Japan
Wearables

Rise of smartwatches prompts top Japanese university to ban ALL watches from exams

Smartwatches are following in the footsteps of handsets, picking up exam room bans at schools and colleges around the world over cheating concerns. Prestigious Kyoto University has just become the first in Japan to ban the wrist-based…
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Japanese security drone detects intruders, then follows them around with a camera

This newest drone from Japanese company Secom is a criminal's worst nightmare -- not only is it designed to autonomously detect intruders, it also will follow them and photograph them as they try to escape.
Gaming

Square Enix’s The Last Remnant out now for iOS, Android in Japan

Square Enix's Xbox 360-era RPG The Last Remnant is now available as a Japan-exclusive mobile app for iOS and Android devices that renders the game's expansive quest using cloud streaming technology.
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Watch Japanese cops use a net-equipped drone to catch a ‘rogue’ quadcopter 1:14

After a remotely controlled copter carrying a radioactive substance landed on the Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo earlier this year, cops have been looking for an effective way to take down rogue UAVs. The solution?…
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Japanese police plan to battle drones with even bigger drones, equipped with nets

New laws on drone use came into force in Japan on Thursday, severely restricting where hobbyists can fly their machines. To police the new rules, Tokyo cops are thought to be prepping "a large drone" with a net to take down…
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Robots might take over almost half of Japan within the next 20 years

According to researchers' predictions, up to 49 percent of Japanese jobs could be taken by robots within the next two decades. And with Japan's quickly aging population, this may not even be a bad thing for the country's economy.
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These new Japanese noodles are low-cal, gluten-free, and … made from trees

Omikenshi Co. is the number two rayon manufacturer in Japan, and they're using their textile production process to create flour from inedible tree pulp and the bitter konjac plant. The resulting flour has a better taste and texture than…
Gaming

Nintendo launches cross-platform user accounts in Japan

Nintendo launched a cross-platform user account system in Japan this week, giving players the ability to track their digital purchases and earn bonus cash back from eShop activity.
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This app lets you design your own accessories with your phone 1:20

With Japan's Monomy, described as an online DIY custom jewelry marketplace, anyone can create their own fashion accessories, cobbling together any combination of the more than 1,500 different parts available on the app.
Business

Out of desperation, Sharp begs its own workers to buy Sharp products

Struggling Sharp has told its workers to buy a load of Sharp stuff this holiday season to help dig it out of its financial mess. The Japanese electronics maker has even offered guidelines suggesting how much money different types of workers…
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Robots can now get into college, surpassing human scores on standardized tests

As it turns out, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) system developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics is now smart enough to pass the country's college entrance exam, scoring 511 out of 950 possible points.