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Google’s 60 TBS cable connecting US and Japan is now live

Japan’s Internet is set for a large speed boost as Google’s 9,000km undersea Internet cable that connects the country to the United States is now officially up and running. In 2014, the company announced that it would lay an undersea cable connecting the two countries that would have a 60 terabits per second capacity. Google’s…

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Drinking Ban Lifted for US Sailors in Japan

A short-lived drinking ban for American sailors in Japan has been lifted, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday, as tensions continue to rise over U.S. military presence in Japan. The Navy subsequently banned all U.S. sailors in Japan from drinking “On and off base,” on June 6, “As response to a recent trend of alcohol-related…

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Japan’s first female destroyer captain

When Miho Otani was a college student, she felt the urge to change her “Lukewarm” life. In February, she became the first female captain of a Japanese destroyer. This was no small sacrifice: As a divorced mother, Otani had no choice but to ask her parents to look after her daughter for long stretches. When…

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Surge in Elderly Living Alone

The number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 26.7 percent of the 127.11 million total population, up 3.7 percentage points from five years ago, a summary report of the 2015 national census shows. Accordingly, single-person households have grown to occupy 32.5 percent of the total 51.88 million households, making it now the…

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Otaku Anime Funerals in Akihabara

True otaku can never have too many anime figures, toys and collectibles, amassing huge collections in their homes and spending tons of money for years or even decades. Akihabara is dotted with hundreds of stores catering to all kinds of hobbies and obsessions – from gaming, figures, anime series, to manga and model kits. There…