Japan – Love for Roses

Tens of thousands gather for a rose and gardening show on the outskirts of Tokyo. An estimated 250,000 visitors are expected to visit the Tenth International Rose and Gardening Show over five days. The rose does not have a long history in Japan compared to…

Japan and Earth Quakes

These are the news I read from Mainichi Daily News about the mild quakes on July 5, 2008. A fairly strong earthquake jolted Ibaraki Prefecture Saturday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said. There was no immediate report of casualties or damage to property, police said. No…

Japan’s Minors, beware of Cigarette Vending machines!

Japan is always one step ahead of the world in implementing new discoveries and ideas in their society. Now the Ministry of Finance has approved cigarette vending machines that use face recognition technology to determine whether the purchaser is a minor or not. It is…

Space Beer: One Small Step – The Japanese way

Japan, the maker of milk, horse radish and even Pharaoh’s beer, promises a new brew that is out of this world: Space Beer. The new beer from Sapporo will use grain made from barley grown in the Russian unit of the International Space Station, in…

Japan robot scales Grand Canyon

It may be a Great Wonder of the World, but the Grand Canyon could not stop a determined 17-cm robot and a pair of AA batteries. After a few returns to base camp, a carbon-plastic robot powered by Panasonic’s Evolta batteries made the 530-m rope…

Japan’s humanoid hottie

Japan, home to robot babies, musicians and pets, now has its first humanoid hottie — Sega’s E.M.A. Short for Eternal, Maiden, Actualization, the 38-centimeter, curvaceous cyborg blows kisses, sings and shakes its — grooved things. Source: Reuters, Dan Sloan reports.