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By Mark Chisholm

Japan, India
Plan for the
Future at Tokyo
Tech Event
Officials from Japan and India
convened at the Bengaluru
Tokyo Technology Initiative
event in April to discuss combining talent and preparing
for a future defined by the
Internet of Things. Policymakers and scholars looked at
how Japan's manufacturing
expertise could be paired with
India's wealth of IT engineers.

Toshiba Back in the Black
Japanese electronics conglomerate Toshiba announced it has
returned to profitability for the
fiscal year ending March 2018,
with a record net profit of
804.0 billion yen ($9.8 billion).
The year before, Toshiba
posted a loss of 965.7 billion
yen following an acquisition of
U.S.-based Westinghouse
Electric. Toshiba predicts a net
profit of 1.07 trillion yen for the
current fiscal year ending
March 2019.

I N T E R N AT I O N A L FO C US

TOKYO,
JAPAN

TOKYO RESEARCHERS
DEVELOP LIVE, INTERNETCONNECTED VR SYSTEM

Toyota
Introduces
Fuel Cell Bus
Ahead of 2020
Games
In May, Toyota introduced Sora, the first fuel
cell-powered bus, ahead
of the 2020 Olympic and
Paralympic Games in
Tokyo, with plans to produce more than 100 vehicles in the metropolitan
area. Seats on Sora are
automatically stored
when not in use, and the
bus features eight highdefinition cameras to
detect pedestrians and
other objects in the busy
metropolitan area. The
efficient Sora has a 9 kilowatt maximum output,
and an electricity supply
of 235 kilowatt-hours,
and incorporates LED
front and rear lighting to
present a unique
appearance.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have
developed LiVRation, a virtual reality (VR) system that combines high resolution audio and
video streaming technologies with 360-degree
4K cameras to allow users to enjoy concerts and
other live performances in high quality, wherever
they may be. The system also allows screen viewing and karaoke features, and users may also
wear an oscillator to reproduce low bass frequencies from concerts and other events.

AI Robot Nominated as Mayoral Candidate in Japan
A robot known as Michihito Matsuda is aiming to be the world's first artificial intelligence (AI)-based mayor, after being
nominated in Tama City, in Tokyo's western
district. Matsuda is proposing replacing
public officials with AI, which will gather
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city data and propose "fair and balanced"
opportunities for everyone. The campaign
is being funded by Tetsuo Matsumoto,
vice president of software provider
SoftBank, and former Google Japan employee
Norio Murakami.
I T I S I N N O VAT I O N

Map: Peter Hermes Furian/Alamy. Toshiba Headquarters: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

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