Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week Honda donated over $1 million to earthquake recovery in China's Yunnan province and sadly we're the only URL on the planet saying anything about it, the U.S. Navy and Japanese DoD are building an unmanned fuel cell-powered submersible, and DMP released the world's smallest GPU!

• • •

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 8, 2014 ::

• Honda Donates Over $1 Million to China’s Yunnan Earthquake Victims and AkihabaraNews is the Only Place You’ll Read about it which is Sad as Hell.
Go ahead - Google it. You’ll find...Us. Here at AkihabaraNews, where the previous post was about sushi-themed socks (awesome, by the way), and in a Honda press release. That’s it. In the announcement from late Thursday, widely circulated only a few hours ago, Honda pushed out just a few lines on their donation of generators and water pumps. That right there, along with fantastically broad long-term economic cooperation, is the reality of relations between East Asia’s superpowers. You don't hear much, if anything, about how awesomely Japan and China get along. BUT, when a Chinese fisherman flips the Chinese bird at a Japanese boat or when a Japanese sailor blows his nose on some obscure rock poking out of the ocean, then the headlines start screaming “HOLY CRAP ASIA IS ON VERGE OF [choose your own adventure link bait goes here].” It's not on the verge of anything other than a gradually improving status quo. What’s really going to happen here in East Asia is this: China and Japan will continue being each other’s largest trading partners, all the jaded old bastards who can’t let go of the past will die, and, gradually, echoes of their petty bullshit bickering over nothing, along with the cycle of manufactured doom and gloom news, will die with them. So, props to Honda, condolences, best wishes, and best of luck to the people of Yunnan, props to us for having the stones to actually publish good news, and to the bottom-feeding pseudojournalists who're all shut the hell up about positive things in East Asia but enthusiastically churn out disingenuous whatifferry at the slightest hint of marginal discontent, the JTFF hopes you get incurable hemorrhoids on your hands and can’t type anymore.
[HONDA DONATES TO YUNNAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS - HONDA PR]

Note:
Toyota donated about half as much earlier in the week, and it landed with the exact same silent thud as today’s news from Honda. Except for one specialty site that focuses on Japanese automakers.

[TOYOTA DONATES TO YUNNAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS - RESPONSE]

[RELATED]
Earthquake News & Tech Coverage

• U.S. Navy & Japanese DoD Working on Unmanned Fuel Cell Submersible
The fuel cell part of this is interesting news, so we wanted to share, but the original headline published by The Yomiuri Shimbun’s grammatically disabled The Japan News focused on the word “submarine,” and that’s not by accident. Because: (America + Japan = Anti-China) x Submarine = PLEASE COME READ OUR CRAPPY ARTICLE (perfect example of what we’re bitching about up above). Anyway, the tech would be cool because it would use American hydrogen storage tech combined with Japanese energy generation tech. It will not be armed, but would be used for long-term surveillance.
[U.S. AND JAPAN WORKING ON UNMANNED FUEL CELL SUBMARINE - THE JAPAN NEWS]

[RELATED]
Energy News & Tech

• Japanese Company Launching World’s Smallest GPU
Digital Media Professionals, Inc., makers of the Nintendo 3DS’ graphics processing unit (GPU), has announced a new power-saving ultra-tiny GPU called the Ant. It’s really, really tiny - just half a millimeter square. Of no surprise, they’re aiming at the everybody-says-they’re-just-around-the-corner wearbles and Internet of Things markets. It’s turning out to be a long corner, so maybe this’ll help.
[SUPER TINY GPU LAUNCHED - HEXUS]

[RELATED]
Wearable Tech Coverage at AkihabaraNews

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

• • •

Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.

 
Source: 

Related Articles

Reno J. Tibke - June 07, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it’s octopedal Japanese electronics conglomerate OMRON getting its

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week we’ve just one little nugget to rollout: You might have heard that SoftBank is taking Sharp’s flagship smartphone to the U.S., but what you might not know is that Sharp might have the company of a much larger brother.

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - August 23, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week we're talking about Japan's role in the iPhone 6's alleged and guessed at and in all ways speculated upon manufacturing delays due to display assembly issues, and then we talk about gambling, booze, and internet addiction and how that last one might be really kinda highly subjective and we're not buying all the Ministry of Health is selling!

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - July 05, 2014

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. 

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - September 13, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week Japan’s apparently trying to sell some bigass submarines to an Australian navy keen on modernizing, a Japanese manufacturing conglomerate is opening a big new plant in Indiana, and Toyota has come out and publicly declared that the romance is over, and they’re not getting back together with Tesla.

Reno J. Tibke - September 20, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it looks like India is going to add Japanese train tech to their cart even though the pirated Chinese knock-offs oooops we mean "models" are cheaper, and here at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has introduced a new company, Shinra Technologies, which they hope will kill all gaming hardware...kinda!

Reno J. Tibke - January 18, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week Japan’s running into some sticky situations with its Turkish nuclear tech dealings (saw that coming), Japan's Sony was pretty awesome at CES, but another nation’s tech overshadowed all that, and Nintendo, despite selling a whole lotta gear in 2013, is still in some hot, red water.

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - September 27, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week an Indian company has found a way to get its energy saving tech into 20% of the computers manufactured here in Japan, and a Japanese firm has decided that, in addition to the allure of football and famous spicy chicken parts, Buffalo, NY is the place to set up a new shop for solar panel manufacturing!

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2013

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's a Japanese iPad finger painter getting a bit more press, Toyota’s promising a production-ready hydrogen powered sedan by 2015, and it could be that the rest of world is really starting to want Japan to accept help with the whole Fu

Reno J. Tibke - January 11, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week, well, they say dancing around screaming “I TOLD YOU SO!” isn’t very polite, but we will because SCHAFT Robotics' co-founder publicly declared J-startup culture moribund and is building his own investment fund, Nintendo pwned some patent trolls, and maybe, just maybe, SONY LIVES!

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - August 16, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week the earth shook, babies cried, and the very logic of existence was thrown into doubt: an American anime is being exported to Japan, and since the Obon holiday equals a very slow tech week, the ultimately circular cultural force of animated images is all we’re talking about!

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - January 25, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week the world is realizing that Japan’s high-speed trains are pretty much what everyone should be doing and maybe let’s all just go ahead and do as they do, Nissan’s autonomous cars just might debut in California before Japan, and the many things we can learn just by torturing Japanese leeches with cold!

• • •

Reno J. Tibke - January 04, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it’s the considerable breakthrough of an anti-gravity stereo! Well, levitating material objects in three dimensions with sound waves. Then some guy goes off on why “Japan isn’t Back” and completely neglects the tech, and we say "DUDE! NO!" Oh yeah, and Japanese people like phablets. Whoo-hoo.

• • •

Pages