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Japan engineers create robot that transforms into car with men on-board

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Transformer robot “J-deite-RIDE”

Japanese engineers unveiled on Wednesday, April 25 a robot that transforms into a car that can actually carry people on board, in what they said was the first-ever such accomplishment in the history of robots.

The 3.7-metre (12.1-feet)-tall two-seater robot “J-deite RIDE” can transform into a sports car in a process that takes about a minute. It can technically walk at 30 km/h (18.6 mph) or run on its four wheels but developers said they’ve never really tested it outside the factory cargo bay area.

CEO of Brave Robotics, Kenji Ishida, who initiated the co-project with Asratec, an affiliate of the Japanese mobile phone giant SoftBank, and a roller coaster manufacturer Sansei Technologies, said he was motivated by his childhood transformer heroes in anime movies.

While admitting that it may seem like an expensive toy, Ishida said the robot is an attempt to inspire others and broaden the human imagination. Developers said they will begin with utilizing the technology in the entertainment industry, such as amusement park and street parades. — Reuters

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2 illegal recruiters fall in Cavite entrapment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva are now under the custody of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) after several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) filed complaints against them.

CIDG-ATCU Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia, Jr. said the two enticed victims with promises of employment in Japan with a salary of about P70,000-P100,000 as a farm worker.
Limos and Villanueva charged unsuspecting recruits as much as P50,000 – P70,000 for the supposed processing of documents.

Things began to unravel for the duo when it became obvious that they were not sending anyone to Japan, much less produce a plane ticket.

“Noong hindi sila nakaalis, walang ticket na naibigay, marami ng alibi. Nag verify na sila [victims] sa POEA, at it turned out na walang kaukulang lisensya itong mga suspek na ito,” said Merdegia.

He added that on top of the exorbitant processing fee, the suspects charged each victim P9,000 as additional fees for pre-departure orientation seminar and visa.

After receiving the complaints, authorities set up an entrapment operation and eventually arrested the suspects in Imus, Cavite Wednesday afternoon.

Limos and Villanueva will be facing illegal recruitment and estafa charges.

Just a year ago,the  two were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation for a similar case, but was released when the victims withdrew the charges after receiving compensation from the suspects. — Lea Ylagan.

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Japan’s PM Abe wins party vote, on track for extended term

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday (September 20), setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution.

Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defense, defeated former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba in the election for Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, winning 553 votes to Ishiba’s 254.

If Abe stays in office through November 2019, he will have exceeded the 2,886 days marked by Taro Katsura in the early 20th century.

Abe is assured the premiership because his LDP-led coalition controls parliament. — Reuters

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Powerful earthquake rocks Japan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

A building damaged by a powerful quake in Hokkaido. Kyodo/via Reuters

A powerful 6.7 earthquake rocked the Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday (September 6) morning, creating cracks in the street and knocking down bottles and goods in a Sapporo grocery store.

The quake, which struck at 3:08 a.m. (1808 GMT on Wednesday) posed no tsunami risk, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck some 68 km (42 miles) southeast of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s main city.

The earthquake caused a landslide in the rural town of Atsumi that engulfed houses, injuring and trapping a number of people and cutting power in several areas, local media reported. — Reuters

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