Yahoo! News: “[Kiyoshi Amemiya] is the inventor of the country’s first anti-personnel landmine disposal machine, and is helping clear the deadly invisible enemy from Afghanistan to Nicaragua.” [via WorldChanging]
The story goes on to say:
“It is 100 times faster than removing landmines by hand,” he said, adding it cost the company 100 million yen (943,000 US dollars) to develop the machine.
Amemiya has donated a total of 36 machines to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Thailand and Vietnam through the United Nations and local non-governmental organizations, paid for with profits from the company’s commercial operations.
That’s excellent. But I can’t pass up the opportunity – towards the end of the article it reads:
Amemiya said, adding his next goal was to create a machine that clears unexploded ordnance.
He said some 10 to 20 percent of bombs dropped are estimated to have failed to explode.