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27 Jul

Honda's New Flying Machine

Honda Motor Co said it’s won two to three years of orders for what it calls “flying sports cars” and signaled that the business will turn profitable in five years.

20 Jul

Pioneering adult stem cell trial approved by Japan

The Japanese government has approved the first trial of stem cells produced from a patient's body. Researchers in Japan can use the cells in the treatment of a form of blindness - age-related macular degeneration. Stem cells can evolve any part of a body and are expected as the future wonders of medicine. Mr.

05 Mar

Scented Displays

in Life in Japan

A Tokai University team has developed a display system that combines sights, smells and air currents for an enhanced experience while viewing the screen as reported in Nikkei.

http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20130305D05JSN03.htm

28 Sep

Green tax from October

in Life in Japan

A green tax will be introduced by the government from October. The new tax on oil, coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels is meant to reduce emissions of the carbon dioxide blamed for global warming. This will be an additional tax  on the existing oil and coal tax, and it will be hiked further in April 2014 and April 2016. The additional revenues will be used  to promote renewable energies and to support power-saving initiatives by businesses and households. On an avarage the rise in the cost will be around ¥14yen and ¥10 per household for electricity and gas respectively.

27 May

Tokyo Skytree

in Life in Japan

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan and with its full height of 634.0 meters, it is the tallest tower in the world. Twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower, it is only the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m). Led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK, the tower project forms the centerpiece of a large commercial development in northeastern Tokyo with a reported cost of 44 billion yen. The project was completed on 29 February 2012 and  the tower was open to the public on 22 May 2012. 

One of its main purposes is to relay television and radio broadcast signals since the Tokyo Tower (which is used to be the tallest tower in Tokyo areas with a height of 333 m) is now surrounded by many high-rise buildings. According to some news report, an estimated 200,000 people braved heavy rain on that day to watch this newest attraction in the Japan’s capital.

http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/index.html