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Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. was established in 1965, now employs about 4700 people, and is Japan's largest consulting and IT consulting firm.It owns ten subsidiaries in Japan and multiple subsidiaries overseas, in India, New York City, Dallas, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow, Taipei, the Philippines, and Singapore. Wikipedia.


Patent
Nomura Research Institute | Date: 2015-12-04

There is provided a product search system including a user interface through which a target product can be efficiently searched and specified from a number of products registered in a product master with high speed while reducing work load. In a representative embodiment of the present invention, there are provided a phrase analysis unit which acquires a character string of a product name of each of the products contained in a list of the products, divides the character string into phrases by a predetermined division character or a symbol to acquire words, and sets a word satisfying a predetermined condition in each of the words to a search word, and a search word processing unit that shows the search word to the user, narrows the products contained in the list down to products of which the product names contain a search word designated by the user, and outputs the narrowed products.


Patent
Nomura Research Institute | Date: 2011-09-27

A group definition management system can easily acquire correspondence between an internal ID and an external ID and easily reflect information of a group definition for the internal ID to an external site. In a typical embodiment of the present invention, this is configured of an internal server


Patent
Nomura Research Institute | Date: 2011-11-01

A timestamping system including a plurality of time servers and a timestamping device, the timestamping device including a dividing processing unit dividing an electronic document into a plurality of divided data items by a secret sharing scheme, a distributing processing unit transmitting the divided data items to different servers, respectively, and collecting, from each of the servers, each of the divided data items corresponding to the electronic document being requested for timestamping by a user, a restoring processing unit restoring the electronic document by a secret sharing scheme based on each of the collected divided data items, and an existed time calculating unit calculating and outputting an existed time regarding the electronic document based on timestamps applied to the data items when the electronic document can be normally restored.


Patent
Nomura Research Institute | Date: 2016-01-12

A search system with which a user can carry out an easy and quick operation by specifying a plurality of keywords by touch operations. The search system includes a keyword extracting unit that extracts an option of a keyword and displays the option in a list on the touch panel, and a search-condition setting unit that sets a search condition based on an operation of the user with respect to the option of the keyword. When a first keyword is selected by a touch operation from the option of the keyword, if the user slides a touch position on the touch panel, the search-condition setting unit sets the search condition depending on a direction of the slide on an assumption that a search operator of AND or OR is specified between the first keyword and a second keyword further selected by the user thereafter.


News Article | October 26, 2015
Site: www.bloomberg.com

Spend a few minutes to fill in a single-page form from a government website. Mail it in. That’s all you need to register as a power producer in Japan as the country opens its $67 billion retail electricity market. More than 750 applicants, from rice farmers to billionaire Masayoshi Son’s mobile carrier SoftBank Group Corp., have signed up to provide electricity and compete with the existing 10 regional monopolies. Fewer than 100 of them are already supplying power to the industrial market that’s already been deregulated. They have almost doubled their share over the last three years and now account for about 5 percent of Japan’s supply. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes for the return of nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster led to the shutdown of the country’s reactors, he’s also promoting liberalization as a way to reduce costs and increase grid reliability for residential consumers. Canadian Solar Inc. and South Korea’s Hanwha Q Cells Co. have been lured by the possibility of getting a piece of Asia’s third-largest energy market. Increased competition may help drive retail electricity costs down by 15 percent, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “New participants are entering the market at a time when the utilities’ competitive power remains weak because there are almost no operating reactors,” said Moody’s Corp. analyst Mariko Semetko. “Competition in areas that include Tokyo and Osaka will intensify as new entrants emerge to meet demand.” Japanese rice and grain grower Arima Co., a 10-person operation on the island of Shikoku about 600 kilometers (373 miles) west of Tokyo, registered as a power supplier because it’s considering installing solar panels in unused fields, said Yoji Arima, the sales manager. The business is optimistic revenue from power production could help stabilize volatile agricultural profits that are affected by weather and commodity price swings. Yet entering the market isn’t as easy as buying solar panels and plugging into the grid. Participants must pay a consignment charge to supply customers through transmission lines owned by regional utilities. And, unlike a clean energy incentive program started in 2012 that guarantees payment for producers, participants must find their own customers. Japan electricity demand may rise by about 22 percent to 1,177 billion kilowatt hours by the year starting April 2030 from fiscal 2013 under one scenario, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a report. Sixteen percent of households plan to change their electricity supplier if rates are 10 percent cheaper, according to a survey from Nomura Research Institute Ltd. In August, Japan rejoined the group of nations using atomic power as it swept aside public opposition and fired up one of the reactors shuttered for safety upgrades after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi station. The disaster led to rolling blackouts in Tokyo and helped sway public support for the liberalization. Competition between new and existing suppliers may combine with lower commodity prices and the restart of nuclear reactors to drive down retail electricity rates when the power market for households and small businesses opens in April, according to Ali Izadi-Najafabadi, a Tokyo-based analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Analysts and academics are divided over whether liberalizing power markets always benefits consumers. In the 11 states and Washington D.C. that have restructured electricity markets in the U.S., prices have risen more than four times faster after deregulation than before, relative to national prices, according to a study published in the International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy. Japan has already deregulated power markets for factories and large buildings and the country’s total electricity market is worth about 18.2 trillion yen ($150 billion). Existing companies with customers may fare best under new rules. Tokyo Gas Co., the nation’s largest city-gas distributor, plans to enter the power business in April and target sales in the Kanto region of Japan, which includes Tokyo, and which has been dominated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. for decades. “If you’re Tokyo Gas you already have a residential customer base in Tokyo, so all you’re doing is going back to those customers and saying, ‘You are buying gas from me now, how about you buy electricity from me?’” said Izadi-Najafabadi of BNEF. Tokyo Electric Power, Japan’s largest utility, announced a partnership with SoftBank Group this month to package power, telephone and Internet service. More partnerships may be on the horizon as companies bundle offerings to scoop up more customers. “If someone can give you a package at a lower price with a whole bunch of goods, then that is what you are going to take,” said Joseph Jacobelli, a utilities and infrastructure analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “They want to sell packages, which will basically own the customer, then they leverage that up.”

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