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Japan's major electronics fair opens, low-carbon tech in focus


19:59, October 19, 2021

TOKYO, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Japan's major annual electronics show opened Tuesday, with products from over 300 companies being exhibited and the spotlight on cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve carbon neutrality.

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Under the theme of "Toward Society 5.0 with the New Normal," the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) will be held through Friday.

Including 85 from overseas, 314 companies and institutions applied to take part in the event, according to one of the organizers, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

Among exhibited products, rechargeable batteries to store renewable energy and carbon recycling technologies are expected to help reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions in the next several decades.

Toshiba Corp. is exhibiting its film-like, light and flexible solar battery that can be set up on curved surfaces and windows.

Unlike existing silicon-based solar cells, the new battery attained a power conversion efficiency comparable to mass-produced polysilicon solar panels in September and could help increase the use of renewable energy in urban areas.

NGK Insulators Ltd. is exhibiting its EnerCera micro rechargeable battery series. One of them comes as small as 459 square millimeters and 0.45 mm thin.

By using such a battery together with an energy-harvesting gadget that collects power from the surrounding environment, more devices can be connected with internet of things technology and powered by green energy.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., a Japan-based subsidiary of Germany's Daimler AG participating in the CEATEC for the first time, is showing its eCanter, the world's first electric light-duty truck that went on sale in 2017.

"As an exhibition that creates new markets, we hope to propose solutions that will contribute to a society where values and people's behaviors are rapidly changing," said Kiyoshi Shikano, executive producer of the CEATEC.

Same as last year, the CEATEC is also held online as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. Many online conferences are scheduled during the four days, including discussions on carbon neutrality in the automobile sector. The JEITA said around 150,000 online visitors are expected for the event.

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