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Sony's Xperia Z4 is the flagship nobody asked for
Let's talk about the Sony Xperia Z4. The Japanese electronics giant announced the latest in its line of premium Z-series smartphones recently for its home market. And it's fair to say the popular reaction to the device has fallen somewhere between bewilderment and outright derision. Consumers (...)
[OSNews]

Japan train sets new speed record
A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.
[BBC]

Sharp creates 4K smartphone screen
Japanese display-maker Sharp announces a 4K resolution smartphone screen destined for handsets next year.
[BBC]

Apple Watch In-Store Preview & Online Pre-Order Begin Friday
Apple Watch™, Apple's most personal device yet, will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store® or at Galeries (...)
[WebWire Mobile communications]

Apple Watch In-Store Preview & Online Pre-Order Begin Friday
Apple Watch™, Apple's most personal device yet, will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store® or at Galeries (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

Nobuo Uematsu: the video game composer shaking up classical music
The Japanese musician behind the Final Fantasy themes has become a mainstay of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, rubbing shoulders with the greats. So what does our critic make of his work? Continue reading...
[The Guardian]

The Fax Machine Lives on in Japan
I actually received a fax today, through the eFax account I've had since the late 90s and has mostly lain dormant during this century, so I found today's NYT article on the fax's enduring importance in Japan quite interesting. The tl;dr: Japanese were early adopters of fax and it's unbelievably (...)
[OSNews]

China cracks down on explicit anime
China says it will create a "blacklist" of banned Japanese anime cartoons, and plans to punish firms that hosted violent and sexual clips online.
[BBC]

China cracks down on explicit anime
China says it will create a "blacklist" of banned Japanese anime cartoons, and plans to punish firms that hosted violent and sexual clips online.
[BBC News]

I tried to live with a high-end feature phone
The feature phone. Still big in Japan. Still being sold in the millions. Still relevant, though? And does it even matter what a 30-something tech writer at a Western tech site thinks? Japan's large elderly population - people who haven't even heard of Angry Birds, Gmail or Uber - they're the (...)
[OSNews]

An 'octopus' robot with eight limbs developed to clear rubble in Fukushima, Japan
Researchers in Japan have jointly developed a robot with four arms and four crawlers which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously to help clean up the rubble left after the 2011 quake-tsunami disasters in Minamisoma, Fukushima.
[Science daily]

Electronic waste has energy value
Using discarded electronic boards, researchers have developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel. The researchers have already registered the patent of the process in Japan.
[Science daily]

Nintendo to develop mobile games
Nintendo is collaborating with Japanese developer DeNA to create new games for smartphones, the firm has announced.
[BBC News]

Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who'll look after you when you get old
Japanese robot can lift patients from beds into wheelchairs or help them to stand up, promising ‘powerful yet gentle care’ for the elderly A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more (...)
[The Guardian]

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