Japan toughens up on Internet regulation

| Jan 16, 2008

Japan toughens up on Internet regulation

by Chris Salzberg

In a country with one of the world’s most vibrant Internet cultures, rumblings of change in the way that online information is managed, controlled and regulated is causing concern for many. A series of reports and meetings last month signaled a potentially far-reaching transformation ...

Keeping control of your digital media

| Dec 12, 2007

Keeping control of your digital media

by Michael Sheetal

Media distribution methods are changing, and what it brings is not all bad for creators. Over the last year or two, Tokyo-based minimal-techno producer Shane Berry (shaneberry.com) saw online media remolding his industry and set about exploring how he should adapt to deal with ...

Matsui's graceful robots evoke human emotion

| Dec 5, 2007

Matsui's graceful robots evoke human emotion

by Tim Hornyak

It’s a truism that the Japanese are experts at dressing up unpleasantness in cute garb. The ubiquitous cartoon workmen characters bowing in apology at construction zones are meant to make months of jackhammering slightly more bearable. Ditto for robots and the future. With a ...

Japan traces robots' past, future

| Oct 24, 2007

Japan traces robots' past, future

by Tim Hornyak

“Robots will become the Ford Model T of the 21st century,” says Japanese scientist Hirohisa Hirukawa. If the car that put America on wheels is any guide, robots will have a revolutionary effect on people’s everyday lives. They have already transformed manufacturing industries around ...