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Jay Alabaster is a reporter for IDG News Service based in Tokyo.

4G climbs Mount Fuji

Japan's most famous mountain now has 4G coverage.

NHK camera array

Japan's NHK develops robot camera array for Matrix-like effects

Japan's public television broadcaster, NHK, has developed an array of video cameras that are synchronized to create "bullet time" shots like those popularized in the film The Matrix.

Japan to hold 'world's first' 4k streaming trial to set-top box

A major Japanese telecommunications provider will stream 4k video over the Internet to set-top boxes this week, in what it is calling the world's first public test of the technology.

Solar flare from May 12

Japan warns solar flares could harm GPS, satellites, power lines

A Japanese government institute has warned that satellite transmissions, GPS readings, and power lines could be affected over the next two weeks if a recent spate of solar flares continues.

Japan uses robots, tech to care for elderly

Japanese firms in Osaka showed their solutions to caring for the country's handicapped and increasing number of elderly

sony bravia 4k tv

Sony aims to take 4K mainstream with $4999 TV, media player, download service

Sony will soon launch 4K TVs far smaller and cheaper than existing models, along with a 4K media player and download service, all aimed at bringing the next-generation TV format into the mainstream.

Toshiba demos 'Lytro chip,' converts phones to light-field cameras

The modules, which could be in phones next year, can accurately calculate depth and change focus points after photos are shot.

Panasonic improves color capture by digital cameras

Panasonic has developed a new way to drastically increase the color and light sensitivity of digital cameras including those used in smartphones.

Toshiba to launch 20-megapixel image chip for digital cameras

Toshiba is preparing a 20-megapixel image sensor for digital cameras that it says will be the highest resolution of its kind.

Netflix restores streaming video after Christmas outages

Netflix has restored its streaming video services, after Christmas outages related to problems with Amazon's online computing platform.

Sony 'Smart Skin' camera spots pimples before they surface

Sony has developed new technology for using the small cameras in phones and tablets to check the health of users' skin.

Fujitsu preps 'world's first' cloud-ready pedometer for dogs

Fujitsu is readying a new pedometer for canines that stores and tracks their health data online. The device, which clips on to a dog's collar, uses a motion sensor to track how much distance an animal has covered, then can upload recorded data to its services.


Sharp warns it may collapse; surprises few

Japan's Sharp, a major supplier of LCD displays to Apple and other manufacturers, has warned that it may not survive if it can't turn around its business, an admission that caught few off guard.

HTC to launch first smartphone with full-HD 5-inch screen in Japan

HTC will launch a new smartphone with a 440 ppi display in the Japanese market starting in December.

UStream Asia to Start "tipping" Service So Viewers Can Donate to Streamers

UStream's Asian venture said Thursday it will start a new service that allows viewers to give their favorite content providers small monetary "tips" during...