Nine Transportation-Related Jobs That Only Exist In Certain Cultures

Would you get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded train cars? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights?

China Commissions The World's Fastest Lifts

Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest lifts in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China’s skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy — including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all lifts sold in 2013.

How Native Americans Were Crucial To Defeat The Nazis And Japan In WWII

This is Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo 29, being honoured at an April 4 ceremony. If it weren’t for him and the other 28 Native Americans who created the secret code language used in the Pacific theatre during World War II, America would have probably never won the war against Japan.

Tony Abbott Wants To Make Your Gadgets And Cars Cheaper [Updated]

Free-trade agreements are getting a bit of a bad wrap lately what with the overbearing Trans-Pacific Partnership looming ominously on the horizon. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott is championing a free-trade agreement with Japan that could make gadgets and cars made in the country cheaper for us Aussies to buy.

A Tiny Pharmacy Between Two Hulking Buildings

The architects of this tiny pharmacy in downtown Osaka didn’t have much to work with — just a skinny alleyway between two hulking buildings. But the resulting structure is so cool, it almost looks as though it was there first. You’d be surprised how far back it goes too, so click through for an aerial shot.

Fukushima Could Make Japan A Leader In Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan’s ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants.

13 Gorgeous Travel Posters From 1930s Japan

These extremely rare, previously unseen travel posters make me want to travel back in time and visit a Japan of another era. These beautiful graphics were recently rediscovered, and they will auctioned off at the Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction this month.

These Amazing Illustrations Are Like Google Maps For 1900s Japan

Many decades before satellites even existed, a Japanese cartographer named Hatsusaburo Yoshida was drawing cities as though he was floating thousands of feet above them. His vivid, colourful drawings are almost 100 years old now — but they’re just as exciting as they were in 1914.

Japan Makes Awesome Anime Of Its Latest Rocket Launch With NASA

Today the NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a Japanese H-IIA rocket with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard. The joint mission will collect data to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours. And there is an awesome anime about that. Because Japan.

This Video Shows How Japan Is A Mystical World Set In Modern Times

This video, shot and made by Scott Gold, plays like a dream. It depicts Scott and his wife’s trip to Japan in January but to me, it shows how Japan is maintaining its illustrious history and mystical culture amidst the fast paced, beep beep, every person cross the intersection right now modern world.