The Japanese government plans to support domestic makers to develop cost-effective 3D printers.
The printers use computer data to produce solid three-dimensional objects made of resin, metal or other powdered materials. The process is similar to printing images on paper. The printers are expected to change manufacturing processes.
Officials from the industry ministry say they hope to catch up with the United States and Germany in public-private sector cooperation for 3D printing.
They plan to launch a 3D-printer project next April and to allocate it about 45 million dollars in the budget plan for fiscal 2014.
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
Being the unofficial patron saint of "natto" has proven to be sticky for Nebaaru-kun. The private-sector mascot for Ibaraki Prefecture was largely unknown until its appearance on TV last year, generating a buzz on the Internet with its eerie movements and high-pitched voice. (Asahi)