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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

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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

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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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Azuma Makoto Gardening Club Brings Modern Design to Japanese Concept Center

Azuma Makoto Gardening Club Brings Modern Design to Japanese Concept Center

In the midst of the Ark Hills concept center in Japan, garden designers from Azuma Makoto Gardening Club are regularly working on new designs to reshape green centerpieces in the heart of the Mori

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9 Enchanting Gardens, Green Roofs and Planted Walls We Spotted Around Japan

9 Enchanting Gardens, Green Roofs and Planted Walls We Spotted Around Japan

Most visitors to Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, are there to see the gilded roof of the landmark's namesake. But we were just as interested in the green roofs that cover many of

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Nissan Leaf Named Japan Car of the Year at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan Leaf Named Japan Car of the Year at Tokyo Motor Show

The Nissan Leaf became the first 100% electric vehicle to be named the Japan Car of the Year for 2011-2012 on Friday at the Tokyo Motor Show. Nissan's Leaf, which hit the roads in the US in December of

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Two Japanese Mountain Villages are Beautiful Examples of Historic Sustainable Architecture

Two Japanese Mountain Villages are Beautiful Examples of Historic Sustainable Architecture

Preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the quiet Japanese villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are a beautiful example of the gasshō-zukuri, or “prayer-hands construction,” historic

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Japanese Artist Creates Edible Headpieces Out of Raw Veggies and Flowers

Japanese Artist Creates Edible Headpieces Out of Raw Veggies and Flowers

They say you are what you eat, but should you also wear what you eat too - on your head? That's what Japanese artist Takaya thinks we should do. The former chef creates his mouthwatering millinery out of

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Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

The public, private, and service programs of the house have been separated, with the public portions upstairs, peering through the windows facing the park's lake and sakura trees. Strategically placed,

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Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

We all know how important our undergarments are in our daily lives but did you know they could provide a totally different kind of support than what you're used to? Yesterday, PACT unveiled its new

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Stevia Helps Rice Grow in Tsunami Ravaged Rice Paddies in Japan

Stevia Helps Rice Grow in Tsunami Ravaged Rice Paddies in Japan

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year caused serious damage to farmland, destroying a number of rice paddies, amongst other things, by inundating them with seawater. However, a recent

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Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

With only 36 m2 to work with, the design team gave this home a vertical lift. The street is not visible from outside, which shuts out a lot of light, though the open, tapered roof compensates for this by

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PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

Located on a busy street behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel Osaka, the facility acts as a place for people commuting to the city to store their bikes. While typical multi-level bike parking structures are drab

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Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

We are so excited to learn that the amazing Toilet Bike Neo has completed its poop-powered 870 mile journey across Japan! Earlier this year, top toilet maker Toto unveiled their talking three-wheeled

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

The single story structure hugs the side of a road in between a mountain and the forest from which the beams were harvested. Surrounded by tall trees, the workshop looks more like a cozy log cabin than a

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