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Japan considers treating Bitcoin as real money

Regulators in Japan are considering officially recognising bitcoins and other digital currencies as valid methods of payment. The Japan Financial Services Agency (FSA) is reportedly in the process of deciding whether to make legislative revisions to regulation that currently regards virtual currencies as objects rather than traditional forms of payment. Under the new proposal, consumers will… Read More

Amazon now offers a free sommelier service in Japan

Amazon has launched a free, on-demand wine consultation service for Japanese consumers looking for an informed purchase. Users in Japan will now be able to use a contact form to reach the Amazon Sommelier service, led by skilled Japanese wine professional Miyuki Hara, and get a personalised call back from a certified expert. The sommelier… Read More

Japan is having trouble saying goodbye to Internet Explorer

Eighty percent of companies and local government offices in Japan have made no apparent transitional efforts to part from Microsoft Internet Explorer as their default browser, with 30% using older versions which may represent security risks. According to Japan Times, the country traditionally most associated with vanguard technologies has been a global laggard in the… Read More

Sony buys Toshiba’s image sensor unit for £102mn

Japanese electrics company Toshiba has today announced that it has sold its image sensor business to Sony for 19 billion yen (approx. £102mn), amid a sorry financial outlook and a public accounting scandal. From April next year, Sony will take complete control of Toshiba’s semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita, Japan. The factory has capacity to… Read More

Apple looks to introduce OLED displays in iPhone models from 2018

Apple is expected to integrate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology in its iPhone handsets from 2018, according to Japanese reports. The Cupertino-based giant will jump from liquid crystal display (LCD), which has been used in iPhones since 2007, to OLED – turning to suppliers like LG Displays. The South Korean firm is already planning… Read More

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