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4/16/2014

‘Experience the thrill’ of Japan’s maglev train!

woot bananaWo0t!~ I have gotta quoter leftexperience the thrillquoter right of barreling down this three meter long section of maglev train track!

Maglev center to offer new high-speed experience
The Asahi Shimbun | April 15, 2014
Visitors to the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center will soon be able to view the world’s fastest "floating" train and experience the thrill of a simulated ridemore
maglev-experience japan


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4/13/2014

Kumamon did it!

bird_flu_text H5-type bird flu discovered at two Kumamoto farms
Japan Times | Apr. 13, 2014
The agriculture ministry announced Sunday a suspected outbreak of bird flu that killed at least 1,100 chickens at a farm in Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, prompting the prefectural government to order the culling of 112,000 chickensmore

Hiyoko-chan
As shown in the scandalous photo below, Kumamon (3Yen / 2013-11-13) the mascot bear of Kumamoto Prefecture must have caused this outbreak of H5 Avian Flu.

No doubt that Kumamon consorting in unnatural ways with young Kumamoto chicks like “Hiyoko-chan” (R), packaged Chicken Ramen mascot.
kumamon-vs-chick-ramen

Also refer to the previous 3Yen report about Nissin Corporation’s Chikin Ramen®:
Hot, quick, [sic] chikin (3Yen / 2011-08-26)
chiken-ramen..


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4/8/2014

Japan’s Space Cherry popped early at the age of 5!

space-cherry

white space is good for the soul Precocious
      and
   popped!

not saying aliens
A Japanese mutant from outer space reaches sexual maturity at only the age of five and has grown to four meters (13ft) tall—Talk about an early bloomer!

 

Botanists baffled by rapid growth of ’space cherry’
The Asahi Shimbun | 2014apr06
A tree grown from a cherry pit that traveled in space five years ago with astronaut Koichi Wakata, now commander of the International Space Station, has bloomed far ahead of what is normal–to the astonishment of botanists.
Cherry trees typically take about a decade from the time they sprout from seeds to bloom
In four years, the young plant has grown to a height of about 4 meters
it takes 10 years or more for cherry trees to grow flowers, but the young trees produced from cherry pits taken into space have flowered unusually early…more…


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4/2/2014

The Kraken Arises in Tokyo Bay!

One of the Cute Cthulhu Cohort has appeared in Tokyo Bay!

japan-times

big little squid in tokyo bay
quoter leftPh’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!!quoter right
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A few of the many squidly stories previously reported here include:
   • Man from Planet Squid-aru (3Yen / 2011-07-19)
   • eatin’ l’il Cthulhu (3Yen / 2013-03-14)
   • Masses of radioactive tentacles crawl onto the beach in Japan (3Yen / 2012-07-27)
firefly-squid on beach


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3/29/2014

Shark lover, Japanese style

While not as exciting as the Japanese woman wants to give birth to a shark (3Yen / 2013-05-18), I stumbled across this charming shark journalist, Asako Numaguchi, who is a self-described “bleeding” shark lover—literally.
shark-lover
Learn more about this shark aficionado with a Masters degree in Marine studies from Tokai University thanks to wonders of goofy Google Translate…
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“In love with sharks” by Asako Numaguchi
1sMedia Network / March 27, 2014
I always wear a necklace made of shark teeth…are so sharp that as I sleep at night, the teeth cut me as they slide across my neck. While I toss at night, I feel sort of an itchiness around my neck, and … oh, I find blood…I can only guess the size of the wound on the neck and smile.
These shark teeth are a talisman for me: I never take off my necklace. So, a bloody neck…is not that uncommon for shark lovers like me. I’m always charmed by the brilliant sharpness of shark teeth...more.


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3/13/2014

Have a happy Uranus!

Not exactly Japan related but…

In honor of that today is Uranus’ Birthday (discovered March 13, 1781), here is a Rocket to Uranus!
uranus-day

uranus 360x
universetoday.com…Uranus-discovered

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Previous news of Uranus or information about the same theme on the 3Yen includes:

   • Speaking of flying turtles (3Yen / 2005-07-27)
   • Soon, Ramen in Uranus? (3Yen / 2005-09-2)


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3/2/2014

Will you be going to university with robots?

In a previous report we wondered:
said-openWill the über-prestigious Univ. of Tokyo be the 1st to admit A.I. robot students? said-closed(3Yen | 2013-08-22)

Increasingly, Japanese news reports say the answer is, Yes.

Ky0d0news.jp | 2014 March 2nd
todai-girl..


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1/30/2014

Japanese ‘facials’ for everybody at Osaka station

I would love to see how this new facial ID system handles all the outliers* such as the 10-to-20% of the Japanese population who wear surgical masks during both the winter flu season and the 4-to-6 month long pollen season.

Facial ID tech to be set at Osaka station
The Yomiuri Shimbun | January 30, 2014
The station, which serves 820,000 passengers per day, is scheduled to be the stage of an unusually large study on tracking location data using facial-recognition technology
Each camera is to photograph people’s faces within a three-square-meter area, and assign each face an ID based on its characteristics.
When a person is recognized by another camera, the time and location will be recorded. Each person’s behavior will then be tracked for one weekmore...
goofy-face-recognition

Outliers ”Я” Us : I am one of these outliers for facial recognition. Whenever I go to work at the Japanese R&D center of Toshiba and I try to walking in on crutches wearing a hoodie, their automatic entry authorization camera system fails to recognize my face or that I’m a human.
WARNING, WARNING: Quadruped alien identified.
quadruped alien indentified

I know, I know…Cool story, bro.(meme)

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Previous reports on the 3Yen about Japanese face scanning technologies and countermeasures include:
   • Facial recognition for surgical mask wearing Japanese
      (3Yen / 2006-01-14)
   • Digital makeup, Japanese
       (3Yen / 2011-04-18)

   • Anti-surveillance chic from Japan
      (3Yen / 2013-01-29)


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1/27/2014

Moby Dick’s reign of terror in Tokyo ends!

Loose translation of TakagiSota’s twitter:
said-openDuring the recent draining and cleaning of Tokyo’s Inokashira Pond, a giant carp called ‘Moby Dick’ has been finally captured. Moby has been frightening visitors for years slurping at car tires and small Shiba dogs. Finally the pond will be at peace.said-closed icon_rolleyes2


Moby-Dick

(水抜き中の井の頭池「モビーディック」と呼ばれてた巨大鯉がついに捕獲された。車のタイヤや柴犬を丸呑みにする恐ろしい奴だった。これで池も平和になる。 pic.twitter.com/CWz5KXbpWW– 高木壮太 (@TakagiSota) January 26, 2014)

According to RocketNews24, said-openthe Parks Department began draining Inokashira Pond as part of an effort to remove harmful non-native fish, such as bluegill, that have been introduced to the body of water …[and]…in just a single day, more than 50 twisted, rusted, abandoned bicycles were pulled from the pond …[but]… the lake could still be concealing around 150 more bicycles. said-closed

junked-bikes
–RocketNews24


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1/7/2014

Matrixed

‘Den4′, the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large writes…

In two papers (nature.com) (dailygalaxy.com), Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University in Japan and his colleagues now provide, if not an actual proof, at least compelling evidence to the truth of Maldacena’s Conjecture1—that is, that our universe is holographic2.

Figures that it would be Japanese scientists that would find some possibilities that we’re living in a hologram Matrix…

what-if I told you matrix..

Whoa-dude


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