This week it’s America’s NASA and Japan’s JAXA teaming up to launch a new precipitation monitoring weather satellite for the good of all mankind, and Japan’s six-thousand eight hundred and fifty-third island is still growing and, in fact, merging with Nishinoshima, its closest neighbor.
This week it's a new force-reactive, wireless, two way touching that's so fast it seems instantaneous, and Kirobo, the cute little space robot that only speaks Japanese, finally came out of ISS storage to talk with astronaut Koichi Wakata.
This week it’s a slimmed down version of the Sony’s Xperia Z1 perhaps being processed through the FCC, and Japan’s going to push formal English education into the last two years of elementary school, which is far sillier than it sounds. Oh, and technical difficulties week #2 make JTFF once again JTFS (sorry!).
This week it’s super-thin condoms, why, nobody knows; Nissan’s buddy Renault claims extended-range EVs by 2020, why, because range is a problem; Pakistan wants Japan’s UltraSuperCritical clean coal tech, why, because tit for tat. Oh, and the JTFF became the JTFS, why, technical difficulties, yo!
This week, on one hand it’s Fujitsu bowing out of the London Stock Exchange, and on the other pun-intended hand, it’s Fujitsu releasing the first touchless palm-reading laptop - for authentication, not to predict your future, and the Japanese royalty are Let’s Enjoying in India to promote J-tech and warm feelings.
This week China's testing a stealth combat drone and the whole world is convinced that it's an original with no reverse-engineering or copyright infringement, Sharp wants to break up with Foxconn, and our favorite photos (thus far) from the Tokyo Motor Show!
This week, given that Japan’s backing off their CO2 emissions pledges, it’s no surprise that Sumitomo wants to frack with an American gas company, and, continuing the nation’s ongoing energytech exportation efforts, Japan wants to sell its high-tech thermal turbine thingys to Turkmenistan.
This week it's robots, robots, and more robots. iREX robots have hijacked the JTFF - but true to form, the 60 images in this gallery represent the news that was in fact going down here in Japan today. We'll have more to say about iREX next week, but for now: Photos. Of. Robots! We hope you enjoy (we definitely, totally, absolutely did).
This week it’s wrapping displays that just keep going around the edge of your phone, and a Japanese man, Takaaki Sasaki, the first in line at Tokyo’s Ginza Apple store, was all weepy today when he got the new iPad Air - but it’s not the usual creepily overenthusiastic fandorkboyism, it’s actually kind of touching.
This week it’s the JTFF being embarrassed for the BBC publishing some wildly innappropriate and overgeneralized coverage of technology & culture in Japan; specifically the "otaku" phenomenon, and clinging to it as a major reason for Japan’s declining population and all the stay at home singles, because seriously, what else could it be? Wow Japan, you so crayyzy!