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Jay Alabaster is a reporter for IDG News Service based in Tokyo.

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Tech factory contrast: Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles

China's Foxconn manufacturing sites are expanding based on cheap labor, while Japan's older, traditional Sharp plants hang on through cost-cutting measures.

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Brain Kiss plays Cupid using Bluetooth headset, iPad app

Couples at the Tokyo Game Show tested Brain Kiss, a new iPad app that checks if their brain waves are compatible with the help of a Bluetooth headset.

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iPhone 5 thieves break into mobile shops in Japan hours before launch

Police said at least 191 handsets were stolen from multiple shops in the hours before they opened for business Friday

Tokyo court: Samsung didn't violate Apple patent in Japan

A Tokyo court ruled Friday that Samsung did not infringe an Apple patent in a locally filed lawsuit, a minor victory for Samsung in the ongoing legal battles between the two companies.

Survey: Smartphone growth surging in Japan, Android use double iOS

Japan's smartphone users have surged 43 percent this year, and two-thirds now use Android devices, according to a survey conducted by comScore.

Emergency mobile phone runs on single AA battery, stows for 15 years

A Taiwanese company has launched a bare bones handset for $70 and plans to market it to rental car firms and mobile operators.

Panasonic: TVs must become interactive portals to survive

Televisions must evolve to become fully interactive and connected to online services in order to keep their position at the center of the home, a Panasonic executive said at the Comdex trade show on Tuesday.