Rendering of the Gigafactory, which is under construction in Nevada. © (Image courtesy of Tesla)

Panasonic, Tesla broaden partnership to residential storage batteries

OSAKA -- Panasonic and Tesla Motor are broadening their battery partnership to include the manufacture and marketing of powerful, low-cost storage batteries for homes.The U.S. electric automaker recently revealed that in light of its plans to acquire...

  • Ice wall not working at Fukushima nuclear plant

    TOKYO -- An underground ice wall built around the crippled nuclear plant has been unable to block the groundwater from mixing with contaminated water.

  • Chinese manned space mission docks with space station

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China's Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft has successfully docked with China's Tiangong 2 space lab, and two astronauts have entered the lab, China's official news agency Xinhua said Wednesday.China is the third country after the Un...

  • Didi Chuxing willing to work with Apple on self-driving tech

    TOKYO -- Chinese ride-hailing powerhouse is considering teaming with Apple on research into self-driving technology, using the massive amount of traffic data collected in China.

  • High tech at work in designing Japan's tallest building

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Estate's planned 390-meter office building in central Tokyo is set to be the country's highest upon completion in fiscal 2027.

  • Samsung first past the post in churning out 10nm system chips

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has started fabricating system-on-chip products incorporating the world's smallest process technology, the company said Monday.These are the first mass-produced using 10-nanometer tech, down from the 14nm of their predece...

  • China space program lifting off toward global-power status

    BEIJING -- The launch of a manned spacecraft is the latest triumph for China's space program, rapidly becoming a force against established players.

  • Mitsubishi Motors to bring new, scalable production line to Indonesia

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors' new Indonesian factory will feature a state-of-the-art assembly line meant to take production to the next level.

  • China launches longest manned space mission

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China launched its longest manned space mission on Monday, sending two astronauts into orbit to spend a month aboard a space laboratory that is part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 20...

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    Czech professor eyes robots, future tech with Japan, South Korea

    PRAGUE -- Almost a century after Czech writer Karel Capek came up with the term "robot", the country is rebooting with the "Industry 4.0" plan.

  • China to blast 2 astronauts into space on Monday

    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese officials unveiled plans for Monday's launch of the country's latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab.The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30...

  • Multinational fusion reactor facing 5bn euro cost overrun

    TOKYO -- Construction costs for a multinational experimental nuclear fusion reactor will likely exceed the estimate by 5 billion euros ($5.52 billion) to reach 20 billion euros, owing to rising labor expenses, the project's chief told The Nikkei.The ...

  • Plant builder Chiyoda wins Nikkei's top green-tech award

    TOKYO -- Six Japanese companies will receive Nikkei Inc.'s annual awards for technological contributions to environmental conservation this year, with the highest recognition going to Chiyoda for its work on hydrogen storage and transport.Chiyoda dev...

  • Toshiba to help self-driving cars stay out of harm's way

    TOKYO -- Toshiba is leveraging its image recognition chips to join in the market for autonomous vehicles, road-testing an obstacle avoidance system it hopes to commercialize to autoparts makers by 2020.

  • Water-saving farming tech says 'sayonara' to soil

    TOKYO -- Working with a startup, Japanese chemical company Denka has commercialized a new cultivation system that eliminates the need for soil.The method involves growing plants on a polymer film containing nutrients, and offers the advantage of grea...

  • Low-cost IoT-based system developed to forecast floods in developing countries

    TOKYO -- A team of researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology has developed a low-cost system to predict river flooding for developing countries, using "internet of things" technology to collect and analyze massive amounts of data...

  • Toray unveils concept car to pitch advanced materials

    TOKYO -- Japanese materials maker Toray Industries has unveiled a new concept car to showcase its advanced technology, as the manufacturer hopes to strengthen ties with automakers.The concept car, Teewave AC1, is made of materials that the company ha...

  • Honda, partner to commercialize magnesium battery

    A Japanese research center and an automaker's R&D unit have figured out a solution for magnesium's recharge-ability problem.

  • Facial recognition system planned for concerts, games in Japan

    TOKYO -- Japan's event-goers will be able to enter concerts and sporting events without lengthy waits once venues adopt a facial recognition system that automatically cross-checks customers' faces with registered photos.Major Japanese ticket seller P...

  • Another aging reactor passes safety checks to operate beyond 40 years

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Another aging nuclear reactor in Japan passed a key safety assessment Wednesday as a step toward going back on line, signaling a weakening of the force of a rule introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster to limit reactors' operati...