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  • World's oldest person dies at 117

    News On Japan
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, died in Japan on Wednesday, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. (Japan Today)
  • Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    An estimated 890,000 new recruits began work at companies, public offices and other organizations across Japan on Wednesday as the nation marked the start of the 2015 fiscal year. Central and local... Read more ...
  • Halocarbons: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Sped Ozone Loss, Global Warming

    Japan News
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    It isn't just the forests and tundra that can release climate warming and ozone-depleting chemicals, buildings can do it also, like when they crash into the ground following an earthquake and tsunami. Emissions of these chemicals, called halocarbons, increased by 21 percent to 91 percent over typical levels,.
  • Tokyo cops arrest man for sex with 3 school girls in Chiba hotel

    News On Japan
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a 32-year-old male company employee for engaging in illicit acts with three minors, reports Nippon News Network (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Japan 1Q manufacturing sentiment steady

    Osaka News
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    <br>BOJ's Tankan logs softer-than-expected reading <br>Peter Boardman, managing director of Tradewinds, attributes the weak sentiment to the usual practice among Japanese corporates ...
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    The Japan Times: News & Business

  • Fiscal year heralds 890,000 new recruits

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    An estimated 890,000 new recruits began work at companies, public offices and other organizations across Japan on Wednesday as the nation marked the start of the 2015 fiscal year. Central and local... Read more ...
  • Ex-Okinawa official appointed adviser on contentious base relocation plan

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:31 am
    The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed a former top official from the Okinawa Prefectural Government to help deal with the contentious relocation of a key U.S. Marine Corps base amid growing... Read more ...
  • World’s oldest person Misao Okawa dies at 117

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, died of natural causes at the age of 117 on Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Osaka, nursing home... Read more ...
  • Tokyo amends noise-pollution rules in bid to draw more nurseries

    Atsushi Kodera
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government amended its rules on noise pollution on Wednesday in an effort to make it easier for nurseries to open in the capital, where the number of children yet to find a day... Read more ...
  • Nation’s food self-sufficiency rate

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    Instead of setting excessively high targets for food self-sufficiency, maintaining an open trade system and diverse sources of food imports should be the priority for Japan in its quest for food... Read more ...
 
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    Japan News

  • Halocarbons: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Sped Ozone Loss, Global Warming

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    It isn't just the forests and tundra that can release climate warming and ozone-depleting chemicals, buildings can do it also, like when they crash into the ground following an earthquake and tsunami. Emissions of these chemicals, called halocarbons, increased by 21 percent to 91 percent over typical levels,.
  • Bodies of Japan WWII soldiers found in Palau cave

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Japan is estimated to have lost 10,000 soldiers during the battle for the Pacifi nation of Palua, and this shows the '1,000 Man Cave' after Imperial soldiers dug a cave network that crisscrossed into the many limestone ridges on the island of Peleliu The bodies of six soldiers, believed to be Japanese troops who fought in World War II, have been found in a reopened cave in the Pacific nation of Palau, a report said Wednesday. The tiny outpost was the scene of fierce battles in 1944 between Japanese and American forces which resulted in steep casualties.
  • Japan Takes Tentative Step Toward Same-Sex Marriage as Tokyo Ward Recognizes Gay Partnerships

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    At a Tuesday assembly, a local authority in Tokyo, Japan - the Shibuya ward - became the nation's first jurisdiction to recognize same-sex partnerships. The partnerships will be recognized via certificates that give couple's relationship a recognition that is "equivalent to marriage."
  • Iran and the North Korea Precedent

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    In his March 3 address to the US Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rightly compared the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran to Washington's past experience with North Korea. But the Obama Administration appears to be willfully ignoring the record with North Korea.
  • World's oldest person dies in Japan

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    A Japanese woman who was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person, died at the age of 117 on Wednesday in Osaka. According to doctors, Misao Okawa died of heart failure, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
 
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • The voice of the gaki

    Patrick Macias
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Back to yawning face red skin disease because it pleases the gods. He is rudder and harsh, hair tonic and cough drops. She is skull with skin pulled gently over it, false eyelashes and watery mascara caught in the rain stretched out over fields of black down winter coats now past their welcome, cocooned in cold grey city, never understanding modulation because someone needs to make you humid humid humid in here. I am tired hip socket joint laying down legs in fetal position left. Everything was done and tried before a million times because maybe it pleased the gods before tonight.
  • 13 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am

    Patrick Macias
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Evil rusted wormwood lungs lying on the floor all day. Itchy eyes, people trying to break into my head, runny nose, running away from America. Bathing in red sundown Shimokitazawa. It’s a weird little diorama from the front of the magazine.
  • Isn't it about time we held a serious inquiry into how you got so hung up on the crap of your childhood?

    Patrick Macias
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    Flashback to something we had nearly forgotten about because the years are getting on now: Aspiring biological entity Pedro Edogawa doesn't know anything anymore and prolonged exposure to different time zones, never ending jet lag, extended periods of isolation, crowded narrow spaces, languages he can’t fully speak or read supplemented by a short list of phrases that get him through the day without any incident, spinning forward on purity café time hoping the staff has forgotten about him so he can stay forever, avoiding eye contact deliberately and instinctively, legs and feet always…
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    Patrick Macias
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
  • "HYPERSONIC music club" Page Two

    Patrick Macias
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    HYPERSONIC music club  PAGE TWO Art by Hiroyuki Takahashi Story by Patrick Macias   HYPERSONIC music club links tumblr twitter facebook
 
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    Hello Kitty Hell

  • Hello Knitty

    Hello Kitty Hell
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    The evil feline spares nobody, not even those who love to knit. The only logical reason to create a Hello Knitty is if you want those who love to knit to gouge out their eyes with their knitting needles, and this would be far less painful than actually having to see this image…the only real question now is, how long before someone thinks it’s a good idea to get a Hello Knitty tattoo? Sent in by Grace (via t shirt)
  • Hello Kitty Birthday Gift Diamonds

    Hello Kitty Hell
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There is nothing worse than when a Hello Kitty fanatic is about to have a birthday. That’s because the fanatic is expecting a gift, and the expectation is that you will get her a gift covered with images of the evil feline all over it. It’s really a no-win situation in every respect. If you buy what she wants, then you drive yourself further into the depths of Hello Kitty Hell. If you don’t buy what she wants, then you will suffer the consequences of hearing daily for the entirety of 2015 about how much happier she would have been if you would have just bought her that Hello…
  • 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)
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Smart Doll Plus

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:13 am
    Smart Doll Plus It gives me great pleasure to announce our new product - Smart Doll Plus - the future of home appliances! Smart Doll Plus is a 120cm tall robotic android designed by myself Danny Choo right here at Culture Japan HQ in Tokyo. Smart Doll Plus has functionality to walk around on her own and pickup objects which she can recognize with her built in AI. Smart Doll Plus is also connected to the Internet 247 meaning that she has access to any information that you require of her. We are also working with IFTTT to enable Smart Doll Plus to connect to a plethora of home devices such as…
  • Smart Doll 005 Eiji Seiun

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    Introducing Smart Doll 005 - Eiji Seiun. Eiji is a soft vinyl 1/3 scale (approx 64cm tall) fashion doll designed by myself Danny Choo. Eiji is developed and manufactured in Japan on our very own Smart Doll production line together with 001 Mirai Suenaga and 002 Kizuna Yumeno. If you are not familiar with the Smart Doll brand then check out the Smart Doll website for more info.Today I'm going to give you a status update on progress so far.Just like our female line of Smart Dolls, Eiji has the Smart Support socket which allows attachment of the telescopic stand and Air Stand.A Hoso Macho…
  • Akihabara Shops 17

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    Its been a while since our last Akihabara Shops post >< today's gander around the area will reveal some of the latest trends in Akihabara which is summarised with the title "Kancolle" ^^ Lemme know what you want to see more of in the next Akihabara Shops post. Oh and before I forget, most of the photos in these posts are served up from Flickr but the speed is not so great so I'm looking into getting a CDN for image distribution and hope to have that in place in the near future. If you are knowledgeable about CDNs and have recommendations then lemme knowThis post contains a poll, click…
  • Japan Drivers License Renewal

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    I've been driving in Japan for about 10 years now and managed to keep a clean record with no road offenses which means that my drivers license gets upgraded to "Gold status."A postcard comes through the letterbox reminding me that I should go and renew my license at the nearest drivers license center.The Mirai Itasha parked at the spanking new Samezu Drivers License Center.Drivers License Centers are run by the police in Japan. I didn't manage to see any Ingrams parked outside though. This post contains a video, click here to view. If you read my previous post on getting a Japanese drivers…
  • Japan White Day

    danny
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Every March the 14th is "White Day" which is today. To make more monies from Valentines day, the Japanese invented "White Day" as an excuse for men to buy candy to give to women in return for the chocolate that they received - theres even an official White Day site. Japanese culture has marketing down to a tee which encourages women to give chocolate on Valentines day. The reason its called "White Day" is because the color of sugar (white) is the main ingredient for candy which was traditionally given on White Day. These days however, one does not have to give candy and can be white chocolate…
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    japan running news

  • 'World-Class Athletes Give Track Tips at Yokota'

    Brett Larner
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    http://www.stripes.com/sports/pacific/world-class-athletes-give-track-tips-at-yokota-1.337336
  • Karoki to Transfer Nationality to Japan (updated)

    Brett Larner
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00289305.html http://dena.com/running/news/2015/04/04-01.html translated and edited by Brett Larner Karoki and Seko backstage before the announcement. In the wake of Monday's Japan Industrial Track and Field Association press conference formally announcing the corporate federation's new Project Exceed 100 million yen [~$1 million USD at
  • More Details Released on Marathon National Record Bonus Plan as Project Sponsors Sought

    Brett Larner
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2015/03/30/kiji/K20150330010082020.html translated by Brett Larner The Japan Industrial Track and Field Association (JITA) national corporate federation held a press conference on Mar. 30 in Tokyo to announce the establishment of its "Project Exceed" marathon development project.  Targeting the ultimate goal of marathon medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,
  • "Mr. 9.87" Kiryu Returns to Japan Saying "Next Time I'll Do It For Real"

    Brett Larner
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    http://www.sankei.com/sports/news/150330/spo1503300043-n1.html translated by Brett Larner Having run a wind-assisted 9.87 in the men's 100 m at the Texas Relays track meet in the United States, Yoshihide Kiryu (1st yr, Toyo Univ.) arrived back in Japan at Narita International Airport on Mar. 30, saying, "Next time I'll do it officially."  At the airport Kiryu was surrounded by throngs of
  • Kawauchi Wins First Running of Nerima Kobushi Half Marathon

    Brett Larner
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150329-00000002-minkei-l13 http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150329-00000091-spnannex-spo http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150329-OHT1T50062.html http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2015/03/30/kiji/K20150330010080090.html translated and edited by Brett Larner The first half marathon to be held in Tokyo's Nerima ward, the Nerima Kobushi Half
 
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    NPB Tracker

  • Site Announcement

    Patrick
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    When I started this site back in 2008, I didn’t give much thought to whether anyone would read it or not; it was an endeavor of fun. If I had any dreams for what this site might become, reality has certainly exceeded them. I never imagined meeting people in the baseball industry, or that they would know my work, or becoming friends with writers that have influenced me, or writing an article for ESPN, or making media appearances in three countries. But over the last couple years, I’ve developed a bit of a desire to branch out from Japanese baseball and explore other topics. I…
  • Japan Baseball Weekly Appearance & I’m Still Around

    Patrick
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    This a post to announce that while this site is in stasis, I’m still around. And I have the podcast appearance to prove it: JBW is up!! @npbtracker & @beisboljapones join the podcast as we offer our predictions for the PL race… http://t.co/oQvUtHKuVD — John E. Gibson (@JBWPodcast) March 22, 2015 Speaking of appearances, I never mentioned that I was on Japanese television last autumn. More on that later.
  • DeNA Signs Gourriel

    Patrick
    12 May 2014 | 9:37 pm
    According to multiple Media outlets out of Japan (such as Nikkan Sports) the Yokohama DeNA Baystars have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel. Nikkan Sports quotes Gourriel as saying “Japan is known as a high-level league, so I’ve always wanted to try playing there. I’m very happy to have that hope fulfilled. I appreciate the Baystars for giving me this opportunity.” Gourriel will wear number 10 for the ‘Stars, and his arrival in Japan is of yet undecided. No other details have been announced as of yet. For more on Gourriel and Cuban players in NPB, please…
  • Updated: Baystars Negotiating with Gourriel

    Patrick
    10 May 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Update, Sunday 11:30pm Pacific time: Sports Hochi reports that DeNA has a basic agreement in place with Gourriel. GM Takada cautions that “he’s not signed yet”, but DeNA has a representative in Cuba to complete the deal. The Baystars plan to play Gourriel at second base, and bat him third in the order. The article also mentions that Yuliesky’s father, Lourdes, played industrial league ball in Japan for Isuzu. Word on the street (err, Japanese media) is that the Yokohama DeNA Baystars are looking to follow the Yomiuri’s acquisition of Frederich Cepeda with a…
  • NPB Bullet Points: A Few Articles I Read

    Patrick
    9 May 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Every article linked here is written in English: Writing for One World Sports, John Gibson urges observers to be patient with phenom Shohei Ohtani. Steve Novosel and Craig Roberts wrote up Lotte’s May 2-4 series with Seibu, which included Takayuki Kishi’s no-hitter. Wily Mo Pena hit a home run off the roof of Kyocera Osaka Dome on May 6, which I had never seen anyone do before. Gen Sueyoshi has details and a video clip. Jason Coskrey writes that the upstart Orix Buffaloes performance at the gate is lagging behind their performance in the win column. John Sickels looks back at the…
 
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine news

  • 「Firefox 37」リリース、ユーザーからのフィードバックを得る「Heartbeat」を導入

    末岡洋子
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
     Mozillaは3月31日、Webブラウザ「Firefox」の最新版「Firefox 37」をリリースした。デスクトップ版とAndroid版のリリースとなり、ユーザーのフィードバックを得る新しい仕組み「Heartbeat」の導入といった新機能を盛り込んだ。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Mozilla 末岡洋子 Firefox 関連記事HTTP/2に完全対応した「Firefox 36」がリリース MozillaのFirefox担当が辞職、Firefoxとクラウドサービスの2グループが合体へ…
  • グラフデータベース「Neo4j 2.2」リリース、read/write性能が大幅に改善

    松島浩道
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
     スウェーデンNeo Technologyは3月25日、グラフデータベースNeo4jの最新版「Neo4j 2.2」をリリースした。性能の強化に主眼が置かれており、read/write性能を大幅に改善したという。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー データベース 末岡洋子 関連記事グラフデータベース「Neo4j 2.0」リリース、クエリ言語「Cypher」やUIなどが強化される Java 7に対応したグラフデータベース「Neo4j 1.9」が公開…
  • 「Dart 1.9」リリース、非同期機能を強化

    松島浩道
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
     米GoogleのDartプロジェクトは3月26日、プログラミング言語Dartの最新版「Dart 1.9」を公開した。非同期関連で多数の強化が加わっている。 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 関連記事「Dart 1.7」リリース、パッケージマネージャ「pub」の改善などが行われる 「Dart SDK 1.3」リリース、サーバーサイドでの処理性能が大きく向上 JavaScriptの性能を改善、米Googleが「Dart 1.1」リリース
  • Microsoft、Visual StudioでNode.jsアプリケーション開発をサポートするプラグイン「NTVS 1.0」を公開

    松島浩道
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
     米Microsoftは3月25日、Visual StudioをNode.jsのIDE(統合開発環境)として利用するためのプラグイン「Node.js Tools for Visual Studio」(NTVS)正式版を発表した。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 開発ツール 末岡洋子 JavaScript 関連記事米Microsoft、Visual StudioでのPython開発をサポートするプラグイン「PTVS 1.0」をリリース Microsoft、Visual StudioおよびTFSでのGitサポートを発表。CTP版のプラグインもリリース…
  • 2014年度のFree Software Awards発表、フリーの医用画像プロジェクトの開始者らが受賞

    末岡洋子
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
     フリーソフトウェアを推進するFree Software Foundation(FSF)が毎年恒例となる「Free Software Awards」の結果を発表した。フリーソフトウェア活動への貢献に対する表彰制度で、個人はThe Orthanc ProjectのSebastien Jodogne氏が、団体は恵まれない子供や家族にGNU/Linuxマシンを贈るReglueが受賞した。 ニュース オープンソース 末岡洋子 関連記事FSFとDebian、GNU/Linuxハードウェア情報サイト「h-node.org」を共同支援へ…
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    IDEA*IDEA

  • 昔懐かしの『Pascal入門 (全18回)』をドットインストールに追加しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    毎年、4月1日は古(いにしえ)のプログラミング言語を紹介することにしているので今年は昔懐かしいPascalをば(過去にはBASIC、COBOLを紹介)。 ↑ 実装系はFreePascalにしました。yumでインストールできたので。 ↑ procedureとか懐かしすぎる・・・。 Turbo PascalとかDelphiとかありましたよねぇ・・・。今Pascalを勉強しても実用的ではないのですが汗、ノスタルジックな気分に浸るにはいいかもです・・・。…
  • 空港コードの由来を綺麗な写真を見ながら学べる『Airport Codes』

    taguchi
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    ほとんどの空港コードはだいたい地名の略ですが、LAXの由来とか「へー」的なものがあって勉強になりますな。あと写真きれいだし。 » Airport Codes
  • ドットインストールの『CSS3入門 (全18回)』を再収録しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    今週のドットインストールは「CSS3入門」を再収録しました。前回作成時に比べ、ブラウザの対応状況もだいぶ良くなってきたのでよく使うプロパティを中心にまとめてみました。 ↑ 色の指定でhslaが使えるのは便利ですよね。 ↑ いまどきのサイトだとbackground-sizeは必須かと。 仕様策定中といえどもCSS3はすでに必修のスキルですよね。最新の仕様などを確認しつつ、全18回にまとめてみましたのでよろしければ是非どうぞ。 » CSS3入門…
  • Facebook広告について体系的に学べる公式学習サイト『Facebook Blueprint』

    taguchi
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Facebookが公式に学習サイトを出してきましたね。Facebook広告について体系的に学べます。 » Facebook Blueprint: Training Modules for advertising on Facebook
  • 『フォントのふしぎ』を読んだらフォントを見る目が変わってしまった

    taguchi
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    なんとなく積ん読になっていた「フォントのふしぎ」を読了。マニアックなテーマではありつつも、個人的にはかーなり面白かったです。なんというか、がありました。 著者は日本でタイポグラフィやカリグラフィを学んだのちに世界的なコンテストでグランプリを2度受賞、そのあとにドイツに渡り欧文フォントのディレクターをされているというプロ中のプロの方ですね・・・(この世界では有名な人なのかな・・・?)。…
 
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • ファシリティマネージャー・ベンダーマネージメントスタッフ

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    ・日々の監督・管理業務 ・電気機器関連のファシリティの管理・監督 ・サーバールームのオペレーション ・緊急事態対応マニュアルの策定・実行 ・プラント関連や電気機器関連のバグの監視・管理 ・ベンダーマネージメント ・オンサイトスタッフとして本社との連絡などやりとり
  • Marketing Manager

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    ・Mission & Strategy Execution - The person in this position is responsible for developing and executing the Japan Marketing strategy ・Business contribution - The person in this position is expected to increase the number of merchants/customers/deals both to organically develop the CompanyBBTECH_R...
  • Contract Manager

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    ・Respond to complex inquiries regarding contract obligations and revisions ・Identifies risks and issues, suggests alternatives that lead to the best solution ・Reviews and manages contractual obligations of the parties and provides continual review ・Acts as the primary contact between the project...
  • ファンドマネージャー(一般勘定・特別勘定)@大手日系保険グループ

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    ・社内資産の運用を直接行う担当者 ・当社に於ける一般勘定及び特別勘定の運用フロント業務全般 ・運用パフォーマンス分析業務、運用報告書・レポート等の運用報告業務
  • IT部門責任者候補

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    -Main Role- IT部門の責任者として以下の内容に責任を持ちます。 1.基幹業務システム構築2. Business Intelligence3. Network Management4. Database Management 5. Server Management 6. Device Management 7. Web Site Management of E-Commerce 8. Intranet 9. R&D 10. Team Management
 
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • New Dining Style: Salvage Party Refashions Leftovers into Delicious Dishes

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:35 am
    JFS Newsletter No.151 (March 2015) Copyright Salvage Party Secretariat All Rights Reserved. Salvage Parties or "Salpa" have been attracting attention in Japan. At aSalpa, a professional chef cooks high-quality dishes using leftoveringredients brought from the homes of party participants. The word"salvage" originally meant "to rescue an imperiled ship." These partiesbring many benefits through the "rescue" of food left in refrigerators,which otherwise would have soon spoiled. Salvage Party (in Japanese) http://salvageparty.com/
  • Kobe City Releases Documentary Photos of Great Hanshin Earthquake

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo by Kobe City Some Rights Reserved. Kobe City, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, released on December 9, 2014, documentary photographs of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the city on January 17, 1995, killing more than 4,000 people. The release of the photos, made available to the public through a website titled "Memory of 1.17--the Great Hanshin Earthquake," marks 20 years since the disaster. The city hopes that the website and photographs showing the process of disaster recovery will pass on various experiences and lessons to future…
  • NEC Develops Software for Storage Batteries, Helping to Improve Next-generation Power Systems

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Thomas Ormston Some Rights Reserved. NEC Corp., a leading Japanese electronics company, announced on November 13, 2014, that it had developed virtual integration control software that is able to automatically control more than a million storage batteries via cloud computing, and to implement a demand-response program. The software intensively controls the charging and discharging of multiple batteries, distributed throughout individual homes and buildings, and in electric cars. It provides for adjustments in supply and demand in real time, which is on par with existing power…
  • MOE Publishes Cases of Water Footprint Calculations to Visualize Water Use

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by Akihito Fujii All Rights Reserved. The water we see in daily life is only a small part of the water cycle. A water footprint is an indicator for the visualization of invisible water. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOE) published a collection of cases of water footprint with the aim of more effective water use.
  • FutureCity Initiative Holds International Forum Overseas for First Time

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Japan's Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat held its FutureCity Initiative International Forum in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on February 8, 2015. The forum aims at increasing understanding and expanding support of the initiative, sharing leading case studies from Japan and the world, and building and strengthening an international network. The forum has been held four times in Japan, with the last one being in Higashimatsushima in December 2014. Now in its fourth year, the forum has always been held in Japan until this fifth forum in Malaysia.
 
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  • The Shabu Shabu Spirit

    Travis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’ve only been out for shabu shabu once, but from this video I now know that I totally blew it! Related Posts:How to Eat SushiLet Your Dog Take Your Cows for a WalkOne Japan – VideoDancing from all 47 PrefecturesCat Dress Up in Japan
  • Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

    Travis
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Miki Yoshihito A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes. I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan. The mobile phone and data sim card rental situation in Japan Four years ago when we visited Japan for a two month stay, the ability to get my hands on either a…
  • Learn to Use Chopsticks with Chopstick Man

    Travis
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m not a chopstick expert. It is always a little depressing when Stacey receives complements for her chopstick skills while I get little more than a silent stare. I guess I’m doing it so wrong that there is no help for me. Until now that is. Now we have Chopstick Man to show us how it’s done! By the way Chopstick Man, why so grumpy all the time? Is it because of my deplorable chopstick skills? Please don’t be angry with me Mr. Chopstick Man :( Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak JapaneseLearning the Proper Way To Eat…
  • Tomato Feeding Robot

    Travis
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Two things you’ll never find me doing, jogging and eating tomatoes. Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotRobotic Comedy DuoFacetime While Eating RamenJapanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
  • Japanese Idiom: Hold Someone’s Drum

    Travis
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Photo Credit: hank_rhoads I’m sure you’re familiar with the English idiom “to beat one’s own drum”, and at first inspection I thought this Japanese idiom was the same thing. But while there’s some similarities, the results are much different. Taiko o motsu – 太鼓を持つ (たいこをもつ) Meaning – To hold someone’s drum This Japanese idioms means that you’re flattering someone by holding their drum while the make a bunch of noise. So you can see it has a lot of similarities to banging your own drum except you’re…
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    Japan Pulse

  • Flushed with success: Innovative new toilet accessory to offer full body wash

    Tip Washburn
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The eco-friendly Bathlet modification of well-loved Washlet is bound make waves. In February, bidet-type commodes equipped with built-in washers and pre-warmed seats made news after Japan’s media reported that they were enjoying heady demand by Chinese tourists visiting Japan during the lunar new year holiday. The reaction to this in Beijing’s state-run media was largely negative. The Global Times, a tabloid affiliated with the Communist Party organ People’s Daily, protested tourists misplaced priorities in a commentary titled “Popularity of Japanese toilet seats…
  • R2-D2 toy keeps fans company and food fresh

    Megumi Lim
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeH8RiWgPDg R2-D2, the eccentric cylindrical droid from “Star Wars,” has helped save the galaxy time and time again, but now he will help you save electricity. Mobile gadget company Hamee will be releasing a 10 x 7 cm version of the robot to keep in your refrigerator. He will greet you when you open the door, and panic, if you leave it open. “Living alone can get a little bleak. We wanted to create something that could welcome you back home at the end of the day,” explains Atsushi Yamashita of the product management team in the promo video. Although this…
  • Ultraman monsters invade your travel show

    Tom Hanaway
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    After getting beat by Ultraman, the bad guys need a vacation. Channel Fuji TV One is letting the monsters loose in a new travel program called “Ultra Monster Walk.” It will resemble other Japanese travel shows on which hosts visit a featured city’s landmarks, sample local cuisine and soak up the area’s flavor — but this version has a kaiju twist. In the first out of 12 total episodes, scheduled to air on May 22 at midnight, the monsters invade, er, visit Yokohama and Kamakura. This isn’t the first time Ultraman’s enemies have taken a well-deserved rest. Last year saw the opening…
  • Takashi Murakami + Frisk = super-artsy breath

    Megumi Lim
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR_mFlWWmR0 For a limited time you’ll be able to freshen your breath by popping a piece of contemporary art into your mouth. On March 16, Belgian confectionary Frisk launched a special collaborative line of art candy, called Frisk Neo, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The collaborator is none other than Takashi Murakami, that superfamous creator of superflat pop art. Though Murakami’s most expensive art pieces have sold for more than $4 million, the Frisk Neo decorated in his original Kaikai Kiki characters and signature skulls cost less than ¥400.
  • Is Burger King’s ‘Flame Grilled’ fragrance a hoax in a bottle?

    Delaney Lake
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BB6B2Y2G7E Burger King Japan has developed quite the reputation for its imaginative gastronomic creations, including the black Kuro Burger released last year. However, the result of the fast food chain’s latest experiment isn’t exactly edible. Smell it your way Starting in April, the company will launch a fragrance that will allow fast-food lovers to smell just like their beloved burgers. The perfume, named “Flame Grilled,” will be sold for one day only and exclusively at Burger Kings in Japan. A free Whopper is included in the purchase (at the…
 
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  • Smart Doll Plus

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:13 am
    Smart Doll Plus It gives me great pleasure to announce our new product - Smart Doll Plus - the future of home appliances! Smart Doll Plus is a 120cm tall robotic android designed by myself Danny Choo right here at Culture Japan HQ in Tokyo. Smart Doll Plus has functionality to walk around on her own and pickup objects which she can recognize with her built in AI. Smart Doll Plus is also connected to the Internet 247 meaning that she has access to any information that you require of her. We are also working with IFTTT to enable Smart Doll Plus to connect to a plethora of home devices such as…
  • Smart Doll 005 Eiji Seiun

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    Introducing Smart Doll 005 - Eiji Seiun. Eiji is a soft vinyl 1/3 scale (approx 64cm tall) fashion doll designed by myself Danny Choo. Eiji is developed and manufactured in Japan on our very own Smart Doll production line together with 001 Mirai Suenaga and 002 Kizuna Yumeno. If you are not familiar with the Smart Doll brand then check out the Smart Doll website for more info.Today I'm going to give you a status update on progress so far.Just like our female line of Smart Dolls, Eiji has the Smart Support socket which allows attachment of the telescopic stand and Air Stand.A Hoso Macho…
  • Akihabara Shops 17

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    Its been a while since our last Akihabara Shops post >< today's gander around the area will reveal some of the latest trends in Akihabara which is summarised with the title "Kancolle" ^^ Lemme know what you want to see more of in the next Akihabara Shops post. Oh and before I forget, most of the photos in these posts are served up from Flickr but the speed is not so great so I'm looking into getting a CDN for image distribution and hope to have that in place in the near future. If you are knowledgeable about CDNs and have recommendations then lemme knowThis post contains a poll, click…
  • Japan Drivers License Renewal

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    I've been driving in Japan for about 10 years now and managed to keep a clean record with no road offenses which means that my drivers license gets upgraded to "Gold status."A postcard comes through the letterbox reminding me that I should go and renew my license at the nearest drivers license center.The Mirai Itasha parked at the spanking new Samezu Drivers License Center.Drivers License Centers are run by the police in Japan. I didn't manage to see any Ingrams parked outside though. This post contains a video, click here to view. If you read my previous post on getting a Japanese drivers…
  • Japan White Day

    danny
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Every March the 14th is "White Day" which is today. To make more monies from Valentines day, the Japanese invented "White Day" as an excuse for men to buy candy to give to women in return for the chocolate that they received - theres even an official White Day site. Japanese culture has marketing down to a tee which encourages women to give chocolate on Valentines day. The reason its called "White Day" is because the color of sugar (white) is the main ingredient for candy which was traditionally given on White Day. These days however, one does not have to give candy and can be white chocolate…
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  • Iceland Whale Meat In My Supermarket

    kirai
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The other day I went to the supermarket to buy some salmon and I found some whale meat from Iceland. I have been reading about it online and it seems that the Japanese can’t catch enough whales for the demand that exists in Japan. To solve the problem the government agreed to import whale meat from Iceland and Norway in 2009. Related posts: Whale Meat Shop Kissing Whale
  • Z-Machines – Robots Concert

    kirai
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    My friend Ernest and I went to a concert in which the music was played by robots. The band is called Z-Machines and the funny thing is that the robots do stuff like for example greeting the crowd before the concert or show gratitude at the end. The robots are programmed to speed up the beat of the songs or keep playing one more song if the crowd is loud enough. I didn’t really enjoy the music but it was fascinating to see so many people just hearing what some robots were programmed to play. I took some videos with my camera and I have put them together with iMovie so you can have an…
  • Nakijin Castle in Okinawa

    kirai
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    The current Okinawa prefecture was formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. The inhabitants of the Ryukyu islands were able to maintain their independence from the Chinese and Japanese empires during the Edo era. However, they were not very amiable between each other, during many years the Okinawa islands were divided in three kingdoms: Hokuzen (North Kingdom), Chuzan (Center Kingdom) and Nanzan (South Kingdom). Each kingdom was controlled from one castle. Shuri castle in Naha (South Kingdom) and Nakijin castle (North Kingdom) were the most powerful castles. These are some photos of Nakijin…
  • Ultraman at JR Stations

    kirai
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Today I found this Ultraman statue at Shinbashi station in the Yamanote line. Next to the statue there was a stand where you can get a stamp to certify that you have found the statue. It seems that it is a promotion to collect the Ultraman characters stamps. If you manage to get all the stamps you will be able to have a chance to get several prizes. These kind of marketing promotions are known in Japan as スタンプラリー (Stamp Rally). To participate in them you have to use the official passbook and then collect all the stamps. More information about the stations and the places where…
  • Giant Star Wars Statue in Sapporo

    kirai
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    This year one of the most popular statues at Yuki Matsuri in Sapporo has been the following statue with Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and a Tie Fighter. Amazing!
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  • Muroran, the dying Hokkaido town: A return

    Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Last year, knowing nothing about the town other than that it was a good location on the way to, and from, some of Hokkaido’s more scenic spots, I spent an all too brief stopover in Muroran. Like so many other places in the region — and Japan as a whole outside the big cities — the jobs, and subsequently the population, have shrunk enormously, leaving behind a sad scene of former glory and faded memories. Photographs of which can be seen here. Yet despite, or perhaps because of its decidedly forlorn nature, Muroran was somewhere I liked — a lot. It was peaceful.
  • A cat boasting pearls perched amongst the cherry blossom

    Lee
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    It’s that time again when the cherry trees bloom, people in kimono enjoy picnics and cats inexplicably bust out their best pearls.
  • Astonishingly drunk and asleep in Tokyo

    Lee
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Seeing astonishingly drunk and asleep men, women, and even men dressed as women on the streets of Tokyo isn’t exactly what one would call rare. But seeing someone fast asleep in a position like this, probably is. An unconscious prayer perhaps for a hangover that isn’t of biblical proportions.
  • An old Japanese train and its driver

    Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Tokyo’s trains are modern, multi-carriage machines that efficiently and also impersonally move people round the city. Outside the capital, however, it can be very different indeed, with far older locomotives, and a much more personal experience.
  • Hokkaido: scenery and steel

    Lee
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Hokkaido, Japan’s largest and northernmost prefecture, is well known for its beautiful scenery. But the island also has a fair amount of heavy industry, which unsurprisingly isn’t quite as easy on the eyes.
 
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Young working women and acne

    Ken Y-N
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Orbis, a cosmetics company, has recently released an acne care series of potions, thus commissioned a survey into acne care to coincide with the launch. Demographics Recently Orbis surveyed 500 women between the ages of 25 and 35 and in full-time employment; no further details were given on the demographics or the sample selection method, etc. Here’s a vending machine selling a competing product, Proactiv: I’m unable to comment on this, and I managed to avoid acne during my youth. Research results Q1: What are typical of your acne outbreaks? (Sample size=500, multiple answer, top…
  • What makes people think someone might be an otaku

    Ken Y-N
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    goo Ranking recently published a look at what makes people think someone might be an otaku, a geek/nerd too interested in games or anime. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and 12th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. Spot the otaku in this group! Number 4 doesn’t really make sense to me, although I suspect it might be related to the manga genre BL, Boys Love and givers and receivers……
  • Most non-users of electronic cash just don’t feel any need for it

    Ken Y-N
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Today is a rather ordinary survey, a regular look by NTT Com Research (ex-goo Research) into electronic cash, their fourth regular survey into this topic. Demographics Between the 11th and 17th of March 2015 1,065 members of the NTT Com Research monito group completed a private, internet-based questionnaire. 53.6% of the sample were male, 2.2% in their teens, 27.3% in their twenties, 21.8% in their thirties, 16.9% in their forties, and 31.8% aged fifty or older. I have a bit of confusion over the numbers here; there is a clear statement that from the 1,065 in the sampe, 336 were non-users of…
  • Bad stuff that happens at Rakuten

    Ken Y-N
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    This survey was conducted over six months ago, but only appeared this week, a look by goo Ranking at typical happenings at the net shopping site Rakuten. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I avoid Rakuten myself, mainly due to all the rumours I hear about being spammed to death every time you go shopping. Ranking result Q: What typical happenings have…
  • Whisky habits in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Whisky, specifically Scotch, is going through a bit of a mini-boom right now in Japan, with the widely-popular morning drama (daily, 15 minutes over breakfast) this year being about the first Japanese whisky distiller and his Scottish wife. Although the whisky company the story is based on is Suntory, it was Asahi that conducted this survey into whisky. Demographics Between the 4th and 10th of March 2015 1,314 people aged 20 or older completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further details on the demographics, let alone the sample size collection method, was described. The most…
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 69

    Japanofiles
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    On March 11th, 2011, Kevin Kato and his family were living in Fukushima, Japan. Today they live in Matsumoto. For Episode 69, Kevin visits the Japanofiles Podcast and talks with Dave about his family's experiences of the past several years. Key Words: Fukushima nuclear disaster; earthquake; radiation; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; interview; podcast about Japan; Japan-related discussion
  • Episode 68

    Japanofiles
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    Until recently, David Gray was in the interesting position of having dual careers -- one in Japan and another in North America. For today's Japanofiles Podcast, David shares his thoughts on the various challenges he faced, and he talks about some recent decisions he has had to make. Key Words: podcast about Japan; North America; Canada; interview; discussion about life in Japan; career choices; Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; best; podcasts about Japan; Japan-related conversation 
  • Episode 67

    Japanofiles
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    For Japanofiles 67, Dave talks with Judd Goff. Judd has lived in Japan on three separate occasions, and he has done three very different types of work in Japan. In his present position, he is in charge of a facility where almost all of the employees are Japanese. Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture; Japan-related podcasts; discussion about life in Japan; Gero Onsen, Gifu Prefecture; Salt Lake City, Utah; Taimatsu Matsuri Festival; podcasts about Japan
  • Episode 66

    Japanofiles
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Have you ever wished you could take a half year off from what you're doing and move to another country? Today's guest, Michael, did just that. Michael and his wife took a break from their work, moved to Japan, rented a house in Matsumoto, and spent six months doing various things in Japan. On today's Japanofiles Podcast, Michael talks about his half-year stay in Japan. Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; minka; traditional Japanese architecture; renewable energy; Matsumoto area and the things that Michael likes best; podcast about Japan; English-language interview 
  • 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.
 
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    Asian Lifestyle Design

  • Quick and Healthy Chinese Broccoli – Gai-Lan

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    It’s become more and more evident that we need to increase our green veggie intake to our diet for better health.  I love Winnie’s quick recipe for gai-lan, Chinese broccoli, also known as kai-lan, depending on where you shop. Gai-lan has large dark green leaves, a thick stem, and often has tiny yellow flowers.   Once cooked, the stems are not tough but rather juicy.  High in vitamin A and C, it has a slightly bitter taste.  According to traditional Chinese medicine, bitterness is good for the heart!  So, go for it and consume lots of dark greens. Today’s gai-lan…
  • Sofa Style Trends for 2015

    Guest
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    This is a guest post by Jane Blanchard. The 2015 sofa models are made with a great emphasis on the minimalist approach yet these designs are still as colorful and stylish as they have ever been. There are multiple reasons for making a sofa with less materials. If you enjoy a sofa that does not take up a lot of space, you will jump for joy over this year’s sofa styles. These sofas look more modern than ever before. If you have a colonial house, or one that was built a long time ago, you will still be able to find a sofa that will match your other home design choices. When you’re creating a…
  • It’s Bad Feng Shui to Build on a Floodplain

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Much of feng shui is based on nature and common sense.  As the title says, it’s bad feng shui to build on a floodplain.  This is really basic common sense, but you’d be surprised as how many people actually build on a flood plain. Elevation map of New Orleans. Blue/purple indicates elevations below the average level of Lake Pontchartrain (1983-2001) and orange/brown indicates elevations above. A good example of this is the city of New Orleans in Louisiana.  Now, as you can see on the map, the blue area is below sea level.  That’s right, it’s below sea level. Why did they build the…
  • Pineapple Fried Rice

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Our little neighborhood cooking club of three, Winnie from China, Susanne from Germany and me, got together over the weekend.  Now that two of us have moved away from the neighborhood, it’s now an ex-neighborhood club, and not as convenient as walking across the cul de sac.  But it’s worth the drive from anywhere!  Cooking together, teaching each other new recipes, and catching up on family are a wonderful way to spend time with good friends! Today’s recipe, Pineapple Fried Rice, is from Winnie. Using a whole fresh pineapple as the serving dish, the presentation will impress…
  • Asian Design, the Star of Casinos Today, Casinos seeking to draw in the Asian affluent with Asian influence

    Guest
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This is a guest post on Asian Design Influence. Casinos have always been known for their extravagance. From the majestic Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco to the centuries-old Hippodrome Casino in London, many casinos are feats of architectural marvel. And inside these casinos, we see beautiful room and magnificent décor fit for a king. Lately, however, casinos seem to be shifting their designs in favor of Asian influences. Following some decline in the amount of business they get in American and European markets, casino operators have begun looking towards Asian markets to start making…
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    GaijinPot

  • Help! There’s Underwear On My Balcony!

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    One of the best things about living in a Japanese manshon (aside from the thick walls, great security system, and wooden flooring) is the friendly neighbors. Granted, I can’t tell you any of their names, but we all politely nod to each other coming in and out of the building. This system worked pretty well until someone’s underwear landed on my balcony. Most Japanese families do laundry every afternoon. On sunny days, you can see people’s clothes drying on the balcony. Personally, I love drying my laundry outside. My husband swears sun is the best disinfectant – and…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 14 – 2015

    GaijinPot Blog
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Check back every week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs. Relocation Consultant ¥240,000 ~ ¥290,000 / Month Nagoya, Aichi Japanese: Business Level Visa sponsorship available We are a team of multicultural, bilingual professionals who have worked very hard to become the leading Expat relocation service provider in Nagoya. Our company assists members of the foreign community find expat style housing, and helps…
  • Japan’s Faltering Employment System

    Erik Luebs
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It has been just over seven years since the 2008 Lehman Shock, and while the Japanese economy continues to trundle onwards, a rising debate about longterm employment security dominates the business and op-ed sections of leading newspapers. What has long been a tightly structured hierarchy of strict employment practices is gradually being eroded by economic uncertainty an aging demographic shift. Japan’s employment system is broken down into several roles. Seishain constitutes regular, full time employment, while haken (dispatch/temp), keiyaku (short-term contract), and arubaito…
  • The Life Eikawa PT 2: Preparing for the Assessment Centre

    Ed Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Nerves were running high as I made my way across my own country to go to the assessment centre along with everyone else who passed the initial screening. I did some last minute research into the format of the day and went to sleep cautiously optimistically on my friend’s couch, after setting more than one alarm to make sure I wasn’t going to be late (a cardinal Japanese sin). Next morning I arrived at the hotel conference room without incident and was warmly greeted by the recruiters and nervously approached by some of the other candidates to make small talk. Meeting candidates…
  • Ariana Miyamoto: The Biracial Beauty

    Yumi Nakata
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Just like many other Japanese, I was surprised to see the pictures of Ariana Miyamoto, a 20-year-old who was crowned Miss Japan 2015. Ms. Miyamoto is biracial and at close to six feet tall and dark-skinned, she contradicts the traditional Japanese beauty standards. This has led to some Japanese to take to social media to criticize her that she shouldn’t represent Japan as she doesn’t look Japanese enough. In my opinion, this is ridiculous as Ms. Miyamoto is gorgeous and has the potential to succeed not only as a model in Japan but as a model in the West as well and she could be the…
 
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    IGNITION - Your everyday source for inspiration and motivation -

  • Japan’s Fake Food

    Mamiko Nakano
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Japan’s Fake FoodRamen, sushi, spaghetti and tempura … all made of plastic and completely inedible. Fake but realistic replicas of actual food are a part of daily life in Japan and can be found in the windows of restaurants all over the country. Many visitors to Japan are surprised by the level of perfection. Some people even go so far as to collect these delicately hand-crafted items.  Replica food collection puts even the most detailed menu to shame One of the world’s most committed replica food enthusiasts is Akiko Obata. Obata, who lives near Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture,…
  • Smartphones are the Starting Point of a Change as Significant as the Invention of Fire

    IGNITION Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Smartphones are the Starting Point of a Change as Significant as the Invention of Fire(This article was previously published in au UNLIMITED FUTURE LABORATORY. It has been modified from the original.) Media artist Mr. Kensuke Sembo has been active as a member of the art unit “Exonemo” since the dawn of the Internet. He used the Internet as a stage to showcase many experimental works, each of them showing things from new perspectives and unexpected points of view. I will introduce you to Mr. Sembo’s unique view of the future, as told by him. - Mr. Sembo, please tell us about the…
  • How Do We Release Ourselves from the Bonds of “Religion”?

    IGNITION Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    How Do We Release Ourselves from the Bonds of “Religion”?My name is Shoukei Matsumoto, and I am a Buddhist monk. I believe that 21st century people are bound by “religion.” I hope that we can meditate on this topic today. When someone is asked “What religion do you believe in?” many will describe themselves as “nonbelievers” or “atheists.” In most cases, these people regard religion as: ・something that uses rules (bonds) to regulate people’s values and actions ・the creation of an irrational transcendent entity and blind belief in same ・a crutch to which cling the…
  • Exploring the World of Ghibli

    IGNITION Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Exploring the World of GhibliStudio Ghibli is loved the world over for its mesmerizing, award-winning animated feature films. The lineup includes Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Kiki’s Delivery Service. The Ghibli Museum, whose design is based on a sketch by director Hayao Miyazaki, was created to enable fans of the studio to experience the Ghibli world firsthand. We paid a visit to the museum, located in the Mitaka area of Tokyo, to see what attracts 700,000 visitors from around the world each year. Embraced by nature We began our journey AT…
  • “Positioned to Prosper” - Nintendo Commits to Mobile

    IGNITION Staff
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Positioned to Prosper” - Nintendo Commits to Mobile(This article was previously published in ITmedia News. It has been modified from the original.) “We aim to construct a bridge between smart devices and dedicated video game hardware that connects consumers to our dedicated video game systems,” said Satoru Iwata, Director and President, Nintendo Co., Ltd. at a March 17, 2015 press conference announcing his company’s entry into a business and capital alliance with DeNA Co., Ltd. Iwata, who said “I’d been thinking that if we ever decided to do it, we would have to put ourselves…
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