Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY (oops again)!
This week Japan's found a way to help the UAE farm in the desert, Prime Minister Abe took new American Ambassaor Caroline Kennedy on a superfast maglev marketing ride, and the mad scientists at NEDO have developed a 3D printer for artificial bone!
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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 (usually) every Friday (not Saturday) morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFFS – April 12, 2014 ::
• Japanese Farming Tech Helping in UAE
Doesn’t take a whole lot of brain cells to shrug at the notion of farming in a place like the United Arab Emirates...because like, you know, deserts and stuff. But then along come the Japanese with this supertech hydrogel film farming technique, and a happy marriage is born.
[J-FARMING TECH IN THE UAE - GULF BUSINESS]
• Abe Goes all Maglev on Ambassador Kennedy
Japan’s been hammering away at superfast maglev trains for quite some time. The tech is safe, sound, and works, and though it’s not yet up and running commercially here, along with Japan’s entire array of extant high-speed rail kit, it’s already a potential export (some take issue with stations designs, however). Of course, there is competition, but Japan wants so badly to get a foot in the door that a domestic bank is willing to finance half of the U.S.’s proposed ~$10 billion east coast high-speed rail project. With all due to respect to the charmingly quaint Amtrak, the U.S. is embarrassingly inept at high- or any-speed rail, so the JTFF really hopes that Japan can step in and show them how it’s done.
[JAPAN WANTS TO SELL MAGLEV TO AMERICA - ASIAONE]
• NEDO & Co. Develop 3D Printer for Artificial Bone
Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, NEDO - which, incidentally, shouldn't but can be pronounced just like the dorky American slang word “Neato!” - is a by-proxy government organization with multinational reach, and they oversee and fund some of humanity's techiest tech projects. They, in cooperation with some other sciencey organizations, have developed an artificial bone printer. That’s badass.
[NEDO’S NEATO BONE PRINTER - VR ZONE]
That was the JTFFS, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.