NEC guiding communications providers with data traffic analytics strategies

NEC guiding communications providers with data traffic analytics strategies

Tokyo [Japan], Feb.16 : The NEC Corporation has announced the launch of a consulting service called the "TMS Professional Service," which enables communications service providers (CSPs) to plan and implement strategies based on the analytics of their network data traffic.

This service analyzes information provided by CSPs to detect the trends, characteristics and abnormalities in network data traffic.

Based on analytic results, NEC conducts consultation under four subjects: network data traffic optimization, customer support, security diagnosis, and marketing.

NEC chairs new industry group on standards for smart city solutions

NEC chairs new industry group on standards for smart city solutions

Tokyo [Japan]/Heidelberg [Germany], Feb.16 : The NEC Corporation has confirmed that Dr. Lindsay Frost, chief researcher, NEC Laboratories Europe, as chairman at the first meeting of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Context Information Management (ISG CIM), co-launched by NEC and four other companies.

The ISG CIM has already grown to 12 participating organizations. Its first general meeting decided on six work items in a stringent timetable to publish, within six months for public review, a draft specification for smart city context information exchange (see

Mild environment observed around supermassive black hole protects organic chemicals at centre

Mild environment observed around supermassive black hole protects organic chemic

Tokyo, Feb 27 : Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found regions where certain organic molecules somehow endure the intense radiation near the supermassive black hole at the center of spiral galaxy M77, also known as NGC 1068.

Although these molecules around a black hole are thought to be dissociated by strong X-rays and UV photons, the research results indicated that some regions are shielded from X-rays and UV photons due to a large amount of dust and gas.

A research team led by Shuro Takano at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and Taku Nakajima at Nagoya University observed the spiral galaxy M77 in the direction of the constellation Cetus (the Whale) about 47 million light-years away with ALMA.

Kenya's Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant starts commercial operation

Kenya's Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant starts commercial operation

Tokyo, Feb. 20 - Toshiba Corporation has announced the beginning of commercial operation of Kenya's Olkaria Geothermal Power Plant.

The official opening ceremony of Kenya's largest geothermal power complex was held at the site on February 19 in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd. awarded a full turnkey contract for Olkaria I and IV to a consortium of Korea's Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd. and Japan's Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 2011.

Toshiba, selected by Hyundai Engineering to provide key equipment, supplied four 70-megawatt turbines and generators for the plant in 2013.

Olkaria IV started commercial operation in September 2014, followed by Olkaria I in January this year.

JAL to purchase 32 MRJ aircraft

Japan AirlinesTokyo, Jan 28 : Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday announced that it has signed an agreement and letter of intent with Mitsubishi Aircraft for the purchase of 32 firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.

JAL rates the performance of the next-generation MRJ aircrafts very high is considering Mitsubishi Aircraft's proposals for operational support following the delivery of the aircrafts. Mitsubishi has so far 407 MRJ aircrafts (223 firm, 160 option, 24 purchase rights) are on order, including 32 from JAL. Deliveries to JAL are scheduled to commence in 2021.

Toshiba Corporation to showcase leading-edge technologies at 2015 International CES

'Toshiba'Tokyo, Dec 19 - The Toshiba Corporation has announced that it will exhibit its latest products and technologies at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest exhibition of consumer electronics, which will be held in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9.

The company will showcase essential products and technologies for achieving the company's vision of creating a safe, secure and comfortable society, the "Human Smart Community."

Japan successfully launches 'asteroid explorer' Hayabusa 2

Hayabusa 2Tokyo, Dec 04 : Japan has successfully launched its " asteroid explorer" Hayabusa 2 on December 3, 2014, it has been reported.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26 (H-IIA F26) with the Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 onboard from the Tanegashima Space Center.

With a launch success rate for H-IIA/B launch vehicles at 96.7%, this launch confirms the quality and reliability of the H-IIA/B.

Fujifilm launches new 'instax' camera

FujiFilm-Hello-Kitty-InstaxTokyo, Oct 26 : Fujifilm launched its new instant camera on October 23, incorporating the charismatic icon "Hello Kitty".

The iconic Hello Kitty Instax is celebrating the 40 year anniversary of Hello Kitty and 80 years anniversary of Fujifilm. The figure of Instax resembles the face of Hello Kitty and this pretty figure will attract all Hello Kitty fans all over the world.

Fuji film is aiming to achieve sales target of Instax between 3 million to 3.5 million for the financial year. The use of Instax camera started from East Asian countries and spread to USA and Europe.

Japan to invest $35 bn for infrastructure projects in India

Japan to invest $35 bn for infrastructure projects in IndiaTokyo - India will get USD 35 billion from Japan over the next five years for developmental projects, including building of smart cities and next generation infrastructure as also cleaning of the Ganga, as Premier Shinzo Abe Monday pledged to partner Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "ambitious" vision of inclusive development.

The two sides also signed five pacts covering defence exchanges, cooperation in clean energy, roads and highways, healthcare and women while vowing to take their relationship to newer level.

India considers Japan among its closest, most reliable partners: PM Modi

Narendra-ModiTokyo, Sept 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India considers Japan among its closest and most reliable partners.

"I am delighted to be in Japan. After assuming the office of Prime Minister, I had taken a decision that my first bilateral visit outside South Asia would be to Japan. It is my great fortune that Prime Minister Abe gave me the opportunity to fulfill my desire within 100 days of my assuming office," said Prime Minister Modi in his remarks at the joint press briefing with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

PMs Modi, Abe welcome progress in civil nuclear cooperation

Narendra-Modi-Shinzo-AbeTokyo, Sep 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe affirmed the importance of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries and welcomed the significant progress in negotiations on the agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

They directed their officials to further accelerate the negotiations with a view to concluding the Agreement at an early date, and strengthen the two countries' partnership in non-proliferation and nuclear safety," said the Tokyo Declaration for India-Japan special strategic and global partnership

India can get billions of dollars in FDI from Japan: Kochhar

Chanda-KochharTokyo: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised speedy clearances for Japanese investments, ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar on Monday said India can get billions of dollars of fresh investments from Japan.

Kochhar, who is part of a high-level business delegation that has come here for Modi's first official visit as Prime Minister, said that ICICI Bank will play a major role in arranging funds for Japanese investments into India.

The areas that can attract such investments include railways, smart city projects, biotechnology, clean energy, electronics and the overall infrastructure space, Kochhar told PTI in an interview here.

JAL opens revamped first class lounge at Haneda Airport International Terminal

JAL-First-Class-LoungeTokyo, Aug 30 : The JAL Group has announced the opening of its revamped JAL First Class Lounge at International Terminal of Tokyo's Haneda Airport, following the upgrade of Sakura Lounges earlier this year.

The design of space in new JAL First Class Lounge features Japanese tradition in a modern way.

Tourists have a lot to explore in Japan

Tourists-JapanTokyo, Aug 19 : The Triennale, an international art exhibition held every three years in Yokohama, Japan, recently showcased the work of 79 artists from around the world.

This was the fifth edition of the Triennale contemporary art exhibition.

Yokohama has embraced a variety of different ideas and values, while promoting modern and contemporary culture.

Toyota announces price for new fuel cell car at $70K

Toyota announces price for new fuel cell car at $70KTokyo Japanese auto giant Toyota will start selling its first fuel cell sedan this financial year, with a price tag of around USD 70,000, the company announced Wednesday.

The vehicles will be rolled out by March and beyond the home market during the summer of 2015, it said, in a move that will see the environmentally friendly cars available in the United States and Europe.

Japan's industrial output drops

Japan's industrial output dropsTokyo, May 30 - Japan's industrial output in April dropped a seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent from the previous month, ministry of economy, trade and industry said Friday.

It also downgraded the assessment of the production, which is the first time since September 2011, saying it "appears to be flat" compared to the previous month's phrase of "showing upward momentum", reported Xinhua.

The index of output at factories and mines stood at 99.6 against the base of 100 in 2010, the ministry said in a report.

Obama arrives in Japan on four-nation Asian trip

Barack-ObamaTokyo, April 23 : US President Barack Obama Wednesday arrived in Japan on the first leg of his four-nation Asian trip.

Obama will stay here through Friday and will hold a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with the focus on the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks, Xinhua reported.

The two nations are at odds over Japan's reluctance to remove its tariffs imposed on US agricultural products. The US has called on Japan to lift all tariffs on rice, wheat, pork and beef, sugar and dairy, which Japan sees as its key items, so as to conclude the free trade talks at an early date.

Tokyo shares end lower

Tokyo shares end lowerTokyo, April 8 - Tokyo stocks ended the morning session lower Tuesday following losses in the US market.

The 225-issue Nikkei stock average lost 167.24 points, or 1.13 percent, from Monday to 14,641.61, reported Xinhua.

The broader Topix index of all first section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 19.46 points, or 1.63 percent, to 1, 177.38.

Decliners were led by pharmaceutical, mining and rubber shares. (IANS)

Japan raises sales tax after 17 years

Japan raises sales tax after 17 yearsTokyo, April 1 - Japan Tuesday raised its sales tax rate from 5 percent to 8 percent, marking the first sales tax hike in 17 years, reported Xinhua.

The move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would affect Japan's economy that has showed signs of recovery brought by Abe's economic policies.

The first step of the two-stage tax hike is aimed at covering swelling social security costs for the country's aging society, which would help increase government tax revenues and restore the nation's fiscal health.

6.1 magnitude quake hits Japan

6.1 magnitude quake hits JapanTokyo, March 14 - A quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted southwest Japan early Friday, the country's meteorological agency said.

The temblor, which struck at around 2:07 a. m., had a depth of 80km, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, no tsunami warnings were issued. Also, there was no immediate report of damage to property or any casualty. (IANS)

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