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Japan’s next-generation Shinkansen is its coolest bullet train yet

Japan has unveiled the design of its next-generation bullet train that will whisk passengers along the network at speeds of up to 224 mph, making it the fastest train service in the world when it goes into service.
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Say what!? A wind turbine in Japan got blown over by — the wind

A huge wind turbine was blown over in windy conditions on Friday, August 24. The rare event occurred during a typhoon in Japan when strong gusts tore the 60-meter-tall turbine from its base. No one was hurt in the incident.

Apple Store Kyoto: Step inside the new retail space in Japan’s ancient capital

Yes there was hootin', yes there was hollerin', and yes there was high-fiving'. Apple opened its first store in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Saturday, August 25, and Digital Trends was there to cover it.
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Remember the Y2K scare? Japan is facing a similar date-related tech crisis

Remember the Y2K bug which scared us all witless in the buildup to the year 2000? Jump forward 18 years, and Japan faces a similar computer flaw which threatens to hit in April 2019.
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A Japanese startup is planning an artificial shooting star show by 2020

Who says you have to wait around for a meteor shower? Not ALE Co., a Tokyo-based startup that wants you to wish upon a shooting star anytime you'd like. The company is creating a system that provides "shooting stars on demand."
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This crash-tastic video shows why rocket launches aren’t easy

Japanese rocket firm Interstellar Technologies has been inspired by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, but its efforts have so far proved disappointing. A new video highlights the challenges in spectacular fashion.
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Japan aims to power Tokyo Olympics with 100 percent renewable energy

Japan is aiming to make the Tokyo Olympics the greenest ever, with plans to power the sporting extravaganza with 100 percent renewable energy. Part of the strategy includes ramping up wind and solar projects before 2020.
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Airbnb forced to cancel Japan bookings as new law approaches

A new law about to come into effect in Japan has forced Airbnb to cancel a number of bookings, causing serious disruption for many travelers. The company is offering financial assistance for those affected.
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Finally, an ‘umbrella drone’ that hovers above your head

Is it a drone? Is it an umbrella? It's both actually, and it hovers right above you in extreme weather conditions. If you can ignore the noise and have $275 to spare, this unique contraption could be yours next year.

Uber gears up for its latest scheme in the tricky Japanese market

Strict regulations make it tough for Uber to launch its regular ridesharing service in Japan. But taking a different approach, it plans to link its app with 20 local cab firms to offer a taxi-hailing service as part of a trial.

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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.