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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Thought your mom was harsh about finishing your meal? At least she didn't charge you for leaving food on your plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant in Sapporo, Japan will fine diners for not eating every

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Instead of using earth and grass, Kengo Kuma framed Même – Experimental House with Japanese Larch and wrapped the 79.5 square meter space in a semi-transparent membrane that permits natural light to

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

A two-seater beauty with a dazzling yellow shell, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first in Japan to be developed without help from a major car manufacturer. Very low to the ground, the car has a

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Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Using sustainably-farmed timber panels that are laminated in European factories, BAKOKO proposes to apply robotic devices to the task of cutting the 3 by 16.5 meter panels to CAD drawing specifications.

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up its talk

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Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Suppose Office designed this Japanese family home with big sliding walls and windows, simple materials and a traditional “douma”, or earthen floor. Its exterior is clad with grey wooden boards and its

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Florentijn Hofman’s Five-Story-Tall Rubber Duck Floats Its Way Into Sydney

Florentijn Hofman’s Five-Story-Tall Rubber Duck Floats Its Way Into Sydney

For this year's Sydney Festival, visitors will be treated to Florentijn Hofman's latest light-hearted installation, the Rubber Duck. Featuring over 750 artists from 17 countries, the Festival needed

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami struck in March, 2011.

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home's location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the south side.

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan could have been avoided, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) admitted at a recent conference in Tokyo. A parliamentary inquiry found that bad habits

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Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The

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Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

In March 2011, the town of Onagawa, Japan was devastated by a powerful earthquake. In the months that followed, Shigeru Ban Architects designed a temporary housing complex for survivors who had been

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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable

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House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

The House in Yamasaki is a 119 sm (1,280 sq ft) home in Japan located in a new residential area built on what used to be fields. The area is known for its often cloudy days, and Yo Shimada of Tato

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Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda's Micro Commuter is a compact, fuel-efficient vehicle with an innovative design that enables its body to be swapped out to suit different purposes. Close to being production-ready, the lightweight

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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Mind-Blowing LEGO Temple Folds Together Like a Pop-Up Book!

Mind-Blowing LEGO Temple Folds Together Like a Pop-Up Book!

LEGO bricks were some of our favorite toys as children - hidden in those brightly-colored blocks was the potential to build practically anything, so long as that something involved a lot of right angles.

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Taking a cue from nature, glass artist Mika Aoki transforms tiny grains of sand into flowing, organic forms reminiscent of spores, sperm, and viruses. For her pieces, Aoki frequently travels to labs for

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