drugs
Science Professor Reportedly Admits to Making MDMA With His Students Because What the Hell

A pharmaceutical science professor in Japan allegedly taught his students how to make the illegal drug MDMA, and claimed it was important for their education. Read More >>

news
Nuclear Fuel Rod Removed From Stricken Fukushima Reactor for the First Time

Engineers in Japan reached an important milestone yesterday, as they began removing fuel rods from one of three reactors that experienced meltdowns in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Read More >>

history
How Filmmakers Created Fake Newsreels in the 1920s

A horrifying magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan on September 1, 1923, killing over 140,000 people. And while news of the devastation reached newspapers around the world by the next day, there was no way to get film footage from Japan to the United States that quickly. But that didn’t stop filmmakers from making fake films to show in cinemas around the U.S. – like a fake newsreel of the earthquake in Japan that was rushed to cinemas in a matter of days. Read More >>

internet
Japanese Police Investigate 13-Year-Old Prankster for Sharing Link to ‘Uncloseable’ Pop-Up Window

A 13-year-old girl living in Kariya, Japan has been investigated and chastised by police for sharing a prank link online. The link reportedly initiates a pop-up window designed to be impossible to close online. Read More >>

tv
Tokusatsu GaGaGa Is a Heartwarming Meditation on Trying Not to Hide Your Geeky Self

If you’re reading this, I’m going to make a bit of an assumption: You’re probably a big fan of some nerdy stuff, be it sci-fi, superheroes, comic books (if you aren’t, well...I’m not sure why you’re here, but not my place to tell you how to spend your time!), or whatever. And you’re probably pretty open about it, too. Read More >>

weather
Tokyo Is Testing a New System to Detect ‘Guerrilla’ Rain and Tornadoes Up to 30 Minutes in Advance

Officials in Tokyo are testing a new technology that utilises weather radar and terrestrial digital radio waves to “quickly and precisely predict torrential rain and tornadoes” up to 20 to 30 minutes in advance, the Mainichi reported on Sunday. Read More >>

crime
Owner of Stolen 400-Year-Old Bonsai Worth £70,000 Pleads on Facebook: ‘Are They Giving You Enough Water?’

A couple who was robbed of at least £92,000 worth of precious horticultural rarities has one plea for the thief: water the trees. Read More >>

animals
Japanese Sushi Magnate Kicks Off 2019 by Ridiculously Overpaying for Bluefin, Regretting It

A Japanese restaurateur set a record on Saturday by paying nearly £2.4 million (333.6 million yen) for a massive, 613-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year of Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market, and almost immediately conceded that perhaps he should not have paid that much, Reuters reported. Read More >>

science
This Japanese Robot is as Cute as it is Soulless

This year was dismal for home robots, but that’s not deterring Japanese startup Groove X from announcing the Lovot, an adorable and cuddly robot designed to manipulate your emotions. Read More >>

gadgets
Japan’s Last Remaining Pager Service Is Officially Calling It Quits

The heyday of the pager is long since over, but the devices themselves have continued to be used for specialised purposes like search-and-rescue teams and emergency workers. In Japan, however, the funeral bells are officially ringing. Read More >>

tv
A Skeletal Anime Star Is Teaching Me a Lot About the Japanese Comics Industry

One of my favorite new anime this season isn’t full of explosive action or high drama. It’s not even the one about high school archery. It’s about a skeleton named Honda who sells books. As well as being hilarious, he offers some fascinating insight into the world of selling comics in Japan. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Japan’s New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister, has never used a computer. Not even once. But he insists that his lack of real-world experience doesn’t have a negative impact on his job. Seriously. Read More >>

the future
5 Visions of the Future We Saw at Panasonic’s 100th Birthday Expo

Japanese tech corp Panasonic is 100 years old this year, and they're having a big old celebration in Tokyo in the form of an exhibition. As you might expect, said exhibition includes plenty of Panasonic's past, with some glorious ancient tech on display from back when the company was called National: Read More >>

japan
Japanese Nuclear Plant on Emergency Power After Quake, But Little Risk of Fukushima-Type Event

A Japanese nuclear power station in Hokkaido is operating on emergency power after the region was hit by a 6.7-magnitude quake in the early hours of Thursday morning, Reuters reported. However, though the event carries unsettling overtones of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, authorities say there is currently no danger of any similar radioactive release occurring. Read More >>

space
Japan Testing Miniature Space Elevator Near the International Space Station

A Japanese team is testing a small prototype space elevator, according to news reports. It’s certainly not the fantastical, many-kilometre-long cable of science fiction, but it demonstrates that at least someone is serious about this tech. Read More >>