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19 декабря 2017, 19:01

Firms raided in probe on bid rigging

PROSECUTORS have raided the headquarters of four of Japan's biggest construction companies, investigating alleged collusion on bids for a multibillion dollar maglev railway that Prime Minister Shinzo

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19 декабря 2017, 00:39

Prosecutors raid contractors Kajima, Shimizu over maglev train bid

Tokyo prosecutors Monday raided two major construction firms over suspicions they colluded to secure contracts for Japan's multi-billion-dollar maglev project that will see trains running at 500 kilometers…

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18 декабря 2017, 13:45

Japan probes bid-rigging claims for $80bn maglev railway

Contractors Kajima and Shimizu raided by prosecutors in high-profile investigation

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14 декабря 2017, 00:33

Maglev train bidding obstruction probe spreads to Shimizu, Taisei

Prosecutors have questioned executives of major construction companies Shimizu Corp and Taisei Corp on a voluntary basis about alleged obstruction by Obayashi Corp in bidding on contracts for…

24 октября 2017, 15:36

Before Brangelina: The Angelina Jolie Relationships You Probably Forgot

Here are 5 relationships Angelina Jolie had before she dated and married Brad Pitt.

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13 октября 2017, 10:07

Actor Akira Shimizu apologizes for son’s arrest for using stimulant drugs

Akira Shimizu, an actor and celebrity impressionist, apologised at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday night after his son Ryotaro, 29, was arrested earlier in the day…

08 мая 2017, 19:01

Color of money:what’s green, what’s not?

FORGET the 50 shades of grey. What counts in China’s world of finance are all the nuanced shades of green and an alarming lack of blue. With smog choking the skies over many Chinese cities and Beijing

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06 мая 2017, 00:13

Gamba misses chance to take J.League lead

Gamba Osaka squandered a chance to take over top spot in the J.League after drawing with Shimizu S-Pulse 1-1 at home on Friday. Gamba tied with Urawa in…

10 февраля 2017, 08:31

Города будущего уже реальность

Писатели-фантасты еще в 30-х годах прошлого века мечтали о жизни человека будущего в непривычных средах. Александр Беляев в своем романе «Подводные земледельцы» с поразительной точностью предсказал возможность жизни на дне океана – в придуманном им доме были и спальни, и кухня, и столовая, и переходной отсек для облачения в водолазные костюмы для работы на подводной ферме. А жилые колонии на Марсе и Луне настолько популярны у фантастов, что уже воспринимаются скорее как реалии, а не выдумка. И вот фантазии начинают сбываться. Никого уже не удивляют невероятные города в Сингапуре, построенные на искусственных островах, стотысячный город в замкнутой экосреде, возведенный в пригороде Токио. Хельсинки первые в своем роде воплотили проект «Открытый Ахйо», который позволяет жителям иметь открытый доступ к городской законодательной системе и таким образом следить за принятием решений властями в режиме реального времени, а также принимать участие и влиять на городские процессы, в том числе с помощью мобильного приложения.

09 февраля 2017, 17:57

Города будущего уже реальность

Архитекторы и градостроители уже озаботились демографическими проблемами и задались вопросом, где завтра будет жить человек. Выбор есть – либо колонии на Марсе, либо густонаселённые подводные конструкции. Экспериментальные проекты невероятнейших городов будущего уже разработаны и готовы к воплощению

30 января 2017, 15:36

10 Best Japanese Horror Movies of All Time

Some of the best horror films in the world have come out of Japan. Let's take a look at some of the most memorable Japanese horror movies.

23 января 2017, 16:46

Подводный энергонезависимый город могут построить к 2030 году

Токийская архитектурная фирма представила концепцию подводного города. Обитатели Ocean Spiral будут проживать в сферах на глубине 5 км. Источником энергии для города послужат волны, течения и приливы. Проект может быть реализован уже в 2030 году. Японская архитектурная фирма Shimizu Corporation рассматривает подводные города, как решение экологических и энергетических проблем ближайшего будущего. Климатические изменения могут привести к подъему уровня моря, многие города и страны будут затоплены, а люди лишатся жилья. Подводные города Ocean Spirals будут защищены от катаклизмов. Для этого архитекторы предлагают размещать жилые сферические комплексы на глубине 5 км. На дне океана будут установлены гигантские турбины для получения энергии от волн, приливов и течений. Полученная электроэнергия будет поступать в сферу, в которой сможет проживать до 5000 человек. Согласно концепции, в сфере разместятся жилые помещения, офисы, лаборатории, рестораны и школы. Волновая энергия полностью заполнит все энергетические потребности обитателей Ocean Spiral. По мнению архитекторов, подводные города - это экологичная альтернатива проживанию на земле. Океаны покрывают 70% планеты, поэтому глубоководные системы обладают большим и пока не реализованным потенциалом. Shimizu Corporation планирует реализовать концепцию к 2030 году, если на проект удастся найти финансирование. Строительство одного подводного города архитекторы оценивают в $26 млрд, сообщает Business Insider. Согласно исследованию Nature Climate Change, повышение уровня моря в 2017 году может лишить жилья 4,2 миллиона американцев. Решением проблемы в условиях климатической нестабильности могут стать плавучие дома на солнечных батареях - такую концепцию представила калифорнийская архитектурная компания Terry & Terry Architecture. Другое решение - это искусственные острова, организованные по принципу систейдинга. Группа миллиардеров из Кремниевой долины планирует построить архипелаг плавучих островов у берегов Французской Полинезии.(https://hightech.fm/2017/...)

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13 января 2017, 22:43

AP PHOTOS: 7-decade passion for toys fills Mexico museum

Even as a child, Roberto Shimizu loved collecting things.

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19 ноября 2016, 12:51

Анджелина Джоли променяла мужа на 49-летнюю лесбиянку

Голливудская дива возобновила общение со своей старой однополой любовью – манекенщицей Дженни Шимицу

21 сентября 2016, 19:41

Before Brangelina: The Angelina Jolie Relationships You Probably Forgot

Here are 5 relationships Angelina Jolie had before she dated and married Brad Pitt.

20 сентября 2016, 19:25

Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Bisexual

These 11 well-known celebrities talk about identifying as bisexual and the challenges that come along with that title.

17 сентября 2016, 23:32

Sound Economics Protects Us from Locos

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a passage from pages 84-85 of Arnold Kling’s hot-off-the-press – and superb – new book, Specialization and Trade: A Re-introduction to Economics: Many people believe intuitively that it saves resources to “buy local.”  Surely, we think, cheese and vegetables from a local farm must save on the energy required for transportation.  However, if the […]

15 августа 2016, 17:55

Workers of the Future, Unite

Automation will undoubtedly transform the workforce, the economy, and society as a whole. Robotics, sophisticated "AI" software, and other technologies will cause lasting and profound changes in the future. But that's no reason to ignore the problems we're facing right now. In fact, the best way to ensure that we have a more equitable economy tomorrow is by fighting for one today. "Reality check" Two recent commentaries addressed the "robot question." One, by Don Lee, ran in the Los Angeles Times under the headline "Reality check: Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people." Lee cites two companies that are using highly automated new technologies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China. Because of that technology, far fewer jobs were created by their return than had been lost when they first moved their manufacturing overseas. Lee summarizes one such story by saying that "what (it) actually shows is not how easy it would be to bring back manufacturing jobs, but how small the results can be, thanks largely to the very thing that made the return possible: automation." But these companies seem to have brought their manufacturing back to the US because of automation, which is not equally as advanced in all areas. They do not seem representative of industry overall. Automation is likely to become a major job-killer. But these two anecdotes aren't the "reality check" that Lee suggests. Robots aren't taking over, at least not yet. That can be seen in the data. As economist Dean Baker has pointed out, the rate of productivity growth has slowed in recent years. That's the opposite of what we would expect to see if automation was already transforming the workplace. We shouldn't use tomorrow's threats to avoid solving today's problems. Brave new rant David Ignatius takes a deeper look in a column headed "The brave new world of robots and lost jobs," writing:"The political debate needs to engage the taboo topic of guaranteeing economic security to families -- through a universal basic income, or a greatly expanded earned-income tax credit, or a 1930s-style plan for public-works employment."That's exactly right. But Ignatius is also overly dismissive of today's workforce challenges when he argues that "economic security won't come from renegotiating trade deals" or "rebuilding infrastructure." "These are palliatives," says Ignatius. "Ranting about bad trade deals won't begin to address the problem." But which problem? "Ranting" about trade (if you accept the negative characterization; I don't) may not solve the problem of future workers displaced by automation. But a smarter trade policy could bring jobs back to the US in the interim. More could be protected by rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And millions of additional jobs could be created -- here and now -- by fixing our crumbling infrastructure, an effort that the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates would cost $3.6 trillion between now and 2020. That would strengthen the economy's foundations before the robot apocalypse arrives. And why do we assume it will be an apocalypse, anyway? We didn't always. Waiting for George Jetson People believed that radical new forms of automation were imminent in the 1950s and 1960s. But, back in those post-war boom years, people wondered how everyone would cope with their newfound prosperity. Sociologist Ikutaro Shimizu predicted "the coming of the leisure-age." Walter Cronkite told listeners in 1967:"Technology is opening a new world of leisure time. One government report projects that by the year 2000, the United States will have a 30-hour work week and month-long vacations as the rule."Some researchers predicted a 16-hour workweek. That's only one hour more per week than George Jetson, the dad on popular cartoon The Jetsons, spent at his futuristic (but familiar-looking) job. The burning question of that era was, How will middle-class Americans live meaningful lives when they no longer have to do much work? Now the robot revolution brings fear, not hope. What changed? Those predictions were made in an era when productivity gains were shared more or less equally between wage earners and business owners. Since the end of the 1970s, workers have largely been excluded from productivity gains. In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that's what has happened in recent decades. A more equal future But that's not an immutable law of economics. It can be changed by reducing the undue influence of the powerful few on elections, regulatory agencies, and law enforcement. It can be changed by leveling the playing field for economic interactions that range from mega-merger approvals to product liability issues, and from bank regulation to cable-TV customer service agreements. It can be changed by increasing the bargaining power of workers. We don't know what work will look like in the coming decades. For some people, it may not be called "work" at all. But the struggles of the future are likely to resemble those of the past in many ways. A short- and medium-term agenda of job creation and wage growth will increase the economic and political power of the middle class in preparation for that future. In the end it's about power. Power isn't won by waiting for tomorrow. It's won by challenging entrenched interests, here and now. Without organized resistance on issues like trade, infrastructure, and wages, there will be no political space to debate the kinds of innovative solutions cited by Ignatius. We need to prepare for a future in which advances in productivity -- from technology or other sources -- are shared more equally than they are today. To do that, we must build a more equitable economy today. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 августа 2016, 17:55

Workers of the Future, Unite

Automation will undoubtedly transform the workforce, the economy, and society as a whole. Robotics, sophisticated "AI" software, and other technologies will cause lasting and profound changes in the future. But that's no reason to ignore the problems we're facing right now. In fact, the best way to ensure that we have a more equitable economy tomorrow is by fighting for one today. "Reality check" Two recent commentaries addressed the "robot question." One, by Don Lee, ran in the Los Angeles Times under the headline "Reality check: Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people." Lee cites two companies that are using highly automated new technologies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China. Because of that technology, far fewer jobs were created by their return than had been lost when they first moved their manufacturing overseas. Lee summarizes one such story by saying that "what (it) actually shows is not how easy it would be to bring back manufacturing jobs, but how small the results can be, thanks largely to the very thing that made the return possible: automation." But these companies seem to have brought their manufacturing back to the US because of automation, which is not equally as advanced in all areas. They do not seem representative of industry overall. Automation is likely to become a major job-killer. But these two anecdotes aren't the "reality check" that Lee suggests. Robots aren't taking over, at least not yet. That can be seen in the data. As economist Dean Baker has pointed out, the rate of productivity growth has slowed in recent years. That's the opposite of what we would expect to see if automation was already transforming the workplace. We shouldn't use tomorrow's threats to avoid solving today's problems. Brave new rant David Ignatius takes a deeper look in a column headed "The brave new world of robots and lost jobs," writing:"The political debate needs to engage the taboo topic of guaranteeing economic security to families -- through a universal basic income, or a greatly expanded earned-income tax credit, or a 1930s-style plan for public-works employment."That's exactly right. But Ignatius is also overly dismissive of today's workforce challenges when he argues that "economic security won't come from renegotiating trade deals" or "rebuilding infrastructure." "These are palliatives," says Ignatius. "Ranting about bad trade deals won't begin to address the problem." But which problem? "Ranting" about trade (if you accept the negative characterization; I don't) may not solve the problem of future workers displaced by automation. But a smarter trade policy could bring jobs back to the US in the interim. More could be protected by rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And millions of additional jobs could be created -- here and now -- by fixing our crumbling infrastructure, an effort that the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates would cost $3.6 trillion between now and 2020. That would strengthen the economy's foundations before the robot apocalypse arrives. And why do we assume it will be an apocalypse, anyway? We didn't always. Waiting for George Jetson People believed that radical new forms of automation were imminent in the 1950s and 1960s. But, back in those post-war boom years, people wondered how everyone would cope with their newfound prosperity. Sociologist Ikutaro Shimizu predicted "the coming of the leisure-age." Walter Cronkite told listeners in 1967:"Technology is opening a new world of leisure time. One government report projects that by the year 2000, the United States will have a 30-hour work week and month-long vacations as the rule."Some researchers predicted a 16-hour workweek. That's only one hour more per week than George Jetson, the dad on popular cartoon The Jetsons, spent at his futuristic (but familiar-looking) job. The burning question of that era was, How will middle-class Americans live meaningful lives when they no longer have to do much work? Now the robot revolution brings fear, not hope. What changed? Those predictions were made in an era when productivity gains were shared more or less equally between wage earners and business owners. Since the end of the 1970s, workers have largely been excluded from productivity gains. In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that's what has happened in recent decades. A more equal future But that's not an immutable law of economics. It can be changed by reducing the undue influence of the powerful few on elections, regulatory agencies, and law enforcement. It can be changed by leveling the playing field for economic interactions that range from mega-merger approvals to product liability issues, and from bank regulation to cable-TV customer service agreements. It can be changed by increasing the bargaining power of workers. We don't know what work will look like in the coming decades. For some people, it may not be called "work" at all. But the struggles of the future are likely to resemble those of the past in many ways. A short- and medium-term agenda of job creation and wage growth will increase the economic and political power of the middle class in preparation for that future. In the end it's about power. Power isn't won by waiting for tomorrow. It's won by challenging entrenched interests, here and now. Without organized resistance on issues like trade, infrastructure, and wages, there will be no political space to debate the kinds of innovative solutions cited by Ignatius. We need to prepare for a future in which advances in productivity -- from technology or other sources -- are shared more equally than they are today. To do that, we must build a more equitable economy today. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.