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Calls
S&T Office Tokyo, May 21, 2020

A new call for Innovation Partnership Grants between Swiss academia and Japanese innovation agents including industry and start-ups is now open. All scientific disciplines including social sciences and humanities are eligible. Selected projects will receive funding up to 20k CHF for a duration…

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S&T Policy
Electronics
Calls
S&T Office Tokyo, May 21, 2020

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), is currently accepting proposals aimed at combating COVID-19 by providing its new supercomputer Fugaku for selected research projects…

Education

Education
Startups
AI
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 01, 2020
Japan's private education providers are scrambling to go online as a prolonged state of emergency is set to paralyze brick and mortar classrooms.

Life Science & Medical Technology

Bio/Medtech
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 27, 2020

As nations scramble to develop vaccines for the coronavirus, Takara Bio is at the forefront of Japan's efforts, tapping its four decades of gene-editing experience to help develop a DNA-based approach that has never been used in humans before.

Bio/Medtech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 26, 2020

Japanese precision instrument maker Shimadzu will add saliva to the sample of PCR reagents to test for the new coronavirus, after the company confirmed it is as accurate as conventional methods.

Bio/Medtech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 25, 2020

Japanese biotech venture AnGes is set to begin a clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in July, Nikkei learned Monday, raising hopes that the medication could secure government approval by the end of the year.

Bio/Medtech
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 23, 2020

A Japanese company has moved up plans to mass-produce an ultraviolet lamp developed with Columbia University that it says renders viruses harmless without damaging people's eyes or skin.

Bio/Medtech
The Asahi Shimbun, May 22, 2020

A hospital in Tokyo said it successfully transplanted liver cells derived from human embryonic stem (ES) cells to a baby with a potentially life-threatening disease, marking the first time ES cells have been used to treat human diseases in Japan.

Bio/Medtech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 18, 2020

Takara Bio will release a coronavirus test in Japan as early as this month that uses saliva, enabling samples to be taken from home in what could be a major step toward increased testing and improved health care worker safety.

Bio/Medtech
The Asahi Shimbun, May 16, 2020
Researchers here developed a face mask that can be washed repeatedly and is touted as being able to render viruses inactive.
Bio/Medtech
The Japan Times, May 14, 2020
The government will test around 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies starting next month to gauge how far the contagion has spread and whether the nation is approaching “herd immunity,” the health minister said Friday.
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 10, 2020
Japan hopes to test 400,000 people per week for the novel coronavirus, with the health ministry planning to approve the nation's first antigen test kit for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 07, 2020
Fujifilm Holdings has developed a chemical that makes possible automated coronavirus testing in just 75 minutes by eliminating a process performed by experienced lab technicians.
Bio/Medtech
Alliances&TechTrans
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 06, 2020
Shares of Japanese household goods maker Kao rose on Thursday after the company said it has jointly developed an antibody that suppresses new coronavirus infections.
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 03, 2020
A machine that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospitals has been shown to deactivate the novel coronavirus in just two minutes, providing a potentially effective method of removing the virus from public spaces.
Bio/Medtech
The Asahi Shimbun, May 03, 2020
A life support machine developed by scientists here is being hailed as a major breakthrough for treating patients with serious pulmonary or heart problems, including those infected with the new coronavirus.
Bio/Medtech
The Asahi Shimbun, May 01, 2020
While dentists can easily remove tartar buildup these days, scientists are thankful that people in the Edo Period (1603-1867) had no such modern dental plan. A team of researchers has determined what people of that era consumed, based on the DNA analysis of food remains in tartar, a plaque layer…
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, April 29, 2020
Japanese biotech company Takara Bio said Thursday it has developed a new reagent which allows coronavirus infections to be determined in about an hour, slashing the required testing time by more than half from existing methods.

Material Science

Material Science
The Asahi Shimbun, May 27, 2020

A researcher in Osaka Prefecture has developed a wearable material that generates electricity from excess human body heat using tiny sensors that can be stuck on the skin like a small bandage.

Material Science
Bio/Medtech
Startups
Nikkei Asian Review, May 18, 2020

Zetta, a spinout from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, also known as Tokyo Tech, has developed a nonwoven nanofiber material that can be washed repeatedly without losing its ability to protect the wearer from viruses. The startup, based in the western Japanese city of Matsuyama, plans to get…

Material Science
Bio/Medtech
The Asahi Shimbun, May 16, 2020

Researchers here developed a face mask that can be washed repeatedly and is touted as being able to render viruses inactive.

Electronics

Electronics
The Japan Times, May 26, 2020

The list of Intel Corp.’s annual supplier award winners tends to read like a who’s who of the semiconductor industry’s biggest names.

Electronics
The Japan Times, May 24, 2020
One of Japan’s major annual electronics shows will be held online in October due to safety concerns arising from the novel coronavirus, organizers said Monday.
Electronics
The Japan Times, May 13, 2020
NEC Corp. said Thursday that it has developed a biometric authentication device that can recognize people even when they are wearing a face mask.
Electronics
ICT
AI
Nikkei Asian Review, May 05, 2020
China's Inspur, the world's third-largest maker of servers for managing data, has gained a foothold in Japan, bringing fresh competition to local players Fujitsu and NEC in a $5 billion market.
Electronics
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, April 30, 2020
Japanese electronics manufacturer Omron has begun laying the groundwork for growth after the coronavirus as telemedicine looks poised to become part of the medical sector's "new normal."

Information & Communications Technology

ICT
Bio/Medtech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 21, 2020

Japanese social media platform Line will this summer launch a telemedicine business to cater to growing demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ICT
The Japan Times, May 07, 2020
The teenage computer whiz has designed an iPhone app that uses GPS to keep people's own records of where they've been.
ICT
The Japan Times, May 05, 2020

Contactless technologies have come into the spotlight amid the spread of the new coronavirus as people have become more conscious of the risks of infection from touching doorknobs and buttons.

Energy

Energy
ICT
Nikkei Asian Review, May 13, 2020
Tokyo's power and water utilities will share real-time grid data as part of efforts to improve services and better inform their response during natural disasters.

Environment

Env
The Asahi Shimbun, May 20, 2020

Japanese scientists doing groundbreaking research in Antarctica say warm seawater flowing deep beneath a glacier may hold the key to rising sea levels rather than warmer air melting the ice sheets.

Physics

Physics
Env
The Asahi Shimbun, May 02, 2020
Shigehisa Ishii, a farmer in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, admires the “Nishina otome” variety of cherry blossoms that he developed jointly with the Riken research institute.

Space & Aeronautics

Space
Startups
Env
Nikkei Asian Review, May 27, 2020

The rocket engine roared to life with a burst of bright orange flame, firing at 70% of full power for five seconds in a test that featured fuel used to power much of the planet but not harassed to reach outer space: liquefied natural gas.

Space
The Japan Times, May 25, 2020
Japan’s Kounotori 9 unmanned cargo spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday.
Space
The Asahi Shimbun, May 24, 2020

The asteroid Ryugu used to pass far closer to the sun, even closer than Mercury, an analysis of images shot by Japan's Hayabusa 2 space probe reveals.

Robotics

Robotics
Nikkei Asian Review, May 16, 2020

One robot can use a toilet brush to scrub porcelain bowls all by itself. Another lets humans work on faraway assembly lines with fine motor skills, thanks to virtual reality gloves.

Robotics
Startups
AI
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 10, 2020
Sony looks to enhance next-generation robots from avatarin, a startup launched by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings, as interest grows in remote-control machines that can take the place of humans amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Automotive

Automotive
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 27, 2020

Nissan Motor, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors set out on Wednesday their plans to deepen their carmaking alliance to confront plunging vehicle demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they would become more efficient and cut costs while ruling out a full merger.

Artificial Intelligence

AI
The Japan Times, May 14, 2020
Sony Corp. presented Thursday the world’s first image sensors with built-in artificial intelligence, promising to make data-gathering tasks much faster and more secure.
AI
Startups
Nikkei Asian Review, May 02, 2020
Stuck at home with no place to go as the new coronavirus lingers, many people remain glued to streaming services for a way to while away the time. The perfect window for mainstream anime and manga to pick up their game and pump out more hits, one would think.

Startups

Startups
Bio/Medtech
General Interest
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 02, 2020
Okayu cared deeply about her job in IT sales -- and also about the fertility treatment she was having. Eventually the 30-year-old decided it was impossible to reconcile both and unwilllingly resigned after concluding that her workplace could not accommodate her need to attend the fertility clinic…

Alliances & Technology Transfer

Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 26, 2020

Tencent Holdings will invest 4.9 billion yen ($45 million) in Japanese game maker Marvelous and become its top shareholder, as the Chinese internet services giant presses ahead with a global expansion drive.

Alliances&TechTrans
Bio/Medtech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 22, 2020

Japanese chemical and materials maker AGC said Thursday it has teamed up with an Osaka University-affiliated biotechnology company to help produce a coronavirus vaccine that offers a great mass-manufacturing advantage.

Alliances&TechTrans
Automotive
Nikkei Asian Review, May 21, 2020

Chinese internet services giant Tencent Holdings and Japanese carmaker Honda Motor announced on Monday a tie-up to develop in-car infotainment systems for the Chinese market.

Alliances&TechTrans
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, April 29, 2020
About 20 Japanese companies, including Toyota Motor and Canon, will release patents and other intellectual property held in Japan and overseas for free to help fight the new coronavirus, Nikkei has learned.

General Interest

General Interest
Electronics
Nikkei Asian Review, May 28, 2020

As CEO Kenichiro Yoshida sees it, Sony's name change to Sony Group reflects a transformation in progress that will turn a hardware maker known for electronics innovations into a multi-faceted conglomerate.

General Interest
Nikkei Asian Review, May 23, 2020

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo, owned by Fast Retailing, will start selling face masks this summer at its stores, Chairman and CEO Tadashi Yanai told Nikkei, as global demand surges for protection against the coronavirus.

General Interest
Bio/Medtech
Alliances&TechTrans
Nikkei Asian Review, May 22, 2020

Propelled by the wave of keen interest in promising treatments for the coronavirus, Fujifilm Holdings is ready to shed its image as a camera film and copier maker and become known as an operation centered on health care.

General Interest
AI
Fintech
Nikkei Asian Review, May 21, 2020

Sony will make listed subsidiary Sony Financial Holdings a wholly owned unit for 400 billion yen ($3.73 billion) as it follows global tech giants Alibaba Group Holding and Apple in turning to finance as a stable profit generator that performs even during crises like the current pandemic, Sony…

General Interest
Electronics
Nikkei Asian Review, May 19, 2020

Supply chains for laptop computers have largely recovered from the damage caused by the new coronavirus, pushing manufacturers like Vaio to double production.

General Interest
AI
ICT
Mobility
Health
Bio/Medtech
Education
Nikkei Asian Review, May 12, 2020
Japan took another step toward building technology-enabled "super cities," with legislation set to pass that will help advance local plans by lowering regulatory hurdles.
General Interest
Nikkei Asian Review, May 09, 2020
Kochi Marutaka takes on jobs that might give others pause, putting up bridges along mountain cliff faces in Asia, for example.
General Interest
Nikkei Asian Review, May 06, 2020
Plant-based meat is finally starting to catch on in Japan, with rising numbers of health-conscious consumers spurring food manufacturers to offer more and tastier selections.
General Interest
Bio/Medtech
Health
Nikkei Asian Review, May 05, 2020
Japan's major shipbuilders have been maneuvering behind the scenes to win a contract to build the country's first hospital ship as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to create a shortage of patient beds on land.