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Komatsu's automated machinery will let fewer, less experienced workers deliver the same results

Komatsu to crank out automated excavators

TOKYO -- Construction machinery maker Komatsu will introduce automated excavators in Japan, the U.S. and Europe later this year, which could help make up for a shortage of experienced workers in advanced economies. The new excavators will level o...

  • TDK develops wireless charging for electric vehicles

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronic components maker TDK has developed a wireless charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which it hopes will be in use around 2018. The system allows for charging a parked car without using a cable or ...

  • Hitachi's cryptography to protect power plants from cyberattacks

    TOKYO -- Hitachi has developed a new encryption technology designed to safeguard power plants, railways and other key public facilities against cyberattacks. The technology increases by tenfold the information processing speed of a surveillance s...

  • Gov't OKs JR Tokai's maglev train project

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Friday approved an application by Central Japan Railway Co. to build a magnetically levitated train line linking Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027 in a costly project that faces significant technical hurdles. The company...

  • Mitsubishi Chemical doubles OLED panel's life span

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Chemical has developed an organic light-emitting diode panel with a life of 30,000 hours, twice that of conventional OLED panels. The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings unit changed the composition of the panel's materials, solving...

  • Japan's new eye in the sky

    TOKYO -- The Himawari-8, a new weather observation satellite developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, was lifted into orbit Oct. 7. The satellite's image recognition sensors and other technology are so advanced that if tested on Ea...

  • New rocket launch site will boost China's space reach

    BEIJING -- China has completed construction of a new large rocket launch facility in Wenchang, on the island province of Hainan. It is the fourth location for launching satellites in China. The Asian superpower will use the site for new rockets c...

  • 'Organs-on-chips' promise better drug testing

    TOKYO -- A group of Japanese researchers has developed "organs-on-chips" technology to test the efficacy and side effects of drugs. Hiroshi Kimura, a lecturer at Tokai University, and Teruo Fujii, a professor at the University of Tokyo, successfu...

  • Cast of Japanese companies collaborated on satellite launch

    TOKYO -- Japan successfully blasted a weather satellite into orbit Tuesday on a domestically made rocket, an operation that drew upon the skills of multiple Japanese companies. A Japanese H-IIA rocket lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center in K...

  • Japanese companies work on new approaches in developing countries

    TOKYO -- If Japanese companies want to take advantage of the full business opportunities presented by developing and emerging markets, it is becoming apparent that they will have to pursue new business models. According to the World Bank, there w...

  • Spotlight shifts to wearables, automotive tech at Ceatec show

    TOKYO -- Wearable gadgets and next-generation automotive technologies take center stage at the 2014 edition of Ceatec Japan, the nation's largest international exhibition of electronics and information technologies. Ceatec opens Tuesday and runs ...

  • Japanese technologies could help feed future world of 9.6 billion

    TOKYO -- "Magic sand" could be Panasonic's new big thing. This material, a byproduct of the company's inductionheating cooking technology, can create an underground dam of sorts. Combined with a water recycling system, the dam makes agriculture possi...

  • Japan Industrial byproducts recycled to create new markets

    TOKYO -- Japanese industries are increasingly on the lookout for new ways to utilize byproducts from manufacturing processes in order to recycle rather than merely discard waste. In July, 20,000 tons of iron and steel slag were spread over 6-me...

  • Shizuoka University's space elevator test concept gets go-ahead

    HAMAMATSU, Japan -- Shizuoka University's idea has been selected by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for a project aimed at releasing an artificial satellite from the International Space Station, all with the aim of testing space elevato...

  • Toyota sees a future of flying cars

    TOKYO -- Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction. But Toyota Motor is quietly toiling to bring them into reality. The technology Toyota is working on is said to be similar to the propeller system that lifts hovercrafts. Exact deta...

  • Teikyo University lab seeking method to quickly identify flu viruses

    TOKYO -- A medical research institute at Japan's Teikyo University is working on ways to control infectious diseases, including influenza and tuberculosis, that are threatening people all over Asia. The Asia International Institute of Infectious ...

  • 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...