Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

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This week two Americans who do science and a Japanese woman who does Kimonos are getting a huge chunk of cash from the Kyoto Prize, and a southeastern Japanese prefecture wants to become toilet world... 

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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 20, 2014 ::

• One Japanese Woman and Two American Guys Win Kyoto Prize
Last year when the JTFF reported on the Kyoto Tech Prize, it was all about the American inventor of DRAM getting the $500 grand. This year, it’s two more Americans scientists getting tech prizes, and a Japanese artist is getting the...art prize. The Americans won their loot for 1. finding awesome ways to build artificial scaffolding for human flesh to grow on, and 2. contributing some awesome math to Superstring Theory. Japanese artist Fukumi Shimura, an 89 year-old kimono-making master with executive-level dyeing and weaving skills, received her prize for, you guessed it, making awesome kimonos - which she’s done for 50 years. The Kyoto Prize is one of those things that makes Japan such an interesting animal: wildly monocultural internally, wildly internationalized externally. The JTFF offers props and congratulations to all three parties.
[TWO AMERICAN GUYS AND A JAPANESE WOMAN WIN INTERNATIONAL KYOTO PRIZE - BUSINESS WIRE]

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• Oita, a Prefecture in Southwestern Japan, is Having a Toilet Extravaganza
Hey, everybody/where wants to be famous for something - why not be famous for the strange porcelain machines that accept and route our waste away from the places where we live? Seriously, we take it for granted, but toilets are the shit! Uh-oh...yeah, might get fired for that one. Maybe not, though! Go read about this toilet party!
[TOILET EXPO IN OITA, KYUSHU, JAPAN - QZ.COM]

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That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.

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