Magazine pictures fool vending machines

Fujitaka, the company behind the face recognition hardware installed in over 4,000 cigarette vending machines across Japan has a new problem to tackle. Kids using magazine pictures of old people. Seems a Sankei Sports news reporter went around Osaka and Kobe using different pictures from magazines to fool the machines...

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Metal Gear Solid 4 on Wii?

A Kotaku reader living in Georgia spotted this at his local Sams Club. It clearly shows Metal Gear Solid in a Wii packaging with a price listed at $52.66. What’s weird is that Metal Gear Solid 4 isn’t expected to be released on the Wii system. This has to be...

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Da Vinci surgical origami crane

Here’s a video that shows how cool the Da Vinci Surgical Robot arms really are. Surgeons use these robots to perform delicate work when inside the human body. At the end of the video, they show you just how large the crane really is. Needless to say, it’s so cool....

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300 Internet Death Threats

Since the tragic stabbings in Akihabara by Tomohiro Kato, there have been around 300 death threats that have appeared on message boards Tokyo police report. While police admit many of the postings appear to not be serious, they have arrested 20 people on charges of public nuisance, and extortion. One...

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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja STORM demo on July 17

The most anticipated Naruto game in a long time, Ultimate Ninja STORM, is set to demo on the PS3 July 17th. If you’re one of the lucky ones that can make it out to Anime Expo 2008 (July 3-6, Los Angeles Convention Center) or Comic-Con International San Diego (July 23-27,...

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Clap for Terra Chips

Terra Chips will not satisfy your hunger. They don’t taste good. You can’t even eat them. But if you like useless Japanese toys to sit on your desk or shelf, you may not be able to live without them. For $14 dollars, you to can have fun clapping, shouting, or...

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Origami Fashion

Origami Fashion

Today, its hard to escape the influence from Japan in every facet of life. From the cartoons kids (and adults) watch on TV, to the cars many of us are driving, Japan is everywhere. Fashion designer, André Lima, has used another concept from Japan in his new Spring 2009 collection....

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Japanese Translator Sites

Japanese Translator Sites

At one time or another, everyone interested in Japan needs a good translating site from time to time. While there are a lot of different Japanese translator sites to choose from, I know some of you may only rely on Google’s Language Tools or Yahoo! Babel Fish. I’m here to...

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Maiko Haaaan!!!

Maiko Haaaan!!!

Maiko Haaaan!!! was released this past Tuesday by Viz Media. I watched it yesterday (Wednesday), but I hesitated writing a short review about it because I didn’t know how I felt about the movie. Maiko Haaaan!!! is a comedy about Kumihiko (Sadao Abe) who is your ordinary salaryman for a...

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Mega Man 9 coming?

Kotaku pulled a gem from the boring Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification report… doesn’t that name alone just sound boring? They spotted this: Later, the latest issue of Nintendo Power gave us what we had hoped for. The new Mega Man 9 is for sure coming out! Great...

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Japanese Ministry’s Child Army

Does the Japanese Ministry of Education have a secret plot to turn young Japanese children into hordes of super-hero clones that mindlessly following commands from power hungry commanders? It seems so. Japanese toy company People has partnered with the Japanese Ministry to create a new alarm clock aimed at kodomo-tachi....

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Taiga Onitsuka: 9 year old Jazz drummer

Who is Taiga Onitsuka, aka Tiger? He’s a 9 year old professional jazz musician, and Guinness world record holder. He is known as the world’s youngest professional drummer. Tiger got his start at the age of 5, and first performed in New York at the age of 7 (2005). Later...

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