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Jun 18 2012
solar-power

Japan approved on Monday incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world’s third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster.
Industry Minister Yukio Edano approved the introduction of feed-in tariffs (FIT), which means higher rates will be paid for renewable energy. The move could expand revenue from renewable generation and related equipment to more than $30 billion by 2016, brokerage CLSA estimates.
The subsidies from July 1 are one of the few certainties in Japan’s energy landscape, …

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Jun 18 2012
JFE Engineering Opens Solar Technopark

Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world’s second-biggest market for solar power as incentives starting July 1 drive sales for equipment makers from Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. to Kyocera Corp.
Industry Minister Yukio Edano today may set a premium price for solar electricity that’s about triple what industrial users now pay for conventional power, a ministry official said. That may spur at least $9.6 billion in new installations with 3.2 gigawatts of capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast. The total is about equal to …

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Jun 13 2012
real-time-radiation-levels-japan.jpg

Japans atomic energy authority and the countrys space agency Tuesday announced a joint project to develop a drone to measure radioactivity in the environment after last years nuclear disaster.
Remote-controlled helicopters have been used but are not suitable for remote and mountainous territory as they have to fly low and the operator has to be able to see the aircraft, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA said.
But unmanned aircraft could fly at higher altitudes over potentially contaminated areas, resolving the issue.
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Jun 8 2012
Mihama

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency plans to conclude that the Mihama nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor in Fukui Prefecture is safe enough to operate beyond 40 years, the period of operation that requires safety assessments, sources said Wednesday.
It would be the first time since the Fukushima disaster last year for NISA to give such permission to a reactor.
However, the fate of reactors designated as operable beyond 40 years will be reconsidered once a new nuclear regulatory body is launched to replace NISA as part of efforts to enhance …

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Jun 5 2012
NFC-Strappy

According to the Census Bureau, the vast majority of Americans live in cities, and in most cities public transportation is a top priority. Thats why a new innovation in delivering advertisements via public transportation in Japan could point toward the future of transit ads in the U.S.
The system, developed by Japan-based firm Shunkosha, is called Strappy and allows train passengers to access advertisements and other information via a Near Field Communication NFC equipped strap cover. According to Keitai Watch, the passenger can simply touch their compatible phone to the strap …

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May 23 2012
tokyo-sky-tree

The worlds tallest tower and Tokyos biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.
Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 2,080-foot tower Tuesday to mark its opening.
It is recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating out the Canton Tower in China, which is 1,968 1/2 feet. The worlds tallest structure is Dubais Burj Khalifa, which stands 2,717 feet. Thats in a different category because its a skyscraper, not a tower.
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May 21 2012
nuke-free-japan

On May 5, Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor was shut down, turning it into a nuclear energy-free country. The government is working desperately to restart two reactors in the town of Oi in Fukui Prefecture, but the outcome is difficult to predict.
In fact, some think Japan’s nuclear-free status might not only survive the summer of 2012, but become a fact of life forever.
Until a few weeks ago such a scenario seemed unthinkable. The list of arguments for keeping atomic energy is long.
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May 21 2012
Kyocera-Urban-Progresso

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) announced the release of the URBANO PROGRESSO, the world’s first smartphone*1 to be equipped with Smart Sonic Receiver technology which transmits clear voice quality to the user directly through vibrations in the handset’s display screen — a technology co-developed by Kyocera and KDDI Corporation, based on Kyocera’s proprietary advanced ceramic technology.
The new model is part of Kyocera’s DIGNO®-branded smartphone series, complete with various features including a stylish and sophisticated design using a metallic shell; 4.0-inch OLED “Luminous Display®”; compatibility with WiMAX™ high-speed Internet service; and …

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May 18 2012
commercial-satellite-launch

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. 7011 and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency made their first commercial satellite launch today in a challenge to European and Russian services.
A Korea Aerospace Research Institute satellite was onboard an H-2A rocket that blasted off at 1:39 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center, which is on a Pacific Ocean island off the southern coast of mainland Japan, according to a statement from JAXA on its website. The rocket also carried a Japanese satellite.
Japan has begun to compete with Evry, France-based Arianespace, the world’s largest commercial satellite launcher, …

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May 10 2012
gree-dena

Japan’s leading social gaming companies Gree Inc and DeNA Co Ltd said on Wednesday they would gradually phase out games that contain aspects of gambling as they face increased pressure from regulators.
The game under investigation by Japans Consumer Affairs Agency is called “complete gacha”, which charges users around $3 to $4 to turn over virtual cards. Completing a predetermined set of up to seven cards allows subscribers to claim rare cards or other valuable online rewards.
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