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Mitsui O.S.K. plans introduction of ‘hard sails’ for ship propulsion

TOKYO — Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is innovating with wind power to help propel its fleet as part of its decarbonization efforts.   MOL, Japan’s second largest shipping company, is developing a “hard sail” system that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   A fiber-reinforced plastic sail harnesses wind to complement conventional propulsion systems. The new technology….Read more

  • February 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:18 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan to kick-start artificial photosynthesis R&D

YUKI MISUMI and MAYUMI HIROSAWA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan is laying the groundwork for a massive field test that will feature artificial photosynthesis, an emerging technology anticipated to be a game changer in the global effort to cut carbon emissions.   The University of Tokyo will team up with such companies as Toyota Motor and Mitsubishi Chemical as well as research institutions to….Read more

  • February 18, 2022
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Enhance national strength through joint government-private sector effort

The United States is losing its position of preeminence in the international community. China is no longer hiding its intention to change the status quo through enhanced military capabilities supported by its growing economy. Japan is being forced to strengthen its own defense, and an increasing number of Japanese people are now advocating using economic power to beef up national….Read more

  • February 1, 2022
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10 trillion yen needed to revive chip industry, says expert

Reviving Japan’s semiconductor industry to the pre-eminent position it once held will require an investment of 10 trillion yen ($87 billion) over 10 years, according to an expert.   Tetsuro Higashi, a former president of leading semiconductor-production equipment maker Tokyo Electron Ltd., blamed the pack mentality of Japanese companies in the field for the decline in the nation’s standing on the global stage.  ….Read more

  • February 8, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:30 p.m.
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Subsidies aim to put chip industry ahead of the game

By Horigome Toshiki, senior staff writer   The Japanese government has set up a subsidy program to resuscitate the semiconductor industry, which at one time dominated the world in the development of chips, large-capacity batteries and other key components.   The package includes subsidies for companies that build new plants or upgrade existing facilities, as well as measures to foster the personnel….Read more

  • February 8, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:05 p.m.
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Keidanren warns against “excessive restrictions” in name of economic security

By Tomoda Takehiro and Abe Ryutaro    The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) has issued an opinion on the government’s draft bill on economic security, a bill for which the government aims to obtain cabinet approval this month. In its opinion, Keidanren recognized the need for economic security, but it cautioned that “[the government] should not impose excessive restrictions on business….Read more

  • February 8, 2022
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Omicron risk slashed by simple measures: world’s fastest supercomputer

SHUHEI OCHIAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Cramped restaurants can reduce the risk of omicron infection by two-thirds using such measures as ventilation and protective barriers, according to numbers crunched by Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer. The computer model showed air circulation measures are effective, Riken, Japan’s national scientific research institute, said Wednesday. Riken codeveloped Fugaku with information technology company….Read more

  • February 3, 2022
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Japan to partner with U.S. on 6G standards for unmanned tech

DAISHI CHIBA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan and the U.S. will work together to lead the creation of international standards in unmanned technology that uses 6G communications, aiming to keep Chinese companies from dominating a field expected to include self-driving cars and fully automated factories.   The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications may call on companies to form….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
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ECONOMY > Agriculture

Perfect pairing: Tesla co-founder, Kubota to develop vineyard robots

KEIKO MARUYAMA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Kubota has enlisted Tesla co-founder and engineer Ian Wright to develop farming robots controlled by artificial intelligence, with the partnership working initially on machines that grow wine grapes.   The Japanese manufacturer of agricultural machinery hopes Wright’s connections will attract personnel versed in AI and automated control technologies to a new U.S.….Read more

  • January 27, 2022
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Japan steps up quantum push as U.S. and China forge ahead

AKIRA OIKAWA and NATSUMI IWATA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan will revamp its national quantum technology strategy, aiming to become self-sufficient in the area as the U.S. and China continue to make progress on mastering the critical next-generation technology.   The current strategy focuses on basic research by such institutions as universities. Tokyo will now look beyond that….Read more

  • January 25, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:27 a.m.
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