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Japanese industrial robots manufacturer, Fanuc is trying to get them to learn on the job

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/07/2016

Fanuc, a company that produces robot arms for factories, is trying to get them to learn on the job.

Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains
Date: October 7, 2016
Source: MIT Technology Review by Will Knight

The big, dumb, monotonous industrial robots found in many factories could soon be quite a bit smarter, thanks to the introduction of machine-learning skills that are moving out of research labs at a fast pace. Fanuc, one of the world’s largest makers of industrial robots, announced that it will work with Nvidia, a Silicon Valley chipmaker that specializes in artificial intelligence, to add learning capabilities to its products.

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Honda picks Tokyo over Silicon Valley for AI research center

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports, Tokyo | 11/06/2016

Honda's latest Asimo humanoid robot can interpret postures, gestures and facial expressions and control its fingers. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Honda picks Tokyo over Silicon Valley for AI research center
Date: October 31, 2016
Source: Bloomberg – Ma Jie, Yuki Hagiwara

Honda Motor Co. will spearhead its artificial intelligence efforts out of a new lab in Tokyo so that researchers can work closely with its engineers to commercialize the technology.

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Japan and the US are doing the most innovating in 3D printing, nanotech and robotics

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/13/2015

US and Japan Are Leading in 3D Printing

UN Report: US and Japan Are Leading in 3D Printing
Date: Nov 13, 2015
Source: ALL3DP by Hannah Augur

According to a UN report, Japan and the US are doing the most innovating in 3D printing, nanotech and robotics…and governments everywhere need to listen.

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Mitsubishi Successfully Completes Ground Demonstration Testing of Wireless Power Transmission Technology for Space Solar Power Systems

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/13/2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. - Wireless Power Transmission - Transmitting Unit

MHI Successfully Completes Ground Demonstration Testing of Wireless Power Transmission Technology for SSPS
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Expanding the Potential for New Industrial Applications

Tokyo, March 12, 2015 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has conducted ground demonstration testing of “wireless power transmission,” a new technology presently under development to serve as the core technology of the space solar power systems (SSPS) that are expected to be the power generation systems of the future. With successful completion of the test at the company’s Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, MHI has now verified the viability of long-distance wireless power transmission.

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Panasonic batteries to support Hayabusa 2 for 6 years in space

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/13/2015

Panasonic Batteries for Hayabusa 2

Off For a 6-Year Mission. Panasonic Batteries on Board Hayabusa2
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: Panasonic Corporation

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic‘s lithium primary batteries have been mounted in the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2“* launched on December 3, 2014. Three models of graphite fluoride (BR series**) cylindrical-type lithium primary batteries (BR-A, BR-1/2AA, and BR-C) with an extensive shelf life have been mounted this time. The same type of batteries had also previously been mounted in “Hayabusa,” which returned to Earth in 2010.

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Tech in Asia select best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 12/23/2014

Best of Japan's Gadgets in 2014

Robots, rings, and rides: the best of Japan’s gadgets in 2014
Date: Dec 20, 2014
Source: Tech in Asia – by J.T. Quigley

From wearables to robots, Tech in Asia rounded up some of the most interesting and innovative pieces of Japanese hardware that we covered in 2014. While the established tech giants continue to design the vast majority of the country’s gadgets, this year saw several strong entries from domestic startups. Without further ado, here are seven of our favorites (in no particular order):

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Japanese advertising company “Dentsu” announced “2014 Hit Products in Japan” and “2015 Expected Hit Products”

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/28/2014

2014 Hit Products in Japan and 2015 Expected Hit Products

Dentsu Announces “2014 Hit Products in Japan”
Date: Nov 27, 2014
Source: Dentsu Inc.

- The movie “Frozen,” talking mascot characters and Tokyo Skytree chosen as the top three -
Dentsu Inc. announced today the release of its “2014 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit products since 1985, the latest report examines major trends that represented the consumer mindset in 2014. It is based on an Internet survey of Japanese consumers carried out in November 2014 by Dentsu Macromill Insight, Inc.

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Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/27/2014

Country Brand Index 2014-15 Logo

FutureBrand launches the Country Brand Index 2014-15
Date: Nov 11, 2014
Source: FutureBrand by FutureBrand, Press Release

Japan Crowned Strongest Country Brand 2014
Today, FutureBrand reveals its latest ranking of the world’s leading country brands. Asia tops the Country Brand Index (CBI), with Japan at number one for the first time in the report’s history.

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Japan’s high-tech venture MIRAISENS unveils “touchable 3D imagery” technology

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 09/01/2014

MIRAISENS - Virtual Reality 3D-Haptic Device

Creating New Digital Business of the “Bodily Sensation” by amazing 3D-Haptics Technology
Date: Sep 1, 2014
Source: MIRAISENS, Inc.

MIRAISENS, Inc.” (Head Office: Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki prefecture, CEO: Natsuo KODA ) which is a AIST Technology Transfer Venture, has developed the world’s first “3D-Haptics Technology” which realizes real experience of tactile feeling and kinesthetic feeling by digital technology as if touching physical objects.

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Japanese electric company, NEC, and the Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development

| Science and Technology Reports | 07/28/2014

NEC Corporation and Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

NEC and the Mexican Space Agency collaborate in satellite development
Date: Jul 29, 2014
Source: NEC Corporation

Tokyo, July 29, 2014 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of advanced satellites.

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ABI’s Cells-Alive Technology (CAS)

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 03/29/2014

ABI Inc. - Cells-Alive Technology

ABI’s Cells-Alive Technology (CAS)
When water starts to freeze, water molecules clump together and form a large ice crystal. The complex energy created by CAS Function Generator of ABI makes the water clusters to vibrate, with which it prevents water molecules to gather together and keep them under super-cooling condition to attain small ice crystal formation.

Small ice crystals cannot rupture cell membranes and for this reason, original freshness is restored after thawing.

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How big is the biotech industry in Japan?

| Science and Technology Reports | 04/12/2013

Bioindustry in Japan

How big is the biotech industry in Japan?
Source: JETRO: BIO2013

The biotechnology industry occupies an important position in 21th century Japan. The industry was valued at 2.75 trillion yen (appox. $ 34.5 billion USD) in 2012.
The current of open innovation promotes the growth and activities of Japanese biotechnology companies (currently over 500) and the growth of their licensing out of contracts.
The competitiveness of the Japanese biotechnology industry is largely underpinned by the country’s high share of biotechnology patents filed under PCT and the high amount of biotechnology R&D expenditures in the business sector.

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