Privately developed Japan rocket reaches outer space for 1st time english.kyodonews.net

A Japanese aerospace startup successfully launched a small rocket Saturday, making it the country's first privately developed model to reach outer space.
Interstellar Technology Inc. said the unmanne…

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Why Mathematicians Are Hoarding This Special Type of Japanese Chalk gizmodo.com

This spring, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the…

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Cafe opens in Tokyo staffed by robots controlled by paralyzed people soranews24.com

On 26 November, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the Nippon Foundation Building in Akasaka, Tokyo for a very special kind of cafe.Called Dawn ver.β, it’s staffed entirely with robot waiters. Whi…

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Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop' www.bbc.com

Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.

Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to t…

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Japan Spacecraft Collects Samples from Asteroid’s Surface shingetsunewsagency.com

Since the launch of the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft from the Tanegashima Launch Center into space in 2014, and after its three-and-a-half-year journey, it finally reached its destination—an asteroid called…

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Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication www.theguardian.com

On 30 April 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan is . The decision was announced in December 2017 so as to ensure an orderly transition to Akihito’s son, Naruhito, but the coronation could cause concerns i…

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Disrupting Japan #125: How Japan’s Unique Relationship with Robots is About to Make it #1 Again www.disruptingjapan.com

Japan had been a global leader in robotics for decades, but recently the traditional Japanese leaders have been losing ground to the better-funded and better-publicized firms coming out of America an…

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A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards www.asahi.com

“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?”

Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow lecturers at Uchida Human Resources Development Center become confused when they are asked such b…

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EFF to Japan: Reject Website Blocking www.eff.org

Website blocking to deal with alleged copyright infringement is like cutting off your hand to deal with a papercut. Sure, you don’t have a papercut anymore, but you’ve also lost a lot more than you’v…

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Japan Tests Silicon for Exascale Computing in 2021 spectrum.ieee.org

Japan’s computer giant Fujitsu and RIKEN, the country’s largest research institute, have begun field-testing a prototype CPU for a next-generation supercomputer they believe will take the country bac…

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