Panasonic/Sony OLED Joint Venture JOLED Raises Money

There’s been a lot of action this week on the OLED beat – in this case, news that holds promise for a new robust competitor in the OLED market. The company, known as JOLED (for Japan OLED), is a joint … Continue reading

Japan Makes Coding Mandatory for All Students Starting in Elementary School

Soon, Japanese elementary schoolchildren like these will be taught computer programming Like many countries, Japan is facing a dramatic shortage in the number of available high-tech workers. To address this situation, the country has decided to make computer programming classes … Continue reading

First Time Ever: Asia Files Majority of Global Patents

Huawei Files the Most Individual Patents Global competition continues to heat up and nowhere is that more obvious than a recent analysis from the World Intellectual Property Organization noting that in 2018 – for the first time in human history – the region of Asia … Continue reading

Japan Opens Antitrust Inquiry into Amazon

At the urging the industry minister of Japan, the country’s Fair Trade Commission will look at a new program announced by Amazon Japan that some suggest may be anti-competitive in nature. Depending on the Commission’s findings, Amazon may be forced … Continue reading

I Smell a Scam

The headline caught my attention immediately – “Exclusive: Foxconn reconsidering plans to make LCD panels at Wisconsin plant.” This story, from the highly respected Reuters News Agency, follows a series of articles on Foxconn’s growing business struggles in the wake … Continue reading

Apple Supplier Foxconn Hit Hard by iPhone Sales Drop

Taiwan’s GDP Declines Due to Apple Cuts Photo: Nikkei We have followed Foxconn for years now, first picking up on them in 2012 when news had emerged that a significant Apple supplier was having problems with employees committing suicide – … Continue reading

Japanese Startup to Disrupt U.S. Residential Construction Market

As you head home from work today, take a look around you at the other commuters on the road. All around you are Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, Suburus and the like. These are all signs of the incredible success Japan has … Continue reading

Fake News…Anchors? China Unveils AI News Anchors

The Chinese government has targeted artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology they want to dominate globally. They are pouring billions of dollars annually into AI development and directing universities to focus on the technology in all of their fundamental research. … Continue reading