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Japan Aiming to Use Drones for Disaster Mitigation (News)

Sendai, Miyagi Pref., March 16 (Jiji Press)—Since the March 2011 disaster, efforts have been underway by municipalities and companies in Japan to utilize drones in disaster responses, to survey damage and transport relief supplies. In addition, progress has been made on the development of robots that can operate in places that people cannot access in the event of disasters. The city governme…

Japan Team Develops Rescue Drone That Can Detect Calls for Help (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese research team said Thursday it has developed what it claims is a world-first drone that can identify the locations of people trapped under rubble in natural disasters by detecting their calls for help with a special microphone. The Tokyo Institute of Technology team's drone comes with a spherical microphone attachment that can locate the source of cries fo…

Japan Aims to Realize Drone Delivery in 2020s (News)

Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)—Japan aims to realize drone parcel delivery services in urban areas in the 2020s, the government said in a new growth strategy draft on Tuesday. The draft calls for achieving "Society 5.0," a concept advocated by the government to realize a society that makes maximum use of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robots. The government plans …

Drone Use in Disaster Response Tested in Tokyo High-Rise District (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—An experiment was conducted in central Tokyo Saturday to see if drones can efficiently gather information and provide evacuation instructions for people faced with difficulties in going home in times of major disaster. A drone in flight in Shinjuku Central Park, near the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, on February 11, 2017. (© Jiji) Shinjuku municipality o…

Year of the Drone

A horde of flying robots converged on the city of Chiba this spring. Some had tiny cameras mounted on the front or underside, while others displayed spacious compartments designed to hold cargo. Though they revealed a surprising variety of designs, almost all were fitted with three or more propellers, allowing them to flit about and hover like bees or hummingbirds. They were there to take part in …

Timeline for April 2015

Prime Minister Abe addresses the US Congress, the imperial couple visits World War II monuments in Palau, and a Japanese maglev train breaks the world speed record. These are the key Japanese news stories of April 2015.

New Web Paradigm Poses Challenges and OpportunitiesKurosaka Tatsuya

The advances in recent years of high-resolution video cameras made by GoPro and other companies have made it easy for people to capture their outdoor activities, entirely revolutionizing the way we take videos. Thanks to this technology, all sorts of awe-inspiring images have been captured, whether it is a mountain biker riding along a narrow mountain precipice or a baby seal trying to climb ont…

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