SCI-TECH

Feb 28
All 300 units of a newly developed robot offered by major Japanese telecom operator Softbank have sold out. The human-like robot can talk and read human expressions. (NHK)
Feb 26
The gentle giant has been designed specifically to assist in caring for Japan’s ageing population, taking on heavy-duty tasks such as lifting. (cnet.com)
Feb 25
Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Wednesday over fresh leaks of radioactive water into the ocean from the crippled nuclear plant and its failure to take immediate measures despite learning of the possibility of leaks last spring. (Kyodo)
Feb 25
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it has failed to disclose leaks into the sea of rainwater containing radioactive substances from a drainage ditch linked to a building at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant although it became aware of the leaks in April last year. (Jiji Press)
Feb 25
A remote Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean has grown more than 11 times in size since an underwater eruption started about 15 months ago. (NHK)
Feb 24
One of my favorite things about the Harry Potter universe was the fact that all the photos and paintings of people moved around on their own. Sure it was only a tiny detail, but it was all those little details of how a wizarding world might actually work coming together that made the final product so amazing. (Japan Today)
Feb 24
A Japanese company known for designing off-the-wall devices has unveiled a wearable tomato machine for marathon runners. (sbs.com.au)
Feb 23
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said Sunday that an alarm went off at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant that signaled high radioactivity levels in drainage ditches. (Jiji Press)
Feb 22
The nation’s first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi)
Feb 19
Japan’s Meteorological Agency plans to issue faster warnings about volcanic eruptions to help climbers and communities living around craters. (NHK)