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Avis Rolls Out Multi-Passenger Vehicle Leasing to Delight Singapore Customers and Long-Term Travelers Who Need More Space

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avis Car Rental now offers Multi-Passenger Vehicle Leasing which features a variety of larger vehicles designed to fit five or more passengers such as the Chevrolet Orlando, a five-door, seven-seat compact minivan; Toyota Alphard, a luxury minivan available with up to eight-seats; the Mazda 5 six-passenger minivan; and Mazda 8, a sporty minivan with outstanding environmental credentials.

Whether rolling to a big business meeting or getting away with family or friends, Avis provides customers with minivans that offer flexible interiors, extra seats that can be arranged in a variety of different ways, with plenty of storage space throughout the cabin, sliding doors and interiors devoid of C-pillars (in-between the front and rear doors) for convenient access.

With better space, comfort, fuel efficiency, versatile, relaxing cabins and lots of safety features, Avis responds to the customer’s need for a practical car that can carry large loads, at reasonable rates and terms that fit any customer’s need.

For More Information: Call the Avis Reservations Hotline 1800 737 1668, or email sales@avis.com.sg or visitwww.avis.com.sg.

About Avis Car Rental in Asia

In Asia, Avis Car Rental is a leading provider of vehicle rental, vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 20 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 1970’s Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysiaand Indonesia. More recently, Avis has launched operations in India, Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan and most recently, Laos and Cambodia.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

For further information please contact:
Grace Banto
Avis Asia
+65-6737-1668

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Source: Avis

Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:CAR

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August 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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Procera Networks Launches Groundbreaking RAN Perspectives Solution for Mobile Network Operators

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— Real-time mobile location and RAN QoE awareness deliver enhanced subscriber experience

FREMONT, Calif.  /PRNewswire/ — Procera Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PKT), the global Subscriber Experience company, today announced the launch of RAN Perspectives, a ground-breaking new Subscriber Experience solution for mobile broadband operators that delivers real-time location and RAN QoE awareness. RAN Perspectives is a software solution that provides real-time location and radio access network (RAN) quality of experience (QoE) data that can be leveraged to enhance the mobile broadband experience for consumers.

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RAN Perspectives adds valuable RAN awareness to a mobile operators’ network intelligence, dramatically reducing their deployment of probes and the costs associated with drive testing while expanding their visibility into the RAN in real-time to gain insight and take action.

“Mobile operators exist in an extremely competitive environment that makes customer experience very important, both to reduce churn and also to rollout and assure the quality of high-value services that consumers will pay extra for,” said Anil Rao, senior analyst, service assurance at Analysys Mason. “RAN data and intelligence on roaming customers’ service quality is of critical importance for operators looking to improve the subscriber experience and further monetize their infrastructure investments.”

“RAN Perspectives was developed to solve one of the biggest challenges for mobile operators, providing real-time location and quality information in a cost-effective manner that they can use to deliver higher quality mobile broadband services,” said Alexander Haväng, CTO of Procera Networks. “RAN Perspectives is the first Procera product designed specifically for mobile Subscriber quality of experience, and integrates tightly into our existing PacketLogic solutions, including our Customer Care Insights offering that can now deliver real-time forensics on the RAN connection as well as on the data connection for mobile devices.”

“The proliferation of mobile devices coupled with the expanding use of data-intensive applications such as mobile video has led to increasing congestion in the RAN that can dramatically reduce subscriber QoE,” saidShira Levine, directing analyst, Service Enablement and Subscriber Intelligence at Infonetics Research. “A device-based solution such as RAN Perspectives has the potential to more effectively manage congestion while enabling a broad array of additional services, solutions and applications, which could have dramatic implications for mobile networks.”

RAN Perspectives is a Subscriber Experience solution that integrates into a PacketLogicTM deployment providing real-time location and RAN quality information that can be leveraged to enhance the mobile experience. Unlocking real-time location awareness and RAN signal quality measurements opens up a number of operational and service opportunities that Procera will roll out over the next 12 months, with the initial offerings including:

  • Customer Care Insights solution with integrated RAN and IP mobile broadband-centric subscriber diagnostics for customer care teams.
  • RAN Perspectives-based view for Insights that delivers analytics for quality, congestion, applications, and out-of-coverage hotspots in the mobile network for marketing and engineering teams.
  • RAN congestion management based on real-time location awareness to identify and take action on congested areas, enhancing subscriber QoE.
  • Location-based service plan offerings including location-specific policy enforcement and charging for marketing teams.
  • Crowd-sourced minimized drive testing and out of coverage registration for RAN engineering teams.

RAN Perspectives is available for beta testing, and is expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2015.

About Procera Networks, Inc.

Procera Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PKT), the global Subscriber Experience company, is revolutionizing the way operators and vendors monitor, manage and monetize their network traffic. Elevate your business value and improve customer experience with Procera’s sophisticated intelligence solutions. For more information, visithttp://www.proceranetworks.com or follow Procera on Twitter at @ProceraNetworks.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements related to Procera Networks, Inc., including statements relating to the introduction of a new product and solutions, the potential new applications for Procera’s products, the performance of and demand for Procera’s new products and solutions, the timing of general availability and the ability to generate revenue from new products and solutions, and the ability of its products and solutions to interoperate effectively with other technologies and meet the requirements of customers. Statements in this release that are not historical or current facts are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to the acceptance and adoption of Procera’s products and solutions; the Company’s ability to service and upgrade its products; its dependence on a limited product line and key customers; its dependence on key employees; its ability to compete in our industry with companies that are significantly larger and have greater resources; its ability to protect its intellectual property rights in a global market; its ability to manufacture product quickly enough to meet potential demand; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in the Company’s documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Procera Networks’ business are described in the “Risk Factors” sections of its Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its Form 10-Q filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and other reports filed with the SEC, which are available free of charge on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov or on Procera’s website at http://www.proceranetworks.com. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Procera as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement for any reason.

Press Contact

Bob Eastwood, Engage PR for Procera Networks, +1-510-748-8200 x215, beastwood@engagepr.com

Investor Relations Contact

Nicole Noutsios, NMN Advisors, Inc., +1-510-315-1003, ir@nmnadvisors.com

Source: Procera Networks, Inc.

Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:PKT

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August 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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Charles Joly from USA Serves Up a Week of Magnificent Mixes to be Named the World’s Best Bartender

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

CHARLES JOLY BEATS 47 PEERS TO BE CROWNED THE DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014

After a week of fierce competition, incredible craftsmanship, unrivalled creativity and exceptional cocktails,Charles Joly from The Aviary in Chicago, USA, beat 47 of the best mixologists from around the globe to be crowned the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Bartender of the Year 2014.

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Charles mesmerised the judges from the very first cocktail but it was his unique and show-stopping signature serve that will help cement his name in cocktail history. His signature cocktail Above the Clouds, crafted for the final Punch and Glass challenge, blew the judges away. Throughout the week Charles consistently proved his winning credentials to the esteemed panel of judges that included legends and luminaries of the cocktail scene such as Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Julie Reiner, Steve Olsen and Gaz Regan.

“Wow, I just feel totally overawed by this. I know it sounds like a cliche but to be announced as the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014 is like a dream. The other finalists really are the best bartenders in the world today so for the judges to pick me as the winner is incredible” said Charles Joly.

“This journey didn’t start today at the ceremony, it started many years ago when I first started working in a local bar. I make drinks with my heart and it makes me happy to see customers happy. The possibilities open to a bartender are limitless, not just in terms of your career but your creations – the only limit is your imagination.”

Matteo Fantacchiotti, Global Vice President Commercial, DIAGEO RESERVE, said: “Right from the beginningCharles Joly’s passion, creativity and unrivalled mixology skills captivated the judges.  His desire to create unique serves that combined sophisticated tastes with innovative modern twists never faltered at any stage of the competition. It’s a real honor to have Charles as our 2014 Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ ambassador.”

Charles Joly will now become a global ambassador for Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™, a role which will see him travel the world, educating and inspiring new talent whilst developing his own skills and knowledge through the different tastes and techniques they experiences along the way.

The 2014 WORLD CLASS™ Finals consisted of a series of innovative challenges staged around Great Britain, starting in Gleneagles, Scotland, before travelling via the iconic Orient Express to London.  Discovery was at the heart of the competition, a theme brought to life by the series of innovative challenges that immersed the 48 finalists in Great British culture and inspired them to create premium serves, using the world’s finest spirits.

This year, for the first time ever, consumers were also invited to participate in the WORLD CLASS™ Global Final and discover a world of fine drinking culture at the WORLD CLASS™ House where masterclasses run by world-renowned bartenders, unique cocktails and food tasting sessions that made the WORLD CLASS™ House the spiritual home of fine drinking experiences this summer.

You can find out more about WORLD CLASS™ and discover a world of fine drinking by: visiting Definitivedrinkingguide.com on tumblr, liking http://www.facebook.com/worldclass or tweeting @worldclass using #WORLDCLASS14

For images, B-roll footage and information about the WORLD CLASS™, Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit http://www.diageo.com or contact:

Johanna Dalley
World Class Director, Diageo Reserve
Johanna.Dalley@diageo.com
+31(0)6-1020-7234

Source: Diageo WORLD CLASS(TM)

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August 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

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FMC Corporation Announces Agreement to Market and Distribute Actagro(R), LLC Soil and Plant Health Products in Asia-Pacific

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PHILADELPHIA  /PRNewswire/ — FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) and Actagro®, LLC announced today the two companies have entered into a Technical Development and Distribution agreement for FMC to be the exclusive marketer and distributor of Actagro Organic Acid® based soil and plant health nutritional products in the Asia-Pacific region. FMC will add Actagro technology solutions to its already considerable portfolio in the region.

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Actagro will provide its full line of current products technical support to FMC in order to effectively introduce the Actagro Organic Acid technology and its benefits to growers and dealers in the region. In addition, FMC and Actagro will work closely together to develop new products as needed to meet local crop and soil needs.

“The introduction of Actagro products to the Asian market will enhance local growers’ ability to produce higher quality, better yielding crops with proven, unique, and scientifically validated nutritional, soil amendment and plant nutrition product solutions,” said Robert Trogele, president, FMC Asia-Pacific. “The technology and unique product line that Actagro brings is a synergistic addition to the FMC portfolio of products and services. We are excited to start with the current product line and work together to develop additional products.”

“Actagro is very pleased to partner with FMC Asia Pacific to bring the Actagro Organic Acid technology to a new region of the world for us,” said Monty Bayer, president & CEO, Actagro®, LLC. “FMC’s extensive portfolio and distribution networks, as well as their strong customer relationships and well-established and influential marketing efforts in the region, will help this partnership to grow significantly.”

About Actagro, LLC

Actagro® LLC is a premier developer, manufacturer, and marketer of environmentally sustainable soil and plant health technology solutions that enhance value for our customers globally.

About FMC

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2013, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.9 billion. The company employs approximately 5,600 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Minerals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.

Source: FMC Corporation

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August 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

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Leviton Acquires ClickOn Technology

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— Acquisition advances Leviton’s international growth; expands capabilities in the automation technology business

MELVILLE, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — Leviton today announced the acquisition of all shares of ClickOn Technology, a South African manufacturer of automation technology for residential and commercial applications. Leviton has a successful history with ClickOn, using a number of the company’s automation solutions to enhance Leviton’s Security and Automation product offerings.

As part of the acquisition, Leviton will bring ClickOn’s entire product line into the Leviton family of solutions, including ClickOn’s revolutionary remote control system that provides convenient, secure and reliable control of any electrical system and appliance from a single remote control.

“As home automation continues as a growth opportunity for Leviton, we are excited to add ClickOn’s DIN rail lighting control solutions to our extensive product offering,” said Bruno Filio, Vice President of Sales and International Business Development at Leviton. “This acquisition demonstrates Leviton’s commitment and understanding of the latest trends. It also provides our worldwide customers with the best technologies and affordable easy-to-use control solutions to meet their needs.”

The acquisition of ClickOn Technology continues Leviton’s commitment to strategic growth and innovation through acquisitions. Leviton has evolved its business into a global provider of electrical wiring devices, data connectivity solutions and lighting and energy management systems for a variety of end-use markets.

About Leviton
Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visitwww.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton orhttp://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

About ClickOn Technology
ClickOn Technology designs, manufactures and distributes a complete range of SABS approved home and building automation products that caters to any automation needs, from the simplest remote control switching requirement to a fully integrated automation system. In-house development, final assembly and testing facilities ensure that high quality is maintained throughout the production process. All ClickOn products are developed and manufactured in Pretoria, South Africa. For more information, visit: http://www.clickon.co.za.

Source: Leviton

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August 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Scoot selects UTC Aerospace Systems C.A.R.E. program for Boeing 787 maintenance

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  /PRNewswire/ — Scoot Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has selected UTC Aerospace Systems to provide asset management and repair services for components on its Boeing 787 aircraft through a Comprehensive Accessory Repair and Exchange (C.A.R.E.) program agreement. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

As part of the C.A.R.E. program agreement, UTC Aerospace Systems will provide inventory support and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for 10 Boeing 787-9 and 10 787-8 aircraft to be operated by Scoot. Products supported under the agreement include air management systems, electric power generator and start systems, emergency power systems, fire suppression, sensors and lighting systems. The first of the 787-9 aircraft will be delivered to Scoot in November 2014.

“C.A.R.E. is a customized UTC Aerospace Systems service program that provides Scoot with comprehensive and proactive service they can count on,” said Brian Costa, vice president and general manager of Customer Service for UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aircraft Systems segment. “As Scoot transitions its fleet to the 787, we look forward to providing them with entry-into-service and maintenance support to keep their aircraft flying and performing optimally.”

UTC Aerospace Systems has had C.A.R.E. programs in place with Singapore Airlines to support multiple components on the airline’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet since 2008.

Scoot Pte. Ltd., is a Singapore-based long-haul budget airline. It operates medium- and long-haul flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qingdao, Nanjing,Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

www.utcaerospacesystems.com

Source: UTC Aerospace Systems

Related stocks: NYSE:UTX

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August 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

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Omega Laboratories Quadruples Hair Drug Testing Capabilities

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CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Omega Laboratories, Inc. unveiled their newly completed laboratory expansion today, a project undertaken in response to the increasing global demand for testing drugs of abuse in hair. With an investment of 5 million USD, Omega’s US-based headquarters now consists of over 44,000 square feet which quadruples Omega’s daily testing capacity. The new addition has been outfitted with state of the art mass spectrometry equipment and staffed by Omega’s highly experienced personnel.

Omega attributes its impressive growth to many factors, including having the fastest testing turnaround time in the industry, consistently reporting results within 24-72 hours while maintaining a high level of accuracy. The turnaround time is a result of proprietary testing methods, part of the intellectual property and operating efficiencies developed by Omega over the last 14 years. This includes a specimen wash process which has been approved by multiple accrediting agencies as an effective means for removing external contamination. Omega is one of only three hair testing laboratories worldwide to have obtained FDA 510(k) clearances.

Omega has also earned a respected position within the global scientific community by providing consistent fact-based assistance and supporting the standardization for hair testing globally. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently sought Omega’s expertise in reviewing the latest Guidelines for Testing Drugs under International Control in Hair, Sweat and Oral Fluid. This respected position has been earned, as Omega has spent years participating in meetings with government agencies, political advisors, and decision-making committees, including over forty meetings with members of the United States Congress. Because of these efforts, Omega has become the preferred expert in regulatory affairs.

Omega’s hair and oral fluid testing offer numerous benefits over urine testing for clients worldwide, including identifying more drug users, tests that are harder to evade, and samples which are easier to collect and ship.

About Omega Laboratories, Inc. – Omega is a state-of-the-art laboratory providing hair and oral fluid testing for drugs of abuse to over 6,000 clients worldwide. Omega is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standards through Forensic Quality Services (FQS), holds a College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation for Forensic Drug Testing, and 510(k) clearances from the FDA. Omega’s reputation for performing accurate, timely and cost effective testing, coupled with a reputation for outstanding client service, has positioned Omega as the leader in hair drug testing.

CONTACT: Mark Freemal, +1 (330) 628-5748

http://www.omegalabs.net/

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Source: Omega Laboratories, Inc.

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August 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

Different facets of Transformed Tokyo’s Akihabara District

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-The new market reflects the seamless integration of the traditional and the modern

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Akihabara Electric Town, with its endless variety of electric appliances and its colorful anime signboards, has become the unique and dynamic business center that is a must-see stop for every visitor in Tokyo. The area has come a long way from its previous incarnation as a street market under the elevated railway tracks mainly selling radio parts. These days, tourists and visitors alternately know Akihabara as the world-renowned Electric Town, the center and source of Otaku culture and the home base of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. However, most visitors are not yet familiar with Akihabara’s “handicraft street”, which seeks to create new value from the area’s traditional culture.

Above: 2k540; Lower left: Leather shop (b3Labo) inside 2k540; Lower right: CAFE&Japanese liquor (N3331) inside mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI
Above: 2k540; Lower left: Leather shop (b3Labo) inside 2k540; Lower right: CAFE&Japanese liquor (N3331) inside mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

The handicraft market “2k540” born under the elevated railway tracks

“2k540” is located underthe elevated railway tracks between the JR Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, about a 6-minute walk from the Akihabara station. The name“2k540” originates from Japanese railway terminology designating the area and stands for the distance from Tokyo Station.

The district has a long history of handicraft making, having been well known as a burgeoning center for craftsmen and artisan culture since the Edo period (1603-1867). It is now home to many handicraft artisans producing leather products and jewelry. Officially known as “2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN”, you can experience a new Akihabara that combines tradition and novelty.

“2k540” provides a feel of the good old ages of Akihabara, encompassing close to 50 workshops and craft shops that provide accessories, leather, clothing, stationery, and household products. Various art exhibitions and interactive events are held every month including handmade workshops instructed by craftsmen. Visitors make new and different discoveries each time they return.

“mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” —  modern shops are lined up along the red-brick viaduct

On one side of Kanda river is the bustling Akihabara district and on the other, the “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” with its red-brick viaduct and the continuous line of archway doors stretching out along the river. Visitors can not only stroll through the uniquely designed shops in the “retro” viaduct, but also take a break with a cup of coffee in the cafe as they watch the trains speeding by through the glass windows. The power of both integration and creativity enables “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” to become an exquisite “retro” venue, which were fully renovated to deliver its rich appearance.

Similar to “Haji Lane” in Singapore and “Tianzifang” in Shanghai, “2k540” and “mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI” are Tokyo landmarks. Tourists visiting Tokyo will not want to miss the newly transformed Akihabara.

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Source: East Japan Railway Company

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August 5, 2014 at 10:39 am