What emus have to do with Japanese Technology
Giant Birds Introduced for Weeding at Solar Plant
A sign informing about weeding by livestock on the gate of the fence (source: Nikkei BP)
Emus introduced at "Power Plant Kyubei No. 2" (source: Nikkei BP)
Think Japan, you'll sooner than later think technology. It's an association made around the world. It's why Akihabara remains one of the first (and last) places foreign tourists visit when they come - to take in and take advantage of the latest technology for sale.
Part of the research I do for my work involves keeping up with the latest in technology: automotive, computer, IT, water, industrial, robotic, etc. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd see the word "emu" in technology article headline!
"Giant Birds Introduced for Weeding at Solar Plant"
Ah...okay...solar technology. It's really quite interesting, as it turns out. Most mega-solar plants are overrun with weeds and wild growth. But in Oita city, Oita Sekiyu KK, a company that operates 51 gas stations in east Kyushu has "hired" goats, sheep, and emus to keep their solar plants weed free.
You can read the article for yourself here: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20150825/433104/
If you also enjoy reading about technology, one of the better places you can do it is at Nikkei Technology Online. They have the latest information on technology in English: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/
There, you can also find Jarman International's JT Reports, English-language tech information from Japanese manufacturers to the world: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/JTR/
You can even download their free report on "Making Cars with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (CFRTP)": http://nikkeibpjapanreport.com/downloads/making-cars-with-cfrtp-free-trial-version/
I invite you to!