Experience online ninja training with a 'ninjutsu' sensei from Odawara


Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, which was once the home of the famed Fuma Ninja clan, will be hosting live online courses hosted by a famed ninjutsu practitioner, Hiroshi Jinkawa. This is an online live-streamed journey to share the history, culture, and knowledge of the ninja. This experience for groups will… Read


Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain makes sushi with help of artificial intelligence


Kura Sushi, one of Japan’s most well-known conveyer belt sushi chains, offers a variety of interesting foodstuffs such as cheddar cheese tempura and rice-based soda. And most recently Kura Sushi has experimented by temporarily adding a special item to their menu: sushi made from fish aged by artificial intelligence. For the uninitiated, aged fish involves a… Read


Ghosn may be gone, but Nissan still rolling along


The Nov 19, 2018 arrest of Nissan Motor's top executive, Carlos Ghosn, on a litany of charges of financial wrongdoing, dominated the news headlines for most of 2019. The Brazilian-French-Lebanese was to spend a total of 108 days in jail before being allowed out on bail of 1 billion yen. … Read


For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny


The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America's tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone. Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are… Read

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Super strong Sour Cream and Onion Pringles instant noodles released in Japan

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You can always count on Pringles to challenge unusual flavors in Japan. Just recently we've seen Fish and Chips and even Ramen flavored Pringles released. However, two years ago Pringles Japan decided to not simply challenge a new flavor, but to enter the world of instant noodles, releasing sour cream and onion yakisoba and onion… Read


Pandemic or not, people must stay active: WHO


The coronavirus pandemic is no excuse for not getting enough exercise, the World Health Organization says, warning that even before the crisis many were getting too little physical activity. In an update of its physical activity guidelines, the U.N. health agency stressed that exercise was vital to physical and mental… Read


Aviation bodies seek airport slots relief for much of 2021


Global aviation heavyweights led by airline body IATA are pushing to suspend airport slot access rules until October 2021, they said, but will give some ground to budget carriers angered by measures they deem anti-competitive. The draft proposal, first reported by Reuters, was issued jointly by IATA, airports body ACI… Read


The challenge of cleaning Japan’s tallest statue: the Ushiku Daibutsu


It seems human beings have always had a bit of an obsession with the world’s tallest things. From the arguably mythical existence of the Tower of Babel during the dawn of historical writing, the ascension of Mount Everest in the 1950’s and the ongoing enthusiasm for building ever-taller structures around… Read

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Yakiniku sneakers let you wear your love for meat on your feet


Over the years, we’ve been able to dress our feet up in everything from Hello Kitty to Godzilla in Japan, but now there’s a pair of sneakers designed to appeal to yakiniku lovers. Aptly called “Yakiniku Sneakers“, the new footwear has been created by Japanese brand Sangacio to commemorate Good Meat Day. This day falls on the… Read


IATA to test digital health pass by year-end


IATA is in the final development phase of a digital health pass designed to support the safe reopening of borders. Some governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID19 importation without the need for quarantine. The IATA Travel Pass will help to manage… Read

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