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.
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.
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.
A newspaper in Okayama came out with a special edition just hours after Hinako Shibuno, a 20-year-old golfer from the city in western Japan, captured the Women's British Open.
The special edition, which was handed out in front of JR Okayama Station on Monday morning, ran the headline "Shibuno wins major title," and carried a picture of her smiling broadly while holding up a trophy. People stopped on their way to work or school to take a copy.