ad info




CNN.com y: why it matters
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 U.S.
 LOCAL
 POLITICS
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 SPACE
 HEALTH
 ENTERTAINMENT
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 ARTS & STYLE
 NATURE
 IN-DEPTH
* ANALYSIS
 myCNN

 Headline News brief
 news quiz
 daily almanac

  MULTIMEDIA:
 video
 video archive
 audio
 multimedia showcase
 more services

  E-MAIL:
Subscribe to one of our news e-mail lists.
Enter your address:
Or:
Get a free e-mail account

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

  CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 AsiaNow
 En Español
 Em Português
 Svenska
 Norge
 Danmark
 Italian

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 TIME INC. SITES:
 CNN NETWORKS:
Networks image
 more networks
 transcripts

 SITE INFO:
 help
 contents
 search
 ad info
 jobs

 WEB SERVICES:


Japanese technology: small gadgets, big influence

Marina Kamimura

By Marina Kamimura
CNN Tokyo Bureau Chief

January 6, 2000
Web posted at: 5:33 p.m. EST (2233 GMT)

musings at the millennium

TOKYO (CNN)-- The land of the rising sun has developed a reputation during the past half-century for being a veritable paradise for technological products and gadgets.

Think Japan and think of popular, personal products such as the Walkman, high-tech electronics, a gamut of developments involving computer wizardry, and even the karaoke sing-along.

Given the Japanese penchant for the robotic and the small, it's probably not surprising that the Japanese developed miniature cameras to allow physicians to probe deep inside the human body.

Along the way, the Japanese earned a reputation for liking the wacky as well: virtual pets, a bra with sensors for flying objects, even a washing machine to clean humans.

Some critics have said much of Japanese technology lacks true ingenuity and is instead a modification of discoveries made by others. Japanese companies let their record of innovative products speak for itself.

more musings

As the century draws to a close, even the Japanese admit their tardiness in embracing what some have called the greatest technological innovation of this century -- the Internet.

Still, few would dispute the large role Japanese technology has played in shaping the world as it enters the next millennium.



RELATED STORIES:
CNN Interactive: Analysis

CNN Interactive: World
   • ASIANOW

CNNfn.com

RELATED SITES:
Japan Ministry of International Trade and Industry
   • Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
   • Japanese Patent Office

Japan Science and Technology Agency

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

 LATEST HEADLINES:
SEARCH CNN.com
Enter keyword(s)   go    help


Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.