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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.

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Markets shrug off weak Chinese manufacturing news

July 1, 2013 10:21 am | by CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global stocks mostly rose Monday as long-awaited signs of improvement in Japan's economy helped investors shrug off a weakening in China's manufacturing sector. The Bank of Japan's closely-watched quarterly "tankan" survey for June showed that the index for major manufacturers rose to positive 4 points from negative 8 in March.

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.

Sharp to sell high-end "4K" LCD TVs in North America

July 1, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. will sell high-end liquid crystal display televisions equipped with "4K" technology in North America from September, company officials said Thursday. It will be the first time for the struggling Japanese electronics maker to launch overseas a 4K TV that delivers image quality four times finer than the current high-definition resolutions.

Chinese firm accused of stealing US software

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest wind turbine company and three people are accused of trade secrets from a U.S. software company. An indictment handed up in Wisconsin alleges Sinovel Wind Group and the three individuals stole proprietary wind turbine software technology, cheating the American company out of more than $800 million.

Smartphone sales in Thailand gather pace

June 27, 2013 3:12 pm | by GFK | News | Comments

Take-up of smartphones in the still developing market of Thailand has been surging in recent times; more than doubling in sales from being just one in every five handsets less two years ago to more than two in five or 42 percent of overall volume sales in the last 12 months.

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Korean sites still down after war anniversary hack

June 26, 2013 10:34 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several North and South Korean websites that went offline on a war anniversary remained shut down Wednesday, a day after what Seoul partly blamed on a hacking attack. The shutdown appeared to be less severe than one in March, and some government and private sector sites were operating again.

Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab

June 26, 2013 10:27 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade.

SKorea says several gov't, private websites hacked

June 25, 2013 10:41 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea said multiple government and private sector websites were hacked on Tuesday's anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and Seoul issued a cyberattack alert warning officials and citizens to take security measures. Government websites, including the one for the presidential Blue House, and some media servers were attacked...

Websites in 2 Koreas shut down on war anniversary

June 25, 2013 10:28 am | by Elizabeth Shim & Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours Tuesday on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul said its sites were hacked, while it was unclear what knocked out those north of the border.

Snowden's HK exit shows Chinese anger over spying

June 24, 2013 11:23 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officially, admitted leaker Edward Snowden was able to leave Hong Kong because U.S. authorities made a mistake in their arrest request, but the semiautonomous Chinese city also indicated displeasure over Snowden's revelation that the former British colony had been a target of American hacking.

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China astronauts float water blob in kids' lecture

June 20, 2013 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Astronauts struck floating martial arts poses, twirled gyroscopes and manipulated wobbling globes of water during a lecture Thursday from China's orbiting space station that's part of efforts to popularize the space program among young people.

France threatens Google with privacy fines

June 20, 2013 11:03 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON & THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

France is giving Google three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users — or be fined. Other European countries aren't far behind. Now it's up to Google to decide whether the relatively small fines are enough of an incentive to rethink its privacy rules — the Internet giant risks a €300,000 euro ($402,180) penalty in France.

China announces new measures to curb air pollution

June 17, 2013 9:54 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Cabinet has announced measures to curb the country's notorious air pollution, one of the many environmental challenges facing the country that are increasingly angering the public. The broad measures approved by the State Council include putting strict controls in place for industries that produce large amounts of waste and pollution...

China calls for explanations of US surveillance

June 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programs which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Washington needs to heed international concerns...

Chinese supercomputer named as world's fastest

June 17, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has built the world's fastest computer for a second time, beating the U.S.'s Titan machine. The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha city in central China is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second.

Creating a low-carbon, non-nuclear economy: The case of Taiwan

June 14, 2013 5:10 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, energy experts and policymakers around the world began to reassess the future of nuclear power. Countries, including Japan and Germany, have since scaled back or plan to shut down their nuclear power — sparking a global debate on how nations will replace nuclear.

China's Shenzhou 10 ship docks with space lab

June 14, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported. Automated controls guided the Shenzhou-10's docking with the space lab, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Leaker Snowden alleges NSA hacking on China, world

June 13, 2013 11:04 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America's computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have handed Beijing a weapon in its cyber war of words with Washington.

Toyota chosen as best global green brand for 3rd straight year

June 13, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. was selected as the "best global green brand" for the third consecutive year in 2013 for producing fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Prius hybrid, U.S. consulting firm Interbrand Corp. said Wednesday. U.S. automaker Ford came second, followed by Japan's carmaker Honda...

The secrets of another Japanese success story

June 12, 2013 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Japanese manufacturers have practically cornered the world market on components for lithium-ion batteries, films for LCDs and other advanced materials — with almost no competition from abroad. The secrets to their success are the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

US leaker Snowden faces hard choices while hiding

June 12, 2013 11:53 am | by KELVIN K. CHAN & PETER ENAV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, has few options to stay one step ahead of the authorities while in apparent hiding. One possibility is to seek asylum in a place that does not have an extradition pact with the United States...

Secret program leaker Snowden goes dark in HK

June 12, 2013 11:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former CIA employee who suddenly burst into headlines around the globe by revealing himself as the source of top-secret leaks about U.S. surveillance programs has just as quickly gone to ground again. Two days after he checked out of a Hong Kong hotel where he told the Guardian newspaper...

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