cryptocurrency
Glitch on Bitcoin Exchange Drops Prices to Zero Pounds, User Tries to Make Off With Trillions

A cryptocurrency exchange in Japan reportedly experienced a temporary glitch last week that suddenly offered investors their pick of coins for the low, low price of zero pounds. Several customers took advantage of the opportunity, but one really ran with it. Read More >>

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Scientists Have No Idea Why This Enriched Uranium Particle Was Floating Above Alaska

On August 3, 2016, seven kilometres above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, a research plane captured something mysterious: an atmospheric aerosol particle enriched with the kind of uranium used in nuclear fuel and bombs. Read More >>

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Japanese City Triggers Emergency Broadcast System After Supermarket Accidentally Sells Deadly Blowfish

As AFP reports, five packages of blowfish, also known as puffer fish, fugu fish, and globefish, were sold with their livers still intact from a supermarket in the Japanese city of Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture. Read More >>

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Japanese Broadcaster Mistakenly Warns App Users of North Korean Missile Attack

On Tuesday, people in Japan with national broadcaster NHK’s app installed on their phones were sent an alert urging them to take cover after a likely missile launch by North Korea. “NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground,” the notification read, according to CNN. It was a false alarm. Read More >>

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Fugitive Yakuza Boss Arrested After Facebook Photos of His Tattoos Go Viral 

Thai police have arrested a member of the Japanese mafia they say has been on the run for 14 years. 74-year-old Shigeharu Shirai was detained in Lopburi, Thailand on Thursday. Authorities say Shirai fled Japan for Bangkok in 2005 while being investigated for the 2003 murder of a rival Yakuza member. Japanese police were alerted to Shirai’s location after pictures of his distinctive tattoos went viral on Facebook. Read More >>

robots
You’d Never Have to Reach for Anything Placed on This Living Robotic Table

If you happened to be in Tokyo, Japan, this past weekend, you might had a chance to check out the 2017 International Robot Exhibition, where companies demonstrate cutting-edge robotics by having them perform pointless tasks. I, for one, could watch this magical living table roll footballs around all day long. Read More >>

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A Ghost Ship Carrying 8 ‘Skeletonised’ Bodies Washed Up in Japan—and It’s Not the First Time

A battered wooden fishing vessel containing eight partially skeletonised bodies washed ashore in northern Japan over the weekend. Disturbingly, it’s just the latest in a string of similar “ghost ships” that seem to be coming from North Korea. Read More >>

environment
The Fukushima Cleanup is Progressing, But at a Painstaking Pace

Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s destroyed reactors—a major discovery, but one that took a long and painful six years to achieve. In the meantime, the programme to clean up the destroyed reactors has seen numerous setbacks and concerns, including delays on Japanese electrical utility Tepco’s timetable to begin removing the highly radioactive fuel and continued leakage of small amounts of radioactive substances. Read More >>

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Watch This Neural Network Generate an Infinite Number of Totally Unique Anime Characters

Last month Nvidia revealed its work on using competing neural networks to generate random, but convincing, photos of non-existent celebrities. A website called MakeGirlsMoe does almost the same thing, but instead of celebs, it churns out never-ending headshots of anime characters. Read More >>

crime
Serial Killer in Japan Stalked, Murdered Suicidal Women He Found Through Twitter

In a grisly tale, The New York Times reports Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, was arrested in Zama prefecture, Japan, 30 miles outside of Tokyo, after police found nine severed heads in coolers in his flat. Shiraishi reportedly used Twitter to find women who’d expressed suicidal thoughts over the service, murdering and decapitating them. Shiraishi has also admitted to sexually assaulting some of the women. Read More >>

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Legendary Horror Manga Writer Junji Ito’s Most Chilling Works Will Become an Anime Anthology

If you’re familiar with Japanese horror, you’ve probably heard about the work of Junji Ito—the author behind viral horror stories like The Enigma of Amigara Fault and Uzumaki. Now, some of his most famous spooky tales are being adapted into a new anime anthology show. Read More >>

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A Mirrored Train Ride Through Tokyo Leaves You Wondering Which Way Is Up

By simply vertically mirroring footage from a commuter train ride through Tokyo, YouTube channel afridimensional made Japan’s capital look like the backdrop for a futuristic sci-fi film in this chill short film, Neo Tokyo Metro. Read More >>

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The Cleanup at Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant Has Been Delayed Yet Again

With the backing of Japan’s government, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) has decided to revise its plan to remove highly radioactive spent fuel from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. It’s the fourth re-think made by the utility since the plant suffered a meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami—and yet another delay to a plan that’s expected to take anywhere from 30 to 40 years. Read More >>

electric cars
Nissan Leaf 2018: Tokyo Launch Unveils Sleek Design, Better Range & Self-Parking

The Nissan Leaf - the world's most popular all-electric car - got a major upgrade at a bustling event in Yokohama, Japan this morning. We elbowed our way through the massive crowd of excitable dudes in suits to bring you the latest about one of the most promising mainstream EVs yet. Read More >>

environment
Unexploded WWII Bomb Adds to Fukushima’s Woes

It must be pretty hard dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami-struck nuclear power station disaster, and for the poor team in charge of cleaning up at Fukushima it's just got even harder thanks to the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb. History really has it in for the unfortunate prefecture. Read More >>