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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:03 a.m.
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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:13 a.m.
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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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Testing of nuclear debris removal robot underway

Testing is underway for a robotic arm designed to remove fuel debris from one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Developers have released footage from the testing.   Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to use the British-made device measuring about 22 meters long and weighing around 4.6 tons to remove fuel debris from the plant’s….Read more

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Editorial: Japan should fully develop N-power technology through intl cooperation

To ensure a stable supply of energy, domestic technology must be passed down and further developed. Japan must proactively take part in international projects and make an effort to prevent its technology for nuclear power generation from disappearing.   It has been reported that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. will provide technical cooperation on….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:11 p.m.
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GOJ to provide tens of billions of yen in research funding to five to seven universities

Concerning the GOJ’s plan to launch a 10-trillion-yen university fund to boost research at universities in Japan, Monday’s Asahi reported that the GOJ has decided to increase the number of universities it will support to five to seven and provide tens of billions of yen to each university annually. The paper said an expert panel under the Council for Science,….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Economic Minister Hagiuda on carbon capture and storage: technology to be introduced by 2030

In an interview he gave the Nikkei Shimbun on Jan. 7, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi said that he aims to introduce technology for CO2 capture and storage [CCS] by 2030 to reduce CO2 emissions from thermal power generation, which uses coal and natural gas. Meanwhile, Hagiuda said that “thermal power generation is necessary to a certain….Read more

SCIENCE > Environment

JBIC heeds calls for engaging in EU decarbonization rule-making through assistance to Central and Eastern Europe

By Matsumoto Yuko, ESG editor   Dealing with climate change is becoming an urgent task for businesses, and they are also facing intense global competition. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Maeda Tadashi noted in a recent interview with Nikkei that Japanese companies “must have a ‘geopolitical vision,’ which is aimed at solving geopolitical issues by using the economy….Read more

  • January 6, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

Japan to ease regulations on medical AI software

TOKYO — The Japanese government is planning to ease regulations for medical artificial intelligence software to boost the domestic market, Nikkei has learned.   The government is considering cutting the need for regulatory approval to update such software as early as by the end of 2022. This will make it easier for companies to improve software performance and to detect….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:01 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Energy

Japan seeks nuclear fusion reactor prototype by midcentury

NATSUMI IWATA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan aims to hammer out its very first research and development strategy for nuclear fusion by summer, Nikkei has learned, with the goal of achieving a prototype reactor by around 2050.   The Cabinet Office will set up a forum for discussions with experts as early this month to create a strategy. The plan will be….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:00 a.m.
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