Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

Aug 27, 2014

DeNA, Yahoo Japan turn to DNA analysis

Genomics has been progressing at an impressive pace in recent years, inspiring expectations that it will someday become an essential part of medical care. Two Japanese Internet firms, DeNA Co. and Yahoo Japan Corp., believe that future is just around the corner and are ...

Aug 21, 2014

Docomo to test paid Wi-Fi service geared to foreigners

NTT Docomo Inc. announced Wednesday that it’s launching a paid wireless Internet service geared to foreign visitors at its 150,000 Wi-Fi access points across Japan. Japan’s top mobile carrier will offer two plans on a trial basis starting Thursday. One costs ¥900 for a ...

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Aug 14, 2014

Instant camera gets mojo back with cute focus, Korean push

Digital cameras and smartphones have become so pervasive that many people think film cameras are now fit only for antique collectors. Fujifilm Corp., however, is bucking the trend, successfully targeting young female consumers with its Instax instant camera series, better known as Cheki in ...

Future appears bright for indoor veggie farms

| Aug 11, 2014

Future appears bright for indoor veggie farms

A 1,260-sq.-meter factory in Kashiwanoha, Chiba Prefecture, is kept extremely clean, shutting out external air because it affects product quality, and workers wear clean-room suits and take a warm shower before entering the facility. What are they making there — semiconductors or some kind ...

Aug 8, 2014

Softbank sets first-quarter sales record of ¥1.99 trillion

SoftBank Corp. said Friday that it notched a first-quarter sales record of ¥1.99 trillion, thanks to its bold acquisition of U.S. telecom giant Sprint Corp. and other companies over the past year. Although that’s more than double what it logged in the same quarter ...

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Aug 1, 2014

Sharp sales edge up 1.9% in first quarter

Sharp Corp. said Friday that sales and operating profit in the first quarter rose from the same period a year ago, thanks to continued streamlining and steady sales of LCD-related products that contributed toward its recovery. But due to special costs, including ¥14.3 billion ...