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Privacy goggles fool hidden facial-recognition cameras

Jan 29, 2013

Privacy goggles fool hidden facial-recognition cameras

A “privacy visor” that uses infrared light to interfere with facial recognition technology has been developed to thwart the steady rise in computer-based surveillance in Japan. The goggles are useful for anyone who wants to avoid being recognized by hidden surveillance cameras, the inventors ...

Blizzards coat wide area; three die

Jan 29, 2013

Blizzards coat wide area; three die

One of the strongest cold fronts to hit this winter caused snow Monday to paste the Pacific coast from east to west as well as wide areas along the Sea of Japan coast. Two people in their 70s died after they were buried in ...

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

Jan 29, 2013

Okinawa leaders urge Abe to remove Osprey

About 30 municipal heads in Okinawa urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to rescind the government’s approval of the MV-22 Osprey deployment at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The chiefs, including Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, handed the ...

Jan 29, 2013

U.S. investigators clear battery charger on troubled 787

U.S. investigators examining the battery charger from a Boeing Co. 787 that caught fire this month in Boston have found no evidence of flaws that could have caused the incident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has completed testing of the charger at the ...

Jan 29, 2013

Tohoku's tourism rebound below 80% of prequake level

Tourism levels at hotels and inns in the Tohoku region, which was clobbered by the March 2011 megaquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, remained below 80 percent of their prequake levels in the first half of fiscal 2012, the Japan Tourism Agency said Monday. Lingering ...

Jan 29, 2013

Japan's top three automakers set global output records in 2012

Japan’s top six automakers, including the three biggest manufacturers, logged record production numbers in 2012 as output was hiked to meet robust demand in North America and Southeast Asia, data released Monday said. As a whole, the eight major automakers produced 9.44 million units ...

Jan 29, 2013

Officials gird for North's atomic test

Japanese and U.S. officials met Monday to discuss ways to dissuade North Korea from carrying out a third nuclear test after Pyongyang’s declaration last week that it will perform one at a “higher level.” During talks in Tokyo, Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the ...

Jan 29, 2013

4K Ultra HD TV format eyed for 2014

The government plans to launch 4K ultra high-definition TV broadcasting from July 2014, in time for the World Cup soccer finals in Brazil, sources say. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to use the new TV format to prop up the TV market, ...

Jan 29, 2013

Made-in-Japan watches mark 100th birthday

With this year marking the 100th anniversary of made-in-Japan wristwatches, Japanese makers are revisiting old-style mechanical watches. The Japan Clock & Watch Association estimates quartz watches accounted for 98 percent of all watches produced worldwide in 2011. But quartz watches are generally viewed as ...

Insects no longer just for the boys

Jan 29, 2013

Insects no longer just for the boys

Bugs are no longer just for the boys anymore — studying insects has become a hobby for women, too. “It’s so much fun, quietly moving up close to insects and taking closeup photos of their tiny faces,” said Tamaki Morita, a 30-year-old office worker ...

| Jan 29, 2013

Leave restricted drugs at home

CT has a prescription for Adderall (methamphetamine), which is illegal in Japan, and has recently been hired to work on a U.S. base here. “My plan as of now is to leave my meds at home and try to get a new prescription once ...

Jan 28, 2013

Harumafuji spurred on by criticism

Harumafuji says the criticism over his lackluster yokozuna debut in November made him determined to bounce back and win the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council had said Harumafuji would need to post double-digit wins here or face ...

Jan 28, 2013

Toshiba Medical expands in Turkey

Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. said Monday it will acquire a 70 percent stake in a Turkish sales agent for the Japanese firm’s medical diagnostic imaging systems to directly manage health care products in the rapidly growing country. Istanbul-based TMST Tibbi Sistemler Pazarlama Ticaret ve ...