February 10, 2016
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A start-up firm here is planning to construct a futuristic “city of robots” that relies on robotic and cybernetic technologies to assist with the daily lives of humans.
January 29, 2016
TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--With high hopes riding on it becoming Japan's next-generation advanced fighter, the nation's first experimental stealth plane was unveiled at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. factory here on Jan. 28.
January 19, 2016
Toshiba Corp. gave a demonstration Jan. 18 of a remote-control crane and robot that it expects to play a crucial role in decommissioning work at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
January 15, 2016
A research team has developed a carbon-fiber manufacturing method that uses half the energy consumed in the current process and could increase maximum output of the strong but lightweight material tenfold.
January 12, 2016
Zapping train tunnels with superfast laser beams could replace the slow, manual use of hammers in detecting dangerous structural defects that could cause cave-ins.
January 12, 2016
TSU--A team of scientists has developed a material made from plant cells and resin that is light, durable and fire-resistant, and is expected to find practical use in aircraft, railway and automobile parts.
January 08, 2016
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A virtual reality system here that will assist in the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is preparing for full-scale operations this spring.
January 04, 2016
Perfect for offices that worry about running out of paper, an all-in-one system that turns used paper into newly recycled stock will hit the market in mid-2016, Seiko Epson Corp. announced.
December 28, 2015
Amid a rapidly aging society and a shortage of caregivers, the government will soon be offering financial assistance for elderly nursing facilities to employ high-end care robots.
December 25, 2015
Honda Motor Co. showed off its environmentally friendly vehicles in Tokyo's Marunouchi district to holiday shoppers on Christmas Eve by using two cars to run seasonal lighting.
December 23, 2015
A U.S. start-up has created speedy system involving a multi-language smartphone app that enables foreign visitors in Japan to order restaurant food without even talking to wait staff.
December 21, 2015
NARA--If you dig up a bone in your backyard, you can now use a free website to discover whether it once belonged to a wild boar ... or even a human.
December 20, 2015
SHUNAN, Yamaguchi Prefecture--From the long-fabled space elevator to bendable computers, the possibilities of carbon nanotubes are endless.
December 16, 2015
TOTTORI--In nine taxis operating around JR Tottori Station, passengers who don't speak Japanese can still communicate their destinations to drivers through special smartphones installed in a public trial.
December 14, 2015
MIKI, Hyogo Prefecture--The world’s largest-scale quake-resistance experiment was conducted here, and a 10-story building conforming to Japan’s safety standards wobbled and cracked but passed the test, researchers said.
December 14, 2015
For times of disasters when the power lost, Furukawa Battery Co. will offer a magnesium air battery that can generate enough electricity after being filled with water to operate a radio or charge a smartphone.
December 11, 2015
Dai Nippon Printing Co. said it has developed a film for windows that can double the brightness of a room using natural light while reducing electricity usage by 13 percent.
December 07, 2015
KYOTANABE, Kyoto Prefecture--The Osaka Motor Show is known for showcasing flashy new releases and concept models from top international automakers, but one of this year’s event highlights is a humble electric bus.
December 04, 2015
For those who can't put their smartphones down even in the bathroom or at the dinner table, a new model will soon hit the market that can be cleaned with soap and water.
December 02, 2015
TOBISHIMA, Aichi Prefecture--Following another successful launch, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. rolled out its nearly completed 30th H-2A rocket that will carry a satellite designed to study one of the biggest mysteries in the universe.