fukushima
Fukushima’s Contaminated Wastewater Could Be Too Risky to Dump in the Ocean

Almost a decade ago, the Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami triggered an explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl and releasing an unprecedented amount of radioactive contamination in the ocean. In the years since, there’s been a drawn out cleanup process, and water radiation levels around the plant have fallen to safe levels everywhere except for in the areas closest to the now-closed plant. But as a study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution published in Science on Thursday shows, there’s another growing hazard: contaminated wastewater. Read More >>

trains
Japan’s Newest Bullet Trains Can Keep Running on Battery Power in the Event of a Disaster

Japan’s bullet trains are quite possibly the world’s most punctual form of transportation, and the safest way to hit speeds of over 200MPH without leaving the ground. The newest version, the N700s that’s now running on the country’s Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Osaka, is also the first to feature a battery backup to keep it running in the event of a natural disaster. Read More >>

movies
Porco Rosso is Hayao Miyazaki’s Most Underrated Masterpiece

It’s pretty safe to say that if you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen at least one Hayao Miyazaki movie (and likely more). Along with the legendary Studio Ghibli, the anime production company he co-founded, Miyazaki has made some of the greatest and most celebrated animated movies ever. But there’s one film of his that always seems to get lost among his other achievements, like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. It’s the movie where pigs fly. Read More >>

cowboy bebop
How Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Captures the Spirit and Style of the Original

Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach wants to get one thing straight: of course Ein is a corgi. A rumour went around last year that the Netflix show cast a husky as the data dog, which was later debunked. After all, when it comes to adapting Cowboy Bebop, there’s only one rule to follow. Read More >>

phones
I Miss My Japanese Flip Phone

In the autumn of 2006, I was a wide-eyed nerd who had just landed in Tokyo for my first year of university. There’s a lot of bureaucratic nonsense you have to do when you decide to study abroad long-term, but at the top of my list was getting myself a keitai, or a Japanese mobile phone. Read More >>

transport
Japan Plans Possible Flight Subsidies to Boost Tourism When/If Any Form of Normal Returns

Japan's tourism chiefs have revealed a quite staggering yet entirely believable modern statistic, showing that incoming tourism during the month of April fell by... go on, have a guess... 99.9 per cent. That left a mere 2,900 overseas travellers entering the country for a massively ill-advised and no doubt quite bizarre holiday during the month. Read More >>

hygiene
I Need This Hand Stamp That Disappears When You’ve Properly Washed Your Hands

Even after singing all six minutes of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m still anxious that I haven’t washed my hands long enough to ensure they’re properly clean. So I like the idea behind this clever hand stamp for kids that forces them to thoroughly scrub for at least 30 seconds before it completely disappears. Read More >>

coronavirus
Japanese Man Who Threatened to Intentionally Spread Covid-19 Dies

A 57-year-old man in Japan who contracted the new coronavirus and threatened to intentionally spread it in public spaces has died, according to multiple news reports from Japan. The infected man, who told family he was going to “spread the virus” by visiting bars in central Japan, died in hospital on Wednesday. Read More >>

coronavirus
Disneyland, Legoland, and Universal Studios Close in Japan Over Coronavirus Outbreak

Tokyo Disneyland, Legoland Japan, and Universal Studios Japan will close their gates for at least two weeks on Saturday over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak that has sickened at least 226 people and killed four in Japan alone. The closures were announced on Friday after the Japanese government suggested a two-week ban on large public gatherings and the shuttering of schools on Wednesday. Read More >>

coronavirus
20 Countries Report First Cases of Coronavirus This Week As Infections Skyrocket

Twenty countries have reported their first cases of the new coronavirus this week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 82,000 in 50 countries since the outbreak began in December. At least 2,800 people have died worldwide. Read More >>

nintendo
Nintendo Cracked Open Its Secret Game Boy Stash to Help a 95-Year-Old Fan

Nintendo is known for its excellent customer service, but now and then the company will go above and beyond the call of duty for special cases. When technicians couldn’t fix a 95-year-old Japan woman’s dead Game Boy, the company replaced it with a brand new one, leading us to wonder just how many original Game Boys Nintendo has stashed away? Read More >>

robots
Watch Researchers Giggle While They Electrocute a Lifelike Robot Child

It seems we’ve learned absolutely nothing from cautionary tales like the Terminator films, because researchers in Japan have upgraded a robot that looks like a human child with the ability to feel the pain from an electrical charge applied to its skin and wince in pain. Read More >>

food
You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

If you love slathering everything from chips, to tinned tuna, to BLT sandwiches in mayonnaise, but don’t always have the energy to squeeze a bottle, Japan has once again come to the aid of the lazy with packages of sliced mayonnaise. Read More >>

coronavirus
Trump Regime Overruled CDC, Flew Coronavirus-Infected Americans on Plane With Healthy People: Report

The U.S. State Department overruled the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), choosing to bring 14 Americans who were infected with the new coronavirus back from Japan, according to the Washington Post. The new report raises serious questions about the U.S. government’s decisions at a time when the coronavirus, which causes an illness called Covid-19, threatens to become a global pandemic. Read More >>

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2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan have died from COVID-19, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. They’re the first passengers from the cruise ship to die since it was put under quarantine on February 5, raising Japan’s death toll from the new coronavirus to three. Read More >>