The European Commission and Japan have just announced a series of research projects to help speed up replacement of their soon-to-be-antiquated internet backbones.
One of them, the STRAUSS project, will be shooting for 100Gbps fiber optic speeds -- a whopping 5,000-fold gain over current Euro data rates.
It'd do so by combining new optical packet switching technology, optical transceivers and other hardware with updated controlling software. The next step will be testing it on a large scale at sites across the EU and Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to adopt a new approach for negotiations on a peace treaty and 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
Japanese construction company Toa Corp. <1885> said Friday that it submitted to the transport ministry fabricated data on its seismic reinforcement work for a runway at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda. (Jiji Press)
Bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students is at "epidemic" levels in Japanese schools, exacerbated by government's failure to institute effective policies, inadequate teacher training and strong gender segregation, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday. (Japan Times)
Evacuees from a series of earthquakes in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto will start moving into public housing on Friday, around 3 weeks after the first quake hit. (NHK)
An 18-year-old girl was killed after the car she was riding in was hit by a falling boulder on a mountain road in Onan, Shimane Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested an employee of the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper for taking illicit images of a woman in a park, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
Hokkaido Prefectural Police are questioning a man and his sister after the discovery of a body, believed to be that of their younger sister, inside the residence they all share in Sapporo, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
East Japan Railway Co. said Thursday it has resolved a computer malfunction that caused all electronic signboards for shinkansen bullet trains to shut down the previous day, causing confusion for travelers during the Golden Week holiday period. (Japan Times)
A glider crashed into a mountainous area in Fukushima Prefecture Thursday, killing the pilot, police and firefighters said. (Japan Today)
The popular black bear character Kumamon resumed activities as the official mascot of Kumamoto on Thursday, three weeks after the southwestern Japanese prefecture was devastated by the first of two major earthquakes. (Japan Today)
Seven people were injured after a car jumped the curb and hit pedestrians in Kobe on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
A man was found dead after being run over by a car on a road in Mooka, Tochigi Prefecture, but police said Tuesday that he may have already been dead after being hit by another car earlier. (Japan Today)
Police said Monday they are looking for a man who stole 1 million yen from a Pizza Hut store in Tokyo, and injured two employees in the process. (Japan Today)
NHK has learned that at least one-quarter of the people who died as a result of the earthquakes that hit Japan's southwest had gone home from temporary shelters before the second major tremor. (NHK)
Police in Chofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 47-year-old part-time worker on suspicion of assaulting a 13-year-old girl as she walked home in February. (Japan Today)