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Electric Fork Adds Taste to Salt-Free Meal
Offbeat  (tags: odd, interesting, health, food, diet )

- 37 days ago -
A prototype of the "electric flavoring fork," which generates a salty taste by stimulating the tongue with electricity, has been developed in Japan.
'You Were Charlie, You Were Paris. Will You Be Ankara?'
World  (tags: violence, humanrights, death, Ankara, turkey, bombs, killed, empathy )

- 51 days ago -
A man has shared a Facebook post calling for empathy with the victims of a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara that killed at least 34 people and wounded 125.
5 Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake / Stopped Clocks Show Quake Scars
Offbeat  (tags: Tohoku disaster, clock, memory )

- 55 days ago -
Employees of the town government of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, where evacuation orders are still in effect, have been collecting pieces of "earthquake heritage" âEUR" items that show us the scars left by the complex disaster.
5 Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake / 217 Hours in House Carried By Tsunami
Offbeat  (tags: earthquake, Tohoku disaster, tsunami, lives )

- 60 days ago -
A high school student and his grandmother in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, trapped in their house that was carried away by the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake, endured their ordeal by encouraging each other until they were rescued after 21
JR East Begins Sales of 'Ekiben' Boxed Meals at Paris Station
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, France, Paris, ekiben, lunch box, railways )

- 64 days ago -
East Japan Railway Co. has opened a pop-up shop for ekiben (train boxed meals) at Paris station Gare de Lyon in an effort to promote Japanese food culture globally from one of the world's gourmet capitals.
Saudis Cut Diplomatic Relations With Iran Following Shiite Cleric Execution
World  (tags: conflict, death, middle-east, violence, Saudi Arabia, iran, diplomatic relations, sunni, Shiite )

- 123 days ago -
Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran amid escalating tensions over the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
Namahage in Second Bid for UNESCO List
Offbeat  (tags: culture, children, society, interesting, odd, Akita, Namahage, deity, UNESCO heritage )

- 123 days ago -
No, no, this is not a crime scene..just a bit strange Japanese culture.
Refugees Become Art Guides in Germany
Offbeat  (tags: humanrights, Refugees&Relief, interesting, culture, Germany, Iraq, Syria, training, museum, guide )

- 138 days ago -
Berlin's Museum of Islamic Art is one of four in the German capital training refugees from Syria and Iraq to act as guides for others who have come to the country seeking shelter from war and hardship.
KDDI to Launch World's First Washable Smartphone
Science & Tech  (tags: technology, interesting, smartphone, washable, waterproof, KDDI )

- 153 days ago -
Waterproof smartphones have been on the market for a while. But telecom company KDDI Corp. says its new Digno rafre phone - to be launched in Japan next week - is the only one that can withstand a soapy bath.
A US Military Base Could Kill Off Japan's Last Dugongs
Environment  (tags: ecosystems, destruction, okinawa, dugongs, protests, us military bases, habitatdestruction )

- 154 days ago -
74 percent of American military facilities on Japanese soil are in Okinawa. This is despite the fact Okinawa only accounts for 0.6 percent of Japanese territory.
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