In the Media

Talk with Thai PM Abhisit about Vision of Apec FTA

November 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, TechWatch South East Asia

Talk with Thai PM Abhisit about Vision of Apec FTA

The contents of a partly private, party public talk with the Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva in Tokyo on Sunday afternoon after the Apec summit about the vision of an trans-pacific free trade zone were published in the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland (FTD). Prime Minister Abhisit was surprisingly bullish about the prospects of […]

Daimler Truck sacrifices profits for expansion in Asia

November 13th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media

Andreas Renschler, the head of the world’s biggest truck manufacturer told the TechWatcher in an exclusive interview for the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland in Tokyo, that it will be difficult to make a profit in India and China in the beginning. Even after mid-term the profit margins would likely not reach the level […]

HMDs: How a technology tries to become a trend

November 7th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, Uncategorized

In the weekend edition of the German national daily “Die Welt” I report about the new wave of head-mounted displays (HMD), that refueled the old dreams of a third eye. The article is filled with recent examples as well as interviews with Professor Masahiko Tsukamoto, the Japanese pioneer of wearable computing who has not been […]

Letters From Japan: The ghost of nationalism is out of the bottle

November 7th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media

In Japan anti-Chinese demonstrations are drawing bigger crowds than before, as I describe on my German language Japan blog Martin Köllings Japan-Notizen. According to the police 3800 demonstrators (with hundreds of big Japanese flags) assembled in Tokyo to protest against China. At the begin of their demonstration they played the national anthem, then right-wingers like […]

North Korea Embarks on Internet Drive

October 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, In the Media, Networked Life, TechWatch Korea

North Korea Embarks on Internet Drive

In North Korea, an internet generation seems to have taken power. With the promotion of the only 27 years old Kim Jong Un to the unofficial position of official heir of the leader Kim Jong-il, the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) has gone online. For the first time we can enjoy the prose of North […]

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

October 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, Mobility & Space, TechWatch Japan

Media: Ford wants to reduce stake in Mazda

A further reduction of Ford’s stake in Mazda from 11 to 3 percent would not come as a surprise, the TechWatcher writes in the Austrian daily “Der Standard”. After the outbreak of the financial crisis Ford had already started to reduce its stake from 33,4 percent to 13,4. A further capital increase by Mazda diluted […]

The 500,000 Euro Kiss

October 17th, 2010  |  by  |  published in In the Media, TechWatch Japan

The German weekly “Welt am Sonntag” runs the TechWatcher’s feature on the famous and outrageously expensive Japanese carps, or Koi (or correctly Nishikigoi). Some people call them “swimming jewels”, other “living artform”. Both are correct: These colorful carps can cost up to 500,000 Euro.

TechWatcher Asia

October 3rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Comments & Features, Eco & Industry, Gadget Review, In the Media, Martin Köllings Japan-Notizen, Mobility & Space, Networked Life, On the TechWatch, Robots & Home

TechWatcher Asia

Work in Progress: TechWatcher Asia, more than just gadgets. On this site Martin Koelling, East Asia Correspondent with the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland and self-proclaimed Tech Watcher Asia, will report occasionally on technological trends in Asia, and how they impact your life. Stay tuned.