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99-year-old Japanese plays Nintendo to keep mind sharp

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A 99-year-old Japanese woman may yet offer the best proof of regular video gaming being good for the health.

Umeji Narisawa started playing “Bomberman” for the original 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System console when she saw her grandchildren had fun playing it, Japan Probe reported.

Narisawa said playing the game daily has kept her mind sharp, and credits the daily pressing of controller buttons for her dexterity – she can still thread a needle to this day, the report said.

The report indicated Narisawa started taking up the game in 1985, becoming an expert and clearing all 50 levels of the game.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Isuppli reports Japanese component shortages fears

JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE and tsunami, and the resulting aftermath will see shortages of many silicon chips, NAND flash memory, dynamic random access memory (DRAM), microcontroller parts, standard logic chips, liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels, and other electronics parts.

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That is according to Isuppli, which added that Japan produces 60 per cent of the world’s silicon based chips and parts and suggested that just about anything that’s electronic will be impacted.

Isuppli also reports that before the disaster “semiconductor inventories in the global semiconductor supply chain were at high levels”. So it seems that the market research firm does not expect shortages to appear for a few weeks yet.

Toshiba, Hitachi and Fujitsu have put out official statements about the impact of the crisis. Toshiba has said that it is scaling back its activities. Fujitsu has identified plants in the affected Tohoku region with “damage to buildings and production equipment”. They are a fab in the Iwate area, a Fujitsu Integrated Microtechnology facility in Miyagi and more fabs and microtechnology facilities in Fukushima, where the failing nuclear reactors are also located.

Planned power blackouts have also affected Fujitsu in the Kanto region. Panasonic hasn’t put out a statement in English on its global website yet, but Isuppli says its LCD television plant is near the earthquake’s peripheral zone.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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