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Nokia and KDDI successfully trial 4G LTE connected vehicle applications in Japan

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Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology is designed to connect vehicles to each other, to communications network infrastructure, and to roadside sensors, including connectivity to traffic lights, radar and other functions. For the proof-of-concept trials in Japan, Nokia and KDDI focused on vehicle to network usecase and used non-integrated systems in cars interacting with sensors via the Nokia Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) platform, which enables significantly reduced network latency. The Nokia evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast servi... Read More »

Lexus Sport Yacht Concept Honored at Japan International Boat Show

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The one-of-a-kind Lexus Sport Yacht stunned the automotive and yachting worlds when it was revealed in January 2017 at an exclusive media event in Miami by Toyota Motor Corp. president Akio Toyoda along with Yoshihiro Sawa, president of Lexus International, and Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Motor Corp. executive vice president with responsibilities including Toyota Marine.The Lexus Sport Yacht concept was conceived by Lexus Design to explore new areas of luxury and active lifestyles.  It was engineered by the Toyota Marine Division and a single runn... Read More »

Sony Releases a High-Speed Vision Sensor that Makes Detection and Tracking of Objects at 1,000 fps Possible


Tokyo, Japan—Sony Corporation today announced the release of the new IMX382 high-speed vision sensor, which enables detection and tracking of objects at 1,000 frames per second. Sony will begin shipping samples in October 2017.This vision sensor features a stacked configuration with a back-illuminated pixel array and signal processing circuit layer. The circuit layer is equipped with image processing circuits and a programmable column-parallel processor, delivering high-speed target detection and tracking. This configuration enables high-sensit... Read More »

Nokia Motive Service Management Platform deployed by KDDI in Japan to deliver superior customer care


Nokia Motive SMP allows KDDI to improve the detection, troubleshooting and resolution of issues during help desk calls, when subscribers use online self-care tools such as web-based support and online chat, and when they access self-care kiosks at KDDI's 2,500 retail stores across Japan. Motive SMP will help the service provider deliver consistently superior customer care, while reducing IT and care costs through automated workflows and a consolidated approach to service management. Nokia Motive SMP is a customer experience platform for home... Read More »

Sony Recognized as a Leader in Combating Climate Change in the CDP Japan 500 Climate Change Report 2016 for 2nd Consecutive Year


The CDP is a nonprofit organization (NPO) founded in the UK in 2000. Backed by investors from around the globe, it conducts surveys on climate change response at private companies, then analyzes and releases the findings of these surveys to the public. This year, the CDP surveyed over 5,500 companies globally - including 500 leading companies in Japan - on behalf of 827 institutional investors representing more than 100 trillion U.S. dollars in managed assets.Sony's inclusion in the A List for climate change response is a recognition of the com... Read More »

A Sogetsu ikebana-jubilee exhibition with the Japanese master and artist Eikou Sumura in Roosendaal


The Sogetsu Branch Nederland organises, in cooperation with Sogetsu Azalea Study Group Belgium, a jubilee exhibition. By means of this exhibition, both organisations celebrate their 35th and 25th anniversary. This exhibition will take place during the 1st and 2nd of October 2016 in Roosendaal. Eikou Sumura, a Japanese Sogetsu ikebana master instructor, will visit The Netherlands to participate in this special event. During this weekend, ikebana installations of widely varying sizes will be visible in the gallery of 1150 square meters. Altog... Read More »

Apple Pay Coming to Japan with iPhone 7


Apple® today announced that iPhone® 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch® Series 2 will bring customers in Japan the ability to use Apple Pay®, an easy, fast and secure way to pay for everything in their daily routines, beginning in October. Users can commute and pay for everyday items with Suica from JR East, and make convenient and private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, apps and on the web with a single touch. Apple is also introducing support for transit in Japan with Maps in iOS 10, so commuters can easily find ride details, inclu... Read More »

World’s only whaling factory ship returns to Japan from North Pacific


In the bad old days of full scale commercial whaling I used to sit helplessly in the back of IWC meetings, watching as quotas for thousands of whales, including endangered ones, were voted through despite scientific findings. Public opposition was blunted by reducing the quotas. “We are making sacrifices to protect the whales,” said the whalers, and bought themselves a few more years. But it made no difference to the catch. The quotas set years before could no longer be reached. When the quota was 6000 but the previous year’s catch was only 35... Read More »

Japan is making a Ferris wheel that will dwarf the London eye


Across the seas, in Asia, Japan is in the news today for its tallest yet Ferris wheel – Redhorse Osaka Wheel, which will also be the fifth tallest in the world. At 405 ft high, it will be three times the height of the London Eye! Plenty of surprises in this one, though – the main being its 72 passenger cabins with transparent, glass floors. The Ferris wheel will be set up in Osaka’s Expocity, the Expo 70 Commemorative Park which will start this July. Japan is no stranger to Ferris wheels. They already have 10 of the world’s 31 tallest. While... Read More »

A win, a podium and the lead in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy for BMW racer Benjamin Colliaux – Successful races in France and Japan.


Munich (DE), The 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy keeps growing: the number of participants has further increased. The standings also see a new leader: Benjamin Colliaux (FR), who had a successful weekend in the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) at Nogaro (FR). Colliaux and his fellow BMW riders collected no less than a win and four more podium finishes. Also in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK), the BMW S 1000 RR raced to the podium in Nogaro, with Kenny Foray (FR) claiming a third place. In Suzuka (JP), the 2016 MFJ Superbike All... Read More »

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