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Amazon will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan next month

Perhaps attempting to keep Netflix in check as both companies expand overseas, Amazon Prime subscribers in Japan will soon be able to access movies and television shows on Prime Instant Video.

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MegaBots team preps for battle with Japanese ‘bot, seeks $1.5M on Kickstarter

Head on over to Kickstarter, where you can help American MegaBots and its Mk.II 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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Sony, Microsoft publishing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in Japan

Sony and Microsoft confirmed that they will publish Japanese versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, taking over regional publishing duties from Activision. The game features voice acting from Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, and Ron Perlman.

Gaming

WalkCar, the personal transporter that’s small enough to fit in a bag

Had enough of walking? Like the idea of standing still to reach your destination? Then check out the WalkCar, a personal transportation solution small enough to chuck in your backpack when your journey's done.

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Netflix launches in The Land of the Rising Sun on September 2

Netflix will expand to Japan on September 2, the company has announced. It marks yet another international launch for the streaming company, which has seen meteoric foreign growth over the past year.

Business

Japanese companies want autonomous taxis ready in time for 2020 Olympics

Two Japanese companies hope to put autonomous taxis on Tokyo streets in time for the 2020 Olympics. The cars would likely be based on existing production models from a third-party manufacturer.

Cars

Japanese scientists are sending whiskey up to space so it can age in zero gravity

Since aging whiskey on Earth is obviously a thing of the past, the Japanese distillery Suntory says it will send five bottles of its whiskey to age in space.

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The MB4.0 origami bridge could save your life in a natural disaster

The traditional Japanese art of origami may have originated using paper, but now, the intricate folds have inspired what scientists claim to be "the world’s fastest, largest, strongest, and lightest expanding temporary bridge."

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Japanese university sets world record with an insane 2 quadrillion-watt laser burst

Scientists at Osaka University in Japan have reportedly fired the world's most powerful laser beam. Researchers used the university's massive, 300-foot LFEX machine to blast out a 2 petawatt burst -- allegedly the most energetic burst ever achieved.

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A little girl shows off all the cool features of Japanese bathrooms

If you've never been to Japan, you might not know the bathrooms are a bit different than they are in the U.S. For one thing, they are far more partitioned, which means you don't have to wait for someone to get out of the bath to use the toilet.

Home

Sony jumps on the drone bandwagon with a new venture called Aerosense

Rather than jumping in the ring with consumer drone companies like DJI, Parrot, and others, Sony's new venture, Aerosense Inc., plans to use drones to provide aerial surveying services to businesses.

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The Henn-Na (Weird) Hotel is run by robots, and you can now book a night for around $100

On Friday, the first ever robot hotel opened its doors in Japan, and for a very reasonable $60 to $153 a night, you can live in a temporary home that is staffed completely by humanoids.

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There is free Wi-Fi at the top of Japan’s highest mountain

Japan's free Wi-Fi services are about to reach new heights with the launch of hotspots along Mount Fuji's hiking trails. The new service is aimed primarily at foreign travelers, thousands of whom visit each year to climb the nation's highest mountain.

Mobile

Japan transforming its disused golf courses into solar farms

Japanese electronics company Kyocera is working to convert some of the country's disused golf courses into solar power plants. The locations are perfect for such an initiative as the land has already been cut into mountains and is easily accessible.

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