Machines will learn about human communication from data sets including speech, voice, gaze and body expressions: NEDO and Tokyo Denki University
In a program on next-generation AI and robot core technologies, cameras, microphones and sensors will collect abundant data from a group of students involved in discussions, such as remarks, facial expressions, gestures such as arms rising and falling, and gaze. By annotating speech and behavior, it is scheduled to design the next generation AI systems.
NEDO news release, February 6, 2019
The app カラダわかるNavi („understand your body“) requests to enter daily diet and exercise records on a smartphone, then evaluates calorie intake and nutritional balance and provides advices on meal improvement and best time for next meal. Meal composition is analyzed by...read more
Japanese startup develops simple cancer pre-diagnosis using C. elegans, raises 1.4 billion yen (11 million €)
The N-NOSE test developed by Takuya HIROZU monitors if C. elegans roundworms evade or come closer to a drop of urine obtained from a test person. C. elegans has significantly more smell receptors than dogs and evades healthy urine but not the urine of cancer patients....read more
Within the ERATO Ishiguro project on Human Robot Interaction, a team of ATR, Osaka and Kyoto University developed a multimodal dialogue control system making full use of cameras and microphones to improve a natural presence in daily situations of the android "ERICA"...read more
On April 19th and 20th, hydrogen was used as the only fuel to provide 2800 kW of heat and 1100 kW of electricity to the two facilities of Kobe Port Island central civic hospital, to Port Island sports center, and to Kobe International Exhibition Hall. The performance...read more
NEDO, KDDI, Teradrone and SECOM, utilizing a 4 G LTE standard, conducted security experiments on multiple autonomously flying drones in Kanagawa Prefecture and succeeded in remote patrol security. By remote monitoring of camera images installed in the drones from the...read more
Based on developments at the University of Tokyo (JST ERATO Someya Project*) the company is developing a thin and stretchable skin display which it plans to market within 3 years**. In this device, 16 × 24 px micro light emitting diodes and stretchable wires are...read more
Kyoto University develops global land altitude database from satellite big data, useful for Tsunami risk prediction and water resources management
In cooperation with two Japanese space-related research organizations, researchers at the school of bioinformatics of Kyoto University have developed a „world mesh code“ where world position information is linked with latitude, longitude and area division, based on...read more
In collaboration with Mr. Yutaro Shimode, a professor at Kyoto Sangyo University, NEC has developed a lacquer black tone with the beauty of urushi-like traditional craft lacquerware. The bioplastic (NeCycle R) is composed of polylactic acid and a grounded extract of...read more
The group around Hideo HOSONO at Tokyo Institute of Technology has succeeded to further optimize a catalyst which permits to produce ammonia from molecular nitrogen and hydrogen at relatively mild conditions (400 C, 0.1 MPa = 1 bar). The best catalyst found so far is...read more
In Otsukas oral eingenommenem Antipsychotikum ABILIFY (Aripipiprazol) ist ein Miniatursensor integriert, der über ein Pflaster erfasst, ob das Medikament überhaupt eingenommen wurde, und mit Zustimmung des Patienten über ein webbasiertes Portal für...read more
Japan hat eine lange Tradition für die Herstellung qualitativ sehr hochwertiger Naturseiden („Japanseide“), die z. B. zur Herstellung von Kimonos verwendet werden. Die japanische Seiden-Industrie, vor allem in den Präfekturen Gunma und Kumamoto beheimatet, erlebte...read more
Die Überalterung der japanischen Gesellschaft wird enorme Auswirkungen auf Industrie, medizinische Versorgung, Pflege usw. haben. Ein von der Chiba University durchgeführtes Projekt erlaubt eine Computer-gestützte Vorschau auf die Folgen des Bevölkerungsrückgangs für...read more
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Mitsubishi Tanabe announced that phase I of its antibody-drug complex MT-8633 against solid cancer will be carried out by Open Innovation Partners, a Tokyo-based venture. It is believed that this move is meant to raise development speed.
Tanabe-Mitsubishi Pharma news release, February 14, 2019
The application for domestic manufacturing and marketing is based on a doctor-based interim analysis of 13 subjects (corresponding to phase II) with the oncolytic herpes simplex virus vector G47Δwhich showed a 92.3 % survival rate.
Nikkei Biotech news release, February 14, 2019
Dainippon Printing develops electronic tags for food products, improvement of supply chain management
Under a NEDO contract, Dainippon printing is testing RFID tags on food and drinking products. RFID readers installed on the pricing shelf automatically read the electronic tag to identify the product whose consumption date is approaching, to the effect that cash discount will be carried out when purchasing the product, and advertisement of this product is automatically transmitted to the product shelf. In addition, the electronic tag checks whether a correct garbage box is used by the consumer for the package.
NEDO news release, February 8, 2019
A team at RIKEN’s Center for Environmental Resources Science has developed a precise copolymerization of ethylene and anisylpropylenes by using a proprietary rare earth catalyst. The new polymer exhibits high elongation (2200%) and excellent self-repairing performance. It can be deployed as a shape memory material by temperature control and exhibits ashape recovery rate of 99%. No deterioration in function was observed even when repeatedly deformed.
RIKEN news release, February 7, 2019
National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) successfully uses stem cells to grow mouse kidneys inside rats
The team of Teppei GOTO found that mouse stem cells efficiently differentiated inside rat blastocysts, forming the basic structures of a kidney. After being implanted into pseudo-pregnant rats, the complemented blastocysts matured into normal fetuses. Remarkably, more than two thirds of the resulting rat neonates contained a pair of kidneys derived from the mouse stem cells. Further screening showed that all of the kidneys were structurally intact, and at least half could potentially produce urine.
NIPS news release, February 6, 2019
The factory is on Hayashibara’s Okayama location, scheduled to cost about 7.5 billion yen be operational in September 2020. It is also related to a long-term partnership with Switzerland’s Lonza signed in 2018.
Hayashibara news release, February 4, 2019
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The team of Akemi OKADA at Osaka University has used next-generation sequencing of leukocyte DNA and machine learning to analyze patterns of white blood cells in Japanese population. Based on 170,000 Japanese whose genetic data are stored in Biobank Japan, their procedure revealed that individual differences in 11 overall patterns are related to more than 50 phenotypes including diseases and quantitative traits.
Osaka University news release, January 29, 2019
Inoac Technical Research Institute Co. and AIST, under NEDO contract, have developed a lightweight, high-strength polypropylene and silica airgel with low thermal conductivity of 0.016 W / (m · K). It can be cut and curved and has been developed into mass production of long rolled specimen with a length of 30 meters. It is expected that this insulation can be applied to complicated shapes in a wide range of fields including automobiles, houses, home appliances, heat equipments, etc., leading to improvement in energy saving and safety of products.
NEDO news release, January 28, 2019
NextGem has basic technologies to identify and isolate hematopoietic stem cells which are active over a long time, a very small portion of hematopoietic stem cells with the proportion of around 1 cell in 100,000 cells of mouse bone marrow cells. The company applies AI and bioinformatics technology including machine learning to reveal such cells more efficiently and to develop new therapeutic methods based on such stem cells.
Artificial Photosynthetic Chemistry Process Technology Research Association (ARPChem) reports on a red transparent oxygen generating photoelectrode capable of highly efficient decomposition of water by sunlight using a tantalum nitride (Ta3N5) photocatalyst. Tantalum nitride photocatalysts are known as a material which absorbs visible light from 400 nm to 600 nm and photocatalytically decomposes water. In the overall program, energy generated from sunlight will be used to generate hydrogen from water and CO2 emitted from factories and other materials, to realize a process of manufacturing C4 olefins.
NEDO news release, January 25, 2019
BioIOS is a hydroxy sulfonated palmitic/stearic acid derived from palm oil. The hydrophilic groups are located in the middle of the hydrophobic chain, providing this new surfactant with excellent surfactant proberties.
Kao news release, January 23, 2019
Keio University team isolates intestinal bacterial strains that increase infection resistance and antitumor effect
The group of Kenya HONDA has isolated eleven intestinal bacteria that activate immune cells. When administered to mice, infection resistance against pathogenic bacteria and anticancer immune response was strengthened.
RIKEN news release, January 23, 2019
In this collaborative research, Shionogi aims to create new peptide drug conjugates by linking drugs or drug candidate compounds to cargo peptides which are able to pass the blood-brain-barrier.
Shionogi news release, January 23, 2019
SB623is proprietary product of SanBio, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells that have been genetically engineered to express the intracellular domain of Notch-1. When injected into neural tissue, SB623 cells seem to reverse neural damage.
SanBio news release, January 19, 2019
The new container claims 100 % utilization of recycled plastics and zero residual liquid.
Kao Corp news release, November 28, 2018