May 21, 2015
The science ministry intends to redesign the Kounotori unmanned spacecraft used to supply the International Space Station (ISS), and may even use auto parts to save on costs.
May 21, 2015
CHIBA--Japan’s first exhibition on drone technology got under way here as the government weighs legal restrictions on operating unmanned flying robots.
May 18, 2015
YOKOHAMA--Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, CEO Carlos Ghosn said May 18.
May 17, 2015
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. unveiled a prototype on May 15 of a virtual reality device with a full range of changing panoramic views that makes imaginary worlds come alive.
May 13, 2015
Robotic taxis are being eyed to provide services in thinly populated rural areas.
May 12, 2015
Elderly people who live alone can now be monitored around the clock by a new system that detects and analyzes everyday sounds in their homes without violating their privacy.
May 01, 2015
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started freezing soil at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in trial operations for an underground wall aimed at preventing groundwater from flowing into the damaged reactors and becoming radioactive.
April 27, 2015
High-tech toilets and other cutting-edge gadgetry were unveiled recently as possible additions to the new National Stadium in central Tokyo that will serve as the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
April 20, 2015
Japan's space agency unveiled plans to send an unmanned probe to the moon as early as fiscal 2018 to pave the way for future missions to Mars.
April 17, 2015
The Himawari weather satellite captured vivid images of the eye of a typhoon and massive cumulonimbus cloud formations in photos released April 16 by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
April 15, 2015
NAGOYA--Researchers say coastal barriers that use the force of waves to elevate automatically, and so spread the impact of tsunami or storm surges, proved effective in simulated tests and could offer an alternative to erecting massive sea walls.
April 11, 2015
OSAKA--Researchers from two top universities have developed a headset that allows the user to virtually experience what people with autism spectrum disorders, such as autism and Asperger syndrome, actually see.
April 11, 2015
Created to help drivers back into tight parking spaces, Nissan Motor Co.'s Around View Monitor (AVM) is headed for a new mission deep on the ocean floor to search for natural resources.
April 10, 2015
A semi-governmental organization has come up with three possible methods to tackle the most difficult and dangerous task at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: removing the melted nuclear fuel from the reactors.
April 07, 2015
GOTO, Nagasaki Prefecture--An experimental project got under way here on April 6 to generate hydrogen from wind power as a step toward achieving a zero-emission hydrogen-powered society.
March 28, 2015
A talking, space-traveling Japanese robot has set two Guinness World Records.
March 22, 2015
OSAKA--A textile manufacturer here says it has come up with a solution for all those middle-aged men emitting body odor.
March 20, 2015
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said almost all the nuclear fuel in the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima plant likely melted in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
March 17, 2015
OSAKA--A group of researchers here have developed a robot that expresses joy, anger, sadness and pleasure with body movements that are based on the moves of traditional bunraku puppets.
March 16, 2015
SAGAMIHARA--Japan's space agency unveiled its Mercury probe on March 15 here that will be launched in 2016 on a mission to unlock the mysteries of the planet closest to the sun.