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World's Tallest Building to Rise Higher than Mount Fuji



A Japanese construction company's detailed plans for the X-Seed 4000, a city-sized building 2.5 miles high, show that dreams of the future may be closer to reality then you think!
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Billions of Discarded Chopsticks to be Turned into Biofuel



Disposable chopsticks are ubiquitous in Japan, where they're given out at restaurants, convenience stores and roadside stands. Now Japan's Agriculture Ministry is proposing to make biofuel out of the estimated 90,000 tons of wood wasted each year when disposable chopsticks are discarded.
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Creativity Thrives in Asia – And It’s Copyrighted


Korea and Japan are leading the way in the number of inventors' patents filed each year. They are also quickly becoming known as the worldwide leaders of the technology and innovation industries. read more »

Chews Your Music with Bite-activated Device



Crowded subway trains really bite... but now researchers in Japan have come up with a neat new "hands free" way to operate music players that puts the bite on overcrowding by letting the user control his or her iPod with their teeth!
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Magic Wheels Combine Skateboard with Scooter


What do you get when you combine a unicycle with a skateboard and a scooter? You get a new innovative form of transportation for the young and the young at heart. It's called The Magic Wheel and was invented by a "bored" Swiss designer whose name is never mentioned. read more »

Japanese Cellphone Charm Soothes Post-Menopausal Passions



Cellphone charms are a dime a dozen - it's an expression, don't quote me on that - but this particular one caught my eye. It's a tiny figurine of Korean TV drama heartthrob Bae Yong-Joon, complete with trademark fluffy scarf!
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Sony Women's Walkman Glitters with Swarovski Crystals



With more and more women welcoming technology into their comfort zone, electronics manufacturers like Sony are openly catering to feminine tastes by introducing a "Women's Walkman" dressed to the nines. Some call it sexist, others say it's just targeted marketing.
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Big Brother Amps It Up in China


This is being considered the world’s biggest attempt to align computer technology and police forces together to nab criminals who have fallen through the cracks and have yet to meet the consequence for their crimes. read more »

Tokyo's Mayonnaise Restaurant Charges To Hold Personalized Bottles of Mayonnaise



Hold the mayo? Never at Tokyo's Mayonnaise Kitchen, where the topping takes top billing and the king of condiments is rich, calorie-laden mayonnaise!
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Goodbye Afro Ken, Hello Kitty!


Love it or hate it, the Japan's Hello Kitty has become a global icon. Why has Hello Kitty succeeded while more appealing and refreshing characters like Afro Ken have failed? And who or what is "Afro Ken" anyway? read more »

South Korea Enjoys a Cup of Genius with Microsoft


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


With participants coming from approximately 59 different countries, the Imagine Cup was an array of diversity as much as it was a unified setting for the growth of technology. read more »

New JASDF Stealth Fighter Jet to be "Made In Japan"



Return of the "Zero"? Shut out of the bidding for America's high tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, Japan's military planners are considering a home-grown solution to the problem of replacing the nation's fleet of aging jet fighters.
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The Ethical Robot: Korea Teaches Manners and Boundaries to Our Engineered Friends




If you think about an episode of the Jetsons when you think about the future, chances are your predictions may be right on. This is especially true in the nation of Korea, where South Korea specifically has made it a goal to have a robot in every home by the year 2013. read more »

Shochu Liquor Residue Recycled into Potent Ethanol Fuel



Who says alcohol and driving don't mix? A new cooperative venture between five Japanese shochu liquor producers is yielding ethanol fuel and livestock feed from waste that was previously dumped in the ocean.
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Japan Beats the Heat with Champagne Snow Cones



Sweltering through a typical Japanese summer is no fun, and the summer of 2007 is proving to be hotter than most. The trendy, well-off crowd in Tokyo is chilling out with Champagne Kakigori, a cooling concoction which features sparkling bubbly over shaved ice!
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Sweet & Sexy Leah Dizon: The First "Planet Idol"?



Leah Dizon breaks the mold of so-called Japanese Idols: she's multi-talented, multi-ethnic and has universal appeal that makes a mockery of national borders. Signed by toy maker Bandai to represent their new clothing line, the 20-year old singer, model and TV star is poised for mega-stardom. Today Japan, tomorrow the world!
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Japan Screams for Jellyfish Ice Cream



Plagued by an invasion of gooey, slimy 440 pound jellyfish that are clogging fishing nets, eating valuable fish and putting the sting on profits, Japan's fisherman are turning to unusual solutions to cope with the slimy pests - such as turning them into ice cream.
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$100 Laptop In Children's Hands by October


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's water-resistant, solar-powered, energy-efficient and kid-friendly-the One Laptop Per Child project may finally be turning into reality. read more »

Flashy Furniture Changes Color to Match Your Mood



Feeling blue? Seeing red? Fuwapica interactive furniture from Osaka University's Mongoose Studio reflects your emotional state by changing its color to suit your mood.
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Tiny Cell Phone Strap Plant needs neither Food nor Water



The Super Bio-Tech Mobile Plant Cell Phone Strap from Japan's Strapya World lets you take your own tiny, living plant wherever you take your phone - without ever worrying about feeding or watering!
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