The Japanese economy is expected to show annualized real growth of 2.2 percent in the July-September period for the second consecutive quarterly expansion due partly to robust exports, according to eight private think tanks polled by Kyodo News. Also jobless figures hit a four-month showing further rise out of the economic crisis.
NEC has developed an eyeglass equipment that interprets foreign languages into mother tongues and projects the translation onto a person's retina. This device would make it possible to speak with a foreigner naturally in one's mother tongue without an interpreter, according to sources. The NEC equipment comprises a script projector and microphone attached to the glasses, and a small computer that can be attached to the waist of a user.
Imagine a car that can be refuelled in minutes but emits only water. Sounds like science fiction? In fact it already exists -- Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis has one. So does Honda president Takanobu Ito. Yet while some see them as the ultimate environmentally-friendly automobiles, the high production cost means that affordable hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars are still more of a dream than reality.
Young Japanese are fleeing the urban jungle for the half-abandoned countryside on a mission to make farming cool again and cut's frightening food deficit in the process. Organic farming converts, rice-growing Tokyo fashionistas and other young greenfingers have trickled back into rural Japan where many farm towns have been slowly dying amid fast-greying Japan's demographic crunch.
The international war of height continues as Japan reworks a plan to reach a new world record. Plans for the Tokyo Sky Tree have been changed in the hopes of making it the world’s tallest tower when it is scheduled to be opened in early 2012.
It is a problem faced by everyone in the end or by their relatives left behind - finding a place to spend eternity. And in Japan, a crowded mountainous country with a fast-ageing society, there is a shortage of final resting places, especially in the big cities.
Popular gadgets in Japan often just need a little time to start popping up in the U.S. For instance, most Japanese were using LCD monitors years before they were common stateside. But the rule doesn't hold for every gadget. Every now and then Japan produces a consumer technology that's incompatible with the American populace.
Let's face the truth, most technology these days focuses on enhancing our ability to converse without having to physically be near any one another in any way, shape, or form. So it's a bit refreshing to see ALPS try to bring back the personal with its Electric Field Communication model, which essentially takes the TransferJet idea one step further by using the human body as a transference medium between two devices.
There may be a recession, but that doesn't mean that we can't afford style, thanks to some Japanese brand concepts which seem to blossom even more now that others draw back from the market. Five companies especially attract buyers in Japan and are worthy a little insight: Uniqlo, Tsuru, Brooks Brothers, the Art Convenience Store and Barneys New York.
Haruyama Trading Co., a major men's clothing chain operator, has announced that it will soon release an "anti-swine flu" business suit. The surface of the wool suit is coated with titanium dioxide photocatalyst, which is a common ingredient in toothpaste and cosmetics. The effect is expected to last even after the suit is washed more than 20 times.