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au Shinjuku, Bioelectric Pads, Black Solar: The Headlines in Tokyo for November 24

Here is the daily roundup from Japanese consumer tech and tech business websites for November 24, 2014.

KDDI opens new au flagship store at Shinjuku
au KDDI has just opened a new flagship store at Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, the au Shinjuku. The company is currently holding an opening celebration campaign for the store’s first 5,000 customers.

NTT now offers new telepresence system packages
NTT West will now be offering various telepresence system packages for small to medium business enterprises in Japan. The system will be able to connect at least four different areas/offices/branches for long distance conferences and meetings.

Hitachi initiates contract for Singapore’s railways
Hitachi opens a development contract with Singapore’s Sentosa Development Corporation, to create a wireless communication and long distance control system for the country’s rail transport network. The system will include communications hardware, as well as two new monorail units. The company expects the new system to be in operation as early as 2017.

Tokyo University develops ‘slap-on’ bioelectric pads
Researchers at the University of Tokyo announced their development of a flexible IC that can generate energy by sticking or applying it on a person’s skin. This new bio electric pad is made from silicon gum and hydrogel, and uses the body’s enzyme reactions as its energy source.

Mitsubishi Electric launches new IC for PV systems
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation unveils its new hybrid SiC transfer-mold dual in-line package intelligent power module (DIPIPM). The new module is designed to reduce the size and energy consumption of future PV inverters. It is slated for a commercial release by the end of November.

Sharp strengthens solar PV business with new panel
Sharp had just announced its new upcoming Black Solar monocrystalline solar panels. The new panels offer a 3.5% direct improvement over current monocrystalline panels, and hold a maximum conversion efficiency of 18.2%.