An artist’s rendition of the unmanned probe SLIM landing on the moon (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Japan’s first probe to the moon likely to be launched in fiscal 2018
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.
A photo of Typhoon No. 4 taken by the Himawari-8 weather satellite on March 31 (Provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency)
PHOTO: Himawari orbiter snaps images of storm's eye, 'yellow dust' cloud
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.
Flap gates rise in a test at Nagoya University on April 7. (Taku Hosokawa)
Self-elevating sea walls able to counter tsunami hundreds of meters wide
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.
A headset for experiencing the vision of a person with an autism spectrum disorder. Images become fuzzy or colorless as a reaction to changing brightness, sound and so on. (Shingo Fukushima)
Breaking down the barriers of autism with a simple headset
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.
An image of the exploration vehicle taken by the Around View Monitor system (Provided by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Nissan to apply parking-assisted technology to deep-sea searches
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.
The Asahi Shimbun
3 methods proposed to remove melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
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.
A wind turbine belonging to a two megawatt wind power generating facility off Kabashima island in Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, is seen on April 6. (Hisatoshi Kabata)
Project begins to produce hydrogen from wind power off Nagasaki coast
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.
Space robot Kirobo shakes hands with a Guinness World Records official on March 27 in Tokyo. (Ryuta Koike)
Japan's 'astronaut' robot sets Guinness World Records
A talking, space-traveling Japanese robot has set two Guinness World Records.
The Asahi Shimbun
Shikibo's new Super Anier M fabric bids 'sayonara' to 'middle-aged fatty odor'
OSAKA--A textile manufacturer here says it has come up with a solution for all those middle-aged men emitting body odor.
The Asahi Shimbun
TEPCO believes nearly all nuclear fuel melted in Fukushima reactor
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.
A prototype humanoid robot puffs out its chest to express joy to a traditional bunraku puppet during its demonstration in Osaka on March 16. (Ryo Kato)
PHOTO: Engineers develop robot that mimics actions of bunraku puppet
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.
JAXA unveils its Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter at a facility in Sagamihara on March 15. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
JAXA shows off orbiting space probe bound for Mercury in 2016
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.
Researchers show off a flying robot designed to measure radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at Tohoku University in Sendai. (Ryoma Komiyama)
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tohoku University develops flying robot to measure radiation levels
SENDAI--A research team from Tohoku University and other institutions has developed a robot capable of being sent aloft and surveying radiation levels inside the reactor building of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The transmitter antennae, foreground, and the receiver antennae to transmit energy converted into microwaves at Mitsubhishi Electric Corp.’s outdoor testing ground in Hyogo Prefecture (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
Successful test raises prospects of space-based solar power generation
Japan’s space agency has successfully transmitted electricity converted into microwaves in an experiment that moves the world closer to receiving energy generated by orbiting solar panels.
A 1/40 scale model of a building undergoes a seismic test at a Shimizu Corp. facility in Tokyo on March 4. (Takashi Kamiguri)
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Seismic device can reproduce any quake
To promote protection against natural disasters, Shimizu Corp. developed a device that can reproduce the vibrations of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded, including the magnitude-9.0 temblor that struck the Tohoku region four years ago.
Filipino researchers, center and right, engage in a discussion in a lab at Hokkaido University in Sapporo on March 5. (Miki Morimoto)
Japanese, Filipino researchers to jointly develop satellites to check typhoon damage
Researchers in Japan have teamed with the government of the Philippines to develop satellites that can examine the damage caused by typhoons and massive rainstorms in the Southeast Asian nation.
The self-driving car stops in front of a pedestrian during an inaugural trial run in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on March 1. (Eijiro Morii)
Driverless car trials begin on public roads in Ishikawa city
SUZU, Ishikawa Prefecture--The first driverless car trial on a public road was held here March 1, as part of a five-year project that could transform travel in Japan.
A vehicle to be used in an experiment of the self-driving system on public road by Kanazawa University and the Suzu city government (Provided by Kanazawa University)
Driverless cars to use public roads in 5-year project
Cars that drive themselves will be tested on roadways in Ishikawa Prefecture in a five-year project that gets under way next month.
A drone that will be mass-produced in Japan on a test flight in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 20 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Japan's 1st mass-produced drone takes maiden flight
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The electron microscope developed by Hitachi Ltd. boasts the world's highest  resolution. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi develops world's most powerful electron microscope
Electronics giant Hitachi Ltd. said it developed a massive transmission electron microscope with record-breaking resolution powers that allow scientists to peer even deeper into the world at the atomic level.

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