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  • Friday, 3rd July 2015
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    Smallest dinosaur egg ever discovered is found in Japan

    The fossilised remains of dinosaur eggs found in Japan have been confirmed by officials as the smallest in the world.

    Five of the eggs were found in Hyogo Prefecture, which is one of the few places in the country where fossils could survive, due to its shallow coastal planes.

    Japan's famed geological activity means that most of the nation is not conducive to the creation of fossils, with stunning scenery compensating for this fact.

    The find is therefore extra special and officials have agreed that the eggs are from an entirely new species of dinosaur that had never been known about before.

    Each egg weighs around 100 grams, making it smaller than any others found in the past, with the shells being 0.4 millimetres thick, which is slightly thicker than a chicken's egg.

    The Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Sanda, Hyogo will host an exhibition displaying the eggs from July 21st to August 31st.

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  • Thursday, 2nd July 2015
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    Climbing season begins on Mount Fuji

    Some 180,000 climbers are expected to make the ascent of Mount Fuji over the next two months, as the season for such expeditions gets underway.

    Yesterday (July 1st) was the official first day of climbing season on Japan's most famous peak, but those who attempted the challenge were thwarted by bad weather.

    Authorities stopped climbers at the fifth station on the Yamanashi side of the volcano, due to high winds and rain.

    So far, this route is the only one open, with the alternative Shikuoka side scheduled to welcome climbers from July 10th.

    Mount Fuji stands 3,776 metres tall and is a popular challenge for outdoor enthusiasts, but conditions only make it climbable for two months of the year and as yesterday showed, even then there can be problems with the weather.

    Due to problems of overcrowding on the mountain, which have occurred in recent years, 25,000 fewer people will be permitted to make the ascent than in 2014.

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  • Wednesday, 1st July 2015
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    Smartphone app in development to help English speakers understand sake labels

    Drinking local alcoholic beverages is something of a traditional for British holidaymakers abroad, but it is not always clear exactly what is being quaffed.

    All that is about to change in Japan, as the country's trade ministry is developing a smartphone app to help English speakers decipher sake bottles.

    When it is completed, users will be able to scan the barcodes on bottles of the ubiquitous beverage and be presented with various pieces of information.

    These are set to include the alcohol content, a background on the brewery where it was made and the best ways to enjoy the drink.

    The app will be developed in conjunction with Takakuwa Art Printing, which is responsible for producing 70 per cent of the labels that appear on sake bottles in Japan.

    With somewhere in the region of 1,700 to 1,900 sake breweries in the country, that is a lot of different bottles and labels to design.

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  • Monday, 29th June 2015
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    Two robots marry in Japan

    The first ever robot wedding has been carried out in Japan, with the bride, groom and official overseeing the ceremony all being versions of the advanced gadgets.

    Robots Frois and Yukirin tied the knot on Saturday in front of an audience of 100 invited guests, with the newly released Softbank robot Pepper officiating the proceedings.

    Frois, the groom, was bedecked in a bow tie, while Yukirin wore a long white wedding dress, appropriate for a bride.

    The union in Tokyo was sealed with a kiss, as Frois extended a silver disk from his mouth towards his legally wedded wife.

    Once the ceremony was complete, there was a reception featuring robot dance performers, a tiered wedding cake and a buffet.

    The whole occasion was thought up by an avant-garde technology and art unit called Maywa Denki, which tapped into two of Japan's great loves - lavish weddings and robots.

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