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NHK beats commercial TV stations to simulcast punch

by Atsushi Kodera

NHK’s announcement earlier this month that it will start trial simultaneous broadcasts of its programming on the Internet signaled a new era in TV broadcasting. Commercial broadcasters, which have yet to offer such services and are thus intimidated by the giant public broadcaster’s move, are also exploring ways to take ...

Tohoku pins rebound hopes to atom smasher

| Mar 9, 2015

Tohoku pins rebound hopes to atom smasher

by Tomohiro Osaki

As the disaster-hit Tohoku region struggles to recover from the deadly tsunami four years ago, many residents have hopes for what is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to galvanize the area’s resurrection. Chances are the region may host the International Linear Collider, a state-of-the-art research ...

Hokuriku shinkansen setting tourists abuzz

| Mar 2, 2015

Hokuriku shinkansen setting tourists abuzz

by Kazuaki Nagata

On March 14, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line will open as an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line, directly connecting Tokyo with Kanazawa and shortening the travel time to the scenic capital of Ishikawa Prefecture to 2½ hours from four. Public excitement is mounting. Tickets ...

Tokyo's hydrogen mission starts now

| Jan 26, 2015

Tokyo's hydrogen mission starts now

by Mami Maruko

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is setting up a ¥40 billion fund to promote the use of hydrogen energy and promote Japan’s ecological technologies ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. The fund, according to the draft fiscal 2015 budget, is intended to cover the cost ...

Bullying finds fertile ground in social media

| Jan 19, 2015

Bullying finds fertile ground in social media

by Shusuke Murai

Smartphones have become an essential tool for people of all ages, but they also pose serious challenges for parents and teachers trying to protect children from online abuse. The July suicide of a high school girl in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, serves as an example ...