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Otaku band AKB48 morphs into $200M business

All-girl Japanese group has nearly 100 members, including one who's computer-generated; myriad otaku fans; and a new diplomatic assignment.

By February 7, 2012


I, robot, take this other robot to be my wedded wife

Here comes the robot bride, all dressed in white. The first ever robot wedding takes place in Japan between humanoid robot Yukirin and slightly-less-humanoid bot Frois.

By July 5, 2015


Blind spot: How a hoax about eye licking went global

Media finds weird news impossible to resist, even when it sounds too silly to be true. But it can fool people especially easily when coming from a place like Japan, birthplace of wacky trends.

By August 8, 2013


Plastic model urinals, toilets aimed at Japan hobbyists

The rest of us may scream in terror, but these 1:12-scale loos suggest all sorts of freaky action-figure fun to titillate the otaku geek set.

By March 28, 2013


Giant fembots land in Tokyo's red light district

Untold millions have gone into creating a bizarre floor show of 10-foot-tall robots and dancing girls.

By August 2, 2012


Flipboard becomes prominent Google+ partner

Google+ chief Bradley Horowitz shows off a version of the high-profile app that lets people see and publish posts on Google's social network. Also: "dramatic" Google+ user growth.

By June 19, 2012


Fans surprised to learn Japanese pop idol isn't real

AKB48's Aimi Eguchi is sweet, pretty, and perfect for legions of Japanese otaku geeks. Too bad she's not real. But does it even matter?

By June 23, 2011


This week in Crave: The wrinkle-free edition

This week, we sorted through more than the usual share of Apple rumors, pretended to be working while we were really on Facebook, and worried that our smartphones are making our necks look bad.

By June 25, 2011