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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 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 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 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 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 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 …

Google Takes Street View Trekker Up Mt. Fuji Google Takes Street View Trekker Up Mt. Fuji

Google announced today that it has taken its Street View Trekker camera device (you know, the backpack) up Mt. Fuji to gather some new imagery. The 360-degree panoramic shots cover the Yoshida trail that takes hikers up the mountain, as …

The Japanese Are Still 3D Printing Fetuses The Japanese Are Still 3D Printing Fetuses
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We all thought it was over. The nightmares brought upon by 3D printed fetuses had just subsided last month, but Fasotec had to force its way into the news cycle once again with another story of how it 3D prints …

Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display; To Be Cloned? Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display; To Be Cloned?
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A 39,000-year old woolly mammoth found in Siberia last year is about to go on display in Yokohama, Japan for curious parties to check out on a three-month exhibition. Named Yuka, the 2-year old female was found with permafrost on …

Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos

It appears that some government officials in Japan have found themselves scrambling after a Google Groups privacy misstep allowed internal memos to be open and available for anyone to browse at their convenience. According to the AFP, the incident occurred …

Google Street View Trekker Goes To ‘Dead City’ Google Street View Trekker Goes To ‘Dead City’

Google is releasing some new Street View imagery from the abandoned Hashima Island, which is known by “Dead Island” or “Dead City” from the James Bond flick Skyfall. Google announced the imagery in a Japanese blog post, and shared this …

Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy? Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy?

Google Glass makes some people feel rather uncomfortable. The biggest concern seems to stem from the idea that Google Glass will eliminate more of our privacy with facial recognition software and the like. Despite Google banning such software on Glass, …

Japanese Troops Being Trained in California Japanese Troops Being Trained in California

Members of the Japan‘s Self-Defense Force this week are training on the southern coast of California. According to an Associated Press report, the troops are being trained for the next two weeks by U.S. Marines. The training will specifically train …

Teen’s $54K Bar Tab: Bar Is Responsible For Paying It Teen’s $54K Bar Tab: Bar Is Responsible For Paying It
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A Japanese teenager ran up a $54,000 bar tab with his buddies using his dad’s credit card, and now a judge says he doesn’t have to pay it back because the bar didn’t verify his identity. The 16-year old had …

F-15 Fighter Crashes in Okinawa, Japan F-15 Fighter Crashes in Okinawa, Japan

According to multiple publications, a United States Air Force F-15 operating out of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan has crashed. The report, generated by the Associated Press, also indicates the pilot ejected and survived the incident: A U.S. Air …

Japan Mayor Apologizes For Sex Slaves Comments Japan Mayor Apologizes For Sex Slaves Comments
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Earlier this month, Osaka, Japan Mayor and co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, Toru Hashimoto caused controversy by referring Japan’s policy of providing “comfort women” to soldiers in World War II as “necessary.” The women he referred to were taken …