Japanese “Brain Cloud”

Wichita Eagle | 11/30/2004 | A ‘puff of smoke’
….Johnson, now 38, got lucky. The image showed that his right internal carotid artery was small and got progressively narrower, ending in what looked like a cloud or puff of smoke.
Richard Berger, chief of interventional neuroradiology at Wesley, had seen that puff of smoke before, as part of his fellowship at Mayo Clinic, and knew that it was an indication of moyamoya disease.
Moyamoya is a rare, progressive disorder that affects about 1 in 2 million people in the United States. It was first described in the 1960s in Japan, where it affects about 1 in 1 million people.
Moyamoya means puff of smoke or cloud of smoke and describes the appearance of the tiny, fragile blood vessels that the body forms in an effort to continue supplying blood to the brain.
“It has a really unusual and unique appearance” in imaging tests, Berger says. “It’s a very rare disease. Fortunately, if it’s caught and identified,” it can be treated……

Japanese file sharer gets suspended sentence

‘Winny’ file-sharing user gets suspended prison sentenceMainichi Interactive -Nov 30
KYOTO — A man accused of using the Japanese file-sharing software “Winny” to release movies over the Internet without permission from the copyright holder was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday… the Kyoto District Court sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment, suspended for three years.

New photocatalyst to clean the environment

Photocatalyst may be stone that kills 2 birds Daily Yomiuri On-Line
….a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, said heteropoly acid might be able to negate the harmful effects of organic fluorine compounds on humans and the environment, and put an end to a fluorite shortage.
Hori, lead researcher of the institute’s Potential Pollutants Group, recently announced his success at disintegrating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)–one of the most difficult chemical compounds to dissolve–by using heteropoly acid as a photocatalyst…..

Hollywood supporting HD-DVD format

PC World | UPDATE – HD-DVD picks up Hollywood support
The group supporting the HD-DVD optical disc format for high-definition video has received a boost in its battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc format with pledges of support from a number of Hollywood studios.

The format will be used by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the HD-DVD group said on Monday. It will also be used by HBO, Warner Bros. announced the same day.

TRADE WAR BREWING: South Korea Bans Japanese Plasma TVs

South Korea bans some plasma TV panels
South Korea Monday temporarily banned imports of plasma display panels made by Japan’s Matsushita Co., the Financial Times reported.
The action followed a complaint filed with the Korean Trade Commission by LG Electronics claiming Matsushita violated its intellectual property rights.

DoCoMo invades the UK

Bloomberg.com: U.K.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, and MMO2 Plc will introduce a cellular- phone service in the U.K., Ireland and Germany based on the Japanese carrier’s i-mode wireless Internet technology.

DoCoMo will assist MMO2, the U.K.’s fourth-biggest mobile- phone operator, with data distribution and content development, DoCoMo said

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.

Europe willing to dump Japan from the Fusion Project

The EU will go ahead with locating the International Themonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France if no agreement can be reached with Japan by the end of the year over where to build the plant, according to EU research ministers.

Japanese Netcasts Create Ballball Games for One

Netcasts throw ball clubs a curveball
….Rakuten Golden Eagles plan to offer live Internet coverage of games at its Miyagi Stadium in Sendai. It will provide users with multi-angle footage they can choose from, while also making available stats on players involved. Netcasts covering games until they finish also offer an alternative to TV coverage, which frequently ends while play is still in progress… In Japan, there are lots of ideas that have to be tried out, like letting visitors choose to watch only the player they want to see instead of the entire game …

Sony ‘claiming’ Playstation shortages

Sony Playstation shortage predicted
PSPs hard to find

THE PORTABLE PLAYSTATION from Sony appears to be so rare and sought after that finding machines is turning into a quest, according to a report.
Sony, while scoring massive points on the PR/hype front for the PSP, seems to have lost out on the distribution front with huge shortages predicted.
Japan’s ITMedia news service reports that Sony has already told major retailers about the number of systems that they will be getting in time for launch and many are complaining that they will not have any. …