"Feeling Smug With Google’s 1Gbps Internet? Japan Laughs With Its 2Gbps Service"

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    Apr 20, 2013 1:48 AM GMT

    It’s easy to see Google Fiber’s burgeoning gigabit Internet service as a harbinger of a new era in the US. Certainly, with average speeds of 7.2Mbps, 1Gbps is in a completely different league. But Japan doesn’t waste any time in reminding the world just how much better they have it. Nuro, a service backed by Sony, has announced the availability of 2Gbps Internet down, with 1Gbps up. This would allow you to download pictures of cats in a fraction of time so small there’s likely no word for it.

    And how much are the Japanese to pay for this otherworldly service? A price so high only the rich can afford? You know it’s cheap: “Nuro charges ¥4,980 (US$51) a month on a two-year contract, but there’s a steep ¥52,500 (US$535) installation fee that is currently waived for those who apply online.”
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    Apr 20, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    accept it .

    japan has everything the world doesn't

    its far more modernized & developed than America
    every home has a scientist or inventor
    they have the best-"est" things
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    Apr 20, 2013 7:59 AM GMT
    Japan is a mixed bag when it comes to being high-tech. As someone who has spent a decent amount of time there, Japan often feels like it's stuck in the 90s with some pockets of futuristic technology dispersed throughout.

    Here's a list of some areas where Japan is lacking:

    -First, say goodbye to WiFi. It exists, but Ethernet cables are the norm both in the big cities and in the countryside. On the plus side though internet is pretty ubiquitous, even if you're staying in a very rural inn or hotel and is also always complimentary (unlike in the US).

    -Fax machines. Japan loves the fax machine for some reason despite the fact that the rest of the modernized world pretty much considers them obsolete. If you ever work in a Japanese office setting, you'll see a lot unnecessary paper being wasted because no one scans anything.

    -Smart phones have only recently began taking off in popularity and for Apple lovers Apple Stores are few and far between. I think there is only one in the entire greater Tokyo Area (in Ginza). However, other electronics stores (including mega stores like Yodobashi Camera) will sell used Apple goods.

    -Central heating. It doesn't exist. Well it does, but you'd be hard pressed to find an apartment or home that has it installed. Most Japanese people heat their rooms one at a time using special heaters. Some places even make use of kerosene heaters.

    -Credit Cards. Be prepared to walk around with large bundles of cash wherever you go. I would say that somewhere between 10-20% of stores and restaurants accept credit cards (domestic or international) and the rest require you to pay in cash, even for rather large and expensive purchases.

    -Dryers. Trying to dry your clothes was probably the most annoying experience I had while there. Most places don't have dryers and the ones that do exist are often broken entirely or don't do their job. If you live in the middle of nowhere you can hang your clothes outside on a clothesline but you can't really do that in most apartment buildings or hotels. So be prepared to wear slightly damp shirts all the time.

    I can go on and on, but you get the idea.
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    Apr 20, 2013 3:32 PM GMT