Japan has passed a stupid law enabling electronics companies to maximize their profits. The law originally banned all resale of all electronic devices. Japan’s trade ministry then backtracked to require electrical devices manufactured before 2001 to be tested and carry a safety sticker before they can be resold. They backtracked again by allowing resale shops to lease out old electronics. In the latest backpedal, the ministry released a list of 1,918 vintage products that will be exempt from the new law.
Man, stop backpedaling! I really want to see Brian Eno captain a vacation cruise full of DJs, musicians and video game nerds to Japan for the sole purpose of dumpster diving! (Knight Ridder)