Emerging Tech

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First Hawaii, now Japan issues a missile warning in error

Smartphones in Japan buzzed with an alert on Tuesday, January 16, warning people of an incoming missile from North Korea. But like Hawaii, it was sent in error. The national broadcaster retracted it 10 minutes later.