Japan trials drones to save lives during natural disasters www.cnet.com

With Japan's track record of natural disasters, the country is understandably always on the lookout for ways to better prepare itself.

Japan is now looking to the skies, working to develop drones t...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months ago | 1 comment


Fukushima robot's camera fails, suspending operations www.japantimes.co.jp

There is a huge problem with using robots inside the contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant. High radiation causes breakdowns in the robots' camera systems. While other parts of a robot can be covere...

posted by  Yubi | 6 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


Japan goes fishing for space junk but 700-metre 'tether' fails www.theguardian.com

An experimental Japanese mission to clear space junk from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure, officials said on Monday, in an embarrassment for Tokyo.

More than 100m pieces of rubbish are thoug...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


Tokyo transport bureau starts phone interpretation services www.the-japan-news.com

The Tokyo metropolitan government’s Bureau of Transportation started offering an over-the-phone interpretation service in January for foreign customers in five foreign languages at Toei Subway stat...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 3 comments


2017 Japan Prize awarded for CRISPR Contribution www.genengnews.com

The impact that the genome-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has had on life science research is almost immeasurable, as the number of research projects utilizing the cutting-edge molecular technique has ex...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments


Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan techcrunch.com

Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.

The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed four cases against the U.S. company seeki...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments


AI security system to be tested at 2017 Tokyo Marathon mainichi.jp

An artificial intelligence (AI) based security system will be used for the first time at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 26, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

Although the AI system will only be u...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 4 comments


Japan's first passenger jet delayed by another 2 years money.cnn.com

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said Monday that it now doesn't expect to deliver the first plane until mid-2020. That's two years later than the previous schedule and the fifth time in less than eight y...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment


Panasonic tests autonomous delivery robot HOSPI(R) at Narita Airport, hotel www.japantrends.com

Based on preprogrammed map information and using high performance sensors and advanced collision-avoidance algorithm, the robot can move about while staying aware of its surroundings, enabling it t...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment


Japan Display battles Samsung's OLED with curved LCD screens www.engadget.com

One of Apple's main screen suppliers, Japan Display Inc. (JDI), has revealed a 5.5-inch LCD smartphone screen that can be bent like OLED displays from Samsung and LG. While not quite as flexible an...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

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