May 8, 2015

Toyota posts record profit but sells fewer vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. posted record sales and net profit for fiscal 2014 on Friday, thanks to the weakened yen and cost-cutting efforts at the world’s largest automaker. Sales for the business year that ended in March amounted to ¥27.2 trillion, up 6 percent from ...

Toshima Ward Office, residents to share new high-rise

May 5, 2015

Toshima Ward Office, residents to share new high-rise

Visitors to the new Toshima Ward Office in Tokyo may wonder why it’s housed in a super high-rise when it opens Thursday. In fact, the ward office only occupies the first nine floors of the 49-story skyscraper. Residential dwellings account for the rest. It’s ...

Showcasing innovation, food culture

| May 3, 2015

Showcasing innovation, food culture

Sushi, tempura and teriyaki are probably some of the first things that come to mind when Japanese food comes up among foreigners. But visitors to the Japan Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015 that has kicked off in the northern Italian city on May ...

Sign-language robot ChihiraAico shows off its singing voice

May 1, 2015

Sign-language robot ChihiraAico shows off its singing voice

Seven months after Toshiba Corp. surprised the public with a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language, the same device is now serenading shoppers at a Tokyo department store by singing duets with a human partner. ChihiraAico, an uncannily human-like robot, made its ...

Sony posts loss but says it has turned the corner

Apr 30, 2015

Sony posts loss but says it has turned the corner

Sony Corp. posted a group net loss of ¥125.9 billion for fiscal 2014 but vowed to achieve a turnaround in years ahead. The Tokyo-based electronics giant posted a massive net loss for the second consecutive year mainly because of a ¥176 billion impairment charge ...

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store displays at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...