Japan-based opto-electronics company Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. and Kyoto University’s Photonics and Electronics Science and Engineering Center have co-developed a photonic crystal laser, which provides high output and high beam quality at a single wavelength while controlling beam spread.

A wearable robot developed by Tokyo-based Cyberdyne Inc. has been approved by certification body TUV Rhineland as a medical device, clearing the way for clinical trials to begin in Europe. The medical device—yes, we can call it that now—can help people with leg impairments to get up and walk. Cyberdyne will export approximately 12 HAL robots to German hospital group Bergmannsheil for a clinical trial that will involve some 100 patients.

Published: February 16, 2012

June 22, 2012 – 8:13 am


The timing could not have been better for MEDTEC Japan 2013.

Just one month before the show, which was held on 24 and 25 April 2013, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed that he would aggressively promote the medical device industry, which he characterised as one of the few sectors that can shore up the nation’s failing economy. The resounding success of MEDTEC Japan confirmed his analysis.