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Cherry blossoms herald arrival of Japan’s Cyber University
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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This time of year in Japan is traditionally marked by a national obsession with the blossom of sakura cherry trees and also the start of a new school year. The trees are currently in bloom as usual but this week sees the country’s only online university open its doors to students for the first time.

Japanese technology harnessed for first space curry
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Anyone living outside the sub-continent or the curry hotspots of the UK will know that it can be hard at times to find a good spot of spice unless you’re in the Midlands Balti Belt, but what are the curry-loving Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station to do?

Paper-thin battery made from plastics
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We’ve already seen screens based on various polymers that look set to alter the future of displays, so perhaps the latest polymer battery will be a perfect match for those devices.

Survey says Japanese read blogs more than other nations
Thursday, March 22, 2007
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A survey published this week shows the surprising result that almost three quarters of Japanese internet users read blogs at least once a week – a significantly higher rate than in other nations, including the UK, the US and France.

Sanyo’s loses its head as female boss quits
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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Gender equality in Japan took an expected blow yesterday when the female head of Sanyo, Tomoyo Nonaka, resigned from the company citing the now-ubiquitous ‘personal reasons.’

Matsushita remains tight-lipped about possible sale of JVC
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Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial, better known for its Panasonic brand, is reportedly in the final stages of selling its controlling stake in the well-known JVC, according to local media reports.

Japanese dogs get their own digital camera (but it sucks)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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We’ve seen some pretty odd things in our trawls through Japan’s dark, gadgety secrets, but few are as downright bizarre as TakaraTomy’s digital camera for our furry friends in the canine world – yes, a camera for dogs.

Official: Japan + mobiles = love
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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A survey in Japan has confirmed what we all suspected – the mobile phone is rapidly eating into how most people use their free time, as well as destroying more traditional forms of communication.

More reliable than fingerprints, palm veins are the new key
Saturday, March 03, 2007
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The security of personal data is a huge issue in most of the developed world, particularly so in Japan where regular high-profile data leaks combine with an innate conservativeness to create a climate of suspicion when computers are involved in anything sensitive.

Researchers create bacterial DNA memory
Friday, March 02, 2007
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The latest development from Japan in the field of data storage is a technique so far beyond current-generation hard drives and optical disks it has the potential for storing limitless amounts of data for infinite periods of time.

McDonald’s and DoCoMo join forces in Japan
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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As if they didn’t already have enough customers between them, those two 800-pound gorillas, NTT DoCoMo and McDonald’s, are teaming up to bring burgers and bytes to each other’s patrons across Japan.

Hot and steamy USB-powered hay-fever mask from Japan
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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Visit Japan during springtime and one of the first terms you’re likely to hear is ‘hay fever’ – that’s because it’s a major health hazard here that seriously affects tens of millions of people, many of whom have to take time off work.

Japanese whalers don’t like it up ‘em
Monday, February 12, 2007
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The progress of the anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they risk everything in Antarctic waters to stop a Japanese whaling fleet has been well documented, but this piece says it all.

Tokyo aiming for greener biodiesel buses
Thursday, February 08, 2007
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For such a large city (35 million people in the metropolitan area) Tokyo is surprisingly not as polluted as it might be. Still, it’s far from perfect…

Electric Japanese glasses shock sleepyheads awake
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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Japanese glasses superstore Vision Megane (‘Vision Glasses’) sure has some unusual ideas about what people want in a pair of spectacles. Prospective customers at their outlets now have the option of having vibrating alerts installed in their new frames.

Is e-cash killing real money in Japan?
Friday, February 02, 2007
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Next month in Japan sees the beginning of the endgame in an ambitious scheme to entirely do away with paper tickets across Tokyo’s complex public transport network.

High-tech supermarket labels make life easy
Saturday, January 20, 2007
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You know those little supermarket price tags that are designed to fall off the end of the shelf just as you reach for that loaf of bread? Well, Sharp in Japan has come up with a far more expensive version that is destined to be trampled underfoot too.

Lucky Number Slevin turns seven in Japan
Thursday, January 18, 2007
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The excellent Paul McGuigan movie Lucky Number Slevin opened in Japan last weekend but it came with a bit of a surprise in the shape of an odd name change.

Learn Japanese with added sensitivity through touch-panel dictionary
Saturday, January 13, 2007
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Japanese is a fun language to learn and isn’t really all that hard — it just looks that way sometimes. However, one of the most difficult aspects for beginners is how to look up kanji (Chinese characters) in a dictionary.

Deaf Japanese student speaks no English yet gets UK degree
Thursday, January 11, 2007
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This story of the Japanese guy who went to the UK to study for an advanced degree even though he speaks no English and is totally deaf is both encouraging and bizarre.

Seven Lucky Gods coming soon to a cellphone near you
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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If you’re already weary of all the CES hype, with its rampant consumerism and one-upmanship and in need of a little divine help, then how about a cellphone strap featuring seven lucky, dangling gods from Japan?

Non-nude nudes outraging staid Japanese TV viewers
Friday, January 05, 2007
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What better way to get back in the swing of things than to start a new year with a clip of some saucy Japanese TV?

Christmas Day 2006, Tokyo
Monday, December 25, 2006
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Well, it’s Christmas Day here in Tokyo already, so I’m taking a break from spreading the gospel of the tacky novelty gadget and am off for spot of sake and onsen action.

Japanese TV: Degrading or just stupid fun — you be the judge
Saturday, December 23, 2006
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Poor old Brian over at Gizmodo seems to be getting a bit of stick about posting this clip of a stupid Japanese TV show that features — and don’t dare read on if you’re offended by the human body — gasp, big, beautiful, bouncing breasts.

Paris Syndrome — are Japanese tourists really that feeble?
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It’s hard to know what to make of this story — apparently, each year a handful of Japanese women in their 30s are so disappointed when their illusions of Paris as some sort of romantic paradise are shattered by the reality of France’s capital.

Cellphones catching out Japan’s cheating husbands
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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Hypothetical question — If you’re a cheating dog who lives with his wife, yet spends most evenings fielding cellphone text message and emails from your little bit on the side, do you…

Mitsubishi getting the most out of sewage
Friday, December 08, 2006
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Mitsubishi seems rightly proud of its latest take on the problem of how to deal with all the nasty brown sludge that flows beneath our city streets.

YouTube urged to see error of their ways by fuddy-duddy Japanese
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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Japan’s legions of smelly old men in bad suits are tilting at windmills again, as the country’s copyright-protection groups and various entertainment-related bodies band together to attack YouTube yet again.

TXT the moon for free on Japan’s 2007 lunar mission
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Next time you need to blast sweet messages of love into the heart of our planet’s only moon, get someone else to do the dirty work please.

Holiday gift guide: book bonanza perfect for Japan fiends
Friday, December 01, 2006
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Chin Music Press produces some of the most entertaining books around and does it with style aplenty, so when they have a Christmas sale you’d better get moving PDQ.

Build your own otaku at online Japanese-language school
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Learning Japanese is actually pretty easy at the beginning — it’s when you get into talking in endless Moebius Strips of politeness that the trouble really starts — so we hope urbanjapanese.com’s online language school knows a way to help wannabe otaku get started on the right foot.

Pirates of the Caribbean café brings levity to Tokyo dining
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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You’ve probably experienced at least some of the sprawling movie franchise, the theme-park ride and the series of video games, so why not go the whole hog and check out the new Pirates of the Caribbean café in Tokyo’s bay area?

How not to bow in Japan, Sony style
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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When Sony met Tokyo reporters last month to finally explain the battery debacle that kept the company in the headlines for more than two months it raised eyebrows not for what it said but for what it did, or rather didn’t do.

Thanko opens web store selling crazy Japanese gadgets in English
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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Thanko, that master of all things ridiculous, has finally opened an online store bringing the likes of the FMP3 watch and USB-powered heated gloves to the world outside Japan.

DoCoMo has 860,000 on IC-chip phone credit card
Friday, October 13, 2006
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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has attracted more than 860,000 people to its DCMX service that allows a cellphone with an IC chip to be used to make credit purchases in stores, it said Thursday.

Nintendo DS gets durrty with molestation game
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Since we’re on the subject of virtual human playthings, how about this for a dose of weird?

Mythical beasts get their fake on for the masses
Thursday, October 05, 2006
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Since we’re on a cultural/freaky tip, it’s probably a good time to mention Tokyo’s other hot-ticket fall show — an exhibition of fake, yet really really important, monsters running at the National Science Museum in Ueno from October 17 to November 12.

Old-skool droids dusted off in Tokyo
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The tail end of last month saw the opening of Japan’s biggest-ever exhibition of old-time robots here in Tokyo. Automata, as ‘bots used to be known in the 19th century, are basically wind-up figures that perform the same task repeatedly, usually to the accompaniment of cheesy music.

Official: Staring at the sun is now a Good Thing
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Japan’s one of those places where conventional wisdom is generally turned on its head — no, you really don’t need to cook that fish before eating it; yes, you are supposed to bathe butt naked with those 80-year-old crones — so, it’s no surprise to see Jaxa, the national space agency, deliberately staring into our solar system’s fiery life-giver just for kicks.

Nuff respect, Japanese style
Monday, September 18, 2006
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Today is a national holiday called “Keiro no hi” (Respect for the aged day) here in Japan, which means that everyone gets a day off to contemplate the meaning of life, the universe and raw fish.



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