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Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

August 27, 2013 10:50 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa said an automatic countdown...

Fast plant is boost for Japan auto also-ran Mazda

August 27, 2013 10:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds. The revamped Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan...

Tablet sales volume in Vietnam surged by 233 percent in first half of 2013

August 26, 2013 1:24 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

The tablet craze that is currently taking the world by storm has also infected the lesser developed country of Vietnam to a large extent with consumers here eagerly snapping up the increasingly popular smart device. Demand for tablets has been consecutively trending up...

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Google to launch new Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan

August 26, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday, featuring a lighter body and high-definition images to counter Apple Inc.'s popular iPad and other rivals. Running on the Android 4.3 operating system, the device will be Google's second model...

Startups gain appeal as some Japan Inc. names fade

August 26, 2013 6:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, a Tokyo district known for youth culture and tech ventures, defectors from corporate Japan are hard at work for a little known company they fervently believe will be the country's next big manufacturing success. Like a startup anywhere in the world, its...

Japan, Hungary foreign ministers to strengthen energy cooperation

August 23, 2013 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Hungarian counterpart Janos Martonyi in Budapest on Friday to agree to strengthen cooperation in the field of energy including nuclear power. Japan is aiming to export nuclear power infrastructure...

This is what a 550-ton hovercraft landing on a Russian beach looks like

August 21, 2013 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Alright, so technically the beach is a military zone and, technically, it's not a beach that people should be swimming from or sunbathing on, but that is one scary-looking piece of military equipment. According to a Russian defense ministry spokesperson, it's actually a government-owned beach and the landing was part of some military practice maneuvers.

Japan adds renewable energy capacity worth 2 nuclear reactors

August 20, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renewable energy facilities that newly started operating in fiscal 2012 in Japan totaled 2.08 million kilowatts in capacity, which is worth two nuclear reactors, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Tuesday. Solar power facilities, including those installed at homes and megasolar plants, largely contributed to the reading...

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Consumers in Singapore have mixed feelings about the local economy in the next 12 months

August 19, 2013 10:12 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In a relatively safe and stable country such as Singapore, many locals are largely more concerned about issues directly related to the economy and finances over others such as crime and lawlessness as well as drug abuse, concerns which rank relatively high in some other countries around the region. 

Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions

August 14, 2013 10:27 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations...

ANA, Japan Airlines check 787s for wiring problem

August 14, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.

North Korean “indigenous” smartphone manufactured at unicorn factory by Keebler Elves

August 13, 2013 2:21 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

North Korea’s “supreme leader”, Kim Jong-un, recently toured a Pyongyang factory, where workers are busy “manufacturing” the DPRK’s first “indigenous” smartphone, the “Arirang.” And if you had the woe-begotten idea that this Android device is a cheap Chinese knock-off with the DPRK label slapped on it, think again — the official North Korean news agency assures us that the Arirang includes a camera function with “high pixels.”

Asia Pacific consumers are most worried about the economy: GfK

August 13, 2013 10:02 am | by GFK | News | Comments

Economy-related matters appear to be on top of the list of concerns for today’s Asia Pacific consumers. According to the latest global survey by GfK, two in every five surveyed are worried about recession and unemployment as well as inflation and high prices...

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Getting to the core of Fukushima

August 7, 2013 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan's Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor's core. A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

US criticizes Vietnam new Internet control decree

August 6, 2013 12:16 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States joined global Internet giants Google and Facebook on Tuesday in criticizing a new decree in Vietnam that further curbs online free speech and forces foreign companies to keep servers inside the country. The Internet has emerged as a major avenue of dissent in Vietnam, alarming conservative elements in the Communist government.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved using K computer

August 5, 2013 11:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST.

Panasonic to boost production of lithium-ion battery for cars

August 1, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. will increase domestic production of lithium-ion battery used for automobiles to meet robust demand in the United States, company sources said Thursday.The struggling electronics maker will resume operation of idled lines at an Osaka factory...

Taiwan's HTC reports 83 percent drop in 2Q profit

July 30, 2013 5:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported an 83 percent drop in second quarter profit Tuesday, hit by intensifying competition in the smartphone market. HTC's profit totaled 1.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($40 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three months through June. The company...

Terra to launch electric scooter synchronizing with smartphone

July 10, 2013 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

Sharp to sell "talking" home appliances in Japan

July 9, 2013 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it will launch "talking" electronic appliances in Japan next month that are capable of informing users of operational status and reminding them to do daily chores. Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items...

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors

July 8, 2013 12:23 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.

Toshiba to expand semiconductor plant in central Japan

July 3, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it will expand its semiconductor manufacturing plant in central Japan to meet growing demand for memory chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Expansion work at the Yokkaichi facility in Mie Prefecture will start in late August for scheduled completion in summer next year, the company said.

Japan's sole operating reactors allowed to be online until Sept

July 3, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Wednesday to allow Japan's only two reactors currently online to continue operating even after new safety requirements for atomic plants are introduced next Monday, as it sees no serious problems with them at the moment.

Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

July 2, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch" as rumors suggest it may be developing a smart wristwatch. A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application was made June 3 and made public June 27.

Japan's power-saving period begins ahead of summer

July 1, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-requested three-month period of electricity saving began Monday in large parts of Japan ahead of the high demand season, the fifth of its kind since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis left most of the nation's nuclear reactors offline.

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