Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week China's testing a stealth combat drone and the whole world is convinced that it's an original with no reverse-engineering or copyright infringement, Sharp wants to break up with Foxconn, and our favorite photos (thus far) from the Tokyo Motor Show!
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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 22, 2013 ::
• China's Maybe Got a KIRFed Combat Drone
Reports say that China's combat drone looks a lot like a scaled-down American B2 bomber. Just like their advanced fighter jet from about 18 months ago looked a lot like a cardboard F-22. Just like all those CDs and DVDs you buy on the streets of Beijing look vaguely like the real thing. We generally think of drones as being these super high-tech machines, and some of them really are - but remote-controlled aircraft have been around for decades. Just because China's made one doesn't mean it's a big deal or any kind of special development. Realistically, that Blue-Ray probably isn't going to play when you get home and put it in the machine - at best it'll be a camcorder copy.
[CHINA TESTS STEALTH COMBAT DRONE MAYBE - IOL NEWS]
• Sharp Might Give Up on Foxconn
What can we say, Sharp is a tech company lost at sea. In a rowboat. They're actually becoming less of a tech company, and more of a company that figures out ways not to destroy themselves. So, they've got this contract for Foxconn, well known as the makers of most things Apple, to make Sharp-branded phones for sale in China. It's not going well, actually it's looking like maybe, at long last, even the Chinese are balking at "Made in China." Also because Sharp is the one Japanese company that actually could easily be bested by a Chinese phone maker.
[SHARP WANTS A DIVORCE FROM FOXCONN - JAPAN TIMES]
• AkihabaraNews' Favorite Tokyo Motor Show Photos (thus far)
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.