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Farmers reaping benefits with apps

Jan 26, 2014

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

Smartphone apps that help farmers monitor crops and control costs are becoming popular as the rapid graying of the population continues to thin the ranks of skilled veterans in agriculture. Software developers are interested in developing applications for agriculture because the threat perceived from ...

Challenge comes true for Epsilon engineer

Oct 1, 2013

Challenge comes true for Epsilon engineer

Having vowed to “revolutionize the rocket world,” aerospace engineer Yasuhiro Morita saw his promise fulfilled with the recent takeoff of Japan’s new solid-fuel rocket Epsilon, utilizing an innovative mobile launch control system. Morita felt a rush of exhilaration on Sept. 14 while watching the ...

IT entrepreneur hopes to revive rural areas

Apr 20, 2013

IT entrepreneur hopes to revive rural areas

An American entrepreneur has embarked on a project to invigorate rural communities in Japan and create new jobs by reusing abandoned school buildings for his IT business. Smart Technology Partners, founded in 2010 by Carl Sundberg and now employing 30 people, opened its first ...

Snow, ice show promise as summer coolants

Feb 7, 2006

Snow, ice show promise as summer coolants

ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido (Kyodo) In Bibai, Hokkaido, a block of condominiums boasts the world’s first snow-fed air conditioning system. The snow, which cools the condos more cheaply than conventional air conditioning, is a selling point for the complex, built in 1999. Bibai gets more snow ...