On the cover: Takuya Matsuno, strategic planning managemer at Precision System Science, shows a demonstration sample of the firm's DNA chip.
Photograph by Andrew Pothecary
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|An Emotional Little Grandma-Companion
As Japan grays, its seniors will need high-tech assistance -- and companionship.
|Riding The Wave, Carefully
For a young CEO of a cellphone-content venture, Cybird's Kazutomo Hori's approach to expansion is refreshingly cautious.
|Don't Just Talk to Intelligent Agents -- Be One
AI entrepreneur Hideto Tomabechi works to integrate humans and machines in a "hyperself" architecture.
Think you know Tokyo? Web artist Chigono will either confirm your familiarity or challenge it.
This month: iBeam and FunMail.
|Has i-Mode Lost its Mojo?
Or is it just the costly recalls, damaging delays, decreasing growth, and increasing competition?
|The Biotech Micro-Bubble
Biotechnology in Japan is hot among investors -- though not among foreign ones. Does this country have a good chemistry with the industry? PLUS: Under the Microscope: a few interesting samples of biotech ventures in Japan.
|Fast Country, Part II
Last December, we told you that South Korea was zooming ahead of Japan in all things Internet. Now its battle-tested broadband ventures are invading -- you guessed it -- Japan.
|The Reit Stuff
Can Japan's new real estate investment market live up to expectations?
|Commercial Code Reform
How do recent and proposed changes in Japan's investment regulations affect investors in Japanese companies?
|Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Nevermind dot-coms -- an increasing number of IPOs come from the restaurant industry.
On wage disparities, car thefts, bargain burgers, and more.
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