The robotic wheelchair that can take on steps

Researchers in Japan have designed a robotic wheelchair that can walk up steps and turn a perfect circle.

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Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ: Is this sporty hybrid’s identity crisis over?

Mugen's modifications should make the CR-Z into a genuine performance car, but its high price and limited availability may limit this hot hatchback's appeal.


Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank may buy Sprint (Update)

SoftBank of Japan could potentially have a new market to try to conquer. Reports say the Japanese provider is looking to take control of Sprint and enter the U.S. market.


Hands-free video phone prototype demoed, makes you look a bit like an android

Japanese mobile network NTT Docomo has demonstrated a protoype hands-free video call device, which uses a combination of real and CG images.

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The most extreme cars you’ve never heard of: Part Three

In the final part of this series, we scour the globe for new forms of automotive excellence.


Nissan joins driverless car club with demo of NSC-2015 vehicle

Nissan demonstrated its NSC-2015 car at Ceatec in Tokyo this week, a vehicle that can drive and park itself, leaving you to get on with more important things.


So a mood controlled kitten tail for people is now a thing

Jealous of your cat's wagging tail? Thanks to the people behind the necomimi ears, soon you may be able to own one just as functional.

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Google boss Eric Schmidt launches Nexus 7 tablet in Japan

Google continued with the roll out of its Nexus 7 tablet on Tuesday, launching it in Japan, one of the world's most lucrative markets.

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Twitter’s new Lifeline feature helps users in Japan access emergency information

Twitter launched a new feature today called Lifeline to help users in Japan access relevant information during an emergency.

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iPhone 5 handset of choice for thieves too, with hundreds stolen in string of raids

Hours before the iPhone 5 went on sale Friday, thieves in two countries were busy filling their swag bags with the new handset.


Samsung win: Patent violation case brought by Apple in Japan dismissed by judge

Apple had been hoping to score another win over Samsung in its ongoing global patent infringement battle with the Korean tech firm. However, its latest claim, heard in a Tokyo court on Friday, was dismissed by the judge.

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Japan’s poo-powered Toilet Bike Neo makes a big stink outside Tokyo

Japanese toilet-maker Toto has sparked a green revolution of a different hue with its poo-powered Toilet Bike Neo.


Sharp to cut 2,000 jobs domestically in first layoffs in 60 years

Sharp has announced plans to cut its domestic workforce by 2,000 as it struggles against Asian competitors selling cheaper TVs. Globally, the electronics company is planning to lose about 10 percent of its workers by March next year.


Tokyo Jungle finally gets an American release date

Tokyo Jungle is coming to America, and it's only a month away.


Coming to America: How The Legend of Zelda made it from Japanese to English

Ace translator Clyde Mandelin has spilled a few new details on how The Legend of Zelda made its original journey to both English and America.