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  • Akihabara Shops 16

    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts
    danny
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Its been a while since we last took a look at Akihabara in the Akihabara Shops category. These photos were taken back in August but I didn't have the time to stick it up until now >< This is however the first Akihabara Shops post that uses the latest HD photo template which means all the photos are in full HD at 1920px x 1080px so they should make decent wallpaper for many of you. This does also mean however that loading times will probably take longer so what I'm thinking of doing is having two templates available depending on your preference settings - a HD template and the normal…
  • Japan is in “recession,” but there is no need to freak out

    Izakaya Politics
    Stephen Stapczynski
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    What people see when they look at recent GDP data (Source: Reuters/VOA). For the second quarter in a row, Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank, putting the country into a technical recession. With GDP predicted to grow an annualized 2 percent between July and September, the 1.6 percent contraction came as a surprise. The consumption tax hike in April has lowered consumer spending, causing the economy to falter the last two quarters. No one really saw this coming: those atrocious #Japan GDP forecasts in full: CS: +3.4pc MS: +2.8 BofA: +2.5 Barc: +2.2 JPM:…
  • Mild demeanour and a missing little finger

    Tokyo Times
    Lee
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Whether it be the old and new, rich and poor, or even foreign and non-foreign, Tokyo is a vast city of contrasts. Striking differences that are everywhere. Even in tiny local bars, where the mild demeanour of one patron, can seem hugely dissimilar to the possibly very murky past of another.
  • Tokyo Skytree sunset silhouette

    Tokyo Times
    Lee
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At 634 metres, Tokyo Skytree is an absolute beast. And, as a broadcasting tower, it is decidedly pragmatic rather than pretty in design. But its monstrous size does make for a fairly striking silhouette.
  • Buffalo braces as epic blizzard thaws, rain, floods loom

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet (2.1 meters) of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city’s mayor said... Read more ...
 
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    Japan News

  • Asian travel for 500 years explored in prints, photos, postcards at Smithsonian

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Some of the most stunning, fascinating images are of Japan's famed 300-mile Tokaido road connecting the two largest cities at the time, Edo and Kyoto. The views "became an immediate sensation," says the Sackler.
  • Poll loss might trigger meltdown in LDP's reactor restart campaign

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may face difficulty restarting the nation's idled nuclear reactors if his Liberal Democratic Party fares poorly in the House of Representatives election on Dec. 14. The Abe administration said it will reactivate any units confirmed safe by the new testing regime set up by the fledgling Nuclear Regulation Authority in July 2013. The NRA replaced the previous regulator, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, after the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'
  • The Times Resuscitation Building by Nano Architects

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    Completed in 1967, the Sanno Mansion in Hakata-ward, Fukuoka, Japan was once a state-of-the-art apartment building with telephone switchboard rooms and elevators, both of which were rare amenities at the time. Fast-forward 40 years and it has turned into a dilapidated, neglected building with years of decreased occupancy rate, reduction of rent and declined revenue.
  • electric dreams

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid, Electric.There's plenty of choice out there at the moment when it comes to selecting a power source for your new car. There are pluses and minuses in all cases.
  • Hihokan: Japan's vanishing sex museums

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The real world ends beyond a thick, black curtain. On the other side is one of Japan's last remaining hihA kan in the faded resort town of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture - a strange, dimly lit space of questionable morals and dated fantasies.
 
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    Osaka News

  • Japan’s recovery from Fukushima shows resilience

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    The bullet trains run on time, the Tokyo Skytree is brightly lit and the sushi is impeccably fresh. Perhaps no other country could have coped as Japan has with losing 30 per cent of its power ...
  • Injuries damage reported after Japan earthquake - video

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Residents in central Japan begin cleaning up Sunday morning after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake the night before damaged homes and buildings and left 39 people injured. <br> ...
  • 13 people injured in earthquake in Japan

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    <br>An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit central Japan on temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured. <br>The Japan ...
  • Georgia put five past Japan

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Georgia bounced back from last week's heavy defeat to Ireland as they cruised past Japan, winning 35-24 in Tbilisi. <br> <br>The hosts went in at the break 17-10 up after tries from ...
  • China S. Korea Japan to hold new talks on trilateral FTA

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    SEOUL - China, South Korea and Japan will hold the sixth round of talks for a trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) next week, after Beijing and Seoul concluded the substantive negotiations for a ...
 
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    Néojaponisme

  • Murakami Haruki's Advertorial Short Stories

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Daniel Morales and W. David Marx look at a series of lesser-known short stories from famed Japanese novelist Murakami Haruki, written as part of advertising campaigns from Ivy League clothier J. Press and pen company Parker. The J. Press Stories In 1974, Tokyo-based apparel giant Onward Kashiyama licensed the traditional American gentleman’s brand J. Press for the Japanese market. In the U.S., J. Press was well-known as a campus retailer for the Ivy League and its graduates on Madison Avenue, but in Japan, Onward took the brand to the masses, opening J. Press corners in dozens of department…
  • Misruptions / Disruptions

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ian Lynam introduces one of his latest projects — an interactive timeline of Japanese graphic design magazines. I recently put together an interactive timeline of Japanese graphic design publications called Misruptions/Disruptions: A Japanese Graphic Design History Timeline. The timeline is shown in graphic slices of information: World Events: Sociopolitical and socioeconomic events for greater context Graphic Design Events: Historical events that helped shape the continuum of Graphic Design History in Japan Graphic Design Publications: A fairly granular review of graphic design…
  • History of the Regent

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The “regent” pompadour has been the go-to hairstyle for Japanese delinquents for more than eight decades. W. David Marx looks at how the infamous coiffure got its pseudo-English name and morphed from slick imitation of British royalty to fluffy blond biker parody. In Japanese, the riizento (リーゼント) — written in English as “regent” — describes a men’s hairstyle where the sides are slicked back and top is left long and put up over the head in a pompadour. The term encompasses anything from the refined look of Ginza cocktail bartenders to the wild do’s of Hamburg-era…
  • Japanese Economic Mythbusting

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    14 Jan 2014 | 4:30 pm
    We interview Noah Smith, finance professor at Stony Brook university and economics blogger, on lingering misperceptions of the Japanese economy and what is going to happen with Abenomics. Noah Smith is a finance professor at Stony Brook university in New York. He blogs at Noahpinion and writes for several magazines about economics and public policy. Before he went to grad school, Noah lived in Osaka for two and a half years. He now works two months out of the year in Japan, doing research with professors at Keio, Aoyama Gakuin, and Osaka University. MYTHS OF THE JAPANESE ECONOMY Can you help…
  • The Year 2013 in Japan

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    27 Dec 2013 | 4:30 pm
    2013: A New Hope / W. David MARX This website shall reward no high fives to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō (especially after his Yasukuni visit), but we will admit that the Abe Regime Redux successfully implanted a hypnotic suggestion, both in Japan and overseas, that the Japanese economy may be heading towards its long-awaited recovery. Looky, looky — the Nikkei cracked 16,000! Of course the skepticism index grows in parallel. Normal Japanese people suspect that the Abenomics momentum will not deliver higher wages, and herein lies a threat of serious sugar crash. At no time was the air more…
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    AkihabaraNews - JAPAN & ASIA TECH • COOL AND CULTURAL NEWS

  • Tamiya - Kumamon radio-controlled tractor

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Tamiya Incorporated, a Japanese radio-controlled cars manufacturer, is going to release the electric radio-controlled car R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit for ¥16,200 and as finished goods for ¥30,024.R/C Tractor Kumamon Version has Kumamoto Prefecture-proud Kumamon in the driver's seat and pictures of tomatoes and a watermelon - specialty products of Kumamoto Prefecture - on its exterior.
  • REVIEW: CASIO EX-FR10 Action Cam (GALLERY; VIDEO)

    Nayalan Moodley
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Action Camera market is quite the thing at the moment. Ever since Nick Woodman thought it would be a nice idea to capture action shots of his surfing trips and set about creating a little silver box that made him a Hero, companies of every size seem to be bending over backward to put out diminutive cameras that can both take a beating and deliver quality videos of crazy people doing crazy things.
  • Onkyo - Octagon-shaped 8 inch Windows tablet

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Onkyo has started accepting orders of their new octagon-shaped 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet (TW08A-55Z8) today. The price is ¥25,000.TW08A-55Z8 looks stylish and sharp, and its size is easy to hold with one hand and to fit into the inside pocket of a jacket.
  • Sony α7 Ⅱ (Alpha 7 2) Part One: Full-Frame Mirrorless with 5-axis Image Stabilization System

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    Sony is going to release a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera - α7 II (Alpha 7 Mark II) - for about ¥190,000 on December 5.
  • Attack on Titan - casting roles and images unveiled for live-action movie

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Finally, casting roles and images have been unveiled for the live-action Attack on Titan movie coming out in summer 2015.Actors and actresses for the movie were already announced about 4 months ago, but we didn't know who was going to play which characters.New characters were also created only for the movie.
 
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    Hello Kitty Hell

  • What All Men with Hello Kitty Fanatics Fear Will happen to Their Home

    Hello Kitty Hell
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This is what all men fear will happen when they date and marry Hello Kitty fanatics…
  • Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Promotion

    Hello Kitty Hell
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    As if anyone really needed another reason to avoid going to McDonald’s…
  • Katy Perry Gets a Hello Kitty Tattoo

    Hello Kitty Hell
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Katy Perry decided to get a tattoo for her birthday, and she decided wrong. She ended up getting a tattoo of the evil feline on her finger which she assumed would be “cute,” but in reality ended up highlighting exactly what the cat with no mouth stands for. She got it on her middle finger so the only way she can show anyone it is to flip the person off…exactly what Hello Kitty does to everyone she comes in contact with… (sent in by kpfan)
  • Hello Kitty Men Project

    Hello Kitty Hell
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    So, my worst nightmares are coming true in far too many ways (more on that in the coming days). The fact that the people at Sanrio have come to the conclusion it’s time to release a dedicated Hello Kitty brand for men certainly isn’t making these nightmares any less frightening. Apparently, they believe there’s a body of men who still don’t have a “preconceived idea” of the evil feline that associates it with little girls. They also think an image with a male model with a huge cartoon bow across his face to advertise the new brand is somehow going to appeal…
  • Hello Kitty Eminem Rap God Cat God Video

    Hello Kitty Hell
    30 Dec 2013 | 9:59 pm
    How do you know that the world is about to end? When the cat-with-no-mouth suddenly finds that she has one upon deciding that it’s a good idea to take Eminem’s song Rap God and do her Cat God interpretation. No, I’m not making any of that up — and you would be wise to trust me on that and just walk away from your computer screen because if you choose to watch the video, it can never be unseen. There has never been any doubt that the evil feline she’s herself as a God (or Jesus), and this video only proves it. If this is the way that 2013 is ending, I don’t…
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    Japan Economy Watch

  • Abenomics 2.0 - Just What Are They Trying To Achieve?

    Edward Hugh
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    The recent move by the Bank of Japan to take further measures to accelerate the rate at which it ramps up its balance sheet took almost everyone - market watchers included - completely by surprise. The consequence was reasonably predictable - the yen has once more fallen strongly against almost all major currencies - and most notably against the USD - and Japan's main stock indexes are sharply up
  • Is Japan Back In Recession?

    Edward Hugh
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    “People should seriously consider that Japan’s economy may have fallen into recession despite the weaker yen and a stock rally from the BOJ’s easing and the flexible fiscal policy by Abe’s administration,” said Maiko Noguchi, senior economist at Daiwa Securities. “Initial expectations that the economy could withstand the negative effects of a sales tax hike through a virtuous circle seem to be
  • Does Abenomics Work? - The Doubts Grow

    Edward Hugh
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Is something in the air? Do I detect a change in consensus on the way things are going in Japan? Certainly a slew of articles have been published in the financial press over the last month questioning where the Abenomics experiment is headed for. The general conclusion seems to be that wherever it is it is certainly not the originally designated endpoint. Thus the Economist. "It is crisis mode
  • Abenomics - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Edward Hugh
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    If this week's economics news is positive then that is good.  But if it's bad then that's even better, since there is more potential for it to improve next week, and if it doesn't, well that's doubly better since there will be  even more reason for central banks to step in and push up asset prices. Maybe all this sounds peculiar, even perverse, but it would seem to be how many people working in
  • Japan Inflation At A 32 Year High?

    Edward Hugh
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Just in case anyone was in any doubt last weeks newspaper  headlines blared it out for us loud and clear - Japanese inflation is back, and has even hit levels last seen in 1982. (Click on image below for better viewing). In fact consumer prices in Japan rose at an annual rate of 3.4% in May according to the Bank of Japan's preferred measure, driven higher from one month to another by the
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Hakone Tour

    danny
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    Today we spend a day out n about the Hakone [箱根[はこね]] area where we get to enjoy views of Mount Fuji while exploring Nihondaira, Owakudani and Lake Ashinoko. Photos taken as usual on the Sony RX100 III and RX1 - both are incredible cameras. Sony used to get on my nut after using their horrid Vaio series but then I started to get back into Sony products after filming Culture Japan TV - the exmor sensors perform really well in low light. Anyway, these photos are all 1920 x 1080 so they may make a decent wallpaper for some of you. First photo is taken at Nihondaira which we will talk…
  • Akihabara Shops 16

    danny
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Its been a while since we last took a look at Akihabara in the Akihabara Shops category. These photos were taken back in August but I didn't have the time to stick it up until now >< This is however the first Akihabara Shops post that uses the latest HD photo template which means all the photos are in full HD at 1920px x 1080px so they should make decent wallpaper for many of you. This does also mean however that loading times will probably take longer so what I'm thinking of doing is having two templates available depending on your preference settings - a HD template and the normal…
  • Halloween Anime

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Nope - not a post on the current season of anime but I could not think of a better title for this post ^o^ Tis that time of year when folks get dressed up as spooky ghouls n ghosts n witches and wot not. Looks like Mirai and the gang are up to some Halloween shenanigans too. I've uploaded the 3000px x 3000px high res original images to Flickr (PNG with transparency) for you to make cards, cutouts, stickers, T-shirts etc for the festive season - use them as you wish but for non-commercial reasons please >< If you do make cool stuff then upload photos of it with the hashtag #MiraiSuenaga…
  • MoeManga 00F: Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    *Kizuna is often also referred to as Kizuna-chan, where "-chan" is a suffix which expresses that the speaker finds the person endearing. MoeManga Japanese Learning Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies. 友達 [ともだち (tomodachi)] - friend. ライバル [raibaru] - rival. 新た・新しい [あらた・あたらしい (arata・atarashii)] - new. Note how the reading of the kanji "新" changes depending on the hiragana that comes after it. "新た"is a na-adjective, while 新しい is an i-adjective. 党首 [とうしゅ (toushu)] - leader.
  • My First Visit To Japan

    danny
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Born and raised in the UK, I fell in love with Japan towards the end of the eighties and discovered a culture that was to change my life forever. My first contact with Japanese culture was through anime (specifically Macross) and games (specifically Strider for the Mega Drive). I started to self study Japanese and as I was doing so discovered that Japan was not just about anime and games but was also a rich culture that had so much to explore and learn. I saved up enough money through my part time jobs which enabled me to visit Japan every year in the Summer to absorb the culture - each visit…
 
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    japan running news

  • Inoue Leads Kanto 10000 m Time Trials in 28:19.28 PB

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    by Brett Larner video by naoki620 With universities in the Kanto Region gearing up for the season-ending Hakone Ekiden on Jan. 2-3 the KGRR held its annual 10000 m time trial meet Sunday, moved this year from Tokyo's soon-to-be-demolished National Stadium to one of the most beautiful tracks in Japan, Keio University's Hiyoshi Field in Kanagawa.  Sixteen men's 10000 m heats and one women's
  • Kawauchi Takes Nine Minutes Off Fukuchiyama Marathon Course Record - Road Review

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    by Brett Larner Three weeks after an unsuccessful run at the TCS New York City Marathon and a week after the third-fastest half marathon of his career, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) returned to his favorite distance at the 24th Fukuchiyama Marathon in Kyoto.  Cancelled last year in the wake of a typhoon, Fukuchiyama was rewarded for its invite of Kawauchi as he took nearly nine minutes off
  • Ritsumeikan Tears Down Rivals Kyoto Sangyo and Kwansei Gakuin for Kansai University Men's Ekiden Championships Title

    Brett Larner
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    by Brett Larner As the world's best university distance runners start their buildup to the main event of their year, the Kanto Region's Jan. 2-3 Hakone Ekiden, and the U.S.A.'s NCAA holds its national cross country championships, their counterparts further west ran their season-ender Saturday at the 76th Kansai Region University Men's Ekiden Championships. On a new course in Tango, Kyoto last
  • International Chiba Ekiden Leads Weekend Action (updated)

    Brett Larner
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    by Brett Larner Monday's International Chiba Ekiden leads Japan's weekend action, with 13 teams from 11 countries competing over a 6-stage, 42.195 course that alternates men's and women's stages.  Defending champion Kenya returns with a surprisingly weak team of relative unknowns led by Matthew Kisorio in his first race wearing the Kenyan national vest since his drug suspension and, on its
  • High School National Champion Teammates Takada and Ichida Go 1-2, Yiu Sets Women's NR at Fast Ageo City Half Marathon (updated)

    Brett Larner
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    by Brett Larner videos by Ekiden News The Ageo City Half Marathon, Japan's major fall half marathon and, jointly with March's National University Half Marathon Championships, the deepest race at its distance in the world, delivered again in perfect conditions for its 27th running.  Every year the head coaches of most of the men's university teams bound for Japan's premier sporting event, the
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    JNEWS.com

  • YouTube上のゲーム実況動画による広告ビジネスと著作権管理

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    映像に関する著作権トラブルでは、他人のコンテンツを丸ごとコピーした盗用は論外として、意図的な不正ではなく、個人が撮影した動画の中で、他人の著作物が映っているようなケースが少なくない。著作物侵害は親告罪であるため、権利者側の判断によって扱い方が変わってくる。 その一つとして問題視されているのが、ビデオゲームをプレイしている映像をYouTube…
  • ライフサイエンス研究者向け論文紹介スライドまとめプラットフォーム

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    エルピクセル株式会社(本社: 東京都文京区、代表取締役社長: 島原佑基)は、株式会社ズカンドットコム(本社: 東京都中野区、代表取締役社長:…
  • シェアリング経済で豊かに暮らすネオシェアラーへの成長過程

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    人間が豊かに暮らすには、お金の他にも、身近な人間関係、それに、これまでに身に付けてきた知識や経験など、複数の項目が必要になり、それぞれが、自分にとっての“資産”といえるものである。…
  • M世代の優良人材を取り込むモバイルリクルート市場(会員限定)

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    11/15配信のJNEWSは、ミレニアル世代(M世代)とよばれる、現10~20代の若者を取り込むモバイルリクルート市場の特集です。M世代の特徴は、スマホやSNSを使いこなすデジタルネイティブで、個人間のネットワーク(友達との繋がり)を大切にする傾向が強く、それが就職活動にも表れています。…
  • カメラ・ビデオ撮影によるスモールビジネス成功者の着眼点

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    ケータイやスマホにカメラが搭載されて、誰もが簡単に写真を撮れるようになったことで、従来のカメラ・写真業界では、ビジネスモデルを変える必要性に迫られている。世界のデジタルカメラ市場は、前年比で3割近くも販売台数が落ち込んでおり、大手メーカーのキャノンやニコンでも、カメラに依存した収益構造からの脱却が急務の課題となってきている。…
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • ウクライナ2015年予算、GDPの4.5%減を想定へ=財務省幹部

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    [キエフ 21日 ロイター] - ウクライナ財務省のDenys Fudashkin次官は21日、2015年予算が、同年の国内総生産(GDP)伸び率がマイナス4.5%、インフレ率が13.4%との想定で組まれることになると明らかにした。
  • スイス中銀、フラン上限は必要な限り維持=理事

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    [リュシュリコン(スイス) 21日 ロイター] - スイス国立銀行(中央銀行)のフリッツ・ツアブリュック理事は21日、1ユーロ=1.20フランに設定しているスイスフラン相場の上限について、引き続き金融政策の重要な部分だとし、必要な限り維持されると述べた。
  • ロシア、石油生産の削減について協議=エネルギー相

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    [モスクワ 21日 ロイター] - ロシアのノバク・エネルギー相は21日、同国が原油相場を支えるため、石油生産の削減について協議していることを明らかにした。まだ決定はされていないという。
  • タイの戒厳令、当面は維持=法相

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 pm
    [バンコク 21日 ロイター] - タイのパイブーン法相は21日、近い将来戒厳令を解除することはないとの考えを示した。
  • インタビュー:シェール効果で原油価格100ドル上限に=三菱商

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    [東京 21日 ロイター] - 原油価格が、今年6月の1バレル当たり115ドル(ブレント先物)から5カ月間に80ドル前後の水準へと約3割下落し、相場の変調ぶりが鮮明になった。
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine news

  • MozillaがFirefox検索でのGoogleとの提携を打ち切り、国毎にデフォルトを設定へ

    末岡洋子
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
     Mozillaは11月19日、Webブラウザ「Firefox」における検索分野の提携方針を変更したことを発表した。2004年以来、FirefoxではGoogleとの提携に基づき全世界共通でGoogleをデフォルトの検索サービスとしてきたが、今後は地域毎にデフォルトの検索サービスを設定する。新しい検索エンジンの方針がユーザー側に反映されるのは12月からという。 ニュース オープンソース Google Webブラウザ Mozilla 末岡洋子 関連記事Mozilla、開発者向けFirefoxとなる「Firefox…
  • 米Googleが「Chrome 39」をリリース、セキュリティ強化が中心

    末岡洋子
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
     米Googleは11月18日、Webブラウザの最新版「Chrome 39(Chrome 39.0.2171.65)」をリリースした。セキュリティ関連で42件のバグを修正するなど、安全性にフォーカスした。Windows、Mac OS X、Linuxに対応、プロジェクトのWebサイトより入手できる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Google Webブラウザ 末岡洋子 関連記事64ビットWindowsに対応した「Google Chrome 37」安定版リリース 米Google、ChromeのPDFレンダリングエンジン「PDFium」をオープンソース化…
  • Nagiosを置き換えるネットワークモニタリングツール「Icinga 2.2」リリース

    末岡洋子
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
     オープンソースのネットワークモニタリングツール「Icinga」の開発チームは11月17日、「Icinga 2.2.0」をリリースした。Agentフレームワークを実装し、CLI(コマンドラインインターフェイス)も強化した。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー ネットワーク 管理/監視 末岡洋子 関連記事Nagiosからフォークしたネットワーク監視ツール「Icinga 1.7」リリース オープンソースのリソース監視ツール「Monitorix 3.2」、Raspberry Piをサポート…
  • Facebook、JavaScript用の静的型付けチェッカー「Flow」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
     米Facebookは11月18日、JavaScript向けの静的型付けチェックツール「Flow」をオープンソースで公開した。JavaScriptプログラムの型エラーを発見できるというツールで、Facebook社内で実験利用されているという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー プログラミング 開発ツール 末岡洋子 JavaScript 関連記事米Adobeのテキストエディタ「Brackets」ヴァージョン1.0がリリース 米Yahoo!が国際化のためのJavaScriptライブラリ「Format.JS」を公開…
  • Google、Webアプリ向けセキュリティテストツール「Firing Range」をオープンソースで公開

    末岡洋子
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
     米Googleは11月18日、Webアプリケーション向けのセキュリティスキャンツール「Firing Range」をオープンソースで公開した。さまざまなXSS攻撃やWeb脆弱性を大規模にテストでき、社内でも継続的テストなどに用いているという。 ニュース オープンソース セキュリティ デベロッパー 末岡洋子 関連記事JavaScriptの性能を改善、米Googleが「Dart 1.1」リリース MicrosoftらがJavaScriptコードの自動テストサービス「BrowserSwarm」を公開
 
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • Digital Strategy & Business Manager

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    - In charge of HFG web strategy and web business development including seeking opportunities of M&A options and 3rd party partnership in the Web industry. - Reports directly to Yves Bougon (CEO), General Manager of Medial Solution Dpt., the head of Contents Division. In the future, this person...
  • Webアプリケーションエンジニア

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    ライド株式会社は、レンタルサーバ事業で2004年に持ち株会社(ラデックス)から分社独立し、この10年間で2万人以上の顧客実績を持つリーディングカンパニーです。 昨今は、レンタルサーバ事業にとどまらず、国内外の優れたWebアプリケーションディベロパーと提携し、SaaSとして提供しております(提携実績:日本、オーストラリア、オランダ等)。…
  • 通関業務(カスタムズアフェア)マネージャー

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    S.F. Express is looking for a high-caliber individual with passion and high adaptability in diversity to join and thrive with us in the new buiness setting up in Japan.
  • 商社営業

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    【未経験OK】大手商社、阪和興業株式会社の営業職の募集です。 グローバルに億単位のプロジェクトを動かす、非常にやりがいのある仕事です。
  • Operations Executive

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    S.F. Express is looking for a high-caliber individual with passion and high adaptability in diversity to join and thrive with us to grow our business in Japan.
 
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Who In Their Right Mind Moves to Pahoa?

    Tim Sullivan
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve always had a rebel streak in me. Got it from my dad, a grown man who relished finding ways to break rules without technically breaking them. Dad liked to say he didn’t “play according to Hoyle,” a reference to the famous book of rules for card games (see According to Hoyle). Clueless at the time about the Hoyle reference, I knew from context what dad meant: he liked to do things his way. How dad navigated our expressway tollbooths speaks volumes about him, and by extension, me. He’d always have exact change in hand when pulling into what was then considered an automated…
  • Glimpses of Culture Through a Lava Flow: Bomb the Crater or Clean Your House?

    Tim Sullivan
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Kalapana lava flow (photo by Kurumi Sullivan) A contrived reality show couldn’t be more compelling. Survivor’s got nothing on this. If I made documentaries or movies or even cheesy reality shows, I’d be camped out in Pahoa right now. Since yesterday our friendly neighborhood lava flow has advanced a paltry 50 yards, the continuation of a gradual slowdown that’s been happening over the past several days. Just days before that the flow had advanced a whopping 150 yards in a single day, and right before that it had stalled for almost a week. There’s no rhyme or reason to…
  • Ramblings from the Wrong Side of a Lava Flow

    Tim Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Plume from the lava flow approaching Pahoa Town As a kid growing up on the north side of Chicago I never imagined my house might one day be in the path of a lava flow. (Lava only flowed in Saturday morning movies, and usually involved dinosaurs). Never once did I entertain the notion that I’d someday live on an active volcano; it was an undreamt future that, against all odds, somehow came true. It happened eight years ago when my family decided to trade in the brutal Chicago winters for life in the subtropics. We up and moved to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the…
  • Aloha in the Aftermath of Iselle

    Tim Sullivan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Puna district on the East side of Hawaii Island took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Iselle on August 7th. Here’s what every other street in my neighborhood looked like. In our case the power was out for five days. Got our internet back a couple days after that. And we were one of the lucky ones: we were well prepared for the worst-case scenario and, thanks to the fortuitous direction of the winds, we suffered minimal damage. Unfortunately, not so for all our neighbors. The good news is that no one died from the storm, truly amazing in light of the devastation, especially if you…
  • The “Cool Japan” They Don’t Show You on TV

    Tim Sullivan
    20 May 2014 | 12:24 am
    “Dad, your friends are so cool” said my 13-year-old son after meeting my running buddies from Japan for the first time. He said it with genuine surprise. Hard as he tried, he just couldn’t fathom the notion that anyone “cool” would ever be friends with the likes of me. This all happened about fifteen years ago when, after more than a decade of living in the U.S., I finally brought my family back to Japan for a visit. My kids had only heard stories from me about our former life in Japan. My stories obviously fell short in capturing the coolness of my friends. But…
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Perception, Awareness, Efforts over Biodiversity Shrinking

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Image by yamauchi Some Rights Reserved. A survey of Japanese people on biodiversity revealed a decrease in people's perception and awareness of and efforts addressing biodiversity, causing anxiety among relevant parties. The following are the survey results concerning biodiversity from a public opinion poll on environmental issues, which was released in September 2014 by the Cabinet office.
  • What Kind of Economy Produces True Affluence? - Interview with Philosopher Takashi Uchiyama

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.146 (October 2014) Image by Simon Cunningham Some Rights Reserved. The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, with JFS as its outreach partner, is undertaking a project, "What Is Economic Growth? -- Interviews with 100 People," in collaboration with Patagonia Japan. The project aims to encourage people to think about economic growth by asking specialists from many different fields to share their ideas about economic growth. Here we introduce the responses of the philosopher Takashi Uchiyama.
  • Fuji Xerox Launches Project to Provide Learning Materials to Disadvantaged Children in Asia-Pacific

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Fuji Xerox Co. All Rights Reseved. Fuji Xerox Co., a major office equipment manufacturer based in Japan, launched in June 2014 a project to use its production printers for the printing of learning materials, with the goal of helping to resolve educational disparity among children in emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific region where it conducts business. The project first delivered workbooks to approximately 400 children in a disadvantaged area near Manila in the Philippines.
  • Disaster Prevention from Women's Perspectives

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The JKSK Yui-Yui project, an initiative to support the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, has been publishing a series of articles on reconstruction efforts called the "Tohoku Reconstruction Diary" in the Tokyo Shimbun Newspaper. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization. Below is the article published on September 27, 2013, on disaster prevention and recovery efforts, written from the perspective of women, byYurie Shirakawa, Deputy Director General, Community Affairs Bureau, Sendai City.
  • Japan Celebrates One Year Completely Nuclear-free: Second Phase of Energy [R]evolution Begins

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.146 (October 2014) Image by midorisyu Some Rights Reserved. The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 caused a tremendous damage and loss of life, as well as a serious nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). The accident led to a national review of nuclear policies, and after series of shutdowns, Japan has had no nuclear plants operating for more than one year, since September 15, 2013.
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    LinguaLift blog

  • Customer story: Learning Chinese helped Ming connect with his love and family

    Philip Seifi
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    This is the story of Ming Teo from Australia, learning Mandarin Chinese At first, I mostly started to learn Chinese because a friend suggested it, and I was bored, so learning anything new sounded good. After one term of once-a-week night classes, I found I was quite good at it, and if I kept going, I might be able to communicate with my grandmother, who lost all knowledge of English after her stroke. After the second term, I was determined to keep going, because I really was good at it. I enrolled in an immersion type Study Tour, where I lived at Zhejiang University and at the Beijing…
  • Why travellers should study minority languages

    Philip Seifi
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I was stuck in the desert at midnight. Kilometers away from any civilized settlement, surrounded by sand, and with 10 armed policemen at the checkpoint. I had crossed the border between Iran and Pakistan just about 10 hours prior to this, hopped on a bus and was hoping to find myself in the next big town the following morning hours. However, at midnight we stopped at one of the checkpoints and the guards told me that due to Taliban activity in the area it would be not safe for me to travel beyond this point at night. ’No!’ the mustached man replied strictly to all my hectic objections. It…
  • Stop hoarding language learning resources and start studying

    Greg Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    There is a dizzying array of tools to help you learn a language. This is wonderful but it can also be a pitfall. With so many texts, card sets, apps, software programs, podcasts, YouTube channels, language exchange websites, forums, etc., you can easily spend all of your time hoarding resources, downloading and bookmarking… and never getting any actual studying done. I know this because I recently fell face-first into this pitfall. I decided to make a real go of Spanish and started downloading apps and podcasts. I found a language exchange website and started madly writing introductory…
  • The bizarre world of Russian numerals

    Philip Seifi
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Article by Anna Rudycheva A friend of mine has lived in Russia for about 8 years and speaks the language as a real pro. There is only one detail about Russian that still drives him bonkers. ‘I will only consider myself a near-native speaker when I come to grips with your perverse numeric declensions. Holy cow, couldn’t you just make it any more complicated?’ Indeed, grammatically, numerals in Russian are classified into cardinal, ordinal and collective, each group with its set of case endings and exceptions from rules. Ordinal numbers, such as первый, второй, десятый…
  • Tips on raising a bilingual child

    Greg Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    This is a topic that's a real and personal concern to me because I'm raising two little ones in Japan and as hard as I try, I still feel like they're not learning English. That is, except when they really want something from grandma and grandpa. It's amazing the words and phrases that come out of nowhere when they want something. So, I'd like to share a few things from my own personal experience as well as some research I've done for myself about raising a bilingual child. A few myths… First of all, there are a few bilingualism myths that many people believe. One is that two or more…
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

    Travis
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Photo from Kotaku I’m just going to come out and say it…this is the greatest crossing signal ever. If you’re in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo, you can check it out. Personally I would prefer if Astro flew out of the sky and carried me across the street when I push the button, but this is pretty cool, too :D Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotThe Four Top Tokyo Day TripsMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiLife Inside a Capsule HotelKawaii Fabric
  • Osaka Gets New Glico Man Sign

    Travis
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credits: Muza-chan. Photographing Osaka’s Glico running man was a must do on my trip almost 5 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the Fukushima Power Plant issues, the singn was turned off before I had a chance to take a night time picture. Mission failed. The good news is that not only did the sign get turned back on, but they’ve also just released a new version, making this the sixth version of the famous running man born in 1935. I look forward to photographing him in all his new LED glory…I hope :) Related Posts:Fukushima Radiation Levels “Low”Japanese…
  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

    Travis
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb. Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier. Any proper Japanese learning library should include a kanji dictionary. The only problem is, most of these dictionary are large and confusing. While I’ve learned to use, and love my Kanji Learners dictionary, it did take me a while to…
  • Japan’s Coffee Making Robot

    Travis
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Pretty cool, but I don’t think I could wait this long for a coffee. After a couple of minutes I may need to be pulled off the robot. I need it now! Related Posts:Coffee in Japan – The KissatenRobotic Comedy DuoBook Review: Japan’s World Heritage SitesA Stroll Through Japan in 8 MinutesFukushima Radiation Levels “Low”
  • The Days of Hanako

    Hanako
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi, my name is Hanako! I have been drawing cartoons about funny moments in my life, and I have been sharing them on my blog, The Days of Hanako. I was born and raised in Aomori, which is a small city in northern japan. I met my Canadian husband Kevin while he was working in Aomori, and eventually, I moved to Toronto. Living together in both Japan and Canada has provided me with many stories about our experiences. I have a lot of funny moments to share about when we first met and the challenges we had understanding each other, often miscommunicating with funny results. Then we had to overcome…
 
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    Japan Pulse

  • Astro Boy gets green light in robot-branded Sagami

    Tom Hanaway
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMyEReoTw6c Red = cool your jets; green = blast off!   Astro Boy is using his seven powers not to fight evil to but to direct traffic in Kangawa as a new traffic light was erected in the prefecture using Astro Boy’s image as the pedestrian walk signals. The traffic light was created to draw attention to the Sagami area, which is rebranding itself as the premier robot town and a “robot industrial zone.” Kanagawa Prefecture recently released a video highlighting the technological advances being made in Sagami. Sagami and Kanagawa Prefecture are also…
  • J-blip: Pink Pepsi appeals to Nippon

    Tom Hanaway
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
      Not to be outdone by Burger King’s black cheeseburger or McDonald’s white chicken sandwich, Pepsi is pumping some color into your liquid diet with its new pink drink. Pepsi Pink Cola will feature a new bottle design and have a strawberry milk flavor that the company claims is the perfect drink for “party season.” Pink Cola follows a line of flavored sodas including Pepsi’s Ice Cucumber in 2007 and its Pepsi White in 2012. And who can forget Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. The drink will be released on Dec. 9 and cost ¥140.
  • J-blip: Kokoro Scanner knows what’s in your heart of hearts

    Fletcher Jones
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgk8PNvR9uA The recently released Kokoro Scanner (“mind scanner”), from Takara Tomy, is attracting attention with its simple yet clever concept. The head-mounted toy supposedly monitors small heart rate changes and flags fibbers with a colored light system. A green light means you’re in the clear; yellow means you’re only telling half the truth; red means guilty as charged. The fact that user can’t see what color the light is just adds to the fun. Retailing at a mere ¥2,700, this is clearly a poor man’s lie detector. Does it work? We’ve yet to…
  • J-blip: Cornered by strong men and sweet pudding at ‘kabe-don’ cafe

    Tom Hanaway
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hj6gJ3q72g Ah, the classic kabe-don move. Many young women daydream about having their school crush pull them aside and slam his arm against the wall to create an intimate scene. Kabe- (wall) don (the onomatopoeia for a loud thud) has become so established through numerous TV shows and manga series that the move itself has spawned a spin-off meme and its own Wikipedia page. Girls tired of waiting for their own kabe-don moment can now take matters into their own hands. Morinaga Milk has concocted a promotional campaign that involves a suave man for the coffee…
  • J-blip: You TOO can be a ‘konbini’ manager of your dreams

    Tom Hanaway
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF-8QfnC-vw Ever have the urge to shriek “Irasshaimase!” and microwave meals for salarymen? You’re in luck as you can now control a Japanese convenience store right in the palm of your hands. “Konbini Dream” lets users manage a typical Japanese konbini — complete with bowing employees and cheap snacks. Players can hire workers, rearrange the layout of the store and decide which items are up for sale for your anime-inspired customers with big eyes and stubby legs. In addition, players receive experience points for every successful purchase. After…
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    AkihabaraNews - JAPAN & ASIA TECH • COOL AND CULTURAL NEWS

  • Tamiya - Kumamon radio-controlled tractor

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Tamiya Incorporated, a Japanese radio-controlled cars manufacturer, is going to release the electric radio-controlled car R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit for ¥16,200 and as finished goods for ¥30,024.R/C Tractor Kumamon Version has Kumamoto Prefecture-proud Kumamon in the driver's seat and pictures of tomatoes and a watermelon - specialty products of Kumamoto Prefecture - on its exterior.
  • REVIEW: CASIO EX-FR10 Action Cam (GALLERY; VIDEO)

    Nayalan Moodley
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Action Camera market is quite the thing at the moment. Ever since Nick Woodman thought it would be a nice idea to capture action shots of his surfing trips and set about creating a little silver box that made him a Hero, companies of every size seem to be bending over backward to put out diminutive cameras that can both take a beating and deliver quality videos of crazy people doing crazy things.
  • Onkyo - Octagon-shaped 8 inch Windows tablet

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Onkyo has started accepting orders of their new octagon-shaped 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet (TW08A-55Z8) today. The price is ¥25,000.TW08A-55Z8 looks stylish and sharp, and its size is easy to hold with one hand and to fit into the inside pocket of a jacket.
  • Sony α7 Ⅱ (Alpha 7 2) Part One: Full-Frame Mirrorless with 5-axis Image Stabilization System

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    Sony is going to release a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera - α7 II (Alpha 7 Mark II) - for about ¥190,000 on December 5.
  • Attack on Titan - casting roles and images unveiled for live-action movie

    Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Finally, casting roles and images have been unveiled for the live-action Attack on Titan movie coming out in summer 2015.Actors and actresses for the movie were already announced about 4 months ago, but we didn't know who was going to play which characters.New characters were also created only for the movie.
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Hakone Tour

    danny
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    Today we spend a day out n about the Hakone [箱根[はこね]] area where we get to enjoy views of Mount Fuji while exploring Nihondaira, Owakudani and Lake Ashinoko. Photos taken as usual on the Sony RX100 III and RX1 - both are incredible cameras. Sony used to get on my nut after using their horrid Vaio series but then I started to get back into Sony products after filming Culture Japan TV - the exmor sensors perform really well in low light. Anyway, these photos are all 1920 x 1080 so they may make a decent wallpaper for some of you. First photo is taken at Nihondaira which we will talk…
  • Akihabara Shops 16

    danny
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Its been a while since we last took a look at Akihabara in the Akihabara Shops category. These photos were taken back in August but I didn't have the time to stick it up until now >< This is however the first Akihabara Shops post that uses the latest HD photo template which means all the photos are in full HD at 1920px x 1080px so they should make decent wallpaper for many of you. This does also mean however that loading times will probably take longer so what I'm thinking of doing is having two templates available depending on your preference settings - a HD template and the normal…
  • Halloween Anime

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Nope - not a post on the current season of anime but I could not think of a better title for this post ^o^ Tis that time of year when folks get dressed up as spooky ghouls n ghosts n witches and wot not. Looks like Mirai and the gang are up to some Halloween shenanigans too. I've uploaded the 3000px x 3000px high res original images to Flickr (PNG with transparency) for you to make cards, cutouts, stickers, T-shirts etc for the festive season - use them as you wish but for non-commercial reasons please >< If you do make cool stuff then upload photos of it with the hashtag #MiraiSuenaga…
  • MoeManga 00F: Kizuna Yumeno

    danny
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    *Kizuna is often also referred to as Kizuna-chan, where "-chan" is a suffix which expresses that the speaker finds the person endearing. MoeManga Japanese Learning Here are some of the keywords you may want to remember for your Japanese studies. 友達 [ともだち (tomodachi)] - friend. ライバル [raibaru] - rival. 新た・新しい [あらた・あたらしい (arata・atarashii)] - new. Note how the reading of the kanji "新" changes depending on the hiragana that comes after it. "新た"is a na-adjective, while 新しい is an i-adjective. 党首 [とうしゅ (toushu)] - leader.
  • My First Visit To Japan

    danny
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Born and raised in the UK, I fell in love with Japan towards the end of the eighties and discovered a culture that was to change my life forever. My first contact with Japanese culture was through anime (specifically Macross) and games (specifically Strider for the Mega Drive). I started to self study Japanese and as I was doing so discovered that Japan was not just about anime and games but was also a rich culture that had so much to explore and learn. I saved up enough money through my part time jobs which enabled me to visit Japan every year in the Summer to absorb the culture - each visit…
 
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    Tokyo Times

  • Japanese girl with a gun

    Lee
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Japanese festivals are always good value. There’s plenty of food and booze, plus more than a few things to see and do. But none of them, it would appear, are quite as much fun as using a firearm.
  • Japanese anger management?

    Lee
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Or should that be anger mismanagement?
  • Mild demeanour and a missing little finger

    Lee
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Whether it be the old and new, rich and poor, or even foreign and non-foreign, Tokyo is a vast city of contrasts. Striking differences that are everywhere. Even in tiny local bars, where the mild demeanour of one patron, can seem hugely dissimilar to the possibly very murky past of another.
  • Tokyo Skytree sunset silhouette

    Lee
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At 634 metres, Tokyo Skytree is an absolute beast. And, as a broadcasting tower, it is decidedly pragmatic rather than pretty in design. But its monstrous size does make for a fairly striking silhouette.
  • Post-work Tokyo beers

    Lee
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At the end of a long day, after another long week, post-work beers are always a well-earned treat before the last leg of what could also be a long journey home.
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Cool-sounding historical events and people

    Ken Y-N
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is a bit of an odd subject for a survey, a look by goo Ranking at what historical terms people think sound cool. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 22nd of September 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. I must admit to having never heard of the majority of these events, and as is usual for goo Rankings, I presume that people were picking them from a list, not recalling them.
  • Drunken toilet FAILs of the Japanese

    Ken Y-N
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’ve not had a failure ranking for a while, so here’s a rather good one from goo Ranking looking at what toilet-related failures people have had while drunk. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. Looking at the list, I don’t need to be drunk to do number 5, and as for number 6, back in my student days I got locked…
  • Hobbies your partner cannot understand

    Ken Y-N
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at what hobbies that one’s partner is into that people just cannot understand, for both men looking at women and women looking at men. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. Fortunately, I suppose, I only have one hobby, online games, that appears on the male list, and I…
  • How over-sensitive sunfish die

    Ken Y-N
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Apparently, sunfish are rather sensitive animals, so are quite prone to keeling over dead. goo Ranking decided to ask people to rank over-sensitive ways that sunfish may die. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 23rd of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. Here’s a living sunfish, just in case you’re not sure what they look like: Ranking result Q: Which of these are…
  • The most awful ways to die in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    goo Research recently published a bit of a strange topic for a survey, ways the Japanese would absolutely hate to die. Demographics goo Rankings have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 18th and 23rd of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. I often say life in Japan resembles Monty Python, so let’s see about death – here’s number 15: And here’s a good way to die:…
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  • Kitano Tenmangu

    Shibuya246
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Autumn colors Mystique Checking the grounds Outside the main area Lanterns Inside the main area Local cows Wishing for help with exams and other things The entrance way Passing through the main gate School excurisions Colorful backdrop A few repairs being done Autumn colors Plenty of wishes for passing exams Great time of year Yellow with red Related posts: Dazaifu Tenmangu Dazaifu Tenmangu is a Shrine built over the grave of... Nijo Castle, Kyoto Nijo Castle (Nijojo) in Kyoto is a great place to... Eikando in Autumn Wanting to take some photos of the Autumn colors, I...
  • Autumn Leaves on the Kamogawa

    Shibuya246
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    City scenes Autumn is always a nice time of the year for taking photos. Great colors, cooler weather. Lots of action. I have had a cold recently and so haven’t been too adventurous with my choice of landscape or camera. Here are some everyday scenes when out walking in the late afternoon. By the river Looking towards the other bank Decided to get a closer look since the water level is very low at the moment Nice thoughts Crispy red Time passes by Related posts: Kamogawa Sakura Another photo I took of the Kamogawa river area with... Kamogawa Evening Walk Heading North this evening from…
  • Jidai Matsuri

    Shibuya246
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The Jidai Matsuri event is taking place again right now in Kyoto. The weather seems to have dipped a bit and is providing some rain today. Not too bad but a lot of umbrellas were on show. Don’t get that cloth wet Kyoto colors Nice day out for a ride in the city Lots of various people participating On parade Keeping the horses under control Always nice to see these festivals and events from a long time ago still survive and have meaning in todays modern world. Related posts: Gion Matsuri One of the most important festivals of the year, and... Aoi Matsuri The Aoi Matsuri is one of the…
  • City Hall Robots

    Shibuya246
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Looks what’s hanging out near City Hall I got a tip from @taro3yen about this after I posted it on Twitter @shibuya246 The Torayan baby-bot returns to Kyoto City Hall after a triumphant galactic tour! http://t.co/1OU3DC5hYX pic.twitter.com/V2bvgPAuGT — taro3yen (@taro3yen) October 17, 2014 Related posts: Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise I got up early today for some reason and was... Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture Last year at the end of summer I visited to... Autumn Season Change As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle...
  • Photography in Japan 1853-1912

    Shibuya246
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I was asked recently whether I would like to introduce a book detailing the history of Japanese photography from the period 1853-1912. The book is a recent publication by Tuttle Publishing which gives quite an in depth and amazing look into both the photography at the time and also the photographers behind the scenes. As may be expected the first photographers tended to be foreigners to Japan who brought with them the early camera models. Having lived in Japan for a long time, I was interested to think of what life must have been like as a foreigner back in late 1800’s pointing an…
 
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    Skeptikai

  • Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage

    Ryo
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Phones nowadays are not simply the modes of communication anymore, they’re compact and sophisticated computers. The world has gone digital, and most children growing up today have no sense of what it is like to live without being connected. The … Continue reading →
  • Where to Get Free Post-secondary Education in English

    Ryo
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    After doing some independent research for my last article on German, a country that I am growing to like as I learn more about it, I decided to find out what other countries offer higher education in English. Sure, America … Continue reading →
  • Be Smart, Move to Germany (not in that order)

    Ryo
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Is it just me, or is Germany possibly the greatest country in the world today…? Germany is considered the 5th best place to be young in the world (3rd in Europe), and with 64% of the population speaking English, it’s … Continue reading →
  • Wanna Change Someone’s Mind? Agree With Them

    Ryo
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everyone has the experience of trying to convince someone of something. It could be for something as trivial as renting the movie you want, to something as important as deciding on whether or not to give your child a vaccine. … Continue reading →
  • Are Japanese Teachers Less Competent than their Foreign Counterparts?

    Ryo
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    I know what you’re thinking – how could you suggest that the average teacher in any country is incompetent? Such things depend on the way you define “competence,” and how you measure it. How could you suggest that one of … Continue reading →
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    Gakuranman

  • Top 50 Japanese Buzzwords of 2014

    Michael Gakuran
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Continuing an annual tradition here on Gakuran.com, I’m back translating the Japanese buzzwords for 2014. Fresh new expressions and frequently used phrases from this year, providing a glimpse into the national psyche. The list is compiled every year by Jiyu Kokuminsha, publishing 50 nominees and then choosing the top 10 winning words in early December. So, let’s see what terms were making headlines in Japan! You can view the previous years below: 2011 – Many words from the 11th March disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake. 2012 – A smattering of words related to the…
  • The Eccentric Mr. Innards and His Golden Kingdom

    Michael Gakuran
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Hurrah! Autumn is here! The lands are awash in rich reds and heavenly golds and I, tired of the relentless greys of the city, am positively tingling to get out of Tokyo. Nothing compares to a warm fall day in Japan, except perhaps one spent in the company of a good friend in a spectacular haikyo. Lucky for us that’s just what is in store. It’s been far too long, friend. Well over a year in fact, since I regaled you with the details of my latest adventure in the ruins of Japan. The house of a long forgotten photographer, riddled with fragments of a secret life, perhaps unknown even…
  • Sunday Night Ghost Island

    Michael Gakuran
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:44 am
    A documentary I coordinated and helped to film on Hashima Island (Gunkanjima) is airing on Sunday Night, an Australian television show, March 9th 2014 as we speak. Reporter PJ Madam shows us Japan’s ‘Ghost Island‘. The best source I have found so far to watch the video online is this one by movingentity: If that’s down: If anyone has a copy of the HD footage, please drop me an email! My story of urban exploration on Gunkanjima is here. You’ll definitely want to have a read if you enjoyed Sunday Night’s ‘Ghost Island’ :). I’ll try to do a…
  • Why I Love Urban Exploration

    Michael Gakuran
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first attracted to urbex (or ‘haikyo‘ in Japanese) by the promise of adventure. The thrill of touring abandoned buildings and sneaking around places one probably shouldn’t go. The excitement of finding long-forgotten rooms and corridors littered with remnants of the past, of trying to piece together the scraps of history left behind. Grabbing my camera, I headed out to photograph a dilapidated structure. My first destination was an old hospital in northern England. As I tiptoed around my heart was in my throat. Just what was lurking around this next corner? Why was this…
  • Gaku-RUN-Man – Running the Tokyo Marathon

    Michael Gakuran
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:20 am
    Today is the Tokyo Marathon! I signed up on a bit of a whim, but after defying the 1/10 odds and being selected, I started training for the big day. I injured myself during a long run several weeks ago after doing 32km, and my knee is still not fully recovered. For that reason I’ll be taking it really easy and may not finish the whole thing, but I’d like to give it my best shot nonetheless! I’ll be wearing my gakuran, along with a gakuran-themed t-shirt designed by my friend Dave back in the U.K. If you see me on the streets, shout out my name for support! Just for today,…
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    Shibuya246

  • Kitano Tenmangu

    Shibuya246
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Autumn colors Mystique Checking the grounds Outside the main area Lanterns Inside the main area Local cows Wishing for help with exams and other things The entrance way Passing through the main gate School excurisions Colorful backdrop A few repairs being done Autumn colors Plenty of wishes for passing exams Great time of year Yellow with red Related posts: Dazaifu Tenmangu Dazaifu Tenmangu is a Shrine built over the grave of... Nijo Castle, Kyoto Nijo Castle (Nijojo) in Kyoto is a great place to... Eikando in Autumn Wanting to take some photos of the Autumn colors, I...
  • Autumn Leaves on the Kamogawa

    Shibuya246
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    City scenes Autumn is always a nice time of the year for taking photos. Great colors, cooler weather. Lots of action. I have had a cold recently and so haven’t been too adventurous with my choice of landscape or camera. Here are some everyday scenes when out walking in the late afternoon. By the river Looking towards the other bank Decided to get a closer look since the water level is very low at the moment Nice thoughts Crispy red Time passes by Related posts: Kamogawa Sakura Another photo I took of the Kamogawa river area with... Kamogawa Evening Walk Heading North this evening from…
  • Jidai Matsuri

    Shibuya246
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The Jidai Matsuri event is taking place again right now in Kyoto. The weather seems to have dipped a bit and is providing some rain today. Not too bad but a lot of umbrellas were on show. Don’t get that cloth wet Kyoto colors Nice day out for a ride in the city Lots of various people participating On parade Keeping the horses under control Always nice to see these festivals and events from a long time ago still survive and have meaning in todays modern world. Related posts: Gion Matsuri One of the most important festivals of the year, and... Aoi Matsuri The Aoi Matsuri is one of the…
  • City Hall Robots

    Shibuya246
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Looks what’s hanging out near City Hall I got a tip from @taro3yen about this after I posted it on Twitter @shibuya246 The Torayan baby-bot returns to Kyoto City Hall after a triumphant galactic tour! http://t.co/1OU3DC5hYX pic.twitter.com/V2bvgPAuGT — taro3yen (@taro3yen) October 17, 2014 Related posts: Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise I got up early today for some reason and was... Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture Last year at the end of summer I visited to... Autumn Season Change As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle...
  • Photography in Japan 1853-1912

    Shibuya246
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I was asked recently whether I would like to introduce a book detailing the history of Japanese photography from the period 1853-1912. The book is a recent publication by Tuttle Publishing which gives quite an in depth and amazing look into both the photography at the time and also the photographers behind the scenes. As may be expected the first photographers tended to be foreigners to Japan who brought with them the early camera models. Having lived in Japan for a long time, I was interested to think of what life must have been like as a foreigner back in late 1800’s pointing an…
 
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 65

    Japanofiles
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Crime in Japan and the yakuza are the two main topics of discussion on today's Japanofiles Podcast. Journalist Paul Murphy returns to the podcast to talk about the research for his forthcoming book on crime in Japan. Key Words: crime in Japan; yakuza; Japan related podcasts; organized crime; Japanese criminals; chikan; podcasts about Japan; court cases in Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; Shinshu area; honesty in the courtroom.
  • Episode 64

    Japanofiles
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    For Episode 64 of The Japanofiles Podcast, Dave talks with Paul Murphy, a journalist from Ireland who was living in Matsumoto until this past September. Key Words: Matsumoto Sarin Incident; Aum Shinrikyo; Fukushima nuclear disaster; genpatsu rikon; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; interview; podcast about Japan; Japan-related discussion
  • Episode 63

    Japanofiles
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In today's Japanofiles Podcast, Nate Shelton, a student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, talks about his experiences living and studying in Japan. Key Words: Shinshu University; international studies; Salt Lake Sister City; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; podcast about Japan; interview; English language podcast
  • Episode 62

    Japanofiles
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Nick Harling visits the Japanofiles from Washington, DC, via Skype. Nick shares many interesting experiences from his time in Japan, and he also explains how he has been able to remain connected to Japan since returning to the US. Nick is also the host of the popular Let's Talk Japan podcast. Key Words: Japan-related podcasts; interview; from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Dave Carlson, podcast host; podcasting; Japan podcast
  • Episode 61

    Japanofiles
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Today Dave talks with Shuhei Fukawa. Shuhei grew up in the US, and then he moved to Japan to attend university. Shuhei is now a first-year student at Shinshu University in Matsumoto. Key Words: Shinshu University; kikokushijo; English-language interview; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; Japan-related podcasts
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • Ikebana is Not a Zen Flower Arrangement

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is now quite well-known in most parts of the world.  I have been a student of ikebana, off and on for over a decade.  At first, I decided to take lessons as a way to add a few flowers in our home.  Flowers in the home always make me smile as they add color and life to the space.  Over the years, I’ve found that learning ikebana had an unexpected benefit.   Practicing this art form required a lot of mental and artistic creativity and was challenging yet very relaxing. At first glance, Ikebana looks like just a random selection…
  • The Japanese Tradition of How to Work with Neutrals and Color Trends

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every year, the color industry expert, Pantone,  announces a new Color of the Year.  This year’s 2014 color is Radiant Orchid.  As the name suggests, it’s a radiant shade of lavender.   Creating trends are the brain child of marketers, who find a way to make everyone feel they have to stay up to date with the times.  Following trends does help guide us with fresh ideas and images that resonate with the times.  But, is it really necessary to follow them all the time?  How do we work with neutrals and color trends? My approach to design is to create an environment that is…
  • Shinya’s Japanese Super Refrigerator – KuraBan

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t know why but us Japanese love new electronic technology.  Whenever a new product is introduced to the market, it seems like everyone knows about it or already has one.  It’s a type of herd society in that sense, but in general they are open, hungry and curious about any new gadget.   A while back we were invited to dinner at my girlfriend’s home.  Her husband, Shinya, talked about this new Japanese refrigerator with the latest technology that’s able to keep food fresh for a long period of time.   I love this kind of stuff so my ears perked up! This…
  • The Power of Empty Spaces

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your home should be a place that restores your whole being:  your body, your mind and your heart.  But unfortunately, sometimes, it instead becomes a headache, a burden, and a stress trigger.  If that is the case, it’s time for change. First thing to ask is, what is causing the stress and problems.  Many times it’s the mess.  We naturally tend to own too much stuff and live in a space too small for all this “stuff” to fit.  Yet, even when we move to a bigger home, somehow it gets filled just as easily.  Why is that?  Somewhere in our mind we believe that every…
  • Can Coconut Oil Reverse Dementia?

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Japanese are known for their longevity. The average life expectancy for Japanese males is 82 while for females it’s 87 years old.  I’m very fortunate that my parents have reached this average.  In fact, my Dad has passed it by ten years!  Living a long life is a gift. But, I think most of us will agree that we also want to have our memory. Recently, my Dad had a minor stroke and his memory began to fade.   At times he’s extremely sharp, yet at other times he can’t recall if he had lunch.  This loss of memory is difficult for not only my father to accept, but…
 
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    Japan Real Time

  • Happy Labor Thanksgiving

    Miho Inada
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    JRT and Japanese workers are taking the day off to give thanks to one another. The national holiday celebrates production and the country’s work force. JRT will resume regular blogging service Nov. 25.
  • Making Abenomics More Voter-Friendly–But at a Cost

    Jacob M. Schlesinger
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan's Dec. 14 election will be a referendum on his Abenomics revival program. His problem is that the gains of Abenomics have been concentrated, while the pain has been fairly widespread.
  • Key Dates in Japan’s Lower House Elections

    John D'Amico
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images Bright lights and Christmas trees might adorn most of Japan’s shopping malls this time of year, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s dissolution of the lower house Friday means that election speeches, not sleigh bells, will fill the air in the coming weeks. Here are some of the key dates in the upcoming election cycle.
  • Fans Enjoy Wine Baths on Beaujolais Nouveau Day

    Jun Hongo
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    People in Japan aren't just drinking the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. They're bathing in it too.
  • Weekly Roundup: A Recession, Taxes and an Election

    John D'Amico
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Japan had a big week. Here are the highlights of what happened, with links to The Wall Street Journal's full coverage.
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    GaijinPot

  • Can Japanese Judo Recover Gold?

    Matthew Coslett
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Following the announcement that the Olympics will be coming to Tokyo in 2020, Japan began its preparations with typical enthusiasm. Photos of the new, expensive stadium were released and athletes made a big deal of the 50-year anniversary of the last time the games were held in the capital. However, after all the staged smiles and platitudes disappear, the public will be expecting results and nowhere is this truer than with the national judo team. After all, this is a martial art synonymous with Japan and which accounts for the majority of the country’s medals at a typical Olympics. Despite…
  • Hokkaido: Sapporo’s Bustle, Agriculture’s Abundance and Winter’s Charm

    Kyle Von Lanken
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I decided to move to Hokkaido, I knew what I was getting into as far as weather is concerned: long, dreary winters with high piles of snow and bitter cold temperatures. Being from the suburbs of Chicago, I am no stranger to excessive snowfall and icy temperatures. However, what I wasn’t prepared for was the wealth of distinct culture that exists here, ranging from popular snow festivals and famous beer brands well-known in Japan and abroad to the delightful, powdery snow that seems to beckon skiers and snowboarders from both near and far. Originally inhabited by the Ainu (also known as…
  • Enjoying the Autumn Colours at Gifu Park

    John Asano
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Gifu Park (岐阜公園) is a fantastic public park located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The park contains many attractions including Gifu Castle, Mount Kinka, Mount Kinka Ropeway, Three Storied Pagoda, the Gifu City Museum of History and the Nawa Insect Museum. Surrounded by beautiful nature, the park is stunning in Autumn with brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves bringing the whole place alive with colour. A good starting point is the fountain located near the park entrance. From there you can explore the beautiful garden and pond at the base of the ropeway. Samurai warlord, Oda…
  • Pirates of Tokyo Bay Celebrate 4 Years of Bilingual Comedy

    Cynthia Popper
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    The Pirates of Tokyo Bay: the only bilingual comedy show in Kanto celebrated its 4 year anniversary with a special performance on November 16th at Super Deluxe in Roppongi. The improv troupe, lead by American expat Mike Staffa, features 14 cast members and pianist Benjamin Anderson, were joined onstage by performers from the Pirates of Dotonburi in Osaka. Staffa, along with Bob Werley and Matt Danalewich, sat down with Anthony and I to chat about the show as well as the evolution of the Pirate life since its beginning in 2010. GP: Why a four-year anniversary? MS: It’s kind of a random year,…
  • A Taste of Europe at the World Beer Museum

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Home to a large number of Michelin star restaurants, food in Tokyo is not something to be overlooked. They claim some of the world’s best sushi, ramen, and seafood dishes. However, there is a niche market of high quality European food and drink that is overlooked. The World Beer Museum and Restaurant is a great place to start if you’re in search of Tokyo’s tastes of the West. This museum plus restaurant is a fun way to enjoy dishes from around Europe and North America, while sampling some of the world’s most popular beers. Their sales pitch is not all about the food, either. The seats…
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    Izakaya Politics

  • LDP looking strong ahead of December Lower House election

    Stephen Stapczynski
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Abe doesn’t seem to have any need to worry about upcoming election. I wrote about Japan falling into recession wasn’t a very big deal. But apparently not everyone got the memo, as the poor economic data shuttered public confidence in Abenomics and the Abe administration. Along with delaying the 2015 consumption tax hike, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament and announced a snap election for December 14. With his popularity falling, should Abe be worried about how his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will perform in the snap election? According to a Yomiuri Shimbun poll…
  • Japan is in “recession,” but there is no need to freak out

    Stephen Stapczynski
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    What people see when they look at recent GDP data (Source: Reuters/VOA). For the second quarter in a row, Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank, putting the country into a technical recession. With GDP predicted to grow an annualized 2 percent between July and September, the 1.6 percent contraction came as a surprise. The consumption tax hike in April has lowered consumer spending, causing the economy to falter the last two quarters. No one really saw this coming: those atrocious #Japan GDP forecasts in full: CS: +3.4pc MS: +2.8 BofA: +2.5 Barc: +2.2 JPM:…
  • Burma Reforms Aren’t as Robust as Enormous Loan Would Lead You to Believe

    Stephen Stapczynski
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Burmese President Thein Sein and Japanese President Shinzo Abe shaking hands. Not nearly as exciting as Abe’s handshake from earlier this week. (Source: Japan Times) There is lots of chatter about whether or not Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and delay the second leg of the consumption tax hike following his returns to Japan on the 17th. Comments from a top official has made it all but certain that Abe will dissolve the Diet and hold an election in December. I’m a firm believer that Abe has everything to lose by holding the election right now (recent polls…
  • In Order for FTAAP to be a Reality, It Needs a Successful TPP (and RCEP)

    Stephen Stapczynski
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    So Many Happy Faces at the APEC Ministerial Meetings This Year. The big event at this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference is undoubtedly the possibility of a summit between Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jingping. This would mark the first time the two leaders have met since the end of 2012. Considering how turbulent relations have been over the last few years (thank you, pile of rocks), this type of meeting is much needed and illustrates that Japan and China may be able to reconcile their differences through diplomatic means. What…
  • Death by Fan: Justice Minister Steps Down Because the DPJ is Petty

    Stephen Stapczynski
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Renho Murata accusing Midori Matsushima of illegally distributing fans. When it rains it pours for the Abe administration. Just a few hours after METI Minister Yuko Obuchi resigns, Justice Minister Midori Matsushima follows suit and resigns over election law rules as well. Abe’s cabinet is now wrought with scandals while he is trying to garner much-needed support for two unpopular policy objectives: raising the consumption tax and restarting nuclear reactors. Matsushima’s scandal is unfortunate but makes for the amusing headline: “Japan’s justice minister undone by cheap…
 
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