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Isola relocates its Asia-Pacific Technology Center in Taiwan

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l. announced the relocation of its Asia-Pacific Technology Center from Singapore to a new state-of-the art facility located in Yangmei, Taiwan. The company's manufacturing operations in Singapore are not affected by this announcement. The new Technology Center in Taiwan is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014; customer support will not be affected by the relocation.

Photos of the Day: The "True Love Tester" smart bra

February 5, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “True Love Tester” bra from Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, tracks changes in the...

India, Japan to cooperate in energy, telecoms

January 27, 2014 10:52 am | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India and Japan have signed agreements on cooperation in the energy and telecom sectors during...

Researchers develop way to "see" melted nuclear fuel in Fukushima

January 23, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of Japanese researchers said Thursday it has developed a cosmic ray-based system to...

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Aging Fukushima Daini reactor can be safely offline for 10 more yrs

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday confirmed that one of the aging reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daini plant can remain offline safely for another 10 years, after assessing the deterioration level of related equipment and the impact of the March 2011 natural disasters.

Panasonic, Epco to set up joint venture on solar power business

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. and Epco Co. said Tuesday they have agreed to set up a joint venture to buy electricity from households generated with solar panels. They will invest 300 million yen to establish the new company on Jan. 31, aiming to win contracts of more than half a million households and post sales of over 20 billion yen by fiscal 2018.

Nuclear power unpredictable, Fukushima engineer warns in Taiwan

January 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese engineer who helped build part of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor said in Taiwan on Wednesday that the safety of nuclear power plants is unpredictable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources. Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians...

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Low-priced "generic" home appliances gaining popularity

January 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called "generic" home appliances have become popular among Japanese consumers placing priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brands. Generic home appliances use older generations of technologies and have limited functions while maintaining basic features. The name "generic" is believed to have come from "generic" drugs.

Video game players can check out Toyota concept

January 13, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future. The Japanese automaker took the wraps off the FT-1 on Monday during press previews at the North American International Auto Show.

Japan automakers to unveil concept cars in Detroit

January 13, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are among the major players in an increasingly confident automotive industry unveiling new concept models to stir excitement in the improving U.S. market at the North American International Auto Show that opened Monday in Detroit. U.S. research company Edmunds.com estimates 15.66 million new cars were sold in 2013...

Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam battled police and torched motorbikes on Thursday, in a rare outbreak of labor violence in the tightly controlled country. Eleven people were injured in the incident, which Samsung said occurred after a disagreement between workers and security guards over safety protocols at the site.

New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

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Sharp unveils TV positioned between HD and 4K

January 7, 2014 11:12 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker Sharp is bridging the gap between expensive 4K TVs and HD versions with an in-between solution that's also priced in the middle. Its new Quattron+ technology doubles the vertical resolution of a high-definition set by chopping the existing pixels in half.

Construction of maglev train lines to start next fall

January 2, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Central Japan Railway Co. is planning to start construction of its magnetically levitated train line to connect Tokyo and Nagoya around the fall of next year, sources close to the issue said Sunday. The railway operator, known as JR Tokai, will submit the construction plan to the transport ministry by the summer, with a senior company official saying...

Toshiba in talks with U.S. firms to sell part of stake in Westinghouse

December 27, 2013 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. is in talks with Bechtel Corp. and other American engineering companies to sell part of its stake in U.S. nuclear equipment-manufacturing unit Westinghouse Electric Co., sources close to the matter said Thursday. Toshiba, which currently owns an 87 percent stake in Westinghouse...

Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

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Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Bulgaria to seek Toshiba investment in building new reactor

December 12, 2013 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulgaria's state-owned energy company will negotiate with Japan's Toshiba Corp. for investment in building a new reactor at the country's only nuclear power plant, according to local media. Under a government-approved plan, Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD will ask the Japanese heavy machinery maker to provide up to 30 percent of the funding...

JR West unveils train cars equipped with "all possible safety steps"

December 11, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Japan Railway Co. on Monday unveiled train cars that it said incorporate "all possible safety steps," with lessons learned from past accidents. Each car is equipped with sensors to detect derailments and collisions, according to the train company. The train also features an emergency brake that activates automatically...

Japan to set up initiative to help small firms enter ASEAN markets

December 6, 2013 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government will set up a public-private initiative to support small and medium-sized businesses expand into Association of Southeast Asian Nations markets, a Japan-ASEAN diplomatic source said Friday.The launch of the initiative, at a time Japan is seeking to counter China's growing presence in the ASEAN region...

Daihatsu recalls 764,053 vehicles over transmission, sensor trouble

December 4, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 764,053 minivehicles due to possible damage to a gear shaft in a continuously variable transmission and faulty engine sensors. The nine models subject to the recall include the Move, Tanto and Mira, manufactured between May 2006 and November 2010, the automaker said.

Team of int'l experts to advise on safety culture at TEPCO

December 4, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An international taskforce of nuclear experts will start meeting in January to advise Tokyo Electric Power Co. on safety issues, according to Barbara Judge, who has been called in by the Japanese utility to draw up a new culture and standards. Judge, former chairwoman of Britain's Atomic Energy Authority, is currently assembling a team of six experts...

Tokyo Motor Show ends with visitor numbers up

December 3, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday after drawing more visitors than the previous event. During the 10-day program, 902,800 people visited Tokyo Big Sight, up from around 840,000 in the previous show in 2011, to see 426 cars and two-wheelers displayed by 178 companies from 12 nations.

Indian craft leaves Earth's orbit on way to Mars

December 2, 2013 12:47 pm | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth's orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said.

Intensifying demand propels Southeast Asia’s smartphone sales volume

December 2, 2013 10:28 am | by GFK | News | Comments

The ongoing trend of upgrading from basic mobile phones to smartphones, particularly in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets has further deepened smartphone penetration in the region and driving robust sales of the popular gadget. In the first three quarters of this year, consumers...

NRA wary of conditional use of safety system at TEPCO nuclear plant

November 27, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Wednesday that it could be difficult for reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant to pass the safety screening process if Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it will only use a planned key safety system after securing local approval.

Chubu Electric to finish smart meter introduction ahead of schedule

November 26, 2013 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chubu Electric Power Co. on Tuesday unveiled a plan to complete introducing next-generation electricity meters to all households in the utility's service area some two years and three months ahead of its original schedule. Akihisa Mizuno, president of the Nagoya-based utility, said the company could slash costs for fiscal 2016...

Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

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