Struan McKay

54 Flips | 2 Magazines | 1 Following | 14 Followers | @Struan_Tokyo | Keep up with Struan McKay on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Struan McKay”

Amazon To Start Sunday Deliveries In LA, New York And London For Prime Customers

Amazon is already crazy busy during the month of November, and particularly towards the end, when U.S. shoppers go absolutely off the rails. Now, it’s planning to ship on Sundays, in addition to every other day of the week the two most populous U.S. cities, New York and LA, just in time for the …

Japanese PM eats seafood caught off Fukushima

Japanese leader attempts to dispel fears over Fukushima fallout by sampling local seafood<p>Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has tucked into a slice of octopus caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant and declared local seafood to be "good and safe."<p>Mr Abe visited the town of Soma, 26 miles …

Associated Press News

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

NEC to shut down struggling smartphone business

NEC is finally pulling the plug on its smartphones.<p>The company announced Wednesday that it will end the development, manufacturing, and sale of smartphones. NEC will continue to provide support for its existing smartphones and will keep making conventional mobile phones. Its tablet business will …

Nintendo Rejects All Wii U Game Pitches From Indie Devs in Japan

Nintendo is rejecting all pitches from Japanese indie developers looking to create and publish games on its Wii U console at the moment.<p>The video game juggernaut confirmed to CVG that it wasn’t accepting applications from developers based in its domestic market “at this time”.<p>The decision is in …

Toyota begins public testing of its Segway killer, reminds us Segway was a thing (video)

Originally teased five years ago, Toyota's Segway-killing Winglet is finally taking to the streets of Japan for public testing. While the original device was designed to be steered by users' knees, the revamped edition now contains a familiar steering pillar-and-wheels combination. The trials are …

United slip to second friendly defeat

Marquinhos opened the scoring against Manchester United © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p>Manchester United suffered their second defeat in three pre-season …

Ryan Giggs steals the show in #MUFC tomato juice advert http://t.co/OGxN8Jt4nZ

Japanese passengers move 32-tonne train to rescue trapped woman. Railway staff and customers join forces to push carriage so that woman could be freed from gap between platform and tracks. http://gu.com/p/3hfaj/tw Photograph: Norihiro Shigeta/AP

A Series Of Futuristic And Hallucinatory Images Of Tokyo

You might not have realised this but Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is in fact the largest metropolitan area in the world. Within it's bustling streets …

Maybe AirAsia Japan’s problem was that Japan just doesn’t need three low-cost airlines

After weeks of fevered speculation and public bickering, Malaysia’s AirAsia and Japan’s All Nippon Airways have decided to terminate their low-cost venture, AirAsia Japan.<p>There’s a bit of bickering, too, about why it didn’t work. AirAsia said differences over how to manage costs and where to base …

KFC Japan President buys Colonel Sander’s white suit for $21,000 -

Japan

Why There's An Economic War In Japan

There is an economic war going on in Japan. It is between the inflationists and the deflationists. Inflation gives to the young while deflation does the opposite. In a chronically aging country, which is overpopulated, has associated economic and environmental problems, and which now has a …

Farming Art: Rice Patties In Japan Turned Into Giant Pictures By Planting Different Colored Rice

This is a series of shots from Japan of the rice patties farmers have turned into giant works of art by carefully planting different colored rice …

Backlash occurs in Japan over sales of train e-ticket records

A privacy debate has erupted in Japan over a new service from a major rail operator that sells private e-ticket records as marketing data.<p>This week East Japan Railway (JR East), the country's largest rail company, has begun offering for sale the anonymized histories of millions of its passengers. …

Japan

Amazon Japan Is Working With Goats

We humans tend to over complicate things, so it’s nice to see some large companies implementing unique ideas in their business. Like Amazon Japan, …

Japanese husbands get allowances—and they’re at a 31-year low, in a bad sign for Abenomics

For Japanese men, the budget for a Friday night out on the town has nothing to do with how much they earn. What matters is how much your wife gives you—and the bad news is that it’s not as much as it used to be.<p>In at least half of Japanese married households, the wife controls the budget and …

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing sees Japan sales jump

<b>Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo clothing brand, has said same-store sales in Japan climbed 20.5% in June from a year earlier, indicating that consumers are more willing to spend.</b><p>Fast Retailing, the biggest retailer in Asia, said good weather and strong demand for summer items lifted sales.<p>The …

Same-Store Sales

Oops! France's François Hollande Confuses China And Japan

It is as embarrassing a diplomatic gaffe as you can make: French President François Hollande was in the same room as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, this morning, when he offered the "Chinese people" condolences for the 10 citizens it lost during the Algerian hostage crisis in January.<p><i>The</i> …

Japan tests 310mph bullet train

Japan's "floating" trains of the future, designed to travel at speeds of 311mph, have undergone their first test tracks.<p>The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ the latest magnetic levitation technology instead of conventional wheels, will begin commercial services in 2027.<p>The first five …

McDonald's Has Created Its Highest Calorie Menu Item Ever

The Mega Potato is almost a pound of the brand's famous fries, and contains 1,142 calories, the Consumerist reported, citing Japan Today.<p>The Mega Potato will hit Japanese restaurants nationwide this week, according to the site.<p>"The Mega Potato will set you back 490 yen and also cost you a large …

Japan votes to adopt child abduction treaty

<b>Japan's parliament has voted to adopt an international treaty on child abductions, after years of pressure from Western countries.</b><p>The 1980 Hague Convention sets out procedures for handling cross-border child custody disputes.<p>Japan is the only country out of the Group of Eight industrialised nations …

Divorce

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4aLkxCOkCM[/embed]May 20 – Okayama, Japan – It’s not everyday Japanese automakers team up to make cars, but Nissan and M…

May 20 – Okayama, Japan – It’s not everyday Japanese automakers team up to make cars, but Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have done just that, taking on …

Automotive Industry

Japan upgrades growth outlook as 'Abenomics' revitalises economy

The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy on Monday, in a further sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive polices are beginning to reignite growth.<p>The upgrade was the first in two months, and an improvement from April when it said the economy was showing signs of …

Economy

Yen’s Weakness Means Crowds at Tokyo Disneyland in Golden Week

The weakening yen has turned Japan’s annual Golden Week, a string of springtime holidays, into a boon for domestic tourism.<p>The uptick in the …

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Press Pass With New 'Tokyo Vice' Role

A former wizard is transporting himself to a new world where people can disappear without a trace — albeit under decidedly more dangerous …