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Taking up herewith Japanese Electronics and Science & Technology Trend News by Media in last week.
Japanese Trend in Electronics and/or Science & Technology will be read via these News.
Sep 03 Japan Fashions Super Chip (Forbes)
 A new super central processing unit (CPU), jointly developed by Japan's big chip makers and funded by the Tokyo government, is coming up to challenge Intel. Intel's engineers might be imagining months of overtime just from hearing the list of allies behind the unprecedented Japanese coalition, which is aimed at inventing an easier and universal software programming across various devices.
Sep 03 3D TV in homes next year - Sony (news.com.au)
 Sony aims to bring 3D television screens into homes next year. The Japanese electronics giant said it would "lead the commercialisation of 3D by bringing 3D to the home in 2010". The firm also said it would make other products, such as its VAIO laptops, Blu-ray disc players and Playstation game consoles, compatible with the new technology.
Sep 03 Google celebrates birthday of Japan's most famous robot cat (dvice.com)
 Google Japan has once again shown off its penchant for whimsy by celebrating the birthday of Japan's number one robot cat Doraemon. In the original manga series the robot's birthday is listed as September 3, 2112, a year in which, if technology continues at its current pace, we'll probably have robot-cats even more advanced than the trans-dimensional Doraemon.
Sep 02 Microsoft cuts Japan price for Xbox (AP)
 Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it is cutting the price in Japan for its high-end Xbox 360 game console by 25 percent in a bid to lift demand ahead of the critical year-end shopping season. The Xbox 360 Elite will now cost 29,800 yen ($320), down from 39,800 yen. The move was in line with Microsoft's announcement last week that it was slashing the U.S. price for the Xbox 360 Elite by $100 to $299.
Sep 02 Wii Internet Channel now free, with updated Flash (joystiq.com)
 Nintendo just dropped the price of the Wii Opera browser in Japan and PAL markets to nothing, its original "price" during the system's launch, when the browser was in beta. VOOKS photographed the Wii message that announced the price drop, which also revealed that the version of Flash used in the Wii browser has been updated from Flash 7 to Flash Lite 3.1-- which should make the Internet Channel much more useful.
Sep 02 Kohjinsha monitors get moving; Sony hits Blu-ray potential (Japan Times)
 Netbooks too often are like a range of cars. The varying bodywork makes them look deceptively different from each other, but turn the key and you find that where they count, under the hood, the differences are all but nonexistent. Maybe the engineers at Kohjinsha are into motorcycles. Their newly released EX netbook maintains the company's reputation for going down the road less traveled.
Sep 02 Cell phone culture here unlike any other (Japan Times)
 Cell phones in Japan have evolved as a virtual extra appendage that people can't walk, ride or relax without, as they constantly peer into their screens, send and receive messages, play video games, watch TV, and sometimes even communicate verbally. Since their debut here in 1979, mobile phones have become essential tools with more than 100 million subscribers.
Sep 01 Lenovo S10-2 On Its Way to Japan Packing HD Display This Time (moneyshow.com)
 Back in July, we reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 and while we weren't overly impressed (it is a netbook, afterall), it was a machine that we wouldn't necessarily run away from, if we had some extra cash in our pockets. And now it looks like Lenovo has something else coming down the line, specifically for Japan. HD displays aren't run of the mill quite yet for netbooks, so it's always good to see an existing model getting a display upgrade.
Aug 31 Japan prepares to challenge for global supremacy in mobile phones (Times Online)
 For years, it almost didn't matter in Japan that when the rest of the world thought of the mobile phone, it thought of Apple or Samsung, the iPhone or the BlackBerry. Domestic sales of mobile phones were so strong that the country's mobile manufacturers could concentrate on their own market and be rewarded with impressive profits. But not any more. Japan's domestic demand for mobiles is drying up fast and suddenly, after years of tiptoeing around the global marketplace, its electronics industry is preparing an all-out assault on competitors.

Science and Technology
Sep 04 M6.0 quake jolts southwestern Japan, no injuries or damage reported (AP)
 An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted Miyazaki Prefecture and surrounding areas in southwestern Japan on Thursday night, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 10:26 p.m. quake. The meteorological agency said there was no danger of any tsunami.
Sep 04 Technology could make Osaka water intl brand (Yomiuri)
 The Waterworks Bureau of the Osaka municipal government is exploring a way to expand business overseas through an advanced technology that has enhanced the quality of drinking water from the Yodogawa river. The bureau this month began operating an experimental facility for the next-generation water-purification system at Kunijima purification plant in Higashi-Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, and will carry out research to remove the odor of chlorine and try to reduce purification cost through the use of a special membrane and pharmaceutical technology.
Sep 04 Plan to shut oldest reactor in '10 put on hold (Japan Times)
 Japan Atomic Power Co. will continue operating Japan's oldest commercial-basis light-water reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, through 2016, scrapping its initial plan to suspend its operation next year, its chief said Thursday.
Sep 03 Japan's oldest koala calls it an innings after posting a century (Mainichi)
 Japan's oldest koala died on Wednesday at the age of around 100 in human terms, Tennoji Zoo officials announced. At around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, a zoo employee reportedly found "Haku," aged 21-years and seven months, lying dead in a koala house. Haku is believed to have died of old age.
Sep 03 Japan tests alcohol sensing vehicles (The Star)
 Toyota Motor Co. and Hino Motors are testing an interior system that will lock a vehicle's ignition system if a driver tests positive for alcohol use. The two companies said yesterday they are installing "breath-alcohol ignition-interlock" systems in trucks and other vehicles in Japanese transport fleets starting this month.
Sep 02 Japan plans $21 billion solar space post to power 294,000 homes (inhabitat.com)
 The concept of space-based solar power was introduced way back in 1968, but it's only recently that the world has latched on to the idea. Japan is definitely getting in on the action with its latest spacey plan - a $21 billion solar-powered generator in the heavens to produce one gigawatt of energy, or enough to power 294,000 homes.
Sep 02 Experts warn of risk of hornet attacks (Yomiuri)
 Entomologists are warning of possible hornet attacks after 48 people, including middle and high school students, were recently stung by a swarm of hornets in Kyoto. Believed to be Japanese hornets, the insects struck as the students made their way to school on the morning of Aug. 25.
Sep 01 Cervical cancer vaccine to be approved in Japan (AP)
 The Japanese health ministry is likely to approve a vaccine for preventing cervical cancer this fall after a government panel gave the green light to its use in the country Monday. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is expected to give the final go-ahead as early as October to the use of the vaccine, called Cervarix and produced by GlaxoSmithKline, which targets two types of human papillomavirus known to cause cervical cancer.
Sep 01 Jikei University team use magnets to fight cancer (Yomiuri)
 A Jikei University School of Medicine group has developed a new method of silencing cancer genes that uses magnetic nanoparticles--a development expected to foster new therapies that have fewer side effects. The method involves implanting a magnet near the tumor to attract magnetic nanoparticles, thereby preventing normal cells from being affected by cancer.
Aug 31 Reprocessing plant startup delayed (Asahi)
 The full startup of the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant here will be postponed until December 2010 or even later due to technical problems, sources said. Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. has decided to postpone completion of the plant's final commissioning test, which was scheduled for August, by at least 14 months, the sources said.
By J.S. on Sep 11, 2009




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