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Japanese Moon Shot Heats Up Asian Space Race



With the picture-perfect launch of the pioneering SELENE lunar exploration probe from a Mitsubishi H-IIA rocket, Japan has made a stunning return to space while answering the challenge of neighboring China's bold program.
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Rocobo Interactive Robotic Pet Matches Your Mood



Rocobo, Takara Tomy's tiny "Tamagotchi on steroids" is taking Tokyo by storm... and the wider world awaits. OK, don't get excited... but if you do, your interactive Rocobo robotic pet will too!
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Learn Your Genetic Ancestry With a Saliva Swipe


While we're waiting on the thousand-dollar genome sequencing, researchers have recently designed a new program that lets you learn your genetic ancestry right now with a quick cheek swab. The results take just minutes, and are 99% accurate. read more »

2007 Tokyo Game Show - Heaven on Earth for Gamers



With exhibitors from 51 countries showing off software, hardware and over 700 game titles from a record 1,708 booths, the 2007 Tokyo Game Show is definitely the place to be for gamers, geeks and gadget lovers for whom nothing beats something new!
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Ear Wax Reveals Ancient History of Japan



Ear wax... what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin', say it again... OK, it sounded better in the original version by Edwin Starr, but humble ear wax IS good for somethin', at least according to a team of Japanese high school students.
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Art of the Yakuza: Japan's Tattooed Men & Women

Japanese gangsters, or "Yakuza", display colorful tattoos as part of a longstanding underworld tradition. Their wives, mistresses and girlfriends often sport similar body art, often intricately detailed and breathtakingly beautiful.

Japanese H-Bomb Survivor Finally Speaks Out



Nope, that's not a typo - "H" bomb is correct. Matashichi Oishi was a crewman on the Japanese fishing vessel Lucky Dragon No. 5 on March 1, 1954, when the American "Castle Bravo" hydrogen bomb test went terribly wrong. Now, he's finally telling his story.
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In Shanghai, People to Pay for A Few Minutes of Quiet


You can't buy love or happiness, but according to one inventor, it is pretty darn easy to buy silence. read more »

Japan: Overcrowded from Cradle to Grave


Living in a small island nation 80% covered in forests and mountains isn't easy, especially when there are 127 million of you. Check out six ways Japan lives with overcrowd overload and see how Japan's citizens cope with overcrowding from cradle to grave. read more »

Korea Brings the World a Whole New Bag of Chips


Hynix provides the world with the world's largest multi-chip package available, once again putting Korea in the hotspot as the world's technology leader.

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Top 10 Strange & Unusual Japanese Police Stations



"Koban", or Japanese Police Boxes, are commonly found on street corners in cities or towns, large or small, across Japan. Not to be confused with the Doctor Who's Tardis style police call boxes formerly common in Great Britain, Japanese Koban are larger, display a red light and five-pointed gold police badge outside - and often feature unusual styling... here are the Top Ten!
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The Pope and the Vatican Lead Newest Technology Trend


Korea takes the technology lead and gets a big blessing from one of the world's most unique markets.
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Stopping Torture, Murder and Mayhem - Powerful Ads from Around the World


It appears that some of the most creative and inventive advertising is coming from nonprofits these days. Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign and work towards the international recognition and support of human rights. Here's some of their powerful work. read more »

Japanese Wasp Crackers - made with Real Wasps



From Japan, the land that gave us living sushi, octopus balls and horsemeat ice cream comes a new taste sensation - of nausea! Crispy Wasp Rice Crackers made with real Digger Wasps... kinda like Honeycomb cereal with actual bees!
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Bizarre Beetle Battles Enthrall Onlookers at Tokyo Tourney



Imagine a Sumo match from a science fiction nightmare and you've got Japan's IWBC... sharp thrusting horns, shining jet black carapaces and fiendishly spiky grasping legs - twelve of them - furiously locked into an epic struggle at the recent Insect World Battle Championships!
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Londoner Sheds Light on Night Cycling


Innovative Asian Michael Chen finds inspiration in Asia and designs illuminating activewear. read more »

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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