Segway electric vehicle to hit public roads in July
Segway electric vehicle to hit public roads in July
The Segway PT and similar personal mobility electric vehicles will finally be humming down public streets nationwide in July.
Labros sells LED light bulb that turns on when power is down
Labros sells LED light bulb that turns on when power is down
Electrical equipment retailer Labros Inc. has released a light-emitting diode bulb that automatically switches on during power outages.
Residents ride the Segway personal mobility vehicle during a trial run in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Segway electric vehicle to hit public roads in July
The Segway PT and similar personal mobility electric vehicles will finally be humming down public streets nationwide in July.
Labros Inc.'s Magic Bulb Flash (Provided by Labros Inc.)
Labros sells LED light bulb that turns on when power is down
Electrical equipment retailer Labros Inc. has released a light-emitting diode bulb that automatically switches on during power outages.
Nobel-prize winning physicist Shuji Nakamura announces the establishment of a Japanese subsidiary of Soraa, his U.S. light-emitting diode firm, in a news conference held in Yokohama on April 23. (Shunsuke Kimura)
Nobel laureate Nakamura to set up subsidiary of LED firm in Japan
YOKOHAMA--Nobel Prize-winning scientist Shuji Nakamura is expanding his successful LED-product development business into Japan.
A customer shows off an Apple Watch after purchasing it at a mass electric retailer in Osaka's Kita Ward on April 24. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Low-key launch as Apple Watch finally goes on sale
The Apple Watch was introduced globally on April 24 with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc.'s first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts.
A HondaJet takes off from Sendai Airport on April 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
HondaJet makes first flight in Japan
Honda Motor Co.’s first jet aircraft made its maiden flight in Japan, nearly three decades after the company started a project to produce a plane.
An agreement is announced in Tokyo on April 22 to support Skymark Airlines Inc. (Shimpei Doi)
ANA, Integral reach 18-billion-yen agreement to revive Skymark Airlines
Private equity fund Integral Corp. and ANA Holdings Inc. will acquire stakes in Skymark Airlines Inc. under an 18-billion-yen ($150 million) agreement to help rehabilitate the struggling low-cost carrier, the companies said.
A SIM card installed in a Japanese smartphone (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NTT Docomo, KDDI say users must wait 6 months to unlock phones
NTT Docomo Inc. and KDDI Corp. say customers must wait six months after purchasing a mobile phone before it can be unlocked for free if they want to change service providers.
Officials from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., along with government representatives from Myanmar and Japan, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the bank’s branch in Yangon. (Makoto Igarashi)
Japanese banks open Myanmar branches, first foreign lenders to do so in decades
YANGON--Two of Japan’s megabanks have opened branches in Myanmar’s biggest city, making them the first foreign lending institutions to set up operations in the country in half a century.
The citrus depressa beer cocktail developed by Asahi Breweries Ltd. and Orion Breweries Ltd. (Provided by Asahi Group Holdings Ltd.)
Asahi, Orion Breweries to market Okinawa fruit-flavored beer
Two Japanese breweries are teaming up to market a beer cocktail featuring citrus depressa, a fruit native to the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.
A lawyer lectures students on how to deal with unscrupulous businesses at Tokyo's Meiji University in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Government warns college students about exploitative 'black arbeit' jobs
University students working part-time jobs are being warned about being exploited by their employers in a labor ministry campaign to spread awareness of unlawful labor practices common across the nation.
Keiko Sato, an official at Takko Garlic Center in Takko, Aomori Prefecture, holds up bottles of “Jats! Taccola.” (Shuji Shida)
Orders pouring in from all over for Aomori garlic-flavored soda
TAKKO, Aomori Prefecture--Its creators thought it would cause a stink, but garlic soda has come up smelling like roses.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s i-Road ultra-small vehicles are seen during a test run in Tokyo in April. (Ryoko Takahashi)
Automakers look to Tokyo Olympics to boost use of ultra-small vehicles
Automakers are accelerating efforts to put ultra-small vehicles on the road with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to help popularize these short-commute modes of transport.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony raises profit view as higher sensors, video game sales herald turnaround
Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp. on April 22 raised its earnings estimates for the second time in three months, citing higher-than-expected sales of camera sensors and video games.
Cargo is loaded onto a truck at a port in Tokyo on April 22. Japan posted its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years in March. (AP Photo)
Japan logs 1st trade surplus in nearly 3 years on cheap oil
Japan posted its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years in March thanks to falling import costs from cheaper oil prices, along with a modest recovery in exports.
A test model of the Dokodemo Door platform door system (Provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co.)
MHI firm develops improved railway station platform doors
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co. announced April 22 that it has developed an improved platform door system that can flexibly accommodate the operation of railway cars with varying numbers of doors per car and door locations.
A container used in Toshiba Corp.'s mobile H2One energy supply system at a public facility in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on April 20 (Keiko Nannichi)
Toshiba throws switch on independent energy supply system for emergencies
KAWASAKI, Kanagawa Prefecture--Japan’s first independent energy supply system using solar power to create hydrogen, which can be utilized in emergencies to provide electricity and hot water, was launched April 20.
Aico Chihira, a lifelike humanoid robot, left, serves as a receptionist at Mitsukoshi’s main store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district on April 20. The woman on the right is Mio Sakai, who has worked two years as a receptionist. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
PHOTO: Lifelike female robot welcomes shoppers at Tokyo department store
On her first day on the job, receptionist Aico Chihira got right to work, greeting shoppers and providing information on store services on April 20 at Mitsukoshi’s main store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district.
An attraction themed on “Attack on Titan” (Provided by USJ Co.)
'Universal Cool Japan' gets extended run at Osaka theme park
Universal Studios Japan will extend the run of its “Universal Cool Japan” attractions through June 28 due to their popularity, operator USJ Co. said April 20.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, left, and Japanese economy minister Akira Amari in Tokyo on April 19 (Pool)
Japan, US talks seeking compromise on farm, auto trade
Japan's top trade negotiator met with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on April 20, seeking to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal.
Yamaha’s Saluto motorcycle to be sold in the Indian market (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha to sell family motorcycle in India with enhanced fuel efficiency
Yamaha Motor Co. said April 20 that it will begin marketing in India from this month a 125-cc motorcycle for family use whose fuel efficiency is about 10 percent better than the previous models of the same class.

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