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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

Artist Megumi Igarashi - aka "Rokudenashi-ko" - has been fined ¥400,000 (roughly £2,560) for distributing 3D printable files of her genitalia - an offence under Japan's obscenity laws which prohibit the depiction of reproductive parts. Igarashi was cuffed back in July 2014 for supplying virtual ladyparts via email to a "30- …
Lester Haines, 9 May 2016
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Druva fills luggage with cash, heads to Japan

Startup Druva has taken in fresh funding to pay for expansion into Japan. The company's InSync products protect corporate end-points – notebooks and the like – and it has lately expanded to protect cloud apps. It has set up a subsidiary in Japan, building on existing reseller and MSP deals, and opened an office in Tokyo. NTT …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt

Sony says that it will be resuming production at several of its largest Japan manufacturing facilities following a series of devastating earthquakes in the region, though some other factories remain offline. The Japanese electronics giant said that its Kumamoto Technology Center semiconductor manufacturing plant has been …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016
ASTER image of a Nicaraguan volcano erupting

Three MEELLION satellite snaps now free for all

NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have announced that all Earth imaging data from the ASTER instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft are now free-as-in-beer. ASTER – the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Radiation radiometer – was Japan's contribution to the instruments aboard Terra, and it's been …

AMD poised to insert chips into Japanese slot machines, collect coins

AMD is going to reveal a significant customer win within the next few months – in the gambling world. The California biz, which is hurting bad in the PC and graphics card space, really wants to slot its chips into next-gen arcade-like casino machines and pachinko halls to bring home some much-needed cash. It's been wanting to …
Chris Williams, 23 Feb 2016
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Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection

A group of university researchers in Japan say they have achieved wireless data connections of up to 100Gbps with a new transmitter operating at the submillimetre terahertz frequency range. The team operating out of Hiroshima University, Panasonic Corporation, and the National Institute of Information and Communications …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016

Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

Japan's chief negotiator in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has been accused of taking bribes worth $100,000 from a construction company. Economy minister Akira Amari and his staff accepted 12 million yen ($101,000) in payments from an unnamed company from the Chiba province just outside Tokyo, …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jan 2016

Crafty booby-trapped invoice malware empties Japanese bank accounts

IBM's X-Force security team is warning of new malware preying on Japanese bank customers. The software nasty is stealthy enough to evade the vast majority of antivirus packages, we're told. Japanese banks have been something of a low priority for crooks, given the difficulties of performing social engineering tricks using a …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jan 2016
DJI Phantom 2 Drone

Japan unveils net-wielding police drones for air patrol

Police in Tokyo are preparing a fleet of drones to police hobbyist aircraft in the city. According to a report from Japan Today, the Metropolitan Police Department has assembled a squad of dozens of officers who will use the police quadcopters to catch and take down unruly drones operating in unsafe or illegal conditions. …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015
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Japan begins mega-rollout of 100 million+ national IDs

The Japanese government has launched the nation's first national identification system for social security and taxation purposes, despite widespread grumbling from its ageing population. Residents of Japan, including foreigners, are being assigned unique 12-digit numbers as of Monday under the new My Number identification …
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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

Boffins at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), collaborating with Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), have quadrupled the farthest distance quantum information has been "teleported". Quantum teleportation, of course, is not a matter of making physical matter dematerialise and …
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Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

A Japanese company named Beatrobo has revealed plans to revive games cartridges, for use in smartphones. Beatrobo already makes a device that plugs in to a phone's audio port and sends a sound to the phone to authenticate you as someone able to access content stored in the cloud. The company's now planning to use the audio …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2015
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Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

A 60-year-old man has been arrested in Japan following a violent encounter with a robot on Sunday, with the mechanoid coming off worse. Named as Kiichi Ishikawa of the city of Yokosuka by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, the Butlerian jihadi was described as "drunken" by the Japan Times, who reported on the latest incident in …

Mashed together malware threatens Japanese online banking users

Customers of Japanese banks are on the front line of attacks based on a new and sophisticated banking trojan, mashed together from leaked bits of malware code. Shifu (named after the Japanese word for thief) is targeting 14 Japanese banks as well as electronic banking platforms used across Europe, according to security …
John Leyden, 1 Sep 2015
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The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one

Analysis China has been threatening to up-end the phone business for a while, without coming up with a convincing end product. Finally, though, it has, and I expect to see a rapid shakeout of top tier handset manufacturers, already reeling from years of losses. The doomsday scenario for established vendors was that the Chinese would do …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2015

Japan's 'White Stork' soars heavenwards to ISS

Japan earlier today successfully launched its Kounotori 5 ("White Stork 5") ISS resupply vehicle from Tanegashima Space Center. Carrying 5.5 tonnes of scientific equipment and supplies, Kounotori 5 was lifted aloft by an H-IIB rocket in a dramatic night-time fire and smoke spectacle. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( …
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2015
Kids harassing a robot

Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

Vid Researchers in Japan have programmed a robot to flee children after groups of tearaways were recorded abusing the 'droid. A study by Japan's ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories found that kids, particularly when left unsupervised, will bully, harass, and sometimes even attack robots. As noted by IEEE …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Aug 2015
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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

A man seeking repayment for Bitcoin lost in the Mt Gox incident has seen his lawsuit dismissed in a Tokyo District Court, with the judge ruling that the gumblecash is "not subject to ownership" claims. A resident of Kyoto, the plaintiff has stated that he had 458 Bitcoin, contentiously valued at about ¥31m (£160,000), which …

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