United Nations General Assembly runs annual polls asking people how happy they are. It's a vague question, but the data gets very specific. According to the math, here are the 20 happiest countries in the world.The question:
On a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most satisfied with life, how happy are you?
1. Denmark (7.693)2. Norway (7.655)3. Switzerland (7.650)4. Netherlands (7.512)5. Sweden (7.480)6. Canada (7.477)7. Finland (7.389)8. Austria (7.369)9. Iceland (7.355...Read Full Story
The New Year's festivities in Tokyo include the municipal fire department demonstrating its latest firefighting techniques. New hoses, better firetrucks, and more advanced methods of breaching a burning building are all shown off, but the real highlight is the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association, seen above. (Getty Images)more pics Houses in Tokyo of that time were constructed mainly of wood and paper, making any sort of house fire a serious danger to the entire city. Every New Year's...Read Full Story
It's starting to be that time of year again, when absolutely anything that can be bundled into Christmas gear will get a patina of Père Noël. At the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, this mostly means making the Beluga whales balance snowmen heads on their noses, as it's tough to get a 3-ton mammal to get into a Santa costume. The employees at the aquarium, however, are not so lucky:The Sea Paradise, a three-story aquarium housing over 100,000 sea creatures, is a year-round attraction in...Read Full Story
(Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images AsiaPac) Toyko was shrouded in smoke today after a warehouse storing gunpowder caught fire. Two people died in the ensuing blaze. The warehouse was used by movie production companies who use the gunpowder for special effects.The fire started in the Shibuya district in the afternoon. Residents reported hearing a large explosions shortly before the fire broke out. Four nearby buildings also caught on fire.The fire required more than 100 firefighters to...Read Full Story
A man in the role of a terrorist is attacked by a police dog during an anti-terrorism exercise conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government at Tokyo Big Sight on November 7, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The first anti-RDD (radiological dispersal device) terrorism field training exercise on the local government level in Japan is being held to improve management abilities on RDD or 'dirty bomb' attack cases by using the latest equipment, facilities and vehicles. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images...Read Full Story
Japan is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. It is also known as the "Land of the Rising Sun," a name that comes from the country's positioning east of mainland Asia. The capital of Japan is Tokyo.