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7 Jan, 2008 By: Tetsuo Kubo imageSource

Japan Forecasts…

Japan-First Shredder with IC Card

In November ‘07, Meiko Shokai Co., Ltd. developed and started selling the
first shredder in Japan which is capable of recording shredding history using
the non-contact type IC card for secure “secrecy document disposal management”
that corporations are reinforcing. The product name is “ID-431SEFII/IC” with
MSRP of Yen 980,000 (approx. $9,000) and software is optional for Yen 278,000
(approx. $2,550).  Target sales number is at 1,000 units.

Due to recent and frequent accidents of lost confidential/secrecy document
and corporate needs to respond to internal controls, interest in traceability in
document management has attracted wide attention. For shredders which play the
main role in document security, there is increasing user demand for a record to
ensure that the “document has been completely shredded.”

JBMIA - Record in Overseas Color Shipment

November 21, 2007 - Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries
Association (JBMIA) announced copier shipment results from its member
manufacturers in 3rd quarter (July through September) 2007.

The Japan domestic market made a slight growth of 1.6% in total shipment
numbers compared to the same period in the last year while color MFP made a
significant increase in the number. The color unit ratio in total domestic
shipments is 53.7%, increasing 4.2 points from the same period in the last year.
Total shipments in the domestic market decreased 6.5% due to the decrease in
digital monochrome shipment, and resulted in a decrease in ten consecutive

Overseas shipments made the record in both numbers and amount, due to color
MFPs.  Color MFP shipments combining triangular trade and export from Japan
marked 194,475 units (16.0% increase) and 84 billion 434 million yen (or $7.7
billion US  dollars / 19.8% increase).

Color ratio in overseas shipment is 23.1%, increased 3.5% from the same
quarter in the last year. Overseas shipments in total decreased slightly to
836,507 units due to the significant decrease (approx. 43,000 units) of analog
copier shipment yet the US amount resulted in 187 billion 440 million yen (or
$17.2 billion US dollars, a 9.0% increase).

MWAi Makes Big Strides in Japan

MWA Intelligence’s long-time partner, Mr. Kubo of OA Life, was there every
step of the way to support promoting M2M (machine-to-machine) industry, as well
as the importance of the upcoming ITEX 2008 show for the Japanese market.

As MWAi joined the M2M Consortium (Japan) as the first US-based company, and
made its M2M solution presentation and speech at the M2M Consortium (Japan)
meeting that was held in Tokyo. At the M2M Solutions Seminars, a broad range of
topics such as some of the most critical issues impacting office equipment
dealer operations and the latest lineup of cutting-edge solutions were
presented. On behalf of Imaging Network, MWAi invited the participants to ITEX
2008, the annual industry show in the USA for copier/printer/MFP/wide-format/software
solutions and related products in digital document imaging, along with many
education classes, including the Service & Solutions Integrator (SSI) events.
The show will be held Feb. 21-22, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV, USA, at the Las Vegas
Convention Center.

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