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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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Two dead in western Japan earthquake

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

 

Moment the quake hit Osaka from the TV Osaka offices. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Two people, including a nine-year girl, are believed to be have been killed on Monday (June 18) crushed by falling concrete block walls after a strong earthquake hit western Japan.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan early in the morning. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that a nine-year-old girl on her way to school was found unresponsive under a concrete wall that had fallen on her. Another 80-year-old man was also found dead and crushed by a falling wall in a different part of Osaka. Japanese broadcaster showed hundreds of thousands of commuters forced to exit trains and walk along tracks as morning commuting trains were halted.

Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities at any of the nuclear plants in the region after the quake, but there were more than 170,000 households without power in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. — Reuters

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U.S., South Korea and Japan discuss military drills, North Korea denuclearization

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a bilateral meeting with South Korea’s President Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji/Pool

SEOUL, South Korea – The top diplomats from United States, South Korea, and Japan promised on Thursday (June 14) to work together to ensure North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons programme after U.S President Donald Trump’s summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met in Seoul two days after Trump and Kim signed a statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo insisted that Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would “be a process, not an easy one,” while Kono said he expects arrangements to be made for a summit between Japan and North Korea to resolve long-standing issues.- Reuters

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It’s time to reform global trade rules, says France’s Macron

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2018

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron attends the OECD ministerial council meeting on “Refounding Multilateralism” in Paris, France, May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday (May 30) said it was time for the world’s biggest economic powers to start talks on reshaping World Trade Organization rules to prevent current tensions spiraling into trade wars.

Macron’s comments before the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) came as the European Union faced less than 48 hours to win an exemption from U.S. tariffs on European aluminum and steel.

“This is about a complete update of global competition rules,” Macron said, advocating multilateralism at a time when the risk of tit-for-tat trade measures threatens to derail global growth.

The French leader wants the EU, United States, China and Japan to draw up a blueprint for WTO reform in time for the next G-20 meeting in Argentina at the end of the year.

Macron has painted himself as a defender of global co-operation – what he calls “strong multilateralism” – and sought to dissuade leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin from going it alone on issues from diplomacy to trade and the environment.

Trump has effectively engineered a crisis in the WTO’s system of settling global disputes by vetoing all appointments of judges to its appeals chamber. — Reuters

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