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Cars

Nissan unveils GT-R 45th Anniversary edition for Japan, possible upgrades for the U.S.

The Nissan GT-R may be relatively new to the U.S., but it's been on sale in its home market much longer, since 1969, in fact. Nissan is commemorating 45 years of the GT-R with a limited-edition model.
Cool Tech

Touchable 3D technology unveiled to enhance video games, driving, 3D printing

Thanks to the use of haptic technology, which is used in everyday objects such as video game controllers and smartphones to create vibrations simulating real-world touch-based interactions, Japan-based Miraisens has created touchable 3D…
Cool Tech

Japan to have 30 floating solar power islands to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy

Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. are partnering to build two massive solar power islands that will float on two reservoirs in Japan to generate about 2.9 megawatts of energy. Plans are in place to build a total of 30 such…
Mobile

Japan’s new HTC J Butterfly manages to be better and worse than the HTC One M8

HTC has teamed up with Japanese network KDDI to launch the J Butterfly, a new take on its popular One M8 device. There are a few differences between the two, some of which make it better than its cousin, while others make it worse.
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Japan wants to see robots compete against each other in the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics, and if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has any say in the matter, the world will see the world’s robots come together to compete for robotic supremacy.
Cars

Subaru’s WRX S4 promises more sophisticated performance, but only in Japan

The 2015 Subaru WRX hasn't been on sale long, but Subaru is already cooking up a special edition. The WRX S4 will be unveiled in Japan in late August but Subaru is keeping things under wraps until then.
Mobile

iTunes Pass now available in America, Australia, and the UK (Updated)

A new way of crediting money into iTunes has been launched. It's called iTunes Pass, and instead of using a gift card, Apple Store employees simply need to scan a pass inside the Passbook app on your device.
Cool Tech

Japan’s news-reading robot shouldn’t have too many newscasters fearing for their job

Japan unveiled the world's first news-reading robot on Tuesday, though judging by its performance, real newscasters needn't worry about being shoved aside in favor of an android. Not yet, anyway.
Home Theater

Chromecast arrives in Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Switzerland

Google announced today via blog post that users in Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Switzerland can now use its beloved Chromecast dongle to begin casting content from their phones, tablets, or laptops to their TVs.
Gaming

Xbox One set for September 4 release in Japan

Microsoft announced a September 4 release for the Xbox One in Japan, with regional launches in 26 countries overall expected for that month.
Mobile

Time is ticking for Tizen, as Japanese network cancels plans to launch first phone

Are networks beginning to lose faith in Tizen? Number one Japanese network NTT DoCoMo has canceled plans to launch the first phone in March, following lengthy delays.