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Hulu Sells Off Japan Business To Nippon TV Hulu Sells Off Japan Business To Nippon TV

In 2011, Hulu finally went international with its launch in Japan. Its Japanese branch was doing pretty for itself as well with last quarter’s financial results revealing that it had doubled its subscribers in the region since the beginning of …

Anne Frank Literature: 265 Books Destroyed in Tokyo

Since January, a vandal has been making the rounds, ripping pages out of Anne Frank books in libraries across Tokyo, Japan. Police investigators have counted a total of 265 damaged books. One of the most renowned, historical books of the …

Here’s A Look At Over 20 Upcoming PS4 Games

With the PS4 launching in Japan today, Sony has been busy in its home territory with launch parties, trailers and a bunch of celebratory videos. Capcom has already shared a new Deep Down trailer to coincide with the Japanese launch …

Fukushima Radiation to Reach U.S. Coast This Year

The day the tsunamis hit Japan, which would eventually cause the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, will remain etched into my brain for a long time. I was frantically woken up by my mother on March 11, 2011; she ushered me to …

Scentee Wants To Make Your Phone Smell Like A Rose Scentee Wants To Make Your Phone Smell Like A Rose

In May of last year, Japanese company ChatPerf introduced the Scentee – a smartphone accessory that shoots out puffs of scented vapor. It was a bizarre product, but the kind of product that some consumers would really go for. If …

Japan Dolphin Hunts Continue In Spite Of Criticism

Japan has been hunting dolphins for centuries. Several documentaries have exposed these hunts and shown how cruel and violent they can be. Japan has been heavily criticized for their hunts and many petitions have been created to stop them. In …

Japan Tainted Food Products on Recall, Consumers Fall ill

There has been a recent outbreak of food poisoning in Japan, with hundreds of people sickened by contaminated frozen food. Food Company Maruha Nichiro recalled frozen products of lasagna and pancakes due to repeated complaints of vomiting and diarrhea. After …

Japan’s Tainted Food  – Over 350 People Sickened Japan’s Tainted Food – Over 350 People Sickened
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Frozen foods in Japan have sickened 350 people and counting due to food poisoning. The frozen food products are said to be tainted with a pesticide according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. The company Maruhu Nichiro Holdings, after learning of …

Bluefin Tuna Prices Plummet At Japan Auction Bluefin Tuna Prices Plummet At Japan Auction
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Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura was the top bidder of bluefin tuna in the year’s first tuna auction at Tsukiji market in Tokyo, Japan. The event normally draws very high bids given Japan’s insatiable appetite for the fish. Kimura paid a …

Japan’s First PS4 Commercial Is Kind Of Mean

Traditionally, Sony has launched its previous PlayStation consoles in Japan first. You could chalk it up to how Japanese companies tend to the needs of the home market first. That all changed with the PS4 as it launched in the …

Tokyo 5.5 Earthquake Shakes Up Saturday Morning
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Yahoo News tells us that eastern Japan has felt a strong rumble registering at a 5.5 magnitude early this morning, but thankfully no tsunami threats, serious damage or nuclear damage have been reported. This has been the ninth earthquake this …

Joe Biden Visits China Amid Air Zone Tensions

US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Asia as tensions are escalating between China and Japan over a newly established Chinese air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. The tensions center around the tiny Senkaku Islands (known as …

Obama Urges Airlines To Obey China’s Rules
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The New York Times reports that the Obama administration has asked that American commercial airlines obey the wishes of China and submit notification of flights into their airspace in advance. The move comes as the United States finds itself drawn …

U.S. B-52′s Enter Airspace Claimed by China

Two unarmed U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers entered a Chinese air defense zone on Monday, defying China’s expanding claim over an island chain in the East China Sea. The flight occurred without incident, and the Pentagon declared on Tuesday that …

China Witnessed B-52s Entering Defense Zone
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On Tuesday, two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over the East China Sea as part of a previously planned training exercise; however, no notification was given to Beijing. In the past, the lack of notification may not have raised any eyebrows. …

Mount Etna Erupts, Peppers Towns with Ash

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupted Saturday, showering pyroclastic detritus on towns around the mountain’s slopes and the nearby comune of Taormina. The eruption didn’t call for any evacuations, though an area highway was shut down for 30 minutes, …

Caroline Kennedy On Familiar Ground In Japan

A week before the 50th anniversary of her father’s death, Caroline Kennedy entered the country she studied and began to admire many years ago: Japan. Kennedy was sworn in as the US Ambassador to Japan on November 12, 2013, making …

New Japanese Island Appears After Volcanic Eruption
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Fortunately for residents of Japan and the rest of the world, the smoke and ashes rising from the floor of the Pacific Ocean approximately 620 miles south of Tokyo on Wednesday were not the signs of Godzilla or any other …

Keanu Reeves’ ’47 Ronin’ Based on True Story
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According to director Carl Rinsch, Keanu Reeves’ upcoming film “47 Ronin” is based on a true Japanese story. Rinsch describes the film, which opens on December 25 in the US, as a story where people “share this journey to reclaim …

Pinterest Japan Launches with New Features Tailored to Japanese Users Pinterest Japan Launches with New Features Tailored to Japanese Users

As Pinterest’s value continues to rise, the company is slowly expanding their presence internationally – launching specific versions of the site that are targeted toward users in various countries. First it was the U.K., then France and Italy. Now Pinterest …

Tsunami Debris Still Headed to US, Just No Island

UPDATE: Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist, said this with regard to clarifications from the NOAA about the reports of a “Texas-sized” island: “Following the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan a tremendous quantity of debris washed into the Pacific …