Contributor Eli Lyons holds a master’s in Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems and is currently pursuing his PhD in Medical Genome Science at University of Tokyo. His academic research focuses on retinal development and brain cancer. He is also the Chief Data Officer and co-founder of Molcure, a biotech startup based in Tokyo.
Calpis is a traditional Japanese soft drink, which probably all Japanese people have had at least once in their life and that most Japanese enjoy. It is also likely that most foreigners who have tried it do not particularly enjoy it.
It's a white, milky and acidic drink.
Sharp unveiled the new - AQUOS Xx 304SH - Android 4.4 smartphone with 5.2-inch full HD IGZO panel, and it is due to be released by SoftBank in late May.
Also, they announced that the name of their smartphone brand will be changed from the current "AQUOS PHONE" to the new "AQUOS".
JTT, Japan Trust Technology, has released the in-car Karaoke system Driving Karaoke! Kuruma-Utamaru.
Panasonic made the special Hello Kitty model of the portable Bluetooth speaker "SC-NJ40". They made it to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, and it will be released for ¥12,000 on May 23.
NEC unveiled 3 new models from their 13.3 inch notebook PC LaVie Z series: Touch panel version Ultrabook "LZ650/SS" and non-touch panel models "LZ750/SSB" and "LZ550/SSB".
NEC upgraded their CPU, added the latest software "Windows 8.1 Update" and "Office Home and Business 2013 SP1", and trimmed the weight for all the models down compared to previous models.
In January 2014, AGC released Dragontrail™ X, a specialty glass for chemical strengthening used as cover glass for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Based on its expertise in analyzing glass breakage acquired over the past several decades, AGC has worked on effective glass compositions by classifying causes of glass breakage into various patterns.
The Free Gauge Train
New Tech in Testing
This past weekend, the Asahi Shimbun reported that the Kyushu Railway Company began testing a very special supertech rail vehicle: the Free Gauge Train (FGT). It's special because it can do Bullet Training, but can also tighten up and get its Local Train on.
Today, Acecook announced that they are going to release the EDGE Onikara Yakisoba (Onikara means literally "Devil-Spicy" meaning insanely-hot fried noodles) on May 12.
I guess that Japanese people generally are not good at spicy food, so dishes called "super-hot" here in Japan might be considered only medium spicy by foreign people. But hopefully Acecook won't disappoint us with its level of the spiciness, and can live up to its Onikara name!