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Japan Plans To Train 40,000 In India

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Japan’s providing skills to  40,000 technical people in 10 years by collaborating with engineering colleges and other institutions.

While speaking at the prestigious International Engineering and Technology Fair (IETF), the ambassador stated that  Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu in Delhi is keenly interested in transferring technology to India. Anant Geete, Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, assured Indian manufacturers that the Government would take concrete steps for re-energizing the capital goods, automotive and heavy industries. Over 500 companies from 25 countries are expected to participate at this event held by the Confederation of Indian Industry every two years. IETF 2017 is supported by 10 Ministries of Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi, besides several relevant industry associations.

The minister added that technology should play a major role in revamping the manufacturing sector. The industry should adapt state-of-the-art technology developed elsewhere and, at the same time, should encourage more indigenous innovation and research and development.Countries like Japan could provide the relevant technologies and investments in the core sectors of Indian industry. Japan is the partner country for the IETF for the fifth time.

Japanese Scientists Are Creating Hybrid Embryos From Pigs & Humans

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Scientists for the first time have created an embryo that is part human and part pig as part of a groundbreaking experiment that published this week in the biochemistry journal Cell. This incredible chimera was developed by a team of researchers from the Graduate School of Agriculture and Department of Advanced Bioscience at Kindai University in Japan. Considered as one of the most successful chimeras to date, the experiment is a leap forward for the field of regenerative medicine, which is searching for ways to produce human organs using animal models. In the procedure developed by the Kindai team, a laser beam was used to make an opening in the outer membrane of a pig blastocyst cell. The channel was wide enough for a needle to deliver the human iPS cells into the matrix of the developing embryo. The resulting hybrid cell was then implanted into a female pig (sow) and allowed to develop for four weeks.

After a month of in situ development, the embryo was harvested and analyzed. It was found that a small fraction of the pig embryo was composed of human cells. The human stem cells that were present had grown into precursor cells capable of eventually developing into heart cells, liver cells, and neurons.

The scientists believe that the results also may lead to the future use of farm animals as a host for growing transplantable human tissues. The future application of the technology may provide organs suitable for transplant and could help lessen the worldwide organ shortage that currently exists.

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Robots & The Travel Industry

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A robot named Kanae, who hails from Japan, can be programmed to speak any language (including sign language). She has two sisters: Chihira Aico, who assists shoppers at the Tokyo shopping center, and Chihira Junko, who offers help at an info desk at Tokyo’s Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall. Bots in tourism signal an industry shift—Hilton Hotels, for example, announced on March 9 it was teaming up with IBM for a concierge robot named Naofor a concierge robot named Nao, while the SkyMax Skytender started mixing martinis on airplanes back in 2012.

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Japanese Robot Writes Novel & Almost Wins Prize

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 A Japanese AI program has co-authored a short-form novel that passed the first round of screening for a national literary prize, it seems that no occupation is safe. The robot-written novel didn’t win the competition’s final prize, this time.

The novel is actually called The Day A Computer Writes A Novel, or “Konpyuta ga shosetsu wo kaku hi” in Japanese. Although the narrative did’nt win first prize at the third Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award ceremony, however, it did come close.The novel was written by a very human team that led the AI program’s development. Hitoshi Matsubara and his team at Future University Hakodate in Japan selected words and sentences, and set parameters for construction before letting the AI “write” the novel autonomously. One of the team’s two submissions to the competition made it past the first round of screening, despite a blind reading policy that prevents judges from knowing whether an AI was involved in the writing process.

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Iris Scanner Mobile Phone Released This Summer

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Japanese mobile provider, NTT Docomo,will be releasing their smart phone this summer, with a built-in iris scanner. The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G uses iris recognition to replace phone passwords, and can even be used to send payments when shopping from your smartphone. The device uses a front-facing infrared camera and an infrared LED light to illuminate the user’s eyes, verifying their unique iris pattern. Besides biometrics, the Android device runs Lollipop 5.0, has 32 GB of storage, 3 GB RAM, and a 5.2-inch QHD display. Unfortunately, the Arrows NX F-04G will only be released to Japan. China also has an iris-scanning smartphone with the Vivo X5 Pro, which launched yesterday. Other companies like Samsung are reportedly working on iris-detecting smartphones, but we’re unlikely to see anything no time soon.

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Hotel Opening In Japan To Be Staffed By Multilingual Robots

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A hotel will soon open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms with fees starting at $60 per night. And it will be staffed by 10 humanoid robots.

The hotel’s blinking and “breathing” robots will be able to make eye contact, respond to body language, and speak fluent Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. They will check in guests, carry bags, make coffee, clean rooms, and deliver laundry.

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The robot staff will be assisting a human staff person for now. At a news conference in Japan, Huis Ten Bosch president Hideo Sawada said, “In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots. Guests will be able to unlock their rooms through facial recognition software, and radiation panels capable of detecting body heat will monitor and adjust room temperatures. The hotel is scheduled to open July 17, 2015.

Japan Wants Robotics Competition In 2020 Olympics

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Japan wants robot athletes to compete in 2020 olympics. Tokyo will hosts the Olympics in 2020 and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would like the world’s robots in competition. China held an event in which humanoid robots battled each other in 16 events. Other robot competitions include the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the RoboGames, and the RoboWorld Cup.

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