In spite of the perception of being ahead of the curve in all things tech, Japan is generally considered to be two to three years behind the West when it comes to most things related to the internet.
We can't say it's a surprise, but region-free Blu-ray players had to come along sooner or later once modders could see there might be profit to be had, which is where Blu-Ray Mods comes in.
If you recall, when we looked at some of the great sub-notebooks from Japanese firm Kohjinsha last month, we felt the top end of the range was a little pricey.
We already know that a bit of tweaking will allow PCs to run Mac OS X, but how about a USB dongle that lets any old system boot up the Apple OS?
Mere days after Sega's frankly scary attempt to sell a robot girlfriend, the toys branch of the company is back at it with a slightly more useful mechanoid, albeit only just.
Isn't the internet great? How else could dunderheads like those just arrested in Japan threaten to go postal in copycat street slayings similar to the recent Akihabara killings.
The imminent G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan, has clearly focused minds on the environmental issues that will dominate, such as the high-tech companies whose sales drive energy consumption.
Car owners are likely to be puzzled by the latest addition to the bristling array of gadgetry in our vehicles - airbags on the outside.
Almost a week after the gruesome murder spree Tomohiro Kato, 25, inflicted on Tokyo in broad daylight, the inevitable calls for tighter internet regulation are echoing loud and clear across Japan.
If you've heard enough of the latest flash TV sets that are priced out of the reach of most of us, then take a look at what one Norfolk man did with his 1957 Bush television.
It's Wednesday morning and we've almost forgotten about the big Apple bash the other day, but still had to chuckle at Gizmodo's cheeky suggestion about a new logo Jobs unveiled.