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NTT DoCoMo KY-O1L Thinnest Phone

NTT DoCoMo's KY-O1L by Kyocera has been named a "card phone," and rightfully so. This credit card-sized device is touted as the world's thinnest and lightest cell phone, measuring in at 5.3mm thick, while weighing a mere 47g. It features a 2.8-inch monochrome e-paper screen, LTE connectivity, and a 380mAh battery. Continue reading for three more pictures and additional information.

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Panasonic Wear Space

Panasonic Wear Space, a collaboration with Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga, is a bizarre wearable gadget with noise-cancelling headphones. The main idea is to keep the wearer focused when in open spaces such as coffee shops, schools, and co-working spaces. It consists of flexible material that wraps around the back of your head, extending all the way to the sides of your eyes, thus blocking out distractions in your peripheral view. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Bullet Train Photography

Photographers have it tough enough, trying to capture perfect shots of stationary objects, but imagine photographing a bullet train coming out of a tunnel at 190mph. Japanese photographer Kunihiko Tsuji has spent decades focusing on just that, and as you might've guessed, it requires tons of planning and preparation. Since he normally can't see the train approaching, he relies solely on sound to time his shot. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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HRP-5P Humanoid Robot

The Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan has unveiled their latest creation, HRP-5P, a humanoid robot capable of performing simple construction tasks, such as installing drywall. The eventual goal would be to use these humanoid robots at construction sites, while providing autonomous replacement for their aging human counterparts. Continue reading to see its female HRP-4C predecessor in-action.

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Strongest Magnetic Field

Researchers at the University of Tokyo managed to create the world's strongest controllable magnetic field and then proceeded to blow off the doors of their lab. They produced this magnetic field to test the material properties of a new generator system and expected to reach peak magnetic field intensities of around 700 Teslas, but instead, it peaked at 1,200 Teslas. Continue reading for a video about the strongest magnetic field in the universe and more information.

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Hayabusa 2 Ryugu Asteroid

JAXA's Hayabusa 2 has captured the highest-resolution image of its target asteroid, 162173 Ryugu, yet, and it shows its surface in detail. This was made possible with the spacecraft's Optical Navigation Camera as it was flying close to the asteroid to deploy the MINERVA-II1 rovers - ROVER-1A and 1B - that have already touched down on the asteroid and are snapping photos as we speak. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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iSpace Moon

Japan-based iSpace hopes to one day colonize the moon, and to kick things off, they have planned two flights using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to transport spacecraft as secondary payloads to the lunar surface in 2020 and 2021. These spacecraft will be put into moon orbit and a second mission, should the first be successful, includes a lunar lander and rovers to explore the surface. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Robot Dinosaur Hotel

Photo credit: Bored Panda

When you first walk into the Henn na Hotel east of Tokyo, you'll be greeted by motion-sensing robot dinosaurs that look to be straight from the Jurassic Park movies. These dinos process check-ins through a tablet system that also allows guests to choose which language - Japanese, English, Chinese or Korean - they want to use to communicate with them. "We haven't quite figured out when exactly the guests want to be served by people, and when it's okay to be served by robots," said Yukio Nagai, manager at the Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay. Continue reading for more things you'll probably only see in Japan.

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Hayabusa 2 Mission

Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission, which involves two landers (ROVER-1A and 1B), has officially touched down on the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu. They've been busy conducting tests as well as snapping amazing photos. The mission will soon launch ROVER-2, which will use optical and ultraviolet LEDs to locate floating dust particles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Sayama City Minecraft

This isn't a real city in Japan, but rather one created in Minecraft, called Sayama City. You'll find plenty of skyscrapers, LED billboards, temples / shrines, arching bridges, and even Ferris wheels. One caveat: the buildings do not have interiors, so you'll have to leave the exploring to the streets. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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