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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 …

Japan Earthquake Triggers Tsunamis
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An earthquake hit off the coast of Honshu, Japan, on October 25, 2013, measuring a magnitude of 7.1 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports. According to local Tokyo time, the earthquake hit at 2:10 a.m. and produced tsunamis at four …

Typhoon Wipha Hits Tokyo, At Least 17 Killed

Typhoon Wipha reached the Tokyo area Wednesday, and at least 17 people have died, with another 50 missing. An official from Oshima, a small island 75 miles south of Tokyo, reported that the majority of the casualties came from flooding …

Typhoon Wipha Approaches Japan and Fukushima Plant
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This past weekend, Typhoon Wipha was rated as a Category 4 hurricane due to its intense wind-speeds (Anywhere from 130-156 mph). Luckily for Japan and surrounding countries, the typhoon has been downgraded as it approaches the Japanese coastline. Current estimates …

Airbus Lands Historic Deal with Japan Airlines Airbus Lands Historic Deal with Japan Airlines

Boeing found itself losing its essential monopoly on the Japanese aerospace market Monday morning as Japan Airlines (JAL) signed a deal with Airbus worth $294.5 billion. The deal is for 31 wide-body A350 jets, with the future option to purchase …

Typhoon Fitow Pummels China’s Coast

The east coast of China sustained the ravages of Typhoon Fitow, having been warned of the impending storm Sunday by the National Meteorological Centre in a red alert (the highest level). The typhoon is expected to weaken quickly as it …

Caroline Kennedy: Humbled To Carry On JFK’s Legacy

Caroline Kennedy has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the US Ambassador to Japan. Caroline is the former First Daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Bouvier Kennedy. At 55 years old, she is …

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake near Fukushima 5.3-Magnitude Earthquake near Fukushima

An earthquake that registered as a 5.3-magnitude on the Richter scale was detected at 17:25 GMT today, according to a statement made by the United States Geological Service (USGS). Currently the ‘USGS’ and organizations like the ‘Japan Meteorological Society’ and …

Japan Typhoon Man-Yi Surfaces, Endangering Fukushima
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Typhoon Man-Yi has hit southern Japan causing fears that the Fukushima nuclear plant may be impacted. Man-Yi is the 18th typhoon this season, bringing heavy rains and officials are warning citizens in different parts of the country of flooding and …

iPhone 5S, 5C To See September 20 Release Date In Japan iPhone 5S, 5C To See September 20 Release Date In Japan

Apple has partnered with NTT DOCOMO to offer the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C in Japan on the DOCOMO network starting on Friday, September 20th. “NTT DOCOMO has built an impressive network, the largest in the nation with over …

First Talking Robot In Space Sends Earth A Message First Talking Robot In Space Sends Earth A Message
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Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the moon will forever be taught in history books around the world. Will history be as kind to the first talking robot in space? You may recall that the University of Tokyo and Toyota …

Hyao Miyazaki: Celebrated Filmaker Retires, Ends Era Hyao Miyazaki: Celebrated Filmaker Retires, Ends Era
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Celebrated manga artist and Anime icon Hyao Miyazaki announced his retirement Saturday, just after the release of his last film, “The Wind Rises”. Koji Hoshino, the head of Mr. Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli, announced the news Sunday at the Venice …

Fukushima Radiation Spikes 1700%, Media Frenzy Ensues

A CNN report is bound to get those Geiger counters ticking: the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has announced that a single drop of contaminated water escaped the holding tanks today, accounting for a massive spike in radiation levels. …

Japanese Developer Makes A Light Gun Game With A Bow

Man, Duck Hunt was the best. The original NES title was my first introduction to the light gun genre of shooters and it still remains one of the best. The genre has mostly faded away over the past few decades, …

Volcano Eruption In Japan Is 500th This Year

A volcano eruption in Japan has forced residents to wear masks and rain gear to protect themselves from a rain of ash that spewed 3 miles into the sky. Mount Sakurajima gave forth its 500th eruption for the year on …

Google Launches Online Exhibits Looking At Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings Google Launches Online Exhibits Looking At Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings

Google announced on Monday that it has collaborated with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum on a group of online exhibits for the Google Cultural Institute. This month marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic …

The Japanese Are Now Using 3D Printers To Catch Terrorists The Japanese Are Now Using 3D Printers To Catch Terrorists

The Japanese have come up with some ingenious (and terrifying) uses for 3D printers since the technology became largely mainstream last year. It’s latest use of the technology is once again an entirely new take on 3D printing that will …

Hiroshima: Japan Honors 68th Anniversary

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945. The AP reports 50,000 people gathered in the Hiroshima peace park accompanied by many of the “hibakusha,” or “explosion-affected” and burned incense …

Artist Uses 3D Printer To Make Awesome Homes For Her Hermit Crabs Artist Uses 3D Printer To Make Awesome Homes For Her Hermit Crabs
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Hermit crabs aren’t especially interesting on their own, but it can be fun to see what kind of things the tiny crustaceans decide to call home next. One Japanese artist decided to make custom homes for her hermit crabs and …

Japan Scrambles Jets: Chinese Military Plane Breaches Int’l Airspace

A frustrating dispute in the south Pacific has all of Southeast Asia on high alert as China has seemingly escalated the conflict by flying a military craft through international airspace near Chinese islands. Reuters reports the Chinese plane was a …

Average Global Internet Speeds Are Still Increasing Average Global Internet Speeds Are Still Increasing
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Most of us in the U.S. love to rag on our ISPs and blame them for what we perceive as painfully slow Internet speeds. Our ISPs certainly do deserve their fair share of criticism, but we should also celebrate when …