Japan

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.

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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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Battle of the bots: American MegaBot to face off against Japanese Kuratas next year

In the real life version of a Transformers fight, the Japanese robot Kuratas has accepted the challenge for a duel from American MegaBot to take place sometime in June of next year.

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Conductive ink ushers in the next generation of wearable technology

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a new conductive ink that would allow electronics to be printed on stretchable fabrics, which means that printing a conductive shirt might be as easy as screen printing a design.

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The first robot wedding happened in Japan: There was a kiss, cake, and dancing

First the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage; now Japan has hosted the first robot wedding. About 100 people gathered in Tokyo on Saturday to witness robots named Frois and Yukirin tie the knot. There was even a "kiss."

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SoftBank’s ’emotional’ Pepper robot sells out in just 60 seconds

SoftBank said it took just one minute to sell its first batch of 1,000 Pepper robots when it went on sale in Japan on Saturday. The humanoid robot is notable for its ability to understand human emotions, and is also able to express its own "feelings".

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Kyocera unveils world’s largest floating solar panel system

apanese electronics maker Kyocera Corporation unveiled the world's largest floating solar power station, which boasts 9,000 solar panels that are fully waterproof and sit comfortably atop the water's surface.

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Line launches Line Music app in Japan, where the CD still dominates music sales

Line, makers of the cute messaging app, has launched another spin-off service. Line Music is a streaming music app with a growing library of tracks, but it's launching in a country where the CD still dominates music sales.

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Sony’s Xperia A4 has powerful specs and a cool vibe, but it’s only going to Japan

Sony might be done with low-end smartphones, but it's not giving up on its mobile division by announcing the Xperia A4, the successor to last year's Xperia A2. It might not pack the latest and greatest, but the Japanese-exclusive is plenty powerful.

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Japanese authorities waking up to drones, ban flights in all of Tokyo’s public parks

Tokyo-based drone enthusiasts have had it pretty easy when it comes to flight freedom around the city. However, following a recent high-profile incident where a man flew radioactive material onto the Prime Minister's office, it's all about to change.

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This nanotech toothbrush cleans your teeth without toothpaste

While our computers keep getting smaller and our processors keep getting faster, one thing has remained constant: We still brush our teeth like people did in the 1800's. Japanese designer Kosho Ueshima aims to change that.

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18 years after Dragon Ball GT, Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation continue gathering the Dragon Balls

Many people around the world have gotten a look into the world of Japanese anime thanks to Dragon Ball. Akira Toriyama and Toei Animation are planning to introduce a new generation of fans to the series through Dragon Ball Chou.

Movies & TV

Japan: Man arrested after using drone to dump radioactive sand on leader’s office in nuke protest

We've seen quadcopters used in a myriad of ways over the last couple of years, but using one to transport radioactive material as part of a political protest certainly appears to be a first.

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Vengeful girlfriend sends cheating ex’s Apple devices to a watery grave

An unnamed Japanese woman found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her. Her specified method of revenge? Throw all of his Apple products into a bath and watch it all die. Unsurprisingly, many approved of her methods.

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Meet Aiko Chihira, the robotic humanoid who’s greeting shoppers in Japan

A department store in Tokyo, Japan has unveiled a humanoid receptionist featured to draw customers in. The robot, Aiko Chihira, is the latest development from Toshiba and Osaka University.

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