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BREAKING NEWS: CEATEC JAPAN 2012 U.S. Media Panel Innovation Awards Winners

TOKYO, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At CEATEC JAPAN 2012 currently underway at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba city, prominent IT journalists from the U.S. selected and awarded outstanding technologies and concepts in the "U.S. Media Panel Innovation Awards" during an award ceremony held on October 4, 2012.

Products were chosen from exhibits at the CEATEC JAPAN 2012, or from products, technologies, or services which exhibitors had applied for consideration.

Their selection for the awards were based on the following criteria: 'Does the introduction of this product offer tangible merits to consumers? And in particular, is the product worthy of introduction to U.S. consumers?'

The selection committee interviewed participants at each booth on the 2nd and 3rd of October during the convention. After review and consideration by the selection panel, products, technologies and services were selected for awards from each category. From these finalists, they chose the 'Grand Prix' award winner. In addition, a special award in the 'smart mobility' category was selected. This year, a unique recognition award from the review committee was established in the 'user interface' category.

GRAND PRIX / SOFTWARE CATEGORY
Company: NTT DoCoMo, Inc. / Award-winning product: 'Hanashite Honyaku' (Translation Application)

SPECIAL AWARD / SMART MOBILITY CATEGORY
Company: Clarion Co., Ltd. / Award-winning product: NEXTGATE

HOME ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY
Company: Sharp Corporation / Award-winning product: "MOTH EYE"

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS CATEGORY
Company: Sharp Corporation / Award-winning product: IGZO

DIGITAL IMAGING
Company: ROHM Co., Ltd / Award-winning product: CIGS Image Sensor

COMPUTING AND NETWORKING
Company: Pioneer Corporation / Award-winning product: "Appli Unit" link-up for smartphones

SOFTWARE
Company: NTT DoCoMo, Inc. / Award-winning product: 'Hanashite Honyaku' (Translation Application)

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
Company: Sharp Corporation / Award-winning product: 5-inch full-HD LCD panel

TRANSPORTATION
Company: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd / Award-winning product: NSC-2015 – self-driving car

HEALTH AND HOUSEHOLD
Company: Fujitsu Limited / Award-winning product: Bank-transfer-scam telephone fraud detector

SMART-COMMUNITY
Company: Mitsubishi Electric / Award-winning product: Security surveillance service and solutions

USER INTERFACE (Special Recognition Award)
Company: Fujitsu Limited / Award-winning product: Visually-aided PC control

Japan Electronics Show Association manages and operates CEATEC2012.

SOURCE Japan Electronics Show Association