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Gaming

‘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.
Mobile

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.
Mobile

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.
Cool Tech

Suzuki takes its expertise to the Moon in seeking the Google Lunar Xprize

Suzuki will partner with Japanese lunar exploration team Hakuto, the automaker announced yesterday. Through the partnership, Suzuki will provide technical support to help develop Hakuto’s lunar rover to compete for the Google Lunar…
Virtual Reality

First Japanese VR porn festival ends prematurely, due to overcrowding

Japan's first VR porn festival ended not with a bang but with a whimper. Attendees mobbed the exterior of the expo -- far too many in fact -- persuading the organizers to shut it down before even a fraction of them had entered.
Mobile

Bezels? What bezels? The Sharp Aquos Mini (almost) gets rid of them

Sharp unveiled the Aquos Mini, the latest phone in the company's line of nearly bezel-less handsets. The phone is currently available in Japan, though there is no word as to whether it will be available internationally.
Mobile

Sony’s mobile division decides to ‘defocus’ efforts in the US and India

During its investor day, Sony Mobile reportedly announced it will shift its focus away from the U.S. and other markets and toward the likes of Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. The cause seems to be stifled phone growth.
Cool Tech

With masses of hazardous space junk orbiting Earth, Japan offers a solution

Right now there are countless fragments of space junk orbiting Earth that are big enough to cause serious damage to working satellites or even the ISS. Japan's space agency is close to testing an innovative solution it hopes can make space…
Web

Google’s $300M undersea Internet cable between US and Japan is now live

Back in 2014, Google teamed up with five telecom and communications firms to install an undersea cable network between the US and Japan to help deal with increasing Internet traffic. And now, that cable is live.
Cool Tech

Autonomous machines may help Japan colonize Mars

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has commissioned construction company Kajima to build autonomous construction machinery that’ll help level ground, excavate, and develop long-term facilities for astronauts in outer space.
Cars

After many false starts, could Uber finally be making headway in Japan?

It may be a ubiquitous sight in major cities across the U.S., but despite its domestic domination, Uber still has a ways to go when it comes to making inroads overseas. But now, the transportation may have finally found a foothold in Japan.
Mobile

Japanese phone manufacturer Freetel introduces 2 devices in the U.S. and Canada

Freetel, a Japanese mobile device manufacturer, is bringing its budget and midrange phones to the U.S. and Canada. The Kiwami is priced at $389 and the low-tier Priori3 is priced at $99.
Photography

This incredible hyper-lapse showcases the beauty and bustle of Tokyo

Cinematographer Christoph Gelep shows off the intricacies of one of the world's most unique cities with an incredible time-lapse. From beginning to end, the visuals and audio create for a mesmerizing tour of Tokyo.
Cool Tech

Want an impressive opening ceremony? 2020 Olympics may include man-made meteor shower

The Olympics may be all about athletic prowess, but its opening ceremonies have always been about showmanship. And what could be more spectacular than a man-made meteor shower?
Home

Japan has its own answer to Airbnb

The latest player to enter the hospitality game and give Airbnb a run for its money is a Japanese startup named Hyakusenrenma, which recently secured $13 million to help fund its vacation rental services.
Cool Tech

Watch this dazzling ‘drone ballet’ in front of Japan’s Mount Fuji

Twenty-one drones and 16,500 LED lights recently combined for a dazzling "drone ballet" in front of Japan's iconic Mount Fuji, and the results, we're sure you'll agree, are truly stunning.
Cars

Mitsubishi overstated fuel economy on 620,000 cars in Japan

Mitsubishi admitted to overstating fuel economy on 620,000 cars sold in Japan over the past three years, including 468,000 supplied to Nissan. The company likely faces hefty fines for its actions.
Mobile

Google and Verizon connecting Japan and Ecuador earthquake victims with loved ones

Google and Verizon have, with a combination of tools and fee waivers, made it easier to contact victims of the Japan and Ecuador earthquakes. They're also contributing to the relief efforts in both countries.
Cool Tech

Tourists in Japan could soon use their fingerprints as currency

Soon, you may be able to touch to buy -- literally. Capitalizing upon its status as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan is planning to test a new system of currency over the summer -- the fingerprint.
Cool Tech

NASA and Japan just released over 2.95 million thermal satellite photos of Earth, for free

Japan's ASTER sensing instrument has been orbiting the Earth for the past 16 years collecting data about the Earth's surface. Now, following an announcement by NASA and Japan, all of ASTER's maps and data products are available to the…
Cool Tech

Japanese scientists have created artificial skin that can grow hair and sweat

Developed at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan, a batch of lab-grown skin implanted in mice showed the ability to sweat and grow hair. Over 14 days, the implants also showed no sign of rejection in the mice.
Cool Tech

No salt, no problem: Electric fork simulates salty flavors with electric currents

Who needs salt when you have electricity? That’s the proposition of the “electric flavoring fork” created by a researcher in Japan to make meals more palatable for people who need to stick to low-salt or no-salt diets.
Cool Tech

Japan's Fukushima ice wall ready to go into service

Japan will activate an ice wall to contain the ongoing contamination from the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The refrigeration system will create a frozen underground ice wall to seal in the radioactive waste.
Gaming

Nintendo denies Nikkei report, claims Wii U hardware production will continue

Nintendo has denied reports from earlier this week indicating that it would end Wii U production in order to focus on its next home console, reaffirming its support for the platform's dedicated player base.
Cool Tech

A Japanese AI program just wrote a short novel, and it almost won a literary prize

A novel written largely by an artificial intelligence passed the first round of screening for a national literary prize in Japan. A team from Future University Hakodate programmed the AI, and then set it loose to "write" the novel that was…
Cool Tech

A Russian billionaire wants to build a cobra-like skyscraper in Japan

Architect Vasiliy Klyukin took to his blog this week to reveal the ambitious details of constructing a snake-like skyscraper in China or Japan. Though just a batch of renderings, the building would resemble a standing cobra.
Cool Tech

Japan starts building the world’s largest floating solar farm

Japanese tech firm Kyocera has been building floating solar farms since 2014, and it's now embarking on its biggest project to date. Scheduled for completion in 2018, this latest facility will use 50,000 solar panels to power around 5,000…
Wearables

The wearable chair is now a thing 1:31

For all those times you've wished you could just take a seat, it is my duty to inform you that the Archelis (literally, "walkable chair" in Japanese), has now been introduced, and can be purchased within a couple years.