‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town

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Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015

 

 
japan-robot-taxiMONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxisThe first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline
in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.
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UPDATE
Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis

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Previous hi-tech taxi reports on the 3Yen include:

 


Just in time for the rush of Golden Week vacationers returning home

Yesterday they closed the hiking trails to Mount Hakone and today…

left_long quotebar 24x260pxLevel 2 volcano warning for Mt. Hakone in anticipation of possible small eruption
Japan Meteorological Agency / 06:00 JST, 06 May 2015
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Blooming trippy springtime Japan



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The above is from the animated intro for the NHK program, “Flowers bloom in the Northeast.”
The program is tour of the Northeast of Japan with a “mysterious girl” that the public broadcaster, NHK, has aired as part of the reconstruction campaign for the Great Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster of 2011 (Wiki).

You can view the entire animation at the official NHK website…
nhk-animation-openingClick to play.

Tentacles were nestled all snug in their beds…

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All the Cthulhus were nestled all snug in their tentacle beds / As visions of Japanese schoolgirls danced in the heads

 
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The 3Yen’s previous reports Tentacle Miracles of this Holy Season include:

‘Gunkanjima’—drone video of Japan’s ‘Battleship Island’ in ultra-HD

Whoa! Japan’s “Battleship Island”–‘Gunkanjima’ (軍艦島) shot by a drone in 4K ultra HD video.

Previous reports of creepy Gunkanjima—Battleship Island’ on the 3Yen include:

Learn more details at the video’s official website:
   • facebook.com/battleshipisland
and at:
   • wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island

SHARKphoon!

Super typhoon Phanfone hits Tokyo!

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–accuweather.com–
Deadly Typhoon Phanfone Lashes Japan

RUN AWAY!!

On September 27th, Mount Ontake in northern Japan blew its top killing more than 30 people. To quote the masters*,: “RUN AWAY!!

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Fukushima is the bomb

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69年。国が不認定の4人全員を原爆症と判断–Y!ニュース http://t.co/ttAwTUCKkx pic.twitter.com/jYXQQymX8x 281_AntiNuke (@281_) Mar 20, 2014

August 6th
wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

Japan’s drip, drip, drip…

Remember the Fukushima Meltdown of 2011 (Wiki)?
It has been more than three years since the disaster and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is still drip, drip, dripping…

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Previous posts about the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown on the 3Yen include:
   • TEPCO’s Valentine for Japan (3Yen / 2013-10-17)
   • Cthulhu mascot for the radioactive coast (3Yen / 2013-10-17)
   • Radioactive pigs over-run Fukushima! (3Yen / 2013-09-25)
   • TEPCO admits the Fukushima nuclear leak is ’serious’

Welcome to my nightmare…Japan

Here’s my nightmare commute on the Wangan Highway* in the Keihin District of the Tokyo-Yokohama industrial megalopolis.

Previous/endless Japanese nightmares I have covered on the 3Yen include:
   • Japan’s national tree–concrete utility pole (3Yen / 2011-01-14
   • 10 Ugly Rivers of the World (3Yen / 2010-02-05)
   • Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
   • Ill-Machine, Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22)