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Jetman flies over Mt Fuji — In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 and provided by Breitling, Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies by Mount Fuji in Japan. The Swiss aviator jumped from a helicopter at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) and successfully flew the jet-powered carbon-Kevlar Jetwing around the 3,776-meter (12,388-foot)-tall mountain, Japan’s highest peak, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June. (AP Photo/Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Breitling)

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Jetman flies over Mt Fuji — In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 and provided by Breitling, Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies by Mount Fuji in Japan. The Swiss aviator jumped from a helicopter at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) and successfully flew the jet-powered carbon-Kevlar Jetwing around the 3,776-meter (12,388-foot)-tall mountain, Japan’s highest peak, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June. (AP Photo/Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Breitling)

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Tsunami warning in Japan after Magnitude 7.3 hits near Fukushima
An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

Tsunami warning in Japan after Magnitude 7.3 hits near Fukushima

An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

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Typhoon hits Japan — A powerful typhoon hit Japan’s metropolitan area Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, 2013. Typhoon Wipha triggered landslides and caused multiple deaths on a Japanese island off Tokyo, before sweeping up the country’s east coast, grounding hundreds of flights and paralyzing public transportation in Tokyo during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

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Inflatable Concert Hall — The world’s first inflatable concert hall in the disaster-hit northeastern coast town of Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material, which has been erected at a park in Matsushima for the concert hall. The first event will run from September 27 through October 14, including performances by the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and traditional Japanese kabuki theatre. (Photos by LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARKNOVA 2013/AFP/Getty Images)

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Japan’s volcano spews ash and smoke — Smoke rises from the 1,117-meter Mount Sakurajima at Kagoshima city in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. The volcano erupted an ash plume up to 5,000 metres into the air. It was the 500th eruption this year of Sakurajima, which is about 950 kilometres southwest of Tokyo.

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‘Live snail facial’ purports to slow skin aging with organisms’ mucusI’m lying on a pile of fluffy towels, aromatic scents fill the air and gentle music is tinkling in the background.So far, so spa. Until my smiling therapist says: “Are you ready for me to put the snails on your face?”Last week, I officially became the first person in Japan to try out an unusual — and admittedly not very inviting — beauty treatment: the live snail facial.The treatment involves a therapist at this spa in central Tokyo placing snails directly onto the faces of reclining clients and allowing the molluscs to move at random, leaving trails of mucus slime in their wake.The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin. (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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‘Live snail facial’ purports to slow skin aging with organisms’ mucus
I’m lying on a pile of fluffy towels, aromatic scents fill the air and gentle music is tinkling in the background.

So far, so spa. Until my smiling therapist says: “Are you ready for me to put the snails on your face?”

Last week, I officially became the first person in Japan to try out an unusual — and admittedly not very inviting — beauty treatment: the live snail facial.

The treatment involves a therapist at this spa in central Tokyo placing snails directly onto the faces of reclining clients and allowing the molluscs to move at random, leaving trails of mucus slime in their wake.

The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin. (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lifesize Lego friends — A visitor (C) sits among life size female figures made from Lego blocks at the annual International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo on June 13, 2013. Some 150 Japanese and foreign toy makers are exhibiting their latest products at the four day trade show. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lifesize Lego friends — A visitor (C) sits among life size female figures made from Lego blocks at the annual International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo on June 13, 2013. Some 150 Japanese and foreign toy makers are exhibiting their latest products at the four day trade show. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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31 crazy fast food menu items you can only get in Japan
McDonald’s recently made headlines for the Japanese Mega-Potato. The Mega-Potato (say that out loud, it sounds awesome, “MEGA-POTATO!”) is a huge container of fries that also holds the distinction as the highest-calorie McDonald’s menu item ever. 

McDonald’s isn’t the only chain working to make more interesting fast food — at least to Western taste buds— in Japan.

We tracked down some of the most bizarre menu items Japanese fast food chains have on offer.

Japan’s new super-fast L0 train floats above the ground and can go 500 km/hThis week, the first test runs for Japan’s new 500 kilometre-per-hour magnetic floating supertrain was a success.The new generation of “L0 Trains” — set to be deployed in 2027 on the Tokyo-Nagoya line —  are not the first “Mag Lev” (Magnetic Levitation) trains, but they are the first to regularly break 500 km/h.The superfast trains use magnetic levitation instead of wheels to reduce friction and to allow the train to run better in all weather. The magnetic trains can also speed up and slow down more quickly than a traditional wheeled train. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s new super-fast L0 train floats above the ground and can go 500 km/h
This week, the first test runs for Japan’s new 500 kilometre-per-hour magnetic floating supertrain was a success.

The new generation of “L0 Trains” — set to be deployed in 2027 on the Tokyo-Nagoya line —  are not the first “Mag Lev” (Magnetic Levitation) trains, but they are the first to regularly break 500 km/h.

The superfast trains use magnetic levitation instead of wheels to reduce friction and to allow the train to run better in all weather. The magnetic trains can also speed up and slow down more quickly than a traditional wheeled train. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sumo wrestlers make babies cry — Held by college students sumo wrestlers, a couple of babies cry in their competition during Naki Sumo, or Crying Baby Contest, at Sensoji temple in Tokyo, Monday, April 29, 2013. The babies born in 2012 participated in the annual traditional ritual performed as a prayer for healthy growth of them. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi shaves head after spending the night with her boyfriend
Minami Minegishi,a 20-year-old member of Japanese pop group AKB48, has shaved her head as an act of contrition after she was photographed leaving her boyfriend’s home last month.
Minegishi also appeared in a tearful YouTube video in which she apologized for breaking her band’s strict rules on dating.
“If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band,” she says in the clip, according to a translation in the Guardian. “Everything I did is entirely fault. I am so so sorry.”

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Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi shaves head after spending the night with her boyfriend

Minami Minegishi,a 20-year-old member of Japanese pop group AKB48, has shaved her head as an act of contrition after she was photographed leaving her boyfriend’s home last month.

Minegishi also appeared in a tearful YouTube video in which she apologized for breaking her band’s strict rules on dating.

“If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band,” she says in the clip, according to a translation in the Guardian. “Everything I did is entirely fault. I am so so sorry.”

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‘It shook for such a long time’: Minor tsunamis after powerful 7.3 earthquake strikes Japan’s devastated coastA strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres (150 miles) offshore. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

‘It shook for such a long time’: Minor tsunamis after powerful 7.3 earthquake strikes Japan’s devastated coast
A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year’s massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed and 240 kilometres (150 miles) offshore. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Kuratas robot operated via smartphone packs impressive non-lethal fire-power
It’s Transformers come to life — sort of. Japanese engineer Kogoro Kurata created a 4-meter-tall robot which can be operated by a pilot sitting in its cockpit, or via smartphone.

The robot packs an arsenal of customizable non-lethal weapons, and can match any interior, or exterior surrounding, as it comes in 16 colors. Some of the defense-system features of this four-tonne behemoth are a “smile shot” — a cannon which fires up to 6,000 BB bullets per minute and is activated by a pilot’s grin; a rocket launcher with missiles filled with compressed water and iron claws. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

East China Sea row becomes water fight – literally http://natpo.st/QSdp6Z
Japanese Coast Guard vessels fired water cannon to turn away about 40 Taiwan fishing boats and eight Taiwan Coast Guard vessels from waters Japan considers its own on Tuesday in the latest twist to a row between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan protested to Taiwan, a day after it lodged a complaint with China over what it said was a similar intrusion by Chinese boats.

Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply this month after Japan bought disputed East China Sea islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from their private owner, sparking anti-Japan protests across China.
(Photos: AFP/GettyImages; Reuters)

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