Asia Pacific (APAC), Global Politics

Toyota MIRAI, Solar Sprinklers, Animax Café: The Headlines in Tokyo for November 18

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 18, 2014.

Fujisoft launches own low-cost media distribution platform
Fujisoft Inc. announces its launch of the FS MediaPass, a Microsoft Azure-based web platform that is designed for low-cost distribution of short videos. The service will mainly feature multi-device VOD distribution, and will be compatible with Smooth Streaming, HLS and MPEG-DASH.

NEC and Trend Micro to develop new security business solution
NEC joins forces with Trend Micro to develop new SDN-compatible business solutions against cyber crime and web security threats. The new service will combine NEC’s UNIVERGE PF Series and Trend Micro’s Deep Discover Inspector solutions.

New solar-energy based water sprinkler system unveiled
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. Ltd. showcases its newly developed solar energy-based water sprinkler system. Aimed for storage establishments, it will be used as an independent off-grid emergency system for potentially dangerous flammable materials.

Toyota launches new fuel-cell vehicle
Toyota unveils MIRAI, a new 4-seat fuel-cell vehicle developed to perform in line with standard gasoline vehicles. It will be commercially available on the 15th of December, with an equivalent retail price of $62,000.000.

Sony announces SmartWatch 3 release date
Sony finally reveals the release date of the much anticipated Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 (SWR50) wearable, which is on the 28th of November.

Animax Café opens in Akihabara
Animax Japan, in cooperation with Japanese PC sales firm Unitcom Co. Ltd., plans to open a specialty café in Akihabara, Tokyo. The Animax Café, as it is named, will introduce a number of related goods, items, events, and services based from several anime shows that it will regularly feature.