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Best-selling personal scale

The best-selling personal weighing device is the Wii Balance Board (Nintendo, 2007) which has seen a total of 32,114,428 units sold between its launch in 2007 and November 2010. The Wii Fit board is actually a balance board controller, but it also includes weighing functionality and its extremely high sales place it higher than any individual model of bathroom scales in history.

Best-selling trading card game

The best-selling trading card game is Yu-Gi-Oh! by Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Japan), which has sold 25,175,567,833 cards globally since 1999 as of 31 March 2011. Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on the comic books and animated TV series by artist Kazuki Takahashi (Japan).

Busiest gondola lift

The busiest gondola lift operator is Hakone Ropeway Co., Ltd. (Japan), which carried 2,064,241 paying passengers in the fiscal year 2009. The service operates 4 km (2.5 miles) from Sounzan Station to Togendai Station in Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan. The service started in Hakone, one of the most popular resorts in Japan, in 1959. It takes approximately 30 minutes to go each way.

Busiest station

Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s busiest station. An average of 3.64 million passengers per day pass through the station, which has over 200 exits and serves the city’s western suburbs via a range of intercity, commuter rail and metro services.

Deepest diving submersible currently in service

Of the submersibles currently in service, the Japanese research submarine Shinkai 6500 is capable of diving the deepest. On 11 August 1989, it reached a depth of 6,526 m (21,414 ft) in the Japan Trench off Sanriku, Japan. The Shinkai 6500 is a state of the art three-person submersible 9.5 m (31.16 ft.) long, 2.7 m (9.9 ft.) wide and 3.2 m (10.5 ft.) high. It is owned by the Japan Marine Science & Technology Centre (JAMSTEC) and hired around the world for many different Continue reading →

Deepest observatory of neutrino research currently operating

The deepest, and indeed largest, operating neutrino observatory is the Super-Kamiokande, a joint US-Japanese research facility located 1,000 m (3,280 ft) below ground in the Mozumi Mine (Kamioka Mining and Smelting Co.) in Hida city, Gifu, Japan. It consists of a vast cylinder measuring 40 m (131 ft) in height and 40 m (131 ft) in diameter, which is filled with ultra pure water. The walls are covered with 13,000 sensitive light detectors called photomultiplier tubes, which watch the water for Cerenkov light – the Continue reading →

Deepest test basin

The world’s deepest marine test basin is 35 m (114.8 ft) deep, and can be found at the National Maritime Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. The facility is designed to simulate a deep-ocean environment for the testing of scale models of oil drilling platforms and other facilities which are connected to the ocean floor. The basin has the ability to simulate waves and undersea currents.

Fastest 10 metres in the box split position

The fastest 10 m in the box split position was 19.11 seconds and was achieved by Kazumi Kawahara (Japan) on the set of ‘100 Beautiful Women Who Have Guinness World Records’, at the Shiodome Nihon TV Studios in Tokyo, Japan, on 5 May 2011. The record attempt was staged as a face off between two contestants, who competed next to each other in their own marked lane. Both travelled in the box split position with arms outstretched horizontally.