Talent Agency Alleged To Have Pressured Stations

Talent agency alleged to have pressured stations

Leading Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates is said to have pressured commercial broadcasters not to feature three former members of popular idol group SMAP.

SMAP disbanded in 2016. In September 2017, three of the five former members of the all-male band -- Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori -- broke away from Johnny & Associates.

Quaint Stations Win Kominato Railway A Good Design Award

Quaint stations win Kominato Railway a Good Design Award

ICHIHARA, Chiba Prefecture--Charming train stations that blend in with idyllic countryside scenery and which have helped the railroad become an integral part of local communities have won Kominato Railway Co. a 2017 Good Design Award.

The Ichihara-based company, which operates a local line passing through the city and other areas, won praise from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion in October for its design concept for the stations.

Mitsubishi Ka-band Gan-hemt Mmic For Satellite Earth Stations Offers High Output Power

Mitsubishi Electric's Ka-band GaN-HEMT MMIC for Satellite Earth Stations Offers High output power and low distortion - FareastgizmosMitsubishi Electric announced today it will launch a Ka-band (26-40GHz) 8W gallium nitride (GaN) high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier for satellite earth stations. Satellite networks are used for high-speed communication during natural disasters and in areas where ground networks are difficult to construct, are currently implemented mainly in the C-band (4-8GHz) and Ku-band (12-18GHz), but higher frequencies are increasingly being used. Also, market demands for deployments in the higher-frequency Ka-band are increasing.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new Ka-band GaN-HEMT MMIC will help meet the growing demand for higher frequency deployments, as well as facilitate the development of satellite communications equipment capable of extra-high output power and efficiency. The new MGFG5H3001, which offers industry top-level low distortion and output power rating of 8W, boasts a small footprint that will help to downsize power transmitters. Mitsubishi Electric will begin shipping samples on November 1.