Techie home comforts

| Feb 18, 2017

Techie home comforts

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A polite talking ted You may remember Paro, the therapeutic seal robot that has been successful enough to be used by therapists to help dementia patients with stress. Well now NTT DoCoMo has now collaborated with toy firm Iwaya, electronics maker Vitec and communication ...

Honda, Hitachi to partner on electric vehicles

Feb 7, 2017

Honda, Hitachi to partner on electric vehicles

Automaker Honda Motor Co. has signed a deal with Hitachi Automotive Systems to jointly develop, make and sell motors for electric vehicles, as the industry adapts to concerns over global warming and the environment. The companies announced the agreement Tuesday. Honda, which also makes ...

U.S. investment fund to buy Hitachi unit for over ¥150 billion

Dec 28, 2016

U.S. investment fund to buy Hitachi unit for over ¥150 billion

U.S. investment fund KKR & Co. is expected to buy Hitachi Ltd.’s power tool manufacturing subsidiary for more than ¥150 billion ($1.3 billion), sources said Wednesday. The global investment firm holds the priority negotiation rights over the acquisition of Hitachi Koki Co. and an ...

Hitachi develops Japan's first 'lensless' camera technology

Nov 15, 2016

Hitachi develops Japan's first 'lensless' camera technology

Hitachi Ltd. says it has developed camera technology that can capture video images without a lens and adjust its focal position afterwards, becoming the first Japanese firm to do so. The technology using a special thin film will allow cameras to be lighter and ...

Hitachi chief signals partnerships needed to revive reactor business

Oct 28, 2016

Hitachi chief signals partnerships needed to revive reactor business

Hitachi Ltd. President Toshiaki Higashihara said Thursday the company needs to consider joining forces with other players to get its poorly performing nuclear reactor business revived. Hitachi cannot leave its nuclear business floundering, Higashihara told a press conference in Tokyo. “Something like a tie-up ...

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Oct 18, 2016

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Hitachi Appliances Inc., a unit of Hitachi Ltd., will launch a robotic vacuum cleaner that it says can clean hard-to-reach areas. At only 25 centimeters wide, the product named minimaru is smaller than rival models and can reach where others cannot, such as spaces ...

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Oct 4, 2016

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Welcome to Tokyo. Need directions? Ask Emiew3. East Japan Railway Co. has started a pilot project under which a humanoid robot serves visitors in English, Chinese and Japanese. Placed in front of the travel service center at the Marunouchi north exit, the 90-cm, 15-kg ...

Sep 29, 2016

Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy may integrate nuclear fuel units

Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are considering integrating their nuclear fuel businesses, sources said Thursday. The tie-up could come in the spring. Their nuclear businesses have been in the doldrums since the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

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The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...