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Edano cautious about offering more support to TEPCO

November 9, 2012 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry minister Yukio Edano on Thursday took a cautious stance on additional financial support by the Japanese government for Tokyo Electric Power Co. to help the utility compensate people affected by the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi plant and clean up the mess left by the disaster.

Marubeni to set up major solar plant in central Japan

November 9, 2012 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marubeni Corp. has been awarded a contract to build and operate a large solar power plant on reclaimed land straddling the border of Mie and Aichi prefectures, prefecture officials said Friday. Construction is expected to begin next year on a 78-hectare plot of land across the Mie city of Kuwana and town of Kisozaki and the Aichi city of Yatomi.

Samsung launching larger-size smartphone in Japan

November 8, 2012 10:50 am | by Kyodo, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese unit of Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea said Thursday it will launch a larger-size smartphone in Japan on Nov. 16, a move that will accelerate competition in the market ahead of the year-end shopping season.


TEPCO to choose thermal power suppliers

November 5, 2012 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it will issue a tender to choose suppliers of electricity equivalent to 2.6 million kilowatts of thermal power to ensure stable supply in the future. The utility, known as TEPCO, will close the tender in late May next year and announce the results in late July, it said.

Decision on Japan nuke plant fault line postponed

November 5, 2012 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts have postponed a decision on whether a fault line underneath Japan's only operating nuclear plant is active and the facility should be closed. A five-member team commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Agency inspected the Ohi plant in western Japan last week to check a suspected fault line.

Japan nuclear plant checked for fault line

November 2, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese nuclear regulators inspected ground structures at the country's only operating nuclear plant to examine if an existing fault line is active. The inspection Friday determines whether the Ohi plant in western Japan should close. Its No. 3 and No. 4 reactors went back online in July...

Sakura Internet selects Mellanox InfiniBand for new public cloud infrastructure

October 31, 2012 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) (TASE: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that leading Japanese Internet provider Sakura Internet has selected Mellanox InfiniBand technology for its new cloud hosting infrastructure.

Panasonic earnings update

October 31, 2012 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday it expects to book a group net loss of 765 billion yen for the current business year through March, incurring a hefty loss for the second straight year due to massive restructuring costs amid a continued slump in its mainstay electronics operation.


Fujitsu announces new ARM cortex-based bridge SoC

October 31, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor America today introduced an Interface Bridge SoC that incorporates 10 different interfaces, more than any other similar single device. Designed for advanced Wi-Fi television tuner applications, the new MB86E631 combines a dual-core ARM@ CortexT-A9 processor and multiple interfaces, including...

Hitachi to buy Horizon Nuclear

October 30, 2012 3:57 pm | News | Comments

Japan's Hitachi Ltd. has agreed to buy British atomic power company Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd. from its German owners for 696 million British pounds ($1.12 billion). The companies announced the deal Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty after the 50-50 owners of Horizon...

In Vietnam, U.S. relies on pirate site to network

October 29, 2012 10:53 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a wildly popular website laden with unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies, a prime exhibit of the digital piracy that is strangling the music industry in Asia and eroding legitimate online sales around the world. But a few clicks inside the free-to-download bonanza that has pushed Vietnam's Zing...

High court hears closely watched copyright case

October 29, 2012 10:14 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Costco, eBay, Google and the nation's top art museums are backing a Thai graduate student against book publishers, the movie and music industries and other manufacturers in a Supreme Court battle over copyright protections with important implications for consumers and multibillion dollar annual sales online and in discount stores.

China ministry probes Qihoo browser over blogger complaints

October 26, 2012 2:40 pm | News | Comments

Chinese authorities are investigating the country's top anti-virus software firm Qihoo 360 Technology after a prominent blogger criticized its web browser, alleging improper practices such as mining of user data, Qihoo said in a posting on its official microblog account.


Taiwan's HTC reports 79 percent drop

October 26, 2012 4:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. on Friday reported a 79 percent drop in third quarter profit as intensifying competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. hurt sales. HTC said its profit totaled 3.9 billion New Taiwan dollars ($99 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three...

Fishing for answers off Fukushima

October 25, 2012 5:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Japan's "triple disaster," as it has become known, began on March 11, 2011, and remains unprecedented in its scope and complexity. To understand the lingering effects and potential public health implications of that chain of events, scientists are turning to a diverse and widespread sentinel in the world's ocean: fish...

Son-Tinh Moving Into South China Sea

October 25, 2012 4:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Son-tinh soaked the Philippines and is now moving into the South China Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the storm as the bulk western half of the storm had already moved over water. On Oct. 25, 2012 at 0525 UTC (1:25 a.m. EDT) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...

NASA satellite shows Son-tinh over Philippines

October 25, 2012 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The latest tropical storm in the western North Pacific Ocean has already spread its clouds and showers over the Philippines, as seen in NASA satellite imagery. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image as it flew over Tropical Storm Son-tinh today, Oct. 24.

ZOLL establishes Japanese subsidiary

October 24, 2012 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions and a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, has established Asahi Kasei ZOLL Medical Corporation (AZM) as its Japanese subsidiary effective November 5. AZM will advance the expansion and development...

Japan's large-scale PV power exhibition

October 22, 2012 7:53 pm | by SEMICON | News | Comments

PVJapan 2012, the leading photovoltaic exhibition in Japan, will take place on December 5-7. PVJapan is the best event for industry stakeholders to gain knowledge of Japan’s renewable energy industry, including solar energy. Leading-edge technologies will be exhibited on the show floor...

SEMICON Japan 2012: Focus on Next-Generation Technology Challenges — with Keynotes from Toshiba, Intel, Xilinx and TSMC

October 22, 2012 12:53 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on December 5-7. Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes speakers

Tokyo court finds Apple doesn't infringe Samsung patents

October 22, 2012 12:09 pm | by CNET | News | Comments

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported over the weekend that Apple won a pair of cases against Samsung over the last several weeks. The first, which came down in mid-September, found that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent...

Murata builds new factory in the Philippines

October 22, 2012 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. celebrated the completion of its newest plant in Southeast Asia. The factory, Philippine Manufacturing Co. of Murata, Inc. (PMM), a new subsidiary of Murata, is located in Tanauan City in Batangas Province, Philippines...

Japan’s first MR-conditional pacemaker system

October 19, 2012 11:38 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the Japanese regulatory approval and launch of the Advisa DR MRI™ SureScan™ pacing system. The Advisa MRI system is the first and only MR-Conditional pacemaker available to patients in Japan, the world’s second largest market for medical devices.

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply

October 19, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply ICs that cut microcontroller power supply system component counts by 50 percent and significantly reduce standby mode power. Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions...

Wind shear adversely affects Tropical Storm Maria

October 19, 2012 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Maria is moving away from Japan and strong wind shear is pushing its rainfall east of the storm's center, according to NASA satellite imagery. On Oct. 18 at 0845 UTC (4:45 a.m. EDT), NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite saw that rain associated with...

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