Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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nevver:

宮古市

Posted at 8:35am and tagged with: Japan,.

nevver:

宮古市

climateadaptation:

Incredible footage of swaying skyscrapers. How do the windows not pop out of their frames?

washingtonpoststyle:

Swaying skyscrapers in Tokyo.

How many lives were saved today by structural engineers and judicious building codes?

Comprehensive earthquake updates here.

Posted at 7:38am and tagged with: Japan, buildings, foresight,.

smarterplanet:

Japan to Build 10,000 EV Charging Station/Vending Machine Hybrids by 2012 

Japan is notorious for its fascination with vending machines — as of 2008, there were 5.5 million of them across the nation. And these aren’t merely the candy bar and soda variety, either — Japan has vending machines that sell live crabsgrow lettuce, arecovered in moss, and dispense smart cars. And by this time next year, it will have 10,000 vending machines that charge electric cars.

via electricpower: TreeHugger

Posted at 2:50pm and tagged with: technology, electric cars, Japan,.

smarterplanet:

Japan to Build 10,000 EV Charging Station/Vending Machine Hybrids by 2012 
Japan is notorious for its fascination with vending machines — as of 2008, there were 5.5 million of them across the nation. And these aren’t merely the candy bar and soda variety, either — Japan has vending machines that sell live crabs, grow lettuce, arecovered in moss, and dispense smart cars. And by this time next year, it will have 10,000 vending machines that charge electric cars.
via electricpower: TreeHugger

Japan’s elderly fail to welcome their robot overlords

The Japanese government and care industry now seems to agree after robots have turned out to be too expensive, impracticable and sometimes unwelcome, even in “robot friendly” Japan.

via @mitchbetts

Full Story: BBC News

Posted at 10:26am and tagged with: robots, Japan,.

Japan’s elderly fail to welcome their robot overlords

The Japanese government and care industry now seems to agree after  robots have turned out to be too expensive, impracticable and sometimes  unwelcome, even in “robot friendly” Japan.

via @mitchbetts

Full Story: BBC News

China Becomes Second Biggest World Economy

China has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy, the fruit of three decades of rapid growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

Paul Higgins: It is always important to remember that two economies with the same GDP but vastly differing populations are totally different from each other. A billion people with $1000 income are a much different proposition to 50 million people with $20,000 income each.

Posted at 4:13pm and tagged with: economy, China, Japan,.

China Becomes Second Biggest World Economy

China has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy,  the fruit of three decades of rapid growth that has lifted hundreds of  millions of people out of poverty.

Paul Higgins: It is always important to remember that two economies with the same GDP but vastly differing populations are totally different from each other. A billion people with $1000 income are a much different proposition to 50 million people with $20,000 income each.

Japan’s Prime Minister Warns That Debt Could Bring a Crisis Like That of Greece

Japan’s newly installed prime minister startled the nation on Friday by warning that it could face a financial crisis of Greek proportions if it does not tackle its colossal debt.

Posted at 8:53pm and tagged with: economy, debt, Japan, Greece,.

Japan’s Prime Minister Warns That Debt Could  Bring a Crisis Like That of Greece

Japan’s newly  installed prime minister startled the nation on Friday by warning that  it could face a financial crisis of Greek proportions if it does not  tackle its colossal debt.