September 2001 Issue

On the cover: The Infanoid - a "babybot that explores the social environment" - from the ATR labs. Robot photographed by Eiko, Eiko photographed by Andrew Pothecary

September 2001
No. 23

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September 2001 Issue


  Long Term Research
Since 1989, the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute near Kyoto has conducted some of the most significant, long-term research in human-machine communications. Now the institute is being restructured, and more than a decade of quiet research is coming to fruition ...
  Japan's Dot Bombs
Was it a rash of tech entrepreneurialism last year, or just a lot of rash tech entrepreneurialism? Judging from some companies, more of the latter.
  Telematics a-Go-Go
How the computerization of automobiles in Japan will forever change the way we related to our cars.


  Xbox Courts Japan
Whatever happens in the US market with the Xbox game console, Microsoft's biggest challenge is winning over Japanese developers and consumers.
A devil's dictionary, the real money behind cellphones, and a Japanese tech celeb's rough-and-tumble journey in an online chat room.
  Japan's Cyber-Savvy Pols
Politicians in Japan are finally wising up to the ways of the Web.


The president of XML developer Infoteria discusses Japanese software, his first company and decade at Lotus, and why he believes in XML.


(PDF-formatted file, Acrobat 4.0 or later required) Internet users around the world, broadband expectations, and which devices Japanese use to get online.


  Building an Electronic Electric Town
Vertical portal play Venture Republic taps into the power of databases and its big-name partners.
A Poor Man's MAN
If TMAN has its way, companies big and small in Tokyo could soon be enjoying the high speeds of metropolitan area networks.
A fresh look at some of the ventures we've covered in the past -- where are they today?
Radar Screen
This month: fons, Tasnet, and more.

In Parting

  Trivia Japan
On rubber-soled socks, the most-liked tech brands, cable TV growth, and the popularity of Pooh.
  Art Department
Maybe it takes an artist as traditional as Shinro Ohtake to make the digital seem so painterly ...

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