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Panasonic, Sony, NHK to team on next-gen TV tech

OSAKA -- Panasonic and Sony will partner with broadcaster NHK and others to develop technology for televisions capable of handling ultrahigh-resolution 8K video, building an all-Japanese alliance to reclaim market share lost to foreign rivals.Japanes...

  • Japan to chart reform plans to promote new tech

    TOKYO -- Japan's industry ministry will draw up a regulatory reform road map this fiscal year to pave the way for such technologies as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence, setting an array of ambitious goals for the next decade-plus.The pla...

  • Japan needs original game plan for AI research

    TOKYO -- Left in the dust by the U.S. and Europe, Japanese artificial intelligence research has to find a unique angle to overcome mounting challenges.So-called deep learning drew attention when Google's AlphaGo software, which uses that technology, ...

  • Japan making push for AI-led medicine, manufacturing

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor and NEC will join a public-private initiative to develop a core artificial intelligence technology that can find application in such fields as medicine, manufacturing and infrastructure management.The government-backed Riken res...

  • Toshiba to develop machine for cutting-edge cancer therapy

    TOKYO -- Toshiba has joined a project to develop a next-generation particle beam radiation treatment for cancer by drawing on its expertise in nuclear power generation.The Japanese company will develop a machine for boron neutron capture therapy, or ...

  • Nippon Paper seeks head start in cellulose nanofiber production

    TOKYO -- Nippon Paper Industries is building a production facility for cellulose nanofiber, with an eye toward tapping demand for use as an additive in food and cosmetics.Cellulose nanofiber is a light, strong plant-derived material that is tipped to...

  • Shrinking Japanese cities use big data to rethink services

    TOKYO -- As municipalities across Japan lose population, big data is being developed to help local governments consolidate services and ensure the future survival of communities.

  • Japan developing the smart, networked operating room of the future

    TOKYO -- If it were not for the surgeon in the room, a huge display, robotic machines and glow of OLED lights could be mistaken for an amusement park attraction. But it is actually a glimpse at the future of surgical care.

  • Japan venture readying maps for driverless cars

    TOKYO -- A Japanese joint venture involving Mitsubishi Electric and mapmaker Zenrin will create sample digital highway maps as soon as this year for use by domestic automakers in developing autonomous-driving technology.Tokyo-based Dynamic Map Planni...

  • Scientists to monitor deep-sea plankton for ocean health

    TOKYO -- Researchers from some 20 countries will set up a global network of hundreds of buoys to measure plankton activity, using these microscopic plants to gauge the impact of resource development and fishing on the health of marine ecosystems.The ...

  • SpaceX successfully launches Japanese satellite

    For the eighth time in 2016, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. on Sunday executed a successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, this time lifting a Japanese telecommunication satellite into orbit.After a flawless early morning launch from Florida's ...

  • China rockets to top of supercomputing charts with homegrown tech

    TOKYO -- China has jumped to the front ranks of the supercomputing powers, with its Sunway TaihuLight, powered by domestically developed chips, recently recognized as the fastest computer in the world.In its debut on the Top500 list of the world's fa...

  • Toyota partners with US university on artificial intelligence

    NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor will put $22 million into joint artificial intelligence research with the University of Michigan over the next four years, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday, continuing a string of partnerships with U.S. academia.The Toyo...

  • Japan's seabed mineral collection technique like 'growing' gold

    TOKYO -- An experiment is underway deep under the East China Sea near Japan's Okinawa islands in which scientists are helping sulfide chimneys to grow so that they can collect rich mineral deposits from them. Here's the big lure -- there's gold, copp...

  • Japanese engineers working on concrete for lunar base

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Materials and Japan's space agency have begun research into fashioning concrete from materials available on the moon, as part of a concept for a base there.The Japanese company and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, ...

  • NEC's facial recognition tech keeps watch over Rio airport

    TOKYO -- The faces of nearly 500,000 travelers to Rio de Janeiro around the time of the Summer Olympics will fall under the gaze of airport security cameras linked to an electronic brain designed by Japan's NEC.Rio de Janeiro International and Sao Pa...

  • Nerd power sways China's entertainment market

    SHANGHAI -- They are China's answer to Japan's "otaku" subculture: young, male, generally introverted and with a passion for computer games, online videos and other pop culture that goes beyond the norm.Called "zhainan" or "yuzhai," these uber-fans a...

  • AI feasts on data-rich diet in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence could reach new heights in Southeast Asia, thanks to the region's relative openness to data collection compared with Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

  • Hitachi, University of Tokyo team on 'Super Smart Society'

    TOKYO -- Hitachi and the University of Tokyo officially debuted a collaboration Monday on ways to create a vision for the "Super Smart Society" of the future, enriched by technologies like big-data analysis and artificial intelligence.The Super Smart...

  • Japan-built weather radar a new landmark in Yangon

    YANGON -- A weather observation radar that was built with Japan's help will soon begin operating in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. Standing 18 stories tall, the new landmark will become an important piece of infrastructure in Myanmar, which is often...