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Coronavirus: Isolation and Aspiration

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Why has Japan been less affected by the global pandemic than the United States? One theory suggests that the Japanese language has weakly aspirated consonants compared with English. Which might mean that Japanese people are less likely to "spray" while speaking and therefore less likely to transmit the virus. John looks at the linguistic evidence.


Japan extends timeline for approving Fujifilm's Avigan drug for COVID-19

The Japan Times

The government has decided to postpone approving Fujifilm Holdings Corp.'s Avigan drug for the treatment of COVID-19 until June or later, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Tuesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had said earlier this month he hoped the drug, known generically as favipiravir, would be approved some time in May if its efficacy and safety could be confirmed. But Kato told a news conference Tuesday that clinical tests on the drug would continue into next month or beyond, while noting that there was no change in the government's policy of approving the drug swiftly once its effectiveness is confirmed. Fujifilm shares slumped last week after it was reported that an interim study showed no clear evidence of efficacy for Avigan in COVID-19 cases. Researchers at Fujita Health University, which is conducting a clinical trial on the drug, said in a statement the interim study was done to ensure the scientific validity of the trial, not to determine the efficacy of the drug.


Stanley Chen posted on LinkedIn

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We are living in a age of information technology really advanced,how to making use of these advantagement of artificial intelligence technology to solute our human being the vital problems of both aging society and lower birth rates. Above those problems also happened in Japan,Taiwan and USA. If we don't arrange solutions these two things that will be dangerous for our national security guard and society healthcare. According to researching results artificial intelligence can do 1.detecting lung,skin cancers 2.analysing eye scans,X-ray 3.developing researching drug.


In a post-coronavirus world, hotels could be staffed by robots – IAM Network

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Humanoid robot Pepper is placed at the lobby area of a hotel in Tokyo reserved for coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms. Researchers say they could soon be undertaking all front and back of house activities in hotels to help the industry from the coronavirus crisis. These include cooking hamburgers and cleaning floors, as well as serving cocktails, checking in hotel guests, and delivering items to hotel rooms. They say the development of service robots are anticipated to increase efficiency and productivity of hotel activities. The team from the University of Surrey spoke to 19 different hotel HR experts to identify the key trends and major challenges that will emerge in the next ten years.


Language barrier hampers distribution of virus info to Hiroshima's foreign residents

The Japan Times

The language barrier is preventing many foreign residents in Hiroshima Prefecture from keeping abreast of the latest status of the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the need for municipalities to provide essential information in multiple languages. "It was through social media that I came to know about the whole kyūgyō yōsei thing," Michelle Crothers, an Australian who runs an English conversation school in the city of Hiroshima, said, referring to the Japanese phrase for "request to suspend businesses." On April 18, when the prefecture issued the request in line with the state of emergency declared by the central government, Crothers stumbled upon a friend's social media post written in English about the prefecture's announcement. She then fumbled her way through official websites by the government and the prefecture in hopes of finding out whether her school will have to shut down in line with the request, but ended up giving up. As an extra precaution, she decided to close it for the time being.


Massive Growth Of Global Lab Automation Industry 2020:Booming Worldwide Top Key Players Perkinelmer, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Inc – 3w Market News Reports

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By Equipment the market for lab automation is segmented into automated liquid handlers, automated plate handlers, robotic arm, automated storage and retrieval systems. By software the lab automation market is segmented into laboratory information management system, laboratory information system, chromatography data system, electronic lab notebook, scientific data management system. On the basis of analyzer the market is segmented into biochemistry analyzers, immuno-based analyzers, hematology analyzers segments. By application the segmentation of the market is drug discovery, genomics, proteomics, protein engineering, bio analysis, analytical chemistry, system biology, clinical diagnostics, lyophilization. Based on end user the lab automation market is segmented into biotechnology & pharmaceuticals, hospitals, research institutions, academics, private labs. On the basis of geography, lab automation market report covers data points for 28 countries across multiple geographies such as North America & South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Some of the major countries covered in this report are U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Brazil among others. In 2017, North America is expected to dominate the market.


How Japan's Tokio Marine uses AI to process insurance claims in 'minutes'

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Until yesterday, most of Japan was under a state of emergency as the country dealt with the effects of the coronavirus on its aging population. Among the measures involved was a severe restriction on movement, which although not as strict as many of its neighbors, meant that performing tasks – such as meeting up with one's insurance adjustors to process policy claims – would not have been possible. It was around this time that Japanese insurer Tokio Marine, well known around Asia for handling property and other insurance products, decided to use an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to assess vehicular damage across its insurance operations – helping to speed up claims processing for its automobile policyholders. The AI tech was developed by Tractable who had been working with Tokio Marine since 2018 to improve appraisal operations which need complex visual assessments, and came up with the AI solution based on computer vision. The AI allows the insurance firm to make sense of the full extent of vehicle repair options based on the photos of car damage, and will then recommend repairs, paint, and blending processes, as well as the costs involved including labor hours.


AI Edge Partners Unveil Video Analytics Server

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Hailo, the AI chip startup, is teaming with a Japanese systems designer and manufacturing giant Foxconn to develop an AI edge processor aimed at video analytics applications. The edge partnership is based on Foxconn Technology's BOXiedge platform that integrates the Hailo-8 deep learning processor with a parallel processor from Japanese system-on-chip designer Socienext Inc. The combination creates a local video management server designed to shift workload processing from the cloud to the edge. Yokohama-based Socionext specializes in low-power edge processors, including the recent release of an AI processor based on deep neural network technology. The approach is said to be "quantized," that is, the device is tuned to specific values such as signals, rather than a continuous range of values.


Smoke and Mirrors: Do AI and Machine Learning Make a Difference in Cybersecurity? -- Redmond Channel Partner

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Over the last several years, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) has maintained consistent growth among businesses. During our 2017 survey of IT decision makers in the United States and Japan, we discovered that approximately 74% of businesses in both regions were already using some form of AI or ML to protect their organizations from cyber threats. When we checked in with both regions at the end of 2018, 73% of respondents we surveyed reported they planned to use even more AI/ML tools in the following year. For this report, we surveyed 800 IT professionals with cybersecurity decision-making power across the US, UK, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand regions at the end of 2019, and discovered that 96% of respondents now use AI/ML tools in their cybersecurity programs. Despite the increase in adoption rates for these technologies, more than half of IT decision makers admitted they do not fully understand the benefits of these tools.