News of note from Japan and beyond



Pair of droids start ‘jobs’ at Shiseido factory

Sporting molded plastic front covers marked “11” and “12”, two humanoid robots nimbly labor away on an assembly line at a make-up factory in Shizuoka Prefecture. The scene is part of a pilot project launched by Shiseido Corp. this month… Continue Reading →

French survey seeks to unravel logic of behavior at red lights

Japanese pedestrians are 20 times less likely to walk through a red light than their French counterparts, but are quicker to follow suit if someone else does first, according to a French study.

Ehime man’s jog in clogs gets nod from Guinness

Hayato Date has run his way into the record books after being officially crowned as the fastest person to complete a full marathon while wearing geta wooden clogs.

Underwater census tells story of fish recovery after disaster

A Japanese research team has published a five-year study that offers a colorful snapshot of the recovery of marine life in areas struck by the massive tsunami following the March 2011 megathrust earthquake.

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