Report: Toyota Prius convertible spotted in Japan

How up would you be for buying a Toyota Prius convertible? That was one of the primary under the radar surprises Toyota showcased at the recent Tokyo Motor Show in the form of the Aqua Air concept.

Japan kicks off floating wind turbine program

Japan officially began drawing power from a 2-megawatt floating wind turbine off its southwestern coast on Monday, the first of two floating turbine test projects that the country hopes could prove to be a significant source of energy in the post-earthquake/tsunami era.

EV car sharing hits Japan

Nissan in Japan has embarked upon an ambitious new car sharing service said to be that nation’s first with ultra-compact electric vehicles. The auto company has teamed up with the city of Yokohama in this service, focused upon the downtown core area and what such an offering can do to help ease congestion.

Japan eyes ice wall to block Fukushima fallout

It’s been a long weekend, and you might have what I call a vacation hangover. If you’re feeling a little foggy, you might assume you read that headlines wrong, but you didn’t.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved in Japan

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers from the RIKEN HPCI Program for Computational Life Sciences, the Okinawa Institute of Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany have carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date.

Wolverine Reviews Are In

Some time back, we reported on TGD that the teaser posters for Wolverine were getting stolen all over Los Angeles, and it does indeed have a very arresting image, done in Japanese sumi ink style, because the story takes place in the far east. Now that the movie is coming out this Friday, what’s the word from the critics? 

Lost continent of Atlantis discovered - report

Japanese scientists claim to have found the lost city of Atlantis the seabed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, at least if you believe the Japanese media.

Cops call for Tor to be switched off

Japanese authorities are approaching ISPs in a bid to get them to switch off the Tor network.

Google assists in Boston marathon bombings

In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings, Google has deployed its Person Finder tool which combs available records to track down friends or family in the wake of disaster. 

Japanese SIM-Cel is a slick EV prototype

SIM-Drive in Japan, a coalition of 34 different companies tasked with creating a Japanese, all-electric prototype vehicle, announced recently it was now on the third iteration of its vision.

Understanding Kepler's supernova

An analysis of X-ray observations from the Japan-led Suzaku satellite indicates that an exploding star observed in 1604 by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler held a greater fraction of heavy elements than the sun.

Thieves steal electronic wazzeria

As public lavatories - wazzeria - have become hi-tech, it appears that they have become a target for criminals to point at.

Rat blamed for Japanese nuclear disaster

Tepco, the operator of the ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might have found the culprit responsible for the plant’s partial meltdown and it has four legs and a wiggly tail. 

Photovoltaic wars show Japan gets a boost

A market research firm said Japan is set to overtake both Japan and the USA in the installation of photovoltaic (PV) capacity.

Vita price cut by a fifth in Japan

Sony's announced a price cut for the PS Vita in Japan, raising hopes of a similar move in other countries.

Sega rolls out retro console notebooks

Once upon a time, in a gaming galaxy far, far away, Sega had some of the most desirable systems on the market. That is before the Japanese-based company gracefully bowed out and left the lucrative console space to the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

This graphene cleans radioactive water

It’s probably been a while since you’ve thought about the Fukushima nuclear disaster that rocked Japan, and international headlines, in 2011.

Video: Tricked-out Japanese toilet controlled by Android

Japan has long been a favorite destination for those interested in seeing or buying bizarre gadgets. 

These robots are ready to clean up Fukushima

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may be a distant memory to those of us in the US, but the consequences of that disaster are a daily reality for the Japanese.

Japan plans world's fastest train

The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) has unveiled plans for a maglev train that can hit 310 miles per hour.