Category: Japan

Japanese vending machines are operated to dispense drinking…

Japanese vending machines are operated to dispense drinking water free of charge when the water supply gets cut off during a disaster.

Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if…

Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if they give up their drivers licenses.

A 74 year old Japanese man, dressed as a ninja and possessing…

A 74 year old Japanese man, dressed as a ninja and possessing great physical ability, carried out 254 break-ins worth $260,000 before he was caught by police.

Photo : miz fiat / Flickr

In 1944, Claude Hensinger, an American serviceman, jumped out of…

In 1944, Claude Hensinger, an American serviceman, jumped out of his burning aircraft over war-torn Japan, deployed his parachute and eventually found his way to safety. After the war, his fiancée used material from the parachute to make her wedding gown.

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of…

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day.

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of…

Japanese bullet train system is equipped with a network of sensitive seismometers. On March 11, 2011, one of the seismometers detected an 8.9 magnitude earthquake 12 seconds before it hit and sent a stop signal to 33 trains. As a result, only one bullet train derailed that day.

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who…

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who tied for second place refused to participate in a tie-breaker. Upon returning to Japan, they cut their medals in half and fused them to one another so each athlete ended up with a half-silver, half-bronze medal.

Bus drivers in Japan went on a strike but continued to drive…

Bus drivers in Japan went on a strike but continued to drive their routes while refusing to take fares from passengers! So keeping Japan on time but costing the bus companies gas on top of lost revenue.

Photo : LHOON / Flickr

Japanese are working on developing technology to transmit…

Japanese are working on developing technology to transmit electricity wirelessly. Their goal is to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels to Earth by microwave/laser. They have successfully transmitted 10 kw of energy 500 meters away.

Photo : Japanese Space Agency

In Japan, ¾ths of men give all their money to their wives…

In Japan, ¾ths of men give all their money to their wives and get a monthly allowance.