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The weekly roundup of our new, original tech videos from here in Tokyo and all over Japan, plus favorites from our partners and the best clips from the past week's posts - subscribe and automate! 

VIDEO ESSAY: 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show
The 2014 Tokyo International Toy Show, held in the middle of this month at the Big Sight tradeshow and conference center in Tokyo Bay, is one of the world's largest and most diverse and most insane recurring monuments to the somewhat-at-odds institutions of consumerism, education, and creativity.
 USB lighter "Jii! Jii! Jii!" - Cute, eco and convenient

 

Japanese love their cigarettes and are never without them and a lighter.  And recently, a cute singing lighter has arrived on the scene.  It is chargeable through your computer's USB port, giving hours of lighter fluid-free cigarette lighting.  Wind and rain? There's no flame so there's no problem!

Sing a long with Jii!  Fill your lungs with smoke and your heart with song!

 

Panasonic is currently displaying the new LUMIX CM1, a digital camera with 1-inch sensor and Android 4.4, at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.

LUMIX CM1 is scheduled to be released for about EUR 899 at the end of this year in Germany first, and then it will be released worldwide at the beginning of 2015.

Takara Tomy - Toy video camera for kids to shoot Vine-like 6 second movies
Takara Tomy is going to release a toy video camera, Magical 6, that allows kids who don't own a smartphone to enjoy filming 6-second movies like adults do for Vine.
REVIEW: CASIO EX-FR10 Action Cam (GALLERY; VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
Sony has changed up the form factor a bit, JVC and Ricoh have gone for full-on assault drop Space Marine armour (for the glory of the imperium of man!), and Panasonic went with the duo of innovative mounting option and first-to-the-market 4k for theirs. In the end though, they all did basically the same thing: capturing the action. The one Japanese electronics behemoth that was noticeably absent from the fray was CASIO… until now.
Japan Expo Paris - Part 2: Manga & Anime (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com

The following is the latest entry in our French correspondent Jeremy Touitou's Japan Expo Paris 15 video series.

TokyoStreetView: Japanese Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani (4K VIDEO)
Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, known for its many onsen (hot spring baths), is located in the Yokoyu Valley in Nagano Prefecture. Like the humans that come to bathe, there is a large population of Japanese Macaques (snow monkeys) that also frequent the hot springs.
What Japanese Food Tech Makes this Girl go from Suspicious to Smiles? - AkihabaraNews.com

Sudden Sushi Train Camera Fame, of Course!
Now, the thing is, is that kids love to be on camera, most probably because:

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Yes, it matters that they're Korean!
...because, of course, AkihabaraNews.com is "Japan & Asia Tech • Cool and Cultural News." So, we saw this cool robot news, could hear in the accent that these researchers are actually from Korea, and boom: justification! (in fact, according to their MIT profiles, they both studied at Yonsei University in Seoul)

Actually the noodle maker was already released in Taiwan and China, and Japan is the third country to sell it. However, Philips prepared something special only for Japan.
SCENE IN TOKYO: Robotic Helper Climbs Stairs in Shinjuku Station (Weekend Flashback)
While Japanese train stations have evolved considerably over the years, e.g., markedly fewer smoking areas and newspaper stands and a lot more ramps and elevators, there remain innumerable platforms and station services closed off to wheeled vehicles or those unable to negotiate stairs...

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