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Monday, December 21, 2009

Japanese train iPhone app tells snoozers where to get off

Most of us long-time Japan hands probably catch a few zeds on any train ride over about ten minutes, but what about that age-old problem of knowing where to get off? Solo iPhone programmer (by night, financial recruiter by day) Warwick Pearmund has a techy solution in the shape of his new GPS-based Wake Me Shake Train Alarm app.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Japan arms female train staff with pepper spray

Female attendants on JR Tokai line trains are being issued personal protection cayenne pepper spray devices.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

500kph maglev flying trains get green light to burn up Japan

A signature on a piece of paper in Japan this week means that the country can now start work on commercializing a new generation of high-tech trains that make the current bullet trains look like pedal-bikes.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Japanese Java application uses cellphones to stop perverts

That fine organ the Mainichi Daily News has word on a cellphone Java application intended to help women discretely ward off the wandering hands (and, presumably, other parts) of the gropers that plague Japan’s trains.

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