Tag - robot



Apr 11, 2016
HAL opens up a new horizon
Cyberdine Inc.'s Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton suit holds great promise for mobility-challenged people in rapidly graying Japan.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 18, 2016
Can you call the stock market? Equity analyst says he can
On the 10th day of every month, Junsuke Senoguchi has just one thing on his mind: the closing level of the Nikkei average.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Feb 13, 2016
Trust robots to keep the kids occupied
'Can we go to the park?" In our household, this refrain is heard almost as frequently as "I want ice cream" and "I don't want to go to bed."
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2015
Taxi firm hopes to have driverless cabs on the road by 2020
By the time Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, self-driving cars may be a feature on Japan's roads as local automakers work to develop the technology in the next five years.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2015
I Am Robot And Proud thinks of a sound calculation
Shaw-Han Liem brings new meaning to the term "math rock."
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2015
Robot Taxi plans to have Fujisawa residents test driverless car for supermarket rides
Robot Taxi Inc. said Thursday it will invite local residents to try out an experimental self-driving taxi on public roads early next year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 18, 2015
SoftBank's Pepper robot now has emotions, Son claims
After months of delay, SoftBank Corp. announced Thursday that it would make Pepper, its humanoid robot, available to the general public on Saturday, but with an extra twist.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2015
Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy
Tomy Co. on Thursday introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold "natural" conversations with people.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2015
Abe's robot panel aims to give drone industry an edge
The Abe administration is looking to fast-track industry-friendly regulation to give Japan's drone sector an edge over the United States.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2014
Softbank's Pepper robot debuts as coffee machine salesman at Bic Camera
Looking sharp and professional in a black vest and bow tie, a humanoid robot showed up for its first day of work at a new job Monday selling coffee machines for food giant Nestle Japan Ltd.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2014
French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son
As a playwright, stage director, Osaka University professor, manager of the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo and leader of the city's Seinendan theater company he formed in 1983, Oriza Hirata — whose "contemporary colloquial theater" set the scene for much of Japan's new drama over the last 20 years — has long been in the forefront of Japan's theater world.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2014
Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo
Who says you need soul to sing jazz?
Japan Times
Oct 16, 2014
At Japan Robot Week, mechanical barista treats visitors to coffee
If people visit Kawada Industries Inc.'s booth at the Japan Robot Week exhibition, the firm will serve them a cup of coffee — not from a human barista, but from a robot.
Oct 15, 2014
Visitors get served by next-generation barista at Japan Robot Week
If people visit Kawada Industries Inc.'s booth at Japan Robot Week, which kicked off Wednesday, the firm will serve them a cup of coffee — not from a human barista but from a robot.
Japan Times
Oct 15, 2014
Japan Robot Week offers new approaches to nursing care
Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2014
Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn
"I work a lot in France, where manga and anime are enormously popular, although many theater producers think they are basically for children and are often too violent. However, they regard my robot theater as being an essentially Japanese art form," the pioneering dramatist Oriza Hirata said recently during a break in rehearsals for his upcoming version of Franz Kafka's absurdist gem, "The Metamorphosis."
Japan Times
Sep 24, 2014
Robot team turns dreams to reality with Skeletonics
Every self-respecting fan of robots, or even animations featuring robots, has at some point dreamed of strapping themselves into an exoskeleton and emulating their favorite anime heroes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Aug 23, 2014
Yoshimoto Kogyo's role in creating a real-life robot with a sense of humor
With big, round, smiling eyes and a shirt and bow tie displayed on the screen on his chest, humanoid robot Pepper is ready to entertain his guests. Music begins to play, and Pepper shows off his moves to the 1960s hit song "The Loco-Motion" as a crowd of onlookers laughs with pleasure.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 19, 2014
Man held over Mandarake theft didn't know about threat until after reselling toy
A man arrested for allegedly shoplifting a tin robot from the anime series 'Tetsujin 28-go' was purportedly unaware of the store's threat to identify him until after he sold the toy.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2014
Advances in robotics present singular worry
'Singularity' is an odd word. Originally it meant peculiarity. Then 20th-century physicists got hold of it and situated it at the very boundary of space-time, to the eternal bafflement of the lay mind.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on