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A Video Surfaced Of The 9.0 Earthquake And Tsunami That Hit Japan In 2011 And Its Terrifying To Watch

Nobody is ever truly ready for the destructive force of a natural disaster. While people can be evacuated along with some of their belongings, not everything can be saved. What makes it even worse is that while disasters like storms and hurricanes can be predicted and prepared for, earthquakes, on the other hand, are impossible to predict. However, that doesn’t stop people from trying their best to prepare for the unknown. And every bit helps. A Japanese news network recently released harrowing footage of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake…

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This Awesome Dragon Made From Palm Tree Leaves (5 Photos)

Artwork by Ayako Japanese artist Ayako recently created an incredible dragon sculpture made from palm tree leaves, branches, and wood for the The Shimadakara (“Island Treasure”) Art Festival in Urama, Okinawa. The artwork, entitled “Ryu Miyagi”, was introduced with the accompanying blurb: The island, where still the original scenery remains. So much nature, thank you for protecting our treasure. The island with the dragon When it gets quiet, you can hear it The voice of wind The voice of the island The voice of your heart Lend an ear to…

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Worlds Oldest Living Person Celebrates Her 117th Birthday

Kyodo/via REUTERS Kane Tanaka has extended her record as the world’s oldest person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka in southern Japan. Tanaka marked her birthday with a party on Sunday along with staff and friends at the nursing home. Tanaka, whose birthday was on Jan. 2, took a bite from a slice of her big birthday cake. “Tasty,†she said with a smile. “I want some more.†Tanaka was last year confirmed as the oldest living person, aged 116 years 66 days old as…

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The Incredible 20-Year-Old Woman Tackling Sexism in Sumo Wrestling

In Little Miss Sumo, a new Netflix documentary short, women in Japan are taking the fight for gender equality inside the wrestling ring. The 19-minute film condenses the story of Hiyori Kon, a student and sumo prodigy pushing back against the age-old edict that prevents women from competing in the sport professionally. I study gender theory, Hiyori explains in Japanese. We learned about many women fighting gender issues all over the world, but there werent many Japanese women. Japanese people dont ask for radical change. Hiyori Kon and her teammates…

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Typhoon Hagibis: Four dead in Japan as worst storm in 60 years roars through

Threat of widespread flooding and landslides compounded by earthquake in Chiba prefecture Four people were killed and 17 were missing after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades paralysed Tokyo, flooding rivers and putting millions under evacuation warning before it ploughed up the north-eastern coast. Authorities lifted rain and flood warnings for the Kanto region around a becalmed Tokyo before dawn but imposed them on areas further north after super-typhoon Hagibis blasted through the capital. Attention focused on Fukushima, where Tokyo Electric Power Co overnight reported irregular readings…

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Verdict Leads to Angry Fallout

TOKYOThree executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) who ignored repeated warnings of a potential tidal wave that could result in a nuclear disaster, which did in fact take place, were found not guilty of criminal negligence resulting in death and injury by a Tokyo Court on Thursday. Many feel justice was poorly served. However, a former prosecutor says that the verdict was to be expected. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March of 2011 resulted in over 100,000 people losing their homes, wide-spread radioactive pollution,…

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Guy Makes Oversized Novelty Weapons from Old Amazon Boxes

Japanese artist, the ‘Crafty Transformer‘, has amassed a large online following for his amazing DIY cardboard creations. Drawing inspiration from popular videos games, anime, and manga, he recreates well-known character gadgets, weapons, and tools. He even provides templates you can download (found in his YouTube video descriptions) along with step-by-step instructions in his videos. Below we’ve embedded some of his most popular vids along with some gifs, photos and even a fan-made compilation of his awesome work. For more, check out his YouTube page! Crafty Transformer seems to be making…

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Toyota partners with AI startup Preferred Networks on building helper robots for humans

Toyota is enlisting the help of startup Preferred Networks, a Japanese company founded in 2014 with a focus on artificial intelligence and deep learning, to help move forward its goal of developing useful service robots that can assist people in everyday life. The two companies announced a partnership today to collaborate on research and development that will use Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR) robotics platform. The platform, which Toyota created in 2012 and has been developing since, is a basic robot designed to be able to work alongside people in…

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Japans mobile payments app PayPay reaches 10 million users

Paytm, India’s biggest mobile payments firm, now has 10 million customers in Japan, the company said as it pushes to expand its reach in international markets. Paytm entered Japan last October after forming a joint venture with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan called PayPay. In addition to 10 million users, PayPay is now supported by 1 million merchant partners and local stores in Japan, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and CEO of Paytm said Thursday. The mobile payments app has clocked more than 100 million transactions to date in the nation, he claimed.…

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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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In 1973 Japan Planted an Experimental Forest, Today It Looks like This

Photograph by Sankei News Photos of a mysterious crop circle-like pattern of trees recently made the rounds online and people had all kinds of bizarre explanations. It turns out the mesmerizing patterns were the result of some experimental forestry by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries nearly 50 years ago. The ministry was researching growth and tree spacing and planted this particular crop in 1973. To achieve this effect, researchers planted trees in 10 degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles. The ‘crop circle’ forest can still…

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Only in Japan Can Moving Be Described as a Pleasure

Ah Japan, the faraway land where everything is done more sensibly and efficiently. Take moving, a prospect so daunting, many of us would rather stay in our current home forever because the mere thought of packing/sorting/unpacking is too much to bear. I don’t know why, but I found this strangely therapeutic to watch. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-efficiency-of-japanese-movers/

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Japanese Photographer Captures Stray Cats Having Fun And Not Giving A Damn In The World

Sometimes, it’s not about where you are but rather who you’re with. A Japanese photographer who goes by the name of Nyankichi Rojiupa has found a group of stray cats who have turned a street with drain pipe holes into their playground, and his images perfectly show just how much fun these felines are having. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: However, the photographer said that every now and then somebody’s starts raising concerns about the friendship he shares with these critters.…

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