Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
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!
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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 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]
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]
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]
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]
Wearable Tech Coverage at AkihabaraNews
That was the JTFF, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.