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Domino's Japan testing reindeer for pizza delivery.

As Christmas gets closer, you'll see more and more holiday themed promotions. Domino's Japan knows this, and they're drafting reindeer to make deliveries of their pizzas this winter.

The fastest supercomputer in the world may soon come out of Japan

It's already one of the most technologically advanced countries, and now, Japan is looking to cement its position at the forefront of digital innovation. It's all contingent upon a new supercomputer that aims to be the fastest in the world.
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Japanese rocket launches manga drawings and weather satellite into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully delivered a weather satellite into geostationary orbit today. But, for kids across Japan, the main attraction wasn't the satellite -- it was the manga artwork carried it.

Toyota plans to build 100 fuel-cell buses in time for the 2020 Olympics

The Toyota FC Bus hydrogen fuel-cell bus will go on sale in Japan next year. Toyota hopes to have 100 buses on the road in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with deliveries ramping up in 2018.

Want a smaller version of the LG V20? It's called the LG V34 Isai Beat

LG released a new version of the V20 in Japan, called the V34 Isai Beat. But what makes the device special? Not only does it feature a more compact 5.2-inch display, but it also has IP67 waterproofing.

Sharp's Aquos Xx3 Mini may give the Xperia X Compact a run for its money

Known more for making televisions than smartphones, Japanese company Sharp unveiled the Aquos Xx3 Mini. The phone will be available in February 2017, though it will only be sold in Japan.
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A Japanese firm has started selling a tiny one-person smoking room for the office

Heavy smoker? Fed up with having to leave the office every time you want a ciggie? In that case, you might want to get yourself this one-person smoking room launched recently by a company in Japan.
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MegaBots team scraps Kickstarter-backed Mk.II robot, now building Mk.III

Head on over to Kickstarter, where you can help American MegaBots and its robot in its quest to defeat Japanese Kuratas robot in their upcoming duel, which will feature all the guts, glory, and glamour of hand-to-hand combat.
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Cocorobo: Japan’s emotionally needy answer to the Roomba now plays J-pop

If there was one thing missing from the ubiquitous Roomba, it was emotional interaction. Thankfully, developers at Sharp have amended that issue with the Cocorobo.
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Toyota is going to sell a very small ‘buddy robot’ for $400 2:32

Remember Kirobo? The robot spent 18 months on the International Space Station in 2013 as part of an experiment to help improve robot-human interactions. Now a smaller version has been produced for buddy-seeking humans, and it's…

Game over: Tokyo man put in handcuffs for selling jailbroken iPhones

Tokyo resident Daisuke Ikeda was arrested on suspicions of trademark violation after he was alleged to have sold jailbroken iPhones. Ikeda is believed to have sold around 200 jailbroken iPhones over a one-year period.

Apple's troubles in Japan continue as antitrust watchdog may spring into action

Japan's Fair Trade Commission looks to make some noise by taking action against Apple and three of the country's top carriers on antitrust grounds. All four companies have denied any wrongdoing.

Japanese kitchen manufacturer unveils minimalist units for the city dweller

With a set of kitchen units from Japanese kitchen manufacturer Sanwa, you’ll never have to compromise again. The collection offers a combination of flexibility and style, designed for those with small living spaces.

Reports: Apple hit with $118 million fine for underreporting income in Japan

Apple is finding more trouble when it comes to taxes -- the company has been slapped with a $118 million fine for underreporting its income in Japan. The news comes only a few weeks after Apple was ordered to pay $14.5 billion in taxes in…

First Japanese Evo tournament will take place early in 2018

January 2018 is the date, mark it in your calendars. That's when the Evo Championship Series will finally set down on Japanese shores for the first time, despite the strong Japanese presence in the regular tournaments.
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Humanoid robots are helping travelers at a Tokyo airport

Visit Tokyo's Haneda international airport anytime soon and you might run into one of its humanoid robots. Built by Hitachi, the EMIEW machines are trundling about the terminal buildings guiding and assisting travelers as part of…

Cat fans, here’s a version of Street View just for you

"Cat Street View" is exactly what it sounds like – a kitty-centric version of Google's popular Street View tool that lets you explore a couple of towns in Japan from the perspective of a cat.

Using public transportation? Just whip out your iPhone if you're in Japan

New Yorkers may still have to wait a bit longer to pay for their subway rides with their smartphones, but it looks like those in Japan may be enjoying this feature sooner rather than later.

Japan has just reported its first ‘Pokémon Go’-related death

Earlier this month Japanese cops said they'd handed out more than 700 tickets for traffic violations involving people playing Pokémon Go while operating a vehicle. On Wednesday it revealed its first death related to the game, caused by a…

Japan’s prime minister became ‘Super Mario’ at the Olympic closing ceremony

It's not every day you see a world leader dressed up as a famous video game character, but that's exactly what happened during the Rio Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday night.

Japan’s Horinouchi House makes 600 square feet seem like a bona fide mansion

Located in west Tokyo, Japan's Horinouchi House sits on just 600 square feet of land but was constructed to make the home feel much bigger than it is. Gorgeously lit and spacious enough for a family, the home is a wonder.

Samara is Airbnb's new project to take on the challenge of urban planning

This week, Airbnb is taking on a new challenge by starting a brand new division. It’s called Samara, and its first project is to design a communal housing project that will reinvigorate the small town of Yoshino, Japan.

Japanese cops are handing out hundreds of traffic tickets to ‘Pokémon Go’ players

Cops in Japan have revealed that in just a couple of weeks they've so far ticketed more than 700 individuals for playing Pokémon Go while operating a vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle.

False smartphone alert of major quake leaves millions in Japan sweating

Millions of smartphones across Tokyo started beeping in unison on Monday after a quake-alert app warned them that a huge tremor was about to strike. It was, however, sent in error, sparking unnecessary panic among those expecting the worst.

Forget foldable: Japanese researchers develop a display you can cut to pieces

Flexible displays are set to play a big part in future devices, but displays you can cut could be even more important. Researchers in Japan have developed a display that can be cut with scissors and still be totally usable afterwards.

The Sharp Basio 2 is a peculiar beast that packs physical call and message buttons

Here to shatter expectations about how an Android phone should look, the Sharp Basio 2 features physical call and message buttons, as well as a cover for the main camera. The phone will be released in Japan.

‘Pokémon Go’ officially launches in Japan following delay

'Pokémon Go' has officially launched in Japan, following a delay reportedly caused by the leak of an email between developer Niantic and launch partner McDonald's. It's available on both Android and iOS.
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‘Pokémon Go’ takes aim at Japan, with some help from a Big Mac 2:35

Android N lets users know where their apps really came from, the U.S. Army may outfit every soldier with a small drone, ‘Pokémon Go’ heads to Japan with some help from a fast food chain.

After four years, Lenovo finally unveils its first Windows 10 Mobile phone

Lenovo took the wraps off the SoftBank 503LV, the company's first Windows 10 Mobile phone made in partnership with Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank. The phone will be available to Japanese businesses in October.

The Sharp 507SH is the first Android One phone for the Land of the Rising Sun

Sharp unveiled the 507SH, the first Android One phone to be released in Japan and to be both dust- and water-resistant. The phone will be available in the coming weeks for a reportedly affordable price.