Autonomous Buses Planned for Olympic Village
Toyota Motor has conducted a demonstration of e-Palette self-driving buses planned for the Olympic village next year.
Good Reads: "War on Wheels" and Keirin Cycling
A review of the fascinating new book on Japan's unique sport: "The War on Wheels – Inside the Keirin and Japan’s Cycling Subculture" by Justin McCurry
Hayabusa2 Capsule on Display at Museum
A capsule of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer is put on display at a museum near Tokyo. The container returned to Earth in December, bringing back materials from the asteroid Ryugu.
Honda to Sell World 1st Level 3 Automated Car
Honda Motor plans to start selling the world’s first commercially available Level 3 automated cars by the end of March 2021. Level 3 vehicles can drive autonomously by detecting the environment around them, not needing driver input.
A Carbon Neutral Japan by 2050
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledges to aim for Japan to become a carbon-neutral society by 2050 in his first policy speech in parliament.
Fugaku Reigns as World’s Fastest Supercomputer
Riken institute said Japan’s Fugaku remains the world’s fastest supercomputer in international rankings released twice a year.
Architectural Techniques to Join UNESCO Ranks
Japan’s traditional wooden architectural techniques are set to be recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Hitachi Created Finger Vein Recognition System
Conglomerate company Hitachi developed a new biometric system that can recognize users by the veins in their fingers.
Hayabusa2 Returns with Asteroid Samples
Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer brought 5.4 grams of substances believed to be from the asteroid Ryugu on a capsule that returned to Earth earlier this month.
Time Travel with Japan's "Warlord" Clocks
Tokyo's Daimyo Clock Museum showcases unique Japanese clocks and the old way of measuring time used in the Edo period.
AI Takes Guesswork out of Choosing Sake
This artificial intelligence sommelier helps you choose the sake of your preference just by giving it descriptive expressions.
Tech That Measures Congestion in Indoor Areas
Officials tested a system at Tokyo Dome that uses state-of-the-art technology to measure congestion in indoor arenas.
Delivery Robots Take a Trial Lap Around Tokyo
Project officials have begun testing in Tokyo the use of delivery robots that handle orders from multiple stores.
The World's First Disposable Paper Razor
One company is doing its part in reducing its use of single-use plastics with a completely disposable paper razor.
Sharp Unveils Fog-Free Face Shields
Electronics firm Sharp has developed face shields that do not fog up or glare like conventional products do.
Astronaut Hoshide Excited About Tokyo Olympics
Japanese astronaut Hoshide Akihiko said in an interview with Nippon TV that he looks forward to the Tokyo Olympics while on his upcoming mission as commander of the International Space Station.
An Inside Look at the Next-Gen Bullet Train
The press got to join a test-run of East Japan Railway Company's next-generation bullet train, ALFA-X, on October 27.
Ammonia Just May Be the Fuel of the Future
Heavy-industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is experimenting with a technology that uses ammonia to generate thermal power.
Uber Eats Starts Medication Delivery Trials
Convenience store chain giant Lawson is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver medication to those who need it.
App Improves Communication Hindered By Masks
An app is helping to facilitate communication in the new normal for the hearing impaired, the elderly, and people who speak different languages.