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Channel 4K, Romo in Schools, Japan Office 365: The Headlines in Japan for Dec. 17

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for Dec.17, 2014.

Channel 4K expands even further

The Japanese test 4K HD broadcast channel Channel 4K yet again expands, and will add even more new music and sports shows as part of its test program and promotional campaign.

The new shows to be added on the channel’s ever growing schedule will be reruns of live concerts of virtual idol Hatsune Miku, as well as the coverage of the previous 2014 FIFA World Cup. The variety of the new shows will be in accordance to the changes in airing schedule and show genres that NexTV-F had previously announced a few months ago.

The changes in schedule with the added shows will be implemented in Japan as early as January next year.

Japan promotes computer education with Romo

As part of a promotional educational program, the Toyosumi Elementary School in Narita at Chiba Prefecture conducted special class lessons using Romotive’s Romo robots.

The Romo robots was used by the school as part of its special computer programming seminar, letting the young students learn for themselves the basics of computer programming and what it can generally do. The purpose is spur early interest and passion for software development by using easy to understand visuals, instead of static numbers, algorithms and program lines.

Part of the class lesson was teaching the students to make the Romo robots learn how to drive itself in specific geometric shapes, as well as letting the units run on predetermined tracks.

Microsoft launches locally hosted Office 365 in Japan

Microsoft Japan has announced the launch of its locally hosted Office 365 servers, which already started its service since yesterday, December 16.

Announced exactly about a month ago, the plan to launch locally hosted servers for Office 365 service in Japan was part of the company’s campaign to expand its own business within the country. The decision also was intended to be a move that would extend the already steadily growing cloud-based business market in Japan. Microsoft expects that the service would be primarily used in banking, medical establishments, government administration, and at local offices.

The service is currently divided into two zones, one data center for west Japan and another for the east.