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Rules for metaverse conduct being developed

Despite the word “metaverse” having just barely emerged in the modern lexicon, some cyber organizations are already hard at work creating rules of conduct and commerce for these shared virtual and augmented reality spaces that people access via the internet.   In this aspect of cyberspace, users are able to interact with other users as an avatar, a graphical representation….Read more

  • April 26, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:00 a.m.
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Editorial: Japan needs to gain ground, shift toward practical application of technology

Worldwide attention is being focused on quantum technology such as quantum computers, which have performances far superior to those of supercomputers. Japan must not fall further behind other countries in the race to develop quantum technology.   The government has drawn up a new national strategy for quantum technology that includes the goal of developing the first Japan-made quantum computer….Read more

  • April 22, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:41 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan’s Mitsubishi and Eneos to mass-produce cleaner jet fuel

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Corp. and Eneos Holdings on Monday jointly announced that they will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which significantly cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. The companies will as soon as 2027 establish a domestic supply chain that handles everything from procurement of raw materials to manufacturing and distribution.

  • April 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:26 p.m.
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Quantum computing ambition: Japan aims for 10m users by 2030

TOKYO — Japan plans to bring into service its first homegrown quantum computer by the end of March next year and have 10 million people using the technology by 2030.

  • April 13, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 8:56 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Nissan to cooperate with NASA on next-generation batteries

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)–Nissan Motor Co. <7201> has announced a tie-up with NASA on the development of all-solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.     The major Japanese automaker and the U.S. space agency will work on joint research on materials that will help improve the performance of the next-generation batteries. Nissan hopes to put the batteries into practical use in….Read more

  • April 10, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:46 p.m.
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Panasonic to open “Smart Town” soon

Suita, Osaka Pref., April 10 (Jiji Press)–Major Japanese electronics group Panasonic Holdings Corp. <6752> is set to fully open Suita Sustainable Smart Town in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, on April 29.     All of the electricity consumed in Suita SST will be effectively produced using renewable energy sources, the first such feature in Japan, according….Read more

  • April 10, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:03 p.m.
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Kyoto University to decommission research reactor

On April 5, Kyoto University announced plans to end the operation of one of the two research reactors at its Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science in 2026. The reactor will be decommissioned because there are no prospects for the disposal of the spent fuel it would produce. The university says it will continue to conduct research by refurbishing….Read more

  • April 6, 2022
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ECONOMY

Japan draws up road map for avoiding connected-car patent disputes

TENSEI TANI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The Japanese government will soon give companies direction on steering clear of a major risk to developing connected cars: patent lawsuits.   Thursday’s new guidelines by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will lay out a four-step process for businesses to negotiate “standard essential patent” (SEP) fees.   Cars that connect….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:05 a.m.
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Monju’s spent nuclear fuel to be shipped to France from FY 2034

Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Atomic Energy Agency plans to ship spent nuclear fuel from the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor, which is under decommissioning work, to France from fiscal 2034, a senior science ministry official revealed Wednesday.     The plan was presented by Masato Masaki, head of the ministry’s research and development bureau, during an online meeting with….Read more

  • March 30, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:49 p.m.
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Editorial: Russia increasingly isolated by its self-righteous stance

Russia, which has drawn harsh international criticism for its invasion of Ukraine, has become increasingly isolated in the field of science and technology. Moscow should refrain from words and actions that further alienate it from the international community.   In the field of space development, for example, Russia’s Soyuz rockets were in demand for satellite launches around the world. However,….Read more

  • March 28, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 4:08 p.m.
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