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Extra-terrestrial Tweet-up links Tokyo with space

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave at the end of their communication with Japanese astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander Koichi Wakata, seen at center on the screen in background, at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Wakata is the first Japanese station commander. Next to Wakata are Russian cosmonaut Michael Tyurin, left, and US astronaut Steven Swanson. (AP Photo/Franck Robichon, Pool)

An unusual “Tweet-up” – a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter – involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Social Media | Read More »

Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns

Screengrab from ashleymadison.com

Ashley Madison, the world’s biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That’s why it is scoring big in Japan.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Japanese mobsters launch own website

Screengrab from the Yakuza website

Japan’s biggest organized crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame

Natalya-Poklonskaya

Russia tried Tuesday to stop a flood of inquiries about the telegenic young lawyer it has appointed as prosecutor for newly annexed Crimea, whose looks have won her a huge Internet following.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Social Media | Read More »

Rakuten completes $900-million Viber takeover

Viber Founder and CEO Talmon Marco

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten has acquired Viber, the free instant messaging and VoIP smartphone application, for $900 million to expand its platform of Internet-based services.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Apps and Softwares,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Japan launches hi-tech global rainfall satellite

In this image released by NASA, a Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard takes off from launch pad 1 of the Tanegashima Space Center, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan. The satellite will collect data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.  AP PHOTO/NASA, BILL INGALLS

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket on Friday, carrying a hi-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Japan researcher builds device to transmit ‘force’

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A Japanese researcher on Friday unveiled an invention that instantly and wirelessly transmits force between two devices, in a development that could allow physical therapists to treat patients remotely.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Tamagotchi virtual pets to return to Europe, N. America

Screengrab http://tamagotchilife.com/

Tamagotchi, the egg-shaped virtual pet beloved of schoolchildren in the 1990s, is making a comeback and is set to hit the shelves of European shops in time for Christmas.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Gaming,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Gamers snap up first deliveries of PS4 game console

Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House introduces the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. AP/Jae C. Hong

The wait nearly over, Casey Karch was ready to get his hands on one of the first PlayStation 4 game consoles set to be released Friday.

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in Gaming,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Japan’s gaming market: a world apart

This publicity photo released by Rockstar Games shows a screen shot from the video game, "Grand Theft Auto V."  AP

The latest version of blockbuster videogame Grand Theft Auto may have stoked a worldwide buying frenzy, but the ultra-violent offering is likely to be a minnow in Japan’s vast gaming market.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Gaming,Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Nintendo chief who built gaming empire dies at 85

In this Friday, June 12, 1992 file photo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Seattle Mariners at the company's head office in Kyoto, western Japan. Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died of pneumonia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 85. AP

Hiroshi Yamauchi, credited with transforming Nintendo from a family-owned Japanese business into a global byword for video games, died Thursday from pneumonia. He was 85.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Gaming,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Japan launches new, cheaper rocket

An Epsilon rocket lifts off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima, western Japan Saturday. Japan launched the new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space, following a two-week postponement. AP

Japan launched a new rocket Saturday that it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Robot chefs make sushi for Japanese

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With its masters required to hone their skills over decades, sushi in Japan is steeped in tradition. But it is also often a high-tech operation, where robotic precision steals the limelight from the chef’s knife.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

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