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Japan's Softbank to Offer World's First Phone With Radiation Detection

Japan's Softbank will launch a phone with a built in radiation detector, the world's first, it said Tuesday.

Japan Robot Lab Readies Second Prototype for Work at Crippled Nuclear Reactor

A Japanese robotics lab has developed a new emergency response prototype that will soon be put to work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in...

Sony Brings Streaming Music Service to the IPhone

Sony on Friday released an iPhone app to access its streaming Music Unlimited service, part of its efforts to expand its online platforms to devices from rival...

Sony Pulls out of LCD JV With Sharp, Gets US$126 Million Investment Back

Sony said Thursday it will pull out of its over three-year LCD TV panel joint venture with Sharp, part of Sony's ongoing attempts to reform its foundering TV...

FujiFilm Camera Design to Withstand Water, Shock, Dust, Freezing Temperatures

FujiFilm said Wednesday it will begin sales of a digital camera in June that is waterproof, shockproof, sealed against dust and sand, and works at temperatures...

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Sony Demos Wireless Media Hub for Its Computers, Smartphones, Game Consoles

Sony on Tuesday showed a digital media hub that uses Wi-Fi to connect its PCs, tablets, smartphones and PlayStation game consoles, a product that it hopes will...

Tokyo Opens World's Tallest Broadcast Tower

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcast tower, officially opened to the public on Tuesday.

New Data Shows Apple Dominating Samsung in Japanese Smartphone Market

Nearly one in three smartphones sold in Japan last fiscal year was an iPhone, pushing Apple's sales far ahead of main rival Samsung in the country, according to...

Panasonic Books US$10 Billion Annual Loss, Largest Ever by Japan Manufacturer

Panasonic said Friday it booked a loss of nearly US$10 billion for the fiscal year that ended March 31, the largest ever loss by a Japanese manufacturer...

Japan's Softbank Testing Blimp-based Emergency Mobile Phone System

Softbank, which runs Japan's third-largest mobile phone network, is experimenting with using blimps as temporary cell towers for use during natural disasters.

Twitter Japan Blog Post Says Company Leaked No User Data

None of the recently leaked Twitter logins and passwords came from within the company, according to a message posted on Twitter's Japanese blog Thursday.

Sony Targets Return to Profitability After Record US$5.7 Billion Loss Last Year

Sony closed the books on its worst year ever on Thursday, while also targeting a slight profit for the current period, which would be its first since 2008.

PayPal, Softbank to Form Japan Joint Venture, Launch PayPal Here Service

PayPal and Softbank said Wednesday they will form a new joint venture to pursue online transactions business in the country.

Sharp to Sell Moody Robotic Vacuum With Video Streaming, Remote Control by Phone

Sharp's new robot vacuum isn't always happy to do your housework.

Hitachi Starts All-in-one Data Center Service, Covers Construction to IT Support

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on Monday launched a new data center business that includes everything from planning to construction to IT support.