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Japanese robot panel to drive drone progress past U.S. rivals

While the U.S. dithers over drone regulation, the Japanese government is pushing its domestic drone industry by fast-tracking policy through a dedicated national advisory committee. Taking the edge over the United States, leading tech manufacturers in Japan such as Yamaha and security firm Semco are researching and developing new drone technologies and solutions, with the… Read More

NTT plans to buy German data centre operator e-shelter

NTT, the Japanese telecom giant, is in talks to acquire the German data centre operator e-shelter for around 100bn yen (approx. £543mn), looking to take advantage of growing European storage and processing demand amid concerns surrounding US surveillance. The move by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone comes as the Japanese business struggles in a slow domestic… Read More

Quanta Cloud expands data centre hardware business into China and Japan

Global data centre hardware producer Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) has opened two new offices in China and Japan responding to demand for sales and support services across the two regions. QCT specialises in the design and manufacture of hardware employed in large-scale data centre operations for web giants such as Facebook. It is a branch… Read More

Line Taxi launches to drive Uber out of Japan

Japanese messaging giant Line has entered the Asian taxi app battle with its new add-on – Line Taxi, set to rival the so far undisputed Uber for regional top spot. Unlike other Asian countries, such as China and India which list a number of taxi app rivalries, Japan has lived under the peaceful reign of… Read More

IBM opens first Japanese SoftLayer data centre in Tokyo

IBM has opened the doors of its first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Tokyo, answering growing Japanese demand for local data storage. According to IBM, its cloud business grew 600% over 2014 and the company now counts over 1000 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) customers in Japan. The new facility is able to accommodate thousands… Read More