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/ Feb 7, 2017

Japan to nurture specialists in internet of things

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is planning to accelerate efforts to develop specialists capable of improving and managing the internet of things. The ministry’s plan reflects growing demand for personnel in both public and private sectors who can make good use of networks ...

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

/ Feb 6, 2017

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

Health data such as exercise times, sleep length and heart rates recorded on wearable devices will soon be used to forecast a person’s vulnerability to diseases and estimate appropriate medical insurance premiums. The insurance industry is just a step away from developing such tailor-made ...

/ Jan 31, 2017

Japan planning safety standards for self-driving vehicles

The transport ministry said Monday it will introduce safety standards for self-driving vehicles in Japan as early as this fall, including an alarm system that sounds 15 seconds after a driver takes his hands off the steering wheel while traveling on a highway. The ...

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

/ Jan 26, 2017

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

With cyberattacks proliferating worldwide, a Japanese contest for “white hat” hackers supported by organizations including the communications ministry and National Police Agency is gearing up for the final round this weekend. The Security Contest, dubbed Seccon, provides an opportunity for those aspiring to become ...

/ Jan 26, 2017

Facebook fine-tunes trending topics to better deliver news

Under pressure to stymie the spread of fake news, Facebook changed its system for showing trending topics on Wednesday. The leading social network said that instead of simply showing a topic, it will include headlines from articles about the trending subjects along with sources ...