3D Cell Phones
- Japanese cell phone manufacturer J-Phone
will be selling cell phones with 3D display capability by mid 2001 (press release
). Just seems like everyones scratching hard to be the next big thing - but it surprises me, given the lukewarm to non-existent success of 3D on the Web, that a cell phone maker would go this route, let alone call it the "next logical step". As if the UI on small cell phone screens wasn't bad enough.
posted by kokogiak
on Jun 7, 2001 -
The Trial of Unit 731
"is the forgotten war-crimes prosecution of the 20th century." In 1949, Soviet courts tried a unit of the Japanese Imperial Army for wartime biological weapons experimentation on human subjects.
This article contains some gruesome descriptions.
posted by dfowler
on Jun 6, 2001 -
Japan to get an army of its own
We forced them to agree to no military after the war. They have only a police force but this force has a very large military budget. Now they want their own army...just in case. Maybe we need not spend so much of our tax bucks there from now on.
posted by Postroad
on Apr 27, 2001 -
Sub Surprize - The Sequel.
Within two months of sinking a Japanese ship (and 24 hours of a recon plane landing in China) the US Navy have angered the Japanese yet again when the nuclear submarine Chicago showed up at a Japanese port without any prior notice.
Let's make a thread to track all the recent American military mishaps.
posted by tamim
on Apr 3, 2001 -
talks about the Japanese as the Ultimate Early Adaptors, mobile phones and schoolgirls. As usual he is obsessed with wrist watches.
posted by laukf
on Mar 31, 2001 -
Strangest Story Ever Told - The Weird Legend of Jesus in Japan
Little known religious fact #2: Jesus didn't die up on his cross at Golgotha. That was actually his brother. Christ himself fled across Siberia and, after a brief detour through Alaska, landed in Japan, where he got married and raised a family.
Warning: some wacky religious notions will be mentioned in this article.
posted by lagado
on Jan 25, 2001 -
Even the bad guys
have PR sites these days. From the cuddly looks of this buddhist sect leader, you'd never have assumed he was responsible for the only large-scale act of terrorism in Japan in recent memory (the Tokyo subway Sarin gassing).
posted by Neb
on Jan 16, 2001 -
] - a video game played by spanking. Even worse is the person dressed up like the game controller
at a trade show, even more disturbing next to the person in the turd (?) costume. Brought to you by Taff System
(link not functional at time of posting)
posted by plinth
on Jan 5, 2001 -
When archaeology goes bad "For a nation that has always reveled in its cultural uniqueness, the discoveries were more than heartening; they were almost too good to be true. "
posted by lagado
on Dec 12, 2000 -
Japanese Insurance Firm to Cover Victims of Stalking
A major Japanese insurance company will offer a product to help cover women who find themselves victims of stalking. The new law specifies crimes such as repeated anonymous telephone calls, sending pornographic videos or pictures or staking out the home of a victim.
posted by 120degrees
on Dec 12, 2000 -
"I dated Yumi for awhile, and I have to confess I became very attached to her. Yumi could get very angry over small things. She would yell at me and ignore me the exact same way as all my other girlfriends have.
Finally I decided to stop the relationship. It was too draining for me. It was hard sometimes to remember that Yumi wasn't real
posted by sudama
on Nov 28, 2000 -
The Ancient Underwater Pyramids of Japan.
"A STRUCTURE thought to be the world's oldest building, nearly twice the age of the great pyramids of Egypt, has been discovered. The rectangular stone ziggurat under the sea off the coast of Japan could be the first evidence of a previously unknown Stone Age civilisation, say archeologists. The monument is 600ft wide and 90ft high and has been dated to at least 8000BC. The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, was constructed more than 5,000 years later."
posted by lagado
on Nov 1, 2000 -
Some people just kind of miss the point sometimes.
Yes, it's the Japanese Nazi Party. Dedicated to furthering the goals of the Aryan Races...which, of course, they wouldn't be included in if the Aryan Races even actually existed, on account of their being Asian and all. Did they not read Mein Kampf
when they joined?
posted by Ezrael
on Jul 1, 2000 -
Japan hit by leap day glitches
Looks like y2k wasn't a total bust. I want to know what happens in seven decades, when all the people who implemented a is post-1972, is not post-1972 solution still haven't updated.
posted by alan
on Feb 29, 2000 -
Apple is going to have to rename it's AirPort
for the Japanese market because of a previous trademark already issued for the name. They're going to call it AirMac instead. Hmmm... Seems to me they could have put a bit more oomph into it, like AirThang or AirConnector. Must have been pressed for time to get the thing launched.
posted by grant
on Jan 28, 2000 -