Tech

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...

  • That bug you just swatted could be key to a new material -- thanks to biomimetics

    TOKYO -- Humans have a lot to learn from nature. Living organisms evolve and adapt to their environments, developing unique and highly efficient characteristics. Birds and bats are able to fly despite their small statures, lizards' feet cling to surf...

  • 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...

  • Carbon nanotubes poised for prime time

    TOKYO -- Carbon nanotubes have long been regarded as a futuristic dream material, but the dream is giving way to an exciting reality that is bringing big changes to everything from semiconductors to car parts. It is easy to understand the appeal ...

  • Building a smarter dragnet to catch terrorists, criminals

    TOKYO/OSAKA -- New electronics developed in Japan could one day sniff out a bombmaker boarding a train or spot a murder suspect walking down a street. Japanese information technology companies have joined the fight against terrorism and crime in ...

  • Sodium-ion batteries could light path to new power cells

    TOKYO -- Research is continuing apace on sodium-ion batteries, cells that could deliver more juice to gadgets much more cheaply than current power cells. A group led by Shinichi Komaba, a professor at Tokyo University of Science, has developed te...

  • Itochu Techno-Solutions looks to combine IT, wind power

    TOKYO -- Wind power generation can be made more efficient if wind directions and air volume are predicted. Information technology can help here. Itochu Techno-Solutions (CTC) has long offered IT services for wind power generation. Its wind condit...

  • Mitsui Engineering gets more real with new wave makers

    TOKYO -- Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding is taking its business in giant wave makers to a higher level with machines that re-create tsunami events and other kinds of waves more realistically. The company collaborated with Kyoto University to de...