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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.