SpaceX plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa around the Moon in 2023

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first tourist who will fly around the Moon using SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), according to CEO Elon Musk. If all goes as planned the founder of a Japan’s largest online clothing retailer Zozotown hopes to reach the Moon in 2023. To keep himself company during […]

Rocket Report: Japanese spaceplane, GEO downturn, Block 5 results good

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule. Three launches in three days! As always, we welcome reader […]

Japanese nuclear plant briefly switches to emergency power after quake paralyzes Hokkaido

Tomari nuclear plant on the island of Hokkaido has suffered main power outage and was forced to briefly switch to emergency generators following the 6.7 earthquake, Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. Emergency diesel generators were activated to supply electricity to maintain cooling of nuclear fuel rods in the pool. Since the plant is undergoing a safety […]

US and Japanese warships are drilling in the South China Sea in a show of force in China’s backyard

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peter/U.S. Navy/Handout The US Navy’s Ronald Reagan Strike Group conducted drills in the South China Sea Friday with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Escort Flotilla 4 Battle Group, which is led by the Kaga, a helicopter destroyer. The drills followed US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bomber […]

Trump reportedly caught the Japanese prime minister off guard during a meeting at the White House by saying ‘I remember Pearl Harbor’

AP/Susan Walsh President Donald Trump reportedly told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe “I remember Pearl Harbor” during a meeting at the White House in June, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The reported comment is part of an increasingly complicated relationship between the two world leaders. Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Japan, and Abe […]

Japanese Folklore-Inspired ‘Rising Dusk’ Pushes Players To Ignore Coin-Collecting Instincts

Grabbing coins and hopping over cliffs is just what you do in platformers, for some reason. Rising Dusk wants you to ignore that instinct, though, as for every coin you collect, things will get a little bit more challenging throughout the game’s Japanese folklore-inspired stages. Rising Dusk takes you to a land of grinning, troublesome […]

This Japanese skincare brand makes some of the best products I’ve ever used — here are the ones to buy for clear, glowing skin

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Tatcha Tatcha is a Japanese skincare brand that takes inspiration from centuries-old skincare routines of geisha.  The founder, Victoria Tsai, still works with geisha and Japanese scientists to formulate the […]

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

The hierarchies of Judeo-Christian religions mean that those cultures tend to fear their overlords. Beliefs like Shinto and Buddhism are more conducive to have faith in peaceful coexistence. https://media.wired.com/photos/5b5a1e5b43c6980d2682ae29/master/pass/Why%20Japanese%20people%20aren’t%20as%20afraid%20of%20robot%20overlords%20as%20Westerners.jpg

Japanese banks’ foreign exposure may threaten financial stability

THE maelstrom that hit global financial markets a decade ago is known in Japan as the Lehman Shock, after the bankruptcy of the American investment bank that caused it. Japanese banks themselves escaped relatively unscathed, owing to defences built during the 1990s, when the country struggled with deflation and excessive debt. But they seem to […]

Japanese ‘facing extinction’ as humans turn to silicon sex dolls (VIDEO)

As Japan’s birth rates fell below the 1 million mark last year, experts have pointed the finger at the rising popularity of sex dolls for singletons. The issue is the focus of the RT documentary ‘Substitutes,’ in which experts warn that sex dolls are fueling a national mood of loneliness and alienation, making people less […]