Wireless Japan 2004 exhibition (Tokyo, July 21-23, 2004)

Wireless Japan 2004 exhibition. Annual highlights of Japan's mobile phone industry. Docomo highlighting mobile payments and Felica NFC mobile payments.

FeliCa mobile payment wallet phones at the centre of attention

Wireless, mobile phone industry trends years before they reach outside Japan

Every year the Wireless Japan sets global trends in wireless communications and mobile phones. Mobile phone industry professionals cannot afford to miss this trend setting show. It is here that Japanese carriers and handset makers introduce their latest products and show design studies and concept phones which set industry trends for the next months and years.

There were some surprises: In recent Wireless-Japan shows usually the KDDI/AU-design project prototypes were at the center of attention – this year I could not find any. For example, at Wireless-Japan-2002, KDDI/AU showed “Infobar” prototypes a full 16 months before market introduction. Did KDDI/AU decide to keep future design-project releases secret until they hit the market? Could well be so, given Japan’s increasingly ferocious mobile phone competition. Another surprise was Vodafone’s absence – Vodafone in recent years used to have the biggest show.

On the other hand this time most handset makers showed impressive concept phones, Matsushita/Panasonic under the heading “Beyond 3G”. The image shows NEC’s concept design study of a flexible multimedia phone: this phone has two screens which can be bent together, and used jointly as a larger screen.

Wireless Japan 2004 Highlights: “Beyond 3G”

Beyond 3G: SANYO 3.5G phone for 2.4Mbps data download (for KDDI/AU):

KDDI/AU 3G phone W21SA
KDDI/AU 3G phone W21SA
SANYO show at Wireless Japan 2004
SANYO show at Wireless Japan 2004

Wireless Japan 2004: NEC “tag” wrapping multimedia design concept phone:

Concept model phone by NEC at WirelessJapan-2004 exhibition
Concept model phone by NEC at WirelessJapan-2004 exhibition

“Wireless Japan 2004” – much was expected: for example, it wasn’t surprising for anyone that DoCoMo’s i-Mode-FeliCa wallet-phones were center stage of the DoCoMo exhibit with lots of partners demoing wallet-phone applications.

NEC concept phone
NEC concept phone
NEC concept phone
NEC concept phone

Matsushita/Panasonic “Beyond 3G” design concepts:

Panasonic concept phone
Panasonic concept phone

DoCoMo UbiButton and UbiChip:

DoCoMo's UbiButton and UbiChip
DoCoMo’s UbiButton and UbiChip

DoCoMo i-Mode-FeliCa wallet phones – for electronic cash:

the world's first commercial wallet phone: P506iC - by DoCoMo and Panasonic
the world’s first commercial wallet phone: P506iC – by DoCoMo and Panasonic

DoCoMo i-Mode-FeliCa wallet phones – as an electronic door key:

Mobile phone as a RFID key to lock and unlock doors
Mobile phone as a RFID key to lock and unlock doors

We have substantial documentation about the Wireless Japan 2004 exhibition, and most other year’s Wireless Japan exhibitions. If you need information or documentation for prior art or other investigations, please contact us.

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Wireless TeleMedicine – Technology Trends (presentation at the Zurich Stock Exchange)

Presentation by Gerhard Fasol at First Tuesday Zurich (5 May 2004, 15:15 – 21:30, Swiss Stock Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland)

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Creating a Mission Statement for a Top Ranking Japanese Engineering University and Suggestions for its Realization

“Creating a Mission Statement for a Top Ranking Japanese Engineering University and Suggestions for its Realization”

Presentation by Gerhard Fasol at the “International Symposium on Building Global Excellence in Engineering Education”

“International Symposium on Building Global Excellence in Engineering Education”
Japanese program

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003: 11:50-12:35

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Wireless Japan 2003 exhibition (Tokyo, July 16-18, 2003)

TALBY concept phone by Marc Newson for KDDI/au

Japan shows advanced applications of 3G wireless communications

3G concept phones, 3G video, mobile payment, doorlooking via 3G

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Japan’s Mobile Communications Industry

Presentation at the German Embassy, Tokyo

(12 June 2003, 18:30, Residence of HE The Ambassador of Germany, Tokyo)

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R&D in Japan, interview for Chemical and Engineering News

Unleashing R&D in Japan

Contributed to an article “Unleashing R&D in Japan” by Jean-François Tremblay for the Chemical & Engineering News (Volume 80, Number 49, pp 13-15, December 9, 2002)

Excellent science in Japan, for example Shuji Nakamura’s GaN LEDs and Lasers

Fasol mentions that there is excellent science in Japan, for example Shuji Nakamura’s invention and development of blue and white GaN based LEDs and Lasers (see: Nakamura and Fasol: the Blue Laser Diode).

Transition from “old Japan” to “new Japan” needed

Fasol also mentions the necessary transition from “old Japan” to “new Japan”. “Old Japan” is run by a tightly knit group of older men, without space for women or foreigners. Shuji Nakamura escaped this “Old Japan” for Santa Barbara in California.

Japan needs to transition as soon as possible from an “old Japanese men” controlled society, to a Japan that embraces diversity, engaging the power of women and people with different backgrounds and ideas, not just inbreeding by old men from the same schools of thought.

With the right know-how, foreign companies can take advantage of Japan’s excellent human resources

Fasol also mentions that Japan has excellent human resources, and foreign companies can today take advantage of opportunities in Japan, which did not exist, or were unaccessible for foreign companies 50 years ago.

Japan needs to encourage spin-out companies from Universities and research labs

When Fasol was Faculty at Tokyo University, Faculty essentially did not register almost any inventions for patents, and there were essentially no companies started at Japan’s No. 1 Elite University. To stimulate innovation and growth is it necessary to change the mind-set at Japan’s elite Universities, encourage commercialization of inventions through spin-out companies.

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Briefing about Japan’s high-technology business world for Mme Nicole Fontaine

Briefing about Japan’s high-technology business sector for Mme Nicole Fontaine, Vice-Minister for Industry of France

Tokyo, Friday, September 20, 2002, at the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.

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Wireless Japan 2002 exhibition (July 17-19, 2002) in Tokyo

Wireless Japan 2002 - setting global mobile phone trends. Docomo's first 3G phones and KDDI's design series brining design to mobile phones

Global mobile trends start in Japan

Docomo’s first 3G phones, KDDI brings design to mobile phones

The annual Wireless-Japan exhibition highlights the trends of mobile communications in Japan. At Wireless-Japan 2002 KDDI started setting the trend of concept phones.

KDDI/AU “Design Project:” Design study for the bestselling “INFOWAR”.

KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype
KDDI/AU design series prototype

The KDDI/AU design study above became the origin of the bestselling “INFOBAR”-3G phone.

And here are two images of the bestselling “INFOBAR”-phone in the version sold by KDDI.

KDDI/AU design series - Infobar
KDDI/AU design series – Infobar

Design study by AU/KDDI for future mobile handsets. This design study was the basis for the PENCK model sold by KDDI/AU at a later date.

KDDI/AU design series prototype: PENCK
KDDI/AU design series prototype: PENCK

Big Blue Vending machine for mobile internet usage by IBM

IBM vending machines for mobile payment
IBM vending machines for mobile payment

Combined mobile phone and television receiver by DoCoMo:

starting a trend to mobile TV

DoCoMo prototype phone for mobile TV
DoCoMo prototype phone for mobile TV

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) linked to mobile phones by DoCoMo
gradually DoCoMo is introducing payment applications to mobile phones. In 2004, two years later, DoCoMo introduces the walletphone.

IY Bank (later renamed 7-Bank) ATM protoype
IY Bank (later renamed 7-Bank) ATM protoype

Karaoke Machine linked to mobile phones by DoCoMo

Linking Karaoke to mobile phones
Linking Karaoke to mobile phones

FOMA video telephone and MOPPET fixed line video telephony terminal, allows video conversation between FOMA mobile phone and fixed line telephone.

More information about 3G in Japan and FOMA: www.eurotechnology.com/3G/.

NTT Moppet
NTT Moppet

SH2101V handheld PC and video camera for FOMA (3G) use, including video camera

DoCoMo 3G prototype multi-media phone SH2101V
DoCoMo 3G prototype multi-media phone SH2101V

We have substantial documentation about the Wireless Japan 2002 exhibition, and most other year’s Wireless Japan exhibitions. If you need information or documentation for prior art or other investigations, please contact us.

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Bio-Nanotechnology in Japan – Impact on Foreign Corporations

Presentation at the EU-Japan Center Tokyo and at Stanford University on April 11, 2002 in the SPRING 2002 Seminar/Public Lecture Series – Topics in International Advanced Technology of the US-Asia Technology Management Center.

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M-Commerce in Japan

Presentation given by Gerhard Fasol, to the Asia/Pacific – Midwest Business Conference
Panel Presentation “E-commerce in Asia”, on Wednesday April 10, 2002, 8:00-9:30am, organized by the US Department of Commerce and the Illinois District Export Council.

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i-Mode: business models for mobile communications

Full day tutorial by Gerhard Fasol, organized by Seminario Internacional Prisma, held at the Hotel Metropolitan, Lisboa, March 21, 2002.

Attendance: about 50 executives from Portugal’s telecom operators, major consulting firms, and IT professionals attended the full day tutorial.

Download and update presentation as a pdf-file

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New opportunities versus old mistakes: Foreign companies in Japan’s high-tech markets

Magnetic and metallic nanowires

Gerhard Fasol was one of the invited speakers of the “Device Applications of Nanoscale Materials Symposium” at the 1998 National ACS Meeting in Dallas, Texas, which was organized by John St. John of Texas Christian University.

Gerhard Fasol’s talk: “Selective Electrodeposition of Magnetic and Metallic Nanowires: A New Approach to a Fundamental Technology”

Symposium purpose:
The two main purposes of this symposium are (1) to demonstrate current, innovative applications of chemistry in the nanometer size regime for use in optoelectronics and (2) to identify potential areas for partnerships between industry and academia where research in nanoscale chemistry can be applied to emerging technologies. It is hoped that this symposium will benefit chemists working in nanotechnology by providing a forum for discussing applications with leading industries.

Press Conference participants:

  • James R. Von Ehr II, Zyvex LLC;
  • Howard E. Katz, Bell Laboratories-Lucent Technologies;
  • Jie Han, NASA Ames Research Laboratory;
  • Gerhard Fasol, Eurotechnology Japan K. K.;

Technical program

  • 8:00 am: Marye Anne Fox , University of Texas, Austin; Imaging With Chromophore-Modified Self Assembled Monolayers
  • 8:40 am: Howard E. Katz, Bell Laboratories-Lucent Technologies; Chemical Structure, film Morphology, and Deposition Process Optimization of Organic Transistor Semiconductors
  • 9:20 am: James R. Von Ehr II, Zyvex LLC; Building a Molecular Nanotechnology Industry
  • 10:00 am: William Hinsburg, IBM Research Division; Resist Requirements for Sub-100 nm Microlithography
  • 10:30 am: Gerhard Fasol, Eurotechnology Japan K. K.; Selective Electrodeposition of Magnetic and Metallic Nanowires: A New Approach to a Fundamental Technology
  • 11:10 am: Alan J. Heeger, IPOS, UCSB, and UNIAX Corp.,.; Polymer Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells: A Device Application of Nanscale Chemistry
  • 11:50 am: Jie Han, NASA Ames Research Laboratory; Exploring Carbon Nanotubes for Nanoscale Devices
  • 2:00 pm: Richard BrotzmanNanophase Technologies Corporation; Nanoscale Materials for Optoelectronics
  • 2:30 pm: Louis Brus, Columbia University; Spectroscopy and “Blinking” of Single Semiconductor Nanocrystals at Room Temperature
  • 3:10 pm: Jeffery L. Coffer, Texas Christian University; Nanophase Silicon as an Optoelectronic / Biocompatible Material
  • 4:00 pm: James M. Tour, University of South Carolina; Molecular Scale Electronics
  • 4:40 pm: Tapesh Yadav, Nanomaterials Research Corporation; Device Applications of Nanoscale Materials

For Gerhard Fasol’s related publications see:

  • Gerhard Fasol: “Nanowires: Small is Beautiful” SCIENCE, 280, p. 545-546 (24 April 1998)
  • Gerhard Fasol and Katharina Runge: “Selective Electrodeposition of nanometer scale magnetic wires” Applied Physics Letters, 70, p. 2467-2468 (5 May 1997)
  • G. Fasol, “Spontaneous Spin Polarization in Quantum Wires”, Proc. 22nd International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS), edited by D. J. Lockwood, (World Scientific, Singapore, 1995), p. 1739-1742.
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Spontaneous Spin Polarization due to Electron- Electron Interaction in Quantum Wires”, in “Nanostructures and Quantum Effects”, edited by H. Sakaki and H. Noge, [Proceedings of the JRDC Int. Symposium on Nanostructures and Quantum Effects, 17—18 Nov. 1993, Tsukuba (Japan)], Springer-Verlag, Berlin, p. 121-130 (1994).
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Spontaneous Spin Polarization in Quantum Wires”, Philosophical Magazine, 70, 601-616 (1994).
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Prediction of Spin-Polarization Effects in Quantum Wire Transport”, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 33, 879-886 (1994).
  • G. Fasol, Y. Nagamune, J. Motohisa und H. Sakaki, “Determination of Quantum Wire Potential and Hot Electron Spectroscopy Using Point Contacts”, Surface Science, 305, 620-623 (1994).
  • G. Fasol, “Calculation of Electron Coherence Lengths for Quantum Wires”, in: 21st International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, ed. by Ping Jiang and Hou-Zhi Zheng, World Scientific, (Singapore, 1992), p. 1411.
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Electron-electron Scattering in Quantum Wires and its Possible Suppression due to Spin Effects”, Physical Review Letters, 70, 3643-3646 (1993).
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Spontaneous Spin-Polarization of Ballistic Electrons in Single Mode Quantum Wires Due to Spin Splitting”, Applied Physics Letters, 62, 2230-2232 (1993).
  • G. Fasol and H. Sakaki, “Electron-Electron Scattering in Quantum Wells and Wires”, Proceedings of the 19th Int. Symposium on Gallium Arsenide and Related Compounds, (Karuizawa 1992), Institute of Physics Conference Series No. 129, p. 311 (1992).
  • G. Fasol, “Absence of Low Temperature Saturation of Electron–Electron Scattering in a Single Mode Quantum Wire”, Applied Physics Letters, 61, 831-833 (1992)
  • G. Fasol, “Electron Dephasing Due to Coulomb Interaction”, Applied Physics Letters 59, 2430-2432 (1991)

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Masaru Ibuka, Founder of SONY, Obituary for NATURE

Masaru Ibuka obituary in NATURE by Gerhard Fasol

After Masaru Ibuka (井深大) died on December 19, 1997, NATURE asked me to write an obituary about Masaru Ibuka, which was published in Nature on February 26, 1998, and you can download the article as a pdf-file here. The reference is: Gerhard Fasol, “Obituary: Masaru Ibuka (1908-97)”, Nature 391, p. 848 (26 February 1998).

Masaru Ibuka obituary in NATURE by Gerhard Fasol – the background

I used several weeks of my spare time to research and write this obituary. For example, I worked to reach and talk with several people who had met Ibuka in person, since I had never personally met Ibuka. As another example: General McArthur’s Government of Japan wanted to communicate with the population of Japan via radio, however, radio receiver production in Japan was very inefficient at that time due to quality problems, leading to very low yield. So General McArthur’s Government brought Quality experts Homer Sarasohn and Charles Protzmann to Japan to teach classes in quality management. I found out that Ibuka was a keen student of these quality classes. To understand this better, I phoned with a retired officer of General McArthur’s Government, and I also found relatives of Homer Sarasohn, who very kindly gave me a lot of information about Homer Sarasohn’s work in teaching quality management in Japan.

Debunking some myths about SONY and Masaru Ibuka

Interestingly, there is a lot of misunderstandings and myths around SONY, some of which I clarified in the Nature obituary for Masaru Ibuka.

Myth: Akio Morita is the founder of SONY

Reality: SONY was founded as Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyusho (the Tokyo Communications Laboratory) by Masaru Ibuka and by Akio Morita, who are the two co-founders of Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyusho, the company name was later changed to SONY.

Myth in Japan: Many people in Japan think that SONY is an American company

Reality: SONY is a Japanese company with headquarters in Tokyo-Shinagawa. The reason why many people think that SONY is an American company, is that SONY’s company name and brand name in Japan is written in Katakana, while traditional Japanese companies always write their company in Chinese characters (Kanji). (Note however, that Nissan President Carlos Ghosn, says that companies have no nationality).

Myth: Nobel Prize winner Leo Esaki discovered the tunnel diode, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, at IBM

Reality: Leo Esaki discovered the tunnel diode as a researcher at Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyusho, which later changed the company name to SONY. Leo Esaki then moved to IBM Yorktown Heights R&D labs, and was awarded the Nobel Prize while working at IBM for his discovery of the tunnel diode, which he discovered while working at Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyusho.

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Simulation and Visualization of the Dynamics of Electron Wave Packets on a Femto-Second Time-Scale

Conference presentation by Gerhard Fasol at the 5th International Workshop on Femtosecond Technology FST’98, Tsukuba, Japan, February 12-13, 1998, on

“Simulation and Visualization of the Dynamics of Electron Wave Packets on a Femto-Second Time-Scale”

Details of our work on the simulation and visualization of electron wave packet motion.