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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week two Americans who do science and a Japanese woman who does Kimonos are getting a huge chunk of cash from the Kyoto Prize, and a southeastern Japanese prefecture wants to become toilet world... 

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Daihatsu - Compact convertible car COPEN is now available for ¥1,798,200!

Daihatsu's new-style convertible kei-car (light automobile) - COPEN - went on sale today.

The model released today is called COPEN Robe and it's now available for JPY 1,798,200, which roughly equal to USD17,660. Daihatsu is scheduled to launch another new model called COPEN X (cross) in autumn this year. The COPEN X's exterior looks more sporty than COPEN Robe.

Logitec - CD drive to copy songs from CDs to smartphone directly

Logitec announced the release of CD drive LDV-PMH8U2R Series that allows you to rip songs from your CDs to Android smartphones or tablets directly.

It will be released for 6,980 yen in mid-July.

When copying music to your smartphone, usually you transfer music data from a PC. But, with LDV-PMH8U2R Series, you don't have to go to the trouble of copying the music data from original CDs to your computer in advance.

Thanko - Flexible arm for smartphone

Are you too lazy to keep holding your smartphone with your hand?  

Thanko's new Flexible Arm for Smartphone can hold your smartphone for you. You can fasten your smartphone with a big clip attached to the end of the flexible arm and there is another big clip to make the arm fasten to anywhere the clip gets fixed.

The arm allows you to adjust the height and angle of your choice.

Nissin - Pungent instant noodle with super-spicy JACK powder

Nissin just released the first product from their new instant noodle series called JACK.

The first JACK instant noodle, just released 2 days ago, is a super-hot instant friend noodle that comes with spicy powder made from 3 stimulating ingredients: habanero pepper, wasabi and hot mustard. Nissin calls the power "JACK powder". The provided sauce to mix with the noodle contains sweet soybean paste and spicy sichuan pepper.

JR East released design of new 5-star hotel-like luxury "Cruise Train"

Luxury Trains' Growing Popularity in Japan
JR East
is planning to start the operation of a new luxury train called "Cruise Train" in the spring of 2017.

Recently, they took the wraps off of its interior and exterior designs. They were produced by famous Japanese automobile designer Kiyoyuki Okuyama (known as Ken Okuyama outside of Japan).  

Casio - Stamping ink capable of stamping on solid surfaces

For use with the Casio's custom rubber stamp maker "pomrie", Casio is going to release a new ink product  on July 4.

The new ink will expand your crafts activities. It allows you to stamp on solid materials like metal, glass, pottery and plastic. So, with using pomrie and the new ink, you are able to put your orginal designs on things like a plain meal tin and plastic box to create original items.

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