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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...

Japan's Two Main Airlines to Launch Wi-Fi Services on International Flights

Japan's two main airlines will begin providing Wi-Fi on some international flights, with Japan Airlines to begin offering services next month.

Sony, Panasonic to Team up to Mass-produce OLED TV Panels

Sony and Panasonic said Monday they will team up to create mass production technology for super-high resolution TVs based on OLED technology.

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Sony to Invest $1 Billion to Increase Camera Image Sensor Production

Imaging technology will be a major focus for the company, even as it cuts back on in-house production of TV panels and other components.

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Nintendo Announces Jumbo 3DS With Double the Screen Size, Longer-life Battery

Nintendo will launch a new, jumbo-sized version of its 3DS handheld from next month, with a screen nearly twice the size of the current model, the Japanese...

Jail Time, Fines for Illegal Downloads Debated in Japan

A revision to Japan's copyright law to impose criminal penalties on those who illegally download music and movies has sparked debate in the country.

New Group Launches in Japan to Promote Corporate Use of IPhones, IPads

A new group to promote the use of iPhones and iPads in Japanese businesses launched in Tokyo on Thursday.

Japanese IOS Software Group to Launch Thursday; NEC, Hitachi May Join

A Japanese group devoted to developing software for the iPhone and iPad is set to launch Thursday, with major domestic firms like Hitachi and NEC mulling...