Japan

Japan's Maglev Train Has Broken The World Speed Record

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Tech

Central Japan Railway Co. has revealed that their futuristic magnetic levitation train has broken a world speed record, travelling at 590kph. The p...

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - The Robot Restaurant

Piney Gir | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Piney Gir

The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku was our next stop... It is surreal, from the moment you arrive at The R. R. your senses are attacked with pure bling and eclectic over-the-top-ness.

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere: The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly Pt 7

Noel Gallagher | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Gallagher

The first of the two nights was very strange. I've been coming here to Japan for well over 20 yrs now and I can safely say that was the oddest gig I've EVER done. The crowd were silent in between songs. They usually are quiet but this mob were SILENT!!

Zero Inflation: UK Consumers' Love Of Instant Gratification Will Stop Us Turning Japanese

Nicola Horlick | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

My bet is that the UK consumer is not accustomed to waiting to spend. There is a culture of going for instant gratification, and consumer expenditure has been one of the major drivers of the economy over the last thirty-five years, leading to a large service element to the economy.

Quick Five: Yayoi Kusama

Tate | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tate

In the first of our 'quick 5' interview series, we catch up with seminal Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, about her work, her wardrobe and last night's dinner.

Vegan Heaven in Japan

David Green | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Green

Japan is the land of sushi and fish stock so at first vegans and vegetarians may be concerned. But there is no need to worry. Vegan food is known as Shojin Ryori - the food of the monks. With a little research, it's possible to find restaurants and ryokans that will feed you sumptuously from Tokyo to Kyoto and even in remote ryokans in Shikoku.

A Japanese Fast Food Chain Is Selling KitKat Sandwiches

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Comedy

Ah, the KitKat sandwich. For when just a KitKat, or just a sandwich, isn't quite enough. Yes, over in Japan - where else?! - the fast food restaura...

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

How Tokyo Rose From The Ashes Of The Most Destructive Air Raid In History

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York and Tahira Mirza | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the single most devastating bombing raid in history. Over 100,000 people perished when 330 American B-29s d...

Fancy A Black Frog Burger?

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Yep, this is real. Continuing the trend of truly strange things coming out of Japan and weird burgers popping up all over the place, a museum has d...

In Japan Shoes Are Delivered By Drone

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Tech

Crocs aren't for everyone, but getting your stuff delivered by drone? That's surely something we can all get behind. Well now the durable footwear ...

The World's Oldest Person Celebrates Her 117th Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Misao Okawa is not your average centenarian. In fact, this lovely lady just so happens to be the world's oldest woman. Okawa, who was born on 5 Mar...

How Japan Produces Scientists Worthy of a Nobel Prize in the 21st Century

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The Ministry and the Japanese government recognize that producing highly competent scientists is not achieved overnight. It takes years of intense focus and single-minded dedication to a specific area of research and perseverance in the face of criticisms and setbacks.

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 15.04.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 27.03.2015 | 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.