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Radioactive Tuna from Japan Make Their Way to California
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Radioactive tuna, which are thought to have been contaminated by the severely damaged Fukushima power plant, have started quickly working their way to the California coast. Levels of radioactive cesium have been much higher in specimens than recent years, leading …

Panasonic Japan Installing Wireless Charging Stations Panasonic Japan Installing Wireless Charging Stations

Panasonic Japan is installing 90 wireless charging stations in that country, beginning this month. Charging stations will follow the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard, and will go in cafes, bars, nail salons, convenience stores and karaoke boxes. The Qi standard …

Rejected Twitter User Sues the Object of His Affection
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All of us handle rejection differently. Some people swallow it whole and immediately purge it from their systems. Others, I’m afraid, take things a little too personally. Far be it for me to tell someone how to live their life, …

Study Finds That People Aren’t Physically Interacting Much Anymore Due To The Internet Study Finds That People Aren’t Physically Interacting Much Anymore Due To The Internet

I’m going to be straight up with all of you – I think I’m addicted to the Internet. While my job involves my sitting at a desk working online all day, I can’t get away from it once the work …

Microtransaction Limitations for Minors Headed to Japan

I few years ago, I got hooked on a game called MapleStory, an oddly enjoyable multi-player side-scrolling platformer that involved fighting adorable cartoon monsters using equally-adorable cartoon avatars. As my addiction to the game began to grow, I started noticing …

Smartphones Overtake Feature Phones in Japan Smartphones Overtake Feature Phones in Japan
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With budget smartphones flooding the cell phone market worldwide, it is getting harder and harder for manufacturers of feature phones to keep up. Though feature phones are still successful in new markets for cell phone service around the world, smartphones …

Soccer Ball From Japanese Tsunami Found in Alaska

All of us remember the devastating tsunami that ravaged Japan back in 2011. It was such a rough time for the Japanese population; however, a story has recently been released that has given the Japanese hope from these tough times. …

New International Spider-man Trailers + Posters
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The first trailers we saw for The Amazing Spider-man were mostly teasers, eluding to the story of spiderman, and the new twists this next installment will bring. These new international trailers give us a lot more to go on. They …

Android Apps Found Stealing Personal Information Android Apps Found Stealing Personal Information

Symantec has identified a series of apps in the Google Play app store that could be stealing Japanese Android users’ personal information, including their contacts’ information. The apps come with a “the Movie” tacked onto the end of their names, …

Tokyo Court Orders Apple to Pay for Flaming iPod Tokyo Court Orders Apple to Pay for Flaming iPod

A Setagaya-ku, Tokyo couple won roughly 600,000 yen (about $7,400) in damages from Apple Japan, after an iPod Nano caught fire and burned the woman. There have been complaints of Apple devices getting hot, and lately the new iPad has …

Twitter Launches Branded Pages in Japan Twitter Launches Branded Pages in Japan

You got it, brand pages from Twitter advertising are now available in Japan, and DoCoMo (page pictured above) is one of the first to take advantage of the the space. DoCoMo is Japan’s largest mobile operator. So far the US …

Japan Developing Interactive Plants Japan Developing Interactive Plants

Japan has been producing 76% of the world’s weird s*** since 1952. It’s a fact. The country that brought us interactive digital pets like Tamagotchi and Nintendogs is now going interactive with house plants. Researchers at Keio University in Japan …

Disney Announces Mobile Game Apps
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If you check out Apple’s App store or Google Play you will notice a striking lack of games from Disney. The company has come out with the hit Where’s my Water, but that was pretty recently, and it doesn’t include …

Google Autocomplete Feature Draws Ire In Japan [Updated] Google Autocomplete Feature Draws Ire In Japan [Updated]

Update: A Google spokesperson gave WebProNews the following statement: “A Japanese court issued a provisional order requesting Google to delete specific terms from Autocomplete. The judge did not require Google to completely suspend the Autocomplete function. Google is currently reviewing …

Google Street View Finds Japan In Cherry Blossom Season Google Street View Finds Japan In Cherry Blossom Season

Lately, as Google Maps has announced the inclusion of different parts of the world with Street View, the selection of these regions has seemed less and less random and a more deliberate effort by Google Maps to provide a new …

New Japanese Facial Recognition Software Is Powerful, Scary New Japanese Facial Recognition Software Is Powerful, Scary
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Big brother alert!!! For those of you who don’t like the idea of CCTV monitoring your every move, the details a recent software breakthrough by Hitachi Kokusai Electric will probably make you soil your undergarments, or at least never leave …

Facebook Gaining Traction in Japan Facebook Gaining Traction in Japan
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Since Facebook debuted in Japan in 2008, the social networking giant faced a few cultural obstacles in its bid for popularity, in a country where people are historically reluctant to share any sort of personal information on the internet. Still, …

Nikon D800 Released in Japan Nikon D800 Released in Japan

The Nikon D800 DSLR went on sale in Japan today, and distributors are having a hard time keeping up with demand. With pre-orders shipping all over the country, major retailers like Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Camera no Kitamura are …

Earthquake Hits Japan, Causes Minor Tsunami
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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeastern Japan today, causing the Japanese Meteorological Agency to issue a tsunami warning. It struck about 170 miles off the east coast. A spokesman for Tohoku Electric Power, which operates two nuclear power plants in …

Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese Siri Desu: Siri’s Having Trouble With Japanese
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While most iPhone users I know love talking to Siri–and especially enjoy making her say funny things–the iPhone-based human-like assistant seems even more human in having a flawed, sometimes divisive personality. Criticism of the assistant runs the gamut, from claims …

GDC 2012: Japanese Developer Openly Mocked During Panel
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The Game Developers Conference is a place where those who work in the games industry can collaborate and work towards a brighter future in the games industry. This usually infers that the event is pretty positive, but things got downright …