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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…
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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.

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.

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…
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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…
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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.
Movies & TV

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.
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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.

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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Japan just crushed the high speed rail record with a 366 MPH maglev train

Back in 2003, Central Japan Railway Company's MLX01 train set the bar at 581 kph (361 mph), and for over a decade that record has remained unbeaten. Until now. The company has broken its own record with a 366 mile per hour test run.