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Japan’s aversion to risk challenged by wave of start-ups

Japan’s aversion to risk challenged by wave of start-ups

Written by on December 16, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – A wave of start-ups is emerging in famously risk-averse Japan as cash-rich corporations increasingly delegate the task of keeping pace with technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics to smaller, nimbler businesses. Japan has been dry ground for start-ups, given the shame that entrepreneurs and investors associate with failure, but it is […]

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Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer – why?

Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer – why?

Written by on November 27, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the previously unreported […]

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Japan – antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple and carriers

Japan – antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple and carriers

Written by on September 26, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese regulators are considering taking action against Apple Inc over possible antitrust violations that may have helped it dominate the nation’s smartphone sales, government sources said, a move that could hit the company’s profit margins in one of its most profitable markets. In a report published last month, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission […]

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Japanese concerns over blockchain technology skills shortage

Japanese concerns over blockchain technology skills shortage

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese financial firms risk falling behind on the world stage as efforts to adopt blockchain technology that promises to save billions of dollars in backroom processing and revolutionize the finance industry are hamstrung by a dearth of specialists. Banks, brokerages and insurers in global financial centers are investing in the computer code […]

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Japan looks to kickstart its own ‘fintech’ revolution

Japan looks to kickstart its own ‘fintech’ revolution

Written by on March 28, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – A laggard in embracing the ‘fintech’, or financial technology, revolution, Japan is set to ease investment restrictions that could free up the flow of capital in an economy sitting on an estimated $9 trillion in individuals’ cash deposits. Strict regulation, easy access to credit due to rock-bottom interest rates, and weak demand […]

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Japan driverless taxi start-up aims for 2020 Olympics

Japan driverless taxi start-up aims for 2020 Olympics

Written by on February 29, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

FUJISAWA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Robot Taxi aims to forge partnerships with carmakers to develop a driverless taxi service in time for the 2020 Olympics, the technology company said, holding its first tests on public roads and joining a global race to develop self-driving cars. The joint venture between gaming software maker DeNA Co and […]

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Japan gives green light to self driving car tests

Japan gives green light to self driving car tests

Written by on November 5, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ease regulations to allow for self-driving cars to be tested on public roads in Japan from fiscal 2017 with the aim of companies providing the service for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Abe’s decision, which came from a meeting with the head of Toyota Motor Corp […]

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Humanoid robots alleviate Japan’s labour shortage

Humanoid robots alleviate Japan’s labour shortage

Written by on July 6, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new co-workers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan’s most pressing concerns – a shortage of labor and a need for growth. The 19 robots, which cost her employer Glory Ltd about 7.4 million yen ($60,000) each, have eye-like sensors and […]

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‘Galapagos’ flip-phone sees resurgence in Japan

‘Galapagos’ flip-phone sees resurgence in Japan

Written by on February 17, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers’ tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models. Dubbed ‘Galapagos’ phones because they have evolved to meet unique Japanese standards and tastes, flip-phone shipments rose 5.7 percent […]

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