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How do you get Minority Report-style invasive biometric security ingrained in society? Tie the technology to something millions can't do without—like cigarettes—and you're on your Orwellian way! Japanese company Fujitaka is planning to roll out face recognition cigarette vending machines...
 
Previously, we told you about the real-life-meets-science-fiction trend of video messages popping up on gravestones. But a new technological twist from Japan takes paying respects to your loved ones a step further. A company called Ishinokoe has implemented QR technology...
 
Continuing to push Japanese cell phone customers to the edge of weirdness, NTT Docomo recently tested what it calls Mobile Fragrance Communication (Kaori Tsushin Mobile). The service combines animated visual gifs and olfactory stimuli, via downloads of "Fragrance Playlists." For...
 
Because Japanese homes are typically small, you'll seldom find a dryer accompanying the family washing machine, thus resulting in a sea of clothesline-dried laundry covering entire neighborhoods. The archaic practice of drying one's clothes outside--even in the winter, rain and...

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