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7 April Fools’ Day internet pranks from Japan

April Fools' Day traditionally doesn’t mean much in Japan. But it seems as though a number of companies have jumped on the bandwagon this...
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With sensors in the steering wheel, your car could soon monitor your vital signs

According to the folks over at TechOn, Toyota has developed a fascinating monitoring system which keeps track of the pulse and ECG of the...

Leading up to updated Disney attraction, Darth Vader’s assault on Japan begins

In preparation for the upcoming May opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney (NYSE:DIS) has recently established a fun...

Fujitsu can take your pulse with nothing more than a camera

Photo by ITpro Fujitsu Laboratories has announced that it has developed technology to measure a person’s pulse from video taken by the camera in a...

5 more fun startups from Japan’s KDDI Mugen Labo

KDDI Mugen Labo, the tech startup incubator from Japan's second largest telco, recently unveiled five startups which qualified to participate in the fourth batch...
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Google Maps adds spectacular 45-degree aerial view to select Japanese cities

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has announced that it has added Tokyo, Kawasaki, Chiba, and Sendai to the list of cities worldwide that have the slick 45-degree...

Survey says virtual pop star Hatsune Miku has gone mainstream

From electronic products to snacks sold at convenience stores, it seems every possible product or package in Japan is adorned with a character of...

Tomy’s dog-to-human communication toy introduces tots to mobile translation

For Japanese parents looking for a toy for their baby girl’s next birthday, Tomy’s Ketai Wanko (roughly translated as “mobile dog”) might be a...

Yahoo Japan offers to rescue Google Reader refugees

A number of services are already reaping the benefits of the Google Reader’s impending retirement this coming July. Most notable among them is Feedly.com,...

How Japan’s Keio University is reaching out to potential students abroad

My old school, Keio University, is attracting some attention to its newly launched website, intended to attract students from abroad. Most notably, its two-minute...

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