Toshiba throws switch on independent energy supply system for emergencies
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 ...
PHOTO: Lifelike female robot welcomes shoppers at Tokyo department store
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...
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.
An ANA aircraft with R2-D2, the robotic character from the “Star Wars” movie series, painted on its fuselage (Provided by All Nippon Airways Co.)
ANA aircraft with ‘Star Wars’ character to fly international skies
R2-D2, the iconic robot from “Star Wars,” is set to take to the skies once again, but this time aboard an All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) passenger jet as a painting on its fuselage.
Hexie Hao bullet trains await export at a China CNR Corp.-affiliated factory in Tangshan, Hebei province, in February. (Tokuhiko Saito)
China pins economic hopes on exports of bullet trains, nuclear power plants
BOAO, China--Beijing is trying to jump-start its slowing economy by reworking its high-speed train and nuclear power plant industries to generate more exports.
A Skymark Airlines flight lands at Kobe Airport. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANA Holdings to invest in struggling Skymark Airlines
ANA Holdings Inc. will become a partner and make a capital injection into Skymark Airlines Inc. to help the struggling carrier rebuild itself.
Akira Amari, state minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and U.S. ministers to meet for trade talks before summit
Japan and the United States will hold Cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari said on April 17.
Shinya Yamanaka, head of Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pharmaceutical giant joining forces with leading iPS cell institute
Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company is teaming up with a pioneering research institute headed by Nobel Prize laureate Shinya Yamanaka to develop medicines using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
Solar panels cover a large area at Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, on April 16. (Takashi Kamiguri)
Japan’s largest solar-powered plant in Rokkasho set for July start
ROKKASHO, Aomori Prefecture--Japan’s biggest solar power plant is scheduled to start a trial run in July in this village where the opening of a planned nuclear fuel reprocessing plant has been repeatedly delayed.
A Mitsuoka Himiko two-seat convertible (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mitsuoka Motor to open showroom in Macao
Mitsuoka Motor Co. announced April 17 that it will open its first dealership in Macao later this month.
Asahi Glass to establish integrated TFT-LCD glass production system in China
Asahi Glass Co. said April 17 that it will build a furnace for TFT-LCD glass substrates in China and has agreed to invest in the Huizhou Zhongkai High-tech Industrial Development Zone.
Nick Varney, center, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments Plc, and Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, right, celebrate the start of construction on Japan’s first Legoland in Nagoya on April 15. (Yuta Takahashi)
Work begins on Japan's first Legoland in Nagoya
NAGOYA--Construction work began here April 15 on the world’s seventh Legoland theme park, and the second in Asia after Malaysia.
Protesters walk along Shibuya Center-gai shopping street in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on April 15 to demand a pay rise for full-time and part-time workers at fast food chains. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Fast food workers rally for higher wages
Dozens of people marched along a shopping street in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on April 15 in a push for higher wages for full-time and part-time workers at fast food chains.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toyota building plants in Mexico, China; seeks growth again
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to build new auto assembly plants in Mexico and China, ending a self-imposed 3-year break from expansion over quality concerns due to massive recalls.
Clothes and a scarf based on “shalwar kameez” (Provided by Uniqlo Co.)
Uniqlo to sell ‘shalwar kameez’ collection, donate proceeds to help Bangladeshi workers
Under the theme of “Simple, Ethnic,” Uniqlo stores in Japan and abroad will sell clothes based on “shalwar kameez,” a traditional dress style for women in Bangladesh, the company said April 15.
Examples of food products sold under the brand name of “Tasty Bite” (Provided by Kagome Co.)
Kagome to purchase Asian ethnic food maker in U.S.
Kagome Co., best known for its tomato ketchup products, is to purchase U.S. food maker Preferred Brands International Inc. (PBI), which specializes in ethnic convenience food for household use.
The bride, Anna Tanaka, and groom, Tomoaki Watatani, make a slit on the head of a tuna fish at their wedding reception in a hotel in Osaka on March 7. (Son Yummin)
Who needs cake at a big, fat tuna wedding?
A cake-cutting ceremony at a wedding could become a thing of the past.
Toshiba Corp.'s humanoid robot Aico Chihira (Provided by Toshiba Corp.)
Lifelike female robot to work help desk at Tokyo department store
When customers stop by Mitsukoshi's main store in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district, they may do a double take when they meet new customer representative Aico Chihira.

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