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Editor - September 25, 2016

EVENT: Japan Robot Week 2016
Without any hyperbole, Japan Robot Week is nothing short of amazing, inspiring, and in the truest sense of the word: awesome. This event, held in biennial alternation with the International Robot Exhibition (iREX), focuses primarily on service robotics, including various related technologies and components. Join us!
EVENT IN TOKYO: Disrupting Japan 2nd Anniversary Live Podcast
Next Tuesday in Roppongi, the Disrupting Japan podcast will celebrate its second anniversary with a live show. Great guests, open to the public, conducted in English, includes a Q & A session, this event promises to be one of the best networking opportunities of the year!
JAPANESE ROBOTS: Should Japan Ban Robot Romance?
Emotionally capable machines and/or software are coming soon, but large numbers of young Japanese people developing romantic relationships with them would only compound a persistent and arguably unstoppable demographic emergency.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of...Recent Times!
1) Enjoy some of the absolute best parts of a summer in Japan; 2) Bitesize...bite of Akihabara, soundtracked to the Yamanote Line platform departure tune; 3) Poor samurai...Japanese instant noodle makers create the most innovative, weird, entertaining commercials; 4) Getting our hands all up on the CASIO version of the action cam; 5) Robot, yo. Robots filmed with an iPhone, timed to dubstep, yo!
Japanese Summer Festivals: Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri (VIDEO)
Japan's summer festival season is still going strong! Here are some beautiful scenes from the Azabujuban Noryo (cool summer night) Festival and the Roppongi Hills Bon Odori (traditional dancing) Festival. WARNING: This video could make you want to move here...
JOBS IN JAPAN: One of Japan's Oldest Sites Gets New Life
One of the oldest job listing services for foreigners in Japan got a facelift and a jumpstart into the 21st century, which is literally accurate since Jobsinjapan.com actually has been online since the 20th! The new Jobsinjapan.com is a pleasantly simple site that’s super-focused on jobs and job seekers and light on fluff. Nice, nice.
The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan (PODCAST)
Uber and, to a lesser extent, Airbnb are failing horribly in Japan...and what makes these companies powerful and transformative in the United States is what ensures they will never really succeed in Japan.
Akihabara Profiled to Yamanote Platform Melody (VIDEO)
We know this, this is why we named our site such! The fact is that Akihabara's world-famous tech and otaku scenes are second to none on planet earth - if you've been before, you want to return, and if you're planning a trip, the Electric Town is an absolute must - watch, you'll see.
TOKYO TRAIN TUNES: Yamanote Line (VIDEO SERIES)
There is something about the Yamanote line and its 39 stations that you could miss: the platform tunes vary from station to station, and JR has commissioned somewhere around 100 unique departure melodies for use all over the Tokyo Metro area. You might not think you hear them, but your brain does!
Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.

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