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Taking up herewith Japanese Elctronics and Science & Technology Trend News by Media in last week.
Science & Technology Trend and etc in Japan will be read via these News.
Interested in "Stringer sees gaming, TVs rejuvenating Sony", "In world first, young coelacanth found" and etc.
Nov 20 Stringer sees gaming, TVs rejuvenating Sony (Japan Times)
 Sony said Thursday it aims to be profitable in gaming and flat-panel TVs by the fiscal year ending in March 2011 as it slashes costs to turn around money-losing businesses. The maker of the PlayStation game console is headed for its second straight year of losses in the fiscal year ending next March, battered by the global slowdown and sliding prices of gadgets.
Nov 20 Good to Go? Sony enters new arena with its next-generation PSP handheld (Yomiuri)
 When Sony announced the next-generation PSP 'the PSP Go' anticipation rode high. When more details were released at last year's E3 convention in Los Angeles, anticipation plummeted. And now that it's out, Sony is finding it might have an uphill battle getting accepted by retailers and gamers alike. But, it seems, this might just be the price of innovation. The shock first came when gamers and retailers discovered that the UMD minidisc format that Sony had pinned its hopes on since first releasing the PlayStation Portable in 2005 seemed to have been abandoned in favor of a download-only format.
Nov 19 'Go global', Japanese mobile makers told (FT.com)
 Japan's mobile handset makers may have only two years left to expand abroad or risk being left behind in the technology race, one of the industry's most respected figures warned yesterday. Takeshi Natsuno - the strategist behind NTT DoCoMo's "i-mode" data service and a professor at Keio University - said the end of network operator subsidies on new handsets meant that Japanese manufacturers would soon lose their technical lead. The comments are a wake-up call to an industry that is still the world's most technologically advanced, but where handset sales have all but halved since the state subsidies ended in 2007.
Nov 19 Gov't likely to extend 'eco-point' program by 9 months (AP)
 The government is likely to extend the "eco-point" economic stimulus program by around nine months from its initially scheduled expiration on March 31, lawmakers said Wednesday. The possible extension was discussed by a government panel convened the same day for the first time to work out an additional package of stimulus measures. The program was launched in May to encourage purchases of certain energy-efficient air conditioners, refrigerators and television sets capable of receiving terrestrial digital broadcasting.
Nov 18 Sharp reportedly to offer Google-based phone in Japan (MarketWatch)
 Sharp Corp. will offer mobile phones in Japan that run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system as early as the first half of next year, according to a company executive cited in a report Wednesday. DoCoMo currently offers a Google-based phone made by Taiwan's HTC Corp.

Science & Technology
Nov 22 Supercomputer vital to Japan's scientific future (Yomiuri)
 Is the new administration's stance on science and technology about to be called into question due to its budget measures? In its review of ministerial budget requests for fiscal 2010, which is aimed at cutting wasteful spending, the Government Revitalization Unit has decided to 'effectively freeze' a project by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry to develop a next-generation supercomputer.
Nov 21 Take a deep breath: Needles are on the way out (Asahi)
 For needle-shy patients who dread few things as much as a shot in the arm, there is reason to relax. Medical technology is under development for vaccines to be sprayed into the nose or applied by arm patch.
Nov 21 Jellyfish choking Pacific fishing (Yomiuri)
 Nomura's jellyfish, which usually infest the Sea of Japan, are starting to be seen in great numbers along the nation's Pacific coast. According to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, the jellyfish have caused great damage to the fishing industry this year, on a scale comparable to that seen four years ago, the most destructive year on record.
Nov 20 Japanese researchers discover way to detect digestive system cancer with blood test (examiner.com)
 Japanese researchers have discovered a way to detect cancer throughout the digestive system with a simple blood test. Looking at abnormalities in the genes of patients, the researchers believe they can detect the presence of gastrointestinal cancer with ninety percent accuracy, they announced to the Japanese media on Nov. 19th.
Nov 20 Japan embarks on annual whale hunt--can Sea Shepherd be far behind? (Los Angeles Times)
 Whaling ships from Japan left today for Antarctic waters on an annual five-month voyage in pursuit of about 1,000 minke whales and a small number of endangered fin whales. The seasonal hunts, during the Antarctic summer, are highly controversial. They're carried out in the name of research but the meat is sold in Japanese markets and restaurants and whatever research is conducted has been deemed questionable and unnecessary by many scientists outside Japan.
Nov 19 Smoke emerges from nuclear reactor, but no radiation leak reported (AP)
 Smoke briefly emerged from a quake-stalled nuclear power reactor in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday morning, but no one was injured and there was no radiation leak, local government officials said. The incident took place in a turbine room at the No. 3 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant around 10 a.m., according to the officials of the Niigata prefectural government.
Nov 19 Japanese self-defense force sunglasses will slow a bullet (geek.com)
 Those tiny, moist gobs of goo, goggling about inside of your skull, are two of the most important sensory organs you have, and although they - at first glance - appear to be alarmingly puncturable and squishable, your body luckily does a pretty good job of keeping your eyeballs safe. Tear ducts flush irritants out of them; eyelids keep them safe from debris; the hard, calcified ridges of your orbital bone keeps your eyes safe from squishing.
Nov 18 Japanese astronaut Hoshide to travel to int'l space station in 2012 (AP)
 Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has been assigned a role at the International Space Station that is expected to keep him there for about six months from the summer of 2012, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. Hoshide, 40, is the fourth Japanese astronaut to be selected for a long-term stay aboard the space station, where he is scheduled to engage in the operation of Japan's Kibo laboratory module, the state- run agency said.
Nov 18 In world first, young coelacanth found (Asahi)
 An aquarium here has discovered the first living specimen of a young coelacanth, an extremely rare fish that until decades ago had been thought extinct for millions of years. Aquamarine Fukushima said its researchers captured video image of the fish with an underwater robot camera in an Indonesian bay on Oct. 6.
Nov 18 Nature's fears extend to online behavior (Japan Times)
 It's hard work being prey. Watch the birds at a feeder. They're constantly on alert, and will fly away from food - from easy nutrition - at the slightest movement or sound. Given that I've never, ever seen a bird plucked from a feeder by a predator, it seems like a whole lot of wasted effort against a small threat.
Nov 18 Budget-cutting committee wants to kill JAXA's GX rocket project (Japan Times)
 The panel tasked with cutting government spending is advising that a rocket project worth hundreds of billions of yen be scrapped as part of the administration's efforts to identify waste in ministry budget requests for fiscal 2010. On Tuesday, the fifth day of the panel's nine-day, open-door scrutiny of ministries' budget requests, the Government Revitalization Unit screened 26 projects in three working groups.
Nov 18 University team finds clues to cause of Kawasaki disease (Yomiuri)
 A team of researchers at Juntendo University has recently discovered that so-called Kawasaki disease might be caused by served types of bacteria that have multiplied in great numbers in the body, the team recently announced. The hard-to-cure illness strikes infants and its cause has been a mystery. The team was successful in curing patients that had previously not responded to conventional treatments, and announced their results in an online journal of a British academic society for immunology.
Nov 17 Japan to install largest atmosphere observation radar in Antarctica (Mainichi)
 Japan will install an atmosphere observation radar at its Showa Station in Antarctica next fiscal year, which is expected to provide more precise global warming forecasts, it's been learned. Other countries' radars in Antarctica can reportedly observe only the lower part of the stratosphere, a dozen kilometers or so above the ground, but the new radar will be capable of observing almost the entire atmosphere, up to about 500 kilometers high. It will be the largest atmosphere observation radar in Antarctica.
By J.S. on Nov 27, 2007



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