Japanese Technology from the Future... ooops, Saturday!
This week it’s super-thin condoms, why, nobody knows; Nissan’s buddy Renault claims extended-range EVs by 2020, why, because range is a problem; Pakistan wants Japan’s UltraSuperCritical clean coal tech, why, because tit for tat. Oh, and the JTFF became the JTFS, why, technical difficulties, yo!
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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday Saturday!
It’s already Friday Saturday 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.
:: JTFS – December 7, 2013 ::
• Our Condoms are So Thin that… Wait, is this Thing On?
So there’s this dorkysexy international war going on to see who can make the thinnest condoms. The latest volley in the recently escalated conflict comes from Sagami Rubber Industries of Japan, a company that clearly won the name battle long ago. These new prophylactics, the result of 10+ years of research - which is funny - are ⅙ the width of a human hair. We hate to constantly rain on parades, but what if they’re too thin? Not too thin in the sense that they might break, though that could be a concern, but what if they’re so thin that you’re not sure they’re even, you know, on? And then you have to keep checking. And then you get distracted. Worried. What if the excitement wanes? And what if you just give up and go play video games? That’s right, the JTFF asks the tough questions.
[JAPANESE TECH FOR SUPER THIN RUBBERS - KOTAKU]
• Our Electric Cars Will Go Really Far
Readers might recall that Renault has a certain status here at AkihabaraNews, and given their global partnership with Nissan, we found it fitting to mention their recently published claims of a high-endurance sub-compact by 2020. The number they’re claiming is 200 miles/320 kilometers on a single charge. And that’s badass and all, but this is yet another article with no mention of how MOST ELECTRICITY STILL COMES FROM FOSSIL FUELS SO ELECTRIC VEHICLES CURRENTLY DO A NET NOTHING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. It really should be a required mention anytime EVs are brought up. Also, for bonus points, bring up nuclear power and make fun of hippies. And read on...
[RENAULT SUBCOMPACTS TO GO FAR - CLEAN TECHNICA]
• Our Coal Should be Burned Using Japanese Tech
It seems not a JTFF goes by that we don't perchance across news of Japan once again hawking its various proprietary lines of energy production and know-how to somewhere in the Middle East or Africa. Japan is becoming the world’s B2B energy tech consultant - the kind that comes in, assesses things, gives a good report, and makes sure you understand that THEIR products are the ones best suited for the job. In this case, they’ll wash each other’s back: Japan sells their UltraSuperCritical (whatever than means) clean coal tech to Pakistan, a country incapable of developing said tech on its own, and Pakistan ensures Japan a steady stream of coal, a resource that does not grow here. See hippies, this is what happens when nuclear shuts down. Oh, and this piece also mentions some educational initiatives as well. See, Pakistan would warmly welcome students from Japan, and since the godless, hottpants-wearing young people of Japan are just itching to go somewhere like Pakistan, we're sure that the education component is just as important as the coal and totally not a softener for the whole deal.
[PAKISTAN TO BENEFIT FROM JAPANESE COAL TECH - AP OF PAKISTAN]
That was the JTFS (the F will return next week), and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.