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This week a Japanese scientist has confirmed that Brazilian soccer star Neymar doesn't use his brain very much, and a Japanese eye tracking startup is getting romanced by Microsoft instead of Japanese investors which isn't anything new and is pretty bad for the J-Tech economy...we keep saying!

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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 – July 25, 2014 ::

• Japanese Human Eye-Tracking Startup Gets Microsoft’s Attention
You know, the JTFF is getting a bit tired of screeching about how Japan’s super-innovative and advanced and sexy and awesome startups keep getting snatched up by foreign - particularly American - investors. Now, this isn’t just one lonely dork on a Friday night screaming in a empty theater (not in this case, anyway), we’ve actually brought up the issue with a handful of Tokyo-based VCs and incubators. Generally, the opinion is something along the lines of “All investment and M&A and stuff, from any source, is good and positive stop whining you silly keyboard pounder.” Now, the JTFF is all about the capitalism and such, but Japan’s at a pretty crucial point in the evolution of its very tech-heavy economy, and whilst the vertically rigid monoliths, the Sonys, Panasonics, etc., struggle to truly innovate - and struggle to understand why they should be doing their own M&A - a healthy portion of Japan’s best and brightest are siphoned up by foreign investors. That, indeed, is truly dumb as hell. Anyway, a Japanese eye tracking headset startup is the latest domino. Props to the FOVE team for building a cool idea, and good on Microsoft for paying attention, but bad on Japanese companies for not moving faster.
[JAPANESE STARTUP GETTING MS LOVE - EUROGAMER.NET]

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• Japanese Scientists Say Soccer Star Neymar Runs on Neurological ‘Autopilot’
As painful as it might be for the JTFF to mention soccer outside of jest, this is some interesting science right here. In a study conducted in February but just now published, Eiichi Naito, a researcher from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), has found that Brazilian soccer dandy Neymar uses less than 10% of the neuro-motor calculation horsepower required by amateurs when executing the maneuvers that make him so awesome at the world’s most (inexplicably) popular game and spectator sport. This means something along the lines of dude’s muscle memory being perfectly tuned for soccer and/or he has the perfect training regimen, which, correspondingly, means he can shake, shimmy, shuck, jive, kick, twirl, or drama flop almost without even thinking. MRI is a helluva technology.
[NEYMAR DOESN’T USE HIS BRAINS FOR SOCCER - TIMES OF INDIA]

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

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