The Blue Shield The one-man shelters that many of Japan’s homeless construct from heavy blue tarpaulins can be found in parks, under bridges, and along river banks. An April 2007 Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare report shows there are 4,213 homeless in Tokyo’s 23 wards, and about 18,500 homeless nationwide. The country has
Experiment Confirms Transparent Swimsuit Concern Swimsuits that can be "Photoshopped" see-through may distract Japanese Olympic swimmers at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Shukan Post quotes a spokesperson for the Japan Swimming Federation. The spokesperson says that following the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, official swimsuit manufacturers were asked by the JSF to "ensure their
The Wine Advisor reads the bar code on the bottle label and offers food recommendations to match the wine. The electronic scanner terminal is installed over wine racks at the 10 newest Peacock supermarkets in Japan. Newsweek International reports the machine recommended roast beef, Maribo and Samsoe cheese and pain de campagne to go with
Anime Voice of Toilet Information Stations on the Yurikamome Line in Tokyo each use a different anime voice actor for all the electronic information kiosks in a given station. Map, fare adjustment, and toilet locator audio guides are provided. The 16 voice actors and the stations they represent are profiled here.
Strap-on this handy spare wheel holder and you’ll always have a big wheel when you need it. But that’s not all! The Viva Hula can also be used as a mini-scooter! Just tilt your tummy to steer through crowds. And the Biba Fura’s patented Swiveltation® technology helps you lose weight! About JPY 4,000. Learn more
Hidden microphones and cameras are increasingly being used for corporate spying in Japan. The Daily Yomiuri reports competition has lead to increased snooping. And many Japanese companies are not sufficiently protected. So who ya gonna call? Well information leak control officers at the Tokyo-based, non-profit, Japan Information Leak Control Management (JILCoM) will check for hidden
Disposable deodorizing high-absorbent polymer “pet toilet sheets”. A friend’s who’s family is often too busy to walk the dog told me about this time-saving product. Convenience is emphasized in the marketing.The few similar items found online outside Japan are marketed with emphasis as a training aid, to eventually have the dog relieve itself outdoors. (left,
The Daily Yomiuri reports that a ?disaster relief vending machine? which can be enabled to dispense goods for free during a natural disaster, has been installed outside a police box in Maebashi. And the Maebashi machine is not the only one. There are 20 similar vending machines in Shizuoka. In fact, vending machines that become