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Japan firm launches cheap smartphone

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc said it will offer a cut-rate smartphone service for about a third of the monthly fees charged by the country’s three dominant operators, adding to increasing pri

SoftBank’s humanoid robot lands job as Nescafe salesman

Mobile communication giant SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper chats with a woman at a high-tech gadget exhibition in Tokyo. 	— AFP

Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in

Shinzo Abe loses support after female ministers quit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s Hyakuri air base at Omitama  — AFP

Support for the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has slumped after the resignation of two female ministers, an opinion poll showed Sunday.

Japan firm showcases Bat-Signal of future

A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science— AFP

A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air was unveiled in Japan on Monday, offering the possibility one day of projecting messages into a cloudless sky, as seen in Batman.

Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer


A Japanese court on Monday jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Toyota to recall 1.75 million vehicles globally


Toyota is recalling cars over brake problems and other glitches that posed a fire risk

Japan braces for strong typhoon

Roadside trees are blown by strong winds at Miyazaki, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, on Sunday.  	— AFP

The powerful Typhoon Vongfong was churning towards Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 23 injured in the south.

Japan leads in high-res audio


A quarter of a century after the Walkman made music portable andturned Sony into a household name around the world, the company is hoping to set the agenda again with “high-res” audio.

India, 4 other nations to build biggest telescope


India along with Japan, the US, China and Canada will start work on the world’s biggest telescope on Hawaii Island that will enable to identify an object as small as coin from a distance of 500 km.

Jules Bianchi in critical but stable condition, says his family

Jules Bianchi crashed on the 44th lap during rain-shortened race at the Japanese Grand Prix. Photo: AFP/ File

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in critical but stable condition, the Frenchman's family said Tuesday as FIA launched an investigation into his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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