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Toshiba's Yokkaichi flash memory plant in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Toshiba taps AI to boost productivity at memory plant

TOKYO -- Toshiba expects to root out trouble spots in production much more quickly thanks to a new analytics system based on artificial intelligence at its mainstay flash memory plant in Japan.At the Yokkaichi plant in Mie Prefecture, AI is being use...

  • NTT taps light reflection for superfast encryption

    TOKYO -- NTT has discovered a way to use laser-light reflection in data encryption, which could help fight increasingly complex cyberattacks by generating random numbers from the unpredictability of nature.

  • Hitachi AI seeks secrets to worker happiness

    TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence devised by Hitachi soon may tell you how to be happier on the job.The Japanese tech company is developing software that seeks to lift employees' spirits -- and their efficiency -- with personalized suggestions based o...

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    Hokkaido startup aims high in small satellite launches

    TOKYO -- A Japanese startup is working to develop the world's first compact commercial rocket in southern Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island.Takahiro Inagawa, CEO of Interstellar Technologies, recently spoke with The Nikkei about the company'...

  • Chinese drones to count Japanese deer

    TOKYO -- Chinese drone-maker DJI and Japan's hunting association will use drones to count deer in Japan in a joint experimental project to be launched in the autumn.The project aims to acquire an accurate estimate of the number of sika deer. Data obt...

  • Chipmaker Renesas to roll out USB charging device

    TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics will begin commercial production this autumn of its Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery controller, a device that will allow electronic gadgets to be charged through a USB port.With high-volume production of the controlle...

  • Disaster-hit Fukushima aims to be a center of energy innovation

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, wrecking the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has significantly altered the nation's long-term energy strategy in ways that may ripple across th...

  • Faster, power-conserving chip seen as future for AI

    TOKYO -- Universities and electronics manufacturers are working feverishly to develop a new type of high-performance computer chip that also conserves power for use in robots, cars and drones. The field programmable gate array, or FPGA as the new chi...

  • Imagine a blood supply without needles

    TOKYO -- Ever since Nobel Prize laureate Karl Landsteiner discovered the A, B and O blood types in 1900, doctors and hospitals have relied on donations to ensure they have enough blood on hand to perform surgery and other medical procedures. But fall...

  • Fish farming is going inland

    TOKYO -- Companies from non-fishery sectors are getting into the fish and shrimp farming business on land, with hopes of producing specialty items in regions far from the sea. Compared to conventional offshore aquaculture, inland plants make it easie...

  • Sony brings big guns to virtual reality at game expo

    LOS ANGELES -- The world's largest annual video game conference and show kicked off here Tuesday, the day after a Sony unit made a flurry of announcements further cementing the idea of 2016 as the year of virtual reality.Sony Interactive Entertainmen...

  • Nissan tech amps up electric vehicles' range 3-fold

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has developed a fuel cell system that runs on bioethanol, with an eye toward sharply boosting the distance its electric vehicles can travel before needing a charge.The major Japanese automaker is looking to incorporate the syste...

  • Nippon Sheet Glass product can shield car riders from UV rays

    TOKYO -- Nippon Sheet Glass has developed automotive glass that blocks out almost all ultraviolet rays, including those that can penetrate the skin deeply.UV rays are classified by wavelength. UV B rays have short wavelengths of 280 nanometers to 315...

  • Virtual Singapore offers tools for urban planners

    Singapore is moving forward with an ambitious project to create a digital 3-D model of the entire city-state, which it wants to use to build a database with information on buildings, civil infrastructure and a great deal more.Scheduled for release in...

  • South Korean, Taiwanese chip circuitry researchers catching up with Japanese

    TOKYO -- The Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits is a pair of international conferences on semiconductor technology and circuits. Held annually since 1981, the conferences alternate between the U.S. and Japan. This year, they are being held in H...

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    Dani Rodrik -- Innovation is not enough

    CAMBRIDGE -- We seem to be living in an accelerated age of revolutionary technological breakthroughs. Barely a day passes without the announcement of some major new development in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, digitization, or automation. Y...

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    On-demand shooting stars? Japanese startup dreams big

    TOKYO -- "When you wish upon a star" is to become real-time with on-demand meteors. The Tokyo-based satellite startup Ale aims to commercialize the production of "artificial shooting stars" within three years.

  • SpaceX to launch reused rockets by year-end

    SILICON VALLEY -- U.S. startup SpaceX plans to use recovered rockets this year, aiming to eventually slash fees for the service to a hundredth of current rates."For the first stage booster recovery, we will fly this year," Chief Operating Officer Gwy...

  • Kajima to develop automated construction machinery for building on Mars, moon

    TOKYO -- Construction on Mars or the moon requires humans to stay there for an extended period, which is difficult. Japan's Kajima may have a solution.

  • Komatsu to use drones for automated digging in US

    TOKYO -- Komatsu will roll out as early as this fiscal year a service in the U.S. using drones to cut down on the labor required for construction projects, aiming to boost its North American market share.The service uses drones to survey a work site ...