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Japanese Telecom Firm Softbank To Construct 10 New Solar Power Plants

Japanese Telecom Firm Softbank To Construct 10 New Solar Power Plants

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, there has been a call for the country to move away from atomic power and towards the mainstream use of alternative energy. While a recent

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Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, is about to announce to the G8 Summit in France his country's plans to mandate that all buildings come equipped with solar panels by 2030. The announcement of this

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Volkswagen To Launch Electric Up! & Golf in Japan Within 3 Years

Volkswagen To Launch Electric Up! & Golf in Japan Within 3 Years

According to president and CEO of Volkswagen Japan Gerry Dorizas, VW is planning to release two EVs based on its Up! subcompact and Golf compact in Japan within the next 3 years. The Golf model is likely

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Nissan & Mitsubishi Form Mini-Car Joint Venture for Japan

Nissan & Mitsubishi Form Mini-Car Joint Venture for Japan

Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new joint venture agreement to build a mini car for the Japanese market. The venture has been in the works for a while, as part of an agreement the two corporations

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Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan

Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan

When considering wind power as an energy source, it's best to think big. Japan-based ZENA Systems is working on developing a new type of wind energy generator that will dwarf anything before it. The 50

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Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Looptecture F was built to monitor and aid in the event of a tsunami as well as to educate visitors about the dangers of tsunamis. Inside the two-story building is space for the control room, an

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Wind Power Could Be the Best Alternative Energy Source for Japan

Wind Power Could Be the Best Alternative Energy Source for Japan

The tsunami and subsequent disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has called into question the use of nuclear power in Japan. But apart from going back to fossil fuels, much debate has

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Japanese Company Shows Off The World’s First Paper Robot and Cool Cardboard Animals at ICFF

Japanese Company Shows Off The World’s First Paper Robot and Cool Cardboard Animals at ICFF

Aki produces the cardboard figures as part of its D-Torso line. The models are created by dividing each 3D figure into horizontal data slices and then cutting each layer out of cardboard. The method is

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Gargantuan Floodgate that Blocked Japanese Tsunami Elicits Waves of Gratitude

Gargantuan Floodgate that Blocked Japanese Tsunami Elicits Waves of Gratitude

Japanese villagers are overwhelmed with gratitude for the former mayor who conceived of this gargantuan floodgate. Plagued by visions of the 1933 tsunami that killed hundreds of villagers, Kotaku Wamura

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Japan Unveils Levitating High-Speed Electric Aero Train

Japan Unveils Levitating High-Speed Electric Aero Train

Move over maglev -- there's a new high-speed train in town. Japanese engineers have just unveiled a prototype vehicle that flies rather than rolling. The design is decidedly lower tech than maglev trains

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Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Here at Inhabitat, we know that cool things often come in small packages; the Nagoya salon is a case in point. In order to fill in the gaps left by the building's curvature, the designers planted a garden

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Japanese Mountain Retreat Features Bright Yellow Dome Tents and Locally Harvested Timber

Japanese Mountain Retreat Features Bright Yellow Dome Tents and Locally Harvested Timber

The structure is mainly built from locally harvested larch wood, which makes up a giant observation deck, stairways and a few hut like shelters.  The main building of the structure is used to lunch, for

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Bento: A Solar Powered Way to Compartmentalize Your Smart Devices Like a Japanese Lunchbox

Bento: A Solar Powered Way to Compartmentalize Your Smart Devices Like a Japanese Lunchbox

As our number of personal smart devices grows, it seems we’ve begun to carry around a personal home office everywhere we go - laptop, cell phone, iPod - all jangling around in our bags. Hoping to

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Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

We've been privvy to some pretty amazing art on Inhabitat, including this toothpick rendition of San Francisco. What many of these pieces have in common is the extraordinary patience associated with their

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Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

The circular shape of the Villa helps protect it by deflect the strong typhoon winds that are common in the area. These same winds help ventilate and cool the interior of the Villa, thanks to the

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Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Give your next afternoon tea party or picnic at the park an elegant Japanese twist with Wasara's biodegradable tableware. Designed to be fully compostable, the line eliminates the need to wash up after

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Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

Tokyo Hackerspace Sets Up DIY Radiation Monitors at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

As a result of last month's earthquakes and tsunami, many areas of Japan have been left without even the most basic necessities such and shelter and power. To begin to offer assistance to the thousands of

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Shigeru Ban’s Emergency Shelters Are a Safe Haven for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

Shigeru Ban’s Emergency Shelters Are a Safe Haven for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

Concerned about the ongoing stresses that would come with being displaced from their homes, Ban knew that while evacuation centers were providing a safe refuge to Japanese citizens, they would also become

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Join Global Pecha Kucha Friday in San Franciso and Help Raise Money for Japan

Join Global Pecha Kucha Friday in San Franciso and Help Raise Money for Japan

Pecha Kucha Night is a design community event that was devised in Tokyo in 2003 to bring together young creatives to meet, network, and show their work in public. This Friday the 16th, Yoshi's SF will be

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Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

As if the numerous earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns in Japan weren’t bad enough, the resulting debris from the March 11th tsunami is now heading for Hawaii, and eventually to the West Coast

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China Plans to Cut Nuclear, Boost Solar Power Because of Japan Crisis

China Plans to Cut Nuclear, Boost Solar Power Because of Japan Crisis

In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, China has decided to cut nuclear power and increase solar power.

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Japan’s Nuclear Reactor Springs a Leak, Engineers Try to Plug with Sawdust

Japan’s Nuclear Reactor Springs a Leak, Engineers Try to Plug with Sawdust

Workers in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the March 11th earthquake and ensuing tsunami, recently discovered an eight inch crack in a maintenance pit that is

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Enchanting Japanese “Secret Garden” is a Soothing Rooftop Oasis

Enchanting Japanese “Secret Garden” is a Soothing Rooftop Oasis

The garden was showcased as part of the Royal Horticultural Society flower show's urban rooftop design category and truly takes the idea of a green roof to new heights (pun intended). While we've seen

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Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Our friends over at molo recently released their portable Hobo Lanterns to much fanfare and we just got news that the interior design duo has now unveiled a special edition version of the tote-shaped LED

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Japanese Engineers Unbelievably Repair Earthquake Ravaged Road in Only 6 Days

Japanese Engineers Unbelievably Repair Earthquake Ravaged Road in Only 6 Days

A Japanese highway demolished by the earthquake was as good as new after only six days of repair.

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Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

Germany and Italy Cancel Nuclear Power Plans in Wake of Japan’s Crisis

The German government announced this week that it is accelerating plans to close its nuclear power plants, and Italy is following suit with a one year moratorium. The announcement comes in the wake of the

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Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan has a new worker to help measure and test the radiation at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant - and it happens to be a robot named Monirobo. Short for “Monitoring Robot,” the robot can safely

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13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

Image by Jennifer Chong We know that there are already a ton of resources out there listing ways you can help Japan recover from the horrific events that have happened and are still happening there.

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Shigeru Ban Develops Modular Shelter for Japanese Displaced By Earthquake

Shigeru Ban Develops Modular Shelter for Japanese Displaced By Earthquake

With thousands of Japanese displaced due to last week's earthquake and ensuing tsunami, many are currently forced to make homes in local shelters lacking the comfort of even just a little bit of privacy.

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