I would love to see how this new facial ID system handles all the outliers* such as the 10-to-20% of the Japanese population who wear surgical masks during both the winter flu season and the 4-to-6 month long pollen season.
Facial ID tech to be set at Osaka station
The Yomiuri Shimbun | January 30, 2014
…The station, which serves 820,000 passengers per day, is scheduled to be the stage of an unusually large study on tracking location data using facial-recognition technology…
…Each camera is to photograph people’s faces within a three-square-meter area, and assign each face an ID based on its characteristics.
When a person is recognized by another camera, the time and location will be recorded. Each person’s behavior will then be tracked for one week…more...
Outliers ”Я” Us : I am one of these outliers for facial recognition. Whenever I go to work at the Japanese R&D center of Toshiba and I try to walking in on crutches wearing a hoodie, their automatic entry authorization camera system fails to recognize my face or that I’m a human.
WARNING, WARNING: Quadruped alien identified.
I know, I know…Cool story, bro.(meme)
Previous reports on the 3Yen about Japanese face scanning technologies and countermeasures include:
• Facial recognition for surgical mask wearing Japanese
(3Yen / 2006-01-14)
• Digital makeup, Japanese
(3Yen / 2011-04-18) ↓
• Anti-surveillance chic from Japan
(3Yen / 2013-01-29) ↓
Ho, ho, ho! Abe Santa brings inflationary* gifts for everyone!
サンタクロースは / 資本主義の手下 / で、あってほしくないね。
281_AntiNuke (@281_)’s twitter Dec. 24, 2013
*PM Abe’s glow-in-the-dark gifts are intended to be “inflationary” as it is the stated policy of “Abenomics” (Wiki) to jumpstart the Japanese economy by increasing government spending for the military and for public works such as fixing TEPCO Corporation’s nuclear plant meltdown in Fukushima.
Cute Cthulhu has a brand-new name and a fun new gig in Japan!
Loose character/floppy mascot* “Araippe”
Oarai city in Ibaraki Prefecture has a problem. The city is down the coast (Google Maps)) from the continuing Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. Needless to say tourism is way, waaaay down in Oarai, and they are hoping their new mascot “Araippe” will boost the number of visitors to the area.
According to various Japanese press releases such as the Asahi Shimbun (2013 Oct. 17–Google Translate), their new mascot “Araippe” is made up of the local seafood specialties. As shown below, Araippe’s “charm point” is his coat of whitebait (one of my favorite Japanese delicacies) that hangs his body like hair. Araippe’s mouth is a clam another local delicacy, and his tail is a clam rake.
Araippe is further described as a vivacious boy who loves fireworks, and who shakes around all the time as he is so happy.
However, Japanese social media is not so positive about Araippe. The reaction on Twitter Japan is that Araippe looks like a “mass of tentacles” or “Medusa” and is “creepy” and “gross.” Even the mayor of Oarai city said that Araippe, “looks like an old mop.”
“Whitebait” is the immature fry of fish that are 25 and 35 millimeters long. In the market here Japan, I buy trays (see left) of whitebait called “Shirasu” for a reasonable price, 300 to 500 yen–about $3 to 5 USD. Typically Shirasu/whitebait is blanched in salt water and served on top of rice as shown below. (Wiki)
The continuing jellyfish invasion has been causing a havoc at nuclear power plants clogging them and shutting them down in Japan (3Yen / 2012-10-27) and throughout the world (tomonews.net / 2013-10-03).
KILLER ROBOTS!…the JEROS—Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm.
Robot meant to remove jellyfish might just be making more jellyfish
October 7, 2013, 1:34 p.m.
…Developed by a team of engineers in Korea, JEROS is a robot designed for destroying jellyfish swarms, like the one that recently clogged the cooling pipes at a nuclear power plant…
Animated GIFs via nmatv.tumblr.com
Previous 3Yen reports over the years about these mad jellies include:
—PANIC! Killer jellyfish invading Japan! (3Yen / 2008-02-09)
—INVASION OF THE NUCLEAR JELLYFISH! (3Yen / 2006-07-20)
—The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish! (3Yen / 2007-02-20)
—Attack of the giant jellyfish! (3Yen / 2005-12-08)
Den4, the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large reports:
Tako-chan is very angry that Tepco is contaminating his threshold…now on the hunt for Prime Minister Abe for lying to the world about his leaking bowel syndrome …
Is an authentic three-legged race coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
French Fukushima cartoon offends Japan
theguardian.com | /2013/sep/12
…the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine, shows two sumo wrestlers – each with an extra arm or leg – with the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the background…a TV announcer dressed in a hazardous materials suit says:
“Marvelous! Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport.” ↓
Making the rounds in twitter #Japan:
Housing for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Housing for Fukushima refugees
Fukushima’s nuclear Dead-Zone reporting by 3Yen correspondent, MARKed TRAIL: Via Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi)’s twitter | September 9, 2013
Some dingdong who refuses to leave the 20 km dead zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdowns, has found that his pet cows (the cattle cannot be sold and he has collected compensation already) have spots. Oh noes! Cows with spots!
“White spots” on Fukushima cattle ignored by Japanese officials
Channel NewsAsia — 29 Aug 2013
…Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, farmer Masami Yoshizawa kept his cattle alive to monitor changes due to prolonged radiation exposure. Now, mysterious white spots on the fur and skin are appearing on 10 of his Japanese black cattle.
As revelations about continued problems around the nuclear plant emerged, it should be a major concern for Japan’s agricultural business. But so far, nothing has been said about the issue.
Kazuo Suzuki, the Ministry of Agriculture official responsible for livestock within the 20 kilometre exclusion zone, was informed of the white spots by Mr Yoshizawa when he visited Mr Yoshizawa’s farm in December 2012.
Meanwhile with this week’s revelation that 300 tons of water contaminated with radioactive material has gushed out of Fukushima, the real concern is how much is the Japanese government lying about the fallout from Fukushima (Newstalk / 2013Aug29).
You have probably heard recently on the news about massive radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear powerplant meltdown has raised the alarm over seafood safety (Japan Times/ 2013Aug23). Although, a staggering 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium, 20 trillion becquerels of cesium and 10 trillion becquerels of strontium may have flowed into the sea (Ibid.), the immediate danger is that Pacific seafood’s already toxic levels of mercury for children and pregnant women (3Yen / 2010-04-26), now has been shown to be rapidly rising.
Mercury contamination in fish expected to rise in coming decades
CBS News — August 26, 2013
→ WARNING: Autostart video.
In a study published Aug. 25 in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Michigan researchers say that mercury produced by the coal-burning power plants in these northern Pacific countries travels thousands of miles through the air before rainfall deposits it on the ocean floor…From there, it’s passed on to humans who consume contaminated Pacific Ocean fish, such as tuna and swordfish...more…
And, if the nuke meltdown and mercury doesn’t bother you, the following report of the World Health Organization, seafood is the most significant source of arsenic in food…
W.H.O. — Chapter 6.1 Arsenic | Pg. 4
…The amount of arsenic ingested daily by humans via food is greatly influenced by the amount of
seafood in the diet. The intake in Japan, where the diet has a large seafood component, is higher
than that in Europe and the United States (Table 1). The diet in Japan was found to contain 5.7–
17% inorganic arsenic, 1.1–3.6% monomethylarsonate (MMA), 6.6–27% dimethylarsinate (DMA)
and 47.9–75.2% arsenobetaine…more…
Previous 3Yen reports on the toxic hazards of Japan’s fishy cuisine include:
• Evidence of Mad-Hatter syndrome in Japan (3Yen / 2010-02-24)
• Death Metal Sushi! (3Yen / 2010-04-26)
• How about some nice grilled whale with mercury sauce? (3Yen / 2007-08-02)
• Bluefin tuna — Black market