Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

    The company's process is two-fold: first, simple tap water is converted to seawater by adding artificial sea salt, which allows the farming process to be set up anywhere tap water is available.

    Second, a patented technology involving bacteria cleans the water, consuming the ammonia produced by the fish, and dissolving nitric acid, meaning energy-sucking cleaning systems are not necessary.

    "We'll be the world's first successful case for this type of land-based salmon farming if we can turn a profit," Sogo said.

    The process was born out of technology developed by Sogo's company for sewage disposal systems.

    In 2008, they developed the breakthrough bacteria technology and the following year it was being used at an aquarium in Tokyo, at which point Sogo realised it could be used for salmon farming.

    Rendezvous next year to see if Sogo made it. 

    [Source: AFP]

    A Japanese company equips elderly staff with exoskeletons

    Sohail Rahman reporting for Al Jazeera:

    A Japanese hauling company which employs many elderly people has invested in an exoskeleton to take the strain off its staff.


    The exoskeleton helps employees to carry out their jobs, which include constantly loading, unloading, carrying and bending.

    "The burden on my back and legs has been lessened by half," Kenji Takemura, an employee at the company for more than 34 years, told Al Jazeera.

    The future is now. 

    The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


    This restaurant has no waiters and no dish cleaners. It is an automated sushi restaurant located in Tokyo. 

    Read more.


    The link source redirects you to a Flickr album where you can see Japanese manhole covers. They are amazingly designed.

    Unbeatable rock-paper-scissors robot

    Unbeatable rock-paper-scissors robot


    Meet Tatsuo Horiuchi, the 73 year old Excel artist. This guy made all the art here on Excel:

     “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”


    An interesting Japanese hairstyle: Ripe Tomato.

    Japan will make its own airplane

    Japan will make its own airplane