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What happens when the ETC barrier doesn’t open?

I’ve got the ETC system set up in the motor for Japan’s highways. Very quickly, for those that may not know, ETC stands for Electronic Toll Collection System. It’s a kind of box in car / credit card combo. Stick card into box and when you go through Japan’s highway toll gates, something scans it, opens the gate/barrier and off you go. Show More Summary

The Halloweenies in Shibuya

Halloween in Shibuya is WILD. So wild that it took me about 30 minutes to cross the Shibuya scramble from the JR station. If you don't mind crowds and if you want a taste of Halloween culture in Japan, this is one of the places to be in Tokyo during this season. Show More Summary

Smart Beta ETFs Are Crushing Benchmarks In Europe, Japan: Goldman

Smart beta ETFs have dominated new launches this year, and as Goldman Sachs Asset Management writes that there should me more on the way—specifically outside the U.S. In a new post in its ETF Spotlight series, Goldman Sachs argues that...Show More Summary

Twitter Shares Spike 6%: Now the Rumored Buyer is Softbank

Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked this afternoon and are up $1.03, over 6%, at $17.93, apparently because of rumors now involving Japan’s Softbank (9984JP) as the buyer. Flyonthewall relates that traders are asserting the price action is because of Softbank rumors, without noting any specific sources. You’ll recall that Softbank last month closed on the $32 billion […]

Exclusive: We Tried the Viral Black Garlic Doritos From Japan, and This Is What Happened

Doritos fans across the world just about lost their minds when news broke of Black Garlic Doritos. Everyone's dreams were soon crushed when they learned the Doritos are only available in Japan, but we couldn't stand for that. POPSUGAR...Show More Summary

Lessons From Japan’s Richest Man, Chilean Startup Culture and a 3D Printer With Artificial Intelligence

It was an international sort of week these past few days as the stories which most captured my attention came from far outside the US. From the fascinating leadership lessons of Uniqlo’s Japanese CEO, to a very cool pavilion in Korea that celebrates the historic birthplace of print (which didn’t make my list of stories

How Halloween Became a Thing in Japan

When I first came to Japan in 2001, Halloween was not a thing. At all. Well, it was if you were foreigner, but Japanese people just didn’t really get it. Read more...

Early pancreatic cancer detection using blood biomarkers

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer. Early detection is essential to improve prognoses. Working toward that goal, a collaboration of researchers in Japan has discovered proteins in the blood which improve the detection of pancreatic cancer. Show More Summary

An Odd Building in Japan

9 hours agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

In the early 1980s, a piece of land in downtown Osaka, Japan, was due for an upgrade. The landowners wanted a big new building on the valuable real estate. The highway department planned an expressway through the neighborhood, and wanted to put an exit ramp across the property. Show More Summary

Gigi Hadid Delivers A Sultry Cover For Vogue Japan

9 hours agoLifestyle / Fashion : CocoPerez

Another month, another cover. Gigi Hadid continues to dominate magazine covers, and haters will just have to deal. Related: Gigi Loses Her Knees In A Photoshop Fail The supermodel makes a gorgeous appearance on the front of Vogue Japan's November issue, looking like a goddess with pillowy lips and perfect cat eyeliner. Very Brigitte Bardot-esque! G posted the shot [...]

The One Country Rodrigo Duterte Won't 'Separate' From Anytime Soon

Renato Cruz De Castro Security, Asia The answer: Japan From October 18 to 21, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is making his first state visit to China as part of his push for an “independent” Philippine foreign policy. AlthoughShow More Summary

Global markets show little direction

Indexes in France, German and Japan slipped, while London and Shanghai tipped up -- Wall Street futures edge down

Twitter's stock is up on Softbank M&A chatter, but there's no real evidence of a deal (TWTR)

Here we go again. Twitter's stock finished Friday's regular trading session up 7% as a new round of acquisition rumors sparked investor hopes that the struggling social network will be sold. Japan's Softbank is the latest putative bidder for Twitter. Show More Summary

Japan Names 39 to Asian Champs Roster, But No Gold Medalists

By Braden Keith on SwimSwam 2013 and 2015 World Champion Daiya Seto leads a Japanese team of 39 in their hosted Asian Swimming Championships next month. Read the full story on SwimSwam: Japan Names 39 to Asian Champs Roster, But No Gold Medalists

Picross 3D: Round 2 - EU boxart

The first game was so fantastic. Really happy to see the second game get a release outside of Japan. Physical in the states would have been nice, but digital is better than nothing!

Kirby and warp star plushes heading to Japan

- coming from SK Japan - sold together - due out in December - zipper on reverse side for storage - $30

After nearly a decade The Last Guardian has gone gold

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus director Fumito Ueda's long anticipated third directorial outing, The Last Guardian, has finally gone gold. Sony Japan producer Jun Yoshino, who's been focusing on The Last Guardian in recent times, just stated in a since deleted tweet "Gone gold. Show More Summary

Russia Calls Military Drill on Disputed Kuril Islands

10 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

Russia has called a military drill on the Kuril Islands, four of which are disputed territories with Japan. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced Friday that troops deployed on the islands will be tested on their battle readiness,...Show More Summary

Puyo Puyo Chronicle - preorder bonuses

Various retailers in Japan are offering up different preorder bonuses when you plop down some cash on Puyo Puyo Chronicle. The figure above is just one of the items available. Check out all the rest here.

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