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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment footprint in Japan

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls. The spaces are oriented towards the south wall, where large glazed doors

Abandoned Islands

Hashima Island, Japan Hashima Island, Japan From 1887 until 1974, the island of Hashima (Battleship) Island in Japan was used for mining coal. Eventually in the 1970s, the island emptied out and remained that way until recently when they began some limited tours of the site. Show More Summary

Top Japan lab dismisses ground-breaking stem cell study

4 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Japan’s top research institute on Friday hammered the final nail in the coffin of what was once billed as a ground-breaking stem cell study, dismissing it as flawed and saying the work could have been fabricated. The revelations come a week after a young researcher at the centre of the...

BOJ’s Kuroda Cites Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to Spur Higher Wages

In a Christmas Day speech, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda drew on Charles Darwin to make a point about wages.

Happy Holidays from Japanator

Can you believe it's only a matter of days until the year is almost over? 2014 just came and went like it was nothing, however it was still one for the record books. We can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff we have planned for...Show More Summary

This Supercut Of Super Sentai Heroine Transformations Is My Happy Place

9 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Japan's insanely long-running Super Sentai series has produced a lot of really amazing female heroes and villains — including one who blows explosive kisses at people. (In the U.S., we know Super Sentai as Power Rangers, sort of.) Here's a lovely reel of Super Sentai Heroines transforming. Warning: highly addictive. Read more...

Japan Inflation Slows in Blow to Abe

``Less than two months since the BOJ expanded its stimulus policy of flooding the economy with cash through government bond purchases, expectations are strengthening that cheaper imported oil will push the inflation rate further down and away from the BOJ's target over the coming months, forcing the central bank to act once again. ''

How Colonel Sanders Became Father Christmas in Japan

Of all the odd mutations of American culture to be exported abroad, Japan's KFC Christmas tradition may be one of the oddest. This month, KFC Japan will bring in revenue up to 10 times greater than what it earns during other months of the year. Show More Summary

Japan by Bullet Train

I wanted to cross the country in one day. You can do that, thanks to the incredibly fast bullet trains that connect Japan’s major cities. The bullet, or Shinkansen, train looks futuristic but celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Since 2011, it has linked the northernmost city of Aomori, on the main island of Honshu, to the…

No Matter How Great Your Christmas Tree...

15 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

...this mall in Japan has you beat.

Our list of reasons to visit Japan just keeps growing. The town...

Our list of reasons to visit Japan just keeps growing. The town of Fukusaki in Hy?go Prefecture has its very own water monster! Clearly it’s time for another Geyser of Awesome Field Trip. Fukisaki spend about 3 million yen ($25,000) to install a red, mechanical kappa in the pond at Tsujikawayama Park. Show More Summary

Japanator Awards 2014: Josh's Top 5

It's that time of the year, everyone. That time that tells us to think back on the year that just passed us by, and see what of it was best worth remembering. Memories made, lessons learned, and most importantly, Japanese cartoons watched. Show More Summary

Random Time! - Nintendo Japan releases paper puppet promo for Wii U

I don't know why Nintendo released this, but it's certainly interesting. Watch a paper puppet purchase a Wii U, only to be abducted by aliens. Of course, the aliens take great interest in the Wii U!

Samsung Heavy and MOL to Build Half-Dozen Liquefied Ethane Carriers

21 hours agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) will supervise the construction of six new very large ethane carriers (VLECs) at Samsung Heavy Industries and subsequently manage these vessels on a long [...] The post Samsung Heavy and MOL to Build Half-Dozen Liquefied Ethane Carriers appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Switzerland named best overall place for Expats

Want to make lots of local friends during your life abroad? Try Russia. More interested in local food? Japan’s the place for you. But maybe having more cash in your pockets is crucial for your expat adventure? China might merit close a closer look. That comes from a recent survey of more than 9,000 expats […]

Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit

Citigroup said it also is considering selling its credit card business in Japan, separately

World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Announced By Kyocera

It’s barely been a month since we reported on the government of Kawajima-machi’s (Saitama Prefecture, Japan) plans to develop a 7.5 MW solar power plant on the surface of Umenokifurukori reservoir. And now Kyocera has announced a 13.4...Show More Summary

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