Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it’s J-Tech by-proxy, tertiary; Japan’s tentacles extend way out into the global tech economy, and they have to: 1.8% of humanity doesn’t get into the global top 3 without investing in Indian labor, marketing to Africa, and getting in on America's hottest defense tech.
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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 – October 4, 2013 ::
• Fujitsu's Hiring 7000 Indians at Rapidigm Subsidiary
We've all heard the common refrain of distress at having to call someone in India for customer and/or tech support, but we should probably stop to think about why that’s the case. Maybe it's more than just cheap labor, so what about due recognition toward a vast population of non-native, yet fluent English speakers? With all due respect, and a bit of a jab, not only would Japanese workers probably not accept such positions, factually speaking, there aren't enough Japanese people fluent enough to even do the work. But that’s digressively beside the point, which is that Fujitsu doesn't want to just make the physical, but also provide the abstract - in the form of investing big-time in their recent acquisition, Rapidigm.
[FUJITSU LAUNCHING MAJOR HIRING PUSH - FINANCIAL EXPRESS]
• Samsung to do as Toyota does in Africa
The dearth of readily available and prominently reported good news about Africa belies the fact that there's like, you know, tons of good news in Africa. The world's tech makers need to get hip to that, and Japan & Korea are leading the way. See, while we never hear about it, across the massive continent there are actually 300 million+ middle-class consumers - that's the entire population of the United States - and it's a number that's growing all the time. And it's not just what can be imported; Africa has ambitious, enthusiastic, and innovative tech communities growing in Kenya and Ethiopia, for example. Oh, and who’s that guy originally from South Africa who co-founded PayPal and then built an electric car company and a private spacefaring company and has some cool ideas about making people travel superfastly in tubes? You might have heard of him. As Toyota has made itself present in all 54 African countries, providing new, slick models of its vehicles, so is Samsung working to build appeal - with extra-insulated refrigeration to compensate for rolling blackouts in urban areas. Yeah sure, Africa has its issues, but things are never as bleak as they seem, and they're always getting better.
[INVESTING IN AFRICA LIKE IT MATTERS - REUTERS]
• America's Aegis Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Shared with Japan
As they are integral components of the Aegis missile defense system, the Raytheon missile making team can celebrate yet another successful test of their missiles destroying incoming bad guy missiles. There are a lot of missiles involved here. The system is present on a number of ground stations here and there around the world, four warships of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Forces, and, with entirely unsurprising overkill, so to speak, it's hooked up to 27 U.S. ships. So... let's see - who would have ballistic missiles in the first place, and who would conceivably pose a threat to America, American interests in Asia, and Japan specifically? Well, you go find a map.
[RAYTHEON’S MISSILE WORK WELL - SACRAMENTO BEE]
[AEGIS MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM THAT USES THEM ALSO WORKS WELL - ALSO SACRAMENTO BEE]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.