Japanese mobile games outfit GREE and Yahoo Japan signed a wide-ranging deal in November 2012, and today the two companies have announced that they will be opening a joint-venture focused on developing social games for smartphones next month. The new entity will be tentatively named “GxYz” and will open business on March 15.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has announced plans to digitize and make public on the internet roughly 900,000 pages of documents related to the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, stating a target of around two years. Officials say previously unreleased information will be uploaded, and the documents will include radioactivity monitoring results, how people were irradiated, and the evacuation plans worked out by local governments.
Officials with the Japanese government stated on Wednesday that it will begin applying the country's recently approved consumption tax increase to digital content bought on the internet from overseas. How will they enforce such a policy? By requiring vendors, such as Amazon.com, to register with the Japanese government and agreeing to comply to the tax policies.
Fujifilm, the legendary Japanese camera and film manufacturer, has announced that it will be ending production of traditional motion picture film. To emphasize the significance of this, and show just how strong of relationship Fujifilm has to our modern movie history, Stephen Spielberg, the renown Hollywood director, has shot nearly all of his films with the Japanese company's namesake product. As a sign of the changing times in camera and video technology, Fujifilm says it has suffered from the rapid decline in demand as the movie industry has quickly adapted to digitalization.
Japan's Canon Inc. unveiled its first "mirrorless" camera, the EOS M, on Monday, and stated that it would go on sale from this September. Canon is the last of the major manufacturers of digital cameras in Japan to enter the rapidly growing segment of mirrorless cameras. The body of the devices are small and compact, often very similar in size to point-and-shoot cameras, however their significance lies in that lenses can be removed and changed, just like with single-lens-reflex (SLR) cameras that are more popular with photography enthusiasts.