In contrast with rival efforts, the Tokyo biohybrid can “live” and function in a  bottle for over a week before it degrades

Science fiction has warned us, repeatedly and enthusiastically, about men like Shoji Takeuchi. A well-meaning genius creates an innocent-looking inven(...)

There was an assumption  that everyone on the factory floor was devoted to the perfection of monozukuri, or craftsmanship. Photograph: AP

On an otherwise ordinary afternoon in mid-December, the Hakata to Tokyo express pulled into Nagoya and a thousand passengers were ordered off the trai(...)

IBM’s Watson Explorer is a cognitive search and content analysis platform aimed at enabling the analysis of structured and unstructured data. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are(...)

Tokyo at night. According to a 2015 report by the Nomura Research Institute, nearly half of all jobs in Japan could be performed by robots by 2035. Photograph: Zhang Xun/Getty Images

Another step towards a future in which workers are replaced by machines has been taken at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are(...)

Sake tasting at the Japanese ambassador’s residence brings thoughts of Gulliver

I embarked on a voyage into darkest south county Dublin the other night, on a potentially dangerous mission. It involved first a bike trip to St Steph(...)

“I fed her delicious food until she was full, and allowed her to get plenty of sleep,” says the male narrator.

A city in Japan has been forced to pull a online promotional video intended to boost the local eel industry following criticism that it demeaned women(...)