Japan

Everyone's Favourite Robot Dog Is Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech

Kofuku-ji temple chief priest Bungen Oi is offering a prayer for the thousands of AIBO robots around the world that are now without a lifeline. ...

Keep Lamp Posts Weird

Clare Reddington | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

The Playable City Award asks us to imagine how we might use these same technologies to make our cities more liveable, hopeful and collaborative. In order to fully explore the possibilities, it is vital we listen and share these questions with people across the world.

Japan's New Robot Polar Bear Is Adorable

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

An alternately terrifying and adorable robotic bear has been launched in Japan as an aid to the elderly. ‘Robear’ developed by Riken Institute ...

This Robot Will Feed You Tomatoes As You Run A Marathon

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Tech

There is a lot of technology around designed to help runners get the most out of their workouts. There are also a lot of absurdly over-sold gels, bars...

This Is Japan's Insane Bicycle Storage Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Tech

As cycling gets increasingly popular in London and around the UK, all eyes should be focused on this incredible bicycle storage system from Japan. ...

East Asian Pop Culture is Inspiring a New Generation of YouTubers and Their Fans

Emma Leverton | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Leverton

Next time you're on YouTube, check out this internet sensation. Scroll though some of the related videos too. East Asian pop culture is inspiring this tribe of YouTubers and their fans. I can guarantee that Kelsey and her online counterparts will keep you entertained until four in the morning.

The Flip Phone Is Having A Revival

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech

Just as vinyl is beginning to have a resurgence, so too is another aspect of technology: the flip phone. According to Japanese analytics company MM...

Mobile Volunteer Teams Bring Joy to Children Affected by Conflict in Syria's Homs Governorate

Razan Rashidi | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

The Syrian conflict has so far already forced more than five million children to live through terrible experiences. Building on local capacities, UNICEF and its partners are providing crucial psychosocial support for children to help them overcome such traumatic experiences.

Islamic State Release Video 'Beheading' Second Japanese Hostage

PA | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK

Islamic State (IS) has released a video which appears to show the beheading of a second Japanese hostage. Freelance journalist Kenji Goto Jogo, 47,...

Jordan 'Ready' To Give Islamic State What It Wants To Save Hostages

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK

The Jordanian government has said it is ready to agree to Islamic State's demand that it frees a failed suicide bomber in exchange for two hostages th...

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

Ellis Shuman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.

IS Hostage's Father 'Hoping Deep In My Heart' His Son Still Alive

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK

The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State (IS) militants is hoping his son could still be alive. Japanese Prime Minist...

Tearful Mother Pleads For Son's Release As IS Hostage Deadline Passes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

The mother of one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State (IS) has tearfully pleaded for his safe return after militants posted an online warni...

Trafalgar Square Highlights Taiji

Sharon Bull | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Saturday January 17th 2015, I joined over a thousand people in London's winter sunshine, helping to raise awareness about the truth behind dolphin and whale captivity.

Japanese Woman 'Kidnapped By Indian Gang And Raped For Weeks'

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK

Police arrested three Indians after the brutal gang raping of a 22-year-old Japanese research scholar near a Buddhist pilgrimage centre in eastern Ind...

Sea Shepherd Activist Melissa Sehgal Denied Entry Into Japan to Document Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

Melissa Sehgal | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK
Melissa Sehgal

Sehgal's entry denial follows a pattern of denials the Cove Guardians have experienced recently. Scott West, Sea Shepherd Director of Intelligence and Investigations, was also denied entry late last season, and several high profile veteran Cove Guardians have been denied entry this season. Other veterans have made it through and the campaign has continued undaunted.

How Do Japanese Celebrate Holidays?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

How do Japanese celebrate holidays? New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan.Since 1873 Japanese have been celebrating New Year according to the Gregorian calendar on January 1 of each year, although some parts of Japan, such as Okinawa, still celebrate it according to the Chinese calendar.

Saving Japan's Dolphins - Is Boycotting Travel the Answer?

Justin Francis | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Justin Francis

Calls to boycott the country until it stops the hunting and the infamous Taiji dolphin drives are frequent, but is this the best course of action for travellers anxious about animal welfare? Should we boycott Japan, or should we instead focus our attention on supporting an, albeit slowly, turning tide of change?

Seven Destination Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

For those perennial travelers, always looking for the best tips and suggestions for their next holiday trip, the following selection of travel blogs are of invaluable assistance. Each is filled with great experiences, photos and background on the destination they cover.

Taiji's Link to Captivity

Sharon Bull | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Following on from my article 'Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed' published on November 28th 2014, I would like to introduce you to Rachel Barton. In October this year she made what I would call an extremely difficult decision to travel to Taiji and witness first-hand the merciless and continuous dolphin drives that take place there.

My First Time to the Far East: A Foreigner's Impressions of Tokyo

Arabella Noortman | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

My first glimpse of Tokyo was from the plane. As we began our descent, I peered out and saw Japan's capital city; a sprawling urban mass lying between the snowy capped peak of Mount Fuji, and the glimmering Pacific Ocean.

Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed?

Sharon Bull | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

In a country renowned for its innovative technology and leading the way in this field through its expertise and sophistication, I call to question its need for outdated entertainment within the numerous dolphinariums and marine parks in Japan.

A Moment of Zen Could Be the Answer

David Green | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Green

I've just had my first Zen moment in Japan. For a while now, I've been wrestling with what to do next with my life. Something we all face up to at some stage.

Taiji Japan - We Will Make a Difference!

Sharon Bull | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Heralded as one of the biggest animal rights demonstrations in the UK, I joined more than a thousand voices in a peaceful protest, raising awareness to the annual barbaric slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji Japan...

Could This Be The Most Awkward Gathering Of World Leaders!

Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

China's President Xi Jinping drew the short straw this year to host President Barack Obama and other world leaders at the latest APEC summit The g...