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We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit | RocketNews24

We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 193 TWEETS

This evening, U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Japan. While here, he’ll be meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the two scheduled to discuss strengthening diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Japan, and also the possibility of Japan



Japan Develops Smartphone Application That Sends Smells | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 166 TWEETS

We all have certain smells that affect us in different ways.  If I say, "I loved the smell of magic markers and glue as a kid", you could probably relate.  It doesn't have to be the smell of roses or freshly baked cookies for us to understand ol



Japan Self Defense Force Recruitment Posters Kill With Cute en.rocketnews24.com 104 TWEETS

In recent years, the Tokushima Provincial Cooperation Office of the Japan Self Defense Force has created recruitment advertising posters featuring cute, adorable illustrations, and it wasted little time in releasing this year's version. The posters depict



Burger King Japan Offering 15 Bacon Strips for $1 So We Order Whopper With 105 Bacon Strips en.rocketnews24.com 61 TWEETS

Burger King Japan recently launched a promotion giving customers the option to add 15 pieces of bacon to their Whopper for a measly 100 yen (US $1.20). That’s 500% more bacon for your buck (it’s usually 60 yen for 3 strips). It’s almost as if Burger King



46 Things That Surprise Foreigners in Japan en.rocketnews24.com 48 TWEETS

Japan is a weird, amazing, amusing and confusing place, and I'm not just talking about the maid cafes and pornographic manga. Even things that your average Japanese would consider completely commonplace and boring can be captivating for foreigners. After



Why the Japanese Are Bad at Foreign Languages (Part 1) | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 45 TWEETS

Many Japanese people lament their inability to carry out a proper conversation in English despite 10 years of study during junior high, high school and university. While anyone who has taught English at a public school in Japan would probably be quick to



We Travel to China to Investigate Their Fabled Melt-Proof Ice Pop | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 39 TWEETS

Legend has it that in China there exists a frozen treat so incredibly powerful that it never melts, even if left in room temperature.  RocketNews sent a reporter into the mysterious country to learn more about this potent popsicle of the gods. The followi



The Twitter Experiment: Japanese Man Forbidden From Leaving Work Until He Gets 1000 Retweets | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 38 TWEETS

It all started when Japanese comedy website Omokoro hit 10,000 followers on Twitter. In order to leverage their growing fanbase, Omokoro’s chief editor Harajuku called resident writer Sebuyama into the office at around 10pm and asked him to research what



Tokyo Flashmobs Leave Japanese Smiling and Wanting More | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 35 TWEETS

It is a seemingly uneventful sunny afternoon in the park filled with the usual kinds of people who come out to enjoy themselves.  Suddenly there is a street performance before your eyes which looks utterly spontaneous as more and more people join in. That



Japanese duo support Lady Gaga with a unique cover of Telephone | RocketNews24

Japanese duo support Lady Gaga with a unique cover of Telephone | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 32 TWEETS

The worldwide hit single, “Telephone”, by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce, is doing the rounds again on the Internet. Only this time,  it’s a Japanese version, featuring two traditional instruments: the koto (Japanese harp) and the shakuhachi (Japanese flute)



Resident Evil to Infect Universal Studios Japan This Fall | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 21 TWEETS

Following in the tradition of Japan getting all the cool Resident Evil stuff, Universal Studios Japan has announced they will be converting a portion of the theme park into a zombie-infested Raccoon City this Fall....



Why the Japanese Are Bad at Foreign Languages (Part 2) | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 21 TWEETS

Many Japanese people lament their inability to carry out a proper conversation in English despite studying it for 10 years in junior high, high school and university. Some people blame the education system, some people blame the lack of transparency betwe



A Simple Approach to Understanding Women: a Japanese Guide | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 20 TWEETS

The inability to understand women is a struggle shared universally by men across the world. Luckily, our friends at Omokoro have put together a detailed report titled “A Simple Approach to Understanding Women” that should offer some insightful help to th



Toyota’s Pikachu Car Displayed at Tokyo Toy Show 2012 | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 20 TWEETS

The Tokyo Toy Show 2012 was held at the international exhibition center, Tokyo Big Site, in June.  Next to the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. booth, three mini cars were on display.  Made by Toyopet, Toyota’s name for their car dealerships, these Pokemon cars are a


Anti-Japan Protests In China: Scenes of Senselessness | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 18 TWEETS

This weekend Japanese (and other) businesses in China have been the victims of a spate of arson attacks as well as vandalism and looting as anti-Japan protests have escalated to record levels since Japan and China established diplomatic ties in 1972....



Japanese mom shows daughter how it’s done with awesome old-school gaming notebook | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 17 TWEETS

Every generation, something comes along that people are just sure is going to ruin kids’ minds. Recently it’s social networking websites. In the 1950s it was blue jeans and rock 'n' roll. If you had a time machine, and for some reason got tired of riding



The Top 10 Most Popular McDonald’s Burgers in Japan | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 17 TWEETS

McDonald’s, the American classic, is a familiar fast food restaurant that is known all over the world.  The golden arches appear in 119 different countries, giving rise to some interesting regional burgers. Known as “maku-donarudo” or “maku” for short, th



Free Admission – Twelve of Tokyo’s Best Kept Secrets | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 16 TWEETS

Expensive Tokyo living got you down? Are you staring another three-day weekend in the face and wondering what havoc it will wreak on your wallet? There are places to enjoy yourself for free all over Tokyo, if you know where to look. RocketNews24 has sifte


The First Ever Healthy Fat-Busting Cola en.rocketnews24.com 15 TWEETS

This month, beverage maker Kirin announced that it will be releasing the first ever health food cola on April 24th. The drink will be called Kirin Mets Cola. No connection to the MLB team, although fans will find the font suspiciously familiar. According



Immortalize Yourself as a Plastic Figure for Just $260!!! | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com 14 TWEETS

Ever since I saw Han Solo get encased in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back, I've always wondered what it would be like to have a plastic mould of my friends and family, albeit without sealing them inside the stuff... Thanks to a little company in Japan


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