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Fujitsu to join Japan's next-generation-supercomputer project

OSAKA -- Fujitsu won out in bidding to participate in Japan's effort to develop a next-generation supercomputer by 2020 and reclaim the world's top spot in the field. Fujitsu will work with the government-backed Riken institute to come up with th...

  • Sekisui Chemical to roll out next-gen bendable solar cells

    TOKYO -- Sekisui Chemical plans to release next year a bendable, film-type solar cell that can maintain its energy conversion efficiency even under weak light. The Osaka-based company plans to sell these next-generation dye-sensitized solar cells...

  • IHI finds cheaper way of making aircraft engine parts

    TOKYO -- IHI has come up with a way to cut the cost of making aircraft engine parts from special alloys by up to 80%, a significant advancement that could give the Japanese company an edge amid intense competition. Aircraft engines are increasing...

  • Japan's latest robot is a quizmaster

    TOKYO -- Researchers have developed a robot that hosts quizzes. Why? Because the scientists see it as a step toward establishing cutting-edge artificial intelligence capable of understanding who is saying what. The group aims to apply the technol...

  • Japanese research has carbon nanotubes marching to market

    TOKYO -- Japanese researchers are working hard to find new applications for carbon nanotubes -- tiny molecular structures whose plethora of special properties have earned them the sobriquet of "dream material." Much of their latest efforts center...

  • Alps adds eye, finger motions to latest driver assist system

    TOKYO -- Alps Electric's new driver assist system incorporates sensor technologies that allow a car's heads-up display to be controlled with the driver's eyes and the door locks with a mere wag of a finger. The company will unveil this latest ver...

  • Japan Trade Ministry, companies team up on self-driving tech

    TOKYO -- The Japanese public and private sectors are teaming up to develop hazard detection technology for smooth autonomous driving. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will soon sign an agreement with the Japan Automobile Research Insti...

  • Regenerative medicine moves one step closer to reality

    OSAKA -- Friday's transplant of laboratory-created stem cells into a woman's eyes marks the first of a series of planned clinical trials of potential treatments for Parkinson's disease, spinal cord damage and other challenges that have defied doctors...

  • Groundbreaking stem cell transplant performed in Japan

    OSAKA -- A woman in Japan suffering from an incurable eye disease has received what is being called the world's first human transplant of cells reprogrammed to an embryonic state. Friday's two-hour surgery, which went off without a hitch, comes s...

  • Mitsui Chemicals develops light composite material for cars

    TOKYO -- By combining resin and metal, Mitsui Chemicals has come up with a composite material that is 70% lighter than automotive steel sheet, a key selling point in an industry eager to reduce vehicle weight. To make the new composite, the compa...

  • Alsok drones will check for problems at megasolar plants

    TOKYO -- Sohgo Security Services, or Alsok, is the latest Japanese company to find a commercial application for unmanned aircraft. As early as next month, Alsok will launch a service offering periodic inspections at megasolar plants, using drones...

  • Tesla cars will be partially self-driving in 3 years: CEO

    TOKYO -- Tesla Motors plans to develop its own autonomous driving system, with part of the technology to be introduced in three years, said Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. "Full auto-pilot capability is going to happen, probably, in the five- ...

  • Biofuels from mass cultivation of algae becoming a reality

    TOKYO -- The algae that fills our rivers and rice paddies could soon fill our gas tanks. Various corporate and academic research projects are underway to obtain biofuels from algae through mass cultivation. These are then mixed with diesel fuels, whi...

  • Hitachi to develop next-generation nuclear reactor with US universities

    TOKYO -- Japanese engineering and electronics giant Hitachi announced Aug. 28 that it has launched a joint research project with three U.S. universities to develop a boiling water reactor fueled by transuranium elements (TRUs). The group will eva...

  • Toshiba creates leap in 'unbreakable' cryptography communication tech

    TOKYO -- Toshiba has developed a new technology for quantum cryptography communication networks, paving the way for commercial use of cryptographic communication. The major Japanese electrical machinery maker aims to have this technology in comme...

  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Nutraceuticals, advances in health supplements

    The term "nutraceuticals" is a portmanteau of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. Though coined by Dr. Stephen DeFelice in 1989, the idea can be traced back to Hippocrates. Natural herbs and spices have been used as folk medicine for centuries th...

  • New tech promises to make bullet trains even speedier

    TOKYO -- Japanese railway companies and researchers are developing technologies to help shinkansen bullet trains surpass their current maximum speed of 320kph. JR East, the main railway operator in eastern Japan, has collaborated with Osaka Unive...

  • The need for climate change resilience

    Climate change creates unique public health challenges that impact communities in the developing world. Temperature, precipitation and humidity variations can exacerbate chronic stresses such as drought or contribute to weather shocks such as lar...

  • Osaka Gas to extract hydrogen from LPG

    OSAKA -- Osaka Gas will develop a system that generates hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles from liquefied petroleum gas, potentially removing the need for hydrogen transport vehicles and storage tanks at hydrogen stations. Toyota Motor and other aut...

  • Japan throttles up work on homegrown fighter jet

    TOKYO -- Japan will begin test flights next year to determine whether the country has the right stuff to build a fighter jet without relying on Western contractors. The Ministry of Defense plans to seek around 40 billion yen ($384 million) in fun...