A rendering of the redesigned Kounotori unmanned spacecraft (Provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Auto parts eyed for redesigned space cargo craft to save money
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.
Participants at the International Drone Expo 2015 check out a drone on display. (Wataru Sekita)
High-tech flying robots dazzle at 1st drone expo
CHIBA--Japan’s first exhibition on drone technology got under way here as the government weighs legal restrictions on operating unmanned flying robots.
Nissan's experimental car with autonomous driving technology (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Ghosn: Nissan will have autonomous cars by 2020
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.
A woman gives Sony's Project Morpheus a test run in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on May 15. (Takashi Kamiguri)
Sony virtual reality headset dazzles with changing wide-range views
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.
Taxis line up in downtown Sendai. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Robotic taxis planned for rural areas
Robotic taxis are being eyed to provide services in thinly populated rural areas.
The Asahi Shimbun
Fujitsu develops sound system to monitor elderly living alone
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.
Pipes installed south of the No. 4 reactor building to create an underground frozen soil wall at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
TEPCO starts tests of frozen soil wall at Fukushima nuclear plant
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.
An artist's conception shows how spectators can enjoy live broadcasts from different angles on dedicated monitors while watching an event. (Provided by the Japan Sport Council)
Tech firms propose cutting-edge devices for new Olympic stadium
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.
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.

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