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What’s ATIP?. ATIP = Asian Technology Information Program A US not-for-profit company (12 th year) Both government and corporate contracts HQ in the US, but most staff abroad Mission: To improve Western understanding of Asian technology developments

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what s atip
What’s ATIP?
  • ATIP = Asian Technology Information Program
  • A US not-for-profit company (12th year)
    • Both government and corporate contracts
    • HQ in the US, but most staff abroad
  • Mission:
    • To improve Western understanding of Asian technology developments
    • To improve collaborations for mutual benefit
    • To build communities of common interests
    • Think Tank for corporate and govt orgs
advanced technologies in japan

Advanced Technologies in Japan

Dr. David K. Kahaner


AF Asian Science & Technology Forum

May 25, 2006

National Strategies to Foster Innovation in Japan

advanced japanese technologies
Advanced Japanese Technologies
  • R&D in many sectors at world class levels
  • Driven by commercial & social needs primarily (e.g., not defense)
  • Rapid diffusion into products & services
  • Other countries (especially in Asia) are copying/using this model
  • Examples in this talk are:
    • Instrumented transportation
    • Microelectronics, Sensors
    • Wireless applications & devices
    • Human interfaces
    • Robotics
    • Fuel cells
    • Advanced computers
    • RFID applications
    • Safety structures for homes
    • Medical technology for people
instrumented transportation
Instrumented transportation
  • Hi tech infrastructure (trains, roads,…)
transportation it
Transportation & IT
  • An integrated system including Vehicle Information & Communications (2 way), Electronic Toll Collection, Advanced Highway System, Universal Transportation Management System
buses too
Buses too
  • Internet delivery of real-time schedule info (PCs & cell phones) including time required to destinations & position info of buses
leads to the following
Leads to the following

From my secretary….

David, you should leave our office at 10:45 and walk to the Oeda subway station (five escalators down from the street).

Please take the 10:53 Oeda line to Shinjuku, which arrives at 11:03. At Shinjuku go up four escalators

You have nine minutes to transfer to the JR Orange Line which leaves there at 11:12 from track 10.

This arrives at Higasi Koganai station at 11:38. Please leave that station by the North exit.

You will have 7 minutes to walk to the CoCo (local) bus stop which is just outside the station. That bus leaves at 11:45.

Get off at bus stop #11, where Prof Pasco will be waiting for you at 11:55.

  • No secret about this
  • All aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, minus the processors
  • Advanced system-on-chip (SoC), combining different devices in one package
  • Microelectronics manufacturing
    • Moving toward smaller, more agile fabs
    • NEC, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Renesas, etc.
  • Moving toward advanced materials (SiGe, GaN, SiC, etc)
sensors related to microelectronics
Sensors (related to microelectronics)
  • Ubiquitous sensing
    • Networking of sensors
  • RFID solutions
  • GPS-enabled devices including phones
  • Medical technologies (blood pressure, calorie meter, body composition, etc.
mobile technology
Mobile technology
  • Advanced CDMA (3G+)
  • NTT DoCoMo and AU are the main competitors now
  • NTT exporting DoCoMo i-Mode now
  • Features not to be seen in US market for at least 2-3 years
  • Fujitsu leading in base stations
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Human Interfaces
  • Japanese banking system creaks but their ATMs are the world’s most sophisticated.
  • Multilingual
  • Color, animation
  • Audio
  • Bankbook
  • Some biometrics
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Human Interfaces
  • Japan: Land of the talking elevator
  • Not only manufacturing robotics
  • Robots aimed at everyday apps:
    • Security
    • Assisting the elderly
      • Exoskeletons, muscle suits
    • Humanoids (e.g. Asimo)
    • Robot intelligence
fuel cells micropower generators
Fuel Cells + Micropower Generators
  • Large (for cars)
  • Large fuel cell programs at Toyota, Honda, Nissan
  • Hydrogen infrastructure development underway
  • Small (to power portable electronics)
    • Sharp, Casio, Fujitsu, NEC, NTT, etc.
advanced computers




















Number of CPUs



Advanced Computers
  • Earth Simulator (world’s fastest in 2002)
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Advanced Computers
  • New project: Kei-Soku
    • Preparing to build ~US$1.1B next generation computer (10PF), operational by 2011
    • For life science and nanotech simulations
    • Just behind US efforts
  • Nanotechnology
    • Carbon Nanotubes and Nanosheets invented in Japan
    • Possible “megacity” of CNT trusses
  • RFID for non-logistics applications
    • Tracking children via tags in backbacks and readers in vending machines
  • Japan is at or near world levels in many advanced technologies.
  • Drivers are commercial and social needs rather than defense.
  • Japan rapidly diffuses technology out of the labs into prototype products and services.
thanks for the opportunity to speak
Thanks for the opportunity to speak

Contact anytime by email [kahaner@atip.or.jp]

or telephone [(505) 842-9020, +81 3 5411 6670]

ATIP Japan (below)