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Recession reality bites Japan's anime industry

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Taking up herewith Japanese Electronics News Trend of past week by Media.
Electronics Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Aug 02 Applications for 'eco-points' total 510,000 in 1 month (AP)
 Applications for the "eco-point" system, which Japan has introduced to stimulate purchases of more energy-efficient electric appliances, totaled around 510,000 in the first month, according to a government tally compiled through Saturday. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said the eco-point program has helped to boost sales of flat-panel televisions and refrigerators.
Aug 01 Recession reality bites Japan's anime industry (CNN)
  Given the magnitude of Japan's recession, it should perhaps come as little surprise that the fantasy-obsessed animation industry has received a hard dose of reality. Yasuo Yamaguchi, executive director of the Association of Japanese Animators, said the industry has been rocked by the country's deepest recession since World War II. "The spread of free Internet downloading is having a deadly effect," he said.
Jul 31 Why Korean tech firms make money but Japanese tech firms don't (BusinessWeek)
 Take a look at first-quarter earnings released yesterday for Sony and Sharp. They can be summed up in a word: dismal. Though Sony and Sharp announced results that weren't as bad as analysts had expected, both companies had racked up sizable net and operating losses. (Sony's operating loss topped $271 million while Sharp's was $274 million.)
Jul 31 Wii sales drop hurts Nintendo profit (Japan Times)
 Nintendo Co. reported Thursday a 61 percent drop in profit as sales of its flagship Wii consoles fell for the first time since the product debuted in 2006.
Jul 31 Softbank outshines DoCoMo in Japan's cellphone battle (AFP)
 Japanese mobile telephone operator Softbank announced Thursday a surge in first-quarter profits, outshining its bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc. whose earnings sank amid tough competition. Softbank, Japan's number three cellphone operator, said its net profit jumped 41 percent in the April-June quarter to 27.38 billion yen (288 million dollars), helped by increased revenue from handset sales and operating fees.
Jul 31 Million books free for Sony e-reader (Japan Times)
 Sony Corp. said Wednesday users of its e-book readers can now access 1 million titles free of charge through Google Inc.'s public domain. Sony said e-books digitized under Google's Book project and made available to Sony Reader users are classic titles whose copyrights have expired.
Jul 28 Japan reiterates resolve to secure rare metals from used appliances (Mainichi)
 The Japanese government said Tuesday it will strengthen its policy on collecting rare metals from used mobile phones and other appliances, amid concern that difficulties in accumulating such crucial resources could erode Japanese firms' competitiveness. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in compiling Japan's first national strategy for the stable supply of rare metals, said the government will step up its efforts to secure overseas resources while promoting the recycling of such rare metals as platinum, lithium and tungsten.
Jul 28 Ministry website shut after hacking (Asahi)
 The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was forced to shut down one of its websites Monday after it was infiltrated by hackers. The site operated by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation describes efforts to support research on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).
Jul 26 NTT Docomo to launch 1st GPS-linked info service (Yomiuri)
 NTT Docomo Inc. will introduce in November the first information delivery service that links domestic cell phones to the Global Positioning System, it has been learned.
By J.S. on Aug 7, 2009



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