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Japan’s key electronics fair opens with spotlight on low-carbon tech

TOKYO – Japan’s major annual electronics show involving more than 300 companies opened Tuesday, with the spotlight on cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve carbon neutrality.   As was the case last year, organizers decided to hold the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies online as a precaution against the coronavirus. The event through Friday, under the theme of “Toward Society 5.0….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 4:17 p.m.
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Japan mulling financial aid for data centers

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering giving financial aid to companies that build new data centers that fulfill requirements for withstanding large-scale disasters, officials said Tuesday.     A panel of experts set up by the industry and communications ministries will compile details by the end of the year.     High-performance data centers are considered vital to digitalize….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:24 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Errors in vaccine database could delay digital certificate plan

By Nakajima Yoshikatsu, staff writer   Erroneous information on potentially hundreds of thousands of people was entered into the government’s COVID-19 vaccine database, which could delay its plans to start issuing digital vaccination certificates by year-end.   In some cases, the centrally managed vaccination recording system (VRS) contained no inoculation records of those who had actually received vaccine shots, according….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:05 p.m.
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Kyoto Univ.-born startup to design fusion reactor in UK

Kyoto Fusioneering (KF), a startup originating from Kyoto University based in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, will participate in the construction of a fusion reactor to be launched by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in 2025. The market for nuclear fusion power generation, regarded as a next-generation energy source, is expected to expand. KF aims to build a track record….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 13
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Editorial: Will flying cars become the next generation of transportation?

The development of small electric aircraft that can carry several passengers is underway in some countries as the next generation of transportation in the sky. The government needs to establish rules for the practical use of such aircraft while giving top priority to flight safety.   These new small electric aircraft are also called “flying cars,” but they will not….Read more

  • October 17, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 2:40 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Hydrogen extracted from water on larger scale

A group of researchers in Japan has safely obtained high-purity hydrogen from water in an unprecedentedly large-scale experiment by using a photocatalytic substance.   A photocatalyst causes and accelerates the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by absorbing sunlight.   In contrast to fossil fuel, hydrogen does not emit carbon dioxide when being burned. The gas is considered a….Read more

  • October 17, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD , 1:31 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Aoyagi wins ASA member award for inventing pulse oximeters

The late engineer Takuo Aoyagi has received the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Honorary Member Award for developing the technology for pulse oximeters, which became a lifeline for COVID-19 patients recuperating at home.    Nihon Kohden Corp., his former employer, announced on Oct. 12 that Aoyagi, who died last year at the age of 84, became the first Japanese to receive….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:30 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Porous material created from greenhouse gas CO2 to store CO2

By Takenouchi Takahiro, staff writer   A team of researchers at Kyoto University has created a material capable of storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide with one of the main ingredients being carbon dioxide itself.   A major problem with utilizing the heat-trapping gas until now has been that high temperature and pressure was needed to synthesize it.   But….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:55 p.m.
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ECONOMY

Hitachi to use quasi-quantum tech to optimize train operations

TOKYO — Japanese industrial giant Hitachi is developing a system using quasi-quantum computing technology to automate and optimize train operations, Nikkei has learned.   Hitachi tested the system and created crew schedules in only 30 minutes — a process that normally takes several days.   Japan lags behind the U.S. and China in the practical application of quantum technology. Hitachi’s….Read more

  • October 12, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:37 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Toyota aiming to bring high-efficiency solar tech to vehicle lineup

NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will aim to equip its cars with highly efficient solar power generation systems as the automaker ramps up its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.   Toyota will carry out research and development with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, which has expertise in renewable energy production, and Toyota Central….Read more

  • October 12, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 2:55 p.m.
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