Tag - technology



Tetsuro Higashi, the chairman of Rapidus, speaks during an interview in Tokyo in February last year.
Feb 10, 2024
Japan earmarks ¥45 billion to fire up chip research at home
The funds are part of a major national push to catch up in semiconductor manufacturing.
A supplied image of a leopard shown to research subjects and the image reconstructed by generative artificial intelligence using brain activity.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan scientists create world's first mental images with AI tech
The technology, dubbed "brain decoding," enables the visualization of perceptual contents based on brain activity.
Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura (center) is right to insist that economic security is linked to national power and determines the fate of the nation. REUTERS
Oct 31, 2023
Economic security demands attention and defies simple explanation
A global challenge: Resilience and innovation are key strategies in the pursuit of economic security.
It’s hard to talk about space-based solar — that is, transmitting the energy — without conjuring images of a death ray. But the team at the California Institute of Technology says the power density of the beam would be comparable to the power density of sunlight.
ENVIRONMENT / Earth science
Oct 27, 2023
Beam solar energy from space? These scientists say yes
The hurdles that have grounded space-based solar in the past aren’t merely technical, they’re also financial.
Members of the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild take part in a picket line outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, on Thursday.
Jul 21, 2023
AI shines a spotlight on Hollywood hypocrisy
Studios haven’t informed or paid background actors properly for being digitally scanned, yet they want the same courtesy from AI companies.
Japan Times
May 31, 2023
The AI gold rush will take humanity to some dark places
Encoding iris scans on the blockchain shows a need to curb Silicon Valley’s savior complex.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Kyushu
May 1, 2023
Fukuoka researcher eager to revive Japan-made semiconductors
The strengthening of research and development ability in Kyushu, once sarcastically called the “silicon island without a brain,” has been touted as a goal.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 8, 2023
Five arrested over unauthorized cultivation of modified Japanese killifish
The arrests are the first in Japan for an alleged violation of the Cartagena law, which came into force in 2004 to regulate the use of genetically modified living organisms.
Japan Times
Feb 8, 2023
Can you feel that? Japan researchers develop haptic information sharing technology
The “Feel Tech"" technology has vast array of applications, and the developers hope it will help expand the scope of human communication.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Merger of two universities to create 'Institute of Science Tokyo'
The name will become official after necessary procedures, such as registering with the education ministry and revising the national university corporation act.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Dec 2, 2022
Too close to call? Japan’s winning goal joins list of controversies
Ao Tanakau2019s goal may have rescued the Samurai Blueu2019s World Cup campaign, but it was Kaoru Mitomau2019s touchline assist that has fans and pundits debating technology's place in refereeing.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2022
Two Tokyo national universities to merge, eyeing global competition
The Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University said Friday they will merge into a new national university by the end of fiscal 2024.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 30, 2022
Government to give Micron Tech up to ¥46.5 billion to boost Hiroshima chip output
The announcement, which follows the visit to Japan by the U.S. vice president, is the latest example of growing cooperation between the U.S. and Tokyo in chip manufacturing.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2022
Japanese win Ig Nobel prize for study of finger movements
Gen Matsuzaki published research in 1998 and 1999 examining how many fingers people typically use along with the thumb when turning objects such as handles knobs.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2022
Goal-line tech provider apologizes after Yuta Nakayama denied
The Huddersfield defender appeared to have bundled home the leveler during the second half on Sunday, only for on-pitch officials to wave play on.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 30, 2022
A startup offers Japan's aging CEOs a worry-free succession plan
Every year, tens of thousands of businesses that help support Japanu2019s deep industrial base close shop, unable to cope when company heads retire or fall ill.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Smart Countryside
Aug 25, 2022
For an aging Osaka suburb, the best 'smart city' innovations are low-key
As a once-thriving "new town," Nankadai is now trying to introduce modern initiatives to an aging population who see the area as being akin to the countryside.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Aug 14, 2022
How Japan is building on U.S. policy for economic security
A number of factors have left Tokyo unable to maintain its industrial competitiveness and security through existing policies.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2022
It takes a smart village to build sustainable prosperity
To improve the quality of life, we need to expand access to high-quality services u2014 including water, energy, transport and internet u2014 even to far-flung rural areas.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2022
Smart countryside: How tech can help revive Japan’s rural regions
Changes in work patterns wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are already drawing some remote workers to the countryside.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves