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Draft regulation demands multifunctional devices be designed in China

The Chinese government is set to require overseas manufacturers of multifunctional office equipment to design and manufacture such products in China, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Devices such as printers, scanners and other products that fail to meet the requirements are likely to be excluded from submitting tenders to central and local governments and public companies.   There is strong….Read more

ECONOMY > Energy

President Putin signs decree to replace operating body of Sakhalin-2 with new Russian firm

NHK reported this morning that President Putin signed a decree on Thursday to replace Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, the body that operates the “Sakhalin-2” gas and oil project in Russia’s Far East, with a newly established Russian firm. According to the report, Putin signed the decree in response to a “threat to Russia’s national interest and economic security.” The network….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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ECONOMY > Energy

Amid heat-wave power crunch, Japan brings back rusty gas plants

SAYUMI TAKE, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan is already sweating out a dire power crunch as it heads into a boiling summer, introducing measures such as restarting retired gas plants to save power in order to shore up its scanty electricity supply.   Unit 5 of the Anegasaki Thermal Power Station in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, had been….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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EV supply chain: Japan, China vie for power in lithium standards

TAKUMA NAGAMORI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — A group of roughly 100 Japanese companies including Toyota Motor and Hitachi will seek a bigger voice in lithium, a vital part of electric-vehicle batteries and an area where China’s influence has grown.   Representatives from over 15 countries, including Japan and China, are expected to meet around September to discuss International Organization for Standardization….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Interview with Ajit Pai: Open RAN will democratize next-generation telecommunications

Rakuten Symphony is taking its telecommunications infrastructure technology to overseas markets. The company will market its unique “virtualization” technology, which replaces telecommunications equipment with cloud-based software. A German telecommunications company will adopt the technology, and a U.S. telecommunications company has agreed to cooperate with Rakuten Symphony. Nikkei Business Daily’s Saijo Akiko interviewed Ajit Pai, former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairperson,….Read more

  • June 29, 2022
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Monju turbine to be dismantled by FY2026

On June 28, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) announced that the turbine generator and condenser in the fast breeder prototype reactor Monju (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture) will be dismantled in FY2023-26. That same day, the JAEA submitted an application for approval of the updated plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The plan also includes the export of sodium coolant….Read more

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Editorial: Tokyo governor should rethink solar panels plan

By Editorial Board, The Sankei Shimbun   Mandatory installation of solar power in newly built homes, including detached houses?   This is Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new signature plan, and revisions to the ordinance for introduction of the system are already being proposed. Meanwhile, questions concerning who bears the costs of installation and recycling, among others, are entirely unresolved. Isn’t….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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ECONOMY > Energy

Thermal power plant in Fukushima Pref. restarted

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)–The electricity supply-demand balance remained tight in the Tokyo area Thursday afternoon although a thermal power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, was brought back online after being suspended earlier in the day due to an equipment problem.   The 600,000-kilowatt No. 9 unit of the Nakoso thermal power plant, located in the city of Iwaki,….Read more

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ANA to resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita after two-year hiatus

Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that All Nippon Airways said on Thursday that it will resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita on July 11. The carrier had suspended flights to Beijing in March 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ANA will only operate one flight a week between the two cities for the time being in response to the Chinese….Read more

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U.S.-Japan 5G initiative launches first academy in Philippines

TOKYO — The U.S. and Japan are stepping up efforts to advance expertise on 5G base stations in Southeast Asia, responding to China’s growing influence in a field that has emerged as a major economic security concern.   The U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday launched the Asia Open RAN Academy in the Philippines as part of the push….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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