Music Station's Year-end Special To Be 11 Hours Long

MUSIC STATION's year-end special to be 11 hours long

MUSIC STATION's year-end special 'MUSIC STATION ULTRA SUPER LIVE 2019' will air on December 27 from 12:00 noon. 

This is the 28th year for 'MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE' to air on TV Asahi. This year's program will commemorate 60 years since the opening of the station and will be fused with the music special 'ULTRA FES', which airs every fall. It will be an 11-hour broadcast live from TV Asahi and Makuhari Messe. 

Japan's Government Sets Up Special Task Force

Japan's government sets up special task force

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government is setting up an emergency taskforce to get the full picture of damage from Typhoon Hagibis and to take every possible measure to save people's lives.

Relevant ministers met at the Prime Minister's office on Sunday morning.

Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.

As you can see, the pen doesn’t look particularly special, but it contains the same tech used by the Starbucks card so you can just tap it at any of the Starbucks IC card touchpads and it will register your payment. Essentially it has NFC built into it, but instead of a card, it comes in a pen form.

Okinawa Special Police Unit To Deal With Intruders

Okinawa special police unit to deal with intruders

Japan's National Police Agency will deploy its first special unit in Okinawa in fiscal 2020 to deal with intruders on remote islands near the country's borders.

The task force will be set up within the Okinawa prefectural police and is expected to consist of trained officers armed with submachine guns and other defense equipment.

Japan Is Selling Special Uv Ink Stamps To Help Mark Perverts On Trains

Japan Is Selling Special UV Ink Stamps To Help Mark Perverts On Trains

When it comes to personal safety, there are plenty of things that we can buy to help keep ourselves safe in public. For example, you can buy mace/pepper spray to fend off attackers, or there are also whistles and devices that emit loud and shrill noises to deter attackers or to bring attention to yourself.

However, over in Japan, a stationery company based in Nagoya by the name of Shachihata has started to sell something called the Anti-Nuisance Stamp. This is a stamp that uses UV ink that marks the person it has been stamped on, similar to how some clubs use UV ink mark patrons who enter their establishment.