Radiation Measuring smartphone on the Japanese market

              Radiation measuring smartphone appeared on the Japanese market by Sharp.  The Pantone 5 was created after there was demand for it since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This mobile runs on Android ICS operating system. This means that the manufacturer is capable of summarizing the nationwide radiation measuring results for its users, made by all of its devices. A fierce competition is to be expected between the different manufactures, given that besides the Softbank operated Pantone, the DoCoMo operated CEATEC is to be expected,…


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Earthquake, tsunami, an unprecedented disaster in Japan

Japan which consists of 6852 islands is home of the earthquakes.  The ground moves here the most often under its inhabitant’s feet several thousand times a year. Your entire life is greeted with uncertainty that maybe 20-40 seconds are left of their lives, or their life may change. One simply cannot just get use to earthquakes. During my 31 years spend in Japan, I experienced it countless of times, the gigantic power of nature. In the beginning we notice the strengthening left and right movements of the building, which is…


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KAMIKAZE (Divine Wind )

‘On the 13th of August, 1945, two days before the war ended, a suicide unit was deployed from the Kisarazu air base. My superior officer, Sergeant Nishimori Yosiomi, said the following words to me: ‘Kawano, I am about to die. Your uniform is cleaner than mine. Please give me yours in exchange for mine, so that I can die with dignity.’ With a heavy heart I gave him my pilot’s uniform, which I had set aside for my own death. The day before it would have been my turn to…


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FUKURYU, the secret unit of the Japanese Special Offensive Corps (Lurking Dragons)

Among the displays at the Yushukan Museum of the Heroes, which stands next to the Yasukun shrine in Tokyo, there is a space reserved among the kamikaze relics for the Lurking Dragons. This unit of the Japanese Special Offensive Corps, established in the Second World War, was so secret that, decades after the war, not even their compatriots knew about its existence. The Dragons’ job was to blow up American warships, risking their lives in harbour depths, with bombs fixed to bamboo canes. They were able to breathe with the…


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THE LAST SAMURAI (An exclusive interview with actor Mr. Hiroshi Fujioka)

Samurai is the word for a Japanese warrior class and also for a member of this class.Samurais first rose during the Japanese Middle Ages, the Heian period, in the 10th century.At that time the Japanese shogunate, a system of military rule controlled by the shogun, was formed.Under this system, the emperor ranked the highest, followed by the daimyo, shogun, samurai, peasants, craftsman and merchants.In these times, the carrying of swords or any other weapons was the privilege of samurais and those of higher rank.If people from the lower castes were…


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Robinson Crusoe of the War

Hiding out on an island for 28 years An exclusive interview with Yokoi Shoichi – You spent 28 years living on a tiny island, cut off from the rest of the word. Please tell us how you got there. – I was called up for military service in the infantry when I was 27 years old. I was sent first to the Manchurian front and then, after some tough battles there, to the Micronesian island of Guam along with 20 other soldiers. At that time I had no idea that…


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An exclusive interview with the granddaughter of the last shogun

In ancient Japan, enormous power was concentrated in the hands of the Emperor. He was the absolute ruler of the islands, as well as the head of the Shinto religious group. (In terms of European concepts, it was as though the Emperor and the Pope were one and the same person.) However, over many centuries, the power of the mikado became weaker, its role gradually became more and more symbolic, and real power shifted to the military regent, the shogun. The shogunate had been the ruling system in Japan for…


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