TotemoTech - 2024-02-20


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on February 20th, 2024. In today’s news, we have some interesting stories to cover. First up, let’s talk about TOPPAN, a company that introduced a unique vending machine called ‘Executive’s Treat Vending Machine.’ This vending machine became a topic of conversation among employees, creating opportunities for them to interact. However, it turns out that TOPPAN faced a major setback in the beginning. We’ll find out more about this ‘big failure’ from a TOPPAN representative.

Moving on to our next story, the ‘Azure OpenAI Service’ has been added to the ISMAP list, making it eligible for government procurement. This recognition as a ‘government-certified cloud service’ is a significant achievement for Azure OpenAI Service. We’ll discuss the implications of this development.

Now, let’s shift our focus to Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district, where an exciting finale is approaching. The famous Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel will start a new illumination display from the 26th of this month. Using lights, they will create moving characters such as ‘Gundam’ and ‘Haro.’ This is a must-see for fans of these iconic Japanese characters.

In other news, Sakura Internet announced that they will be increasing the prices of their rental server service, ‘Sakura no Rental Server.’ The company cited the recent surge in various costs as the reason behind this decision. We’ll explore the impact of this price hike.

Next, a robotics venture called MOVELOT is currently seeking sponsors for the development and operation of the ‘Ingram,’ a manned patrol robot. They are also considering lending out the actual robot once it is completed. This initiative aims to revolutionize the field of robotics, and we’ll discuss the details of this unique opportunity.

Shifting gears to the world of electric kick scooters, Tokyo-based startup Luup is making some changes. Starting from March 1st, they will be revising their usage fees and introducing a subscription service called ‘Luup Subscription.’ We’ll delve into the details of these adjustments and how they will impact users.

Lastly, let’s talk about a heartwarming story amidst the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It has been nearly two years since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, and many people have lost their limbs, with over 10,000 individuals affected. In response to this situation, Japanese venture companies and local governments are stepping up to provide support. They are utilizing 3D printing technology to create affordable prosthetic limbs for those in need. We’ll explore the efforts being made to make a difference in the lives of these individuals.

That wraps up today’s news. Stay tuned for more updates on the latest technology trends and developments. Thank you for listening to TotemoTech. Visit for the news, yen exchange rates, and a daily Japanese proverb.

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