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‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

If there’s one thing that can be universally agreed in geekdom, it’s that the bike from Akira is pretty damn cool. There have been various real life replicas of the bike built across the years, but only one has been officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. It was built by Shinji Tejima at the Showa Studio repair shop, taking him seven years, and at an overall cost of ¥10 million (~$121,310).

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Google Street View Japan reveals fabulous Cherry Blossom Edition

Google Street View Japan reveals fabulous Cherry Blossom Edition

So you'd like to do one of two things: travel through Japan during the season when the Cherry Blossoms blast, or have a lovely time glancing upon them from afar - Google has you covered either way! With Google's Street View, you're able to see where you're going before you get there - if you use it with Google Maps. If on the other hand you'd like to explore the world through Google's special camera cars, clicking through the streets of residential and rural areas around the globe, you can do that too! A fantastic example of where Google is using Street View to the utmost visual advantage is in their 2012 guide for Japan's Cherry Blossom Season.

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Leica $31,792 camera is…expensive

Leica $31,792 camera is…expensive

Leica, a luxury German camera manufacturer, has announced its latest creation - a digital camera that has a retail price of 2,620,000 yen. That's around $32,000. What's so great about this? Well, for that kind of price, it's hard to really sell it, but it is a limited edition of the Leica M9-P, which retails for around $8,000. So basically you're paying an extra $24K for special casing, color, and styling.

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NTT DoCoMo tips new SH-06D smartphone and Medius Tab N-06D tablet

NTT DoCoMo tips new SH-06D smartphone and Medius Tab N-06D tablet

NTT DoCoMo has a pair of new Android compatible mobile devices that include a new smart phone called the Aquos Phone SH-06D and a tablet called the Medias Tab N-06D. These devices are the first in Japan to be compatible with V-High multimedia broadcasting service. Both devices will be offered in Japan only, with the smartphone launching in March and the tablet launching in April.

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Japanese scientists create Avatar in real life, sort of

Japanese scientists create Avatar in real life, sort of

A group of Japanese researchers have developed technology that allows someone to wear a visor and a special pair of gloves to control a nearby robot. It's like putting yourself in place of the robot, from the comfort of sitting down. If that sounds at all confusing, how about we put it this way - it's like the movie Avatar but in real life. Oh yeah; you knew it was only a matter of time, right?

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Nintendo DSi trials speech recognition for classrooms

Nintendo DSi trials speech recognition for classrooms

The Nintendo DSi isn't what you'd expect teachers to want in classrooms, but that may change as the handheld gaming device explores new uses in education. Along with Japanese telecom company NTT, Nintendo is testing speech-to-text and speech recognition technology on the DSi for students with hearing impairment or other disabilities.

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NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

The axe is set to fall over at NEC Corp in Japan with just about one in 10 of its workers to be cut. NEC has announced that is set to lay off 10,000 workers as it attempts to claw its way out of the red and back into the black. One reason cited for the job losses is stiff competition posed from rivals from foreign countries such as Apple. NEC blames the poor performance and the job cuts on soft demand for its mobile phones.

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Official Apple Store grab bags have customers dropping cash on random swag

Official Apple Store grab bags have customers dropping cash on random swag

This New Years Day, yesterday for those of you living in a basement with the lights off, Japanese shoppers got a chance to pick up what's called a Fukubukuro, or "Lucky Bag," that being an official grab bag of relatively randomly assorted items from the store for their enjoyment! While we'll never, ever, ever see such an awesome situation happening here in the United States, this practice is said to have been going on each year since the onset of 2005. While most shoppers got a selection of accessories like headphones, cases, and Apple 1-inch buttons, some were lucky enough to snag gems like a MacBook Air or iPad 2.

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Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Japanese adult diaper slurps away urine

Life starts in diapers for us all and for those that live to an advanced age life often takes you back to diapers. Once people lose the ability to control urine or get up and go to the bathroom themselves, an adult diaper is the only thing standing between the wearer and a big mess. The catch is that if no one is around to help change the diaper things can be nearly as messy as having no diaper at all.

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Japanese gamers get Gold Edition PS3

Japanese gamers get Gold Edition PS3

Japanese gamers will be able to get their hands on a new limited-edition PS3 in a gold hue with a special design on the top starting on March 1, 2012. The limited-edition PS3 is gold and has a white drawing and some other styling cues on the top to celebrate the odd-looking game One Piece Warriors. Apparently, the game is very popular in Japan.

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