Sat October 31, 2009

Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications quits calling the committee Japan's equivalent of FCC

Kazuhiro Haraguchi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, said Tuesday at the 57th national convention of the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan (NAB) that he is thinking of quitting referring to the committee of communications and broadcasting as Japan's equivalent of FCC.

The idea of establishing the committee originally arose from the DPJ's manifesto that claims the need for an administrative body addressing matters concerning communications and broadcasting that is independent from the government control.

Haraguchi added that the term of Japan's equivalent of FCC would make people confuse the committee with the U.S. FCC too much.

He emphasized that he is trying to create a stronghold for speech, broadcasting, and expression, rather than a regulatory body.

posted by sam at 02:12:16 JST on Sat October 31, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Network

Fri October 30, 2009

Yahoo! Japan is seeking for decriminalization of election campaign on the Net

Yahoo! Japan announced Wednesday that it launched a website for demanding decriminalization of election campaigns on the Internet during an election period that day.

As of now, 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 Japan.

The website is asking the visitors to sign for supporting the decriminalization.

Yahoo! Japan will conduct lobbying activities by using the signing result.

posted by sam at 00:01:05 JST on Fri October 30, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Network

Thu October 29, 2009

Pay video service for Wii

Do you watch videos via the Wii?

Nintendo Co., Ltd. announced Tuesday that it will begin to provide its pay video service for Wii users by the end of 2009.

The users will pay for the video in the same way as they do when they buy software or additional items for the Wii.

The payment depends on the video every time they view it, rather than a flat-rate system such as monthly fee.

posted by sam at 08:14:07 JST on Thu October 29, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Network

Wed October 28, 2009

iPhone/iPod touch application from NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched an application for the iPhone/iPod touch that allows you to view information provided by NASA on October 23, U.S. Time.

Its application, the NASA app for iPhone, is available from the App Store for free.

posted by sam at 02:52:31 JST on Wed October 28, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue October 27, 2009

Survival in digitization of TV in Japan (46) -- Chideji devices are increasing

TV sets which are adaptive to terrestrial digital broadcasting are owned by 61% of people living in the Tokyo metropolitan area and in the Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) area as of July 2009, according to a survey result.

One-seg cellphones are owned by 55.2% in the same areas.

posted by sam at 08:44:33 JST on Tue October 27, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting

Mon October 26, 2009

Online-sent scent (39) -- Sniffing in daily life [3]

Aromatherapy would be enhanced if scents can be transmitted online.

You will be able to use online aromatherapy for relaxation some day.

posted by sam at 08:44:07 JST on Mon October 26, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | scent

Sun October 25, 2009

Three-dimensional head shot on iPhone

You can now make a photo of your face three-dimensional on the iPhone.

To do that, you need an application that Tokyo, Japan-based video technology firm MotionPortrait, Inc. has released on the App Store.

Its application, the PhotoSpeak, also allows you to record your voice to let your three-dimensional face on the iPhone speak.

The PhotoSpeak costs ¥350.

posted by sam at 01:26:21 JST on Sun October 25, 2009 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile