Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week we're completely unsurprised to learn that the Japanese are getting better at being the longest-lived population on earth, and Japan's working to further trade, tech, and other bilateral cooperation with Vietnam, which, contrary to what the hard of thinking might assume, is awesome!
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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 – August 1, 2014 ::
• Vietnamese PM Dung Wants to Continue International Romance with Japan
We won’t do so here, but we will acknowledge that there are innumerable ways to angle this toward the negatively pessimistic, first and foremost: despite their rather contentious history, China does actively conduct and seeks to encourage trade with Vietnam. With that in mind, are Japan’s efforts therefore a bit provocative, etc., etc., blah blah blah? Uhhh...no. Let’s not do that. In fact, Japan and China are basically on equal ground with their Vietnamese investments, but Vietnam's got a lot more potential. As we’ve said here a thousand and one times, Japan and China love money above all else, and as each other’s largest trading partner in this modern era of Asian stability, the only real competition/hostility between them will be economic in nature. So, while link-baiting pseudo-journalistic jackoffs might wanna portray Japan’s investment overtures and recent gift of boats as the 'latest escalation,' in reality these moves are just Japan playing the game of capitalism, and China’s the team to beat...at capitalism, dammit! The real story is this: while rich both in cultural history and natural resources, and being something of an economic miracle over the past several decades, Vietnam remains an industrializing nation. However, they’ve got the United States as their largest customer, and they have world economies #2 and #3 vying for increased commodity and technological trade relations. This is all win for Vietnam. And Japan. And China. The only losers here are those of us who struggle to take seriously any person whose name contains the world "dung." Heh, hehheh.
[DUNG SAYS “YEAH, LET’S DO MORE TRADE & STUFF” - GLOBAL POST]
Asian Trade News & Tech
• Japanese People are Awesome at Being Old
...or at least they’re really good at getting there! Though this isn’t future news (it’s almost a day old), we wanted to mention here that life expectancy for Japanese men has for the first time surpassed 80 years, with the average being 80.21. Japanese women, the longest-lived globally for a second year in a row, are now at 86.61. Taken as a whole, the United Nations ranks Japan’s as the longest lived population block in the world. This has a lot to do with Japan’s world-famously healthy diet, active post-retirement lifestyles, being massively monocultural, and possessing an exceedingly accessible national healthcare and social security system. It also has a lot to do with being a super rich country with all kinds of badass med-tech.
[J-LIFE EXPECTANCY CONTINUES BEING REALLY REALLY LONG - ASAHI SHIMBUN]
Japanese Health & Med-Tech News
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.