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Which is the smallest MP3 player that you’ve come across? Most people would say the iPod shuffle, while others will rememeber of the MobiBLU Cube fondly. Well, the Micro Sport Japanese MP3 Player by Thanko clearly lives up to its name, redefining the word “tiny” and bringing it to new heights (or should we say, size?)

 
 
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Maybe it’s not quite as uber-strong as the HAL exoskeleton already is but the Tokyo University of Science’s Muscle Suit is still nothing to be laughed at. Exchanging actual muscle usage for gadgetry, the powered suit lets you lift things your normally couldn’t on your own. On the International Robot Exhibition 2009 in Tokyo Big Sight it made its official public debut.


 
 
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Yesterday was the first day of the fourth Make: Tokyo meeting held at the Ookuyama campus of Tokyo Institute of Technology. Organized by Make Magazine, it showcases the work of inventors who are not affiliated to large companies. Instead, students, start-ups and hobbyists were there to display their work and share ideas.


 
 
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The Japanese toy giant Bandai teamed up with cosmetics powerhouse Fancl to produce Bihada Kantei: a small digital skin condition checker that will be released on 30 november (suggested retail price 3.570 yen.).

 
 
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Luxury French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels continues to view Japan as a key market and is confident sales will pick up once the economy recovers, its president and chief executive officer said in a recent interview.


 
 
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Households with an annual income of 8million yen (60.180 €) or more spend three times more on their children's extracurricular activities, such as cram schools and sports lessons, than those with less than 4million yen (30.090 €) annual income, according to a survey by a correspondence education company.