Mitsubishi Electric Has Installed Japan’s Largest Digital Signage System in Narita Airport

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has completed installation of Japan’s largest digital signage system at Narita International Airport, comprising a total of 100 display units made up of a total of 336 display panels, including Panorama Vision, an organic light-emitting display (OLED) screen.

The system, which covers all passenger terminal areas, displays airport news, entertainment programs and advertisements as well as relaxing imagey, including “Living Japan”, which depicts the beautiful natural scenery of Japan, and “Aquarium Japan,” which shows enchanting marine life. Following an opening ceremony on June 26, 2012, the system will begin full-scale operations.

Narita International Airport has undertaken a fundamental review of airport information presentation and has introduced this digital signage system to deliver appropriate and timely information to its customers.

In addition to manufacturing the large display systems and the video streaming system, Mitsubishi Electric contributed to the overall concept design, including unit placement, design of the large display systems and LCDs, and video content creation, which includes choosing the clearest and most visually appealing fonts and progression speeds for each location and how to most effectively arrange displays to provide information and entertainment to waiting travelers.

Do Renewable Energy Subsidies Mean Shift from Nuclear Power in Japan?

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, where the government has gone back to the drawing board to write a power policy after the Fukushima radiation crisis, the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

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Solar Boom Heads to Japan – Incentives starting July 1st to drive sales

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 the output of three atomic reactors.

“The tariff is very attractive,” said Mina Sekiguchi, associate partner and head of energy and infrastructure at KPMG in Japan. “The rate reflects the government’s intention to set up many solar power stations very quickly.”

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Japan to Develop Drones to Seek Out Radiation

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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NISA to Let Fukui’s Mihama Reactor to Run Beyond 40 Years

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 nuclear regulations. The government has also submitted a bill to revise the law regulating reactors that would set a 40-year lifespan for reactors.

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NFC-Based Ads Tested in Japan Transit System

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 cover and get immediate access to the content being delivered to that NFC point.

The testing of the system began in Tokyo in mid-May on several high-traffic train lines. According to the manufacturer, although the user will have immediate access to advertising information and other content, the company will not collect personal data from the users of the system, an important point in a time when consumers are becoming increasingly privacy-sensitive.

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Japan opens new worlds tallest tower in Tokyo – Tokyo Sky Tree Tower

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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Japan might remain nuclear-free forever

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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Smartphone Uses Vibration of Display Screen to Transmit Sound: The 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 connection with up to eight devices via Wi-Fi® tethering.

Available in three color variations, the new phone is part of KDDI Corporation’s new handset lineup announced on May 15.

Smart Sonic Receiver

1. Smart Sonic Receiver uses display screen vibrations to transmit audio

Smart Sonic Receiver is a new function which uses a piezo-electric actuator to create vibrations along a wide area of the display screen which in turn transmits clear voice quality to the user. This is the first smartphone in the world to be equipped with this function.

2. Audible voice clarity from a wide area of the screen

As the vibrations cover a wide area of the screen, the user is able to hear clear voice quality regardless of where their ear is placed. Furthermore, by pressing the whole screen against your ear to create a cover, it is easier to hear in crowded and noisy environments*2.


1. High-definition 4.0-inch OLED Luminous Display

The display screen possesses brilliant visual characteristics including high-definition, vibrant color reproduction, high contrast, excellent video expression, and a wide viewing angle — which allow the user to enjoy a richer visual experience with beautiful images and clear text. Moreover, the display surface is made of high-strength glass which is highly scratch resistant.

2. All-in-one phone with WiMAX compatibility

The URBANO PROGRESSO is compatible with WiMAX high-speed Internet service with speeds of up to 40 Mbps (down) and 15.4 Mbps (up)*3, and also features a tethering function to connect up to eight Wi-Fi compatible devices, allowing the user to view full Web pages, send large files, stream video and download with ease whether indoors or out. Furthermore, the URBANO PROGRESSO answers the demand for an all-in-one style smartphone replete with various features including a flash-equipped 8.1-megapixel camera to allow the user to take photos even in dim environments, and waterproof / dirt-resistant functions*4. All these features are packed into a stylish and sophisticated product design.

Japan’s First Commercial Satellite Launch Made Today by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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, and Russia’s Proton to find new revenue for its space program. The nation launches as many as three H-2A rockets a year under a program run by Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy since 2007.

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