Japan
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.