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Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

Japan’s Prius C Brochure Leaked Ahead of Official Introduction [PICS]

The brochure for the Japanese domestic market Toyota Prius C was just leaked ahead of the vehicle's official intro at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, giving us a sneak peak at its real-world numbers.

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Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Because they're typically made of fabric and wire that's difficult to take apart and repurpose, used bras are among the hardest garments to recycle. But for women who are concerned about the environment

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Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the

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TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

In just under a week, the toilet bike will begin a 100% biogas-fueled journey from Kyushu to Tokyo, making press stops to answer questions by inevitably bewildered spectators. Toilet Bike Neo’s commode

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29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

Sunken below street level, the house is like many homes in Yokohama: crammed in between a variety of other forgettable structures and poorly lit. A total of 29 skylights fixes that by absolutely

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Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

The inflatable concert hall is a giant amorphous amphitheater that seats 500 to 700 spectators. Rising out of a long tunnel entranceway, the stretchy, bright red skin encases the oval interior. A ramped

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Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

As you may recall, the Fish Arch project was led by a group of students taking Yasushi Ikeda’s lab at Keio University. The group was asked to contribute to the Obon Festival by doing an installation.

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Lantern-like Hanging Japanese Tea House Brings Visitors in Touch With Nature

Lantern-like Hanging Japanese Tea House Brings Visitors in Touch With Nature

We’ve seen adult-sized tree houses sprouting up around the world lately, but Jameson’s structure hangs independently. The teahouse is based on the design of a traditional Japanese lantern, and it

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

The simple layout of the home is achieved with an H-shaped floorplan. On the ground floor, there is a bathroom, a laundry, storage, 2 bedrooms, the kitchen and a traditional tatami room all joined

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Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Researchers in Japan have developed a method for making radiation detection devices out of recycled PET bottles that cuts costs by 90% over currently used devices. The resource reusing, life-saving gadget

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Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Along with its raised earth floor that connects the home's three volumes, timber on the interior and exterior gives this home its natural feel. Daylighting floods through a tall window, somtimes giving

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Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan's 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny

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Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City, so named because of its unique design centered around a narrow ribbon of blue water, is a premiere shopping, entertainment and relaxation destination in southern Japan. The complex offers

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Suzuki’s Electric “Every” Van Launches in Japan for Real-World Testing

Suzuki’s Electric “Every” Van Launches in Japan for Real-World Testing

Suzuki recently launched the “Every” van - the Japanese car manufacturer’s first foray into battery-powered transportation. Suzuki is playing it safe, however; only 13 of the plug-in Every vans have

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Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

For more than 130 years, Kaikado has been producing hand-made Japanese tea caddies designed to last for generations. Last week we visited Kaikado’s shop in Kyoto, where Takahiro Yagi, the 6th generation

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Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

You didn't think a little heat could faze those resourceful Japanese did you? Well, okay, a lot of heat. While most of us westerners over here are sweating up a storm even with air conditioning, many

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Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Like many cities along the eastern seaboard of Japan affected by the tsunami, Kesennuma is struggling. While there are lots of fish still out swimming in the ocean waiting to be caught, the town's

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Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to

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Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban's shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a

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Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

The compact home is located in a friendly neighborhood with some long-time residents, so the new owners wanted to make sure they built a home that was open and inviting. Building codes also let them build

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Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

YOUR CLICK COULD BE THE ONE THAT GETS US $10,000 TO REBUILD JAPAN! If you've been wanting to do something to help the thousands of victims of the natural disasters that tore through Japan a few months

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Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Japan's March 11th magnitude 9 Tohoku Earthquake -- which caused a tidal wave and the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster -- was one of the most powerful ever recorded and just happened

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Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

At 106 square meters the home packs an efficient living space, putting private spaces to the end and public spaces in the center. The design focuses in on the lower kitchen to create the home's natural

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Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Set next to a rice field, the home enjoys views out over farmland and is very privately situated. Organized in a U-shape around a courtyard and projected by the garage on the side facing the road, the

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Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggering the worst nuclear energy crisis since Chernobyl, the country's Prime Minister has finally addressed Japan's energy future. In a statement

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Google Uses Street View Technology to Document Japan’s Tsunami Damage and Reconstruction

Google Uses Street View Technology to Document Japan’s Tsunami Damage and Reconstruction

Google has really been asserting itself as a world leader recently and not just in terms of its search engine. Aside from the introduction of Google +, the company has been delving into helping Japan

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Japan’s Mitsui Plans to Construct Solar Power Plants in Tsunami Zone

Japan’s Mitsui Plans to Construct Solar Power Plants in Tsunami Zone

Residents of Japan are still feeling the effects of the tsunami and earthquakes that hit earlier this year, but Japan's trading house, Mitsui and Co., is hoping to bring some hope to the dire situation by

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REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

It's only been 3 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan, but the horrifying images have already begun to fade from the news and the public's mind - a situation that

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Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

A 49-year-old Japanese man who has been paralyzed for 28 years since he was involved in a car accident is set to embark on a trip to France with the aid of this super high-tech robotic suit. The

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