All About Japan

Lawson’s First Register-Free Store

Convenience store giant Lawson will open a store this month with no cash registers, and plans to more in the Tokyo area by summer 2020.

Online Store Features Virtual Shoe Fittings

Online fashion mall operator Zozo has come up with a virtual shoe fitting service that recommends shoes that fit your size by using a special mat and a smartphone app.

Virtual Shopping Via Robot

The Tsutaya Electrics store in Tokyo’s Futakotamagawa area tests having customers shop virtually using a remotely controlled robot as many business establishments are closed due to the novel coronavirus.

Tokyo Ward Begins Drive-Through COVID Testing

Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward begins drive-through PCR tests to check for the novel coronavirus to speed up screening in the capital.

Japan Post Starts Testing Drone Delivery

Japan Post conducts a trial delivery of snail mail to residents in a remote area of Tokyo using a drone.

A Home Ready for the 'New Normal'

Custom-home builder Aqurahome has unveiled features that can help residents take measures to keep the home cleaner.

Japan Now Has 5G Network Service

Major Japanese cellphone service provider NTT Docomo launches next-generation 5G wireless service, the first in the country to do so.

Beautiful Origami Paper Using Gum Wrappers

Once you're done chewing a piece of Lotte gum, the company wants you to use the colorful wrapper to make your own origami koala or penguin. And they even offer instructions.

Japan Launches Space Operations Unit in SDF

Japan welcomes its newest Self-Defense Forces team, the Space Operations Squadron, as the first SDF unit specializing in the field of space.

COVID-19 Tracking App Launched in Japan

Japan launches a smartphone app that notifies users when they may have come into contact with someone infected with the COVID-19.

Sony Reveals New Self-Driving EV Prototype

Sony unveils a prototype for its self-driving electric vehicle that uses 33 state-of-the-art sensors that support autonomous mobility.

JNTO Multilingual Coronavirus Hotline

Japan National Tourism Organization has a visitor hotline at 050-3816-2787 that accepts inquiries about coronavirus in English, Chinese and Korean.

Japan to Abolish Seal-Stamping System

Bad news for fans of Japanese seals! Japan is looking to do away with its custom of physical seal stamping and come up with a digitized process.

Japanese Supercomputer Is World's Fastest

Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, developed jointly by Riken and Fujitsu, has been ranked the fastest in the world.

Take a Virtual Tour 'Beyond Tokyo'

Amid continued travel restrictions and pleas to stay at home to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic around the globe, we figured you might want to check out a unique way to tour one of Tokyo's most popular neighborhoods.

Cool Tech for Buildings in the Age of COVID-19

Japanese giant conglomerate Softbank Group has unveiled a building in Tokyo upgraded with technologies in line with the “new normal” imposed by the pandemic.

Honda Unveils New Compact Electric Vehicle

Honda is showing off its first compact electric vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology.

Manned Flying Car Goes on Test Flight

A Japanese venture company successfully conducts a test flight of an experimental flying car with one person on board.

AI Bartender Serving Up Age-Based Craft Beers

Electronics maker NEC has used artificial intelligence to come up with craft beers reflecting the characteristics of age groups. The AI analyzed some 300 magazines from a 40-year-period to propose beer tastes for people in their 20s to 50s.

Another Legendary Lego & Nintendo Crossover

First came the reveal of the Lego Super Mario set, which has fans’ hearts racing (and their wallets sweating). And now, the two companies are already getting fans hyped with another team-up.

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