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

Sony Says It Lost US$6.4 Billion Last Fiscal Year, Over Twice Earlier Forecast

Sony expects its net loss for the fiscal year ending March 31 will be more than double what it forecast two months ago.

Fujitsu Research Lab Demos Current Projects, Says Economy Shouldn't Affect Funds

The head of Fujitsu's main research division says it is a mistake to cut back on investing in new technologies during hard economic times.

Toshiba to Sell Video Servers That Use Streaming Hardware Instead of CPU, Memory

Toshiba said Monday it has developed hardware for servers that encodes and sends video streams without using CPU or memory, greatly increasing the number of...

Report: Sony to Cut 10,000 Jobs as Part of Restructuring Efforts

Sony will cut 10,000 jobs globally, or about 6 percent of its workforce, this year as part of a restructuring plan.

Larry Ellison: Hardware-software Integration Key, Apple Is Best Example

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Thursday his company will continue to bet on selling high-end custom hardware for its software products.

Sony's New Head of Consumer Products to Lead Unit Formed From Sony Ericsson

Sony said Wednesday that the newly installed head of its consumer electronics business will also lead the mobile unit formed when it acquired Sony Ericsson...

Samsung, NTT DoCoMo Chip Group Abandon Planned LTE Chip Joint Venture

NTT DoCoMo said Monday a planned joint venture with Samsung Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC and other Japanese companies to design and sell chips for high-speed mobile...

Japan's Mobile Carriers to Begin Service on Tokyo Subways This Week

Train passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones on the city's subways.

Japan's DeNA to Offer Mobile Games on Official Sites of China's Three Largest Carriers

DeNA, a major mobile platform operator in Japan, said Wednesday it has signed deals with China's three largest carriers to offer its games through their official...

Foxconn Parent Invests US$806 Million in Japan Sharp, Buys LCD Plant Share

Hon Hai Precision Industry, the parent company of Foxconn Electronics and one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, will acquire a stake of almost 10...

Sony to Launch PlayStation 3 Photo Suite This Week, to Link With Cloud Service

Sony said Monday it will sell new photo editing software for the PlayStation 3 this week, as it prepares for the global launch of its cloud-based photo service.

Google Ordered to Remove Auto-complete Results for Japanese Man's Name

Google has been ordered by a Tokyo court to remove auto-complete results that link a man to crimes he says he didn't commit.

Japanese University to Battle Eel Fraud With Cheap, Rapid DNA Testing

A science institute in central Japan says it has devised a system to stop eel fraud using cheap DNA testing, as the summer surge in the foodstuff's popularity...

Elpida Memory Begins Corporate Reorganization, After February Bankruptcy Filing

Japan's Elpida Memory, the world's third-largest maker of DRAM, said Friday it will officially begin reorganization proceedings and submit a final plan by...

Panasonic Rice Cooker Can Exchange Recipes With Android App via RFID

Panasonic will launch a new line of rice cookers from June that can save recipes and settings online, using touch-card technology to sync with an Android phone...