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Taking up herewith Japanese Science & Technology and Electronics Trend News by Media in last week.
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Oct 02 New Gadgets, Prototypes to Debut Next Week in Japan (Bloomberg)
 Japan's biggest electronics and gadgets show, Ceatec, runs all of next week and many new technologies and prototype gadgets are expected to be on show. The first big news is expected on Monday afternoon when Toshiba unveils its first commercial LCD TV that includes the Cell multimedia processor, after showing a prototype of the television last year. Originally developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony for use in the PlayStation 3 games console, the Cell is expected to bring functions like real-time upscaling and processing of recorded videos.
Oct 02 Sony's PlayStation 3 Outsells Nintendo in Japan for First Time (Bloomberg)
 Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 video-game console outsold Nintendo Co.'s Wii for the first time on a monthly basis in Japan in September, after a price cut, according to market researcher Enterbrain Inc. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 27, 309,939 PS3s were sold, a monthly record for the console in Japan since it became available in November 2006, the Tokyo-based research firm said in a faxed statement today. Nintendo's DS Lite and DSi handheld players sold a combined 297,060 units.
Oct 02 Disney cracks Japan's insular mobile biz (Variety)
 The Japanese mobile communications market is big, sophisticated -- and a world unto itself. But Disney has found that world to be one of laughter, not tears. Instead of signing up for GMS international standards, Japan has been going its own proprietary way for more than a decade, with telecoms giant NTT and other major players developing technologies and services found nowhere in the world.
Oct 02 Japanese Retailer Charging $5.35 To Play Final Fantasy XIII (Kotaku)
 This December, Final Fantasy XIII will hit Japan on the PS3. The release date is December 17 - so how long would players need to finish the game? A week? Those who can barrel through the title on the quick might want to pre-order the ¥7,980 title through retailer TSUTAYA by September 30.
Oct 02 Panasonic readies its 3D plasma display for Ceatec (CNET)
 Panasonic has developed a full-HD 3D plasma panel and high-precision active shutter glasses for the consumer market. The 50-inch prototype will be unveiled at the Ceatec Japan 2009 tradeshow which takes place from October 6 to 10. It features a new high-speed 3D drive and crosstalk reduction technology to maximize brightness as well as reduced image ghosting for rendering sharp and clear three-dimensional pictures.
Sep 30 Is Japan 'finished' in the games industry? (guardian.co.uk)
 Once upon a time, the Tokyo Game Show was the biggest videogames event on the planet, a throbbing hive of amazing announcements, bustling demo pods and saucy cos-players. This year's event has warranted only a handful of cursory mentions in the Western games press. "Man, Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished," veteran Capcom game designer Keiji Inafune is quoted as saying on the show floor. A bleak prognosis, but sadly not an unreasonably alarmist one - Hideo Kojima made similar points at the start of the year. Indeed, Japanese game development has been in gradual decline for a decade.
Sep 30 Anger is the name of Japan's favourite video game (Times Online)
 Gluttony, lust, sloth and pride have enjoyed their usual jaunt through Asia this week, but for the other three deadly sins it has been a mixed couple of days. Japan in late 2009 is fertile soil for anger. Unemployment is at record levels, wages are falling with a relentless monthly thud and the national peanut shortage is in its sixth exasperating month. For relief, the Japanese have turned to the works of Marx, assorted proletarian rants of the 1920s and the cartoon adventures of a laconic assassin - only to find that such literature prods them to greater heights of rage.
Sep 30 Tokyo Game Show fails to impress (Japan Times)
 The theme for the 2009 Tokyo Game Show is "Game, it's so energetic!" Ironic, as the energy for this year's show was less palpable than for previous ones. Organized by Japan's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, Tokyo Game Show is the premier domestic industry event, attracting buyers, press and fans from around the globe. Blame swine flu fears or the fact that the show was scheduled on the tail-end of the "silver week" holidays, but attendance was down on Saturday, the first public day: 62,138 visitors compared to 71,639 in 2008.
Sep 29 Google Japan Android Mascot a Peace Offering for Cyanogen (googleandblog.com)
 Over the weekend news of the Cease & Desist from Google to Steve Kondik AKA Cyanogen over his popular Android Mods raised concerns about how open Android is. In summation Google openly allows modifications to Android as well rooting of phones with Android on them but providing non-Android Google proprietary applications such as YouTube, GMail, GTalk, etc in Android modifications publicly is not allowed due to relatively loose manufacturer & carrier agreements.
Sep 29 Japan's Pioneer and Sharp delay optical disc JV (Reuters)
 Japanese consumer electronics makers Pioneer Corp and Sharp Corp said on Monday that they would delay the merger of their optical disc operations as anti-trust reviews continue overseas. The two companies reached an agreement for the merger earlier in the year and were scheduled to start the joint venture on Oct 1, in a bid to establish a leading position in the Blu-ray disc market.
Sep 29 Panasonic 50-inch 3D Plasma Coming in 2010 (electronichouse.com)
 Panasonic has developed a 50-inch, 1080p 3D plasma that it plans on shipping in 2010 in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The system, which will be on display at CEATEC Japan 2009, requires viewers to wear Panasonic's "active shutter" 3D glasses. These glasses switch in sync with the TV so that the right eye sees the right image and the left eyes sees the left image.
Sep 27 Success of Fiber to the Home in Japan Spurs Envy Among Telecom Experts (broadbandcensus.com)
 Fiber to the home (FTTH) has been touted by many as the next great leap in broadband connectivity, and was discussed at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference here on Saturday. In Japan this service has already become the leading method of broadband connectivity, with speeds reaching 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps), and a seemingly endless potential for application development.
Oct 04 A spaceman speaks (Japan Times)
 When future historians document the story of Japanese space exploration, 2009 will likely figure as the year when the nation put two high-profile rocket launch failures, in 1999 and 2003, firmly behind it and, quite literally, took off. In June, the nation's first blueprint for space development, the 'Basic Plan for Space', was published. A month later, Koichi Wakata completed the longest stay of any Japanese in space - 4 1/2 months at the International Space Station (ISS).
Oct 02 Japanese among Ig Nobel winners for cutting waste using panda feces (AP)
 A Japanese researcher was among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel Prize on Thursday for developing a method to cut kitchen refuse using bacteria derived from the feces of giant pandas. Fumiaki Taguchi, professor emeritus at the graduate school of medical sciences in Kitasato University, first suspected that giant pandas, which consume large volumes of bamboo, had peculiar bacteria in their intestines that decompose leaves and focused his attention on their feces.
Oct 02 Japan affected by fewer typhoons so far this year (AP)
 The fewest number of typhoons approached Japan's four main islands and the southern island of Okinawa in the first nine months of this year since the Japan Meteorological Agency began compiling data in 1951, the agency said Friday, attributing the phenomenon partly to the effects of El Nino. Only one typhoon came within a radius of 300 kilometers of Okinawa's coastline by the end of September, compared with the annual average of 5.9 for the same period.
Oct 02 Priority flu shots to start Oct. 19 (Yomiuri)
 The government task force set up to fight the new type of influenza has finalized its basic policy on vaccination, with a plan to begin inoculations on Oct. 19. Under the policy, medical professionals and people who are at a higher risk of developing serious symptoms will be given the highest priority and will be first to be vaccinated among 54 million prioritized individuals. Vaccines are expected to be available for most people with lower priority--including primary, middle and high school students and elderly people--early next year.
Oct 01 JR Tokai to operate bullet train at 330 kilometers per hour on trial basis (Mainichi)
 Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is set to operate a bullet train at a maximum speed of 330 kilometers per hour on a trial basis in November, company officials said. The previous speed record for a trial operation on the line, using vehicles for passenger services, was 325.7 kilometers per hour by a Series 300 in 1991. East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) posted a higher record; its Series E2 train hit 362 kilometers per hour between Urasa and Niigata on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.
Oct 01 Roppongi Hills self-sufficient in 'plane' energy (Yomiuri)
 Eleven buildings stand like a forest in the Roppongi Hills district in Tokyo. In the towering Mori Tower, which is the area's most recognizable landmark, six engines similar to those used by the Maritime Self-Defense Force's P-3C antisubmarine aircraft generate electric power around the clock. The engines, which make quite a harsh metallic sound, are located in an underground machine room at the 54-story skyscraper. The electric power generated by the engines is supplied to the nine buildings in the area, while steam and coolant water created using exhaust from the engines are provided to 10 buildings.
Oct 01 Maehara eyes manned rocket development (Yomiuri)
 Construction and Transport Minister Seiji Maehara, who is also in charge of space development, has indicated he is considering launching a national project to develop a manned space rocket of Japan's design. It is the first time that a minister in charge of space development has clearly referred to a space development plan involving a manned spacecraft.
Sep 30 'Nation's oldest stone tools found' (Yomiuri)
 Twenty stone tools believed to be the oldest discovered in the nation have been excavated from a mid-Paleolithic period geological layer, dating back 120,000 years, at an archeological site in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, researchers said Tuesday. According to a team of experts, led by Prof. Kazuto Matsufuji of Doshisha University, that has researched the Sunabara remains, the tools are tens of thousands years older than any previously discovered.
Sep 29 Growing number of early teens in Japan hit by H1N1 influenza (AP)
 An analysis of H1N1 influenza cases reported to healthcare institutions in Japan showed that those in their early teens have been catching the flu in increasing numbers since schools and nurseries reopened after the summer break, a government institute said Tuesday. A researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said the flu may be in the initial stage of a domestic outbreak, citing patterns for seasonal influenzas that typically hit specific regions and age groups in the early stage.
Sep 29 Group to create guidelines to determine sex of children born with gender abnormalities (Mainichi)
 The Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology is set to establish guidelines for determining the sex of children born with abnormalities that make it difficult to determine whether they are boys or girls, it has been learned. About 1 in 2,000 children in Japan are said to be born with abnormalities in hormones or chromosomes that make it difficult to determine their gender by sight, and problems have emerged with doctors making incorrect decisions.
Sep 29 2nd batch of crested ibises to take wing from Sado Island (Yomiuri)
 A second batch of Japanese crested ibises will be released on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, on Tuesday, and observers are hoping the birds have more success in breeding than the original group. Of the 10 crested ibises released in September last year, only the whereabouts of seven is still known. There seems little likelihood any of the seven will pair, however, because all four of the males have remained on Sado while all three females have flown to Honshu.
Sep 27 Sharp to enter major solar car race using 'space' cells (Mainichi)
 Sharp Corp. has announced that it will take part in the Global Green Challenge, one of the world's biggest solar car races to be held in Australia next month, with its new solar car jointly developed with Tokai University. The vehicle constructed by Tokai University students is equipped with Sharp's high-performance compound solar cells, which have been developed for special purposes including use in satellites.
By J.S. on Oct 8, 2009



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