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

Sony Turnaround Falters

Sony's big recovery has already faltered.

Fujitsu, NTT DoCoMo and NEC to Form Smartphone Chip Venture

Japanese electronics heavyweights Fujitsu and NEC, together with the country's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, said Wednesday they will form a new joint...

Panasonic Rebounds After Largest Loss by Japan Manufacturer

Panasonic said Tuesday it squeezed out a small profit in the April-June quarter, rebounding from a US$10 billion loss last fiscal year, the largest ever by a...

Panasonic Says New Artificial Photosynthesis Method Is World's Most Efficient

Panasonic said Monday it has developed a new system for artificial photosynthesis that can remove carbon dioxide from the air almost as well as plants do, as...

Fujitsu Launches 'agricultural Cloud' to Analyze Data From Field Sensors

Fujitsu said Wednesday it will launch a new cloud-based platform to help modernize Japan's aging farms.

Fujitsu to Launch Smartphone for the Elderly

Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu on Monday showed a new smartphone for the elderly, with a simplified Android user interface and a new touch screen designed...

Sharp to Strip Name From Flagship LCD Factory as Foxconn Parent Moves in

Japan's Sharp said Thursday it will remove its name from a key LCD factory, as part of the completion of a major cash infusion from Foxconn Electronics' parent...

Toshiba to Merge Design Ops for TVs, PCs and Tablets, Create 'fusion Products'

Toshiba said Thursday it will reorganize its TV business in Japan, merging product designers with those for computers and tablets in attempt to create "fusion...

Toshiba Developing New Data Center Products Based on Its Flash Memory Chips

Toshiba said Tuesday it is developing a line of products for storing large amounts of data, based on its flash memory chips.

Sharp Will Pay US$198.5 Million to Settle Dell Price-fixing Lawsuit

Sharp said Monday it has agreed to pay Dell and two other companies US$198.5 million to settle a lawsuit for fixing LCD panel prices in Europe and North America...

Japan Government Investigating Small Web Breaches After Anonymous Attack Threats

Several Japanese government ministries were investigating minor Web breaches Thursday, after what appeared to be threats of cyber attacks by the hacker...

Sony Finalizes Sale of Chemical Ops to Government-backed Bank for US$730 Million

Sony said Thursday it will sell its chemical products business to a government-backed bank for ¥58 billion (US$730 million), as part of the company's ongoing...

Sony Shareholders Not Happy With Record Losses, Despite Recovery Promises

Sony's new CEO received the approval of investors to lead the company Wednesday, but not without a barrage of criticism.

Facebook Visitors From Japan Have More Than Doubled in Last Year, Says Study

Facebook visitors in Japan have more than doubled in the last year according to a Nielsen/Netratings study, which put Facebook ahead of a Japanese social network...

Japan's Gree Ties With Namco Bandai to Offer Social Pac-Man, Other Titles

Gree, the Japanese mobile gaming company, and game developer Namco Bandai said Tuesday they have agreed to a business tie-up that will bring social versions of...