Fri July 31, 2009

Ekitan pushes transportation information to iPhone/iPod touch

Here is a service that represents how much care Japanese people take in the punctuality of trains.

Japan, Tokyo-based ekitan & Co., Ltd., which provides public transportation information services on its Web site, announced Wednesday that it has upgraded its “Ekitan Express (Traffic Information)” application for the iPhone/iPod touch by adding a background notification feature.

The upgrade is for making the application adaptive to the Push Notification Service implemented on the iPhone OS 3.0.

The added feature will show the number of pieces of the latest traffic information on your iPhone/iPod touch at a regular time interval without invoking the application.

The information can include routes of JR, private railroad, subway, and others as you like.

The application is available at ¥315 until next upgrade.

posted by sam at 02:42:22 JST on Fri July 31, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu July 30, 2009

Japan's equivalent of FCC is to be established?

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which is deemed to possibly seize the reins of government after this coming general election, considers divorcing the public administration concerning broadcasting and communications from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) as one of its policies.

Specifically, the DPJ plans to establish an independent administrative commission, what is called the Japanese version of FCC, and transfer the public administration to it.

posted by sam at 00:39:37 JST on Thu July 30, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Network

Wed July 29, 2009

DPJ promises decriminalization of election campaign on the Net

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Monday released its manifesto for the general election due on August 30.

The manifesto includes decriminalization of election campaigns conducted on the Internet.

Changing election-related content on a website of political parties or candidates during an election period is prohibited by the Public Officers Election Law in existence in Japan.

posted by sam at 00:22:26 JST on Wed July 29, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Web 2.0

Tue July 28, 2009

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (37)--600,000 units of chideji tuners are procured

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and one of the groups under the MIC that are supporting the promotion of chideji, or terrestrial digital TV broadcasting, announced on July 23 that they have begun to publicly seek chideji tuner suppliers.

Two suppliers will be selected on a competitive open bidding system, who are expected to deliver 600,000 units of barebones chideji tuners that will be provided to some of the households receiving total exemption from NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai: Japan Broadcasting Corp.) viewing fee.

posted by sam at 00:00:27 JST on Tue July 28, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Mon July 27, 2009

Online-sent scent (27)--Scent of wind

Do you sniff out something in a breeze?

Season, rain coming soon, flower coming out?

How wonderful it would be that a PC would send such a kind of breeze to you through the Internet!

posted by sam at 02:33:33 JST on Mon July 27, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | scent

Sun July 26, 2009

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (36)--Just two years away

You have 728 days to prepare for the transition.

With the complete transition from analog to digital terrestrial television broadcasting just two years away, a promotion campaign was held on July 24 in Japan by some of the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), broadcasters, and home appliance manufacturers.

posted by sam at 06:09:42 JST on Sun July 26, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Sat July 25, 2009

Alico Japan's customer information leaked out (1)

Alico (American life insurance company) Japan announced Thursday that it is possible that some of its customer information has leaked out.

Up to 110 thousand pieces of the information were possibly leaked, said Alico Japan.

posted by sam at 01:07:16 JST on Sat July 25, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | security