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2019/04/05
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.65
[Spacecraft Hayabusa2 - touchdown on asteroid by "self-driving"]

If you are a reader of this Tokyo Dayori for 10 years or more, you
might remember an essay in its Oct/2010 issue about Hayabusa
spacecraft's returning to Earth after landing on the asteroid Itokawa.
I remember at that time there was enthusiasm throughout Japan. More than
8 years have passed since then, now its successor Hayabusa2 reached
another asteroid called Ryugu and made the first landing on February 22.

I was excited to hear news. It is amazing that a man-made thing reaches
a very small celestial object far away from us, and that we can know
the fact instantly.

The mission of Hayabusa2 probe is the same as the predecessor: to
collect materials of the asteroid and bring them to Earth. This time,
however, there are various new technologies introduced for improvement
from the last time. The most impressive thing to me was autonomous
landing. In this first touchdown, Hayabusa2 must be landed in a circle
with 3-meter radius because surface of the asteroid was found so rocky
that might damage the spacecraft while landing. I wondered how the
spacecraft could be controlled precisely from Earth, which is more than
300 million kilometers away. It takes 20 minutes for a command signal
from Earth to reach Hayabusa2.

I saw some conceptual images and videos about Hayabusa2's touchdown on
Ryugu. In those materials, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
explained "We developed and strengthened an automatic and autonomous
system in order to ensure successful landing and sampling on a distant
asteroid". Hayabusa2, in its touchdown, was maneuvered from JAXA until
it went down to some altitude, but from a certain point it changed to
autonomous mode and finally landed at the targeted point precisely
without a command from Earth. It was called a "pinpoint touchdown"
utilizing sensor and image processing technologies.

Hayabusa2 will have further activities to collect more rocks and sands
of Ryugu. I look forward to the success and hope its safe return to
Earth with collected samples.

Hirohiko SHIAKU(Mr.)


<<Topics of Government>>

(1)Report on Unauthorized Computer Access and Progress of Access
Control Feature Technology
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0322_001.html

(2)Invitation for Public Comments on the Interim Report (Draft) by the
Study Group on Security Assessment of Cloud Services
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0315_002.html

(3)Public Briefing on Results of Demonstration Research for Intersystem
Coordination involving SME’s E-commerce and E-payment
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0307_001.html

(4)The Sixth IoT Lab Selection Event Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0301_004.html

(5)Blockchain Hackathon 2019 Held
https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2019/0228_003.html


<<Topics of Industries and others>>

(1)Prince of Songkla University (Thailand) and Hitachi Jointly Develop
Sentiment Analysis Engine for Thai Language
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/02/190220.html

(2)Hitachi Launches "Lumada Solution Hub" to Advance and Facilitate
Introduction of Lumada Solutions
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/03/190318.html

(3)AI technology for quantifying physical load and providing effective
feedbacks using sensor suit devices
http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/03/190320.html

(4)Fujitsu Develops Deep Learning Acceleration Technology, Achieves
World's Highest Speed
https://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/2019/0401-01.html

(5)NEC to provide facial recognition system for new "One ID" check-in
to boarding process at Narita Airport
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201902/global_20190228_01.html

(6)NEC completes Software-Defined WAN trial with University of Kuala Lumpur
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201903/global_20190322_01.html



2019/02/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.64
[Topic] Let’s Try Online Education

Over 25 years has passed since I graduated from my university.  After
I went out into the world, I did not have enough time to study
something or prepare for some examination.


2018/12/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.63
Topic : Traditional Medicines

It started snowing in the north area in Japan and going down in
temperature in Tokyo. Now winter comes.



2018/10/10
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.62
[Topic ]

Title: Support status of accepting interns from Myanmar IT related
universities

According to the survey results released by the Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry(METI) in June 2016, the supply of IT human
resources in Japan were about 919 thousand people and about 171
thousand people were short. In addition, the supply will turn to
decrease with peak of 2020, and it is maintained at about 923 thousand
in 2020, but METI estimate that about 369 thousand will be short.
Moreover, the supply will be reduced to about 857 thousand in 2030,
and it is estimated that about 789 thousand will be short.
In particular, the demand for both information security fields and new
technology fields including AI, IoT, big data etc. is very high, and
the shortage of IT human resources in those fields may become serious.



2018/08/06
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.61
[Topic ]
= FLOW-OF-THE-GAME over IT utilization in sports festivity =

The world of sports is continually changing over the years, and
utilization of information technology (IT) is one of those areas that
have made huge impact onto many of them.


2018/06/01
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.60
We often hear the word "safety(Anzen in Japanese) and security
(Anshin in Japanese)” recently.

However, it is said that it has been some time since the breakdown of the
myth that “Japan is a country where we can live in safety and security”.
Events including disasters, crimes, food safety problems, medical mistakes etc.
that threaten our safety and security are increasing.



2018/04/04
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.59
[IoT for whom?]

In the last issue of this Tokyo Dayori, Ms. Shirakura told about her
lessons learned with JR (railway company). Here is another cautionary
tale from me. My story is about a power company.



2018/02/02
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.58
[Inconvenience in the convenient modern digital society]

The Japanese Government announced “The New Tourism Nation Promotion
Basic Plan”.[1] in 2012. The plan clearly wrote “Number of visitors to
Japan from other countries will increase to 18 million by 2016”, aiming
at the long-term target of an increase to 25 million by the beginning of 2020.



2017/12/07
CICC TOKYO DAYORI vol.57
[Current status of taxi dispatch service in Japan]

After the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2019 towards the Tokyo Olympics
and Paralympic Games in 2020, it is expected that the number of tourists
visiting Japan will reach 40 million. And it seems that improving the
convenience of their transportation will be one of the big issues for
the tourists as well.



2017/10/05
TOKYO DAYORI vol.56
[Topic]
Cyber-attacks on companies and others that have recently become popular.
What is pointed out as an increasing background is the existence of
a dark site where "hacking tools" and "personal information" etc. are
being sold.



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