Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we marvel at how Japan has now purchased a billion tons of Australia, and we lament the fact that increasing levels of developmental disability have taken all the fun out of playfully insulting and berating Japanese anti-nuclear activists. It’s just so...sad now. 

• • •

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 – July 4, 2014 ::

• Australian Firm Ships Billionth Ton of Iron Ore To Japan
Funny, the JTFF just mentioned last week how amazing it is that, despite being largely bereft of raw natural resources, Japan is neverendingly flush with intellectual capital. And that is something you’d need if, over the course of nearly 50 years, you’d imported a billion tons of iron from BHP Billiton, an Australian mining company that clearly has no shortage of…ore. Because like, if you weren’t super smart and building skyscrapers and Toyotas and bullet trains and stuff, you’d just have this huge pile, right? Anyway, in the macro, it’s also kind of amazing that we have the technology to move a billion tons of anything across several thousand miles of ocean. Hmmm. Interesting.
[AUSTRALIA HAS SOLD A LOT OF ITSELF TO JAPAN - MINING GLOBAL]

[RELATED]
Japanese Economics and Stuff Like That

• Hakodate Files for Injunction to Halt Construction of Nuclear Reactor
It’s unclear how many times the JTFF is going to be forced to call this dumb, but it looks like...many, many more. Funny how these same hippies don’t say a single goddamn word about Japan backing out of its Kyoto Protocol agreements whilst simultaneously boosting gas imports and scouring the globe for anyone who’ll sell even a can of coal...EXACTLY because of them. Well, since our screed is so popular, the kids love it, and it’s always good for a pained chuckle, we’ll break it down once again:

“Children of the earth, wherever you call home, if you don’t like nuclear tech, fine - opinions are your right. But, have you anything better or safer that’s viable like... now? No, you do not. Since renewables and alternatives are not ready on a large enough scale, if you refuse nuclear, just like Japan you must either extract or import more fossil fuels. Period. Full stop. That is your only choice. That, or live without electricity.

Still unmoved? Okay, go ahead and add up all the environmental damage and human death and suffering caused by generating electricity with nuclear power. Then, do the same for that derived of fossil fuels. Examine your figures. Comprende? 分かりますか?

If it the point doesn’t yet penetrate, or perhaps you really want to explore intellectual masochism, let’s get more specific: And ohhh boy, there’s just so much to choose from… AH-HA! Okay, go ahead and research the Deepwater Horizon disaster a little bit. That single event in fossil fuel extraction history has caused more death and environmental destruction than all nuclear accidents since Chernobyl, and yes, here's that word: combined.

And just to be generous, here are few more words: Gulf of Mexico. Oil-rich countries of the Middle East. The land area affected by the frakking boom in North America.”

There are no turn-key alternatives, J-hippies. You’re destroying the environment.
[FOSSIL FUEL LOVING DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED WANT TO BLOCK NUCLEAR PLANT - ECHONET DAILY]

[RELATED]
Nuclear Tech News & Coverage

That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!

• • •

Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.

Source: 

Related Articles

Wacom releases new lineup of Intuos and Intuos Pro pen tablets

 

Wacom has released a new lineup of its Intuos series of pen tablets.

Starting with this new range of products, Wacom is also unifying its brands. The new products will be available in two versions: A professional range, the Intuos Pro, with 2,048 levels of pen pressure and angle sensitivity, and an entry-level range, the Intuous, with 1,024 sensitivity levels.

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2014

Japanese Robots: Pepper Gallery!

LISTEN INSTEAD OF READING

Akihabaranews.com .みんな new gTLD domain

Google has released .みんな - a new domain extension for Japanese who want to carve out their own, new space on the Internet.

.みんな (.minna) literally means "everybody" in Japanese, and is being positioned by Google as an alternate online address space for Japanese.

Nikon announced the release of new compact digital camera COOLPIX S6900. It will be out for about 35,000 yen in mid-October.

LUMIX GM5, the world's smallest mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF), is going to be released by Panasonic on November 13.

LUMIX GM5 is only 98.5mm wide and weighs 180g. The magnesium alloy body and aluminum dial give the camera a very high-quality look and feel.

Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

Slo-Mo & Fast-Mo Tokyo - AkihabaraNews.com

Panasonic's Lumix GH4 has Variable Frame Rate!
As any photographer knows, high-end cameras with VFR built-in allow for the rate of frames... to be like, you know, varied. And thats a good thing because non-variable frame rates aren't as cool. Good enough, yeah?

HAKO VISION is a small box, released by Bandai, with which you can enjoy a 3D projection mapping show with your smartphone on the palm of your hand.

We introduced their first HAKO VISION products, "TOKYO HIKARI VISION" and "KARAKURI", which present real 3D projection mapping events that took place at Tokyo Station and Tokyo National Museum. These will be released soon on January 27.

Click here to read what HAKO VISION is:

Nikon is going to release COOLPIX L30, a digital camera on January 30.

The COOLPIX L30 features a CCD image sensor, 20.05 million effective pixels in resolution, optical 5X zoom NIKKOR lens (an equivalent focal length of 26-130mm in 35mm terms), and 3-inch TFT LCD monitor (0.23 million dots).

You can use AA batteries for COOLPIX L30 so if the regular battery suddenly runs out, you can easily buy AA batteries anywhere and start using the camera again.

Estimated Price: ¥13,000

Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

Akihabaranews.com - Japanese Directors - Academy Award

The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

Strang J-Commercials - AkihabaraNews.com

Christmas is a Time for Watching Very Strange Japanese Adverts
It's the end of December, and not only is there not a whole lot of tech news going on, not a whole lot of people are interested in reading and/or watching it.

Pages