Japan
Photography

Camera lost at sea for two years reunited with its owner after Facebook post

Photos recovered from a camera lost at sea two years ago helped a group of Taiwanese students to find its Japanese owner. The Canon camera drifted 150 miles from Okinawa to Taiwan before being discovered on a beach.
Computing

Japan to crack down on cryptocurrency exchanges after high-profile hacks

Japan's financial regulatory agencies are gearing up to slap punishments on cryptocurrency exchanges whose lax security measures may have cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars.
Web

First sheep, then cats, and now Google Street View offers a dog’s perspective

If you're a fan of dogs, Japan, and Street View, then the latest imagery to hit Google's online service is sure to delight. It has been collected via lightweight cameras strapped to two hardy, and very furry, Akita dogs.
Emerging Tech

Get seasick? Then this floating hotel room ‘pod’ is definitely not for you

If you're a fan of quirky hotel accommodation, then how about this personal floating pod for a couple of nights on the open water? The room is being offered by a theme park in Japan and will take its first bookings this summer.
Emerging Tech

Japan’s new symbols for high-tech toilets get official recognition

Japan has been making high-tech, button-laden toilets for years, but different companies adorn them with different symbols. This has caused some issues (and surprises) for foreign tourists, but that's all about to change.
Photography

Get closer. Lee Chapman shares the secrets of his Tokyo street photography

Tokyo street photographer Lee Chapman has been exploring the Japanese capital for the last decade, and the Brit has an uncanny knack of capturing striking portraits of some of the city's many colorful characters.
Cars

Toyota investment in JapanTaxi may make things tougher for Uber in Asian nation

Uber has had a tumultuous relationship with its major Asian investors. Now, things are getting more complicated. Didi and SoftBank are working together to bring ridesharing services to Japan. Worse yet, Toyota has invested in JapanTaxi.
Emerging Tech

Japan just launched the smallest rocket to carry a satellite into space

Bigger isn't always better, at least not when it comes to breaking records. Over the weekend, Japan launched a miniature satellite by way of a modified SS-520 sounding rocket. It's the smallest rocket to ever carry a satellite into space.
Mobile

Baby got Beck: Grandmother’s Instagram inspires rock icon’s new music video

When a Japanese Instagrammer started posting photos of her granddaughter and the family's dogs, she had no idea it would one day lead to a meeting with an American indie rock legend -- and a starring role for her family in his music video.
Cars

Nissan made some self-parking slippers to show off its clever car tech

To highlight its ProPilot autonomous car technology, Nissan has already developed self-driving office chairs. And now it's come up with self-parking slippers, cushions, and even a table.
Mobile

Nokia and DoCoMo enter partnership to supply Tokyo with 5G networks by 2020

Nokia and DoCoMo, one of Japan's largest cell phone carriers, have announced a partnership to provide Tokyo with 5G wireless service by 2020 in time for the Olympic games.
Computing

Hawaii’s missile alert agency stored its passwords on Post-it Notes

Concerns about security at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency were apparently justified by an image showing a password stored on a Post-it Note. Obviously, the agency's systems have been characterized as poorly designed.