Japan

May 12, 2010, 9am PDT
Microsoft uses GPS data collected from your trips to predict where you're going and give you advice on how to get there more efficiently.
Fast Company
May 8, 2010, 1pm PDT
Japan is struggling to lure tourists, which is causing officials there to rethink how they market their cities and what sorts of attractions they should be offering.
The New York Times
April 8, 2010, 2pm PDT
Artist and student of architecture Azby Brown has spent 25 years in Japan, and today sees a number of design principles that drive the Japanese way of building and living that can be used by designers.
Design Observer
January 25, 2010, 10am PST
The recent election of a new mayor in a small town on the Japanese island of Okinawa has severely threatened plans to build a new U.S. military base in the town.
The New York Times
January 4, 2010, 7am PST
While the U.S. has its infamous Single Room Occupancy hotels, Tokyo has its "capsule" hotels - making SROs appear downright spacious by comparison. This article and accompanying slide show looks at life for one resident of Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510.
The New York Times - Global Business
December 31, 2009, 11am PST
Sharing apartments as roommates is a foreign concept in Japan- single people have traditionally preferred their own tiny living quarters. A new glut of large, fancy apartments has created a new market for roomies.
The Wall St. Journal
October 21, 2009, 12pm PDT
Japan is running out of places to store the remains of its dead, so what better place than in the city, near transit stations in high-tech, high-rise facilities?
BBC News
October 19, 2009, 11am PDT
Japan wants to end its spending on wasteful construction projects, which are the cause of the country's massive debt. But for one small town on the verge of losing a dam, the "wasteful" project is the center of the local economy.
The New York Times
September 3, 2009, 6am PDT
A new report from the International Olympic Committee has evaluated the four host candidates for the 2016 Summer Olympics and found many places for improvement ahead of its October 2 decision.
The Chicago Tribune
August 10, 2009, 2pm PDT
Gas taxes, parking charges, toll roads - these are the ingredients to making transit successful, according to experts who state that it's not enough to offer good transit - driving must become more expensive. Add to that high density land use.
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2009, 6am PDT
The Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed in Tokyo in 1972 as part of the Japanese Metabolism movement in architecture, is facing destruction. Residents of the building have voted to demolish it and replace it with a modern structure.
The New York Times
May 6, 2009, 9am PDT
Levels of lithium in the municipal water of Oita prefecture in Japan have been linked to lower rates of suicide, according to a new study.
BBC
May 5, 2009, 1pm PDT
Japan's four major highway operators will drastically lower their tolls, thanks to a generous government economic stimulus package aimed to encourage motoring during the major holidays. The operators are preparing for the enormous traffic jams.
Bloomberg.com
April 25, 2009, 11am PDT
How the "road tribes" — the impenetrable scrum of bureaucrats, politicians and industry that benefit from an ever-expanding program of road construction — are literally paving the road to national ruin in Japan.
Japan Times
Blog post
April 20, 2009, 5am PDT
 At a company presentation about environmental impact the other week a colleague included a historic photograph of Scollay Square in Boston.  You are pardoned if, even after visiting or living in that city, this doesn’t sound familiar because all prominent characteristics of the area were summarily obliterated in the mid-twentieth century to make way for a potpourri of brutalist-style administrative buildings and renamed Government Center.  Urban redevelopment arguments aside, the photograph reveals a particularly interesting detail about the function and use of streets virtually erased from our minds over the last century. 

 

Ian Sacs
March 25, 2009, 3am PDT
High speed train technology is progressing at a rapid pace in Japan, where mag-lev bullet trains are planned to travel at speeds of more than 310 miles per hour by the year 2025.
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2009, 7am PST
Young Japanese men and women are ditching the car as a status symbol, sparking concern for car companies.
The Oregonian
December 12, 2008, 2pm PST
At the Japanese website Nioibu.com, visitors are geomapping odd odors, from gasoline fumes to curry.
Boing Boing
October 10, 2008, 2pm PDT
A stray cat born and raised at a Japanese train station has been named its official stationmaster -- and become a tourist attraction that's successfully boosted the local economy by more than $10 million.
AFP
September 8, 2008, 8am PDT
Tokyo finds solution to commuter bicycle parking shortage by building high-tech robotic garages.
The Washington Post