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Japanese reporter died after clocking 159 hours of overtime

Japan’s public broadcaster has revealed that one of its reporters died from overwork. NHK said that labor officials had concluded that the 31-year-old political reporter died from heart failure caused by spending long hours on the job. Japan, known for its ‘salaryman’ culture and punishing work hours, has struggled for years to tackle the impact of overwork on employees’ health. A government study published last year found that one in five workers is at risk of working themselves to death. Excessive hours are such a big problem that there’s even ...

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Bubbles in Hong Kong harbor are Japanese artist's thought-stirrer

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Millions of bubbles floated across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on Wednesday, the latest public art exhibition by Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki. Slideshow (6 Images) His project, titled “Memorial Rebirth”, uses a three-meter (10-foot) tall, six-tiered machine with 50 bubble-producing units to spew out 10,000 bubbles every minute, using up about 35 liters of bubble mix every 15 or 20 minutes. “I wanted to create a space made with bubbles and light for people to ponder, ‘What would happen if the world disappeared instantly like a bubble?'” ...

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Adorable Japanese Camera Drone Now Lives Aboard the ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) has a new resident, but it’s not a human—it’s a drone. The small spherical drone was constructed by Japanese space agency JAXA with a special orientation system that allows it to maneuver around the ISS and capture video. Not only is it a convenient way to get footage from space without bugging astronauts, it’s an adorable little robot. There are, of course, plenty of cameras on the ISS already, but astronauts have better things to do than snap photos. JAXA says the ISS crew spend ...

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New Photo Incorrectly Claims Amelia Earhart Was Captured by the Japanese, Executed as a Spy

Ever since Amelia Earhart vanished in 1937, there have been various competing theories about what happened to her and how she, navigator Frank Noonan, and her Lockheed Electra vanished while attempting to fly from Lae to Howland Island. For decades, the prevailing theory was that the Electra had run out of fuel and simply crashed into the sea. But over the last thirty years, TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) has been documenting and presenting evidence that Earhart actually landed on Gardner Island (now known as Nikumaroro). A ...

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Sharp-nosed Japanese jetliner could be game changer for U.S. flyers

Japan’s first commercial plane since 1962 Japan’s first commercial airliner in more than 50 years has arrived on the international stage. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is showing off its new jet — known as the MRJ — at the Paris Air Show this week. The 92-passenger plane promises to reshape regional flying in the U.S. and upend a market long dominated by Canada’s Bombardier(BDRAF) and Embraer(ERJ) of Brazil. But the MRJ is less of a revolution than an evolution of a familiar package: two engines, two wings, and a slightly roomier ...

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Japanese interactive art exhibition dazzles Beijing

A new digital interactive exhibition in Beijing allows visitors to create their own art and see it immediately reflected in the work being displayed around them. The project, “Living Digital Forest and Future Park”, is the first to be opened in China by the Japanese art collective teamLab. The Tokyo-based company said its work aims to blend art, science and technology into an interactive experience. The Beijing exhibition includes a digital garden of floating flowers and forest animals, and a crystal universe of light sculptures. Visitors can use their smartphones ...

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Drill baby drill: Japanese scientists hope to reach the Earth’s mantle in massive borehole project

Japanese scientists have announced a plan to drill through the Earth’s crust and reach the mantle. The major initiative would be a first for humankind. Despite multiple previous attempts and multiple boreholes of significant depth, we’ve never managed to drill far enough to see what lies beneath the Earth’s rocky crust. Instead, our knowledge of the mantle is mostly based on indirect observations, like the speed at which seismic waves propagate through the planet’s internal geometry. A 2007 investigation into a unique area between Cape Verde and the Caribbean Sea, ...

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Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS

Humans have gotten rather good at launching things into orbit, but we don’t always bother to bring them back down when we’re done with them. This has led to a problem with accumulating space junk, which can be serious hazards for future space missions. Japan has launched the Kounotori 6 spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station, but this cargo vessel has a dual purpose. It has been equipped with an electromagnetic tether designed to drag space junk out of orbit. ESA scientists estimate there are hundreds of thousands ...

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Is Ivanka Trump mixing Japanese business with politics?

Ivanka’s business ties in Japan raise more conflicts for Donald Trump A Japanese firm with state backing is talking with Ivanka Trump about licensing her branded clothing, raising questions about what she was doing at a recent meeting between her father and Japan’s prime minister. Ivanka Trump’s clothing company has been in talks with apparel maker Sanei International for the past two years, Kohei Yamada, a spokesperson for Sanei’s parent company, confirmed Monday. The negotiations were first reported by the New York Times on Sunday. President-elect Donald Trump met with ...

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