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!
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.
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).