Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week China's getting international train tech contracts instead of Japan, but it's in Pakistan so Japan just kinda shrugs, China's Puxing Energy and Japan's NEC have canceled the East Asian War in favor of cooperating on a huge energy grid project, and there's just no easy way to say it: 2014 INTERNATIONAL TOKYO TOY 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 – June 13, 2014 ::
• China, not Japan, will Export High-Speed Trains & Tech to Pakistan
Well, Pakistan is a huge market, and China’s ramping up their high-speed train production, so this could be seen as a loss/missed opportunity for Japan and its oft held up as the world-standard-to-beat rail tech. But there’s kinda other things at stake. As we’ve snarked about previously, Japan does shop its nuclear and soccer stadium and transportation infrastructure tech around the Middle East, but they’re a bit more selective. J-trade partners Turkey and the UAE, as examples, tend much more toward the center ground in the Muslim world - and yes, it matters. Pakistan is, well, Pakistan. The JTFF wouldn’t be surprised if wildly secular, gender equality chasing, unburdened by fundamentalist anything Japan (unless you count fundamentalist groupthink and the softest, friendliest xenophobia in the history of history) didn’t even bid on this one. In fact, it’s probably impossible to round up enough Japan Railways infidels ooops we mean engineers willing to leave Japan and go work in a country where secularism and tolerance are more sin than virtue. If that comes off as offensive or insulting, you read it correctly. Now, that’s not to say that Chinese engineers wouldn’t also be leery of such things, but it’s a numbers game: China has a pool ten times the size of Japan’s from which to force ooops we mean recruit engineers.
[PAKISTAN ENDORSES CHINESE TECH TRANSFER - PAKISTAN TODAY]
Train Tech & News at AkihabaraNews
• Japan’s NEC and China’s Puxing Energy Cooperating on Electricity Grid
What's this? Some pretty good Japan/China news that nobody’s reporting? Ohhhh, mystery! Except the part where it's entirely not.
What we have here, and this marks a huge blow to troublemaking talking heads and idiots who listen to and validate their endless attempts at East Asian stirring shituppery, is a report that mutually beneficial economic cooperation between Japan and China just happened again. Now, for the hard of thinking, here’s how it works: Japan and China, the world’s #2 and #3 economies and each other’s largest trading partners, will definitely undertake things like the hereinmentioned joint venture to build energy storage facilities to support China’s increasing demand, but until the economic cooperation and partnerships dissolve - which they won’t - these two countries will never again go to war. It’s virtually guaranteed. But, because we as a species haven’t yet evolved beyond our love for hoping for and gawking at bloody drama, also guaranteed is that screeching crappy journalists and their unethical, parasitic, propagandizing-for-profit leash holders will continue to make dire predictions and warnings. This will go on unabated until good news and celebrations of economic success and international cooperation and understanding start to get more pageviews. But don't hold your breath. Unless of course you've ever used/written/repeated the phrase "Tensions Rising in East Asia," then, by all means, please hold your breath. At the bottom of a lake. In space.
Alas, seems the JTFF can but sigh with concession, bask in bittersweet omniscience, and be grateful for the job security that comes with knowing that running out of East Asian polititards, and morons who pseudo-journalize about them, will indeed happen very never.
[JAPAN & CHINA COOPERATING ON ENERGY STORAGE TECH - CLEAN TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS REVIEW]
Energy Tech & News at AkihabaraNews
• 2014 International Tokyo Toy Show is Underway!
For today, the JTFF has run out of backward countries and crappy journalism to make fun of, so hooray for that, and hooray for the now-ongoing 2014 International Tokyo Toy Show, and since China makes most of the world's toys, hooray for article-wide thematic continuity! We’ve got two reporters covering the show, and we’ll have a full breakdown and big beautiful galleries for your viewing pleasure next week. Here’s what it’s all about:
"The Tokyo Toy Show is Japan’s most important fair for toys and has existed since 1962 – in various forms and with different names. The motto of the event is "EnterTOYment - toys make the world smile". Besides games, dolls and plush products, the product groups in Tokyo include seasonal and electronic toys. The event is divided into two parts: only trade visitors are admitted on the first two days, whereas end consumers are also welcome on the last two days. The Tokyo Toy Show in 2013 took place in the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center from 13 to 16 June. Overall, 18.738 trade visitors and 140.573 end-consumers attended the fair. Compared to 2012, the fair hereby accomplished about 503 more trade visitors."
J-Toys at AkihabaraNews
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.