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 ...

Sia video features child karate master with Olympic dreams

Nov 20, 2015

Sia video features child karate master with Olympic dreams

She has a soft spot for Duffy the Disney Bear and her favorite food is chocolate. She does her homework before dinner but really loves skateboarding, playing video games and bouncing on her trampoline. If Mahiro Takano sounds like any 9-year-old, think again: The ...

Nissan's driverless car is a safe but cautious ride

Nov 3, 2015

Nissan's driverless car is a safe but cautious ride

Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother. Requiring neither hands on the steering wheel nor a foot on the gas pedal or brakes, the Nissan Motor Co. car making its ...

Film tries to rebut 'Cove' documentary on Taiji dolphin hunt

Aug 8, 2015

Film tries to rebut 'Cove' documentary on Taiji dolphin hunt

A Japanese film is being offered as a rebuttal to the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” which depicted dolphins being slaughtered in the tiny town of Taiji. “Behind The Cove” has interviews with Japanese whaling officials and footage of a whaling festival and Hiroshima atomic ...

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

Aug 6, 2015

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

Radiation-breathing Godzilla destroyed so many cities and fought so many monsters, the original Japanese film series outgrew its budget and audience. Shinji Higuchi, the director and special-effects whiz chosen by Toho Co. for the made-in-Japan revival of the series, plans to go back to ...

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Aug 3, 2015

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

The IBM Watson computing technology, which has helped organize massive data and has beaten champions on the “Jeopardy” TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with telecommunications and robotics ...

Robot porter, check-in staff at innovative Sasebo hotel

Jul 16, 2015

Robot porter, check-in staff at innovative Sasebo hotel

From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Hideo Sawada, who ...