October 26, 2012
Blakiston's Fish Owls hunt for their prey near lakes and rivers in the forests of Hokkaido. Classified as an endangered species, only about 140 of the riparian raptors remain in Japan's northernmost prefecture.
October 25, 2012
It's hard to put a price on peace of mind. That may be why more new car buyers are opting for collision avoidance systems, one of the automotive industry's latest--and more expensive--safety innovations.
October 24, 2012
KARIYA, Aichi Prefecture—When a bus accident that killed seven people in Gunma Prefecture in April was attributed to the driver falling asleep at the wheel, auto parts manufacturers began stepping up efforts to develop a high-tech solution to drowsy driving.
October 17, 2012
Researchers have built a new and more nimble camera-carrying robot to climb stairs inside the Fukushima No. 1 plant and deliver images from areas where radiation levels remain dangerously high.
October 17, 2012
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--Electronically managed steering that completely bypasses the mechanical link of a clutch is among the new safety technology from Japanese automaker Nissan. Other vehicles are smart enough to park themselves. And some swerve automatically to avoid pedestrians.
October 17, 2012
A mechanical doll whose belly rises and falls can help insomniacs fall asleep, its maker has said.
October 06, 2012
More than half of the components used in the iPhone 5 are made by Japanese manufacturers, an inspection has shown.
October 05, 2012
In what may be a major helping hand for the spread of master calligraphers, a robot has been produced that can accurately recreate the brush strokes of the greatest masters.
October 03, 2012
With electric vehicles emerging as a key market, more and more floor space at Japan's largest consumer electronics trade fair is being taken up by automakers-and less by home electronics.
September 25, 2012
Researchers from Kyoto University and Hitachi Ltd. announced Sept. 24 they have developed technology using quartz glass that is capable of storing data for more than 300 million years.
September 24, 2012
NTT DoCoMo Inc. and NEC Corp. developed a robot for home use that can recognize voices, access the Internet, play music and provide the latest information for the user’s daily life.
September 11, 2012
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology said Sept. 10 its deep-sea scientific drilling vessel has set a world record by reaching 2,466 meters beneath the seabed off the coast of Japan, to retrieve core samples.
September 05, 2012
Scientists have developed a 3-D endoscopic telesurgery robot system that offers surgeons a broader, stereoscopic view of affected areas and gives them more intuitive control of forceps and other surgical instruments.
September 03, 2012
If you snapped away while on vacation and cannot decide which shots to print, Fujifilm Corp. is offering to choose the best ones for you.
August 31, 2012
Struggling Japanese TV makers are hoping to make a comeback with the next-generation 4K TVs that can turn a living room into a cinema-like experience.
August 30, 2012
If you can keep your sentences short--say, five words or fewer--you could be fluent in more than a dozen languages.
August 26, 2012
SEOUL--Defeat in a bitter patent wrangle with Apple Inc., its smartphone rival and biggest customer, will dent Samsung Electronics Co.'s $21 billion cash-pile, but could actually help cement its leadership in the global smartphone market.
August 25, 2012
As Japan looks increasingly likely to shed its dependence on nuclear power, the focus is shifting to alternative energy projects such as a cutting-edge solar thermal collector at the University of Miyazaki's Kibana Campus in Miyazaki Prefecture.
August 22, 2012
Japanese researchers said Aug. 22 they have created white crickets using a genetic technology that leaves no trace of DNA manipulation, a development expected to fuel concerns about possible damage to the environment.
August 08, 2012
BEIJING – “Avatar” director James Cameron's company is launching a joint venture in China to market its 3-D technical wizardry to the country's fast-developing film and television industries.