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NKorea denies cyberattack on SKorean companies

April 15, 2013 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has denied involvement in a cyberattack that shut down nearly 50,000 computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks last month. The General Staff of the Korean People's Army issued the denial Saturday through the official Korean Central News Agency.

Precarious Japan nuke plant raises safety concerns

April 10, 2013 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent problems at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant are highlighting its precarious state two years after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka says the plant, which relies on makeshift cooling systems for its broken reactors, remains highly vulnerable.

US says hacking undermines China's interests

April 9, 2013 10:11 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hacking that originates inside China is undermining its relationship with the United States and harms Beijing's long-term interests, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday, in the latest high-level public expression of concern over a problem that has prompted threats of commercial retaliation from Washington.

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SKorea: 'Indication' NKorea prepping for nuke test

April 8, 2013 10:41 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's point man on North Korea says there is an "indication" that Pyongyang is preparing for a fourth nuclear test. Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told a parliamentary committee Monday that "there is such an indication," according to two ministry officials...

Japan increasingly nervous about North Korea nukes

April 8, 2013 10:29 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's easy to write off North Korea's threats to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile as bluster: it has never demonstrated the capability to deploy a missile that could reach the Pacific island of Guam, let alone the mainland U.S.

Nuclear-Fukushima Update

April 8, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday up to 3 liters of radioactive water has leaked from a second underground storage tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Following the latest series of problems at the nuclear plant, the utility set up an emergency task force headed by its President Naomi Hirose.

Kyushu Electric Update

April 4, 2013 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will launch a geothermal power generation project in Indonesia with trading house Itochu Corp. This marks the first overseas geothermal power generation project by a Japanese electric power company.

Timeline of recent events in North Korean tensions

April 4, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea bars South Koreans from going to their jobs at the Kaesong industrial complex and closes the border to trucks carrying raw materials for the factories in the most recent timeline of events in Korea tensions.

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Japan to set frequency limit for serious nuclear accidents

April 3, 2013 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it plans to set a frequency limit for accidents resulting in large releases of radioactive substances of below one every million years per reactor. The NRA has been discussing nuclear safety goals, saying it is important to be aware of the risks that will remain once planned measures are implemented...

Sharp to raise 100 bil. yen via new share offering

April 2, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. plans to raise about 100 billion yen through a public stock offering to repay part of 200 billion yen in convertible debt due in September, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Reactor-scrapping research facility to be built in Fukushima

April 2, 2013 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government said Tuesday it will build a research facility for decommissioning reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the town of Naraha, some 25 kilometers south of the crippled nuclear power plant.

North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

April 2, 2013 10:31 am | by FOSTER KLUG & HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea said Tuesday it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders see as its latest attempt to extract U.S. concessions by raising fears of war.

Apple issues apology in China over service policies, but state media attacks seen backfiring

April 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has issued an apology to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement posted in Chinese to Apple's website on Monday said the complaints had prompted "deep reflection" and persuaded the company of the need to revamp its repair policies, boost communication with Chinese consumers and strengthen oversight of authorized resellers.

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KAIST develops low-power radio frequency chip for mobile devices

April 1, 2013 10:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Professor Chul Soon Park from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and his research team recently developed a low-power version of the 60 GHz radio frequency integrated circuit.

U.S. takes swipe at China for hacking allegations

March 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has taken its first real swipe at China following accusations that the Beijing government is behind a widespread and systemic hacking campaign targeting U.S. businesses.Buried in a spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday...

Japanese regulators to investigate nuclear crisis

March 27, 2013 10:40 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami cut power and destroyed vital cooling systems at the Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns at three of its reactors.

NKorean defector groups report computer attacks

March 26, 2013 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea say they have suffered cyberattacks, one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted.

Kansai Electric eyes MOX fuel use at Takahama plant

March 26, 2013 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansai Electric plans to use plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, known as MOX, in so-called pluthermal power generation at its Takahama plant from around the fall of 2014, industry sources said Tuesday. The Osaka-based utility firm included the plan in its earlier application for government permission to raise household electricity rates, the sources said.

SKorea commits flub in cyberattack investigation

March 22, 2013 11:43 am | by Sam Kim, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In an embarrassing twist to a co-ordinated cyberattack on six major South Korean companies this week, investigators said Friday they wrongly identified a Chinese Internet Protocol address as the source. A joint team of government and private experts still maintains that hackers abroad were likely to blame, and many analysts suspect North Korea.

Renesas in talks to sell mobile chip operations overseas

March 21, 2013 9:52 am | News | Comments

The president of struggling Renesas Electronics Corp. said Thursday that the chipmaker is in talks with overseas companies on selling its loss-making mobile device chip operations as part of efforts to streamline its business.

Tokyo Metro to make cell phone services available on all lines

March 19, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Metro Co., the larger of the two subway operators in Tokyo, said it will make mobile phone services available in trains on all its nine lines at noon Thursday. While cell phone services in trains have been progressively introduced since March last year, the remaining segments on Ginza and Marunouchi lines will go mobile friendly on Thursday.

Panasonic to boost output in China

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Monday it will boost production of motors used in air purifiers and ventilation fans at its plant in Guangdong, China, amid growing demand for the products in the country and Southeast Asia.

TEPCO mulls more spending to ensure safety of Niigata nuclear plant

March 15, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric is considering spending tens of billions of yen more to ensure the safety of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant on Japan's northwest coast, which it is aiming to restart in fiscal 2013, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

O2Micro wins Best Product Award at 2013 China ACE awards

March 14, 2013 11:19 am | by O2Micro | News | Comments

O2Micro International Limited (Nasdaq:OIIM), a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, is pleased to announce that it received "The Best Product Award" at the 2013 China ACE Awards in the Power Management category. The award ceremony was held on March 1st at the 18th Annual IIC-China.

TEPCO's false explanation over accident probe not intentional

March 13, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third-party panel concluded Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. did not intentionally provide erroneous information to a Diet-appointed committee tasked to investigate the 2011 accident at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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