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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 U.S. and Europe in November while Japanese gamers have to wait until February 22. Now Sony is using that three …

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Tokyo 5.5 Earthquake Shakes Up Saturday Morning

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 month. Although always frightening, the citizens of Japan are likely breathing a sigh of relief– this earthquake did not cause …

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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 the Diaoyu in China) which are within the new air defense zone. Although Japan has controlled the islands for many …

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Obama Urges Airlines To Obey China’s Rules

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 into the midst of mounting tension between Japan and China over the control of uninhabited islands in the East Sea. …

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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 the flyover was not significant of any reaction to China’s expanding declaration of sovereignty over the archipelago which that country …

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China Witnessed B-52s Entering Defense Zone

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. Unfortunately, that is not the case this time. The training exercise occurred in the aftermath of China’s recent attempt to …

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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, as a safety measure. Air traffic was also restricted in four air corridors around nearby Catania Airport. Mount Etna is …

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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 her the first female US Ambassador to the Asian country. Kennedy has long been enamored with Japan, and the fondness …

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New Japanese Island Appears After Volcanic Eruption

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 kaiju rising from the depths of the ocean. Instead of having to face down a terrifying amphibious monster, Japan is …

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Keanu Reeves’ ’47 Ronin’ Based on True Story

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 their land, their honor, their way,” and adds that “It was very special to me to be part of it.” …

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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 has announced that their next localized venture, Pinterest Japan, is now live. Pinterest Japan launches after some time in beta …

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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 and began heading toward North America. While this debris was initially a solid mass, NOAA is right to indicate that …

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