In need of a priest? The Japanese company Nisseieco has just the thing. Their robot "Pepper" has been programmed to help with tasks at Buddhist temples, including the reading of Buddhist scripture during funeral ceremonies.
Yoshiyuki Sankai's exoskeletons let paralyzed people walk and even run. Beyond Japan, though, many Westerners view robots more as a threat than as help.
Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita in the world. They play a key role in Japanese culture and society, and not just in keeping people in the big cities well hydrated.
Images from an underwater robot showed large deposits of what is thought to be melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. If confirmed, it would mark a major milestone.
Donald Trump's upcoming meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a test of whether or not the US president's protectionist tone with close allies translates into action. Martin Fritz reports from Tokyo.
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