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Fukushima fuel find is step down long road to decommissioning

TOKYO -- By pinning down the location of melted fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings has made modest but valuable progress on the toughest part of the decommissioning process.The biggest hurdle to clear...

  • Chubu Electric to apply AI in managing power supply

    NAGOYA -- Chubu Electric Power seeks to infuse artificial intelligence into its electricity supply and distribution systems, with an eye toward cutting costs by improving transmission efficiency and saving fuel.The hope is that AI will help predict d...

  • Melted fuel remains inside Fukushima reactor: Tepco

    TOKYO -- Using imaging technology, the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings were able to see for the first time what is believed to be melted fuel inside a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.Fuel is likely at the bottom ...

  • Advanced tools give closer look at quake dangers

    TOKYO -- New data analysis tools from Japanese companies let users detect earthquake warning signs and calculate buildings' chances of collapse using aerial imaging technology and smartphone accelerometers.Business software provider SAP's Japanese un...

  • In driverless car push, Japan and EU to connect GPS systems

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government and the European Union plan to connect their global positioning systems to speed up the development of autonomous driving technology.If all goes as planned, Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System and the EU's Galileo w...

  • Mitsubishi Electric keeping it real in AI push

    TOKYO -- By employing artificial intelligence to support and improve existing businesses, Mitsubishi Electric is taking an unusually practical approach in a field marked by flights of fancy -- a distinction that could let the company profit from the ...

  • Honda, SoftBank want to make cars your new best friends

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor and SoftBank Group announced a research collaboration Thursday on the use of artificial intelligence in cars, with a goal of creating vehicles that are more than just a machine for transporting people from point A to point B.The ...

  • Hong Kong project turns waste food into fabric

    HONG KONG -- A government-sponsored research institute and the City University of Hong Kong have teamed up on an innovative solution to the problem of the mountains of waste food that pile up every day. An ever-larger amount of food is thrown away du...

  • For Bridgestone, the backup plan is a desert shrub

    TOKYO -- It's happened before and it can happen again. Bridgestone knows it can ill afford a devastation of the rubber trees of Southeast Asia, as happened a century ago in South America. That is why the world's largest tire maker is working to diver...

  • SoftBank, Toshiba devise signage able to speak several languages

    TOKYO -- SoftBank Group and Toshiba have together developed digital signage technology that can converse with people in four languages, including English and Chinese.SoftBank has technology that can understand and respond to questions in Japanese and...

  • Toyota showcases robotic savvy as RoboCup gets down to business

    LEIPZIG, Germany -- In the 20 years since its debut as a festival for competitive robot geeks, RoboCup has grown into an event attracting serious interest from around the world, with large companies submitting their products to compete in events show...

  • Honda, SoftBank to develop AI assistant for drivers

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor and SoftBank will co-develop a system that uses artificial intelligence to talk with drivers and offer information and recommendations tailored to their tastes.Cloud-based AI software will learn drivers' habits and predict their ...

  • Nissan showcases self-driving tech for new minivan

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor on Wednesday gave the media a preview of its new auto-driving system that will become the first to be offered by a Japanese automaker when the Serena minivan debuts in the domestic market in late August.The ProPilot system is de...

  • Innovative container ship features hemispherical bow

    OSAKA -- A container ship with a hemispherical-shaped bow, which can significantly reduce wind drag, is under construction at Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard, at its facility about 7km northeast of the Kanmon Straits in Yamaguchi Prefecture.The...

  • Sony vies with Facebook, HTC for virtual reality supremacy

    TOKYO -- The virtual reality era has arrived, and three major players -- Sony, Facebook and HTC -- are fighting to be the king of providing these one-of-a-kind experiences.

  • Blockchain proves successful in Myanmar microfinance test

    TOKYO -- An experiment to create a low-cost and highly reliable blockchain infrastructure to record financial transactions is gathering steam in Myanmar.Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records t...

  • Lasers illuminate the space junk and nuclear waste problem

    TOKYO -- That more and more countries, and even students, are launching satellites into orbit is usually reported as good news. But while the final frontier may be more accessible than ever before, rocket boosters are spent and satellites eventually ...

  • Suzuki to help Japanese team shoot for the moon

    TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor has inked a partnership deal with a private-sector team developing a lunar probe, the Japanese automaker announced Tuesday.The Hakuto project, led by Tokyo-based startup ispace technologies, brings together academics and experts...

  • RoboCup shines spotlight on Toyota, SoftBank tech

    LEIPZIG, Germany -- Toyota Motor and SoftBank Group have been selected to provide standard platforms for a home-use robot competition at the RoboCup starting next year.The 2016 edition of RoboCup, best known for its Soccer match, concluded Monday. Th...

  • Machines that can 'X-ray' a volcano to get more affordable

    TOKYO -- A cutting-edge imaging technique used to see inside objects from buildings to volcanoes may become more accessible and affordable, thanks to a major innovation by Japanese and Hungarian researchers. The researchers have found that using gas ...