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  • Tuesday, 7th July 2015
    In Japan Entertainment News,

    Japanese special effects director honoured by Google

    Google has honoured one of the greats of Japanese film in its regular doodle on the search engine's home page.

    Eiji Tsuburaya was born 114 years ago today (July 7th) and became known for co-creating Godzilla, as well as pioneering many special effects.

    Potential searchers can enjoy the experience of assisting in the creation of a monster movie in the style of Tsuburaya.

    This involves helping actors into their over-the-top costumes, crushing buildings with huge monster tails and suspending superheroes from wires in their fight against aliens.

    Tsuburaya used innovative lighting and camerawork to bring realism to the shots he filmed for movies and much of the action seen in today's films is a direct result of his work.

    Despite looking dated by modern standards, the effects of the 1954 epic Godzilla were groundbreaking in their day and provided the foundation for subsequent monster movies.

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  • Monday, 6th July 2015
    In Japan Entertainment News, General Japan News,

    Japanese industrial sites added to UNESCO list

    Japan is celebrating a successful bid to see 23 sites relating to its industrial revolution added to the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

    The inscription of the Meiji-era sites onto the prestigious list has been controversial, due to the use of forced labour at some of the locations in the 1940s, but Japan has acknowledged this and hopes greater understanding will be achieved by visitors to the sites.

    UNESCO's acceptance of the collection of areas highlights their importance to the development that occurred under Emperor Meiji's reign between 1868 and 1912.

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, told Bloomberg: "Japan achieved industrialisation in just over 50 years by fusing foreign technology with traditional domestic techniques. This is a rarity in global terms, it has universal value and is worthy of treatment as a common heritage of mankind."

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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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