technology

Japanese construction firms hoping to attract talent from eSports to operate machinery

It’s Minecraft meets The Last Starfighter.

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Japan’s purring cat cuddle cushions evolve into an even higher form of virtual pet life【Photos】

Premium MeowEver gives you the warmth, softness, shape, and even weight of cuddling the pet cat you can’t own.

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Japan forced to call off first-ever unmanned Moon-landing attempt

I swear, one of these days, OMOTENASHI… Bang, zoom, right to the Moon!

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Ueno Station has signs that show ambient sounds as onomatopoeia for deaf passengers

One of the most fun accessibility features you’ll ever see.

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University of Tokyo lecturer suggests giving cars big cartoon eyes will make them safer

The cars have eyes.

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One of Japan’s biggest convenience store chains testing walk-through cashless payment system

Lawson Go branch opened in Tokyo this month.

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Is the magical Flying Ball that’s trending on Japanese TikTok as easy to use as it looks?

Social media makes it look like a piece of cake, but how will our reporter handle his magical ball?

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Anime fans go old-school, record new Urusei Yatsura anime on Beta and period-appropriate media

Urusei Yatsura is back on TV, and tape media is back on fans’ minds.

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Google Japan creates the Key Bou, an insane and logical straight-bar keyboard【Video】

Unless you’re a cat, there’s actually lot to like, as long as you’re OK with puns and craziness.

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Humanoid robot that can laugh developed in Japan, other functions include freaking people out【Vid】

Robot is able to detect when you’re laughing and tries to match your mood.

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Tokyo Metro adds platform display showing where least crowded parts of the next train will be

Test program could help Tokyo commuters go from crazy crowded commutes to simply very crowded commutes.

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So long, CDs – Japan’s Geo chain will no longer purchase used compact discs

Decision starts the countdown to the chain’s end of selling used CDs too.

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Japanese police to introduce video function to emergency 110 calls

A welcome update to an essential service.

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Amazon’s unmanned ‘just walk out’ store Amazon Fresh leaves us feeling like criminals

Amazon’s innovative ‘no checkout required’ supermarket leaves our reporter feeling uneasy.

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Futuristic drinks stand in Tokyo lets you order cute, personalised beverages from your phone

But will the SoraNews24 Strawberry Latte hit Mr. Sato’s sweet spot?

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Buddhist metaverse “Teraverse” in development at Kyoto University, includes AI Buddha

I guess you could call it a meta-metaverse.

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Japanese government is shutting down its COVID contract-tracing app

COCOA is coming to a close in the latest relaxation of coronavirus countermeasures in Japan.

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Spoons and bowls that use electricity to make food taste saltier to go on sale in 2023

Take this news without a grain of salt.

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Japanese research institute creates ‘cyborg cockroaches’ to help save people’s lives【Video】

The impressive research leaves Japanese netizens both grossed out and in a moral quandary.

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Japanese government, please stop using floppy discs, politician asks

And mini discs too.

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