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Gov’t to experiment in quantum cryptography in wide areas within FY22

To prepare for commercial use of a quantum cryptography network, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will build a wide-area network by connecting multiple locations for experimental operation within fiscal 2022. Coordination is underway to collaborate with financial and telecommunication firms. As part of public-private collaboration efforts, the government will shoulder the cost of advance investments [that firms….Read more

  • March 20, 2022
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ECONOMY

Flying car startup and Suzuki join forces with eye on India

SAKI SHIRAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Suzuki Motor announced Tuesday that is teaming up with Tokyo-based startup SkyDrive to bring flying cars to market.   The companies will consider collaborating on research and development and on developing mass-production capabilities. They will also weigh a joint push into India, Suzuki’s largest market.   Founded in 2018, SkyDrive counts trading….Read more

  • March 23, 2022
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Japan eyes 6G lead with global standards backed by Toyota, others

DAISHI CHIBA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Toyota Motor, NEC and other Japanese companies will join a government-backed group to propose technological requirements for sixth-generation wireless communications, Nikkei has learned, aiming to gain an early edge in development.   Expected to debut in the 2030s, 6G is envisioned as more than 10 times faster than the fifth-generation wireless in use now, enabling….Read more

  • March 18, 2022
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Flying taxis set to take off on 8 routes at Osaka World Expo

MAYUMI HIROSAWA, Nikkei staff writer   OSAKA — The 2025 Osaka World Expo looks to establish flying-taxi routes connecting to eight possible destinations, with roughly 20 flights per hour.   The flying cars would connect Yumeshima — Osaka’s artificial island and the site of the World Expo — to airports and other locations in and around Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.….Read more

  • March 18, 2022
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Editorial: Drastic rethink called for in support for FCV technology

Electric vehicles (EVs) have taken a commanding lead over fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) in the race to become mainstream in the global market for next-generation environmentally friendly forms of transport.   Last year, 22,000 EVs were sold in Japan, more than 10 times the 2,000 FCVs sold.   The gap is even larger in major overseas markets. In California, one of the….Read more

  • March 5, 2022
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China surpasses Japan to lead in patents for artificial photosynthesis

Japan’s position is declining in the field of artificial photosynthesis research and development. According to a survey conducted by Mitsui & Co.’s Strategic Research Institute using data from patent sites operated by German data services, the number of valid Japanese patents in this field (including pending patents) was less than half that of China, as of January 2022. China’s patents….Read more

  • March 1, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

METI to support renewable energy business in Southeast Asia

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is planning to support Japanese companies’ business activities in the renewable energy field in Southeast Asia. The public and private sectors will begin discussions in April on specific projects in five areas, including the introduction of renewable energy and smart grids and energy conservation in factories and buildings. The ministry will take….Read more

  • March 2, 2022
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ECONOMY

Toshiba, Rohm pursue power chip tech to cut energy loss in half

MAYUMI HIROSAWA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese manufacturers Toshiba, Denso and Rohm have begun developing power chip technology that will cut electricity loss in half, seeking to put the products on the market by the end of the decade.   Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage will work on power chips used for renewable energy and data center serves.….Read more

  • February 25, 2022
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Japan materials makers embrace carbon neutral production

TAITO KUROSE and SOTARO YUMAE, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — From plastic to steel, some of Japan’s top makers of industrial materials have ramped up efforts to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions as their customers seek to cut CO2 across their entire supply chains.   Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2026 in the production of methyl methacrylate,….Read more

  • February 23, 2022
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JR East unveils hydrogen fuel cell hybrid train

Tokyo, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)–East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, showed to the press Friday a hydrogen-powered test train equipped with a fuel cell system and storage batteries.   The first such test train in Japan is named HYBARI, which stands for Hydrogen-Hybrid Advanced Rail Vehicle for Innovation. JR East will conduct test runs for the two-car train….Read more

  • February 18, 2022
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