• Kyodo


Japan’s biggest high-tech exhibition opened Tuesday with electric vehicles using next-generation information technology at the forefront.

The fair has brought together 624 companies and groups, including 161 from overseas, to showcase their products and technologies, though 22 Chinese firms canceled out amid heightened anti-Japan sentiment in China over the Senkaku dispute, organizers said.

Around 2,290 booths are being operated for the five-day CEATEC Japan exhibition at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, the organizers said.

Toyota, taking part in the exhibit for the first time, is displaying its Smart Insect single-occupant compact electric vehicle. The prototype is equipped with such technology as motion sensors, voice recognition and behavior prediction systems.

Nissan Motor Co., a frontrunner in the electric vehicle market, is exhibiting several models including a prototype of its Nissan New Mobility Concept, an ultracompact two-seat vehicle, while demonstrating an automated driving system that can be operated using a smartphone.

Nissan is also demonstrating a system to supply electricity to homes using the battery of its Leaf electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, Japanese electronics makers are exhibiting ultra high-definition LCD televisions with which they aim to revive their loss-making TV business amid sluggish demand.

Sony Corp. is showcasing a new 84-inch LCD panel TV with “4K” technology to be launched in November, which displays images four times finer than existing high-definition resolutions. Toshiba Corp. and Sharp Corp. are displaying similar models.

CEATEC, which stands for Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, has been held every year since 2000. The organizers aim to draw around 200,000 visitors this year. People can get in for free on the last day.

EV-sharing in Toyota


Toyota Motor Corp. is testing a system to share a single-occupant electric vehicle, dubbed the COMS, in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

For the experiment, the carmaker has offered 10 of the ultracompacts developed by affiliate Toyota Auto Body Co. for students and employees of Chukyo University to commute between its campus in Toyota and the two nearest train stations.

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