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Japanese Judge Rules Samsung Didn’t Infringe Apple’s Patent

Japanese Judge Rules Samsung Didn’t Infringe Apple’s Patent

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) — A week after Samsung was ordered to pay over $1 billion to Apple for copyright infringement in the U.S., a decision on Friday in a similar, but much smaller, case in Japan didn’t end in Apple’s favor.A…

In Japan, Rogue Penguins Break Out of Zoo Yet Again

In Japan, Rogue Penguins Break Out of Zoo Yet Again

ABC News(TOKYO) -– Some pesky penguins in the Japanese city of Suzaka are acting like characters in a Madagascar movie and are giving zookeepers quite the headache with their repeated attempts to break free.A pair of 3-month-old chicks from Suzak…

Shunned Japanese Fukushima Plant Workers Face Emotional Toll

Shunned Japanese Fukushima Plant Workers Face Emotional Toll

STR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The March 2011 earthquake that triggered plant explosions and a meltdown in a Japanese nuclear power plant caused a chain reaction in the psyche of the workers at the plant, making them more vulnerable to emotional str…

Did Japanese Disaster Cause ‘Abnormalities’ in Butterflies?

Did Japanese Disaster Cause ‘Abnormalities’ in Butterflies?

DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese scientists say “abnormalities” detected in the country’s butterflies may be a result of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year.
In a study published in Scient…

US Women’s Soccer Wins Gold in Rematch Final Against Japan

US Women’s Soccer Wins Gold in Rematch Final Against Japan

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) — In front of a crowd of nearly 85,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium, midfielder Carli Lloyd led the U.S. women’s soccer team to a gold medal in Thursday’s final against Japan.The 2-1 victory was sweet revenge for …

Team USA Tops Japan, 2-1, Wins Soccer Gold

Team USA Tops Japan, 2-1, Wins Soccer Gold

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) — The United States women’s soccer team got their revenge on Japan.  Carli Lloyd led the way for the United States on Thursday with two goals in Team USA’s 2-1 win over Japan for the gold medal.
“I think I j…

US Women’s Soccer Team Advances to the Finals

US Women’s Soccer Team Advances to the Finals

Stanley Chou/Getty Images(LONDON) — The United States women’s soccer team defeated Canada on Monday, 4-3 behind Alex Morgan’s go-ahead goal in the final minute of extra time.Morgan scored the game-winner when she sent the ball over the hea…

Japan Gives Russian President Putin New Puppy

Japan Gives Russian President Putin New Puppy

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new furry four-legged friend.A three-month old Akita Inu puppy named Yume, a gift from the Japanese prefecture of Akita, arrived in Moscow on an Aeroflot flight from …

Japan Investigates Radiation Cover-Up Claim

Japan Investigates Radiation Cover-Up Claim

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Japanese government reports they will investigate findings that workers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were told to hide their exposure to radiation with lead shields, according to the BBC.The March 2…

City Apologizes to Family of Bullied Teen Who Committed Suicide

City Apologizes to Family of Bullied Teen Who Committed Suicide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Facing mounting public scrutiny for their handling of a bullying case that drove a 13-year-old boy to commit suicide, the Japanese city of Otsu signaled they would settle a lawsuit filed by the victim’s parents on…

Thousands Demand End to Nuclear Power in Japan

Thousands Demand End to Nuclear Power in Japan

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages(TOKYO) — Tens of thousands of protesters brought central Tokyo to a halt Monday, marching through busy streets to demand the government abandon nuclear power. 
Demonstrators, bused in from all across Japan, gathere…

Japan: Teen Kills Himself Following Torment from Classmates, Teachers

Japan: Teen Kills Himself Following Torment from Classmates, Teachers

Ron Chapple Studios/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The suicide of a 13-year-old boy in southern Japan after classmates systematically bullied him — even making him “practice” suicide — while teachers ignored the abuse or laughed has pr…

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Was ‘Man-Made,’ Investigation Finds

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Was ‘Man-Made,’ Investigation Finds

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan was a “man-made” accident caused by a utility and government regulators who put self-interest before the interest of the public, an independent parliamentary commission …

Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor Amid Protests

Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor Amid Protests

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) — The operator of the Ohi Power Plant in western Japan restarted one of its reactors late Sunday night, ending Japan’s temporary freeze on nuclear power for the first time since the Fukushima nuc…

Japanese Robot Never Loses Rock-Paper-Scissors

Japanese Robot Never Loses Rock-Paper-Scissors

Ishikawa Oku Lab via YouTube(TOKYO) — In the ongoing battle between man and robot, the robot seems to have the upper hand when it comes to the game rock-paper-scissors.Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed what amounts to a mechanical …

Japanese City Cracks Down on Tattoos

Japanese City Cracks Down on Tattoos

Robert Ginn/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Tattoos are not the sign of rebellion that they once were, but they might get you demoted in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city.Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a rising political star, launched a full-scale crackdown on ta…

Seafood Caught in Fukushima Back on Sale in Japan

Seafood Caught in Fukushima Back on Sale in Japan

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) — For the first time since last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan, people in Fukushima Prefecture are once again getting a taste of seafood caught in their own backyard.Fisherman in Fukushima began selling their catch at …

Japan Utility Admits It Was Unprepared for Nuclear Disaster

Japan Utility Admits It Was Unprepared for Nuclear Disaster

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Fifteen months after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, the company at the center of it all now says it wasn’t prepared.In its final report, TEPCO Vice President Masao Yamazaki applauded his employees’ effo…

Shiseido Unveils World’s Most Expensive Cream?

Shiseido Unveils World’s Most Expensive Cream?

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido introduced a limited-edition face cream priced at nearly $13,300 to mark its 140th anniversary, an eye-popping sum even in a country known for its high-priced cosmetics.The &l…

Japan Murder Arrest: American Teenager Likely to Remain Behind Bars

Japan Murder Arrest: American Teenager Likely to Remain Behind Bars

(Image Credit: Facebook)(NEW YORK) — The American teenager arrested in connection with the killing of a young Irish woman in Japan will likely face a difficult court battle in a country that has a nearly 100 percent conviction rate.Police have 20 days…

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