This giant Gundam robot makes its first moves in Japan

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The huge Gundam robot has made his first moves in Yokohama, Japan. Picture: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

It stands just over 18 metres tall and weighs 25 tonnes. And, after years of painstaking work, a life-size Japanese Gundam robot has just proved to its legions of fans that it really can move.

Modelled on one of the robots from the hugely popular 1970s anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, the huge machine was put through its paces this week at its new home in the the port city of Yokohama.

The humanoid was due to become the centrepiece of Gundam Factory Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on 1 October, but the virus pandemic means it will not be officially unveiled until later in the year, according to the site’s operator.

This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our fans and employees in response to the worldwide spread of Covid-19,” it said in a statement.

We apologise to all of our fans who were looking forward to our grand opening and ask for your understanding. In the meantime, we will be making preparations so that all of our visitors can enjoy themselves in safety.

Fans of the multibillion-dollar Gundam franchise, which has expanded to include films, manga, plastic models and video games, were given a sneak preview this week when a speeded-up video showed the towering creation taking a knee and moving its right arm and fingers, watched by workers on a nearby observation deck.

Engineers reportedly started designing the robot six years ago to ensure each piece met weight restrictions to prevent its limbs from buckling and that all 24 moveable parts worked seamlessly.

Despite Gundam’s military sci-fi background, the robot’s transformation from a collection of parts to fully functioning humanoid brushed with tradition when Shinto priests purified its soon-to-be-installed head in an adaptation of a jotoshiki, a roof-laying ceremony usually performed to mark the near-completion of a new building.

More information about the giant Gundam robot on The Guardian, CNET, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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    Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, a member of Iran’s parliament (Majles) said Wednesday that the legislature would launch an investigation into the health minister’s complaint that the ministry had received only a small portion of one billion euros promised for fighting the coronavirus.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on April 6 approved a request by President Hassan Rouhani to withdraw one billion euros ($1.16 billion) from the National Development Fund (NDF) to help combat the pandemic. The NDF is essentially a sovereign wealth fund holding foreign currency reserves put aside from oil sales to finance future development and investment.

    Facing a drop in oil sales of around 90 percent caused by United States sanctions, and negative economic growth of 6-10 percent, Iran has been using the NDF for day-to-day spending, including on both military and civilian needs.

    Health Minister Saeed Namaki complained September 22 in a note published by the media that his ministry has received less than 30 percent of the one-billion-euro appropriation. Namaki warned of a third Covid19 wave and said he could not imagine a more urgent call on the money. Following his remarks, Farahani, a member of parliament’s presidium, tweeted that the Majles would investigate.

    In 2018, Khamenei authorized the withdrawal of up to $4 billion from the NDF to spend on the military and the state-controlled media, a questionable move under the fund’s charter. In January 2020, Khamenei allocated 200 million euros from NDF to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) just after the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani, the IRGC’s Quds brigade commander, by the United States in Baghdad.

    Iran does not reveal how much the NDF still has, but some estimate a figure around $70 billion. The International Monetary Fund has predicted that Iran’s total foreign currency reserves would decrease in 2020 from $104 billion to $85 billion and fall further in 2021 to $69 billion.

    Since the NDF was set up more than a decade ago, Iran has had at least $600 billion revenue from oil exports and has planned to deposit around 30 percent in the NDF.

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    The rate of new infections in Iran has picked up during the past week, with over 25,000 people dying according to official figures. The parliament’s research center, local officials and independent investigation by foreign-based media have all claimed the true number of infections and deaths is higher than admitted by the authorities. We talk of truth always!
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