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MegaBots team scraps Kickstarter-backed Mk.II robot, now building Mk.III

Head on over to Kickstarter, where you can help American MegaBots and its 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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Cocorobo: Japan’s emotionally needy answer to the Roomba now plays J-pop

If there was one thing missing from the ubiquitous Roomba, it was emotional interaction. Thankfully, developers at Sharp have amended that issue with the Cocorobo.
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Toyota is going to sell a very small ‘buddy robot’ for $400 2:32

Remember Kirobo? The robot spent 18 months on the International Space Station in 2013 as part of an experiment to help improve robot-human interactions. Now a smaller version has been produced for buddy-seeking humans, and it's…
Mobile

Game over: Tokyo man put in handcuffs for selling jailbroken iPhones

Tokyo resident Daisuke Ikeda was arrested on suspicions of trademark violation after he was alleged to have sold jailbroken iPhones. Ikeda is believed to have sold around 200 jailbroken iPhones over a one-year period.
Mobile

Apple's troubles in Japan continue as antitrust watchdog may spring into action

Japan's Fair Trade Commission looks to make some noise by taking action against Apple and three of the country's top carriers on antitrust grounds. All four companies have denied any wrongdoing.
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Japanese kitchen manufacturer unveils minimalist units for the city dweller

With a set of kitchen units from Japanese kitchen manufacturer Sanwa, you’ll never have to compromise again. The collection offers a combination of flexibility and style, designed for those with small living spaces.
Business

Reports: Apple hit with $118 million fine for underreporting income in Japan

Apple is finding more trouble when it comes to taxes -- the company has been slapped with a $118 million fine for underreporting its income in Japan. The news comes only a few weeks after Apple was ordered to pay $14.5 billion in taxes in…
Gaming

First Japanese Evo tournament will take place early in 2018

January 2018 is the date, mark it in your calendars. That's when the Evo Championship Series will finally set down on Japanese shores for the first time, despite the strong Japanese presence in the regular tournaments.
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Humanoid robots are helping travelers at a Tokyo airport

Visit Tokyo's Haneda international airport anytime soon and you might run into one of its humanoid robots. Built by Hitachi, the EMIEW machines are trundling about the terminal buildings guiding and assisting travelers as part of…
Web

Cat fans, here’s a version of Street View just for you

"Cat Street View" is exactly what it sounds like – a kitty-centric version of Google's popular Street View tool that lets you explore a couple of towns in Japan from the perspective of a cat.
Mobile

Using public transportation? Just whip out your iPhone if you're in Japan

New Yorkers may still have to wait a bit longer to pay for their subway rides with their smartphones, but it looks like those in Japan may be enjoying this feature sooner rather than later.
Gaming

Japan has just reported its first ‘Pokémon Go’-related death

Earlier this month Japanese cops said they'd handed out more than 700 tickets for traffic violations involving people playing Pokémon Go while operating a vehicle. On Wednesday it revealed its first death related to the game, caused by a…