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Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

In the wake of the world's worst nuclear disaster in a generation, yet another nuclear reactor in Japan was taken offline for maintenance on Monday, leaving only one of the country's 54 nuclear reactors

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Artist Taku Satoh’s 3D Japanese Alphabet is Made Out of Layered Paper

Artist Taku Satoh’s 3D Japanese Alphabet is Made Out of Layered Paper

Taku Satoh Design Office created this 3D paper version of the Japanese Hiragana alphabet in response to the prevalence of superflat media, where we read and watch from 2D screens. Unveiled at Gallery

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Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

The 45-degree roof of the Ando Momofuku Centre makes not only for a more rural feeling in the mountains just west of centrally located Koromo, Japan, but its integration of the building with the land

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Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In Japan

Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In Japan

Yusuhara Machino-eki is a multi-purpose building by Kengo Kuma & Associates that combines a local produce market with a small boutique hotel. The town was known for its location along a main road used

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Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

We've seen quite a few creative examples of disaster-resistant architecture here at Inhabitat - from houses that rise up atop flood waters to an elastic iron alloy designed to sway with an earthquake.

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Japanese Company Announces Plans to Build 22,000-Mile-High Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese Company Announces Plans to Build 22,000-Mile-High Space Elevator by 2050

Scientists have long considered the possibility of creating ultra-tall space elevators that stretch beyond the earth’s atmosphere to transport satellites and shuttles into outer space without the cost

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Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Japan looks set to see a new floating wind farm built off the coast of Fukushima, according to a number of recent news reports. Trading company Marubeni plans to develop the wind farm, and the process is

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The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

A couple of Finnish artists embarked on a project to create a poetic public art installation called Bird Hangar that uses the wind to spread seeds across Japan. Unveiled at a past edition of the Yokohama

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Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

As the government in Japan continues to lead the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster response, many people in Japan say the government's efforts are misguided. Critics of the government and nuclear experts

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Lisa Nilsson Constructs Intricate Anatomical Studies From Rolled Japanese Paper

Each section of paper is rolled on something small and cylindrical like a pin or a drill bit. They are then arranged together in a collection to construct the larger image. The Massachusetts-based artist

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Tadashi Kawamata’s ‘Under the Water’ Imagines The Debris From Japan’s Tsunami

Tadashi Kawamata’s ‘Under the Water’ Imagines The Debris From Japan’s Tsunami

As the 20 million tons of wreckage slowly make their way to Hawaii from Japan, Tadashi Kawamata created Under the Water to envision what it must be like to be beneath all the debris. His site-specific

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Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japan has suffered through 2011's devastating tsunami and earthquake and in the wake of the clean-up, the country wants to be clear - their legendary textile mills have made a comeback.  Fukushima

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Nendo Unveils Collection of Sculptural Objects Made From Japanese Farming Nets

Nendo Unveils Collection of Sculptural Objects Made From Japanese Farming Nets

Tokyo-based Nendo has a lovely new collection of sculptural objects made from farming-net, an agricultural mesh ordinarily placed around fruit and vegetables to protect them from harm by wind and animals.

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan's nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country are

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Japan’s House C is Covered with a Swaying Wildflower Prairie

Japan’s House C is Covered with a Swaying Wildflower Prairie

House C is located in Chiba, Japan, between the mountains and the ocean where the family likes to come on weekends to get out Tokyo to enjoy nature. They are avid gardeners and wanted plants to be part of

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Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Small businesses and homeowners in Japan sold an amazing 2,150 gigawatt hours of solar energy back to utilities last year - a figure that shows a fifty percent increase since 2010. The surge in solar is

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Puzzling Patchwork Bedroom Floor Created From Timber Offcut Scraps in Japan

Puzzling Patchwork Bedroom Floor Created From Timber Offcut Scraps in Japan

403architecture was working on an overall renovation of the apartment, which included the repair of the bedroom. The original ceiling was dismantled to increase the overall height of the bedroom. Enough

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Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers have released the worrisome results of a study showing that there is a 70% possibility of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next four years and a whopping 98% possibility that

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

Furniture label See-Saw reclaims discarded wood and uses it to create colorful, joyful, and appealing furnishings. They recently released their first collection at DESIGNTIDE Tokyo, where they presented 4

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Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper has reported that the Japanese government is looking to nationalize the nation's nuclear power plants. Trade and industry minister Yukio Edano announced the still unfinalized

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Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

In addition to its glazed shell, the prefab Mima package comes complete with a handful of extra plywood panels that can be used to erect additional walls according to each person's taste. These walls can

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Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

The Toda House consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This affords the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Uses Airborne Drone to Hunt Japanese Whaling Fleet

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Uses Airborne Drone to Hunt Japanese Whaling Fleet

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is infamous in whale protection circles for its hard-edged tactics in defending marine wildlife. In the past, the group has scuttled and disabled whaling vessels

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Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Within weeks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the EPA reported that radiation levels in their specialized air, water, and milk monitoring systems had slightly

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World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

The sun set on the disco era decades ago, but polyester is still just as prevalent as ever. Roughly 40 million tons of polyester fiber is produced worldwide each year, and studies have linked some of the

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Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

As we predicted yesterday, government officials in Japan voted today on whether to declare a "cold shutdown" of the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant - and they've

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Japan’s Cup Noodles Museum Upcycles Disposable Cups into Reusable Lacquered Bowls

Japan’s Cup Noodles Museum Upcycles Disposable Cups into Reusable Lacquered Bowls

Cup Noodles is an all too familiar staple for college students who are on a serious budget. While sitting down with a Cup Noodles can hardly be considered 5-star dining, there is an institution in

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Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

The Japanese government is expected to announce this week that they've regained full control of the three damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was hit earlier this year by a

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