1. Switzerland Related News

EPFL students trip to the "Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel"

Science & Technology Office Tokyo, September 12, 2018

As part of their study trip to Japan, the Civil Engineering students (Bachelor) of EPFL in Switzerland visited the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, with support from the Science & Technology Office Tokyo. On September 12, 27 motivated students and two representatives of the Science and Technology Office Tokyo got on a bus and visited this impressive site in Saitama Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo. The discharge channel provides safety to the people living in the metropolitan area by collecting the overflow water from small- to mid-size rivers during periods of intense rainfall, retaining the water in five banks interconnected through the underground tunnel and a huge underground water tank, and finally releasing it to the extensive Edo River. After the explanation about the history and engineering design of the construction by guides, the participants went down into the pressure-adjusting water tank, which lies 22 meter below ground. The water tank is often called "the Underground Parthenon" or "the Underground Temple" from its gigantic shrine-like structure. The site visit was a unique experience that impressed and inspired not only the newly minted engineers but also the participants from the Science and Technology Office Tokyo.

Swiss Developers at Tokyo Game Show 2018

Science & Technology Office Tokyo, September 20, 2018

From 20th to 23rd of September, the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, a neighboring prefecture of Tokyo, was host to the biggest video game convention of Japan. For four days, the halls of the Makuhari Messe were filled with spectacular booths, innumerable “cosplayers” and live shows. This year, a focus was set on e-sports, allowing enthusiasts to follow the competition between professional gamers on the big screen. Among the numerous exhibitors were six studios from Switzerland. They were mostly gathered together under the tag “Swiss Games” in the Indie Games section of the event. The games being showed included "Leif's Adventure: Netherworld Hero" (OneManOnMars), "Devader" (Falkenbrew), "Invisiballs" (DigitalKingdoms), "Helvetii" (The Craig Parliamanet), "Splash Blast Panic" (KWAKWA) and "Spells of Genesis" (BitCrystals), which incorporates Blockchain technology. The Tokyo Game Show showed that Switzerland does have a thriving indie game development scene that puts forth interesting and creative games and makes them accessible to the gamers back home as well as here in Japan.

2. Science and Technology Policy in Japan

Innovation push seeks moonshot via competition / New system of govt funding aims for huge payoffs

The Japan News, September 04, 2018

The government plans to launch a new system next fiscal year in which funding will be allocated to multiple researchers working on similar projects to encourage competition in achieving results.

Ministry to survey students for univ. evaluations

The Japan News, September 05, 2018

The education ministry will conduct a nationwide survey of university students from the next academic year regarding their length of study hours and degree of satisfaction with courses.

Japan eager to get on board with vertical-takeoff 'flying cars'

The Japan Times, September 19, 2018

Electric drones booked through smartphones pick people up from office rooftops, shortening travel time by hours, reducing the need for parking and clearing smog from the air.

Electronic maps to facilitate sharing of disaster information

The Japan News, September 24, 2018

The government plans to fully launch in fiscal 2019 a system in which information on earthquakes, heavy rains and other disasters collected by government agencies and local authorities is displayed on electronic maps, sources have said.

Embryo genome editing research likely to get nod

The Japan News, September 25, 2018

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry and the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will present guidelines for the research at a meeting of an expert panel to be held Friday.

3. Education

As state subsidies decline, Nagoya University turns to crowdfunding to support student activities

The Japan Times, September 04, 2018

Amid cuts in government subsidies for national universities, Nagoya University has turned to crowdfunding to support student activities and educational projects.

Students help revitalize rest area in Shiga

The Japan News, September 12, 2018

Believing the ideas of young women could revitalize the local area, the operator of a roadside rest area in Ryuo, Shiga Prefecture, entered into a collaboration with Shiga Junior College in Otsu to develop new products.

Future of education: Startups eye programming, custom learning

The Japan Times, September 14, 2018

The environment surrounding education has seen changes thanks to an approach to utilize the latest information technology in education, which is known as “edtech.”

Preschools prepping for digital age

The Japan News, September 26, 2018

It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to “three R’s” education.

Science link eyed for high school, univ. / Continuous system for promising students

The Japan News, September 29, 2018

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry will begin planning in fiscal 2019 a new school system that will integrate senior high schools and universities to enhance studies in math and science.

4. Life Science / Health Care

Telemedicine via smartphone apps gaining in popularity in Japan

The Japan Times, September 19, 2018

Remote medical consultation services that connect doctors and patients via smartphones and other devices are spreading across Japan, with their popularity boosted by recent deregulation of telemedicine.

Blood transfusions with iPS cells OK'd by Japanese health ministry

The Japan Times, September 23, 2018

The government has given the green light to using blood transfusions including platelets created from artificially derived stem cells to treat patients with intractable diseases.

Fujifilm plans iPS-based trials to treat complications from bone marrow transplants

The Japan Times, September 25, 2018

Fujifilm Corp. aims to start clinical trials with artificially derived stem cells next year to prevent serious complications from bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia, company officials say.

Oil of blue-backed fish helps reduce patients’ anxiety

The Japan News, September 25, 2018

The Yomiuri Shimbun Blue-backed fish oil is effective at helping ease patients’ anxiety with certain mental diseases and cardiac infarction, among other diseases, researchers of the National Cancer Center Japan have announced.

5. Nano and Micro Technology / Material Science

Biodegradable straw material to debut in Asia

Nikkei Asian Review, September 04, 2018

Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings and Thai state oil group PTT have combined two types of biodegradable plastic into a new, stronger material they say will reduce a source of waste filling the world's oceans -- drinking straws.

Toray expands carbon fiber capacity in Mexico and Hungary

Nikkei Asian Review, September 08, 2018

Toray Industries will spend up to 20 billion yen ($180 million) to bolster its carbon fiber production capacity by 20%, investing in plants in Hungary and Mexico to stay competitive in the growing field.

6. Information & Communications Technology

AI helps Japan Airlines pack planes even tighter

Nikkei Asian Review, September 01, 2018

An AI-guided pricing system is helping Japan Airlines fill international flights to capacity, raising hopes that the carrier will reverse a predicted drop in annual operating profit to an increase despite high fuel prices.

Software to help police track cryptocurrency crime

The Japan News, September 01, 2018

The National Police Agency has mapped out a policy to introduce software next fiscal year to visualize the transaction history of virtual currencies in the face of increasing money laundering, massive theft and other cases related to cryptocurrencies.

Japanese police to test AI use for improving investigations of criminal activity

The Japan Times, September 03, 2018

The National Police Agency plans to conduct experiments in fiscal 2019 on using artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of investigations, including for analyzing vehicle types.

Line to upgrade mobile payment with $1.3bn bond issuance

Nikkei Asian Review, September 05, 2018

Japanese app developer Line will issue about 148 billion yen ($1.33 billion) in zero-coupon convertible euroyen bonds overseas under plans announced on Tuesday, aiming to invest in its mobile payment service and smart-speaker tech.

‘Smart farming’ may transform agriculture

The Japan News, September 06, 2018

Yasufumi Miwa, an expert at the Japan Research Institute, spoke with The Yomiuri Shimbun about the potential of smart farming in terms of revitalizing and sustaining Japan’s agriculture. The following is excerpted from the interview.

Houses in Japan will come with a history

Nikkei Asian Review, September 08, 2018

Japan will attempt to give the existing-home market a shot in the arm by enabling one-stop shopping for background data on individual properties, such as past sale prices and renovation histories, eliminating much of the time and legwork now needed to gather such information.

Japan's Recruit employs AI to stop workers from quitting

Nikkei Asian Review, September 10, 2018

Japanese staff servicing group Recruit Holdings has launched an internal program that utilizes artificial intelligence to detect workers at risk of leaving the company, so that supervisors can intervene early.

Tokio Marine & Nichido to train staff using AI

The Japan News, September 14, 2018

The Yomiuri ShimbunTokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. plans in 2019 to introduce artificial intelligence to train its employees to improve their business skills, according to sources.

Japan weighs benefits, as well as health and security risks, of embedded microchips

The Japan Times, September 20, 2018

The signs of a future in which humans merge with machines are appearing in Japan as people start to implant microchips in their bodies. But set against considerations of convenience are questions over potential medical law violations, health concerns and security risks.

Fisheries institute, Google to work on system to monitor illegal fishing

The Japan News, September 20, 2018

The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) will work together with Google and others to operate a system to monitor poaching at sea, as an increasing number of foreign ships fish illegally in waters around Japan.

7. Software / Mobile Services & Applications

Online map plots the many spots that boast a view of Mount Fuji

The Japan Times, September 04, 2018

The Japan Map Center on Monday released an online guide to locations where Mount Fuji can be viewed, showing that the nation’s renowned 3,776-meter volcano can be observed from as far as 300 km away.

Kumamoto’s 90-year-old Insta-gran earns global acclaim

The Japan News, September 06, 2018

Kimiko Nishimoto poses in some of her photographs. Bottom right is the first self-portrait she took. She takes many of her creative photos using the self-timer on a single-lens reflex camera, then edits and arranges them on a computer. She’s turned one room of the house where she lives alone into a studio.

Uber debuts taxi-hailing in Japan, starting from Nagoya

Nikkei Asian Review, September 07, 2018

Uber Technologies launched a cab-hailing app in Japan on Thursday, aiming to expand its footprint in a country that bars its signature ride-sharing service.

Digital media upstarts step up assault on Japan's news business

Nikkei Asian Review, September 09, 2018

Since the dawn of the internet, Japan's newspapers have maintained large readerships even as their counterparts elsewhere have struggled. Now, at last, digital technology is beginning to crack open the country's media market.

New app identifies underwater creatures at Japan aquariums with the tap of a finger

The Japan Times, September 20, 2018

Ever struggled to identify the name of a fish when visiting an aquarium? A campaign being held at three aquariums in Japan until the end of November will allow visitors to look up the names of fish and mammals as if they have an encyclopedia at their fingertips.

SoftBank and DiDi start taxi-hailing service in Osaka

The Japan Times, September 28, 2018

A joint venture between SoftBank Corp. and China’s DiDi Chuxing launched a taxi-hailing service in Osaka Prefecture on Thursday.

Defining the Heisei Era: When Japanese games went global

The Japan Times, September 30, 2018

Ken Kutaragi is feeling a little anxious. He has already long established himself as one of the brightest minds at Sony, but today is like being a newbie all over again. That’s because on this particular morning, Dec. 3, 1994, the machine that’s essentially his life’s work, the Sony PlayStation, is about to be released.

8. Energy / Environment

Govt supports bioplastics via subsidy plan

The Japan News, September 01, 2018

The Environment Ministry plans to encourage the spread of bioplastics from next fiscal year by subsidizing commodity manufacturers and groups that are making efforts to replace petroleum-based plastic products with plant-based ones.

Fukushima water release into sea faces chorus of opposition

The Japan Times, September 01, 2018

Citizens and environmental groups have expressed opposition to the idea of releasing into the ocean water tainted with tritium, a radioactive substance, from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Sony to source all its energy from renewables by 2040

Nikkei Asian Review, September 09, 2018

Sony plans to have all the energy it uses come from renewable sources by 2040, up from the current level of 7%, aiming to enhance corporate value as more investors and consumers place greater weight on environmental friendliness.

Inpex revamps energy portfolio with pivot to LNG

Nikkei Asian Review, September 10, 2018

Japanese oil and gas distributor Inpex is restructuring its energy portfolio to reduce reliance on the oil sector, with a liquefied natural gas project already producing in Australia and another planned for Indonesia.

Chiyoda to build one of world's biggest ethylene plants in US

Nikkei Asian Review, September 11, 2018

 Japanese engineering company Chiyoda has won a contract to build one of the world's largest ethylene plants in the U.S., a project aimed at tapping shale gas reserves there.

Nation hopes to share international water technology

The Japan Times, September 14, 2018

Tokyo will host the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 from Sunday to Friday. The event is expected to attract 6,000 people from more than 100 countries to discuss technology, public policies, international collaboration and other subjects to achieve sustainable water management practices.

Recovery, reuse of phosphorus from wastewater

The Japan Times, September 14, 2018

Phosphorus (P) is essential to human life and vital for food production. It is the critical building block of DNA, cell membrane and bones, and plays a crucial role in cellular energy metabolism. Today, P is mostly obtained from mined phosphate (Pi) rock, but natural reserves of Pi rock are concentrated in a limited number of countries such as Morocco, China and the U.S.

Tokyo to showcase efforts on sustainable water cycle

The Japan Times, September 14, 2018

Tokyo will host the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition for the first time, bringing together over 6,000 water-related professionals from over 100 countries. Director General of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Waterworks Masahiro Nakajima shared his expectations on this largest-ever congress.

SoftBank moves to lock up lithium, the lifeblood of electric cars

Nikkei Asian Review, September 24, 2018

SoftBank Group is on the hunt for natural resources, particularly the lithium needed for electric car and smartphone batteries.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government to test paper straws at three coffee shops

The Japan Times, September 29, 2018

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will test paper straws at three coffee shops in its two government buildings in Shinjuku Ward for a month starting Monday.

About 40% of world's seabirds have toxic substances in their bodies due to plastic waste, research by Japanese universities shows

The Japan Times, September 30, 2018

About 40 percent of seabirds surveyed around the world had toxic substances derived from plastic waste in their bodies amid concern over marine plastic pollution, according to a recent study by two Japanese universities.

Treated water at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive: Tepco

The Japan Times, September 30, 2018

The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has said that much of the radioactive water stored at the plant isn’t clean enough and needs further treatment if it is to be released into the ocean.

9. Space Development

Japanese sword-making techniques tapped for asteroid exploration

The Japan Times, September 04, 2018

Researchers are looking to adopt the technology used to make Japanese swords in an effort to collect geological samples from an asteroid.

Next floor please: Japan team to test mini 'space elevator' in world first

The Japan Times, September 06, 2018

Japanese team working to develop a “space elevator” will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version of the apparatus and monitoring equipment on satellites to test the technology.

Japan's ANA enters space exploration business

Nikkei Asian Review, September 06, 2018

Japanese airline ANA Holdings said Thursday it will enter the space exploration business by developing technologies to place robots in outer space and to operate them from Earth.

Hayabusa2 probe releases two rovers over Ryugu asteroid

The Japan Times, September 23, 2018

Japan’s space probe on Friday released a pair of exploring rovers toward an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system.

JAXA confirms tiny robots from Hayabusa2 landed on asteroid

The Japan Times, September 24, 2018

A pair of tiny robots released by the Hayabusa2 space probe touched down Saturday on an asteroid 300 million km from Earth, JAXA said.

Kounotori launched with record payload

The Japan News, September 24, 2018

An H-2B rocket carrying a Kounotori unmanned cargo spacecraft, heading for the International Space Station, successfully took off from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 2:52 a.m. Sunday.

10. Engineering / Robotics / Automotive

Uber shortlists Japan as a candidate country to test flying taxis

The Japan Times, September 01, 2018

Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday it will choose a city from one of five countries, including Japan, to test flying taxi services that the ride-hailing firm aims to launch commercially in 2023.

Renesas steps into fabless future to lead self-driving age

Nikkei Asian Review, September 01, 2018

Renesas Electronics' talks toward acquiring U.S.-based Integrated Device Technology, a fabless chip design house known for expertise in technology for autonomous vehicles, symbolize an industry landscape where value has moved away from mass production and toward design and development.

Drones and robot pets steal the show at Tokyo toy exhibition

Nikkei Asian Review, September 08, 2018

Drones and other tech-heavy gadgets were high flyers at a recent Tokyo trade exhibition that showcased toys for the upcoming Christmas shopping season.

Are robots all hype? Nidec may have the answer

The Japan Times, September 08, 2018

Will robots run the factories of the world? There may be clues in Japan. Kyoto-based Nidec Corp. makes motors of all sizes that show up in just about everything: your car, your washing machine, even hard-disk drives from back in the day.

Technological strength critical in battle over next-generation vehicles

The Japan News, September 11, 2018

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe international battle for leadership in the field of next-generation vehicles has intensified. Moves regarding fast chargers for electric vehicles are being closely watched. Japanese and Chinese industry groups have agreed to jointly develop a unified standard for next-generation chargers.

Sharp's humanoid RoBoHon robot to guide tourists in Kyoto

The Japan Times, September 12, 2018

Sharp Corp.’s RoBoHon, a small humanoid robot with artificial intelligence features, will accompany tourists in taxis in Kyoto and offer sightseeing guidance in Japanese, Chinese and English starting Sept. 22, the service providers said Tuesday.

Toyota to replace side-view mirrors with cameras in new model

Nikkei Asian Review, September 13, 2018

Toyota Motor will introduce a digital alternative to side-view mirrors in a revamped Lexus sedan due out in late October, becoming the world's first automaker to adopt such a device in a mass-produced vehicle.

First self-driving car hub in Japan set for Tokyo's Shinagawa

Nikkei Asia Review, September 14, 2018

Japan's transport ministry envisions building the country's first hub for automated vehicles in downtown Tokyo in conjunction with the 2027 start of service on a ultrahigh-speed train line.

Job-stealing robots stoke concerns in Japan about inequality

Nikkei Asia Review, September 14, 2018

Japan is famous for its innovation in productivity-boosting automation and lifelike robots like Sony's robo-puppy aibo, but a new study finds that many Japanese believe these advances are coming at the expense of the humans that made them.

Nissan to expand electric lineup with luxury sedan

Nikkei Asia Review, September 14, 2018

Nissan Motor will start producing an electric luxury sedan by the end of 2020, according to sources. The Japanese maker of the Leaf electric car plans to develop the new model off an existing sedan sold overseas under the Infiniti brand. In Japan, the new electric version is to be sold under the Nissan marque.

AI chip war heats up as Nvidia targets smart farm machinery

Nikkei Asia Review, September 17, 2018

Nvidia is joining forces with Japan's Yamaha Motor to create smart machinery for agriculture and other fields, firing a shot in the intensifying battle for supremacy in chips designed for artificial intelligence.

Japan robot unveiled for sea-mapping competition

The Japan News, September 20, 2018

A new unmanned exploration robot designed to map the ocean floor is displayed at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday.

Car buyers to get more precise mileage data

The Japan News, September 21, 2018

Japanese vehicle buyers will see a marked increase in opportunities to check more precise mileage data based on an international fuel economy measurement standard.

Hokkaido newspaper successfully tests newspaper delivery by drone

The Japan Times, September 22, 2018

Hokkaido newspaper company tested delivery by drone on Friday to determine whether the unmanned aircraft can be relied on to bring news to the public in times of disaster.

Cafe to showcase robot waiters steered from afar by people with ALS, other debilitating diseases

The Japan Times, September 23, 2018

A temporary cafe that will use remotely controlled robots as waiters is set to open in Tokyo’s Akasaka district in November to show how machines can act as proxies for people with severe physical disabilities.

3-D maps aim to improve self-driving

The Japan News, September 23, 2018

The Yomiuri ShimbunThree-dimensional maps that enhance the accuracy of self-driving technology have been under development through cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Plowing millions into Uber, Toyota prepares for a future with fewer privately owned cars

The Japan Times, September 28, 2018

Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s biggest carmaker, is preparing for a potential future where people don’t buy cars. That’s behind the hefty investments the company has made in ride-hailing providers, most prominently the $1 billion it poured into Southeast Asian leader Grab.

Suzuki Motor admits data falsified in vehicle checks

The Japan News, September 28, 2018

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Wednesday that the company has falsified preshipment vehicle inspection data, on top of earlier announced improper emissions checks.

11. Physics and Nuclear Development

JAEA develops imaging tech to inspect Fukushima N-plant

The Japan News, September 04, 2018

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) announced that it has succeeded in developing a technology to create images of radioactive contamination conditions in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Japan reactor delayed 2 years in blow to plutonium reduction

Nikkei Asian Review, September 05, 2018

A nuclear power plant in northern Japan designed to use recycled fuel has been pushed back by two years and will not start operation until at least 2026, marking a major setback for the country's commitment to drawing down its plutonium stockpile.

12. Startups

Deutsche Bank’s Matsuda joins Japan cryptocurrency startup as strategist

The Japan News, September 04, 2018

A Japanese cryptocurrency startup founded by a Deutsche Bank AG veteran has hired another alumnus of the German lender to provide research on digital tokens.

Japanese startup PD AeroSpace aims for commercial space travel in 2023

The Japan Times, September 05, 2018

The startup PD AeroSpace Ltd. is developing a reusable spacecraft shaped like an airplane to carry paying customers into space by 2023.

Kakao to link Korea-Japan taxi-hailing apps

Nikkei Asian Review, September 06, 2018

South Korea's Kakao Mobility plans to make a 1.5 billion yen ($13.5 million)  investment in JapanTaxi and link their taxi-hailing apps by the end of this year, enabling South Korean tourists to book cabs in Japan.

'Social buyers' deal Japanese goods to online shoppers in China

Nikkei Asian Review, September 06, 2018

People living in Japan, both locals and foreigners, are making tidy little profits by purchasing domestically produced goods then reselling them online to eager Chinese consumers on the mainland.

Pizza vending machine attracts crowds in Hiroshima

The Japan Times, September 07, 2018

Want a piping hot pizza any time you feel like one? So did truck driver Yoshiharu Taniguchi, who craved freshly made Italian pies when he worked long nights. His solution: hunt for a pizza vending machine.

'Engineer-friendly' Fukuoka pitches merits in campaign to become tech hub

The Japan Times, September 08, 2018

It’s a fast-growing city but with a reasonable cost of living, diverse cuisine and close access to an airport. Plus, the city is willing to support new tech projects.

Amazon opens innovation hub

The Japan News, September 20, 2018

Amazon.com revealed Wednesday its first permanent office in Tokyo dedicated to helping startups and entrepreneurs develop cutting-edge digital-based businesses through the IT giant’s cloud services, as part of its strategy to further expand its operations and accelerate technological innovations in Japan.

Tokyo firm to send rovers to moon via SpaceX by ’21

The Japan News, September 28, 2018

Takeshi Hakamada, founder and CEO of Japanese space startup firm ispace poses in front of full-scale spacecraft and rover models in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday.

Meet the new breed of Japanese entrepreneurs who are venturing into frontier markets

The Japan Times, September 29, 2018

Even as Japan Inc.’s influence has diminished under a series of internal scandals and international competition, the prevailing image of Japanese business remains tied to massive corporate conglomerates rather than innovative startups.

13. Intellectual Property Rights / Technology Transfer / Alliances

Alipay partners with Yahoo Japan to expand mobile payments reach

Nikkei Asian Review, September 05, 2018

Ant Financial Services Group and Yahoo Japan have formed a partnership, hoping to grab a slice of the mobile payments business in Japan, the two companies said Wednesday.

Canon takes on Sony in high-end mirrorless cameras

Nikkei Asian Review, September 06, 2018

Canon announced on Wednesday its first professional-grade mirrorless camera, just weeks after compatriot Nikon debuted its own version to challenge Sony's dominance in the segment.

Toyota to expand hybrid alliance, sharing tech with Chinese rival

Nikkei Asian Review, September 08, 2018

Toyota Motor is in discussions to provide hybrid technology to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a sign that it is intent on solidifying its strategic position in a market it believes will enjoy strong demand for hybrids for some time before autos go all-electric.

Hitachi and Tencent team up on 'internet of things'

Nikkei Asian Review, September 11, 2018

The tie-up, announced Monday, is meant for the long term and aimed at applying internet of things technologies to manufacturing, logistics and infrastructure, including building "smart cities" across China.

Renesas makes a pricey wager with IDT purchase

Nikkei Asian Review, September 12, 2018

Renesas Electronics' $6.7 billion acquisition of Integrated Device Technology is an expensive but potentially lucrative move to better tap into the burgeoning data economy, the next big arena for chipmakers.

Yamaha aims to develop electric scooters with Taiwan's Gogoro

Nikkei Asian Review, September 12, 2018

Yamaha Motor hopes to jointly develop electric scooters with Taiwanese producer Gogoro, to be launched on the island next summer as the Japanese motorcycle builder seeks to tap environmental efforts there.

Renesas mulls buying U.S. chipmaker IDT

The Japan News, September 14, 2018

Renesas Electronics Corp. is considering buying U.S. chipmaker Integrated Device Technology Inc., the Japanese automotive chipmaker said on Friday, as it beefs up its business in chips for self-driving cars and seeks new growth areas.

Renault-Nissan teams up with Google, letting Android take over the dashboard

The Japan Times, September 19, 2018

Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are about to do what many carmakers have been trying to avoid: let Google into the dashboard.

Japan, China plan to launch 'innovation dialogue' with focus on self-driving vehicles, AI

The Japan Times, September 25, 2018

In another sign of improving bilateral relations, Japan and China will pursue cooperation in developing advanced technologies in areas such as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence, sources close to the matter said Sunday.

14. General Interest

Let’s go to the museum / A look into the technology that built Japan

The Japan News, September 12, 2018

The world’s first amphibious bulldozer, which was developed in Japan, is exhibited at the Construction Technology Pavilion in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.

Nagano town boasts of connection to stars

The Japan News, September 12, 2018

Japan’s largest parabolic antenna is located at Usuda Deep Space Center in Saku, Nagano Prefecture. Hayabusa2 is about 300 million kilometers away in the direction the antenna is pointing to.

Japan's teamLab transcends borders of art and business

Nikkei Asia Review, September 15, 2018

In 2014 teamLab, a relatively unknown group of artists, engineers, designers, mathematicians and programmers created an immersive digital installation for Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation that attracted close to half a million visitors during a five-month run, breaking the museum's attendance records.

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