Not only does this robot claim to have the conversational skills of a five-year-old, its nose grows better than Mastro Geppetto’s brainchild*.
Japanese elementary school enrolls robot exchange student gizmag.com | Feb.9, 2012
A new research program is underway in Japan which will introduce fifth graders to a 1.2 meter tall communication robot called Robovie over a period of 14 months. Researchers at the International Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) say Robovie has the conversational skills of a five-year-old, which they hope to improve through daily interactions with the children…more…
So you might ask, “What is it like to teach English in Japan?” Rather than just referring to teach.3yen.com and work.3yen.com to learn about the getting a job in Japan, why not check out the fun of teaching Teddy Bear English —a six part Youtube series?
From the looks of the photos, Santa’s got a brand-new bag. The Japanese students all seem to be older women at Santa school of the sex-changed in Tokyo. The rest-of-the-story is…
Japan school trains wannabe “Santa-sans“ Reuters | Nov/ 27, 2012
… Tokyo’s Santa Claus Academy, which trains St. Nicks in a country with little Christian tradition and a Christmas that’s far more retail than religion.
On a recent weekend, 88 Santa wannabes packed the school in Tokyo’s fashionable Roppongi district for a crash course in how to behave as “Santa-san“…more..
…The rest-of-the-story is explained the official website of the school according to goofy Google Translate… Santa Claus Academy
9,500 yen [$116 USD] fee.
★ Santa with lunch at the Italian restaurant “Sabatini”
A Santa Claus costume is provided during the class (free gift)
Conditions of Participation:
People who agree with the spirit of the Academy of Santa Claus, shall play an active role in the field of each even-handedly.
You must want to be a real Santa and learn basic Santa science. You must have a True Santa longing for children.
“Todai” aka Tokyo University is considered Japan’s top university and it is well known for its onerous entrance exams. The exams for getting into Todai are so torturous that passing them generally kills the spirit of the “successful” students and turns them into drones and automatons. It is no wonder that Japan is trying to find a way to streamline the entire process by creating “Artificial Brains” that can pass the Todai entrance exam.
Fujitsu to Participate in Artificial Brain Project, “Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo Entrance Exam?” Fujitsu press release | September 10, 2012
Fujitsu Laboratories and Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) today announced that, starting this fiscal year, Fujitsu Laboratories will participate in NII’s artificial brain project, known as “Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo (Todai) Entrance Exam?”, otherwise known as “Todai Robot”…
…was started in 2011 with the aim of once again bringing an integrated approach to research into artificial intelligence (AI), a field that had grown fragmented since 1980, as a way of opening new horizons. The goal of the project is to enable an artificial brain to score high marks on the test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations by 2016, and to cross the threshold required for admission to Todai by 2021. More...
—Yasutaro Mitsui with his steel humanoid of the early 1930s
← By way of explanation, the Japanese word on the top is Kiken, which means danger and the text at the bottom attribute the warning to the Parents and Teachers Association of the Mori grade school in Osaka.
However, there is no translation of what the lurking three brown dangers that are depicted in the poster could be.
MainichiDailyNews | February 8, 2011
….“WORLD'S LOWEST CAR“…students at Okayama Sanyo High School's Automobile Department…decided to develop a car that measures around 45 centimeters in height—about 2.5 centimeters lower than the record…
Japanese Homefront Might Make A Villain Out Of Canada kotaku.com | Feb 4, 2011
THQ's Homefront the United States of 2027 faces an invasion by North Korea. For the Japanese release North Korea has been replaced with “A Certain Country to the North.” Damn you, Canada!… to comply with Japanese rating board CERO's guidelines…Homefront's Japanese publisher Spike has to make a few changes… North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has been removed from the game's opening movie, referred to in the game simply as the “Northern Leader” of “A Certain Country to the North”…more.…