• July 27, 2022
    • August 1, 2022

    Stubborn Craftsmen in the Disaster-Less City

    The highest compensation on disaster-related court dicisions Last month, two important disaster-related court decisions were handed down in Japan. The first was a lawsuit by shareholders against the former management of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which caused the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The amount of compensation was an unprecedented 13 trillion JPY. This was the highest amount of compensation ever charged for causing a particular type of environmental pollution. It was namely radioactive pollution which resulted in the extensive and long-term damage to many people. Photo Credit: The other was lawsuit by bereaved families of the victims at the 2014 Mount Ontake eruption, suing the government and the prefecture. They claimed it was illegal for the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to leave the eruption-warning level lower without sufficient consideration. In conclusion the plaintiffs’ claim […]

    • July 21, 2022
    • August 2, 2022

    The Economics of Superstar: Billionaire Architects Will Emerge

    Do you like video games? Me? I have no interest at all. When I was a kid, almost all the classmates had Nintendo Entertainment System, but I didn’t. No matter how hard I wished for it, my parents didn’t give the nod. Alternatively, I sometimes went to my friends’ houses to play video games, but it was not so fun because the friends were much better. When I was a college student, Biohazard was released. I bought PlayStation myself to play it. The time came when my dream came true, but probably it was too late. I didn’t get into it. Due to the background like this, I had no idea why e-sports are so trendy and how they can make sense as a business, until I learned the popularity of gameplay videos. It was unbelievable for me that there are many people who enjoy watching other people play video […]

    • July 13, 2022
    • August 2, 2022

    Won “Best of the Best” of the Red Dot Design Award!

    Japan has more than 6000 high schools, about 4000 of which have a baseball team. Every summer, there’s a championship to decide the best team in Japan. Many people get excited, and fortunes are moved. On the other hand, people called a man with good sense raise voices against the trend, like “Don’t prey on the innocent effort of high school kids.” To be honest, I doubt if high school kids are such innocent, though. Another common criticism is “Too much emphasis is attached to high school baseball.” I think it’s valid. All the championship games are broadcast on TV for more than two weeks, which never happens in other high school sports. Of course, it’s not because most of the media tycoons are baseball fans but because high school baseball is much more popular than other high school sports. It’s the simple consequence of the free market in Japan. […]

    • July 8, 2022
    • July 8, 2022

    Which Rocks Hokkaido Rock House Is Built on?

    A virtual hotel built on the bedrock of Daisetsuzan Recently our company launched Hokkaido Rock House. It is a virtual hotel built on the bedrock of Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido. I am sure that anyone who was born and raised in Hokkaido can feel sympathy for its concept. However, Sou Fujimoto, the architect of Hokkaido Rock House, doesn’t reveal exactly where this hotel is located. Today, let’s consider which landscape it is modeled after. The only clue is its exterior The only clue is the above image. The overall appearance is characterized by whitish-brown rocks. The main building is terraced on the cliff wall of the canyon opened at a very sharp angle. A waterfall seems to pour into the building from a very high position. The hardwoods are relying on the soil accumulated in the slight hollows of the steep slopes, and the life of a lifetime is shining through […]

    • July 4, 2022
    • August 2, 2022

    What If You Were the Last Person on Earth?

    I like sci-fi stories (and movies). They are excellent thought experiments to create a completely different world, which always stimulate my interest. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell is the story of what if the world is completely ruled by totalitarianism. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (the movie was titled “Blade Runner,” and I really like it) elaborates an imaginary world where androids evolve their intelligence to become more human than humans. The starter of this article is “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith. It’s the movie portraying the last man on earth. If you watched the movie, I believe you’ve imagined “What would I do if I were Will Smith?” In fact, I did many times and was shocked every time to find the simple fact that I can’t live long by myself. Mind you. I literally mean it and am not talking about a mental or philosophical issue. […]