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Chinese Mobile Game Makers Eye Japanese Market

18 Sep

Chinese smartphone game makers are attending the Tokyo Game Show this year in unprecedented numbers to meet Japanese publishers, attract talent and promote their products in the world’s top mobile gaming market, Bloomberg News reported Friday. (more…)

DOCOMO to Encourage Overseas Climbers to Use Free Wi-Fi Service on Mt. Fuji

3 Jul

NTT DOCOMO, INC., the Japanese mobile operator that provides each customer with innovative, convenient and secure mobile services, announced today the launch of a free Wi-Fi® service in collaboration with Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures to encourage overseas climbers to make use of DOCOMO’s Wi-Fi network on the slopes of iconic Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain and one of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Sites. The service will begin at selected hotspots on July 10. (more…)

LINE Launches Paid Music Streaming Service in Japan

12 Jun

Instant messaging app LINE unveiled its plan to introduce music streaming service nearly two years ago but the plan had yet to be realized, until June 11. LINE Music was officially launched in Japan to bring music to its messaging users for a whole new experience. The timing, though, is a bit sensitive to some, as Apple just introduced Apple Music, with a scheduled release date on June 30. (more…)

Japan’s SoftBank to offer free Wi-Fi to tourists in July

30 May

The depreciation of the Japanese yen has prompted tourism in the country to go up. In addition to foreign exchange, Internet service is also important to foreign visitors. Besides prepaid card and mobile Wi-Fi router Wi-Fi Egg, a free service is scheduled to be available in July by Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank. (more…)

Japan’s Robotics Industry Bullish on Elderly Care Market, TrendForce Reports

21 May

Japan’s rapidly aging population has led to a projected shortage of caregivers, and the country’s industry giants are now scrambling to take part in this booming market of elderly care services. Panasonic and Toyota, for examples, are some of the major players that have entered the emerging sector of nursing care robots for the elderly. Their efforts are strongly backed by the government, which has made robotics central to their industrial policy agenda. (more…)

Toshiba Launches Small-sized Driver IC for DC Brushed Motor for Automotive Electronic Throttle Control

14 May

Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of “TB9051FTG”, a small-sized motor driver IC for DC brushed motors[1] intended for automotive electronic throttle control. “TB9051FTG” offers highly efficient operation and a small P-QFN28 package (6mm x 6mm), realized by its ultra-low on-resistance, the result of applying DMOS[2] transistors as driver circuits. Sample shipments will start in September 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in October 2016. (more…)

Hitachi eyes investment plan with 500 billion yen per year in R&D

12 May

Hitachi, a Japanese manufacturer of electrical machinery, is looking to kick off a three-year investment plan from the 2016 fiscal year by investing up to 500 billion Japanese yen (US$4.17 billion) in research and development per year. The investment will focus on the development of robots, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and sensors. (more…)

JDI to invest 30 billion yen for doubling its capacity of smartphone-size panels, leaving its Taiwanese rivals behind

1 May

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) on April 24 announced a shuffling at the top management level, with its current CEO and President Shuichi Otsuka resigning this June. Shuji Aruga, the current COO, will be promoted to president, and Mitsuru Homma will take over as both the CEO and chairman. JDI is the world’s second largest manufacturer of medium and small-size display panels. (more…)

Hon Hai, NEC reportedly to partner on cloud business

28 Apr

Japanese IT provider NEC Corp. and Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, will partner on cloud business in the Asian market and will start providing joint cloud services this year, Japan’s Nikkei reported April 26. (more…)

Exclusive Interview with Robi’s Creator Tomotaka Takahashi: Smart Devices Should Become People’s Trusting Companions

27 Apr

On the stage, a hundred voice-controlled miniature humanoid robots were assembled in front of a group of curious onlookers. At command, these robots rose up from their sitting position and began to dance. They swung their arms and shook their hips in unison with the music. These robots could even do count-offs and Mexican waves smoothly. “Robi” as these adorable robots are called, are from Japan and their ability to perform synchronized routines as a team has delighted audiences everywhere. (more…)