Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication www.theguardian.com

On 30 April 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan is . The decision was announced in December 2017 so as to ensure an orderly transition to Akihito’s son, Naruhito, but the coronation could cause concerns...

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Disrupting Japan #125: How Japan’s Unique Relationship with Robots is About to Make it #1 Again www.disruptingjapan.com

Japan had been a global leader in robotics for decades, but recently the traditional Japanese leaders have been losing ground to the better-funded and better-publicized firms coming out of America ...

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A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards www.asahi.com

“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?”

Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow lecturers at Uchida Human Resources Development Center become confused when they are asked such...

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EFF to Japan: Reject Website Blocking www.eff.org

Website blocking to deal with alleged copyright infringement is like cutting off your hand to deal with a papercut. Sure, you don’t have a papercut anymore, but you’ve also lost a lot more than you...

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Japan Tests Silicon for Exascale Computing in 2021 spectrum.ieee.org

Japan’s computer giant Fujitsu and RIKEN, the country’s largest research institute, have begun field-testing a prototype CPU for a next-generation supercomputer they believe will take the country b...

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Softbank, Baidu units tie up to bring autonomous buses to Japan english.kyodonews.net

A subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. and a Japan unit of China's internet search giant Baidu Inc. said Wednesday they have tied up to tap into the Japanese self-driving bus market.

Under the agreem...

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The Japanese Calendar’s Y2K Moment blogs.msdn.microsoft.com

The Windows 10 Spring Release includes a placeholder for the era expected to begin on 1 May, 2019. That information is in a registry key that can be removed or edited in the event that a system's ...

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Honda developing successor to ASIMO robot for more practical use english.kyodonews.net

Honda Motor Co. is developing a successor to its ASIMO humanoid robot, which can walk on two legs, to use for more practical purposes such as nursing care, a company official said Thursday.

"We wil...

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Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reaches cosmic 'diamond' www.bbc.com

A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at its target - an asteroid shaped like a diamond or, according to some, a spinning top.

Hayabusa 2 has been travelling toward the space rock Ryugu since launching...

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Anime ‘virtual YouTube hosts’ are a thing, and Gree’s using VR to make them venturebeat.com

If you haven’t heard of “virtual YouTubers” or VTubers, you’re not alone: the recent Japanese trend turns human actors into cartoony virtual characters for YouTube videos. Now Japanese gaming and m...

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