New Honda chief discusses air bags, Asimo

Jul 9, 2015

New Honda chief discusses air bags, Asimo

Although the root cause of Takata Corp.’s deadly air bag malfunctions remains unclear, Honda’s new president on Thursday tried to reassure drivers and passengers that recalled vehicles are rendered safe with replacement inflators. “Takata told us that the new inflator is safe, and we ...

Signs seen of road widening for futuristic mobility

| Jul 6, 2015

Signs seen of road widening for futuristic mobility

Japan is about to take a step into the future of personal mobility by easing government regulations so that Segways and similar vehicles can be driven on public thoroughfares. Once the rules ease, which is expected in a week or so, people might see ...

Tokyu unveils plans for skyscraper observatory in Shibuya

Jul 2, 2015

Tokyu unveils plans for skyscraper observatory in Shibuya

Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter high observation deck before the Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the “scramble crossing” by the train station, plans unveiled by Tokyu Corp. showed Thursday. “From this observation ...

SoftBank to focus on future tech, Son tells shareholders

Jun 19, 2015

SoftBank to focus on future tech, Son tells shareholders

Telecommunications may be SoftBank Corp.’s main business, but the telecom giant said it will focus more on the next big technologies — the “Internet of things,” artificial intelligence and advanced robots — in the coming years. While big data and cloud-computing are the primary ...

SoftBank's Pepper robot now has emotions, Son claims

Jun 18, 2015

SoftBank's Pepper robot now has emotions, Son claims

After months of delay, SoftBank Corp. announced Thursday that it would make Pepper, its humanoid robot, available to the general public on Saturday, but with an extra twist. This version of Pepper will have its own emotions. “For the first time, we have successfully ...