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Taking up herewith Japanese Electronics Trend by Media of the last week.
Electronics Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Aug 16 Flat-screen TVs under ¥30,000 (Japan Times)
 In another price-cutting move to stimulate consumption amid an economic slowdown, Japan's largest retailer, Aeon Co., plans to offer 18.5-inch flat-screen digital television sets for ¥29,800 per unit, starting Tuesday, company officials said Friday. The price is much lower than comparable TVs with a 19-inch liquid crystal display panel, which sell for just under ¥45,000 at big discount home appliance stores, analysts said.
Aug 16 Electronics makers jump on 3-D bandwagon (Japan Times)
 Major electronics makers are stepping up efforts to develop monitors and other products that can show 3-D movies and programs as Hollywood increasingly turns to the technology to churn out big hits. TVs and Blu-ray DVD players that can show 3-D movies and programs are expected to hit stores next year. Fuji Film Corp. is the first to come out with digital cameras that can show pictures and video images in 3-D.
Aug 16 One in 10 home solar power panels replaced in first 10 years (Mainichi)
 Around one in 10 household solar panel systems have been replaced for malfunctions within 10 years of installation, according to a survey released by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). About 13 percent, or 34 of 257 households surveyed have had their solar panels replaced fully or partially within 10 years of installation, while output records from another eight systems suggested possible failure.
Aug 12 Cameras that project pics (Japan Times)
 Up until this past year, imagination in the field of digital cameras was largely reserved for how you used them, not in the design of the devices themselves. But the threat from mobile phones with built-in cameras has triggered innovation. Nikon's Coolpix S1000pj, for example, comes with a built-in projector, possibly the first of its kind.
Aug 11 Tokyoites pay 2nd highest cellphone charge in world in FY 2008 (AP)
 Mobile phone charges in Tokyo were the second highest in seven major cities in the world in fiscal 2008, up from fourth place last year due to the yen's appreciation, the communications ministry said Tuesday. Tokyoites paid an average 27.7 yen for a minute of cellphone conversation, short of 32.0 yen paid by Parisians, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The lowest charge was 10.0 yen in New York.
Aug 11 Toshiba prepares to ship Blu-ray players (informationweek.com)
 Toshiba, which lost the high-definition format war with the death of HD DVD, said Monday it plans to launch Blu-ray disc players this year, and has joined the industry group in charge of the Sony-backed format. The consumer electronics maker conceded defeat in the format battle in February 2008 after Hollywood studios and Wal-Mart lined up in support of Blu-ray over HD DVD, which had also been backed by Microsoft. Sony-led Blu-ray supporters included Panasonic.
Aug 08 Sharp floods Japan with 13 LCDs with built-in Blu-ray recorders (crunchgear.com)
 I am seeing more and more TV/Blu-ray combos in Japanese electronics stores, and today Sharp announced a total of 13 new LCD TVs boasting a built-in Blu-ray recorder. The AQUOS DX2 series consists of screens measuring 26/32/40/46 and 52 inches.
By J.S. on Aug 21, 2009



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