Tech

Software security hole puts Japanese websites at risk

TOKYO -- A security vulnerability has been found in software used by many Japanese government agencies and corporations to create their websites, raising the possibility of personal and classified information being stolen. The security hole in St...

  • JX Nippon Oil & Energy cleans tainted soil by planting grass

    TOKYO -- In a country where gasoline demand is falling due to a shrinking population and ever-more-efficient cars, a growing number of gas stations are closing shop -- and leaving behind petroleum-tainted soil. JX Nippon Oil & Energy has a new so...

  • Upgraded Line app will let businesses go one-on-one with customers

    TOKYO -- Line, the company behind the namesake Internet application, will start offering a free messaging service next month that will enable businesses to communicate individually with customers. The Tokyo company currently offers retailers and ...

  • NEC releases face-authentication PC security software

    TOKYO -- NEC announced Tuesday that it has begun selling commercial software that uses face-recognition technology instead of a password to log on to a personal computer. To use the system, employees would register photos of their faces in advanc...

  • Hyundai's fuel cell SUV to debut in home market

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor predicts that the age of mass-market fuel cell cars will begin in 2020, but it will start selling them in South Korea before then. The automaker expects to deliver 40 hydrogen-powered versions of its Tucson SUV in the count...

  • Hitachi's new elevators whisk riders to the top in a flash

    TOKYO -- From the ground floor to the 95th floor in roughly 43 seconds: that's how quickly passengers in Guangzhou, China, will ascend in the world's fastest elevators, courtesy of Hitachi. The 530-meter-tall Guangzhou CTF Financial Center is sch...

  • New app points the way in Tokyo's labyrinthine Shibuya Station

    TOKYO -- The Shibuya district of Japan's capital is a tourist magnet, with its famous scramble crossing and countless options for shopping and entertainment. But Shibuya Station, the gateway to the area with eight railway and subway lines, is a head-...

  • Genetic testing a cracked crystal ball

    TOKYO -- Genetic testing promises to tell us what inherited diseases lurk in our future. Even better, there is no need for a trip to the hospital, as many tests are now being offered through the Internet. But there are drawbacks: The tests often ...

  • Japan shares tech, know-how to help save vulnerable forests

    TOKYO -- The Japanese Forestry Agency will step up its support for forest preservation in developing nations to help fight global warming, starting this fiscal year. The agency, working with such organs as the Japan International Cooperation Agen...

  • Not so fast: 4 hurdles stand in way of Japan's next supercomputer

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to build a supercomputer that will make the K, the country's fastest number-cruncher to date, look like a slowpoke. But at least four technical obstacles lie ahead, and clearing them will require close cooperation among businesse...

  • Corporate Japan to pool big data

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies in fields as diverse as precision machinery, food and advertising will open up their storehouses of data to one another in hopes of creating new products and services. The country's first big-data exchange, set to laun...

  • New hope for making nuclear waste less nasty

    TOKYO -- The reprocessing of nuclear fuel produces highly radioactive waste. And that is a problem -- but one the Japan Atomic Energy Agency thinks it can solve in the coming decades. It will start the quest this fiscal year through March 2015. T...

  • Nippon Steel looks for new materials in 3-D

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal is taking its quest for next-generation materials to the atomic level. The Japanese steelmaker plans to install the latest three-dimensional atom probe, or 3DAP, at its Research & Engineering Center, a core labo...

  • Japanese railway operator to offer maglev tech to US for free

    NAGOYA -- Central Japan Railway does not plan to charge licensing fees in the U.S. for technologies for its maglev train, aiming to promote the system for a proposed high-speed rail line between Washington and Baltimore. The railway operator, kno...

  • Fukushima gets renewables research center

    TOKYO -- Fukushima is embracing the solar panel and the wind turbine. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology on April 1 opened a renewable energy research and development center in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture...

  • Canon unit adds 3-D printers to 'mixed-reality' service

    TOKYO -- Canon Marketing Japan is building a business around the group's mixed-reality (MR) system by combining it with 3-D printers, paving the way for actual, touchable prototypes. Parent Canon's MR system integrates the real and virtual worlds...

  • Toyota brings production expertise to the farm

    NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor has adapted its wealth of production experience to agriculture with a cloud-based data management program for rice farming that helps cut waste and costs to raise productivity, according to an announcement Friday. Many farm...

  • BMW Japan bringing latest technology to customer service

    TOKYO -- The Japanese arm of German automaker BMW is upgrading its customer service department, hoping to create an environment that piques interest in its vehicles, increases traffic flow in dealerships and stimulates demand. By 2017, the compan...

  • New tech turns coffee grounds, rice bran into sturdy bioplastics

    TOKYO -- Coffee grounds and rice bran can be turned into bioplastics featuring improved heat resistance and moldability, a team at the University of Tokyo reports. Typical bioplastics made from polylactic acid are suited for garbage bags and beve...

  • Panasonic selling solar generators in developing countries

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has begun selling commercial generators in areas of developing countries that do not have electricity, hoping that by introducing a power source, it can increase its brand penetration and begin marketing consumer electronics. E...