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Radiation fears prompt Hermitage Museum no-show

Gunma Museum of Modern Art

TOKYO (majirox news) — The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia has abruptly withdrawn its show Glass of the Tsars from its scheduled start in December at the Gunma Museum of Modern Art. The Hermitage gave the reason that, “Gunma Art Museum (in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture) is too close to the reactors in Fukushima.”...
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Madame Tussauds brings world’s most famous celebrities to Japan


TOKYO (majirox news) — Madame Tussauds will be coming to Japan. Outside of Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is perhaps the most famous attraction in London, featuring astonishingly lifelike, full-scale replicas in wax of famous personalities such as Nelson Mandela, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill. “Madame Tussuad started making figures in...
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Satellites let Japan, Allies know more about North Korea than Pyongyang


TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan’s latest information gathering satellite lifted off into orbit among a traffic jam of other launches last week, including the United States and China, particularly above North Korea. Although Japan has launched six “information gathering satellites” (IGS) since 2003, this satellite will be the fourth optical satellite equipped with highly...
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Colonial clash between Japanese and aborigines shapes Taiwan’s biggest epic

Wushi Primary school shortly after the incident

TOKYO (majirox news) — Seediq Bale, the first part of a 4 1/2-hour Taiwanese epic depicting a 1930 aboriginal revolt against colonial Japanese rule is currently screening in Taiwanese theaters after premiering earlier this month. The war epic has set the highest opening record for a 2D film in Taiwanese film history. It is...
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Japan watches as North Korean, Russian militaries work together


TOKYO (majirox news) — North Korea will be holding military exercises with Russia and Japanese observers believe it will take place within the year. “This is unusual,” said a spokesman for South Korea’s Ministry of Defense. “Outside of sending a few delegations to African countries, and pilots to Egypt during the Arab-Israeli War, North...
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Foreign-made mag cashes in on Japan’s Korea boom

The new bi-weekly  Korea Style magazine written in Japanese

TOKYO (majirox news) — A new bi-weekly magazine has hit newsstands, and it may be the first ever written in Japanese but printed overseas to achieve mass circulation in Japan. Korea Stylee covers everything Korean. A first printing of 50,000 issues went up on the book store racks on Sept. 12, though it already...
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Pacific navies rushin’ together amid China concerns

Russian and Smerican warship cruising together from last year's Pacific Eagle Excercise

Russian warships, Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Forces (MSDF) and the U.S. Navy are on their way for joint exercises off Guam later this month. Japan’s Nikkei speculates that Russian warships are taking advantage of these exercises because of Russia’s concerns over China’s growing might. The timing of these exercises may be less than coincidental,...
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Population loss effectively costing Japan a city a year


TOKYO (majirox news) — It’s no secret that Japan’s population is falling because of a lack of births, a point reinforced Sept. 1 when the Ministry of Health and Welfare released its usual statistics on births and deaths. But no one seems to grasp how massive this impact is on Japan. This year, Japan’s...
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TDK doubles HDD volumes without adding size


TOKYO (majirox news) — TDK, a leading Japanese electronics maker, has developed an all new technology that will double the volume of hard drives (HDD) with no change in size. “Up to now, we’ve made continual, incremental improvements in hard drives by improving the recording head,” said a TDK spokesman. “But this (new development)...
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American autos now the real steal

Cadillac Escalade

TOKYO (majirox news) — Everyone knows that Japanese cars are high quality and a good value for money. Everyone also knows that Detroit went bankrupt and had to be propped up on its feet by Washington, D.C. So why doesn’t anyone want to steal Japanese cars anymore? After receiving a second chance from the...
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