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7-Eleven to Open 100 Green Stores in Japan

7-Eleven to Open 100 Green Stores in Japan

7-Eleven Japan found success with an eco-friendly store prototype that they will now officially open in 100 different locations by the end of the month.

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Mazda to Launch All-Electric Demio Mazda2 in Japan Next Year

Mazda to Launch All-Electric Demio Mazda2 in Japan Next Year

There no question that market interest for electric vehicles is on the rise, and every smart car manufacturer knows that the time to jump on the EV bandwagon is now. Next year, Mazda will finally make its

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Japanese Pals Recycle Old Truck into Transforming Two-Story Mobile Home

Japanese Pals Recycle Old Truck into Transforming Two-Story Mobile Home

Image © Jingdianjiaju The band of bros used mostly metal to create their dream camper, making the addition relatively lightweight. And while the exterior looks pretty industrial, the inside is as cozy

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Elegant Japanese Cottages Stacked and Staggered Like Shipping Containers

Elegant Japanese Cottages Stacked and Staggered Like Shipping Containers

The hotel is located on the seaside of Yokohama where the cottages were staggered randomly on the site, giving the resort as a whole an organic look. Not much has been done to the land where the cottages

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Pixelated Japanese House Plays With Light

Pixelated Japanese House Plays With Light

The home by Japan-based StudioGreenBlue takes a simple and elegant approach to what is a common issue in Japan -- building on a small lot in a dense city. The Kumagaya Saitama S-House in Fukaya City

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New Japanese Button Battery Generates Power From Vibrations

New Japanese Button Battery Generates Power From Vibrations

Here at Inhabitat we've seen kinetic batteries before, but a Japanese researcher has developed a new type of kinetic button battery that is able to generate and store a remarkable amount of energy from

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Green Japanese School Boasts a Transforming Interior

Green Japanese School Boasts a Transforming Interior

The sizable 1,010 square-meter preschool grows from a grassy embankment which then transitions into a set of bleachers that lead to a raised outdoor patio. Along the roof is a series of generous skylights

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Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

The tiny urban home features a total floor area of 75 sq meters (807 sq ft) and is composed of two volumes -- the gate house and the main house. The gate house is a slim, two-story volume located adjacent

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Cyclist Journeys From France To Japan on Solar Electric Bike!

Cyclist Journeys From France To Japan on Solar Electric Bike!

If you live in Europe, the general way to get to Japan is to fly. However French cyclist Florian Bailly opted for a different method of transport - a solar electric bicycle. His epic journey would take

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Japanese House for Everyone is a Wood Wrapped Masterpiece

Japanese House for Everyone is a Wood Wrapped Masterpiece

Kohki Hiranuma is a rising star in Japanese architecture known for his provocative use of light and natural materials which take seemingly simple structures and translate them into unique experiences. His

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Japanese Eco House is a Huge Staircase

Japanese Eco House is a Huge Staircase

Overlooking the Sea of Japan in the Shimane Prefecture, the incredible Stairs House offers an intimate interior while providing a welcoming exterior environment. The passive solar house is built not just

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Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Compared to other micro homes in Japan, this three-story, 474 sq ft home could actually be considered quite accommodating. For much of the Western world however, it is still small by comparison. It's a

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Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Bakoko's design for Kyoai Gukuen University aims to eliminate the loss of important recreational space on the university campus by lifting the green space up and creating a building below to support it.

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Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

On September 1, the world's first solar cell-equipped public bus will hit the streets of Okayama City in Southern Japan. The Sanyo-designed bus is a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle whose rooftop solar

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Amazing Japanese Micro House is Only Ten Feet Wide Inside

Amazing Japanese Micro House is Only Ten Feet Wide Inside

Set in a tightly-planned neighborhood in Osaka, the home makes the most of a limited lot. The face of the home is a fully glazed to maximize daylighting, and it's set deep into the lot for privacy and to

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Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Located in the Mikata area of Tokyo, the off-kilter lofts look more like a McDonald's playground than residences meant for elderly adults. Much like the very popular Nintendo DS game "Brain Age," each

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Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Photo by Reinhard Hunger for The New York Times The home's interior spaciousness is enhanced by a well-lit visual grid that creates tremendous depth. The home's walls consist of a series of a boxes

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ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS is a surprising building in more ways than one. If you were approaching the building from one side, all you would see is a typical, glass-walled office building. When Emilio Ambasz & Associates

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Japanese Subway Grows Lettuce In House to Top Their Sandwiches

Japanese Subway Grows Lettuce In House to Top Their Sandwiches

Not that we condone fast food or anything -- because we don't, it is unhealthy for us and the environment -- but we can't say we weren't fascinated by what this Japanese Subway sandwich shop is doing.

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Japan’s Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled by Solar Sail

Japan’s Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled by Solar Sail

We've been following the progress of the Japanese spaceship IKAROS — the first to unfurl a solar sail in deep space. Today, the ship made the only first that really matters: it caught the sun's rays

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Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

Core77 points us to this stunning crystalline building that serves as a flexible studio and workplace for students at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology. Designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Junya

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Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

This simple yet elegant home by Key Architects is not just an intriguing example of modern Japanese design -- it's also is the first certified Passive House in Japan. Simplicity has its rewards, and when

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Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Under the modernist skin of this Japanese home is an updated interpretation of traditional Japanese building with a very unique feature. Spotted on Dezeen, this home by Architect Masato Sekiya features a

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Japanese Spacecraft Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail in Space

Japanese Spacecraft Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail in Space

the Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully unfurled a solar sail in space for the first time.

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Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

A Sony e-reader that is currently on the market Just one day before the iPad hits Japanese store shelves, Sony has stepped into the game saying "Wait for us!" The electronics giant announced today that

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Japan Launching World’s First Solar Powered Spacecraft Today!

Japan Launching World’s First Solar Powered Spacecraft Today!

We've brought you news about the IKAROS solar sail spacecraft before, and now the time has finally come for it to take flight! That's right, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is planning to

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Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Photo credit: Designboom Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai World Expo, we come to the Japan Pavilion, officially nicknamed the 'Purple Silkworm Island'. Designboom is on the scene in Shanghai and

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler -- a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly

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Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along

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Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Photo courtesy of JAXA Solar backpacks and sun-fueled vehicles are impressive, but a solar-powered spacecraft just blows our minds.  Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch a

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