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Japan's First Private Rocket Successfully Launches Into Space

After several failed attempts, private Japanese aerospace company Interstellar Technologies Inc. have successfully launched its MOMO F3 rocket into a test flight in space. This event is crucial for the future of Japanese private space industry.

Space May 10, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 Creates First Ever Man-Made Crater On Asteroid

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency released photos of the man-made crater blasted by its lander Hayabusa2 on the asteroid Ryugu. This historic feat will help JAXA's ongoing study on the primitive asteroid.

Space April 27, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Detonates Bomb On Asteroid Ryugu To Create A Crater

JAXA's asteroid prober Hayabusa2 fired a copper bomb into C-type asteroid Ryugu’s surface. The blast is expected to create a crater and enough debris for scientific study.

Space April 5, 2019

Toyota Is Building Japan's Fuel Cell-Powered Moon Rover

Toyota sets its sights on the moon as it partners with JAXA for a self-driving vehicle that will keep astronauts impressively mobile on the moon.

Space March 12, 2019

Ferry Hits Marine Animal In Sea Of Japan Injuring 80 Passengers

A ferry in Japan carrying 121 passengers and four crew members possibly collided with a whale. Many passengers were injured, 13 of which were serious.

Feature | Science March 9, 2019

Guinness Names 116-year-Old Japanese Woman Kane Tanaka World's Oldest Person

A 116-year-old woman from Fukuoka, Japan is honored by Guinness as the oldest living person. Kane Tanaka keeps alert in her nursing home by studying math and playing board games.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 9, 2019

Japan Launches Mini-Satellite That Can Create Artificial Meteor Showers To Space

Japan's Epsilon rocket successfully lifted off for the fourth time from JAXA Uchinoura Space Center since its maiden voyage in 2013. Seven spacecraft are on board the booster, including a microsatellite that can create the first ever artificial meteor showers.

Space January 19, 2019

Nintendo Shuts Down Real-Life 'Mario Kart' In Japan

Nintendo won its lawsuit against the Japanese company that brought 'Mario Kart' to life in the streets of Tokyo. Fans of the racing franchise may have something else to look forward to, though, namely an attraction in Super Nintendo World.

Video Games September 28, 2018

Japanese Spacecraft Sends Down Tiny Robots To Explore Asteroid

JAXA confirmed that Hyabusa2 has deployed the MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers on the surface of Ryugu. Japan has already released the first few photos of the asteroid taken by the rovers upon landing.

Space September 23, 2018

Japan Space Agency Delays Vital Cargo Launch To Space Station For The Second Time

The launch of the cargo resupply ship from Japan was canceled on Saturday morning because of equipment flaws. The HTV-7 was supposed to deliver batteries, water, and other equipment to the crew onboard the ISS.

Space September 16, 2018

Japan Is Trying To Develop Artificial Meteor Showers

Artificial meteor showers are coming. A Japanese startup wants to make on-demand shooting stars a thing by virtue of microsatellites that can act like meteors and burn up when they hit the atmosphere.

Space July 21, 2018

Japanese Hunters Massacre 122 Pregnant Whales During The Summer Of 2017

Japan is facing international criticism after the International Whaling Commission released a report that highlighted its 2017 annual whale expedition. The expedition team killed over 333 Antarctic minke whales last summer.

Animals May 30, 2018

A Pair Of Melons In Japan Sold For $29,000: Why?

A fruit auction in Japan just revealed that a pair of Yubari melons was sold for $29,000. The latest sale apparently broke the previous record established in 2016 for the same pair of fruits.

May 30, 2018

Drug That Can Kill Flu Virus In A Day Approved In Japan

Xofluza has just been approved by Japanese authorities as a swift and effective antiviral drug that can kill the flu in a day. It stops the virus by preventing it from taking over human cells to begin with.

Medicine February 23, 2018

Japanese Farmers Create Bananas With Edible Peel

Farmers continue tinkering with foods people love, Japanese farmers have created a type of banana with an edible peel. Farmers were able to create the peel through a method that involves freezing the banana.

Earth/Environment February 21, 2018

Error On Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Causes Prices To Drop To Zero For 20 Minutes

A glitch on a Japanese Bitcoin exchange caused the prices of various cryptocurrencies to drop to zero. Many took advantage of the opportunity to buy millions worth of cryptocurrencies.

Business Tech February 21, 2018

Sony To Launch AI-Powered Ride-Hailing Service To Challenge Uber In Japan

Sony has announced that it teamed up with six taxi companies in Japan to launch an AI-powered ride-hailing service. Uber announced similar plans shortly after, so the two will likely go head to head.

Car Tech February 20, 2018

Japanese Space Agency Paying People $3,500 To Spend Two Weeks In A Simulated Space Station

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is giving individuals a chance to take part in an experiment. It is willing to pay $3,500 to people to spend two weeks in a simulated space station.

Space January 31, 2018

Japan Goes Through False North Korean Missile Alert Similar To Hawaii

Japan faced a false alarm announcing that a missile strike was imminent. While it wasn't from the government like the Hawaii incident, the alert came through a public broadcaster.

Defense January 16, 2018

YouTube Finally Speaks Out About Controversial Logan Paul Video

YouTube has finally revealed its stance on the controversial Logan Paul incident. The video-sharing website stated it took the proper steps but is also looking into finding alternative consequences.

Internet January 11, 2018

YouTube Vlogger Logan Paul Gains 80,000 Followers After Controversial Suicide Video

Controversial YouTube video blogger Logan Paul has been in hot water following a graphic video released from his trip to Japan. While he is currently not popular among the media, he gained more than 80,000 followers on YouTube.

Internet January 8, 2018

Ripple Rises To Become Second Most Valuable Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin continues to dominate the market for cryptocurrency, but recently, Ripple rose to become the second most valuable cryptocurrency. It recently overtook Ethereum in market share.

Business Tech January 3, 2018

YouTuber Logan Paul Issues Apology For Posting Video Of Dead Body Found In Japan's 'Suicide Forest'

Logan Paul recently posted an apology on Twitter for video taken in Japan's 'Suicide Forest.' His actions were apparently inappropriate but he claims it was not intentional.

Internet January 2, 2018

Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Japan Mysteriously Spreading: Over 500 People Infected This Year

A potentially fatal flesh-eating bacteria is mysteriously spreading in Japan, with more than 500 people infected this year. The number of cases this year is the highest since 1999.

Public Health December 27, 2017

Japanese Startup iSpace Wants To Put Billboards On The Moon: Ads In Space Coming Soon?

With funding secured, iSpace moved forward with the development of a lander that will be used for advertising on the moon. A 2019 launching was scheduled.

Space December 20, 2017

A Mistake By Google Literally Broke The Internet For Half Of Japan

An error by Google literally broke the internet for half of Japan, with disruptions lasting for hours after connectivity was restored. The incident shows the fragility of the internet in a world that is increasingly becoming dependent on being online.

Google August 29, 2017

Giant Gundam In Japan Receives Final Anime-Linked Tribute Before Being Dismantled

The iconic Gundam RX-78-2 statue in Tokyo has been dismantled, but not without a proper send-off. Contractors initially removed the robot's head and left arm as homage to the 'Last Shooting' pose.

Geek March 16, 2017

Study Says It's Safe To Return To Some Areas In Fukushima 6 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Six years after the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, a study assures residents of Date City in Fukushima that they do not have to worry about dangerous radiation levels. How safe is the median lifetime radiation dose in the most contaminated part of the city?

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Apple’s Solar Island In Japan To Boost Clean Energy Promise

Boosting the clean energy pledge of Apple, operations in Japan will be moving to 100 percent renewable energy use thanks to local supplier Ibiden’s 20 new facilities. Among them is a solar island that will generate 12 MW of solar power.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2017

'Unimaginable Levels' Of Radiation Recorded At Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Should We Start Worrying?

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, suffering a meltdown in March 2011 after a twin earthquake and tsunami disaster, has registered unbelievably high levels of radiation. Is this a cause for immediate concern, or should we stay put?

Earth/Environment February 9, 2017

Adult Swaddling Is All The Rage In Tokyo: This Trend Explained

In a strange new form of therapy called Otonamaki meaning 'adult wrapping,' new mothers are getting wrapped up in white cloth and rocked gently from side to side. It's a practice similar to baby swaddling and expected to bring pain relief benefits.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 31, 2017

Kyocera Unveils Second Smartphone That Can Be Washed With Soap And Water; How Is It Different From The First One?

Kyocera has unveiled its second smartphone that can be washed with soap and water, named the Rafre. How is it different from the company's first washable smartphone, and will you be able to buy it?

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 29, 2017

70 Percent Of Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Now Dead

The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.

Earth/Environment January 16, 2017

Japan Fails Bid To Launch Satellite-Carrying Mini-Rocket Shortly After Liftoff

Carrying a mini Earth-observation satellite, No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 rocket series managed to lift off Sunday at 8:33 a.m. in Japan when a communications malfunction forced the abortion of the rocket’s second stage.

Space January 16, 2017

First Tuna Sold In Tsukiji Fish Market New Year Auction Fetches Over $600,000

The New Year tuna auction on Jan. 5 at Japan’s Tsukiji market has fetched an astounding price of 74.2 million yen ($642,310). The winner of the bid was Tuna king, Kiyoshi Kimura, for the sixth consecutive year. He runs the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain of Japan.

Animals January 5, 2017

Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Detected On US Shores: Should You Worry?

The seaborne radiation from Fukushima has reached U.S. shores. Cesium-134 was detected in samples of seawater taken from Oregon - is there reason for Americans to panic?

Earth/Environment December 10, 2016

Japan Amusement Park Freezes 5,000 Dead Fish In Ice Skating Rink To Attract Visitors

Space World in Japan issued an apology after receiving negative reactions for its ice skating rink concept. The rink had 5,000 dead fishes that were frozen into the ice.

Animals November 29, 2016

Big Earthquakes Occur Where Faults Are Mostly Flat: Study

A new study has said the biggest earthquakes happened on faults that were mostly flat. It debunked previous theories that big quakes erupt at the border of young tectonic plates, implying curved faults are unlikely to cause huge earthquakes.

Earth/Environment November 27, 2016

Japan To Build World's Fastest Supercomputer By 2017

Japan aims to build the world's fastest supercomputer by the year 2017. How will the machine dubbed ABCI fare when compared with the current record holder, China's Sunway TaihuLight?

Feature | Science November 27, 2016

'Dragon Ball Super' Just Introduced A Brand New Way To Use The Spirit Bomb

One of 'Dragon Ball Z's' most iconic abilities is given a brand new form in 'Dragon Ball Super'.

Movies/TV Shows November 16, 2016

Vegito Set To Appear In The Next 'Dragon Ball Super' Episode

The combined power of Goku and Vegeta may be the only thing that can defeat the evil Zamasu in the next episode of 'Dragon Ball Super.' The stakes have been gradually escalating.

Movies/TV Shows November 8, 2016

'Dragon Ball Super' English Dub Officially In Production

An English dub of 'Dragon Ball Super' is on the way from Funimation.

Movies/TV Shows November 4, 2016

There's A Plant In Japan That Neither Photosynthesizes Nor Blooms

A new plant species has been discovered on Japan's Kuroshima Island. Called Gastrodia kuroshimensis, the plant species is unique in that it neither photosynthesizes nor blooms.

Earth/Environment October 15, 2016

'Dragon Ball Super' Just Revealed Another New Form Of Super Saiyan

The latest episode of the show not only reveals the identity of Goku Black, but also reveals a new Super Saiyan form.

Movies/TV Shows October 10, 2016

Japan Volcano Eruption: Mount Aso Erupts But No Injury Reported

Mount Aso In Japan erupted on Saturday sending volcanic ash 7 miles into the skies. No injury or major damage was reported but officials have raised alert level to 3.

Earth/Environment October 8, 2016

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