Japan Forward: Sep 2012, Wk 3

長月[naga-tsuki]: Japanese traditional expression of September (Calligraphy: Akiko Fujii)

"Game show highlights smartphone offerings" -- and seven more news headlines that will tell you how Japan goes forward.


Daihatsu plans new Indonesia compact
Jiji
Friday, Sep. 21, 2012
JAKARTA — Daihatsu Motor Co. will launch an inexpensive compact called the Ayla in Indonesia, President Koichi Ina said….(Japan Times)

Game show highlights smartphone offerings
By KAZUAKI NAGATA
Staff writer
Friday, Sep. 21, 2012
Producing more quality social games will be a key to succeeding in the growing smartphone video game market as devices become more powerful and high-speed networks spread, according to Yoshikazu Tanaka, the president of game site operator Gree Inc….(Japan Times)

Factory shift to non-Chinese sites seen accelerating, Companies reopen as anger eases in China
By HIROKO NAKATA
Staff writer
Friday, Sep. 21, 2012
The widespread protests in China appeared to ease Thursday as Japanese companies were left with yet another stinging reminder that doing business in China comes with risk….(Japan Times)

Cancer-free iPS cell process patented
Kyodo
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012
KYOTO — Four patents have been registered in Japan and the United States for a technology that can make stem cells without using a gene that may cause cancer, according to researchers at Kyoto University who claimed one of the patents….(Japan Times)

Sony's slimmer PS3 to hit Japanese market in October
Kyodo
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday it will launch a smaller, lighter version of its PlayStation 3 home-use gaming console on Oct. 4 in Japan….(Japan Times)

JAL scores profitable IPO in milestone turnaround
By MIZUHO AOKI
Staff writer
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012
Japan Airlines Co. relisted its shares Wednesday on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, opening a new chapter as a publicly traded company two years and seven months after its bankruptcy led to the delisting of the former state-owned carrier….(Japan Times)

Government officials scrambling to keep damage in economic realm as low as possible, Japanese companies become protest targets in China
By JUN HONGO
Staff writer
Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012
As anti-Japan protests in China rage with no end in sight, Japanese businesses there are seeing their operations disrupted, while government officials seek to limit the damage to economic ties….(Japan Times)

Nintendo to debut Wii U on Dec. 8
Kyodo
Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012
Nintendo Co. said Thursday it will launch its Wii U video game console in Japan on Dec. 8, featuring a tablet computer-like controller with a touch-sensitive panel….(Japan Times)

Courtesy Japan Times

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