Hamamatsu, Kyoto University Develop Commercially Viable Photonic Crystal Laser

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.

First Robot Approved as Medical Device to Start Clinical Trials in Germany

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.

Kyoto Company Vies for Leadership in European Bioabsorbable Stent Market

Published: February 16, 2012

Japan’s Regulatory System to Undergo Needed Overhaul . . . in Time

June 22, 2012 – 8:13 am

Organic Thin-Film Transistors Developed in Japan May Benefit Electronic Medical Implantables


PM Abe Pins Japan’s Economic Recovery on Medical Industry; MEDTEC Japan 2013 Validates Strategy

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.