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Kyocera unleashes washable, soap-proof smartphone in Japan

Kyocera unleashes washable, soap-proof smartphone in Japan

Kyocera has just announced the Digno Rafre for the Japanese market, said to be the world's first smartphone that can not only be rinsed in water, but can also be washed with hand soap. Waterproof phones are fairly common around the globe already, but none has claimed to be able to stand up to the rubbing and soap usage that comes with a thorough cleaning.

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NuAns Neo is the stylish Lumia 950 alternative for Japan

NuAns Neo is the stylish Lumia 950 alternative for Japan

Microsoft's new Lumia 950 just debuted last week, making it the first official Windows 10 smartphone available in the US. But while the device has a number of impressive features, they are mostly all tied to the software side of things. The Lumia 950's design is a tad uninspired, to say the least. However, NuAns, a Japanese design start-up, has just announced the Neo, a Windows 10 phone with enough design options to make even other platform devices jealous.

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Japan to send unmanned lander to the moon

Japan to send unmanned lander to the moon

In the history of space, travel only the US has placed man on the moon, but other countries have sent unmanned spacecraft to the surface of the moon. Japan has announced that it hoped to become the fourth country to place an unmanned lander on the surface of the moon. The Japanese space policy committee has stated that 2019 is the year the launch will happen.

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Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

Japanese gamer leaves SNES turned on for 20 years to keep save data

You may think you're a dedicated fan of classic video games, but know that the bar has been raised to an incredible height. Unless you've managed to keep an aging console turned on for 20 straight years, you've got nothing on this Japanese gamer who goes by Wanikun on Twitter. All in an effort to prevent his precious save data from being erased, Wanikun has managed to keep his Nintendo Super Famicom (known as the SNES in the US) powered on with the game plugged in for two decades now.

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The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

This week the second full Star Wars trailer was revealed - in Japan. It would appear that either Japan is simply getting their trailers first (very possible) or JJ Abrams is messing with the lot of us. Either way, here's what you're about to see: more lines from the film, more scenes that you've never seen before, and a really chilling revelation. Like a rudimentary, sparking, red, and evil lightsaber to the neck of your best buddy, heatedly, terrifyingly.

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This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

Well, Star Wars merchandising and product tie-ins continue to pour out as the release date for The Force Awakens draws near. This time, however, Japan may have topped it all, with the just announced R2-D2 mini fridge from AQUA. That's not to say the fridge is "mini," as it's actually a life-size R2-D2 model, complete with movement and sound effects. Since we've already seen R2-D2 as a lawn ornament, a showerhead, and even a humidifier, there was really no other products left to explore besides mini fridge.

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First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

First Pokémon gym set to open in Osaka next month

"I want to be the very best..." If you can finish that line, then I've got some great news for you. Since the original Pokémon games debuted in the 90's, people everywhere have wanted to be Pokémon Master. Sadly, to do so requires you to visit a Pokémon Gym, and collect badges. And there have been a distinct lack of such gyms, until now.

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Limited edition Evangelion smartphone gets Japan-only release

Limited edition Evangelion smartphone gets Japan-only release

This year mark's the 20th anniversary of the extremely popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion in Japan, and that means the product tie-ups and promotions have been almost non-stop this year in the country. The latest item is an Evangelion-themed Android smartphone from Sharp, and with only 30,000 units being produced, fans need to sign up for a chance to buy one at Japan's 7-Eleven stores. With the extremely dedicated following the series has in the country, there's no doubt that these phones will be snatched up almost immediately.

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Google Play Music billboard has 13K headphone jacks and plays 35M tracks

Google Play Music billboard has 13K headphone jacks and plays 35M tracks

Google has an interactive display installed in the square by Parco in Shibuya Japan that will be there until October 24. The billboard looks mire like a popup kiosk or big rig trailer that was left behind than you would expect of a billboard. The words on the front are spelled out with dots that surround headphone jacks.

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Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

While Amazon said last month that its Prime Video streaming service would be debuting in Japan sometime in September, the company has now officially announced its arrival a month later than expected, but alongside Fire TV hardware as well. Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will begin shipping in Japan on October 28, only the fourth nation after the US, Germany, and the UK to see the devices. Meanwhile Prime Video is being released in Japan starting today.

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Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Boeing’s R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner hits the skies next month

Get ready to book some airline tickets, Star Wars fans, as Boeing's new R2-D2 themed 787 Dreamliner will begin service next month. The droid-designed aircraft represents one of the first big international marketing pushes for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The plane will be operated by Japanese airline ANA, which has also revealed several other Star Wars themed aircrafts that will take to the skies soon.

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PlayStation 4 gets price drop in Japan

PlayStation 4 gets price drop in Japan

In addition to revealing PlayStation VR as the official name for their virtual reality gaming headset, Sony used its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference to announce a new price for the PS4 console in Japan. The console currently sells for 39,980 yen (about $334) in the region, but starting on October 1st its price will be 34,980 yen ($292). This is the first official price reduction on the PS4 from Sony since the console launched, and it could mean similar price drops in other parts of the world in the near future.

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