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Seven cool things set to happen in Japan during 2015

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By RocketNews24

While 2014 was a pretty good year for us, we’re already looking to the year ahead, which is already promising seven cool happenings for Japan in 2015.

1. Opening of the new Shinkansen line

Japan may have a reasonably priced overnight bus network and well-maintained highways, but there’s no denying that the quickest and most convenient way to get around the country is the Shinkansen. Currently, you can travel by bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano, but the new Hokuriku Line will allow travelers to extend their Shinkansen trips from Nagano all the way to coastal Kanazawa. So starting March 14, you’ll be able to zip on over to the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture in record time to enjoy its historic Kenrokuen Garden, delicious seafood, and, provided you’ve still got some yen left over, golden handicrafts.

2. First flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet

If tertiary travel is too tedious for your rarified tastes, there’s also the maiden voyage of the MRJ coming up in 2015. Jointly developed by Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Fuji Heavy Industries (parent company of automaker Subaru), the MRJ is scheduled to take to the air for the first time this spring. Airlines won’t be receiving their own until 2017, but nonetheless, the upcoming test flight is a major step towards Japan’s first domestically produced airliner since the financial failure of Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing’s YS-11, which was discontinued over four decades ago.

3. Osaka’s Dotonbori Canal becomes a pool

If you’ve spent much time looking at photos of Japanese cityscapes, odds are you’ve seen Dotonbori, Osaka’s neon-lit entertainment district that straddles the Dotonbori Canal. After years of revelers diving into the water after victories by the local Hanshin Tigers baseball team, someone decided they may as well make part of the canal into an outdoor pool, which is just what’s scheduled to happen to a one-kilometer section of it for four weeks in August of 2015.

4. The next, and possibly final, 'Evangelion' movie

Creator Hideaki Anno has never been particularly decisive about putting a period on his masterwork, as evidenced by how Eva’s cash-strapped TV finale has already been followed by a half-dozen movies. Signs point to a late 2015 release for the fourth "Rebuild of "Evangelion" theatrical feature, though, which has been billed as the culmination of 20 years’ worth of groundbreaking animation (those of you who can’t wait until the end of the year can whet your appetite with a teaser-style Eva short film right here).

5. So long, SIM locks!

Like topknots and the feudal system, SIM locks are set to become a thing of the past in Japan starting this May.

6. The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

2015 is also a good time to stop and take a moment to appreciate that Japan can get excited about developments in consumer electronics because it’s a country at peace, as it has been for the last 70 years.

7. Prince William visiting Japan

Another thing that wouldn’t have been happening during open war between the UK and Japan, Prince William is scheduled to visit the country as part of a trip through Asia in late February.

Source: Naver Matome

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Watching the lava come down the slopes of Mt Fuji when it erupts.

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I hope Prince William is bringing a print-out of all our advice for him.

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Prince William coming to Japan?? Just how underwhelming can it get??

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The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

2015 is also a good time to stop and take a moment to appreciate that Japan can get excited about developments in consumer electronics because it’s a country at peace, as it has been for the last 70 years. Source: Naver Matome

WTF Naver you dumb ass!

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Prince Harry should rather come - nice chance of some scandal with that one. Maybe even end up with a Princess Yuki??

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Prince Williams coming to Japan Cool? Are you serious?

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Looks rather boring & #6 Japan is highly likely to make an A$$ of itself going by some of the idiotic things politicians have been saying & doing & the media carry on saying the sex slaves didn't happen, likely not going to go well!

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"Japan can get excited about developments in consumer electronics because it’s a country at peace, as it has been for the last 70 years."

And what country can Japan thank for this situation? Hint: It maintains military bases in Japan.

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3. Osaka’s Dotonbori Canal becomes a pool

Will one be required to wear a haz-mat suit?

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Death penalty is supposed to be dropped.

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"Death penalty is supposed to be dropped"

Hopefully there won't be any more evil people/nutcases killing people so we won't have to put them up in prison for years and years.

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Astro Boy the movie to be released on 31 March 2015! Now that would be cool!

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No, actually I'm afraid if the death penalty is dropped, we'll just have to house and feed the evil people/nutcases that have been convicted of murder in prison for years and years. Can't very well let them roam the streets, can we?

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@Serrano

No! if they're "nutters" they need help. If they're "evil" they need help.

No child grows up wanting to be a murderer.

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Making English subtitles that make sense. ;)
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@luca - OK, please help them.

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