealand to provide an easy-to-use voice remote control.

Development of Sky’s new hybrid set top box is progressing at pace, with the selection of international partners to advance various components of the new Sky Box. The new Sky Box is expected to be in customers’ homes by the middle of 2022 and is part of Sky’s strategy to be the primary entertainment provider in New Zealand homes.

The hybrid box will combine both satellite and internet technology to bring the best in high quality video and audio to every connected home in New Zealand. It will combine the reliability of satellite TV with the flexibility of internet-delivered on-demand content and streaming apps and create a customized experience to suit customers’ future viewing needs. Having selected Google’s Android TV Operator Tier as the operating system for the new box, Sky has now selected Universal Electronics (UEI) to provide the remote control for the new Sky Box.

UEI is the world’s leading supplier of remote-control units and control technology for entertainment and smart home devices and has supplied more than 140 million voice remotes to pay-TV operators globally.

Sky worked with customers and UEI to design an evolved remote control that maintained key layout and navigation characteristics to make the change as seamless as possible for Sky customers. The remote will be Sky’s first that is voice capable, simplifying customers’ viewing experience through voice commands and increasing accessibility for users who are blind or low vision.

The new remote control is also both Infrared and Bluetooth Low Energy capable – no line of sight is required via Bluetooth, providing an improved customer experience.

Sky Chief Executive Sophie Moloney says: “We are excited to be evolving our Sky Box to give customers an even better viewing experience and using innovative technology to meet their future needs as well as attracting new customers.

“Feedback from our customers has been at the heart of the Sky Box development programme from day one, and this new partnership with UEI will allow us to deliver on what matters most to customers for the new box.”

Kuldip Johal, UEI VP Video Service Providers said: “UEI is excited to be selected by Sky as a trusted partner to provide a great user experience for control of their new Sky Box.

“Sky New Zealand understands an easy-to-use remote control is an integral part of an intuitive user experience. UEI is very glad to be partnering with Sky New Zealand on a voice remote that strikes the right balance between simplicity and sophistication, unlocks all functionality of Sky’s service, and complements the set-top box’s minimalist aesthetic.

About UEI

UEI has been at the forefront of developing entertainment and smart home control technologies for more than three decades. UEI was the first to introduce voice control and advanced features such as automated setup and universal control of connected devices through its QuickSet platform. Since 2015, UEI has shipped more than 100 million of its voice-enabled remote controls to customers around the world.

QuickSet® is a registered trademark of Universal Electronics Inc.

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