Mar 25, 2015

Apple to build R&D facility in Yokohama

U.S. computer maker Apple Inc. plans to build a technology development facility at a former Panasonic Corp. plant site in Yokohama, Mayor Fumiko Hayashi said Wednesday. “Apple’s presence could trigger a virtuous cycle where new values and industries will be created,” she said at ...

Mar 24, 2015

Panasonic to open patents to speed development of 'Internet of Things'

Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the “Internet of Things” — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday. The Japanese electronics company said ...

Mar 12, 2015

China military aircraft to see tech 'breakthroughs' this year: Xinhua

Several types of large Chinese military aircraft will have “breakthroughs” this year after years of development, state media reported, as China pushes its territorial claims in the region. Its largest domestically made military transport aircraft, known as the Xi’an Y-20, “will be available for ...

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

Jan 24, 2015

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

The government has worked out an action plan that calls for promoting deregulation to expand the use of robot technology to ease labor shortages driven by Japan’s population decline. The action plan, drawn up Friday at a meeting chaired by Tamotsu Nomakuchi, a consultant ...

Luxury fashion takes on fitness technology

Jan 3, 2015

Luxury fashion takes on fitness technology

by Leanne Italie

Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. “We actually think the fashion industry should be in ...

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

Dec 26, 2014

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

by Kazuaki Nagata

The tradition of sending “nengajo,” or New Year’s postcards, has been in decline as people turn to the Internet, social networking and digital gadgets like smartphones instead of putting pen to paper. Japan Post Co., the postal arm of government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co., ...

Sharp to supply 'free-form' LCDs to Nintendo

Dec 16, 2014

Sharp to supply 'free-form' LCDs to Nintendo

Sharp Corp. is close to providing video game maker Nintendo Co. with its advanced liquid crystal displays that can be shaped freely according to user demand, sources said Tuesday. Unlike conventional LCDs, the Free-Form Display, which Sharp unveiled this year, has a bezel that ...

Oct 15, 2014

Institute develops automated Burmese-English translation device

A research institute affiliated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Wednesday it has developed an automated device that can translate Burmese into English and vice versa. The prototype has a travel-related lexicon but in future it may offer news translation and ...