Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Toyota's Mirai FCV to go on sale Dec. 15

Nov 18, 2014

Toyota's Mirai FCV to go on sale Dec. 15

Toyota Motor Corp. announced Tuesday it will start selling the world’s first commercial fuel-cell vehicle in Japan on Dec. 15. The new fuel-cell sedan, named the Mirai, which means future in Japanese, will run ¥7.23 million including consumption tax, but that price will be ...

Sharp develops smartphone feature that speaks for itself

Nov 14, 2014

Sharp develops smartphone feature that speaks for itself

Premium smartphone models have become powerful communications and entertainment tools with bigger and clearer screens, high-spec processors and camera quality as good as their compact digital counterparts. But it has become tough for handset makers to differentiate themselves from their rivals, as hardware variations ...

JTA launches quake and tsunami warning app in English

Nov 7, 2014

JTA launches quake and tsunami warning app in English

As part of efforts to help foreign tourists during their stay in the country, the Japan Tourism Agency has produced an English-language smartphone app called “Safety Tips” which provides users with real-time earthquake and tsunami warnings. The agency came up with the idea of ...

Wales minister says nuclear power remains a good investment

Nov 5, 2014

Wales minister says nuclear power remains a good investment

While the nation debates the wisdom of restarting its nuclear power plants, the energy source remains central to some nations’ investments for tomorrow. The process to construct a new two-reactor facility in Wales has been going as planned, the British province’s economy minister said. ...

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2014

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring ...