Japan’s latest sensation is a cryptocurrency pop group

If you’re starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy — and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currency Girls), a J-pop group where each of the eight girls represents one of the larger digital monetary formats. Yes, […]

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Robots take on nursing duties at Japanese hospitals

Robotic helpers are making their way into Japanese hospitals to reduce the workload of human healthcare professionals. As reported by local media The Asahi Shimbun, Nagoya University Hospital, based in Nagoya, Tsurumaicho, is planning to deploy a pilot program in February which will see a squadron of robots taking to the floor to deliver drugs and […]

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YouTube Star Logan Paul Apologizes After Posting Video of Apparent Suicide Victim

YouTube star Logan Paul has apologized after facing an avalanche of criticism for sharing the image of a suicide victim. Paul posted the macabre clip filmed on location in Japan’s Aokigahara, also known as “suicide forest” due to the high number of suicides that take place within the woods. The Paul controversy is the latest […]

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Record number hit by ‘flesh-eating bacterium’ streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in Japan

Hundreds of people in Japan have been infected by a puzzling and potentially deadly “flesh-eating bacterium” in 2017. In total, 525 patients with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) were reported as of 10 December, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases – the highest number since record-keeping began in 1999. The number of patients with STSS has been […]

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Japan’s answer to Amazon is building its own mobile network

Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten has announced its plan to shake up the mobile business in its home country. Reuters is reporting that the company is applying for a license to offer 4G service, making it Japan’s fourth national wireless carrier. Rakuten intends to offer service in 2019, and has a target of gaining 15 million customers, putting it well […]

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