Prince Fumihito Turns 47, Hoping To Reduce Emperor's Workload

Prince Fumihito turns 47, hoping to reduce emperor's workloadPrince Fumihito, second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, turned 47 on Nov. 30 and said his father, Emperor Akihito, is steadily recovering from heart bypass surgery.

Fumihito, in a news conference given before his birthday, said that members of the imperial court should always be thinking how they can "alleviate the physical burden" on the emperor, who turns 79 in December.

Walking Aid Can Reduce Load From Body Weight

Walking Aid Can Reduce Load from Body WeightMoritoh is developing POPO, a walking aid that enables walking practice while reducing the load from the user's body weight.

"Until now, there hasn't been a load-reducing walking aid - a device that lets users walk while reducing the load from their body weight. During the last 2-3 years, suspension walking lifts have become commonly used for rehabilitation in Japan.

Murata Mems Sensors Help Reduce Fuel Consumption

Murata MEMS Sensors Help Reduce Fuel ConsumptionRising fuel prices and growing demand for clean technology are putting pressure on car manufacturers to develop new solutions that cut fuel consumption. The development of automatic stop-start systems, for example, is booming. Thanks to their excellent product properties, Murata's MEMS sensors play a major role in these systems.