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

Panasonic Factories Damaged, Shut in Anti-Japan Protests in China

Two Panasonic component factories have been vandalized and shut down in China amid the widespread anti-Japanese protests sweeping the country, a company...

Nintendo Wii U to Launch in US, Europe Starting in November, Will Work as DVR

Nintendo said Thursday that its new Wii U game console will go on sale starting in November in the U.S. and Europe, and will also work as a home entertainment...

Nintendo to launch Wii U in Japan on Dec. 8, with U.S. release before holidays

Nintendo will announce international launch dates later today.

Sony's new 3D head-mounted display to launch in Japan for US$900

Sony said Tuesday a new version of its popular "Personal 3D Viewer" head-mounted display, which wraps around the eyes and shows video so it appears at the size...

Struggling Sharp slashes employee salaries by up to 10 percent

Japan's Sharp said Tuesday it will slash employee salaries by up to 10 percent from next month, in a round of cost-cutting that will save it about US$180 million...

Fujitsu to build software robot to pass college entrance exams

Fujitsu said Monday it will lead a project to create artificial intelligence capable of passing the math portion of the entrance exams to one of Japan's top...

Japanese defense panel: Cyber attacks can be basis for military self-defense

A Japanese military panel on Friday released a new set of guidelines for dealing with cyber attacks against the nation, saying that in certain circumstances they...

Cash-poor Sharp mortgages display factories, Including Apple screen plant

Japan's Sharp, one of the world's largest makers of LCD panels and a supplier of displays for Apple products, has taken the rare step of mortgaging its factories...

Sony says 400 customer names, emails from mobile division leaked in China

Sony said Thursday that hackers accessed about 400 names and email addresses of its mobile customers in China and Taiwan, but that no credit card or banking...

NEC sells shares in Lenovo; Japan PC joint venture unaffected

NEC has sold for about US$230 million shares in Chinese computer maker Lenovo it acquired last year when the companies formed a joint venture to produce PCs in...

Toyota platform will beam drive data to phones, re-create drives on Gran Turismo

Toyota is developing a new device for its cars that will collect detailed data on driving such as gas pedal use, brake presses, and gear shifts for viewing on a...

Tokyo Court: Samsung Didn't Violate Apple Patent in Japan

UPDATE: The Tokyo District Court decided against Apple's suit against Samsung on a single patent concerning synching media devices

Foxconn, Sharp Megadeal Still on Hold as Negotiations Roller Coaster Continues

A US$850 million deal between Taiwanese electronics giant Hon Hai Precision Industry and Japan's Sharp was still on hold Friday, as roller-coaster negotiations...

Obama Makes Appearance on Reddit, Briefly Crashes Site

President Barack Obama, currently on the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming November elections, made a brief virtual appearance on Reddit, a popular online...

Metal Gear Coming to the Movies

Solid Snake is coming to the big screen, as Konami aims to extend its game franchise into movies.