Kazuaki Nagata

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

Nintendo hopes to reboot with release of new Switch game console

Jan 13, 2017

Nintendo hopes to reboot with release of new Switch game console

With smartphones and virtual reality making the gaming industry more competitive, Nintendo Co. on Friday unveiled Switch — its newest game system which can double as a stationary console and handheld device. The product will make its commercial debut on March 3 in Japan, ...

Tokyo arcade looks to VR to highlight high-end tech, boost business

Dec 14, 2016

Tokyo arcade looks to VR to highlight high-end tech, boost business

A Tokyo arcade operator unveiled a new virtual reality facility on Wednesday, aiming to showcase high-end virtual reality in a casual setting and boost shrinking industry profits. VR Park Tokyo, located in the middle of the bustling Shibuya district, will open to the public ...

Projector robot moves, learns, alters shape

Dec 9, 2016

Projector robot moves, learns, alters shape

Cerevo Inc. said Friday it has launched a shape-changing home projector robot that can turn ceilings, walls and floors into displays. The Tokyo-based hardware venture firm’s new robot, called Tipron, is also capable of learning where to project images, moving to those positions by ...

DeNA CEO apologizes over information website plagiarism scandal

Dec 7, 2016

DeNA CEO apologizes over information website plagiarism scandal

The CEO of DeNA Co., whose health care information website and others have been under fire following accusations of plagiarism and inaccurate reporting, apologized Wednesday over the scandal, vowing to investigate what went wrong. “We’d like to sincerely apologize to all concerned parties and ...

DeNA pulls eight online services amid reporting scandal

Dec 2, 2016

DeNA pulls eight online services amid reporting scandal

A company behind a health care information website under fire over inaccurate, plagiarized articles on Thursday said it had temporarily suspended operations of eight other niche online services. It emerged this week that articles on DeNA Co.’s website Welq were not properly fact-checked and ...

Slew of redevelopment projects give Ginza a face-lift

| Nov 28, 2016

Slew of redevelopment projects give Ginza a face-lift

Tokyo’s Ginza district has established itself as Japan’s shopping mecca, drawing in people from all over the world. Yet the bustling area is further evolving, with several major redevelopment projects taking place this year and beyond. But how exactly is Ginza being transformed? In ...

VR wave to leave Japan awash in business opportunities

| Nov 21, 2016

VR wave to leave Japan awash in business opportunities

New technological innovations have a tendency to create new business opportunities, and the latest craze, virtual reality, is no exception. With the debut of cutting-edge VR headsets this year, many firms from video game makers, 360-degree-video distributors, arcade operators and cellphone carriers are gearing ...