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Bango Extends Carrier Billing for Amazon Customers in Japan

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 novembre 2017

giapponeBango (AIM: BGO), the mobile payments company, announces that following the successful launch of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) for Amazon retail customers in Japan (June 2017), it has expanded DCB availability to Japanese customers of Amazon Prime and Prime Student membership programmes.Amazon customers with an NTT DOCOMO or KDDI (au) mobile phone account can now pay for the Amazon Prime membership fee, either monthly or annually by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill. At the same time, students in Japan can now use this new payment method to pay for their annual membership fees to the Prime Student programme.Adding carrier billing as a payment option increases choice for customers in Japan, making it easy to complete purchases. Selecting this payment method enables instant purchase completion, without needing to register card details online. Bango technology ensures reliability, security and customer success when paying with carrier billing.“An amazing range of goods and services can now be purchased through the phone bill in Japan,” said Ray Anderson, Bango CEO. “The Bango Platform ensures global retailers can offer these customers the trust and transparency they want from a payment method, and can deliver this at scale”.Charging online payments to a phone bill is a widely-adopted payment method in Japan, where mobile usage is deeply embedded into business and culture. The payment method opened-up to purchase goods on Amazon.co.jp at the start of June, greatly increasing the range of products that can be charged to the phone bill by KDDI and NTT DOCOMO customers, who cover around 75% of all mobile subscribers in Japan (Telecommunications Carriers Association, Japan, 2016).To use this payment option, a KDDI or NTT DOCOMO user simply adds carrier billing as a payment option in their Amazon.co.jp account and then purchases can be made from their mobile phone, with the cost charged to their post-paid phone bill.

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Japan’s cherry blossoms are emerging increasingly early

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 aprile 2017

cherry bombHANAMI, the Japanese custom of contemplating the impermanence of life by gazing at the fleeting beauty of blossoming flowers, goes back a long way. “The Tale of Genji”, a tenth-century masterpiece that is perhaps the world’s first novel, devotes a chapter to the cherry-blossom festival staged in the emperor’s great hall. Diarists have keenly chronicled the comings and goings of cherry blossoms for centuries—records from Kyoto, the old capital, date back 1,200 years. This precious, ancient data set reveals a disturbing trend: in recent decades, the blossoms have emerged much sooner than they once did.From its most recent peak in 1829, when full bloom could be expected to come on April 18th, the typical full-flowering date has drifted earlier and earlier. Since 1970, it has usually landed on April 7th. The cause is little mystery. In deciding when to show their shoots, cherry trees rely on temperatures in February and March. Yasuyuki Aono and Keiko Kazui, two Japanese scientists, have demonstrated that the full-blossom date for Kyoto’s cherry trees can predict March temperatures to within 0.1°C. A warmer planet makes for warmer Marches. The usual full-blooming date in Washington, DC, whose cherry-blossom festival is a relative newcomer (it launched in 1927), has also moved up by five days since the first recorded date in 1921.Visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the blossoms in all their splendour will now have to wait another year. Kyoto’s hotels are often fully booked six months in advance of sakura (cherry-blossom) season. Still, should you wish to celebrate from afar, we would suggest Motojiro Kajii’s delightful, oft-quoted poem “Under the Cherry Blossoms”, which begins with the less-than-cheery line: “There are bodies buried beneath the cherry trees.”
Correction (April 7th): An earlier version of this chart depicted cherry blossoms with six petals rather than five. This has been amended. Forgive us this botanical sin. (by The Economist) (photo: cherry bomb)

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Japan’s weak climate emission cuts threaten global climate deal – Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2015

climate_changeJapan’s government today confirmed a weak 26 percent cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2013 as its contribution to climate change negotiation in Paris later this year. The figure represents a mere 18% reduction from 1990 levels, one of the weakest targets of any industrialised nation. Ai Kashiwagi, Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, said:“Prime Minister Abe will fail to meet even this abysmally weak climate target, and his fantasy energy policy with its reliance on expensive and dangerous nuclear energy won’t help. While much of the world is rapidly speeding towards a renewable energy future, Prime Minister Abe is standing in the way. The failure of his energy policy will instead lock Japan into a future of massive emissions, energy insecurity, and 20th century fossil fuel dependency.”“The Japanese government remains committed to a nuclear and fossil fuel economy, but the reality is that Japan has the potential to generate 56% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, which would reduce carbon emissions. Japan needs an ambitious, binding climate target, and an energy policy that will allow us to meet it,” said Kashiwagi.

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Micron Technology Confirms Discussions With Elpida Memory Trustees

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 maggio 2012

Boise, Idaho, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), today confirmed it is engaged in discussions with Elpida Memory, Inc.’s trustees to acquire Elpida’s business.Micron made the announcement following a May 10 approval by the Tokyo District Court allowing Elpida’s trustees to negotiate an agreement with Micron, pursuant to which Micron would become Elpida’s sponsor and acquire Elpida’s entire business in accordance with the corporate reorganization proceedings. Elpida, a semiconductor DRAM memory manufacturer, filed a petition for commencement of Corporate Reorganization Proceedings with the Tokyo District Court under the Corporate Reorganization Act of Japan on Feb. 27, 2012, which proceedings have been commenced. Elpida recently undertook a bidding process to select a company to “sponsor” Elpida during its Corporate Reorganization proceedings and to acquire the company’s business. In that process, Elpida has decided to move forward in negotiations with Micron as the potential sponsor.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit http://www.micron.com.The Micron Technology, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6950 Micron and the Micron orbit logo are trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Micron Technology Confirms Discussions With Elpida Memory Trustees

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 maggio 2012

Boise, Idaho, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), today confirmed it is engaged in discussions with Elpida Memory, Inc.’s trustees to acquire Elpida’s business.Micron made the announcement following a May 10 approval by the Tokyo District Court allowing Elpida’s trustees to negotiate an agreement with Micron, pursuant to which Micron would become Elpida’s sponsor and acquire Elpida’s entire business in accordance with the corporate reorganization proceedings. Elpida, a semiconductor DRAM memory manufacturer, filed a petition for commencement of Corporate Reorganization Proceedings with the Tokyo District Court under the Corporate Reorganization Act of Japan on Feb. 27, 2012, which proceedings have been commenced.Elpida recently undertook a bidding process to select a company to “sponsor” Elpida during its Corporate Reorganization proceedings and to acquire the company’s business. In that process, Elpida has decided to move forward in negotiations with Micron as the potential sponsor.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit http://www.micron.com. The Micron Technology, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6950

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DataCash and MasterCard Launches eCommerce Payment Processing in Japan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 aprile 2012

London (PRNewswire) DataCash enables multi-market, local payment processing to merchants in third largest eCommerce market in the world Payments services provider, DataCash, a MasterCard company, has today announced that it has commenced eCommerce payment processing in the world’s third largest eCommerce market, Japan.
The launch will provide merchants seeking to enter the Japanese market, with the ability to accept payments in Japanese Yen in a broad range of payments brands including Japan Credit Bureau (JCB), Japan’s largest credit card company, MasterCard, Visa and Diners.This has been achieved through DataCash’s collaboration with MasterCard and extends DataCash’s international capabilities to offer its merchants the ability to accept domestic and international payments across 180 countries in over 170 currencies.Ajay Bhalla, president at DataCash, said, “This is a major milestone for DataCash as Japan is a key market for the global eCommerce industry. We recognise that merchants are increasingly adopting multi-market, local processing models and this launch is testament to our commitment to delivering these merchants with a solution to capitalise on today’s global opportunities.”The payments industry is in an increasingly dynamic environment with new and exciting technologies, such as the emergence of mobile solutions and advanced fraud tools. We believe that our move in to the Japanese market will allow us to in the future, bring forward these propositions and enable a holistic international payments system for our merchants.”
Founded in 1996, DataCash Group Ltd (part of MasterCard Incorporated) provides multi-channel global payment processing services and advanced fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants and banks. As a global partner to some of the world’s most recognisable brands in the gaming, travel, retail and finance sectors, DataCash combines smart thinking and an end-to-end solution to help its customers transcend the complexities and expense associated with payment processing. Advanced technology from DataCash enables customers to accept and process payments in over 177 currencies, from over 45 brands across e-commerce, m-commerce channels and cardholder present channels – with the security and confidence of tools tailored to meet exacting and expanding business needs. DataCash customers protect their brand and reputation, enhance end-user experience and capitalize on new global market opportunities.

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Haier Establishes Asian Headquarters in Japan as Part of Its Global Expansion Strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 febbraio 2012

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Tokyo. (PRNewswire)At a press conference Haier Group, the world’s No. 1 Global Major Appliances brand, officially announced its plans to establish its Asian headquarters in Osaka, and two R&D centers in Tokyo and Kyoto, a development that now establishes Japan an overseas market that combines all of the three key elements for business – R&D, manufacturing, and marketing. It also demonstrates Haier’s long-term strategic plan to grow its international market and establish its global brand reputation.The conference marked the official unveiling of Haier’s second brand in Japan, AQUA. Last year, Haier purchased SANYO’s washing machine and consumer refrigerator businesses in Japan, in addition to its washing machine, refrigerator and consumer home electric appliances businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. AQUA, as part of SANYO’s intangible assets, was transferred to Haier in 2011. Meanwhile, Haier owns two brands, Haier and AQUA, in the Japanese market as part of its dual brand strategy.Haier expected its sales in Japan to reach 50 billion yen in 2012, including AQUA’s estimated 35 billion yen. However, the company emphasized that it is not only eying an increase in market share. “What is most important for us is to better understand Japanese consumers, and provide high-quality appliances to meet the demands of their lives through our localized operations, technology innovation, and resource consolidation,” said Liang Haishan, Haier’s Executive VP.Following the acquisition, Haier decided to keep AQUA’s DNA – its unique technology, function and concept – intact to continue to provide high-quality products to Japanese consumers. Under Haier’s ownership, AQUA has evolved from a brand of washing machines to one that will comprise over 60 models of washing machines, refrigerators and other white goods. AQUA, currently available in Japan, is targeted at middle-and-high-income Japanese families that value their quality of life. AQUA’s brand concept is defined by Haier as “Life is precious,” and is created for those who “value every day of their lives.”
Besides Japan, Haier is also launching its duel brand strategy in the Southeast Asian market where it will operate under the brand names of “Haier” and “SANYO.” Haier’s Asian headquarters in Japan will oversee the innovation-oriented R&D, manufacturing, and marketing across the two regional markets.Du Jingguo, Haier’s vice president, told press conference attendees, “Haier chose Japan as the home for its Asian headquarters because of the country’s mature home appliances market and its global leadership position in terms of technological innovation and design. This combined with the deep understanding and insights that Haier has gained over the past 10 years of operations in Japan, as well as its leading-edge innovation and world-class competitiveness will help accelerate its growth and consolidation as the world’s No.1 Global Major Appliances brand.”
Over the past 27 years, Haier has endeavored to establish a world-famous brand in the international marketplace. So far, it has established 61 sales centers, 10 R&D centers, and 21 industrial parks across over 160 markets. It has also been ranked by Euromonitor as the No. 1 Global Major Appliances brand in terms of market share in the world for years consecutively.Based in Osaka, Haier’s Asian headquarters oversees two R&D centers in Tokyo and Kyoto, respectively. It has registered a capital of 250 million yen to date, and currently has 220 employees. It also oversees sales companies that market AQUA and Haier brands separately for the Japanese market, as well as a company in Shiga Prefecture that produces household and commercial machines.
AQUA was originally created as a marketing brand of SANYO washing machines. Established in 2006, AQUA was known for its unprecedented “air wash” technology and has long been popular among energy and cost-conscious Japanese consumers. Haier purchased AQUA from SANYO in 2011 as part of its expansion strategy into the Japanese market.For more information, visit http://www.haier.com

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Vertice sul clima: l’UE dovrebbe farsi paladino del Protocollo di Kyoto

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 novembre 2011

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L’UE dovrebbe assumere un ruolo guida al vertice ONU sul clima a Durban e battersi per proseguire oltre il 2012 nel taglio di CO2 previsto dal protocollo di Kyoto, sottolinea la risoluzione votata dal Parlamento europeo mercoledì. Inoltre, per i deputati l’economia dell’Unione europea trarrebbe beneficio se puntasse a superare l’attuale 20% previsto di riduzione di gas serra.I negoziati internazionali sul clima sono a un bivio fra stagnazione e progresso: l’UE deve aiutare la creazione di una nuova dinamica a Durban”, ha affermato il Presidente della commissione ambiente e capo della delegazione del Parlamento europeo Jo Leinen (S&D, DE), prima del voto della risoluzione che è stata poi approvata con 532 voti a favore, 76 contrari e 43 astenuti. “La crisi economica non deve essere usata come pretesto per non agire. l’EU dovrebbe sostenere il Protocollo di Kyoto e lavorare con gli altri paesi su una roadmap per garantire un trattato comprensivo sul clima entro il 2015 al massimo”, ha aggiunto Leinen.
La risoluzione afferma che l’UE dovrebbe dare sostegno “pubblico e inequivocabile” al proseguimento del Protocollo di Kyoto, un accordo internazionale vincolante e di riferimento, che impegna i paesi industrializzati a ridurre le emissioni di gas serra. I deputati vogliono evitare un vuoto normativo alla conclusione della fase attuale, in scadenza a fine 2012.
Ricordando le precedenti risoluzioni sul clima, i deputati ribadiscono che l’UE dovrebbe mirare a un incremento del suo attuale obiettivo, fissato al 20% di riduzione delle emissioni per il 2020. Ciò sarebbe nel suo interesse economico, visti i benefici per “posti di lavoro verdi, crescita e sicurezza”.
I deputati invitano l’Unione europea ad assumere un ruolo centrale nella ricerca di un accordo sulle fonti e sulla gestione di un fondo verde per il clima per sostenere i paesi in via di sviluppo, che dovrebbe raggiungere 100 miliardi di dollari annuali entro il 2020.Nuove misure sono necessarie anche per ridurre le emissioni dei trasporti aerei e marittimi (esclusi dal protocollo di Kyoto), e per affrontare i cambiamenti nell’utilizzo del suolo. Di fronte alle sfide di alcuni paesi al di fuori dell’UE, i deputati sostengono fermamente la legislazione approvata nel 2008 per includere, dal 1° gennaio 2012, l’aviazione nel sistema di scambio di emissioni.

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Second Noodle Shop Adopts Corn Flour

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 ottobre 2011

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A second Japanese noodle shop is incorporating U.S. corn flour in its ramen noodles as a result of the U.S. Grain Council’s dry milling promotion program. The shop, located outside Tokyo, is using a blend of 10 percent corn flour and 90 percent wheat, and marketing the product as “Indian Ramen.” The Council’s Japan office distributed its handbook containing the corn noodle formula and tasting samples to 270 Tokyo noodle shops in May and recently expanded the distribution to 250 shops in other cities. The Council is promoting a corn tortilla menu to cafes and restaurants in Tokyo as well. U.S. corn sales to Japan for dry milled food products increased more than 17,000 metric tons (670,000 bushels) in the January-to-August period compared to the same period last year. Japanese food manufacturers produce 600,000 metric tons of noodles annually. A consistent 10 percent corn-inclusion rate would require 60,000 metric tons of corn (2.4 million bushels).

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Barley Exports to Japan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2011

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U.S. barley exports to Japan have declined since 2008, when Japan imported around 400,000 metric tons (18 million bushels). However, this year the U.S. Grains Council organized a Japanese barley trade team to travel to Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota to rebuild and the trade relationship between Japanese buyers and U.S. producers and suppliers. During a farm visit in Idaho, the team learned about crop rotation practices and had the opportunity to see a new high yield feed barley variety that had been freshly harvested. The tour also included visits at Montana State University and Northern Crop Institute (NCI). These programs provided information on new food-use oriented barley, including high beta-glucan varieties already available on the market and more under development. The team was also briefed on barley food-use development in the United States.

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DDGS Export Growth in Japan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2011

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The chart to the right highlights U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to Japan. According to data from the Japanese Ministry of Finance, U.S. DDGS sales to Japan in the month of August 2011 account for a 81 percent U.S. market share that totals 11,681 metric tons. Accumulated volume of U.S. DDGS exports to Japan in 2011 (January-August) enjoyed a 93 percent U.S. market share with a total of 223,850 metric tons. The U.S. Grains Council’s Japan office organized four DDGS seminars in September, specifically focused on total mix ration (TMR) for dairy and poultry feed. The seminars attracted local livestock farmers and technical service researchers as well as feed manufacturers and wholesalers. Through these seminars and other USGC programs, the Council aims to expand the market of producers who independently mix feed ingredients by including the TMR feeding system, in addition to the market for compound feed manufacturing.

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Fukushima già di scala 7 come Cernobyl

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 marzo 2011

Un nuovo studio commissionato da Greenpeace Germania al Dr. Helmut Hirsch, esperto di sicurezza nucleare, rivela che l’incidente alla centrale giapponese di Fukushima,  ha già rilasciato un tale livello di radioattività da essere classificato di livello 7, secondo l’International Nuclear Event Scale (INES). Lo studio del Dr. Hirsch, che si basa sui dati pubblicati dall’Agenzia Governativa Francese per la Protezione da Radiazioni (IRSN) e dall’Istituto Centrale di Meteorologia  Austriaco (ZAMG) [2], ha rilevato che la quantità totale di radionuclidi di iodio-131 e cesio-137, rilasciata a Fukushima tra l’11 e il 13 marzo 2011, equivale al triplo del valore minimo per classificare un incidente come livello 7 nella scala INES. 7 è il livello massimo di gravità per gli incidenti nucleari, raggiunto in precedenza solo durante l’incidente a Cernobyl del 1986. Greenpeace ha inviato in Giappone un gruppo di esperti che da oggi inizieranno a monitorare i livelli di contaminazione radioattiva intorno alla zona di evacuazione per valutare la reale portata di rischio per la popolazione locale. “Fin dall’inizio della crisi nucleare a Fukushima, sembra che le autorità stiano sottovalutando sia i rischi che l’estensione della contaminazione radioattiva. Siamo venuti qui a Fukushima per fare un’analisi trasparente e indipendente sulla reale contaminazione radioattiva dell’area e sui rischi per la salute pubblica” afferma Jan van de Putte, team leader di Greenpeace e consulente in sicurezza radioattività. Mentre a Cernobyl l’incidente aveva coinvolto un solo reattore, a Fukushima si è avuto rilascio di radioattività da quattro reattori. I reattori 1, 2 e 3 hanno subito perdita di liquido refrigerante che ha portato alla fusione del combustibile nucleare. La piscina del reattore 4, contenente combustibile nucleare esausto, ha perso liquido refrigerante fino a produrre un incendio che ha coinvolto il combustibile. Un’esplosione di idrogeno ha infine distrutto la struttura del reattore 4.L’IAEA ha sempre dichiarato che un incidente di questa scala non sarebbe mai stato possibile in un reattore occidentale, e invece ce ne sono stati tre in una volta. Greenpeace è particolarmente preoccupata per gli effetti che la ricaduta radioattiva avrà su un paese ad alta densità di popolazione come il Giappone. La maggior parte della radioattività di Cernobyl è ricaduta sulla Bielorussia, con una densità abitativa di 40 persone per chilometro quadrato. Il Giappone ha una densità media di 800 persone per chilometro quadrato. L’area metropolitana di Tokyo ha densità di oltre 1200 persone per chilometro quadro. Le implicazioni per la dose collettiva di radiazione sulla popolazione potrebbero essere enormi.

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Global Automotive Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 marzo 2011

“The Great Tohoku Earthquake has a profound impact on the global Automotive Industry. It is a triple disaster of unprecedented levels, and despite good news from the nuclear power plant Fukushima, the problem is far from over. The Automotive industry is one of the worst hit industries by the earthquake and its consequences and the impact is profound, not only on Japanese OEM’s and suppliers, but on the global Automotive industry as a whole. For Japan the short term effects encompass a production stoppage, a shortage of parts and an overall impact on the financial performance of the country. For the global industry it will mean a production stoppage in the U.S. and Europe, coupled with a stronger emergence of U.S., European and Korean brands. While the impact on the supply chain of Toyota is on a medium level with a production loss of 40,000 to 50,000 units during this period for Honda it is very high with a production loss of 30,000 to 35,000 units and for Nissan, with a production loss of about 25,000 units, at the lower end. It is however, possible for each of these companies to cover up for this shortfall in 2011, if the underlying demand remains strong. Considering the fact, that a production cut or stoppage in some plants in US and Europe might be due to the fact that components such as batteries are sourced from Japan, this short term impact on the global industry will provide a window of opportunities for Korean component manufacturers.Ford and Hyundai and other competing brands will have growth opportunities due to the fact that a shortage of certain models would lead to higher sales, since fast moving models, such a Prius, Insight, and Fit are hit by the disaster.Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.

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Cosa possiamo imparare dal Giappone?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 marzo 2011

SMS Rifredi, 25/3/2011 ore 21,00 via Vittorio Emanuele II 303 Curatore: Franco Bagnoli ConEugenio Tabet, ex dirigente di ricerca dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità Filippo Catani, dipartimento di scienze della terra, Università di Firenze  Il terremoto che ha colpito il Giappone con annesso Tsunami ha messo in dubbio molte delle nostre certezze di poter dominare la natura e controllare la tecnologia. Se anche il Giappone, che è sicuramente un paese all’avanguardia nel campo della prevenzione delle catastrofi, ha avuto così tanti morti e danni e non ha saputo prevedere l’intensità del terremoto, forse bisogna ripensare a fondo le strategie di contenimento dei disastri naturali. Ma sicuramente le maggiori preoccupazioni riguardano le centrali nucleari. L’energia nucleare doveva essere una fonte economica che avrebbe risolto tutti i problemi di approvvigionamento. Ma Three Mile Island, Chernobyl e ora Fukushima ci mettono in guardia: i sistemi tecnologici non sono facilmente gestibili, sia perché il mondo che non è per nulla stabile, sia perché la sicurezza è sempre un compromesso con il costo sia infine per la difficoltà intrinseca di controllare processi complessi. Inoltre, altri dubbi emergono sulla convenienza del nucleare oltre alla pericolosità delle centrali: il rischio di proliferazione, la gestione delle scorie, l’esaurimento del combustibile e la sua disponibilità, l’effettiva economicità di questa fonte a fronte delle esigenze di sicurezza. E forse dobbiamo ripensare anche a tutto il nostro modello di sviluppo, basato su grandi consumi, grandi sprechi e grande sfruttamento delle risorse.  Si tratta di argomenti vasti e complessi, che sicuramente non si possono esaurire in una discussione di un paio di ore, ed inoltre in questo momento le maggiori preoccupazioni sono sicuramente quelle di ordine sanitario. Bisogna comunque analizzare la situazione e cercare di trarre insegnamenti da quello che è successo in Giappone, e prima ancora da Chernobyl.  Sarà possibile seguire il caffescienza in diretta web su http://www.livestream.com/caffescienza  (video) http://www.caffescienza.it e su http://150.217.48.146/audio/live.html (audio). (fukushima)

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