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With this weekend's official announcement that Toyko won the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, the internet has been talking about who predicted this 30 years ago. Akira, the cyberpunk manga from the 1980s, set in 2019 against the backdrop of the upcoming 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympics, what we call the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Is Japan World Cup 3 a horse racing game or a collection of everything WTF ever? Whatever it is, thanks Japan.

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Japan's robotics research collective Bravo Robotics unveiled a preview of its latest prototype model for a remote-controlled sports car that transforms into a bipedal robot, which will be presented during the upcoming Maker Faire in Tokyo. The 1/12 scale model is operated by a modified PS3 controller and comes equipped with a missile launcher on each arm and a wireless camera that feeds into mobile devices like iPad.



Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day is a feature series dedicated to highlighting the latest innovations and visions in the world of consumer product design and gadgetry.

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A zoo worker at the Maruyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan, scares the bejesus out of a twin baby red panda.

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Omote 3D Shashin Kan is the world's first 3D portrait studio that uses a handheld scanner to produce a three-dimensional scale model of your entire body, which is then sculpted into a intricate plastic figurine. Created by Japanese advertising and branding company PARTY and located in Tokyo's youthful Harajuku neighborhood, the studio offers three different sizes for your luxurious mini-me sculpture: 3.9 inches (¥21,000 / $258), 5.9-inches (¥32,000 / $394) and 7.8-inches (¥42,000 / $517). It's hard to call it a downside, but 3D printing isn't exactly a instantly gratifying process and the models take about a month to complete.



Meanwhile in (X) of the Day is a feature series bringing you the latest buzz from all over the continents with a special focus on non-English speaking parts of the world.

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Japanese LEGO brick artist Talapz showcases his super intricate pop-up model of Tōdai-ji, a well-known Zen Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan.

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Japanese gizmo maker Takara Tomy Arts unveils its line of batterly-run, lifelike Robofish toys (¥2,980 / $37 per fish) at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Fair.



Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day is a feature series dedicated to highlighting the latest innovations and visions in the world of consumer product design and gadgetry.

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Check out this gameplay footage from Japan World Cup 3, not your average horse race betting game.

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The G-Cans Project (formally known as the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel) is the world's largest flood water drain facility located 50 meters below ground in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. Built between 1992 and 2009, the massive underground tunnel system is equipped with four jet-powered turbines and five gargantuan water silos that can drain floodwaters at an impressive rate of a 25-meter swimming pool per second.

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Here we have a video of two Japanese girls diving into a mud pit head first. 2 Girls 1 Mud Pit, you say? Well actually, this is a video clip from a Japanese game show called "Jump Into Mud Puddle" (泥の水たまりに飛び込む), in which the contestant who stays submerged in the pit the longest wins ¥8 million Yen, which is around $100,000 USD.

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In case you missed it, here are some crazy pranks from Japanese television. No translation necessary.

[stuffistole]

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In what should come as a surprise to nobody, approximately .012 seconds after the final whistle of Thursday's USA vs. Japan gold medal soccer match, an onslaught of racially-charged tweets hit the Interwebs. Because sports and war tragedies are equal in the minds of some knuckleheads, many tweets declared the 2-1 outcome -- in favor of the United States -- "payback for Pearl Harbor." Realistically, it was payback for a shootout loss in last year's World Cup final, but even in that case, the tweet storm which ensued trumpeted the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Japan Daily News has compiled a bunch of the offending tweets, for the entire world to see.

[jezebel]

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One year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's Sendai region, Japanese news network ANN has released a video showing the clean-up and rebuilding of the coastal towns of Minamisanriku, Ishinomaki, Rikuzentakata and Miyako.

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