J-village Station Opens In Fukushima

J-Village station opens in Fukushima

Japanese soccer players will have easier access to training from Saturday with the opening of a new railway station close to their facilities in Fukushima.

The J-Village station on the JR Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture serves the J-Village training complex. The facility was previously used as an operations base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 accident.

Snowy Village All Charm And Calm As Illumination Event Kicks Off

Snowy village all charm and calm as illumination event kicks off

SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--Snow chaos may have been predicted for Tokyo on Jan. 22, but it was a different story in the UNESCO World Heritage village here, where the white stuff created a picture of calm.

Enchanting "gassho-zukuri" steep thatched-roof houses glowed in the snow as the village's annual illumination event started on Jan. 21.

Winter Light Display At 'german Village' In Chiba Gets Underway

Winter light display at 'German Village' in Chiba gets underway

SODEGAURA, Chiba -- The annual winter light display at the "Country Farm Tokyo German Village" kicked off here on Nov. 1, and will continue shining brightly in the evenings until April 8, 2018.

Consisting of about 3 million light bulbs in total -- roughly 500,000 more than last year -- this year's display at the popular tourist attraction is based on a "fairy tale" theme.

Fireworks Return To Sky Over Fukushima Village

Fireworks return to sky over Fukushima village

The Yomiuri ShimbunIITATE, Fukushima — Colorful fireworks filled the skies over Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday night for the first time in seven years.

The government lifted an evacuation order for most of Iitate this spring. The order was originally issued in the wake of the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushina No. 1 nuclear power plant following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Cutting-edge Robotic Village On Drawing Board For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Cutting-edge robotic village on drawing board for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsJapan will use the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase its robotics technology and give visitors a sense of a futuristic society where humans are waited on hand and foot by robots.
A committee of the science and technology ministry that was formed Sept. 15 proposed setting up a robotic village in time for the Games as part of an initiative toward a "universal future society" where robots and information technologies that assist humans regardless of age, nationality or disabilities are commonplace.

Yaskawa Opens 'robot Village' Complex To Showcase New Technologies

Yaskawa opens 'Robot Village' complex to showcase new technologiesIndustrial giant Yaskawa Electric Corp. unveiled its “Robot Village” complex here June 1 where visitors can view and interact with its advanced robotic technologies.
The highlight of the renovated manufacturing and headquarters facility is the Yaskawa Innovation Center, which houses around 50 or so state-of-the-art robots that are used in medical research, manufacturing and other fields. Some can perform complicated human arm movements.

Panasonic Presents "lantern'zoo" To Indonesian Village In Collaboration With Ngo Kopernik

Panasonic Presents "Lantern'zoo" to Indonesian Village in Collaboration with NGO KopernikBy the time of its hundredth anniversary in 2018, Panasonic Corporation's "100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project" aims to donate 100,000 solar lanterns to people who have no access to electricity. At the end of February 2015, a lantern donation and lighting ceremony was held in the village of Sone, in Indonesia's West Timor, as part of a related project. The "Cut Out the Darkness" project delivers solar lanterns with lantern shades designed by people from around the world, in the hope of getting more people to participate personally and learn about the challenges of living in areas that have no electricity.