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Touch panel device that can be embedded in clothing

Osaka - The next generation of human device interfaces could be embedded into clothing, according to researchers. Such a step could bring people and machines closer together. Such devices could also change the design of clothing, such as inbuilding cameras.

'I want my life back': Japan sterilisation victims seek justice

Sendai - Junko Iizuka remembers clearly the day she was taken to a hospital as a teenager and forcibly sterilised under a Japanese government programme.

Op-Ed: China building bases in Pacific nations

Sydney - China is discussing building a military base with the government of Vanuatu. This is seen as a further move by China to expand its global and regional projection of power. The question is exactly where this strategy is going.

Op-Ed: Cometh the Deluge — China hits back with trade tariffs

Sydney - In the most predictable move in modern economic history, China has retaliated with tariffs on 128 American imports, notably food products. This is the least rational trade war since the Depression, which was also caused by tariffs.

Looking to the skies: How aerosols affect clouds

Global climate is a very complex phenomenon. To understand one aspect, the use of human-made aerosols, researchers have been studying the effects of sprays on clouds.

Op-Ed: Tokyo whale selling off big lots of bitcoin

Tokyo - Nobuaki Kobayashi is a Tokyo attorney and bankruptcy trustee for the defunct Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange who is selling large lots of bitcoin and bitcoin cash and has been doing so since late last September.

Puppy love: Russian teen ice princess to get beloved Japanese dog

Toukyo - Russia's gold-medal-winning teenage skating sensation Alina Zagitova is finally set to realise her dream of owning an Akita, a breed of large Japanese dogs once presented as a gift from Japan to President Vladimir Putin.

Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

Toukyo - Tokyo Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.

Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Saitama - Japan may be an island nation surrounded by the bounty of the sea, but businessman Tetsuro Sogo is looking inland to raise one of the country's most loved sushi fish: salmon.

From prison to condoms: Japan has a mascot for that

Toukyo - Representing everything from prisons to safe sex, Japan has literally thousands of mascots, ranging from the uber-cute to the frankly disturbing.

Hanyu won gold with injured ankle 'only 20-30pc better'

Toukyo - Japan's "Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu revealed Tuesday that he clinched figure skating Olympic gold despite his injured ankle being at barely a quarter of full fitness.

Japan confirms oil from wrecked tanker hitting its beaches

Toukyo - Oil that has washed ashore on several southern Japanese islands is likely from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea last month, Japan's coastguard said Friday.

Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Toukyo - Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the UN after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese characters and a North Korean vessel, the Japanese foreign ministry said.

Fukushima operator told to compensate for suicide of 102-year-old

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home.

US fighter jet drops fuel tanks in Japan accident

Toukyo - Japan's defence ministry demanded explanations Tuesday from the US military after a fighter jet experiencing an engine fire dropped two fuel tanks into a lake in the country's north.

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Toukyo - Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.

Japan's crypto exchange Coincheck sued after massive heist

Toukyo - Cryptocurrency traders filed a lawsuit Thursday against Japanese exchange firm Coincheck, seeking repayment after hackers raided hundreds of millions of dollars in digital assets.

Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions violation

Toukyo - Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by North Korea to the UN Security Council after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a Belize-registered tanker and a North Korean one.

Japan economy grows for 8th straight quarter, longest since 1980s

Toukyo - Japan's economy grew for the eighth straight quarter at the end of 2017, government data showed Wednesday, its longest period of expansion since the "bubble" boom days of the late 1980s.

Japan economy grows for 8th straight quarter, longest since 1980s

Toukyo - Japan's economy grew for the eighth straight quarter at the end of 2017, government data showed Wednesday, its longest period of expansion since the "bubble" boom days of the late 1980s.
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