Stories by Kuriko Miyake

Japan's corporations have less security awareness

More than 50 percent of Japanese companies have no information-security division and 30 percent of them don't have a firewall in their networks, according to a survey of 790 companies with over 100 employees conducted by the Japan User Association of Information System (JUAS) in 2001.

Fujitsu to launch first PDA in Q2

Fujitsu has taken the wraps off a personal digital assistant, the company's first, which will be sold worldwide from the second quarter of this year, the company announced on Tuesday.

Toshiba, Mitsubishi Electric seek 3G handset partners

Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric, are both considering taking on a partner to share the cost of developing 3G (third-generation) cell phones, the companies confirmed Wednesday. Neither company would identify potential partners.

Study: Japan's server shipments steadily grew in 2001

Although the year 2001 was characterised by a slump in the IT sector and a sluggish world economy, Japan's server market in 2001 still showed steady growth, especially in the high-end open server sector, according to a survey by Gartner Japan.

Hitachi develops water-cooling system for notebook PCs

Water-cooled processors, currently the domain of supercomputers, high-end servers and garage hobbyists, may be about to enter the mainstream. Hitachi has developed a prototype notebook PC that uses a water-based solution to cool down its Pentium 4 processor and is planning to commercialise the product for corporate users in the third quarter of this year, the company said on Tuesday.

Japan public-private group considers advanced terminal

The Japanese government and a group of the country's major universities and electronics and telecommunication companies are considering jointly developing a portable terminal that allows users to access digital broadcasting, wireless LAN and 3G (third-generation) telecommunication networks, a government official said Monday.

Optware to commercialize 1T-byte optical disc

Japanese company Optware Co. Ltd. will commercialize an optical disc that can store more than 1T bytes of data and an associated disc player later this year, the company said earlier this week.

DoCoMo, Nissan to develop car telematics

NTT DoCoMo Inc. is working with automobile maker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. to build its wireless communication technologies into future Nissan cars. The companies will use NTT DoCoMo's 3G (third generation) and wireless Internet I-mode services to provide Nissan drivers with services such as access to information by simple voice command, they announced Tuesday at a joint news conference in Tokyo.

Fujitsu, Accenture to form consulting tie

Fujitsu and the Japanese unit of IT services and consulting giant Accenture will tie up to strengthen their IT service businesses, the two companies announced Tuesday.