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Data-capturing clothes could enable remote surgery — and aid your golf swing(Nikkei)

Data-capturing clothes could enable remote surgery — and aid your golf swing(Nikkei)

YOSUKE SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer TOKYO — Picture an urban hospital in the not-so-distant future — say, 2020. A surgeon puts on scrubs and gloves made from a special material. A monitor in front of the doctor displays a patient on an island hundreds of kilometers away. Beside the patient’s bed stands a robot holding a scalpel. … Read entire article »

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Gov’t to revive eco-point building incentive program(Japan Today)

Gov’t to revive eco-point building incentive program(Japan Today)

TOKYO —The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Tourism plans to revive an eco-friendly building incentive program in which individuals and companies constructing new homes and or renovating homes will be eligible to receive eco-points equaling a maximum of ¥450,000 for energy efficient design and or other environmentally responsible criteria. … Read entire article »

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Japan crown prince warns on ‘correct’ history(AFP)

Japan crown prince warns on ‘correct’ history(AFP)

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s crown prince has warned of the need to remember World War II “correctly”, in a rare foray into an ideological debate as nationalist politicians seek to downplay the country’s historic crimes. … Read entire article »

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Singapore becomes water treatment hub(Nikkei)

Singapore becomes water treatment hub(Nikkei)

SINGAPORE — Water treatment technology has become a strong pillar of Singapore’s industry. … Read entire article »

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Defense Ministry expands cooperation with universities(Japan News)

Defense Ministry expands cooperation with universities(Japan News)

The Defense Ministry has been accelerating research with universities, against a backdrop of growing sophistication in the use of technology in defense equipment and concern that Japan risks falling behind the rest of the world if it does not conduct research on cutting-edge technologies. However, there is deep-rooted resistance among universities to aiding military research. … Read entire article »

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Abe affirms bid to revise Constitution(Japan Times)

Abe affirms bid to revise Constitution(Japan Times)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said his administration would try to revise the Constitution, updating it for the new realities of today’s world. He said amending the pacifist text is one of the Liberal Democratic Party’s most sought-after goals. … Read entire article »

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