Tag Archives: Japan


After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

A massive earthquake, a tsunami and a potential nuclear meltdown. The crisis in Japan is like a disaster movie. Only the “special effects” are real and Bruce Willis isn’t going to parachute in and save the day.

Scientists can now (more or less) accurately forecast volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts and hurricanes. But despite the best efforts of seismologists (who probably get ignored by all the other physical scientists at parties), earthquakes remain …

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The business of business cards

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of the company using Google Maps. Have you ever tried to find a business building in Korea or Japan? After some research and much consideration I now know that the format of addresses in these countries is deliberately designed to confuse. If a machine was entrusted with this process it would end up a total disaster, one that is only discovered when you find you turn up for a business meeting at what is actually a Yakuza hideout, with only a flashing business card shaped like a banana to …

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Is feedback the new Tower of Babel?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… lead female character, reactions to her design could differ significantly between US, Japan and Europe on the basis of many factors (age, education, etc.). While some non-native English speaking players could express their opinion on official community forums, it is unlikely that their comments would give a good indication of how the game has been received in the area they come from. Most players would instead be discussing it in forums and news groups accessible only to people …

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Are the Golden Years history?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… an aging population, Italy is an even worse position than the US and most other countries. After Japan, it is the “oldest” country in the world. Even today the country is struggling to balance its books. Because of a declining birth-rate, in the near future – regardless of whether life expectancy sky-rockets – a declining number of tax payers will be increasingly unable to support the numbers of retirees drawing a pension, at least not without enduring an enormous tax hike.

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