Anti-Cyber Attack Alert System “DAEDALUS” Looks Very “Ghost In The Shell”-ish

Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) announced “DAEDALUS” (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security) system on June 6.

The system has nationwide distributed surveillance network to watch so-called darknet, a part of the Internet which IP address are not supposed to be used. There are non-ignorable amount of digital packets sent to and originated from the darknet ranges, and many of them seem to be related with invalid activities, such like computer virus transmission.

The red kanji character is “Kei”, means alert, patrol, etc.

The screenshots of the DAEDALUS monitoring system remind a lot of Japanese a system appeared in the popular cyber animation series “Ghost in the Shell”. Many people say that the creator of this system got influenced by the animation film.

You may watch the working demo of DAEDALUS from June 13 to 15 at Interop Tokyo 2012, Makuhari Messe, Chiba.

[Update 2012-06-21]

Videos from Interop Tokyo 2012 are arriving on YouTube.

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12 Tech Start-ups Present At NICT’s Annual Business Plan Contest

(Source: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Earlier this week, NICT, an ICT arm of Japan’s telecommunication authority, held the award-presenting ceremony of their annual contest to choose the best from business plans nominated.   Mr. Takeshi Natsuno, the inventor of NTT DoCoMo’s mobile web service i-Mode, started the ceremony with his keynote speech, he pointed out Japanese start-ups should take advantages of our potentials, that are, the Japanese have USD17 trillion-worth personal financial assets, the world’s top-class IT infrastructure, good education level, high will to work, and superior technologies that have not yet been implemented.   But he didn’t forget to advise we should overcome the weakness such as low second-language skills, neglecting personalities/debates and living in the self-indulgent society.   He motivated the award-winners and an audience to do their best and aim not only for making money but to make something happen in our society.

Seven start-ups were chosen as nominees from the contest’s regular application process, and five start-ups were recommended by local venture supporting authorities across the country.

(The Grand Prix Winner)

<for spreading the name out> Conit is a Shibuya-based start-up specializing in developing smartphone apps.  The company recently introduced an in-app purchase platform for smartphone content providers.   Refer to this my Asiajin story for more details.

(The excellent award winner)

<for spreading the name out> Fusic, a Kyushu University-backed tech start-up based in Fukuoka City, has developed a service that allows flipping embedded slides  in synchronization with Ustream video playback.  Projecting slide images on Ustream is sometimes too low-resoluted for the viewers to read.   The company’s service, which is called ZENPRE[J], allows you to embed a Ustream video clip and slides on a page and let them play in sync.



<investment wanted> Infinitegra is a Yokohama-based hardware manufacturer specializing in developing USB devices.  The company are developing the USB 3.0 solutions enabling transferring high-volume images for high-definition cameras for engineering and medical usage.

<more sales channels wanted> Questetra is a Kyoto-based start-up presenting a series of SaaS-based BPM (business process management) tools.  It is integrated with Google Apps, and the company is intended to expand their business in partnership with Google App users/resellers and BPM-related consulting firms.

<partnerships and sales channels wanted> Supre[J] is a company presenting three hobby-oriented portal sites.   The company is intended to support further education schools and private academies by making it easier to reach out potential hobby students online.

<for spreading the name out> SyncPower[J] develops a lyric captioning system that works in synchronization with song playback, which is intended for PCs, featurephones, smarphones and MP3 players.  The company has a technology that enables the synchronized captioning, a database to store a bunch of lyric data and know-how to clear copyright license terms.  They would like to partner with record companies, artist agencies, labels, music data distributors and ad agencies.

<investment and partnership wanted> Small Bridge is a Shibuya-based start-up presenting a platform introducing foreign language teachers to students online, which is called Cafetalk.   Language lessons are made on Skype, which allows teachers and students to join the lesson from any part of the world.

<investment wanted> Mooncake[J/C] developed a portal site providing Japanese creative workers with the production work for Chinese ad market.   Although this long-term recession have shrunk the market size of their jobs in Japan, but Chinese ad market has an insufficient number of experienced art directors and editors. From the company’s database of Japanese creative worker profiles,  they choose a professional who may fit the production work ordered by a Chinese client, and arrange a job for him or her.

<investment wanted> Able Computer[J], an Ishikawa-based tech start-up, developed a location-based voice tagging service.  The app allows you to leave your words in your voice at the location and the time you wish to.   The company expects the app to be used for sharing impressions among an audience of sport games, and for sharing word-of-mouth updates at shopping malls etc.

<investment wanted> GClue plans to develop an interactive language learning environment called Smart Education System, SES for short.   By implementing the system consisting of 100-inch Android TV and cloud-based backend systems to Karaoke box chains, the company expects to develop a new market which earns USD140M a year.

<business partnership wanted>  Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has developed a system that detects the state of someone’s feeling by analyzing a video that has shot his/her behavior.  It may contribute for companies to manage the health of their employees.

<investment and sales channels wanted>  Pharma Science[J] is a Kyoto-based start-up developing a compound analysis engine to help inventing scent products.   The company basically earns profit from their recipes defining what fragrance oils should be compounded to get a specific scent.


One of the judges for the contest, Mr. Shinji Morishita from NTT Investment Partners praised Conit since their smartphone purchase platform has a high potential in terms of expanding the business in the overseas.

Via: CNET Japan[J]

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NICT Introduces iPhone App Interpreting What You Speak Or Type

NICT, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, introduced the iPhone app called VoiceTra which interprets what you speak.   It allows voice input (original) in five languages of Japanese, English, Mandarin, Indonesian and Vietnamese, voice output (interpreted result) in these five languages and text output (interpreted result) in 16 languages of Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese.

Note: In the example shown above, what I’ve spoken is misdictated and gramatically mistaken.  The translated result is incorrect, too.

The institute introduced the iPhone app called Textra for text translation as well.   It supports text input/output in 21 languages of Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese.

These apps are designed for satisfying your interpretation needs in travel conversation opportunities in the countries where your unknown languages are spoken.   3G or WiFi connectivity is necessary because interpretation is processed on NICT’s servers.   These two apps have been published for the purpose of performance evaluation and usability survey, and are available until the end of this year.

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Note: In the example shown above, what I’ve spoken is misdictated and gramatically mistaken.  Translated results into Chinese is incorrect, too.

Total Solar Eclipse Of July 22nd: Where Are You Tracking It?

In the morning of July 22nd (Wed), 2009, we witness this century’s most perfect solar eclipse in the regions of Central Asia, South East Asia, Japan and Micronesia. The eclipse can be observed from 9:30am to 0:30pm. J.S.T.(Japan Standard Time), which is 0:30am to 3:30am U.T.C.(Universal Time Coordinated) on the same day. Several companies and institutions are planning livestream broadcast of this great astronomical phenomenon.

For experiencing this total eclipse moment in Japan, we need to be in one of remote islands near Okinawa, which is located on the lower latitudes of the northern hemisphere. It’s not so easy for most of us. You must agree that livestreaming is a good idea.

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JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Japanese edition of NASA)

NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, also known as the timekeeper for Japan Standard Time)

JAXA's Logo

NICT's Logo

These Japanese national scientific bodies will use a high speed Internet communication satellite, which was launched last year, and be broadcast high-definition(HD) live image from Iwo-jima island. The live broadcasting will be projected on large screens at the national observatory and several science museums nationwide.

Diagram: How To Carry HD Live Images of Total Solar Eclipse

No fiber optic is installed in remote islands as to carry large volume of HDTV images, that’s why they use satellite as an alternative option.

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Daiei Supermarket Chain[J]

Daiei's Logo

The company sends a broadcast van to its branch in Amami-oshima island, and HD live images taken there will be projected on digital signage screens at storefronts of 100 branches nationwide. The event expects to have a reputation from store customers accompanied by their children who will have just got into summer vacation.

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Live Eclipse[J], a group of geeks tracking solar and lunar eclipse (seems like an idea seen on a popular Hollywood movie “Twister”)

Logo of Live! Eclipse 2009 liveuniverse

For Live Eclipse people, this will be their 15th livestream experience. The group will send broadcast staff members to Shanghai’s suburb of Jiaxing City[C] (Mainland China), Nakanoshima Observatory[J] in Tokara Islands (Japan), Amami-oshima (Japan) and Marakei Atoll (Micronesian Island of Kiribati), and will bring you live video images from these four locations on the Internet.

There will be a public viewing event using the livestream and its collaborated entertainment show at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University, Yokohama. Visit the event organizer’s website[J] for more details.

Disclosure: This story’s author, Masaru IKEDA served as a technical advisor for the first edition of Live Eclipse event[J] especially in designing the systems to transmit live images from observation spots in remote areas of Mongolian desert and Siberian forest.

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Sky Perfect J-SAT, Japan’s only satellite broadcasting platform operator

Nico Nico Douga[J], a UGC-based popular video sharing site

Logo of Sky Perfect JSAT

Two companies will bring live images from Ogasawa Haha-jima, Bonin Islands, to NicoNico subscribers’ cellphone handsets and PC screens. Two weather girls will anchor the live show[J] and investigate the supervisions whether dogs are howling and frogs are cloaking in chorus when the sun and the moon are in conjunction.

Project LogoNicoNico's Ogasawara Live

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All Internet users around the globe can be a part of such a historic event without flying over to Asia-Pacific. We Asiajin will cover Internet and blogosphere related developments which may happen on the eclipse day.

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July 9th Update:

  • We learned that Tokyo-based system integration company Media-I will be broadcast live stream from Akuseki-jima, a Tokara island.  See this[J] for more details.
  • In association with elementary and junior high schools in Tokara islands, Kagoshima University will bring you live streaming from seven islands of Tokara islands.   See this[J] for more details.

July 14th Update:

  • Tokyo-based large ISP, IIJ announced it would assist the “Live Eclipse!” project to distribute live video in multiple format such as Apple iPhone, Adobe Flash Video and Microsoft Sliverlight.  See this for more details.

July 15th Update:

  • Japan Meteorological Agency announced it would publicize still satellite images shooting the earth from MTSAT-2 every 15 minutes since 10am, July 22nd when the eclipse will be underway.  Images will be available here[J].

July 17th Update:

  • NTT DoCoMo’s local store near Mt. Fuji announced it would deliver live images of the partial solar eclipse from the top of the mountain.   Unfortunately this is only for the users who have DoCoMo’s videophone-enabled handsets.    Dial *8607*98228 for a videophone call and enjoy watching it from 9:53am through 0:28pm in local time.   See this[J] for more details.

July 21st Update:

  • RKK, a private TV broadcaster in Kumamoto, will deliver live coverage from seven locations and be aired on a morning show[J] on the broadcaster’s participating nationwide affiliate network.   Images will be also available on the Internet at RKK’s website.

Telecom Venture Presentations Held By Japan’s Governmental Incubator

Logo of NICT

On Tuesday, NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) held its annual conference providing telecom-related start-ups the opportunity to present their business plans.   An audience of more than 200 attended the event in Akihabara.

At the Venue of the Event

NICT is a governmental venture, incubation, and research organization with a special focus on future telecommunications technology development, and is an arm of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

In total, five companies were chosen to present. Let’s take at look at their services one by one.

Peace Mind Corp. [J]
– providing mental health counseling services for corporations and individuals.

As work environments are becoming more demanding, especially in the systems integration industry, (e.g. shorter delivery dates and more mission critical requirements) more and more engineers and programmers are getting depressed and being forced to step aside from their daily jobs.   The company has developed a web-based application service, which helps a client company’s personnel department manage the status of each employee who has been depressed in the past or may be in the future.

Peace Mind has served 300 corporate clients since 1998 as the country’s first online counseling service in partnership with clinical psychotherapists nationwide.

Peace Mind's Tool

The picture above shows an example of tools measuring accumulated fatigue. The concept is based on the guidelines announced by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.   (Quoted from Peace Mind’s promotion video.)

Valtes Corp.
– providing outsourced testing facilities for content providers, to confirm whether content designed for television data broadcast channels run correctly with TV tuners and handset receivers.

The company developed its own original keystroke verification machine, which enables 24/7 automatic testing of multiple models without human operation.  TV broadcasting here in Japan is scheduled to switch over completely to digital transmission by 2011, which may accelerate demand for their service.

Knowledge Creation [J]
vds or Voice Delivery System, providing SaaS-based speech synthesis of the screen output of websites and web-based applications.

You can easily add Knowledge Creation’s speech synthesis feature to your websites and web-based applications without any difficulty.  It makes it easier to build user friendly websites, especially for blind people or elderly people with far-sightedness.

The service won the annual award for “Software Product of the Year” in 2008 [J], which was presented by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency.   The company’s English-learning website “mimi-kaki[J]” (which means ear pick) uses this technology and won “Akky Akimoto’s Special Award” in 2008 at “Mashup 4th“, a brand new web application championship organized by Sun Microsystems and Recruit.   (Asiajin‘s co-founder Akky Akimoto served as an award judge at the event.)

iidev Co., Ltd. (internet infrastracture development) [J]
– AltPaper, providing SaaS-based OMR (optical mark recognition) services as well as offshore data-entry outsourcing.

iidev’s objective is to remove simple and routine data entry work from offices nationwide.  Basically, specially-designed devices are required for deploying OMR systems. If you choose to use their service instead, all you have to do is buy a consumer scanner, set up an Internet connection, and create the desired form to be filled in using your word processing or spreadsheet software.

The service also has the ability to make a diagram representing statistics collected from the answered forms.

Brand Dialog [J]
GRIDY[J], providing SaaS-based free groupware for corporate users.

Do you remember the project called “SETI@Home“?    It is UC Berkeley’s scientific experiment that uses computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).   This project employed grid-computing technologies in which volunteers participating in the project donated unused CPU and storage resources from their own PCs. The project easily procured the resources for calculation and search processes requiring more power than an average super computer has alone.

The reason why Brand Dialog can provide their service free of charge is based on the same idea as mentioned with SETI.  In exchange for unused computer resources provided by users, the company provides its groupware services for free.

Its business model and its customized grid-computing technology named “promotional grid” have been submitted to several patent authorities in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

GRIDY is now in beta and scheduled to start user registration in the middle of this coming February.

Proofread by: Sean O’Hagan