Enjoy the “Kawaii” (cute) experiences with the cute and popular Japanese cat Hello Kitty as it opens its own indoor amusement facility called “Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise.” The amusement park opened in Tokyo on Friday, October 22, 2010. PleasureCast Co, a subsidiary of Namco Ltd, opened the theme park on the 1st floor of Venus Fort commercial complex located in the Odaiba waterfront area, Tokyo. The facility expects 700,000 visitors within the first fiscal year.
For centuries Japanese have worn beautiful, hand-crafted kimonos, but soon there will be no one left with the skills to make one of the nation's most enduring cultural symbols. Yasutaka Komiya, an 84-year-old craftsman, is flicking through piles of exquisitely decorated rainbow-hued silk. "I started learning how to dye kimono fabrics in this style when I was 12," he said. "A few hundred years ago, thousands of people were doing this. But today? We are one of only three families left in Japan who can do this work."
East Japan Railway Co. started operations of a hybrid passenger train with an electric motor and diesel engine Saturday in Nagano Prefecture, the first of its kind designated for tourists. The Resort View Furusato train will run between the city of Nagano and Minami-Otari stations once a day until Dec. 26. All 78 seats of the two cars are occupied by passengers, JR East said. The train features large windows so that passengers can enjoy the scenic views, and the front carriage is an observation car.
Of the 100 cities in the world with the fastest average Internet connection speed, 61 are in Asia, and only 12 in the U.S. The U.S. ranks eighth when it comes to average maximum speed – 16 Mbps – less than half the average maximum of first-place South Korea. The data is from the first quarter of 2010, and was compiled by Akamai Technologies.
TDK is pushing Blu-ray boundaries with a dual-sided, 1TB prototype. They revealed a prototype dual-sided optical disc with a total capacity of 1 TB, trumping the current BDXL specification of 100 GB and 128 GB. One side of TDK's prototype was shown to contain 16 recording layers of 32 GB each, adding up to 512 GB per side.
A wide array of the latest home electronics and IT products are attracting visitors to the "CEATEC Japan 2010" tradeshow here, featuring displays of 3D televisions and a next-generation "Smart Grid" power transmission network. The five-day tradeshow, one of the largest of its kind in Asia, kicked off on Oct. 5 at Chiba's Makuhari Messe convention center, with 616 companies from 16 countries and regions around the world taking part.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry appears to be getting serious about exporting pop culture. The ministry plans to set up a new department with dozens of experts on the "Cool Japan" fad to promote exports of animation, manga, fashion, food and other cultural items as Japan attempts to profit from "soft power."
Fujitsu Ltd. has begun shipping component units for "K," a massive next-generation supercomputer it developed with Riken, the government's top-flight research institution. The company held a ceremony Tuesday at subsidiary Fujitsu IT Products Ltd. in Kahoku, Ishikawa Prefecture, to mark the first shipments of the machine, which the two are hoping will become the world's fastest supercomputer.