'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Jun 5, 2015

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Publisher Kadokawa Corp. has unveiled a vision to turn Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, into a hub for the “Cool Japan” movement by creating a cultural complex that it claims Japan has never seen the likes of before. Calling it the “Cool Japan Forest Vision,” the ...

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

Jun 4, 2015

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

Tomy Co. on Thursday introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people. “We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make ...

Otsuka wants flagship store to be friendlier

May 29, 2015

Otsuka wants flagship store to be friendlier

Aiming to shake off its image as an expensive members-only store, furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu Ltd. on Friday unveiled its renovated flagship store in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza shopping district, offering a more welcoming atmosphere. “What we cared about (in this renewal) was to make ...

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

May 29, 2015

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

As the IT revolution injects extra octane into the auto industry with driverless technology, DeNA Co. said Thursday it will steer toward an innovative new target: robot taxis. Best known for its Mobage cellphone video game platform, DeNA said it will team up with ...

Docomo set to boost its biometrics lineup

May 26, 2015

Docomo set to boost its biometrics lineup

Aiming to liberate users from a hassle of memorizing passwords, NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday it will increase its lineup of biometrics-deployed handsets and services because biometric technology for identity recognition will make mobile telephones more convenient. “From now on, I think it will ...

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

May 20, 2015

Drone-makers say demand will take off in Japan

Despite a spate of headlines showing drone users to be reckless attention-seekers or outright dangerous, the industry believes the sky is the limit for demand for unmanned copters. Representatives attending Japan’s first major industry exhibition Wednesday said they expect the market for unmanned multirotor ...