Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it's a Japanese iPad finger painter getting a bit more press, Toyota’s promising a production-ready hydrogen powered sedan by 2015, and it could be that the rest of world is really starting to want Japan to accept help with the whole Fukushima thing.
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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
It’s already Friday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News every Friday morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFF – August 30, 2013 ::
• VIDEO: Japanese Artist Creates Amazing iPad Finger Paintings
This one’s really just for fun - Osaka office worker Seikou Yamaoka’s been painting on his iPad and uploading to YouTube for a few years now, but he’s getting a bit more media coverage of late. Have a look, and then wonder, as we do, why he’s still an office worker. Just loves offices? Whatever may be the case, well done, sir.
[JAPANESE MOBILE DEVICE FINGER PAINTER - THE INDEPENDENT]
[SEIKOU YAMAOKA - YOUTUBE]
• Toyota Commits to Production-Scale Hydrogen Car by 2015
Notice: this bit should be filed firmly in the Believe it When You See It section of the JTFF. Because the thing is, not only Toyota, but pretty much any automaker whose name comes to mind, has promised for quite some time that hydrogen-fueled cars are the next best thing just right around the corner, but in realityland, it’s like a decades-long corner. But this time (?), it’s different! Toyota’s been hard at work on this vehicle for years, and it’s not a Nissan Leaf sized compact; Toyota’s FCHV, Fuel Cell Hyrdogen Vehicle, should be a full-sized sedan. Apparently they’ve shrunk it down and bumped the power and now claim, relatively speaking, the world's most efficient and powerful fuel-cell drive system. If you want the tech specs, jump on through.
[TOYOTA’S MAKING A HYROGEN CAR THEY PROMISE - AUTOCAR UK]
• Does the World Want Japan to Let it Help with Fukushima?
According to the Japan Times, the rest of the world is getting impatient with TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Japanese government overseers’ inability to stem the flow of bajillions of gallons/liters of radioactive water into the Pacific - something that came to light only in the past few weeks. Remember that the Fukushima nuclear disaster began two and a half years ago, and while nuclear cleanup is a decades-long process, basic containment should be something we no longer have to address. And so, the question has gradually become something along the lines of "Can Japan handle this on their own?" International interest and responsibility comes into practical play as well, because the Pacific ocean is like, you know, almost entirely international waters. So Japan, you gotta like, fix it STAT, or put in a call to the nuclear energy INTERPOL or Hans Blix or someone like that.
[THE WORLD MIGHT WANT REALLY BADLY TO HELP WITH FUKUSHIMA - JAPAN TIMES]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night image via PhotoEverywhere.