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[PHOTOS] An Afternoon Yokohama, Japan

by Michael in Architecture

Translated: The sign says “Family Pub”. Near the ward office in central Yokohama. I wonder how long this establishment has been serving liquor to families? Like many of the building exteriors in the neighborhood, it appears to be mid-20th century, remodeled multiple times. This is the ward office where my wife [...]
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Vinyl Records Enjoy Streaming-Led Rebirth in Japan After Three-Decade Hiatus

by Michael in Entertainment

Takaki Tominaga reports: Music on vinyl is enjoying a renaissance, with digital streaming services generating interest in records once more. Japan’s electronics and entertainment giant Sony is positioning itself to embrace this latest trend in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume [...]
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Japan to Join Multinational Neuroscience Research Project

by Michael in Japan

The government will begin a five-year joint neuroscience research project with the United States and the European Union next fiscal year, aimed at tackling the global impact of depression and dementia, among other mental and neurological disorders (see below). It is necessary to analyze vast amounts of brain imaging data and conduct experiments on animals to fully understand the complexity of brain function, such as the activity of neural circuits. Therefore, experts have said national- and [...]

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  • Vinyl Records Enjoy Streaming-Led Rebirth in Japan After Three-Decade Hiatus

    Takaki Tominaga reports: Music on vinyl is enjoying a renaissance, with digital streaming services generating interest in records once more. Japan’s electronics and entertainment giant Sony is positioning itself to embrace this latest trend in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume pressing vinyl at Sony DADC Japan Inc., its [...]
  • Apple’s China Problem Highlights Conundrum for Tech Sector

    Apple’s decision to bow to Chinese officials by removing apps to sidestep online censorship underscores the dilemma faced by US tech companies seeking to uphold principles while expanding their business. The iPhone maker is the latest from Silicon Valley to face a conundrum in balancing their value for human rights and free expression against a government intent on controlling online [...]
  • Tube Amp Renaissance: Enthusiasts Help Revive Vintage Audio Technology

    Tamotsu Saito reports: A solid fan base has grown for vacuum tube audio amplifiers, which create a sound full of tone and depth. With their glowing glass tubes resembling something a mad scientist would use, these amps have a unique beauty. Vacuum tubes are designed to amplify weak electrical signals. In their basic mechanism, when a metal part in the vacuum inside the tube is heated, large [...]
  • Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt China’s internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland. Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

    In Defending China Demands, Apple Loses Privacy High Ground

    Deep dive analysis: Apple says it will ‘follow the law’ wherever it does business. But questions remain over what happens — and how the company will react — when the laws fall foul of the company’s privacy promises. By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day Last year, the company pushed back on a court order that demanded it build custom software that would crack the [...]
  • Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt China’s internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland. Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

    Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship

    HONG KONG — China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple. Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt the country’s system of internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland. One company, ExpressVPN, posted a letter it had received from [...]
  • [VIDEO] How China Is Changing Your Internet

    Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else HONG KONG — For teenagers who like to sing along with Ariana Grande and Flo Rida, Musical.ly is a must-have. The app that lets users lip-sync and dance in their own music videos boasts 100 million users and partners with pop stars like Ms. Grande and Meghan Trainor. It’s not easy to tell Musical.ly is Chinese — and that’s [...]
  • [VIDEO] SpaceX Has a Roomba-like Robot But No One Knows What It Really Is

    SpaceX fans are extremely curious about a new robot that keeps appearing on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You.” Some are calling it the “Roomba” robot while others insist it should be called “Optimus Prime.” There are theories as to what this robot is for, but there’s no confirmation from SpaceX itself, yet. We reached out to SpaceX [...]
  • Meet the Futuristic Sex Robot Developers Claim is a Coconut-Smashing ‘Game-Changer’

    A sex doll company are making a Terminator-style robot head who can speak, smile and even sing – but only in Chinese. Megan White reports: Manufacturers have finished the prototype of the DS Doll Robotic Head, which contains a movable mechanical structure coated in silicone ‘skin’ and controlled by a smartphone – and a PlayStation controller. The model, made by Doll Sweet Dolls [...]
  • Why Vinyl’s Boom Is Over

    As purists complain about low quality and high prices, vinyl sales taper off; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings cut their own records. Neil Shah writes: Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being produced today. So they decided to cut their records themselves. “What people do nowadays is take a digital file and just run vinyl off that,” [...]
  • 5G Set to Revolutionize Tech Industry

    Yukiho Takaichi and Ayuhiko Sasaki report: With an aim to start services by 2020 — when the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be held — development of a new communication method called the fifth-generation mobile communication technology (5G) is picking up speed. With technology that provides a 100-times-faster communication speed than the current mainstream technology used for smartphones [...]
  • Three of the four missiles came down provocatively close to Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)
  • The Chiense satellite Micius has helped break the quantum teleportation distance record, transmitting entangled photons across a distance of 1,200 km (746 mi) (Credit: Jian-Wei Pan)

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