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Flamboyant lawyer Kawai fighting for Fukushima victims

Apr 12, 2016

Flamboyant lawyer Kawai fighting for Fukushima victims

Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai stands out in Japan, a nation dominated by somber dark suits: When not in a courtroom, he often wears colorful shirts and crystal-covered animal pins. He is a noh dancer, a tenor and, of late, a filmmaker. His ride is a ...

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

Mar 22, 2016

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality — that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting. Glance, and a video-game character ...

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

Mar 4, 2016

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

Major Chinese consumer-drone maker DJI has its eyes on the potentially lucrative Japanese market after regulations on drones were relaxed three months ago. DJI Japan General Manager Allen Wu launched the latest model, Phantom 4, Thursday in a fashionable mall in Tokyo. In a ...

Ex-Ghibli auteur reflects on his Oscar-nominated animation

Feb 17, 2016

Ex-Ghibli auteur reflects on his Oscar-nominated animation

The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and conjures up an imaginary friend. In Oscar-nominated animation “When Marnie Was There” the inner torment of the girl is expressed with originality through luscious, hand-drawn images. Hand-illustrated animation is the trademark ...

Japan's 2020 problem: life after the Olympics

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's 2020 problem: life after the Olympics

Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gusto, investing in everything from stadiums to electric cars, and expecting an economic bonanza from a construction frenzy and an influx of visitors. On the face of it, hosting the Olympics is a big ...

No promises in Fukushima cleanup, director says

Dec 17, 2015

No promises in Fukushima cleanup, director says

The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised. How long will it take to decommission the three breached reactors, and how will it be accomplished, when not even robots ...

Toyota harbors big ambitions for 'partner robot' business

Dec 5, 2015

Toyota harbors big ambitions for 'partner robot' business

Toyota Motor Corp. is harboring big ambitions to become a significant player in the growing market for robots that help the elderly and others get around in everyday life. The company believes it can use its manufacturing expertise to become as crucial in a ...