All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Japan’

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 Japanese troops in amphibious assault tactics. The U.S. Department of Defense claims the exercises will help Japan and the U.S. …

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Teen’s $54K Bar Tab: Bar Is Responsible For Paying It

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 quite a night on the town with his friends, racking up charges with $3,700 bottles of champagne and several different …

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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 Force F-15 fighter crashed off the southern Japan island of Okinawa early Tuesday after the aircraft developed problems in flight. …

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Japan Mayor Apologizes For Sex Slaves Comments

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 from surrounding countries, such as China and Korea, and forced into sex slavery during the war. He had last year …

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McDonald’s Mega Potato Fries To Clog Arteries In Japan

McDonald’s is huge in Japan, and it just got bigger with its Mega Potato Fries. IT Media reports (via Kotaku) that McDonald’s is now offering its largest calorie item in the history of the chain with the Mega Potato. It holds the equivalent of two large fries, but at almost half the price. (image) Unfortunately for you McDonald’s french fry …

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Square Opens Up in Japan, Its First Expansion Outside of North America

Japan, say hello to Square. The mobile payments platform has just announced that it is now available in your country. Square is available in Japan with the support and partnership of Sumitomo Mitsui Card Corporation (SMCC). Responsible for introducing Visa to Japan, SMCC is widely recognized and respected for its ability to provide a wide range of solutions, including a …

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Send Odors Through Your Smartphone With Scentee

Smell-O-Vision was a short lived idea in the 1960s that never really took off. Even so, people have tried to communicate smells through electronic transmission for quite some time now. One new smartphone accessory may have finally perfected it. Say hello to Scentee, a new accessory from Japanese company ChatPerf. It’s a small attachment for mobile devices that disperses scents …

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Abenomics Bra Increases Bustline, Economy

Lingerie makers in Japan have come up with a clever marketing strategy to get the word out about what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls “Abenomics”: put pretty women in sexy padded bras and compare it to inflating the economy. Abe, whose primary objective is to stimulate percent inflation in his country’s struggling economy, has got several companies backing him, including …

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This Baseball-Playing Robot Is Leading The Charge In Artificial Brain Reearch

Super Baseball 2020 predicted a future where robots and cybernetically enhanced humans competed on the diamond for our enjoyment. Now some research at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo is starting to fulfill part of that prophecy. Wired reports that researchers have built a baseball-playing robot learns more about the game as it plays. In other words, it will miss …

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7.2 Quake Off Japan Rocks Northern Islands

It seems that the planet’s recent surge of large earthquakes isn’t quite over. The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the islands North of Japan on Friday morning. The quake was centered around 250 km (155 miles) Northeast of the town of Kuril’sk, Russia and 521 km (324 miles) Northeast of Nemuro, Japan. Kuril’sk is located …

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Japanese ISP Now Offers 2Gbps Internet, Twice The Speed Of Google Fiber

The Internet infrastructure in the U.S. is pathetic. It’s slow, expensive and run by companies that care more about their bottom line than what their customers actually want. There is one bright spot though – Google Fiber and its record-breaking 1Gbps Internet service. Now a Japanese ISP is aiming to steal some of its thunder. PCWorld reports that Sony-backed ISP …

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Google Loses Lawsuit Over Autocomplete in Japan

A Tokyo District Court has ruled that Google must alter its autocomplete results to make sure they don’t suggest criminal activity when users search for a specific man’s name. This case began in March of 2012 when a Japanese court demanded that Google delete certain search terms inside their autocomplete function – ones that related to a specific man whose …

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