August 21, 2014
The Defense Ministry released images of a homegrown experimental combat plane designed to be Japan's first stealth fighter.
August 13, 2014
In just three years, Line Corp. has neared the 500-million mark for registered users of its free call and messaging app, thanks in part to a surge in popularity in Spain, the company said.
August 12, 2014
A wheelchair designed by a former automotive engineer that promises to be more comfortable and easier to operate than conventional models is set to go on sale from September.
July 28, 2014
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A gigantic globe designed to show the Earth as viewed from space in real time is giving visitors to the city’s new Discovery Center an out-of-this-world experience.
July 18, 2014
Nissan Motor Co. will market cars with autonomous driving capabilities by the end of 2016, making it the first Japanese automaker to offer a detailed timetable for the release of such advanced self-driving technologies.
June 26, 2014
Isuzu Motors Ltd. is teaming up with an algae research and development company to produce more cost-effective biodiesel made from euglena algae for use in trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles.
June 19, 2014
A national research center in Hiroshima Prefecture developed a flightless ladybug that looks promising for controlling a pest that damages crops.
June 07, 2014
KATSURAGI, Nara Prefecture--An automobile that seems to magically change its colors will soon hit the streets of Katsuragi.
June 06, 2014
Sharp Corp. on June 5 unveiled 28 unique trial gadgets that are part of a new project to reduce dependency on its flagship liquid crystal display business.
June 06, 2014
A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.
June 05, 2014
High radiation levels and technical difficulties continue to stymie full-scale operations of key decontamination equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant even though tests started more than a year ago.
June 05, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. anticipates selling the first of its next generation eco-cars that emit zero carbon dioxide around year-end, sources said.
June 02, 2014
Trial 4K TV broadcasts started in Japan on June 2 amid high expectations from the government and pessimism among TV stations due to the high costs to view or create the ultra-high resolution shows.
May 24, 2014
TANEGASHIMA ISLAND, Kagoshima Prefecture--An H-2A series rocket lifted off on May 24 and placed into orbit a satellite capable of peering into volcano crater engulfed in smoke, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.
May 22, 2014
A Japanese scientist has developed a special package of glasses and a camera that allows users to manipulate computer-generated 3-D virtual reality images with their hands.
May 17, 2014
The government intends to use the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to showcase Japan's state-of-the-art technologies to the world, such as robots that can communicate with foreign visitors in a variety of languages.
May 14, 2014
A Japanese company said it has developed eyeglasses that can measure the wearer’s fatigue level based on eye movements, blinking rates and other factors.
May 12, 2014
Panasonic Corp. has started selling a new electronically controlled greenhouse that creates a more optimal cultivation environment, allowing farmers to grow some crops year-round.
May 02, 2014
KITA-KYUSHU--Three universities opened a research center here May 1 to jointly develop the car of the future--a self-drive vehicle with artificial intelligence.
April 30, 2014
Google's acquisition of the Japanese start-up Schaft Inc. last November was a major shock to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which had been seeking out ways to cooperate with the U.S. government in robot technology development.