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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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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Japanese Toilets



When it comes to toilets, Japan has dealt itself a royal flush! From basic, no nonsense squat toilets to high tech marvels seemingly designed for a mission to Mars, Japan's toilets take care of everybody's business like nobody's business.
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The IDEA 2007 Best Designs For Boomers, Seniors, And Disabled Persons


One Touch™ Can OpenerOne Touch™ Can Opener This year's International Design Excellent Awards (IDEA), published in the July 20, 2007 edition of Business Week, have been awarded to 81 product designs. Some of the top awardees were clearly designed with boomers, seniors, and disabled persons in mind. The One-Touch™ Can Opener was originally designed for seniors, but this Gold Medal winner from Hong Kong is in demand by all age groups. Tell you why.... Press the shiny green button and this gizmo walks around the can by itself!
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Japan's TV Samurai Dramas Stand the Test of Time



As television continues to lose both audience and relevance in a society increasingly fascinated with online and wireless media offerings, Japan's classic "Samurai Dramas" buck the trend by providing exciting and engrossing entertainment the old fashioned way.
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Korean Smart Cards Will Keep People Safe From the Smartest of Criminals


Invented by e-Smart Technologies, which is based in Busan, Korea, the Super Smart Card is a payment and security card unlike any other. Also known as the Biometric Verification Security System, the Super Smart Card works as a matching system for identification. read more »

Cedarville University Wins Solar Splash 2007!


When I first read about the solar energy boat race, Solar Splash, I was immediately intrigued. Though I don't like open waters; therefore, will not get on a boat, the combination of solar energy and cleaner transportation in competition has had me tempted to face my fears and give these solar powered boats a try. I think it's an innovative idea with wonderful educational opportunities and a great start to the building and using of non-polluting, fuel-free vehicles (land, water and air) of the future. read more »

Water Filter Brings Health to Millions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some inventions that help improve the lives of some people, and then there are the inventions-sometimes the simplest kind-that revolutionize the lives of billions of people. Abul Hussam's water filter, for instance, is providing clean water for entire countries of people suffering from arsenic poisoning, a toxic chemical in dirty water.

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A Stroke of Genius Helps Stroke Victims


Teenagers both internationally and domestically are discovering the rewards of expanding their knowledge and imagining up tools and devices the world has yet to discover. Programs like like InvenTeams by MIT help to give them a shot at innovator stardom, and also provide them the opportunity to make the world a better place to be. read more »

Japan's Internet Cafés House the Homeless



With affordable housing in Tokyo nearly nonexistent, both the desperate and the destitute have discovered a viable alternative to cramped apartments and capsule hotels: full featured Internet cafés!
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Turn on the Lights With your Sweat


A California Fitness Center in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, is using manpower to generate electricity in its gym. In other words, energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The program is called Powered By You. read more »

The Top 10 Weirdest and Funniest Japanese Condoms


Fans of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" know that Japanese can burn rubber with the best of them. Need proof? Here are the the top 10 most interesting, unusual and downright weird ways Japan's condom manufacturers seek to beat off the competition in the rubbery race for safe sex supremacy! read more »

Japan's Used Panty Vending Machines: Fact or Fiction?



Vending machines stocked with used schoolgirl panties may be one of the most oft-quoted Japanese urban legends, but do they actually exist? Is there any truth behind the lurid rumors? The answer may surprise, even shock you!
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Ten Ways The Japanese Do It Worse



Japan and the Japanese do so many things well, it's easy to overlook where they trail the pack. From saving the whales to reaching for the stars, Japan falls miserably short - and that's just the tip of the rice-berg. Come explore the dark side of Japan, where the rising sun never shines!
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Ten Ways The Japanese Do It Better



Time and time again, Japan has been handed a ball someone else made and scored a touchdown. From cell phones to toilets to world peace, the Japanese just do it better!
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Japan's New Toilets Wash, Dry... and Fly!



Those amazing Japanese "washlets" pretty much do it all, from raising their lids in greeting as you enter the bathroom to washing and drying you off when you're done. Seems like Japanese toilets can do everything but fly... well guess again!
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"Every Burgers" Cut Fast Food Down to Bite Size



If every burger was an inch or so wide, we would eliminate obesity... or not, because we'd just eat dozens of "Every Burgers" instead!
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