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Avazzia: Working hard to restore your wellness, naturally

Aug 10, 2018
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Incorporated in 2004, medical device manufacturer Avazzia has been pioneering innovative health care in Texas. The company o­ffers a wide range of solutions for pain relief, beauty restoration and animal health, among others.

Avazzia CEO Tim Smith

Avazzia’s products are most noted for their bioelectric stimulation technology (BEST™). Developed by CEO Tim Smith, BEST produces noninvasive, neuro-stimulation devices that allow patients to take control of their own pain management.

The devices feature a unique High Voltage Pulsed Current (HVPC) technology that produces microcurrents of electric impulses transmitted through the skin to the body’s nervous system and is controlled through an easy-to-use, hand-held device.

“There were two founding objectives. The first was to engineer products that would help the body deal with chronic pain without the need for drugs and surgery. We have achieved that,” Smith said. “The second was to come up with electronic technology that, when applied to the feet, could do things to reverse peripheral neuropathy and accelerate the healing of diabetic ulcers. We have studies that say we have achieved this as well.”

Now, more patients and health care providers use Avazzia devices for a variety of pain management purposes. Aside from diabetes, Avazzia technology is also used for back, neck, shoulder, foot, muscle, joint and other pains, while athletes use them for injury rehabilitation.

Acupuncture professionals employ them to augment their practice as well. Avazzia and its technology have been well received in many parts of the world, including Canada, Asia, South Asia and the United Kingdom. Over the years, the company has partnered with several research and academic institutions in Malaysia, India and the United States to conduct clinical studies and develop new products.

“I’ve had fun at work every day for over 50 years, and this is all due to the true and sincere human relationships that were built through the years,” Smith said.

Lone Star College: A valuable contributor to Houston

Aug 10, 2018
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Houston, Texas, is often recognized as one of the most diverse cities in America. Located in the northern part of this city is Lone Star College (LSC), one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country. Founded in 1972, LSC provides more than 170 study programs to over 99,000 students.

“We are proud to welcome all students. Having students from around the world exposes them, as well as the students who live here, to different cultures and beliefs,” said LSC Chancellor Stephen Head.

Lone Star College Chancellor Stephen C. Head, Ph.D.

Reflecting that diversity, the school welcomed more than 3,200 international students from over 100 countries last fall. Simultaneously, LSC offers its students the opportunity to study abroad through scholarships at the Honors College.

Through this program, high achieving students are able to experience a unique and challenging curriculum with international exposure outside LSC. This year, several students were given a chance to study in various countries, including Italy, Greece and Ireland.

Well-known for its exemplary on-the-job training, LSC has been ranked among the top colleges for its associate degree programs. Its students receive certifications for work in specialized industries, such as health care and drilling.

In 2016, it became the first community college in the nation to gain gateway accreditation for its Oil & Gas Drilling Floorhand-Roustabout program by the International Association of Drilling Contractors, which has represented the global oil and gas industry since 1940.

“Receiving this gateway program accreditation is only one validation that Lone Star College students have industry-developed, competency-based instruction with the most up-to-date and complete training possible,” Head said.

LSC remains committed to the success of its students and the growth of Houston’s workforce.

The growing ties between Texas and Japan

Aug 10, 2018
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In May 2018, the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) held the ­first ever Japan-Texas Economic Summit (JTES) in Houston, Texas. Aimed at strengthening Japan-Texas relations, the event brought together more than 400 government and private sector leaders from nearly 50 cities and organizations from Houston and Japan.

Texas has quickly become one of Japan’s top destinations for foreign direct investment. As of 2016, total exports and imports exceeded $6.1 billion and $4.9 billion respectively. Additionally, over 400 Japanese companies have created more than 50,000 jobs in the state.

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos is optimistic about the enormous potential for closer collaboration and growth in the years ahead.

(L-R) Cole Chemical CEO and USJC Board Member and Summit Chair Donna Cole, Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Ohmura, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, CityView Founder and Chairman Henry Cisneros, who was once mayor of San Antonio and a former HUD secretary, during the Japan-Texas Economic Summit

“We are honored that Texas is home to one of the first U.S.-Japan Council regional summits that underscores the importance of Japan’s partnership with the Lone Star State,” he said.

Business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations played an integral role in the launch of the summit. Aside from Pablos, high-pro­file organizers included Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Japan External Trade Organization’s Executive Vice President Shigeki Maeda and Aichi Prefecture Gov. Hideaki Ohmura.

Additionally, the heads of companies, such as Toyota Motor Corp., Ito En Ltd. and Cole Chemical, gave keynote addresses regarding the latest industry developments, including topics and sectors such as innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance and national security.

Donna Cole, founder and CEO of Cole Chemical and a board member of the USJC, chaired the event.

“My involvement with the USJC inspired me to be proud of my Japanese and American heritage and to develop personal business relationships. Building these kinds of people-to-people relationships was a big driving factor for the summit, as was discussing best business practices to foster economic growth on both ends,” Cole said.

“I continue to receive congratulatory notes on the success of the JTES. I have reached out to most of the high-caliber speakers from the event to assist them in finding mutual business connections.

Personally, I have had several meetings to increase Cole Chemical’s business with our enhanced hydrocarbon recovery products and have referred dozens of people with shared business interests,” Cole said.

Postgraduate education with international relevance

Aug 10, 2018
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Engineering a solar-powered supercomputer; discovering the role of “slow-motion” earthquakes in triggering tsunamis; and preserving the archives of Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Those impressive achievements became possible only through international collaboration led by the graduate programs of the University of Texas at Austin.

International partnerships have played an important role at UT Austin that has ­five programs ranked No. 1 and 49 schools and specialties ranked among the nation’s top 10, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Students interact on campus at the university's iconic South Mall.

The school’s ties with Japan are especially close. UT Austin President Gregory Fenves conducted a research sabbatical as a visiting professor at Kyoto University in 2008, while Satoshi Kashima, the lead designer and engineer of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge, received his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the university.

During the 2017–2018 academic year, the school hosted more than 40 scholars and researchers from Japan. And in the last three years, its faculty members and graduate students coauthored more than 600 journal articles with Japanese scholars.

“The university’s premier graduate programs, field-defi­ning research and academic culture attract graduate students from across the globe. The city of Austin is also an international hub for science and technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple, Dell and IBM that provide excellent opportunities for careers and collaboration,” Graduate School Dean Mark Smith said.

“The engineering sense and project management skills cultivated at the University of Texas were very useful to me in the work for the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. Anyone interested in acquiring a world-class education with international relevance should consider UT Austin,” Kashima said.

One great city, two four star airports

Aug 10, 2018
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In the most recent rankings released by Skytrax, recognized as a leading global air transport rating organization, the Houston Airport System now boasts two four-star rated airports — the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. Houston is now the only city in the Western Hemisphere with two four-star rated airports. Only Tokyo, with Narita and Haneda airports, can boast the same level of airport service excellence.

Its dedication to excellent customer service, world-class amenities and growing international service played a huge role in earning the Houston airports this distinction. Bush and Hobby airports connect Houston to the world, serving nearly 55 million passengers overall in 2017, including more than 11.2 million international passengers.

A big factor of that steady growth in international traffic is the expanded connections to Japan and the Asian markets. In 2017, with nonstop flights o­ffered by All Nippon Airways and United Airlines, Bush airport saw more than 300,000 international passengers to and from Japan. Since 2012, Bush airport has seen significant air service expansion to Asia overall and traffic has increased by 170 percent for the region.

This connection helps expand Houston’s global profile, establishing this diverse city as a hub for international culture and commerce.

Texas 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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