TEPCO Shows Electricity Demand And Usage Chart

Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO), which is in charge of Fukushima nuclear crisis and Kanto/Tokyo rolling blackout, opened a new page to tell how much electricity are used hourly in total.

After the scheduled power down began, there were many complains from people who got inconvenience by blackout and transportation confuse caused by blackout. It was difficult for people to keep saving power as it was not known if their efforts contributed, and how much. Though it took time for TEPCO to do that, they finally give the almost realtime (about one hour delay) data.

For example, 11:00 a.m. today 22nd, maximum capacity they can generate is 37 million kilo watt, and the real usage after 9 a.m. is approaching it, and the chart shows from 9 a.m. they started partial blackout in the assigned area.

It is already said on Twitter that not only the chart but raw data of demand/supply should be available, so yet TEPCO does not really understand fully how plain, machine-readable data helps third party developers to make more useful mash-ups, but I am optimistic.

After criticized by web users their providing blackout grouping and schedule only on PDF with long list of area names unsorted, TEPCO seems to be working on improvement. Area info now can be browsed by directory, downloadable in Excel format for reuse, schedule is visualized and mirrors are provided on several different major portals.

See Also:

Asiajin » Greater Tokyo Planned Blackout Time Checker By Zipcode

Asiajin » Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) Starts Twitter To Provide Updates

Asiajin » Roppongi Hills To Offer In-House Generating Electricity To Suffering Tokyo

NicoNico Douga-like Twitter Widget NiTwPress

NiTwPress, NicoNico Douga flavoured Twitter client widget for WordPress, is made and released by (self-claimed) 17 years old girl sakuratan (Sakura Yamamoto) [J].


Different from twitter’s official blog widget, this widget display your tweets in flowing overlay texts, like Japanese favourite online video site NicoNico Douga.

There are many mashup services/tools which take this style of visualization in Japanese, showing people’s favour to NicoNico Douga and its style.

The widget is internationalized and works well in English, available on WordPress plugin site. If you show your tweets on your blog in Japanese favourite style, this is the one.

Japanese Social Media Prism

Based on the concept presented at www.briansolis.com, H. Yoshikawa, Y. Yamagichi, and T. Nakamura rendered the Japanese Social Media Prism. This prism is being maintained constantly, so make sure you visit the original blog post for updates.

Japanese Social <Media Prism

Each Flower petal represents a Service Category (written outside the petal). Better known services are placed closer to the edge of each petal.

T.Nakamura’s additional thoughts on this Social Media Prism:

Weak Logo designs/awareness

International Services like Ustream, Twitter have very distinct Logos, not only a simple web Logo, but managed to create a Global Brand. Although there are many Japanese web and social services, their logos do not manage to become a brand. As an example, Mixi echo (twitter like service) did not re-brand. The Logo the author liked best is by favotter.

Weak Music web services

There aren’t many International Services, but Last.fm is well known.

What is the situation in Japan?
Piapro is an example of CGM (Community Generated Media) service; while only MySound provides unmixed music (Except for Mobile Phone services). It is quite clear that Copyrights issues have affected the growth of this business, and is evident in the prism.

Services completeness

If I have to say, in the US, Blog community is active, therefore services and Infrastructure are well provided, while in Japan, there is certainly a Blog Community, but not as strong. Word of mouth and comparison contents have more presence, which may be due to influence from old style anonymous culture (2 Channel).

Original post can be found here [JP].

Flickr mashup on Google App Engine from Japan

Here comes a new idea directly from Japan to make life on the web a little easier.

Llamerada, a Japanese web engineer, coded a Flickr mashup on AJAX interface. He announced the release today on his blog.

So what is this about?

The basic idea is to make search on Flickr more comfortable. Llamerada wanted to display as many as 16,000 photos in grid style (retrieved by Flickr’s API and based on Flickr tags), make use of Google Maps flavored AJAX interface and arrange similar photographs close to each other within the grid by using a self-developed algorithm.

The new service is named “TagGrid of Flickr Popular Tags”.

Picture: TagGrid of Flickr Popular Tags

As can be seen on the screenshot, the overall view of tags comes to play in the box on the right hand side. However, various tags like “Japan”, “girls”, “animals”, “Ireland” etc. are wildly mixed together on the “map”. Some of the tags form a cloud, making them impossible to read.

Pictures tagged “animal”, for example, are grouped in the box on the left. In fact, browsing by tags is more comfortable this way. However, similar photos were not necessarily arranged next to each other when I tried out the application.

So some more work needs to be done to make this cool idea worthwile. There is no language or cultural barrier here so it is easy to check TagGrid out yourself.