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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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Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

About 10 years ago, with the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella decreasing dramatically, Kotaro decided to get involved in his wife’s family business in order to help it survive. He took a deep

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Japan Finds Vast Reserves of Rare Earth Minerals That Could Be Used to Make Solar Panels and Other Electronics

Japan Finds Vast Reserves of Rare Earth Minerals That Could Be Used to Make Solar Panels and Other Electronics

Japan just announced that they've discovered a deposit of rare earth minerals off their coast in the Pacific Ocean that, if commercially viable, could change the worldwide market for the expensive

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Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

The flooring in the home is made from rosewood, which is sustainable if sourced from either Bolivia or Brazil, and skylights in the tilted roofs usher in just the right amount of daylight. At night, the

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Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Like the festival, the museum’s design is intended to enliven the subdued neighborhoods. The red color is continually changing as the bending metal plates enliven the view of the building from all

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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

The 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250 and 300

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Japan Gives Green Light to Blazing 313 MPH Maglev Train Line

Japan Gives Green Light to Blazing 313 MPH Maglev Train Line

The Central Japan Railway has just been granted the go-ahead to break ground on a massive maglev train line that will ferry high-speed trains across japan at blazing speeds up to 313 miles per hour. The

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POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends

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PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

Things have changed since we last wrote about ACROS. When the building, which was designed by Emilio Ambasz & Associates, was first built, many of the trees that make up its "step garden" were still

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Japanese Workers Told to Dress Casually to Save Energy

Japanese Workers Told to Dress Casually to Save Energy

The recent Japanese earthquake and the resulting tsunami devastated the country, particularly its energy infrastructure. With nuclear power no longer energizing Japan, due to the Fukushima disaster, the

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Japanese Corporation Plans to Turn the Moon Into a Massive Solar Power Plant

Japanese Corporation Plans to Turn the Moon Into a Massive Solar Power Plant

Man hasn't been back to the moon since 1972, but that hasn't stopped a team of Japanese engineers from developing a plan to turn our celestial neighbor into a massive solar power plant. The disaster at

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Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000

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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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