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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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Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Photo: Eiji Hori for Asahi Shimbun The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently unveiled a shiny new shell made of 4,500 solar panels that allow it to use half of the energy of a similarly-sized

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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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Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Kelp Leaves photo from Shutterstock Ghost ships aren't the only remnants of Japan's March 2011 tsunami that are washing up on the shores of North America. Cal State Long Beach marine biologists

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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 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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VIDEO: Wrecking Crew Orchestra’s Tron-Inspired Dance Video is a Blaze of LEDs

VIDEO: Wrecking Crew Orchestra’s Tron-Inspired Dance Video is a Blaze of LEDs

Wearable LED suits are the hottest new thing on the market, but nobody makes them look better than the Japanese dance troupe Wrecking Crew Orchestra, whose recent Tron-inspired dance routine has gone

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One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its core, all eyes are turned to radiation risk management adviser Shunichi Yamashita. Yamashita, the son of a Nagasaki atomic bomb

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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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Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

As with all things Japanese, the stout Light Stage House is a study in elegance and minimalism. The kitchen is compact and the interior furnishings have been built into the architecture which maximizes

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The Wall of Zudaji by 403 Architecture is a Scrappy Shed Made From Leftover Materials

The Wall of Zudaji by 403 Architecture is a Scrappy Shed Made From Leftover Materials

403 architecture is based out of Hamamatsu City, Japan, and the firm has completed a number of urban projects, apartment remodels, and other projects involving wood. As a result of their work, they were

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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 Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum Complements Its Forested Mountain Surroundings

The Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum Complements Its Forested Mountain Surroundings

At first glance, the structure appears to be simply a bridge, fooling the eye into thinking there is no interior building within at all. Large timber beams criss-cross, building up the museum’s base.

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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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Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Unemori Architects had a 112 square foot plot to work with when they were commissioned to build this home. Instead of eating up every inch of it, the designers decided to place the "Small House" smack dab

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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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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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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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Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Japanese brand Bunaco uses environmentally friendly techniques to produce finely designed home products from ribbons of beechwood. Founded in 1956 in the Aomori region of Japan, Bunaco uses an innovative

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“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

The southern-most area of the home holds the multi-use dining and lounge room. This unique area features a collapsible clear glass wall that can be opened up to the wooded area behind the house. Nature is

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Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Once you cross the threshold of Yoyogi Village, the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life quiets down. Just past the glass entry gate, the Code Kurkku restaurant, lounge, and bar is nestled in several

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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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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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Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Located in Oita, Japan, House N was designed for a couple and their dog. The outermost box encases a semi-private yard and outdoor living area, which features a wooden deck, trees and garden space. The

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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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