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Some good off-site debunking

Star Wars robots

Here's an unexpected find: The 5 biggest tech myths about Japan

To summarize the article's brief but welcome myth busting: Japan does NOT have bizarre vending machines all over, does NOT have robots all over, and is NOT overrun with schoolgirls bearing unusual technology prowess. (I'm ambivalent on two other points: Japan's Internet speeds probably are pretty good by international comparison, and Akihabara does have lots of fun for techies, though I'll happily agree that these are not "OMG Japan is unbelievable" things.)

For more in the same tech myth-debunking vein, see Low-Tech Japan, Debunked: Japan's "Special Relationship with Robots", and technology-tagged articles in general.  


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