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Honda EV Cub To Have Swappable Batteries

Honda has filed new patents for the electric two-wheeler EV Cub, which will use the same removable battery technology showcased in the Honda PCX Electric scooter. The CarAndBike Team reports: Honda’s EV Cub concept is now gathering momentum [...]

How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy

One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure. Anne Ewbank writes: In 1877, Japan’s Meiji Emperor watched his aunt, the princess Kazu, die of a common malady: kakke. If her condition was typical, her legs would have swollen, and her speech slowed. Numbness [...]

Plyscraper City: Tokyo to Build 350m Tower Made of Wood

The $5.6bn cost of the 70-storey W350 Project is expected to be twice that of a conventional building Elle Hunt reports: A skyscraper set to be built in Tokyo will become the world’s tallest to be made of wood. The Japanese wood products company [...]

Freezing Tokyo Sees Most Ambulance Calls for 80 Years

  Tokyo’s ambulance service has experienced its busiest day in more than 80 years, officials said Thursday, amid icy conditions as the Japanese capital shivers through its coldest temperatures in decades. The Tokyo fire department, which [...]

Japanese Business Confidence Hits 11-Year High

Tokyo (AFP) – Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers is at an 11-year high, a key central bank survey showed Friday, as the world’s number-three economy picks up pace. The bullish survey underscored how Japan’s [...]

Confirmed: Godzilla’s Resurgence Expected to Continue

Katsuo Kokaji reports: Since the first film in 1954, a series of works have been released under the Godzilla franchise — albeit with occasional blank years. The series came to halt for a time after “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004, but a 2014 [...]

[VIDEO] International Tokyo Toy Show Rocks Japan

Kazuaki Nagata reports: Holding a Bluetooth-enabled plastic toy gun with a smartphone attached, players fight virtual enemies appearing on the phone’s screen as it displays real surroundings. The augmented reality gun battle was on display at [...]

‘Hero Shows’ Bring Joy of Tokusatsu Dramas

Mishio Suzuki writes: I have the distinct impression that so-called “hero shows,” which are stage performances for children featuring tokusatsu superheroes or anime characters, are an essentially Japanese phenomenon. These shows take place on [...]