Japanese Technology from the Future Friday
This week it’s all about Sony getting good news in the form of bad news that's not really bad at all, the Japanese parliament has approved a nuclear deal with a Middle Eastern country and it's not scary unless you're an anti-nuke hippy, and we share a particularly enjoyable survey of how Western sci-fi continues dipping into the J-cookie jar.
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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 – April 18, 2014 ::
• Sony’s Latest Problem is a Pleasing One
Turns out that PlayStation 4 product is doing so well that, after selling more than 7 million consoles since the November 2013 launch, Sony is now struggling to meet demand. The next-gen, or technically it’s kind of the current-gen, or maybe the gen-of-now gaming console has basically one competitor, Microsoft’s XBox One, and at the moment Sony seems to have the edge. What does this mean for Big-S? Well, for starters, they get props: Sony’s Computer Entertainment division, for the most part, is a consistently strong arm of an occasionally disabled electronic octopus. And for nexters, a bare-bones, entry-level PS4 costs $400 bucks - so just multiply that amount of transferable monetary resources by 7 million, and then go ahead Sony, smile.
[GOOD NEWS FOR SONY - THE GUARDIAN]
• J-Parliament Approves Selling Nuclear Tech to Turkey
Well, despite some concerns over potentially weaponizable nuclear fuel and the incoherent babblings of planet earth’s anti-nuclear hippy movement (partial lobotomy required for membership), Japan’s finally going to put some of its nuclear tech to good use. Just not in Japan. Which is one of the dumbest things that’s ever happened. Why is Japan importing more coal? Why is Japan importing more natural gas? Why has Japan backed off commitments to its namesake Kyoto protocol? Because hippies love fossil fuels and hate the environment, that’s why.
[J-NUCLEAR TECH DEAL WITH TURKEY APPROVED - DAILY SABAH] <-LINK FIXED 2014.04.24 - Apologies! -Ed.
• Western Sci-Fi Continues Plagiarizing Anime?
This is actually a really well laid-out, soberly argued, and non-ragingly dorktastic assessment of Western entertainment’s J-culture IV drip. It also brings to mind our own much more focused and snarkified ‘Pacific Rim and the Legacy of Giant Japanese Robots.’ The piece referenced here includes this line:
“Last year’s blockbuster Pacific Rim owes a great deal to Japanese giant robot shows like Gundam. Yet it pays homage to a far weirder, more acclaimed source: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno’s animated clusterfuck that began to unravel into philosophical mumblings as depression set in and animation budgets were slashed.”
...which, really, is just a gem. It’s not easy to say about another keyboard pounder, but the JTFF rather likes this David Levesley dude. Go read his article.
[HOLLYWOOD SCI-FI FILMS ARE STILL RIPPING OFF ANIME - DAILY BEAST]
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.