Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it’s America’s NASA and Japan’s JAXA teaming up to launch a new precipitation monitoring weather satellite for the good of all mankind, and Japan’s six-thousand eight hundred and fifty-third island is still growing and, in fact, merging with Nishinoshima, its closest neighbor.
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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 – December 27, 2013 ::
• America’s NASA and Japan’s JAXA Team Up on New Weather Satellite
Reading this article, one almost can’t help but seek out nefariousness; like, really - these two countries are cooperating to send up a weather satellite that just, you know, analyzes weather? It doesn’t have an auxiliary operating mode that guides missiles, pilots drones, or delivers flesh-vaporizing death beams from low orbit? Well then, that’s kind of a beautiful thing! Of course this is far from the first such international cooperation, and obviously Russia, Japan, the EU, the U.S., and others are all buddy-buddy aboard the ISS, but it serves as a good reminder: sometimes, we just do it for science, man.
[NEW NASA SATELLITE HAS J-TECH IN THERE - ECONOMIC TIMES]
• Japan’s Brand New Island Annexing its Neighbor
Remember last month when a wee volcano sprouted a new Japanese island, and AkihabaraNews was like the only media outlet on the planet actually taking the time to explain just how goddamn far away from Japan it is? And then, remember how we mentioned that it was still growing? Well, turns out that progress has continued, and it is now merging into adjacent, uncreatively named Nishinoshima (that means “west island,” BTW). At the beginning, it wasn’t clear if the baby island would stick around at all, but continued eruptions have allowed for sustained metastasization and continued expansion. Per the original point of our original article, it’s really cool that we now have the tech to monitor the progress of such things.
[NEW JAPANESE ISLAND HAS EXPANSIONIST AMBITIONS - CTV NEWS]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.