Japan to allow printing of maiden name on driver's license

National Nov 28, 2019

Japan to allow printing of maiden name on driver's license

The National Police Agency said Thursday it will allow people to print their maiden name alongside their married name on driver's licenses starting Sunday. The move is in line with a similar measure taken for the My Number social security and tax identification card. People can ...

Sumitomo to invest in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker

Business / Corporate Nov 13, 2019

Sumitomo to invest in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker

Trading house Sumitomo Corp. will spend some ¥500 million ($4.5 million) by February 2020 to acquire a 6.7 percent stake in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker, RAC Electric Vehicles Inc. The two will seek to capitalize on the Taiwan government's plan to replace 15,000 conventional buses ...

Toyota has plenty for robots to do during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Business Aug 23, 2019

Toyota has plenty for robots to do during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

When athletes and organizers descend on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games they'll be ferried around in autonomous cars, while torch relay runners will be accompanied by vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence. Robots will ferry javelins and hammers. All told, Toyota Motor Corp. will provide ...

Tokyo bringing in step-free buses ahead of Olympics

National May 29, 2018

Tokyo bringing in step-free buses ahead of Olympics

Buses with fewer steps leading to their rear seats will start operating in Tokyo later this year as the capital gears up for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo already had 1,464 buses with a step-free entrance as of April last year, but passengers ...

Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

National May 22, 2018

Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

Police on Tuesday launched an expert panel tasked with discussing driving rules for autonomous vehicles, including a potential revision to road traffic laws. Experts in law, social infrastructure and other areas will discuss specific issues to be resolved as firms move closer to commercializing self-driving ...