Robotic store clerk 'Pepper' to sell Nestle Japan’s coffee machines
Robotic store clerk 'Pepper' to sell Nestle Japan’s coffee machines
Nestle Japan Ltd. is replacing human sales staff with a cute, humanoid robot in a marketing ploy to pitch and sell its coffee machines.
Logbar’s ‘Ring’ controls electronics with finger movements
Logbar’s ‘Ring’ controls electronics with finger movements
A Tokyo-based venture company has developed a ring that enables the wearer to control electric devices through simple finger gestures detected by smartphones.
Representatives of operators of the Isumi Railway and the Jiji Line celebrate their sister railway agreement at Taipei Station in Taipei on Oct. 28. (Takeshi Owada)
Japan-Taiwan railway tie-up to give passengers a ticket to ride
TAIPEI--A Japanese rail operator has formed a sister relationship with its counterpart in Taiwan to make tickets interchangeable on both railways in the future.
Softbank Corp.’s humanoid robot “Pepper” attends to a customer at a home appliances store. The robot is being employed to sell Nestle Japan’s new coffee machines. (Provided by Nestle Japan Ltd.)
Robotic store clerk 'Pepper' to sell Nestle Japan’s coffee machines
Nestle Japan Ltd. is replacing human sales staff with a cute, humanoid robot in a marketing ploy to pitch and sell its coffee machines.
“Ring” is available on Logbar Inc.’s website. (Provided by Logbar Inc.)
Logbar’s ‘Ring’ controls electronics with finger movements
A Tokyo-based venture company has developed a ring that enables the wearer to control electric devices through simple finger gestures detected by smartphones.
PT. Kewpie Indonesia (Provided by Kewpie Corp.)
Kewpie to ship mayonnaise, salad dressings for Indonesian market
Kewpie Corp.’s Indonesian subsidiary will start shipping four kinds of mayonnaise, five dressing products and three cooking sauces for business use in the Indonesian market on Nov. 3, the Tokyo-based company said Oct. 30.
Daiwa House Industry Co. President Naotake Ohno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Daiwa, Ritsumeikan develop method to decontaminate oil-polluted land
Daiwa House Industry Co. and Ritsumeikan University have jointly developed a technique to decontaminate oil-polluted soil with carbon and oil-degrading bacteria, the company said on Oct. 29.
ZenFone 5 (Provided by ASUSTek Computer Inc.)
Rakuten group starts low-price mobile phone service
A group company of online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. started a low-price mobile phone service on Oct. 29.
A Honda HR-V (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda to stage world premiere of all-new HR-V at Brazil motor show
Honda Motor Co. announced on Oct. 29 that Honda South America Ltda. will unveil a mass-production version of the all-new HR-V for Brazil (known as the Vezel in Japan), as well as a CR-V that underwent a mid-cycle refresh, at the 2014 Sao Paulo International Motor Show.
Zenrin Co. is using cameras and lasers to develop highly accurate 3-D maps for autonomous-vehicle navigation. (Provided by Zenrin Co.)
Zenrin producing detailed 3-D road map for coming age of self-driving cars
KITA-KYUSHU--Zenrin Co., a major player in map-related information, is developing a highly accurate 3-D map using cameras and lasers to help vehicles navigate autonomously.
Whisky bottles commemorating the Year of the Sheep are produced at the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
PHOTO: Suntory prepares porcelain flock of bottles for Year of the Sheep
SHIMAMOTO, Osaka Prefecture--Flocks of sheep-shaped whisky bottles rolled along production lines on Oct. 27 at Suntory's Yamazaki plant as the distilling giant prepares for the Year of the Sheep.
Fujitsu, FPT to collaborate on IT-based agricultural project in Vietnam
Fujitsu Ltd. and Vietnam's FPT Corp. announced Oct. 28 that they will team up for a field trial of Fujitsu's food and agricultural cloud service in the Southeast Asian nation.
The Nouvo SX (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha to release new premium Nouvo SX scooter in Vietnam
Yamaha Motor Co. announced Oct. 28 that it will roll out a new premium sports scooter in Vietnam in November.
Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of Softbank Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Softbank to invest $627 million in India's Snapdeal
The Softbank Group will invest $627 million (67.7 billion yen) to hold the largest stake in Snapdeal, the fastest growing and biggest online marketplace in India, the Japanese company said Oct. 28.
Akira Amari, Japan's state minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pacific trade talks progress, but gap remains between U.S., Japan
SYDNEY--Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Oct. 27.
Panasonic shows home appliances aimed at senior citizens on Sept. 17. (Kohei Kondo)
In shrinking Japan, appliance makers target one growing market
From rice cookers to air conditioners, major home appliance makers are rolling out easy-to-use but more expensive products for senior citizens, a market that is expected to expand for decades.
X-Band Dual Polarization Transportable Doppler Weather Radar System (Provided by Toshiba Corp.)
Toshiba wins Indian order for transportable Doppler weather radar system
Toshiba Corp. said Oct. 27 it has received an order to supply an X-band dual polarization transportable Doppler weather radar system to the India Meteorological Department, its first outside of Japan.
Mitsui Chemicals' new lens protects eyes from short wavelength light
Mitsui Chemicals Inc. announced Oct. 27 that it has begun marketing a breakthrough ophthalmic lens material that helps protects the eyes from not only ultraviolet (10-400 nanometer) light rays, but also shorter light wavelengths from 400nm-420nm.
A Prius hybrid electric vehicle from Toyota Motor Corp. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota to produce Prius hybrid in Brazil by 2016
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin production of its Prius hybrid electric vehicle in Brazil as early as 2016, according to sources.
Planned site for a Chiba Bank branch adjacent to a Joyo Bank office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Regional banks to adopt system to retain married employees who relocate
Regional banks are considering introducing a system to allow employees who have to move because of a spousal job transfer to work at different banks in their new locations.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia
SHANGHAI--Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Oct. 24 as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.
A weather station, left, and a soil sensor (Provided by NEC Corp.)
NEC, Dacom collaborate on high-tech farming to maximize crop yields, cut costs
NEC Corp. and Netherlands agri-IT firm Dacom announced Oct. 24 the results of a "precision farming solution" trial in Romania that used environmental sensors and data analytics software to maximize yields at a reduced cost.

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