Better than John Waters Smellivision, Japan’s NTT has either developed a new bong or a really ugly lava lamp. Just look at the expression on the computer geek’s face.
NTT new smellivision

A Japanese man sniffs
perfume wafting from a globe-shaped aroma generator, developed by Japanese precision equipment maker Mirapro Co, which created a special scent based on information provided through an Internet website operated by Japan’s NTT Communications…

Yahoo Japan To Start Providing Quick Info On Quakes

It may sound unbelievable in hi-tech Japan, but there is NO fast online resource for earthquake information. The Japanese Weather Service who handles earthquakes has a website that seems to runs on just one dial-up modem line and it has NEVER EVER functioned after a large earthquake. As in all offices in Japan, here in my office we have to find a TV to get earthquake news. Yahoo’s entry will be a great service to the nation.
Thank you Yahoo! Japan.

Yahoo Japan to start providing quick info on quakes
Yahoo Japan, the country’s largest Internet portal site operator, will introduce a system in which the information will be displayed on the top page of the site…. will include what time an earthquake occurred, which area it hit, where its focus was, in addition to the intensity

See also: NTT DoCoMo to prioritise SMS in event of disasters–Geekzone, 08/04/2004 20:17:00 NZ

Gateway’s Return To Japan Is Mosty Symbolic

Gateway’s Return to Japan May Be Symbolic
Gateway Computer is returning to the Japanese computer market, which it abandoned in 2001. But analysts wonder whether the computer manufacturer can make much money there; the market is mature, and it is dominated by local brands…..

Google Opens Tokyo Research Center

Google opens Tokyo research centerTOKYO — Search-engine provider Google (Profile, Products, Articles) opened a research and development center at its Tokyo offices this week, the company said Thursday. The center’s role in Google’s global R&D network is yet to be defined….

Is soon to be Japan’s first Web media sellout?

Wired News: Web Media Buyouts Coming? Kinda
….Whitmore, a former editor and chief of PC Week, believes that established media brands will have no choice but to adopt blog strategies — and acquisitions will be a part of it. He predicts that by this time next year, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker and Wonkette, or Jason Calacanis, who co-founded micropublisher Weblogs, will have sold a couple of their blogs.
In fact, it may have begun. Last week, while MarketWatch attracted most of the headlines, one of the first blog acquisitions took place:, a unit of Monster, bought Defense Tech, a popular weblog operated by freelance writer and Wired News contributor Noah Shachtman.
I’m sure there will be more blog-to-riches stories.

[3yen] ‘blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words Of The Year

Yahoo! News – ‘Blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words of the Year

Condom Sales Shrivel As Japan Logs Onto Cyber Porn :

Condom sales shrivel as Japan logs onto cyber porn :
….as a passion for the Internet leads the Japanese to choose unprotected sex, if any sex at all, the nation’s largest condom manufacturer said ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday.
Domestic shipments have shriveled 43 percent from the peak in 1980 of 737 million to just 419 million condoms in 2003…

Japanese file sharer gets suspended sentence

‘Winny’ file-sharing user gets suspended prison sentenceMainichi Interactive -Nov 30
KYOTO — A man accused of using the Japanese file-sharing software “Winny” to release movies over the Internet without permission from the copyright holder was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday… the Kyoto District Court sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment, suspended for three years.

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.

Second Suspected Group Suicide In Japan In As Many Days

Second suspected group suicide in Japan in as many days
TOKYO A Japanese police official says four people are believed to have killed themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning inside a parked minivan.
It’s the country’s second suspected group suicide in as many days.