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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

Japan is set to fire seven satellites into orbit over the coming years as part of plans to enhance GPS so locations can be pin-pointed to within centimetres rather than metres. The Quazi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) project began back in 2010 with the launch of QZS-1 “Michibiki”, and engineers at contractor Mitsubishi Electric …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014
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Nimble set to conquer Japan after sealing Toshiba distie deal

Hybrid flash/disk drive array flogger Nimble Storage has won Toshiba as its master distie for Japan, virtually assuring it of success there. Toshiba Cloud and Solutions Company has a group of distributors and resellers across Japan that will pump the Nimble gear out to their customers, with Toshiba IT Services Corporation …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
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Japan preps new law to bolster government cyber defences

Japanese lawmakers are urgently preparing a new bill designed to allow the government’s information security agencies cut through the bureaucracy that is crippling their ability to deal with online threats. The proposed law would give the National Information Security Centre (NISC) and its Government Security Operation …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2014

Kick us as hard as you like, RIGHT IN THE CYBERS, says Japan

Japan will today follow the UK’s lead by carrying out a major cyber security drill which will see ethical hackers attempt to infiltrate and disrupt 21 government departments. The drill is designed to test the country’s emergency response capabilities to the full as Tokyo prepares to host the games in 2020. London carried out a …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014
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US, Japan prep new rainfall sat for launch

NASA and Japan's space agency Jaxa are readying a satellite for a late-February launch, to give the world a high-precision global rainfall and snowfall observatory. If all goes well, GPM, the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, will be hoisted on 27 February on a Jaxa H-IIA rocket from Japan's Tanegashima Space …
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Embezzler stings IBM, Microsoft in Japan

A former IBM Japan employee who stole nearly £1 million from Big Blue has been arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of embezzling £100,000 from his new employer, Microsoft Japan. Yoshiyuki Ikutani, 48, who hails from the capital, worked for a year at IBM Business Consulting Services, but pocketed most of the fee he charged clients …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2013
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Yahoo! Japan drops UPS systems, crams batteries into servers

Yahoo! Japan, the partnership between American search engine and internet media giant Yahoo! and Japanese telecom and internet service provider Softbank, have let server maker Fujitsu brag a little bit about some modified servers it has cooked up for the company. And we mean a little bit. The details are a bit sketchy and …
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Yahoo! Japan says 22 MEELLION User IDs may have been nabbed

Yahoo! Japan has told its 200 million customers to change their passwords after revealing that 22 million user IDs may have been exposed in a suspected intrusion last week. The attack was detected at around 9:00 PM local time on Thursday night, with the internet giant apparently cutting access while it checked what had happened …
Phil Muncaster, 20 May 2013

Japan needs 80,000 EXTRA info-security bods to stay safe

Japan has an 80,000 shortfall in infosec professionals, and needs to provide extra training for more than half of those currently in the industry, if it’s to protect key IT systems from attack, according to the government. A government panel of information security experts met back in June to draw up a long term plan to address …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2013

Japan begins planning exascale super

Japan is plotting its return to global supercomputing dominance, with its science ministry seekings funds to design the successor to its K supercomputer, to be completed by 2020. According to The Asahi Shumbun, the new project aims to create a super with 100 times the processing capacity of the Fujitsu-Riken Research Institute- …

Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will deliberately send a nuclear fuel rod into meltdown after April this year in a bid to learn more about the events leading up to the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. The experiment will take place at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, in order to give …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jan 2014
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Japan's largest mobe operator to snub Samsung this winter

Japan's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will snub Samsung in its winter smartphone line-up after the Galaxy S4 failed to meet its summer sales targets. The firm will stock mobes from Sony, Sharp and Fujitsu in its main product line, partly in response to the S4's performance and also because the Korean electronics firm doesn' …

Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up

The dangers of writing passwords down on paper were laid bare in the Japanese airport of Haneda this week after a member of staff managed to lose a note containing key security codes ahead of US president Barack Obama’s arrival today. The unlucky Skymark Airlines employee dropped the memo – which contained a list of the codes – …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Apr 2014
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Japan set to create DARPA-style agency for military tech

Japan’s wolfish new government may create a DARPA-style agency to research, develop and adapt cutting edge technologies for possible military use. The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was founded back in the ‘50s as a response to the Soviet Sputnik launch, with a mission to execute forward-looking R&D …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Nov 2013
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Japan forgot data wipe on ship sold to Pyongyang

The Japanese government's data protection policies have been called into question after it emerged that a decommissioned coast guard vessel was sold to a pro-North Korea organisation without any checks as to whether key data on board was first deleted. The 106-ton Japan Coast Guard patrol boat Takachiho was taken out of service …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013

New York Times hackers linked to Japan Ichitaro attacks

Security experts have uncovered attacks exploiting a zero day vulnerability in Japan’s most popular word processing software, bearing all the hallmarks of a Chinese group blamed for last year's New York Times hack. Ichitaro developer, JustSystems, announced a remote code execution vulnerability in multiple versions of the …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Nov 2013
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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

Japan Airlines has teamed up with Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan to offer its international long-haul passengers what may be the best economy class meal available, in the form of two pieces of the Colonel’s finest. The collaboration has been named “AIR KENTUCKY” (JAL’s caps) and will see passengers offered a drumstick, a boneless …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012

Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones

Japanese authorities will soon trial a new warning system that would allow imperiled members of the public to contact the emergency services by sending messages on social networking sites like Twitter. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said it will test the system this (northern) summer, Kyodo reported. The disaster …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2013
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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Some of Japan’s biggest technology companies send certain employees to “boredom" or "forcing-out" rooms where they’re forced to undertake menial tasks designed to make them quit. A New York Times report detailed the experience of 51-year-old Sony employee Shusaku Tani who refused to take early retirement after his position at …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Yahoo! To! Sell! Home! Gene! Test! Kit! In! Japan!

Yahoo! Japan will soon sell genetic testing kits, so its users can figure out if they have a disposition to disease. The Japan Times reports officials at Yahoo! Japan, which was formed as a joint venture between SouthBank and Yahoo! USA, promises the company “... will play only a marketing role and will not handle any data from …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2012
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Japan uses big data to map cultural climate change

Big data boffins at Tokyo University have found a novel way to help Japan’s faltering economy: by producing an interactive trending map for manga, gaming and other content producers to see where in Asia their products are most popular. The Asia Trend Map was developed by Tokyo University associate professor Matsuo Yutaka with …
Phil Muncaster, 22 May 2013
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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

At a time when smartphone screens are getting bigger and bigger, Japanese outfit Willcom has bucked the trend and announced what it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest mobile phone. The little-known electronics vendor will launch the munchkin-sized “Strap Phone 2 WX06A” on 21 March. It features a tiny 96x64 resolution, …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2013
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You searched for 'japan tsunami' - well, there's one behind you

Google's public alert system - which splashes warnings across search, maps and Google Now pages - has been extended into Japan nearly a year after it debuted in America. The red flags aren't limited to just those living in the East Asian nation: anyone searching for things in Japan or looking at its maps on Google will see …
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2013
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Japan's naughty nurses scam free meals with mobile games

Japan’s male mobile gaming geeks are being taken for a ride in ever-greater numbers by hungry, cash-poor women who befriend them online before tricking them into paying for an expensive dinner for two. This particularly devious scam is on the rise in the Land of the Rising Sun as single Japanese women struggle to pay the bills …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2013
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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

Japan is celebrating the find of an “astronomically” high level of rare earth deposits at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, a discovery which will further undermine China’s failing attempts to control the global supply of the substances. The deposits, a vital component in the production of a range of high technology equipment …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Mar 2013
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Alien space rocks EXPLODE in fireball over Japan

Japanese star-gazers have been all a-buzz this week after a fireball lit up the night sky before crashing to earth in Saitama prefecture, a little north-west of Tokyo. News of the fireball started to flood Twitter in the early hours of last Sunday morning, 20 January, according to RocketNews24. The entertainment site has posted …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jan 2013
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Ocker CANNIBAL DEATH SPIDERS invade Japan!

One of Australia’s two lethal spiders, the Redback (Latrodectus hasselti), has escaped into Japan and is creating national terror, according to news outlet The Asahi Shimbun. First spotted in Japan back in 1995, the spider has now reportedly reached 22 prefectures in the country, the site reports. Most of the affected areas are …

Japan proposes NSA-style agency and new snooping laws

In a masterpiece of timing, the Japanese government is considering a new NSA-style agency to monitor internet communications in the country. Top government security advisory panel the National Information Security Centre (NISC), which is chaired by prime minister Shinzo Abe, is currently seeking public consultation on its Cyber …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Jun 2013

Japan Display cranks up ultra low power colour LCD panels

Japanese electronics giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi have been showing off new low-power LCD display technology which seems to combine the best of LCD and e-ink by dispensing with the backlight and instead relying on reflected light. The firms formed their joint venture, Japan Display, earlier this year and appear to have been …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Nov 2012

Thongs of praise: Slip on Japan's skimpy mobe knickers

The Japanese adult male is widely considered to be utterly obsessed with young women’s small clothing. While we’d rather not pander to this particular stereotype, we have to admit the Land of the Rising Sun doesn’t do itself any favours. Well, not with products like these coming out of it. Exhibit A is a set of “panties for …
Adrian Frills, 10 May 2013
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Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading

Downloading pirated material in Japan can now earn you two years in prison and a fine of two million yen ($25,600) for each purloined file, with uploaders facing 10 years in the Big House and a fine five times as large. The laws – some of the toughest ever enacted against illegal downloaders – were passed in June after strong …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2012

Japan's XP migration solution: Remove network cable

A Japanese local government has come up with a rather unusual solution to the problem of Windows XP migration – keep the venerable OS but disconnect the remaining PCs running it from the internet. In around a year’s time, April 8 2014 to be precise, Microsoft will end free support for the operating system which is still …
Phil Muncaster, 03 May 2013

Japan hides anti-piracy warning on P2P networks

The Japanese government has complemented its already robust digital copyright laws with the unusual practice of hiding warning notices disguised as pirated content on popular domestic peer-to-peer networks. The “copyright awareness” files contain a strongly-worded message designed to scare, shame and deter the reader into …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013

China and Japan face off over Pacific Ocean rare earth rights

Japan and China’s maritime stand-off is set to extend to the Pacific Ocean after both submitted applications to sweep vast swathes of the seabed for copper, cobalt and the rare earths so beloved of hi-tech manufacturers. UN body the International Seabed Authority (ISA) announced that it has received two new applications for …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Sep 2012
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Asus eyes China and Japan for private cloud growth

Taiwanese hardware giant Asus has confirmed it’s eyeing expansion for its burgeoning enterprise cloud services business to China and Japan in 2013. The firm has been offering cloud services since 2008 under its Asus Cloud business and it now has datacentres in the US, China and Taiwan – providing secure web storage and file …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2012
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Chinese hacktivists launch cyber attack on Japan

Chinese hackers have taken up cyber arms and followed up widespread anti-Japan protests in the People’s Republic over a set of disputed islands by attacking at least 19 Japanese government and other web sites. Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) revealed that 11 of the 19 sites, including those of the Defence Ministry and …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Sep 2012
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Anonymous turns ire on Japan after anti-piracy law passes

It was only a matter of time – hacktivist group Anonymous has taken aim at the web sites of political parties and government departments in Japan in retaliation for a tough new anti-piracy bill passed last week. The update to the Copyright Law was brought about after heavy lobbying by a content industry dismayed that illegal …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jun 2012
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Japan's free public VPN project tunnels through Great Firewall

Chinese netizens finding it increasingly difficult to bypass the Great Firewall after a recent crackdown on virtual private network (VPN) services have found an unlikely ally in a new public relay VPN service from Japan. The VPN Gate Academic Experiment Project (h/t TechInAsia) was set up by researchers at the Graduate School of …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013
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Japan's Renesas set for £1.6bn rescue plan

Ailing Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics is set to receive a ¥200bn (£1.6bn) investment boost to help prop up the company, the majority of which will come from the government, according to new reports from the Far East. The state-backed Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) will plough around ¥150bn (£1.2bn) in for …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Oct 2012
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Japan and Vietnam push on with rare earth mining plans

Fears the global technology supply chain could be throttled by China's interest emerged over the weekend after Japan and Vietnam announced the inauguration of a rare earth technology centre in Hanoi, as the two countries look to accelerate their mining plans. Rare earths are highly coveted by the technology industry where they …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2012

Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

If the Fukushima crisis has proved one thing, it's that nuclear power is safe. Everything that could possibly go wrong did, the accident was agreed to be at the top of the international scale for seriousness, and yet in decades to come scientists will not be able to attribute any deaths to radiation released from the Daiichi …
Lewis Page, 15 Nov 2013
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Apple Maps to the rescue in China/Japan conflict

The increasingly vitriolic bun-fight between China and Japan over a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea got an unusual tech arbiter recently after it emerged that the much-maligned mapping app in iOS6 has been undertaking a rather unusual kind of virtual diplomacy. Google Maps is as-of-yet unavailable for iOS6 and …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Sep 2012
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Japan still in love with the fax

Despite being hailed for its techno-innovation, Japan is a little more traditional than many people think – over half of homes apparently still contain fax machines. The country’s businesses and government organisations continue to rely on the legacy technology to transmit important documents, while 59 per cent of households …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jun 2012

Global slowdown bites Japan's semiconductor crowd

There was more bad news for Japan’s beleaguered semiconductor industry on Thursday as it emerged the country’s big name chip suppliers were hit hard by a global slow down in the second quarter which saw worldwide sales plunge by over $2bn from the previous year, according to analysts. Bean counters at IHS iSuppli said global …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Aug 2012
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Post-quake Japan warms to foreign tie-ups

The massive earthquake and tsunami which struck north-east Japan in 2011 has had an unintended impact on corporate strategy which could give foreign tech firms unprecedented opportunities to grow their business in the country, according to BT. Haruno Yoshida, president of BT Japan, told The Reg at the firm's Asia Pacific …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jun 2012
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Yahoo! couldn't! even! strike! deal! with! Yahoo! Japan!

Yahoo! Japan confirmed today that it held talks on buying the stake Yahoo! Inc owns in the Asian joint venture, but the pair couldn't reach any agreement. The Japanese web portal's chief financial officer Toshiki Ohya said the door was still open for further negotiations, Reuters reported. Yahoo! Japan was formed in a pact …
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PayPal beds Softbank to spawn mobile cash in Japan

PayPal has launched a joint venture with Japanese internet and mobile firm Softbank to build a digital payments business in the country. The two firms will invest ¥1bn each – making up a total of $25m (£15.5m) – in PayPal Japan. The new venture will be led by six directors – each of the two firms will nominated three – and …
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DoCoMo tests blackout-proof hydrogen cell base station in Japan

Nokia Siemens Networks, working with Ballard Power Systems, has delivered a cellular base station with an integrated hydrogen cell that replaces battery- or generator-based backup during a power outage. The base station has been installed at DoCoMo's research site in Japan’s Yokosuka Research Park and can operate for 40 hours in …
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2012
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Japan firm offers mums-to-be 3D printed unborn infants

If your partner is up the duff, and you want to record the pregnancy for posterity, you could keep the ultrasound pictures and even get a cast made of your missus’ extended abdomen. Or, if you live in Japan, you can get a 3D printed foetus. For a mere ¥100,000 (£764), one Japanese company will squeeze your partner into a MRI …
Tony Smith, 28 Nov 2012
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Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

A Japanese newspaper is reporting that during the spectacular collapse of the Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange, the operation's servers were also suffering a large-scale DDOS attack. The Yomiuri Shimbun's English-language Japan News reports that the attacks in early February reached 150,000 DDOS hits per second, “mostly from servers in …