Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week, given that Japan’s backing off their CO2 emissions pledges, it’s no surprise that Sumitomo wants to frack with an American gas company, and, continuing the nation’s ongoing energytech exportation efforts, Japan wants to sell its high-tech thermal turbine thingys to Turkmenistan.

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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 – November 15, 2013 ::

• Japan’s Sumitomo Getting Comfortable with American Gas
Unfortunately, that’s not a report on changing dietary habits here on the archipelago. Instead, J-industrial giant Sumitomo has signed an agreement to begin a gassy romance with American firm Gas Technology Institute. Though this is far from Sumitomo’s first foray into the rapidly growing and immensely profitable shale gas/fracking arena, the timing is interesting. Whilst waving their Fukushima flags, important domestic political figures are decrying Japan’s continued investment in nuclear energy and, concurrently, Japan is backing off from its previously established CO2 emission reduction standards. How does this work? Well, you can’t reduce CO2 if you abandon nuclear and burn more fossil fuels, now can you? Is this, the JTFF wonders, is this what makes anti-nuclear hippies happy? Because like, renewables ain’t doin it for the time being, so... apparently burning more fossil fuels and just like praying, or hoping for wind and solar or whatever to kick in preferable to relatively low-impact (yet oh so scary!!) nuclear energy. Can’t anyone who’s anti-nuclear yet pro-electricity do the quick math on these two simple variables: 1. Body count, and 2. Environmental Impact; Nuclear vs. Fossil Fuels - just add up the death tolls and decimated land area resulting from the extraction and use of these two energy technologies and you will arrive at a simple conclusion that... Oh wait. Logic doesn't apply here, does it? Meh.

• METI Had a Chat with Turkmenistan About Tech Sharing
Which, for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, means “tech selling,” with value-added expertise, from a Japanese manufacturer, of course. Okay - fine - but this is another example of an interesting trend: the past few years have seen a really aggressive outreach by Japanese industrial firms and government agencies along very similar lines. Nuclear energy tech has been a big component of that - and hey, per the above, it’s understandable - what with all that surplus expertise that everyone’s afraid to put back to use domestically. As the kids these days say, 
when life gives you accidentally irradiated land and sea water after a totally unforeseeable, catastrophic natural disaster resulting in relatively small amounts of environmental damage and as of yet zero casualties, make nuclear lemonade overseas! Yeeeah, and you know - sell some badass turbines to Turkmenistan, too.

That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.

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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.