https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.32

We've inexplicably fumbled our phones into toilet basins enough times to understand why Apple made waterproof technology a priority with the iPhone 7. But did you know that the far majority of Japanese mobiles have been waterproof for over a decade already? And you probably put that down to the fact that the Japanese are just technologically superior to us in every single way – but the real reason is a lot weirder. Smartphones became popular in Japan years before they arrived on our shores – and they become such a cultural phenomenon that, according to Mashable, Japanese people couldn't help but take them into the shower. According to Fujitsu, which covers 20% of the Japanese smartphone market: "The mobile phone is with us 24 hours a day. It accompanies us to the bathroom, to the shower, or under the rain. So it is a necessity for the phone to be robust," said a senior vice president of the company." The result is that nearly 95 percent of phones in Japan are now waterproof – meaning that they are sealed, and not made to be tinkered with. "In Japan, being waterproof is far more important than being able to remove your phone's battery," said Ken Hong, LG's global communications director. And you thought you were addicted to your phone.

June 12, 2019

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikeeezyy

some conspiracy theorists could think Japanese people are unknowingly testing the effect of having your Smartphone in close range to your body over a long period of time, for cancer research.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MK5Eu9

Fun fact I didn’t know. It’s interesting to know my own country. I’d never realize if it wasn’t pointed out by people from other cultures. Thanks!

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dylan_Nicholson

Slightly freakishly I did just half-consider taking my phone into the shower in order to get my daily streak goal, then quickly thought better of it (read https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7783824/girl-dies-shower-dropping-phone if you want one reason it's not a great idea). And the thought of having somebody answer a phone call while they were under shower...

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KydynTheKid

Lol that's cool.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hi_Hopes_2

If someone whats to know what the future's like, just visit Japan. They got the tech we dreamed of before we even thinked it. :) Thanks for posting.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WADIYA_PRESIDENT

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June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WADIYA_PRESIDENT

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June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikeeezyy

Mr big spender Aladeen here, makin it rain on us :D

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jayda85538

Person: Why do you spend so much time on your phone?

Me: shows this

June 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jesse847293

There is definitely a Japanese exceptionalism happening, they are certainly the best Asian land you could visit and their vending machines and engineering is crisp and clean, you can expect things to work in Japan. they have one of the fastest internet, America is not even in the top 10. when I went to my cousins house when she was stationed there, she had a refrigerator that opens from both sides :o that's the first time I saw that. consumer technology is certainly ahead of America. Japan also have premium electronic components. if you have 80+ gold or higher you can expect to get some Japanese transistors. Tokyo Japan ousted silicon valley for top spot, most advanced cities in the world.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wetterbass

Having been to Japan twice rather recently, the "to-the-shower" reason still appears to be half-serious. Yet, the rain-proof reason might have some truth in it.

July 3, 2019
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