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Believe It Or Not, The World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is In Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that’s kept Japan’s army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones.


There's A Trippy Walk-In Kaleidoscope Hiding In This Shipping Container

Who needs LSD when the world has talented designers like Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki? Last year, the Japanese duo took on the challenge of creating a mind-bending environment inside of a shipping container — and did they ever succeed.


You No Longer Have To Go To Japan To Buy These Beautiful Blue Toolboxes

Trusco toolboxes have long been an elusive item, something only seen by tasteful travellers who spotted them in Japan. They lusted after them enough to fill a few pages on Instagram. But now Hand-Eye Supply is selling a whole line of these beautiful blue boxes, and they’re surprisingly affordable.


The World's Largest LED Hydroponic Farm Used To Be A Sony Factory

As climate change begins posing new challenges to conventional outdoor food production methods, hydroponic farming has made quick gains in popularity thanks to its space- and energy-saving design. This enormous indoor lettuce farm for example — the largest of its kind in the world — produces 10,000 heads a day in less space than a single football field and could signal a sea change in how we get our greens.


Here's What Saving $1.3 Billion On A New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday, we learnet that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it’s… pretty damn similar, despite a $US1.3 billion budget cut.


Cities Are Finally Fighting Back Against Insane Olympic Costs

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures. Protestors in the streets. Fiery op-eds. All this public unrest in Tokyo isn’t over an election or divisive political issue. It’s about the design of the city’s 2020 Olympic Stadium. And the people are winning.


Japan's Super Typhoon Neoguri Looks Terrifying From Space

This is the super typhoon, dubbed Neoguri, that’s currently threatening Japan. It looks intimidating, even from the comfort of the International Space Station.


Grandma Discovers Untouched 1990s Arcade In Her New Building

Real estate is a fun adventure for many reasons, including the possibility that the building’s former owner may have left something behind. That was the case recently when an elderly woman bought a building in Japan’s Chiba prefecture, only to discover the perfectly preserved remnants of an old arcade on two floors.


The World's Largest Firework Fills The Sky With Hundreds Of Explosions

Video: It costs $US1500, measures in at about 1.22m in diameter and causes an explosion in the sky close to a kilometre long. It’s the infamous Yonshakudama firework from Japan.


World's First Android Newscasters Are Here To Replace News Anchors

In the future, we’ll get the news from fair and balanced that will somehow terrify us more than the cable newspeople we have today. These android newscasters are frighteningly lifelike and can interact with humans, read the news and tweets, tell a joke and basically replace the lousy talking heads on TV.