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Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. , or FHI, is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate primarily involved in aerospace and ground transportation manufacturing, known for its line of Subaru automobiles. FHI's aerospace division serves as a defense contractor to the Japanese government, manufacturing Boeing and Lockheed Martin helicopters and airplanes under license along with being a global development and manufacturing partner to both companies.It traces its roots to the Nakajima Aircraft Company, a leading supplier of airplanes to the Japanese government during World War II. At the end of World War II, Nakajima was broken up by the Allied Occupation government, and by 1950 part of the separated operation was already known as Fuji Heavy Industries. FHI was incorporated on July 15, 1953 when five Japanese companies, known as Fuji Kogyo, Fuji Jidosha Kogyo, Omiya Fuji Kogyo, Utsunomiya Sharyo and Tokyo Fuji Sangyo, joined to form one of Japan's largest manufacturers of transportation equipment. Currently, FHI employs more than 15,000 people worldwide, operates nine manufacturing plants and sells products in 100 countries. It currently makes Subaru brand cars, and its aerospace division makes parts for Boeing, helicopters for the Japanese Self Defense Force, Raytheon Hawker, and Eclipse Aviation business jets. FHI is 16.16% owned by Toyota.In 2003, the company adopted the logo of its Subaru division as its worldwide corporate symbol.In June 2014, the company entered into a contract with Boeing, as one of five major Japanese companies contracted, to build parts for Boeing's 777X aircraft. Wikipedia.

Imai Y.,Fuji Heavy Industries
International Journal of Colorectal Disease

Purpose: Colorectal cancers of the proximal colon are characterized by good prognosis, microsatellite instability (MSI), and poor differentiation. MSI is associated with a favorable prognosis, but poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas (PDAs) have a poor prognosis. In this study, we aimed to investigate this inconsistency by analyzing the heterogeneity of PDAs.Methods: A total of 156 surgically resected PDAs were analyzed according to tumor subsite by morphological and immunohistochemical analyses.Results: Proximal PDAs (n = 86) were significantly associated with females, older age, cytokeratin (CK) 20 downregulation, aberrant MUC5AC expression, and MSI compared with distal PDAs (n = 70). Proximal PDAs tended to show a better overall survival rate than distal PDAs. PDAs with microsatellite stability (MSS) were suggested to progress from well- and moderately differentiated adenocarcinomas (WMDAs), but MSI PDAs typically not. MSI PDAs demonstrated a prognosis marginally better than MSS PDAs, but significantly worse than WMDAs (n = 170). Proximal MSS PDAs had a similar unfavorable prognosis but were significantly associated with females and aberrant MUC5AC expression compared with distal MSS PDAs. MSI may be predictive of prognosis only in proximal PDAs, because nearly all distal PDAs were MSS. In contrast, CK20 downregulation was significantly associated with better prognosis in both subsites.Conclusions: Proximal PDAs had a better prognosis than distal PDAs due to a higher incidence of MSI PDAs, whose prognosis was significantly worse than WMDAs. Female and MUC5AC expression were characteristic of proximal PDAs independent of MSI. Subsite-specific features of PDAs may serve for subclassification and predicting prognosis. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

Fuji Heavy Industries and Hitachi Ltd. | Date: 2011-08-16

A downwind type wind turbine having a transformer stored in a support post or in a nacelle includes the nacelle which supports a rotor and stores therein a generator, a support post which supports the nacelle and a main transformer disposed between the generator and an electric power system and the main transformer is stored in the nacelle or in the support post.

Keihin Corporation and Fuji Heavy Industries | Date: 2014-05-29

A hydraulic pressure control apparatus includes a first pressure regulating valve for reducing an initial oil pressure (line pressure) of a working oil, a solenoid-operated valve for converting the oil pressure, which has been reduced in pressure, into a solenoid pressure, and a second pressure regulating valve for converting the line pressure of the working oil into an actuating pressure responsive to the solenoid pressure. The three valves share a single body. Further, an outlet passageway is formed along a thicknesswise direction of the body, with a relief valve being formed upwardly of the outlet passageway.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: AAT.2012.3.3-6. | Award Amount: 1.81M | Year: 2012

JEDI ACE aims to provide an innovative concept of an integrated ice protection system: an inte-grated approach, consisting of combined passive anti-icing coating, active de-icing devices and ice sensors. The system will be applicable to aircraft wings and will support an important technological milestone: the composite wing concept, which today includes also morphing properties. The JEDI ACE consortium, consisting of European and Japanese partners, determined three technical objectives for the integrated ice protection system: 1. An active de-icing device based on electro-thermal and/or mechanical actuation, combined with supporting passive anti-icing coatings 2. An ice sensor system for real-time measurements of ice accretion on aircraft structures, 3. An integrated ice protection system with complementary components for excellent operation properties. The work in JEDI ACE will result in validated design concepts and lab-scale prototypes for the future generation of integrated ice protection systems. The design will contribute to: prevention of ice buildup on leading edges, improved in-flight ice assessment, improved aircraft safety reduced energy consumption during de-icing procedures, reduced de-icing procedures on ground, compliance with design constraints of composite wings including morphing properties, compliance with bleed-air free engines and all-electric aircrafts, compliance with other surface and coating requirements like resistance against erosion The JEDI ACE consortium will develop evaluation devices for all determined objectives on the basis of newest scientific knowledge, combined with appropriate test sessions to validate the performance of the components and deliver the design concept of an integrated ice protection system. This ambitious goal will be achieved by combining the specific SoA competencies through close multinational collaboration.

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Japan has robot chops aplenty. Honda has the world's most sophisticated humanoid robot, Japanese industrial robot makers are among the best, and the country's space agency landed a robot probe on a speeding asteroid and returned samples to Earth. But when it comes to drones, Japan is almost a nonentity in a rapidly growing market. The odd made-in-Japan drones show up at tech trade shows in Tokyo, but these are usually for research purposes and are exhibited by small startups or university groups. The absence of drones is puzzling, given that Japan has the electronics know-how and vast camera and video markets, which drones have entered overseas. The earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant four years ago, however, are helping open a path for Japan to bring its technological expertise to drone innovation. Deployed by Japan's atomic and space agencies, drones have been used as experimental sensors to measure radiation levels at the contaminated site. Drone enthusiasts have also captured stunning aerial views of the region. And Fukushima Prefecture is now slated to host the country's first mass production of hexacopter, or six-rotor, drones. A spin-off of Chiba University, Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory, plans to mass produce the high-end hexacopter that will initially help cleanup crews by performing radiation surveys of the crippled complex. Armed with a laser scanner to help navigate, the 90 centimeter-diameter drone has a top speed of 10 meters per second and can carry a payload of 6 kilograms including radiation detectors and a battery. The startup recently celebrated the machine's maiden flight in Fukushima, and plans to turn out 400 units in its first production run. "These drones will be able to perform free autonomous flight in a non-GPS environment," said Kenzo Nonami, a Chiba University robotics professor heading the startup. With a price between ¥2 million (US$16,500) and ¥3 million, the machines are far from being affordable consumer drones. But they will be targeted at companies doing aerial video and photography, one of the most popular consumer apps for drones, and could be a step toward a domestic consumer drone industry. Large Japanese manufacturers such as Yamaha Motor, NEC and Fuji Heavy Industries, on the other hand, are developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for industry, surveillance and research, but they've shown little interest in consumer drones. For decades, Yamaha has produced powerful gasoline-engine unmanned helicopters with 30kg payloads for agricultural use, but it has no plans for consumer applications, a company spokesman said. One problem holding back drones is that Japan lacks laws that can apply to the recent drone boom. The only applicable regulations state that vehicles must fly under 150m and remain at least 9km from airports. "The government is considering new regulations but it takes a long time," said Shinji Suzuki, director of the Center of Aviation Innovation Research at the University of Tokyo, which uses Yamaha's helicopters to survey the magnetic fields of volcanoes. Suzuki's lab has been researching autonomous navigation abilities for drones, and the Fukushima disaster influenced how lab member Chris Raabe formulated his research. "I was very much motivated to develop a sensor that would enable a drone to enter and explore a damaged facility," Raabe said via email. "However, I later found that typical digital cameras are easily affected by radiation." Raabe has worked with colleagues at Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology and Boeing in the U.S. to develop a hexacopter system that navigates by computer vision instead of the common method of GPS and digital compass. The system orients by tracking landmarks in the environment, and while it has problems with moving objects and shadows, it could be configured to be 10 to 100 times more precise than systems using GPS, Raabe said. To help drive new drone technology, Suzuki is serving as head of the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA), a group of about 100 companies and people focused on proposing regulations for the nonprofit use of drones in Japan. With plans to publish draft rules this summer, it's coordinating with government ministries on issues such as pilot licensing and drone safety, manufacturing and radio transmissions. Regulations for commercial drones, such as those recently put forth by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation, are farther off. Another reason that Japan is playing catch-up in drones is the state of its commercial aviation industry. In World War II, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Zero fighter was renowned for maneuverability in dogfighting. But aircraft production and training went into rapid decline under the postwar Allied Occupation, Suzuki noted. This year, Mitsubishi, which has long made parts for Boeing jetliners, is slated to begin trial flights of a regional jet that will become the first full-scale Japanese commercial aircraft in about 40 years. Meanwhile, Honda Motor's HondaJet, a small business jet, is entering service in 2015. This renaissance in Japanese aviation is giving domestic drones a shot in the arm. The government's Robot Revolution Realization Committee wants to overhaul laws that may hinder drone development. The state also wants to designate testing areas with little regulation to spur drone development. An international drone expo is also planned for May outside Tokyo. "In Japan, it may be too late to enter the drone manufacturing industry as there are large manufacturers in the United States and China, but we are developing sensors and application software, so that's one possible way to find a market," Suzuki said. Tim Hornyak covers Japan and emerging technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Tim on Twitter at @robotopia.

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