Tag: power

Real life in Tokyo following Fukushima and the earthquake

Shoppers in Tokyo, March 25, 2011   We’ve been having some troubles here in Japan.  Maybe you’ve heard. I’ve written some articles about the earthquake and the coverage of the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear reactors. You can read my reports here: March 25, 2011 Op-Ed: Tokyo OK, foreign media’s sensational coverage shameful March 16,

Commuter-Created Electricity Powers Holiday Lights

People are producing electricity by walking across a special panel on the plaza outside Shibuya train station in Tokyo. The Shibuya Ward government installed the 90-square-centimeter 2.5-centimeter thick piezoelectric mat near the Hachiko dog statue at Shibuya station. Electricity is created when people step on the mat. The people-power runs an electronic Light Emitting Diode display board

Tipsy Heater Does Not Fall Down

The egg-shaped Tipsy electric room heater cannot fall down. If kicked, it rocks like a bop bag inflatable punching bag and returns to an upright position.   Most heaters have an automatic power-off function that engages when the heater is not upright. After the heater turns off, it needs to be manually restarted.   The

Fukuda Tie or Not?

Japan’s annual “Cool Biz” energy-saving campaign began June 1, 2008. The fashion campaign was initiated in 2005 by former Japan environment minister Yuriko Koike. She argued that by getting men out of suits, office building air conditioning thermostats could be raised to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.