Abdication ceremony to be held on April 30th, 2019 www3.nhk.or.jp

The Japanese government says Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony will be held next year on April 30th, the day he steps down, as a state event.

The panel headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihi...

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Sony takes on ride-hailing in Japan as Uber looks for partners www.theverge.com

Sony says it’s partnering with Daiwa Motor Transportation and five other local taxi companies in Japan to build a new taxi-hailing system to match drivers with riders via a mobile app, similar to h...

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elastic on-skin LED display www3.nhk.or.jp

A group of Japanese researchers has developed a thin, elastic display that can be pasted directly on human skin.

The display is about one millimeter thick and consists of micro LEDs embedded in a r...

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Grass-burning event in west Japan www3.nhk.or.jp

Locals in western Japan have heralded the arrival of spring with an annual grass-burning event on the Akiyoshidai plateau.

Residents and officials of the city of Mine, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, set ...

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Drop Everything, Japan's Aspark Owl Electric Hypercar Just Did 0-60 In 1.9 Seconds jalopnik.com

The Aspark Owl is a surprisingly sexy electric sports car, was launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, where it was spotted by our own David Tracy. Back then the car was claimed to theoretic...

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Shokkiri: The Comedy Routine that Portrays Illegal Sumo Moves www.spoon-tamago.com

Sumo wrestling is a Japanese sport that, in its current form, dates back to the 16th century. Steeped in history and tradition, the sport is highly ritualistic and parts are often associated with S...

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Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041 www.archdaily.com

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese com...

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Discovery: 5 Japanese Science Fiction Authors blog.gaijinpot.com

When people think about Japanese science fiction, thoughts tend to swing towards manga, anime and live action movies. Gundam, Atom Boy and Battle Royale are all high on international SF-awareness r...

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Here’s What Critics Are Saying About Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs slate.com

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs opened the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, the first reviews are in, and the consensus is: It’s a Wes Anderson movie, all right. The film, about a futuristic Japan in ...

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Japan had 20,000 applications for asylum in 2017. It accepted 20 www.theguardian.com

Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year – despite a record 19,628 applications – drawing accusations that the country is unfairly closing its door on people in genuine need.

Since 2010, Jap...

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