Download TechShotsApp

App Store

Google Play

Tag: Japan (page 1 of 1)

SoftBank to halt production of Pepper robot, lay off employees 

SoftBank Group has decided to ease out jobs at the global robotics business and also stop the production of its Pepper robot. The company is downgrading its targets in robotics. Pepper’s production had been reportedly halted last year and would be costly to restart. Only 27,000 pieces were made. Half of its 330 staff members in France will be lay]id off by September. The number of employees has been halved in the US and Britain while staff in Japan have been redeployed.

1.7 mn users data of top Japan top dating app exposed in a hack

The personal data, including passport, driving license details, of 1.7 mn users of Japan’s most popular dating apps Omiai may have been exposed to cybercriminals in a possible hack. Net Marketing Co, the owner of the serious relationship dating app, said that it had come to know of unauthorized access between April 20-26 to the server having member information. Omiai, the Japanese word meaning matchmaking, had 6.89 mn users.

Japan to increase funding to promote local chip production

Japan, as per the newspaper Nikki report, is to increase investment to speed up local production of advanced semiconductors and batteries. Under the draft growth blueprint set to be finalized earliest by June, Japan also plans to promote large-scale funds to develop batteries for electric cars. The government plans to increase its current 200 bn-yen funds for the program. Japan aims to have 40% of the global market share in next-gen power semiconductors in 10 years.

Click here to read the full story


Signify appoints Tony Thomas as Chief Digital and Information Officer

Signify has appointed Tony Thomas as Chief Digital and Information Officer. He will be based out in the Netherlands and will be part of the global leadership team. In his new role, Thomas will lead the global IT and Digital Transformation teams and report to the management. He has over two and half decades of experience. Thomas, in the recent past, served Nissan in Japan for over 2 years as a CIO. Signify is in the business of energy-efficient lighting solutions.

Click here to read the full story

Japan ramps up use of AI to reduce food waste

Japanese companies are turning to AI and other advanced tech to sustainably reduce food waste and cut costs. The country, which has the highest food waste per capita in Asia, has introduced a new law to halve such costs from 2000 levels by 2030, pushing companies to find solutions. Convenience store chain Lawson has started using an AI from U.S. firm DataRobot, to estimate the amount of product on shelves that might go unsold or fall short of demand.

NEC in talks with Indian telcos for OpenRAN deployment

Japan’s NEC Corporation, as per media reports, is in talks with Indian telecom operators for a possible deployment of its OpenRAN tech for the rollout of 5G in the country. It added that there might be a few Indian telecom operators looking to adopt OpenRAN to take a lead in the market. The Japanese company said OpenRAN attempts to help the telcos cut network-related costs and upgrade their 5G technology even though it might be a challenger network for India.

Cognizant appoints Shinji Murakami to be Head of Japan Market

Shinji Murakami, former Microsoft executive had been appointed as Head of Japan and a member of Cognizant’s Global Growth Markets leadership. He felt honoured to be a part of Cognizant, a company that serves the insurance, life sciences, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing etc. firms. Ursula Morgenstern, President of GGM, was pleased to welcome Shinji and showed immense confidence in his business, technology and consulting experience.

SoftBank to bring serving robots to Japan

SoftBank’s robotics arm said it’ll bring a food service robot developed by California-based Bear Robotics to Japan as restaurants struggle with labour shortage and seek to ensure social distancing. Named Servi, the robot has 3 layers and is equipped with 3D cameras and LIDAR sensors for navigation. This launch uses SoftBank’s long experience in bring foreign technologies to Japan but moves away from CEO Masayoshi Son’s earlier focus on humanoid robots.

Click here to read the full story

Japan next in line to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps

Japan, following in India’s footsteps, may ban TikTok and other Chinese apps. Just Like India and the US, Lawmakers in Japan are concerned about their domestic data being put to risk. They are planning to propose this plan to Japan’s govt as early as September. While Japan has always been a tough nut for foreign internet firms, it became one of the most lucrative market for TikTok. In its defence, TikTok spokesperson reiterated app’s distance from China.

Click here to read the full story