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, 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.