Panasonic's self-driving wheelchairs are now trundling around a Tokyo airport

Panasonic wants to have lots of its electric wheelchairs in place at major airports across the country in time for the Olympics, which is coming to Japan in 2020. Trials have just launched at Tokyo...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week, 4 days ago | 0 comments

Japan’s potential SpaceX competitor achieves mixed results in first launch

A Japanese startup commercial rocket launch attempted to launch a 10-meter tall ‘Momo’ rocket to orbit on Sunday, but while the rocket achieved liftoff, it only made it about one-fifth of its total...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 weeks, 6 days ago | 0 comments

Japan's 1st privately-funded rocket to be launched

A Japanese startup firm has given news reporters a look at a rocket that will be launched on Saturday. It is the first rocket built in Japan without assistance from the government.

Interstellar Tec...

posted by  Tanuki | 3 weeks, 4 days ago | 0 comments

Dinasaur Exhibition in Makuhari

The Giga Dinosaur Exhibition 2017 — running July 15 through Sept. 3 at Makuhari Messe in Mihama Ward, Chiba — uncovers the mystery of how dinosaurs came to dominate the earth.

It does so by focusin...

posted by  Yubi | 1 month, 1 week ago | 1 comment

Japan-Europe joint Mercury spacecraft plan unveiled

The Japanese and European space agencies have unveiled their joint probe to be launched to Mercury.

Many mysteries remain about Mercury. Ionized gases and high temperatures linked to its nearness t...

posted by  Yubi | 1 month, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Okayama hospital combines healthy parts of donor’s lungs to make one for transplant

In a world first, Okayama University Hospital has succeeded in combining parts of a brain-dead donor’s lungs to make one lung and transplanted it into a woman in her 50s.

The lower parts of both of...

posted by  Yubi | 1 month, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

In Japan, workers are now using robotic suits

In Japan, workers are turning to robotic suits to help them with heavy-duty tasks. The Panasonic Assist Robot suit makes sense for industrial use as well as for staffers at nursing homes for the el...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 month, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Japan to mull sending man to moon

Japan's space agency has proposed to a government panel a plan to send Japanese astronauts to the moon after 2025.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA presented the idea to the science m...

posted by  Yubi | 1 month, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Japan to Unleash Self-Driving Taxis in Time for Tokyo 2020 Games

Japanese robotics maker ZMP Inc has partnered with a taxi operator in Tokyo, as part of its plans to launch a self-driving taxi in the city in time for the 2020 Olympics, CEO Hisashi Taniguchi said...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months ago | 1 comment

This Japanese Startup Is Making Paper Out of Stone, Not Trees

Nobuyoshi Yamasaki’s venture TBM Co. makes paper from limestone, a rock it proclaims is "almost inexhaustible." He says it’s the answer to concerns over deforestation and water shortages, with worl...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months ago | 0 comments


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