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Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

Japan Could Tap Thermal Springs to Replace Nuclear Power With Geothermal Energy

A lot has happened since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In the 15 months since the power plant was damaged by a double-whammy of an earthquake and a tsunami, the nuclear state has been described as worse

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Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Tomorrow Japan will become completely nuclear free for the first time since 1970 as it shuts down the Tomari nuclear reactor on the island of Hokkaido. One by one the country’s 54 nuclear reactors have

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

As debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan now washes up in North America, much of it is also settling into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Stretching northward from the outermost Hawaiian Islands, this

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Japan Town Featured in ‘The Cove’ Plans To Open Dolphin Park

Japan Town Featured in ‘The Cove’ Plans To Open Dolphin Park

In mid-2009, the tiny Japanese fishing village of Taiji found itself at the center of the international controversy over dolphin hunting when it was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove."

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Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

Japanese Volleyball Appears to Be First of Tsunami Debris to Reach Alaska

The first identifiable pieces of debris to be washed across the Pacific Ocean in the wake of last year's tsunami in Japan, a volleyball and a soccer ball, have reached the Alaskan coast. Discovered on the

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

U.S. Coast Guard Launches Cannon Fire to Sink Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship

The Japanese ghost ship that recently appeared off the coast of Canada has recently come under cannon fire from the U.S. Coast Guard. The 164-foot Ryou-un-Maru fishing vessel washed out into the Pacific

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Stacked Shipping Container Sugoroku Office Pops up in Japan

Stacked Shipping Container Sugoroku Office Pops up in Japan

As Daiken-Met Architects told us, "In the local city, we are facing various problems such as decreasing population, increasing vacant land, on the other hand it is difficult to make a rental contract for

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Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

Japanese Ghost Ship Spotted Off Coast of Canada Signaling Arrival of Tsunami Wreckage

After Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake in March 2011, the Pacific nation was rocked by a massive tsunami that destroyed thousands of coastal houses, cars and boats and swept millions of tons of

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Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

The Japanese government has relaxed restrictions imposed on some of the towns impacted by last years Fukushima nuclear disaster. The towns of Kawauchi and Tamura were largely reopened to residents on

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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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