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Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Japan mobiles to receive email warning terror alerts and more

Ever since the Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster that struck Japan in 2011, the authorities have been actively carrying out mock tweet-evacuation-drills and sending alerts to citizens using modern day technology. From April 1st, the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be implementing a new system that will automatically send out email alerts to mobile phones, regarding any ballistic missile launches, terror attacks and other eventualities.

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Hulu sells Japan business to Nippon TV

Hulu sells Japan business to Nippon TV

Three years, 50 partners, and 13,000 Japanese media assets later, Hulu is drawing one chapter of its international venture to a close. Though the video streaming service isn't exactly withdrawing from the Japanese market, it will be handing off bulk of the responsibility of running things over to the Nippon Television Network Corporation, more popularly known as Nippon TV.

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

X-Men: Days of Future Past has made its international television spot debut in Japan, where a rather basic teaser trailer was aired with quick flashes of action shots and the main characters in various states of action. It is short and sweet, and while not lending itself towards expounding on the plot, it does give a look at this summer's upcoming movie at break-neck speed.

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Subaru Forester joins forces with disturbing “Attack on Titan” series

Subaru Forester joins forces with disturbing “Attack on Titan” series

There's an advertising spot appearing this week for the Subaru Forester which utilizes the mortifyingly strange "Attack on Titan" series as nightmare fuel for its "Confidence in Motion" campaign. We'll certainly be feeling a bit more safe in our own Subarus after this, but what we're also seeing here is the possibility for a real-deal "Attack on Titan" film. Such a move wouldn't be unprecedented.

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Real “Pacifist Sword” sakabato discovered, studied in Japan

Real “Pacifist Sword” sakabato discovered, studied in Japan

According to the Anime (and Manga) Rurouni Kenshin, there's a mythical sword by the name of "sakabato" out there in the wild, one made only for the warrior most dedicated to pacifism. With the blade cut into the back side of the curve in this katana rather than the front, it's only as a final resort that the warrior takes to cutting their opponent. A real-life version of a sword just like this has been discovered in a family storage cellar in Japan this week.

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LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

LG G2 Gold edition: for the tyrant king in you

When the gold iPhone 5s was revealed in leaks, it was called fake. When the actual, real deal, official iPhone 5s was released in gold, it was the start of a wave of releases that'd forever be called copycats. While devices like the Sony Xperia RAY have been appearing in gold for many moons now, there seems to be no end in sight for the odd, internationally tapped color set. Here we're seeing the LG G2 in a particularly interesting shade of the precious metal.

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Japanese volcanic island gets a name and could survive years

Japanese volcanic island gets a name and could survive years

Back in November, the first reports of a new volcanic island off the coast of Japan surfaced. At the time, there were few details about the island and it was so new it didn’t even have a name. Scientists said that they would hold off naming the island until they could see if it would survive more than a short time above the surface of the ocean.

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Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

Keanu Reeves and 47 Ronin cast recorded in both English and Japanese

The upcoming film 47 Ronin is in a position to release the mother of all bonus features in the near future - an entirely separately filmed alternate version. What actor Keanu Reeves has revealed this week is the fact that the director of the film, Carl Erik Rinsch, wanted the entire cast of the film to be able to speak their lines in either Japanese or English. He went a step further in asking every actor to perform two separate takes of every scene, in English and in Japanese.

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Japan beats US to become top country in mobile app revenue

Japan beats US to become top country in mobile app revenue

There is big money to be made on games and other apps for mobile devices around the world. There has been a change at the top of the most profitable countries for apps with Japan taking the top spot. Previously, the top country for mobile app revenues was the US. Japanese consumers spent 10% more on apps than consumers in the US did in October.

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PlayStation 3, Vita, Nintendo 3DS to get new “Persona” games

PlayStation 3, Vita, Nintendo 3DS to get new “Persona” games

Fans of the long-running Persona series of role-playing games and animes are in for a triple helping of new material. Atlus, the maker of the games, announced the upcoming titles one at a time over the course of this weekend's Persona event. Their Japan releases will be staggered over the coming 12 months.

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New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

New volcanic island pops out of the sea near Japan

The Earth is racked with volcanic activity. There are active volcanoes in many parts of the world and some of them are active very frequently. One of the most volcanically active places in the world is Hawaii. The island state gets new land mass every year thanks to volcanic activity. A new volcanic island has poked its head above the surface of the ocean for the first time near Japan.

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Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple has seen a large boost in adoption in Japan over the last couple years, and as the trend holds, it is expected the company will near 50-percent market share in the nation some time next year. Current estimates have iPhone sales more than doubling over 2012's sales, and growth for the company has officially eclipsed that of Greater China and other areas, both domestic and abroad.

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