Sep 13, 2013

Studies on mouse rehab music, onion tears win Ig Nobels

A study on how opera may prolong one’s life and research into the complex mechanism of how chopping onions causes tears have earned two Japanese groups an Ig Nobel prize. The award, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research as a parody of ...

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

| Sep 5, 2013

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

Damage to people and property by tornadoes made headlines over the past week, with the latest in Tochigi Prefecture injuring three people while destroying houses and other buildings. Here are some questions and answers regarding twisters: Are twisters common in Japan? About 17 were ...

Southern All Stars' latest hit delves into foreign relations

Aug 16, 2013

Southern All Stars' latest hit delves into foreign relations

A chart-topping song by the Southern All Stars is stirring talk over its political content as Japan experiences heightened tensions with both China and South Korea over historical and territorial disputes. “Peace and Hi-lite” debuted at No. 1, selling 207,000 copies in its first ...

Aug 9, 2013

Cyberterror threat stalks Japan's high-end toilet users

Cyberterrorists could strike at your most vulnerable and least expected moment because of a glitch in a smartphone-controlled high-tech toilet system manufactured in Japan. According U.S. security firm Trustwave, high-end Lixil Corp. toilets, which can be controlled with Android smartphones, could easily be hacked ...