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  • NEC Underpins Liverpool Council Next-gen Crime Fighting Tools

    JCN Newswire
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    NEC Corporation and NEC Australia, a leading IT solutions and services company, has announced its partnership with Liverpool City Council to deploy a next generation WiFi and video solution that will help it reduce crime rates and improve public safety in the rapidly growing city.
  • Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    Japan News
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector. Photo: Reuters Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen declines were starting to hurt their bottom line.
  • DPJ launches new leadership team

    News On Japan
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party's decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)
  • Tokyo 2020 vision on the agenda at first meeting of Media Commission

    Osaka News
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    A first meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Media Commission has taken place today in the Japanese capital, following the announcement of its formation last week. The group, chaired by Hisashi Hieda, chairman ...
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    15 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
 
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  • Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda calls for stable yen

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector. Photo: Reuters Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said a stable yen is crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen declines were starting to hurt their bottom line.
  • Japanese gardens offers tranquil retreat in the Twin cities.

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Saint Paul MN- The word Bonsai comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word 'pen-tsai' meaning tree in a tray. Katrin and I start our visit to the Ordway gardens with a walk trough the Bonsai tree collection.
  • Japan Tour

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    The Japan Golf Tour this week begins its run of twelve consecutive events in the latter half of its 2014 season when the ANA Open is played at the Sapporo Golf Club's Wattsu layout in Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
  • Repairing Japan-China ties

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Bilateral relations between Japan and China remain deeply strained two years after Tokyo nationalized three Senkaku islets in the East China Sea on Sept. 11, 2012.
  • Strong 5.6 earthquake reported in Tokyo

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered at about two kilometers west/northwest of Iwai, Japan, and hit at about 11:28 p.m. ET.
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  • DPJ launches new leadership team

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party's decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)
  • Japan, others likely to agree on eel farming curbs

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea are believed to have largely reached an agreement to set limits on the volume of glass, or young, eels that fish farmers can purchase for farming, in order to prevent overfishing, sources familiar with the situation said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
  • Foreign direct investment in China falls again

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
  • New condos on sale drop for 7th straight month

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    The number of new condominiums put on sale in the Tokyo metropolitan area dropped in August year-on-year for the 7th straight month. (NHK)
  • Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key coauthor of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. (Jiji Press)
 
 
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  • Kitchen counter bio hacking

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I first heard about Synbiota at SXSWi this year, when they won an Accelerator Award. According to the announcement, "Synbiota is a virtual collaboration site that connects scientists, researchers, universities and others from around the world to solve complex problems using genetic engineering." That week they announced the world's first Massive Open Online Science (MOOS) event. Called #ScienceHack, hundreds of researchers from around the globe (some as clueless as us!) would use a new "wetware" kit to produce prohibitively expensive medicine at a fraction of the price. A month later I got…
  • Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Last year, a group of Media Lab students visited Shenzhen with, bunnie, an old friend and my hardware guru. He's probably best known for hacking the Xbox, the chumby, an open source networked hardware appliance, and for helping so many people with their hardware, firmware and software designs. bunnie is "our man in Shenzhen" and understands the ecosystem of suppliers and factories in China better than anyone I know. With his help, my students saw and experienced a ecosystem that we all benefit from, but mostly don't see or even realize exists. I have been living vicariously through the…
  • My answers to six questions

    Joi
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Recent Media Lab grad Drew Harry and co-founder Frances Yun have launched a site called Six Questions. I recently participated and answered my six questions. Here they are.
  • Designing Around Little Minds

    Joi
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:13 pm
    Andy Rubin - Photo by Joi Ito In designing user interfaces, we aim to empower the "user" to understand and control the system at hand. Output via screens and speakers, with input from a keyboard, a touch screen or gestures. Between them, the "user" is understood to be our conscious "mind" - the logical bit of our brain that thinks it's in charge. This "mind" is actually not nearly as "in charge" as it thinks it is. In fact, our larger and often much more wise mind - the emotional, sub-conscious, parallel-processing, pattern recognizing part of our nervous system even manipulates and deceives…
  • The Creativity Compass

    Joi
    30 Jul 2013 | 1:24 pm
    I think this framework first came up in a conversation with John Maeda. The original observation was that artist and scientists tend to work well together, and designers and engineers work well together, but that scientists and engineers don't work as well together, and likewise, neither do artists and designers. Engineers and designers tend to focus on utility and understand the world through observation and gathering the constraints of a problem to come up with a solution. Artists and scientists, on the other hand are inspired by nature or math, and they create through pure inner creativity…
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • COLORFILM welcome

    Patrick Macias
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Walking to Asakusa through deserted cityscape. Stores are shuttered. Very few people streaking by on bicycle or scattering to conbini safety. It’s a holiday and the sky is heavy and grey. Time wave zero vibrations flowing out from the subways, water rushing through dark and secret passages under heavy steel manhole covers. Ghosts we can’t see in the street. Going in the wrong direction so I get a cab. Figuring Sensoji and Kaminarimon will be the last places effected by the flow, I tell Archery Bow Child to meet me at the Nakamise gate. For once we both arrive at the same time.
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    Patrick Macias
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
  • Shibuya dog on Basketball Street

    Patrick Macias
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We live in the gap: dead center in the middle of disparity between what is promised and what we actually get. Surrounded by oversized menu photos from a million chain izakaya; obscured faces identified by false names and phone numbers; the pet on the poster, the one you wind up with; ads on the trains promising happy news, happy mail, happy places. The distance between things is probably why everyone looks so constantly beat down, hard work and a full time job trying to make up the difference.
  • Paranoia Girls / パラノイア·ガールズ

    Patrick Macias
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Ok, so PARANOIA GIRLS, my experimental psychedelic suburban surreal science fiction opus about teenage girls and acid fried army colonels, has begun serializing on tumblr. Features art by Yunico Uchiyama with translation and a lot of behind the scenes support by the incredible Marie Iida. We will be updating the main story bi-weekly and posting apocrypha and related artifacts whenever we find them or the Extra Dimensional Reality Archive can be bothered to loan them out. So yeah, here we go… English version   Japanese version
  • Dracula Summer

    Patrick Macias
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Umbrella walking in crowded Shibuya side street, of course everything is ragged and falling apart, so the umbrella is already broken and plastic tips protecting sharp edges are missing which is unfortunate because in a tight spot where there is no more room to maneuver, the metal points scrape the eyeballs of a office lady passing by, turning at least one into bloody jelly leaking everywhere, mingling on the street with rain water, soy sauce, urine, and boss coffee all of it collected as evidence of a serious crime – but it was an accident – that can never be properly explained as rights…
 
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    Hello Kitty Hell

  • 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…
  • The Hello Kitty McDonald’s McArch

    Hello Kitty Hell
    12 Dec 2013 | 5:00 pm
    Well, let’s certainly hope that this isn’t a trend that catches on and spreads to other countries. Apparently the evil feline decided to sleep with Ronald McDonald and the result was the ugliest thing you can imagine. Yes, it appears that their night of romance (apparently Kitty chan forgot to tell Ronald to use her branded condoms — or more likely, she did and they simply failed to work) produced the Hello Kitty McArch: I see that this as further proof that the end is near, and when it comes, it’s not going to be pretty… Sent in by McD lover
  • Hello Kitty Butt Plugs Should Make You Cringe

    Hello Kitty Hell
    4 Dec 2013 | 8:28 pm
    When you live in the type of hell that I do, it’s a major risk opening up email each morning. While I never escape completely unscathed from the torment that the evil feline throws my way, there are definitely some days that are much worse than others. Today was one of those days. That’s because you absolutely know that things have gone terribly wrong in the world when you open up an email to see Hello Kitty butt plugs (clear and pink) staring back at you… Now, I think that we can all agree that there’s more than a bit of irony in the fact that the cat-with-no-mouth…
  • Hello Kitty Sea Cruise

    Hello Kitty Hell
    23 Nov 2013 | 4:31 pm
    As if having airplanes covered with the cat-with-no-mouth wasn’t bad enough, the shipping industry feels that they should also get into the act of torturing most of society. A company called Star Cruises has launched a Hello Kitty themed cruise on two of its ships (the SuperStar Virgo and SuperStar Libra) that will run through December 29, 2013. The excruciating painful trip will include having to spend time on the ship with Dear Daniel, My Melody and Bad Batz Maru along with the evil feline, as well as a musical show, breakfast meetings, teatime parties and story telling time. No doubt…
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  • Japan Matsuri

    danny
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Its that time of year again. Autumn is here which means festival time. Festival in Japanese is "Matsuri" [祭り[まつり]] and the ones during Autumn are mostly held to thank the heavens for a good harvest for the previous season. Today's bunch of photos are taken last weekend at Himonya Matsuri which I've been attending for the past 10 years. You can see what festivals take place in the Autumn around this neck of the woods at the Meguro City website. There is a load to see, do and eat at a matsuri. The food is served at hawker stands where you can find a variety of noms such as Yakitori…
  • Tokyo Photo Walk 2014/09

    danny
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Forgive me folks for the radio silence! After Anime Expo I came back to Japan to prepare for Anime Festival Asia Indonesia and during that period I had to look for bigger offices and then move in. After coming back from Indonesia we had to work on and ship the current outstanding orders of Smart Doll. Moving office was a huge life project that took up a load of time - it was not possible to focus on the move, the business and update the site at the same time. I did manage to post regular quick updates to my social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram though. I wanted to post a quick…
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    danny
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll celebrating by om nomming on some Mooncakes.Got these Smart Doll sized Mooncakes from Hong Kong.While taking these photos I completely forgot to take photos of the human sized ones we got in the office ><My girls love some Vitasoy with their Mooncake.This is the near production ready version of Kizuna - the eyes and makeup color may change slightly.Some folks said they prefered the first version of Kizuna - this *is* actually the first version ^^; I wont take pre-orders until I can…
  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

    danny
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta Design Centre, Lotus Room) on Mon 18th from 6 - 9PM. I'll be at AFAID for all 3 days and hope to see you there. If I'm not at my booth then I will most likely be on stage MC'ing. If we don't manage to catch up with each other at AFAID, we can certainly do so at CJ Night. CJ Night is a place for like minded comrades to mingle and get to know each other. I love spending time with readers and will be doing the usual signing and photo sessions and hunting for talent too ^o^ Also feel free to bring…
  • AFAID 14 Merchandise

    danny
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Its that time of year again - Asia's biggest anime event AFA (AFAID) returns to Indonesia for the 3rd consecutive time this weekend 15 - 17th August. There will be a ton of seiyuu, anime producers/directors and a huge hall full of exhibitors which includes us ^o^ This first photo is of the Culture Japan booth at AFAID which got rather crowded at times ^^;Here's a quick overview of what we have available this year for AFA Indonesia! Prices are all in IDR and includes tax.4 designs of T-shirts will be available, 3 of which are new in Indonesia. Prices go down the more you buy. Save up to…
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    japan running news

  • Köln Marathon and Usti nad Labem Half Marathon - Japanese Results

    Brett Larner
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    by Brett Larner Following up on a disappointing showing at last weekend's Great North Run and Prague Grand Prix 10 km, Japan's corporate league runners underwhelmed again at Sunday's Köln Marathon and Usti nad Labem Half Marathon.  In a race won by Kenya's Anthony Maritim in 2:10:26 in Köln, 2:09:18 marathoner Yuko Matsumiya (Team Hitachi Butsuryu), the twin brother of 5000 m and 30 km national
  • Forced to Do Federation 40 km Run Nine Days After Perth Marathon, Kawauchi Furious as Half of National Team Skips it

    Brett Larner
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20140910-OHT1T50076.html http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20140909-OHT1T50166.html translated and edited by Brett Larner Incheon Asian Games men's marathon team member and civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran in a 40 km time trial and biometric measurement run in Shibetsu, Hokkaido on Sept. 9 as part of the Marathon National Team's
  • Asian Games Marathon Hayakawa Hoping to "Bring Back Good News"

    Brett Larner
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/asia/2014/news/f-sp-tp0-20140911-1365110.html translated by Brett Larner Sanitary and housing equipment manufacturer Toto held a sendoff meeting Sept. 11 at its offices in Shiodome, Tokyo for company workers to voice their support for Incheon Asian Games women's marathon team member Eri Hayakawa, 32, and other Toto-sponsored athletes.  Three athletes were
  • 'International Distance-Running Greats to Challenge Defending Champions at 2014 TCS New York City Marathon'

    Brett Larner
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu) return to New York this November for the TCS New York City Marathon.  Kawauchi appears with support from JRN. http://www.nyrr.org/media-center/press-releases/international-distance-running-greats-to-challenge-defending-champions-at-2014-tcs-new-york-city-marathon 2014 TCS New York City Marathon Elite Men's Field Wilson
  • Osako Sets 3000 m National Record in Rieti

    Brett Larner
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    by Brett Larner Already on the edge of national records for 3000 m, 2 miles, 5000 m and 10000 m, Suguru Osako (Team Nissin Shokuhin) stepped up in his last race on the summer European circuit, the 3000 m at Italy's Rieti Meeting 2014.  Partially based in the U.S. since graduating from Waseda University this spring, Osako has been training with the Alberto Salazar-coached Nike Oregon Project. 
 
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  • 親子継承から離脱する中小ビジネスの流動性と価値(会員限定)

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
  • オートバックスがAmazon.co.jpで購入した商品の取付・交換サービスを開始

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    株式会社オートバックスセブン(代表取締役 社長執行役員:湧田節夫)は、2014年9月10日(水)より、お客様が総合オンラインストア「Amazon.co.jp」で購入されたカー用品を取付・交換するサービスを、全国のオートバックスグループ448店舗で開始いたします。…
  • 東大・難関大合格を目指す受験生専用のシェアハウス

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    株式会社彩ファクトリー(本社:東京都港区、代表取締役社長:内野 匡裕)は、日本初となる予備校機能を持つ東大合格シェアハウス「TOKYO SHARE 石神井公園」を、2015年3月にオープン致します。 「TOKYO SHARE 石神井公園」は、予備校である株式会社合格舎と提携し、東大合格請負人と呼ばれる同社代表の時田 啓光氏の監修の下、東京大学をはじめとする難関大学合格のために、とことん学習効果を高める環境を実現致します。
  • 飲食店・レストラン向けスマホサイト構築サービスの潜在市場

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    リアルビジネスの中でも、飲食店とスマホユーザーの相性は良く、今から食事をする店を、スマートフォンで決めて来店するという客導線が確立してきている。 そのため、中小の飲食店でも、自店のホームページを持つことにより、スマートフォン経由の顧客を導くことができる。 米国の「Lets…
  • 安定した雇用が期待できる医療・健康分野の新職種と専門人材

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    これから需要の増加が見込まれる新職種の多くは医療・健康分野に集中している。米労働統計局では、2012年~2022年にかけて、需要が急成長する職業を予測しており、そのリストからも医療・健康の新たなスペシャリスト職が伸びていくことがわかる。 米国と日本では、医療制度が異なるため、米国の状況が、そのまま日本にも当てはまるわけではないが、「医療秘書」は日本の「医療事務」を進化させた仕事。保険…
 
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  • OPEC、生産目標引き下げの見通し=事務局長

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    [ウィーン 16日 ロイター] - 石油輸出国機構(OPEC)のバドリ事務局長は16日、同機構が生産目標を引き下げる見通しだと述べた。目標の公式な引き下げは、2008年の金融危機以来初めて。次回総会は11月27日開催の予定だ。
  • 米軍高官がイラク地上戦関与の可能性に言及、イスラム国掃討で

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    [ワシントン 16日 ロイター] - 米制服組トップのデンプシー統合参謀本部議長は16日、過激派「イスラム国」掃討で、米軍がイラクでの地上戦に関与する可能性を示唆した。一方、ホワイトハウスは、米軍に地上での戦闘任務はないと強調した。
  • スコットランド世論調査、独立支持が48%に上昇

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    [ロンドン/エディンバラ 16日 ロイター] - スコットランドで18日に実施される独立の是非を問う住民投票で独立支持が48%、不支持が52%となっていることが、16日に公表された3件の世論調査で明らかになった。
  • 仏議会、バルス改造内閣を信任

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    [パリ 16日 ロイター] - フランス議会は16日、改造後のバルス内閣に対する信任投票を行い、賛成269、反対244で信任した。
  • クリミア追加派兵も辞さず、NATO軍事演習で=ロシア国防相

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    [モスクワ 16日 ロイター] - ロシアのショイグ国防相は16日、北大西洋条約機構(NATO)側がウクライナ西部で軍事演習を開始したことを受け、ロシアとしてクリミア半島への追加派兵も辞さない構えを示した。
 
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  • モバイル端末からWebアクセスの統計解析を確認できるクライアント「Piwik Mobile 2.1」がリリース

    末岡洋子
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
     Webアクセス解析ツール「Piwik」の開発チームは9月13日、Piwikで集計したアクセス統計情報をモバイル端末からチェックできる「Piwik Mobile」の最新版「Piwik Mobile 2.1.0」をリリースした。iOS 8のサポートや性能の強化などが特徴となる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 関連記事Webアクセス解析プラットフォーム「Piwik 2.1」がリリース リアルタイムWebアクセス解析ツール「Piwik…
  • 米FacebookやGoogle、GitHubなどがオープンソース利用を促進する「TODO」プロジェクトを立ち上げ

    末岡洋子
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
     米Facebookは9月15日、開発者向けカンファレンス「@scale 2014」でオープンソースの利用を推進するプロジェクト「TODO」を発表した。米Google、米Twitter、米GitHubらと共同で展開するコラボレーションプロジェクトで、自社がオープンソースソフトウェアとして公開するプログラムの利用促進を目指す。 ニュース オープンソース 団体 オープンソースとフリー文化 末岡洋子 関連記事Linux Foundationが2種の新たな認定プログラムやGitHubら5社の加入を発表…
  • 米Appleが開発言語「Swift 1.0」を発表、iOS向け開発環境が正式版という位置付けに

    末岡洋子
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
     米Appleは9月9日、iOSとMac OS X向けの新しいプログラミング言語「Swift」について、バージョン1.0を発表した。iOS向けはGM(Golden Master)扱いとなり、Swiftを利用して開発したアプリを「App Store」に提出できる。 ニュース デベロッパー 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事Appleの64ビット版ARMコンパイラコードが統合された「LLVM 3.5」リリース C++11やC++14のサポート改善や最適化機能の強化が行われた「GCC 4.9」リリース C#でMac OS…
  • 「Apache Cassandra 2.1」リリース、性能向上やクエリ言語の改良などが行われる

    末岡洋子
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
     Apache Software Foundation(ASF)は9月11日(米国時間)、オープンソースの分散型データベースシステム「Apache Cassandra 2.1」をリリースした。バージョン2.0と比べて性能が50%向上するなど、強化が行われている。 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 関連記事軽量トランザクション機能を搭載した「Apache Cassandra 2.0」が登場 Apache CassandraとApache Hadoopを一体化した「Brisk」発表 MapReduce代替の「Apache Spark 1.0」が登場
  • 米Red Hat、RHELシステムのライフサイクル管理「Red Hat Satellite 6」GA版を発表

    末岡洋子
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
     米Red Hatは9月10日、Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL)などに向けたライフサイクル管理サーバー「Red Hat Satellite 6」の一般公開版(GA)を発表した。単一の管理コンソールでシステムのデプロイ、更新、モニタリング、管理というインフラのライフサイクル全体の管理を行えるツールで、管理作業の効率化を支援する。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Linux RedHat 末岡洋子 関連記事米Red Hat、2017年までサポートされる「RHEL 5.10」などを発表…
 
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  • 【アドバンテック (日本法人)】 Inside Sales

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    アドバンテックは、システムインテグレータと密接に協力し、様々な産業のタイトな条件に対応した付加価値の高いソリューションを提供します。組み込みeプラットフォーム、eサービス&アプライドコンピューティング、産業オートメーションといった3つの分野を中心に、あらゆる製品やソリューションを用意しております。 職責一例: - 売上金額の達成及び新規得意先の獲得 - テレフォンマーケティング活動 - 資料データの作成、整理
  • Test Manager/ Lead Consultant/ Consultant

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Hiring! Looking for Test Manager/ Lead Consultant/ Senior Consultant/ Consultant with 5+ years of strong experience in Testing. Banking/Insurance domain preferred. - Developing & executing formal test plans/test scripts for quality releases & review and receive approval for test artifacts.
  • Business Analyst

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Hiring Business Analyst with over 6+ years of experience. Investment Banking background is a plus. Strong technical background is a plus. Fluent in Japanese and English is a must.
  • Financial Analyst / ファイナンス・アナリスト

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We're looking for candidates with 5+ years experience in budget control within the finance department, ideally someone who's worked at a large company. The person will be responsible for reinforcing FP&A functions of our Japan Finance team. Join us as we grow in Japan!
  • バイオ製品の大手。営業職--北海道地区担当

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    ------北海道勤務-----バイオ関連の機器、試薬の日本市場への導入 最新
 
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    Reuters: エンタテインメント

  • ドラマ「フレンズ」のコーヒー店が限定オープン、初放送から20年

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    [ニューヨーク 15日 ロイター] - 米人気テレビドラマ「フレンズ」の初放送から20年を迎えることを記念し、ドラマに登場するコーヒー店「セントラル・パーク・コーヒー・ショップ」が期間限定でニューヨークのソーホー地区に再現される。
  • マティス切り絵展、英テート・モダン最大の56万人集め終了

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    [ロンドン 15日 ロイター] - ロンドンの近代美術館テート・モダンで開かれていた画家アンリ・マティスの切り絵展の入場者総数は56万人超となり、2000年にオープンしたテート・モダンで初めて50万人を突破する展覧会となった。
  • トロント映画祭、B・カンバーバッチ主演作に最高賞

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    [トロント 14日 ロイター] - 第39回トロント国際映画祭で14日、ベネディクト・カンバーバッチ主演の「The Imitation Game(原題)」が、最高賞に当たる観客賞(ピープルズ・チョイス・アワード)を受賞した。
  • 北米映画興行収入=イドリス・エルバ主演のスリラーが首位

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    [ロサンゼルス 14日 ロイター] - 映画各社や調査会社レントラックの推計に基づく9月12─14日の北米映画興行収入ランキングは、イドリス・エルバ主演のスリラー作品「No Good Deed(原題)」が、2450万ドル(約26億2000万円)で首位となった。
  • NY州代表がミス・アメリカ3連覇、社会活動に取り組む23歳

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    [14日 ロイター] - 2015年のミス・アメリカ決勝大会が14日、米ニュージャージー州アトランティックシティーで行われ、ニューヨーク州代表のキーラ・カザンツェフさん(23)が栄冠を勝ち取った。ニューヨーク州代表が優勝するのは3年連続。
 
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  • From Energy-Saving Architecture to Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture: History of Energy-Saving Architecture in Japan

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014) Image by Wiiii Some Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. We will introduce efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."
  • Geothermal Power: Japan Has World's Third Largest Geothermal Reserves, 60 Percent of Which Can Be Developed

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Image by 663highland Some Rights Reserved. Japan has abundant reserves of geothermal energy, a stable source of electricity with a high utilization factor on par with thermal power. Below we share a report about the present status of geothermal use in Japan, including installation potentials and future prospects for expansion.
  • Update on Japan's Efforts to Build National Resilience to Disasters

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014) Building National Resilience | Cabinet Secretariathttp://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/kokudo_kyoujinka/index_en.html Source: National Resilience Promotion Office, the Cabinet Office Japan's National Resilience Promotion Headquarters, with the Prime Minister as Director General, was established based on the Basic Act for National Resilience Contributing to Preventing and Mitigating Disasters for Developing Resilience in the Lives of the Citizenry (abbreviated as Basic Act for National Resilience), enacted in December 2013. Here is a summary of an interview with…
  • Fujitsu Providing Environmental Education in Japanese Schools Using Tablet Devices in Lectures

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Copyright Fujitsu All Rights Reserved. Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment manufacturer, started to provide visiting lectures in environmental education for elementary and junior high school students in the country in April 2014. Lecturers use a set of digital instructional materials focusing on the ecological footprint concept in "One Planet Living -- From the Perspective of the Ecological Footprint," an initiative developed together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan.
  • Tokyo Steps up Expansion of Renewable Energy Usage toward 2020 Olympics

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Mika Ueno Some Rights Reserved. Toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Government's (TMG) proposes its basic philosophy as "Tokyo 2020: Giving priority to the Environment". The TMG is working on specific environmental measures in preparation for the Olympics. In this article, we will report the TMG's efforts to expand the use of renewable energy.
 
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  • How to Eat Sushi

    Travis
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Saw this video over on Lifehacker and thought it was worth sharing these tips on how to best eat sushi. It looks like I’ve been doing some of the steps wrong :) Also, Chef Naomichi Yasuda seems like a pretty fun guy. Related Posts:Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanThe Unique Characteristics of Japanese CuisineHigh Speed SushiAll You Wanted To Know About Sushi
  • Plans to Head Back to Japan

    Travis
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall. Prep Work With any travel plans, there’s going to be a ton of prep work to tackle. While I’m only in the brainstorming stage right now there are a few things I thinking about. Like when I should book the apartment, and if it will be easier this time getting a prepaid SIM card for my phone. I’ve heard that things have…
  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

    Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Japan has long been know for being a peaceful country, and I know I felt really safe pretty much everywhere I went. The Vision of Humanity website just release their 2014 index of global peace with some very interesting results. While I wasn’t surprised to see Japan listed in the top 10 at position 8, I was surprised to find Canada at position 7. Perhaps it’s just my perception, but Japan feels safer to me :) Thanks to Skeptikai for the link! Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiCountry Names in JapaneseEnglish Words That Don’t Appear on TestsThe State of Social…
  • Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

    Travis
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :) What’s Inside If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of…
  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    Travis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an interesting English/Japanese learning dictionary – The Star Wars Personal English/Japanese Dictionary. Now you can learn such helpful English phrases as “What is thy bidding, my master?” and “These are not the droids you are looking for”. Stay crazy Japan! :D Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: To Crack a StarJapanese Phrase Book ReviewBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 1: BooksBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 2: WebsitesThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese
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  • Japan Matsuri

    danny
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Its that time of year again. Autumn is here which means festival time. Festival in Japanese is "Matsuri" [祭り[まつり]] and the ones during Autumn are mostly held to thank the heavens for a good harvest for the previous season. Today's bunch of photos are taken last weekend at Himonya Matsuri which I've been attending for the past 10 years. You can see what festivals take place in the Autumn around this neck of the woods at the Meguro City website. There is a load to see, do and eat at a matsuri. The food is served at hawker stands where you can find a variety of noms such as Yakitori…
  • Tokyo Photo Walk 2014/09

    danny
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Forgive me folks for the radio silence! After Anime Expo I came back to Japan to prepare for Anime Festival Asia Indonesia and during that period I had to look for bigger offices and then move in. After coming back from Indonesia we had to work on and ship the current outstanding orders of Smart Doll. Moving office was a huge life project that took up a load of time - it was not possible to focus on the move, the business and update the site at the same time. I did manage to post regular quick updates to my social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram though. I wanted to post a quick…
  • Mid-Autumn Festival

    danny
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll celebrating by om nomming on some Mooncakes.Got these Smart Doll sized Mooncakes from Hong Kong.While taking these photos I completely forgot to take photos of the human sized ones we got in the office ><My girls love some Vitasoy with their Mooncake.This is the near production ready version of Kizuna - the eyes and makeup color may change slightly.Some folks said they prefered the first version of Kizuna - this *is* actually the first version ^^; I wont take pre-orders until I can…
  • CJ Night Jakarta 2014

    danny
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta Design Centre, Lotus Room) on Mon 18th from 6 - 9PM. I'll be at AFAID for all 3 days and hope to see you there. If I'm not at my booth then I will most likely be on stage MC'ing. If we don't manage to catch up with each other at AFAID, we can certainly do so at CJ Night. CJ Night is a place for like minded comrades to mingle and get to know each other. I love spending time with readers and will be doing the usual signing and photo sessions and hunting for talent too ^o^ Also feel free to bring…
  • AFAID 14 Merchandise

    danny
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Its that time of year again - Asia's biggest anime event AFA (AFAID) returns to Indonesia for the 3rd consecutive time this weekend 15 - 17th August. There will be a ton of seiyuu, anime producers/directors and a huge hall full of exhibitors which includes us ^o^ This first photo is of the Culture Japan booth at AFAID which got rather crowded at times ^^;Here's a quick overview of what we have available this year for AFA Indonesia! Prices are all in IDR and includes tax.4 designs of T-shirts will be available, 3 of which are new in Indonesia. Prices go down the more you buy. Save up to…
 
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • Rabbit Island

    kirai
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Okunoshima is an island similar to Tashirojima, the difference being that instead of being full of cute cats it is invaded by rabbits. According to Treehugger it is an island were chemical weapons were produced during Second World War. Nowadays there’s no industry in the island anymore and there’s not many people living there. There are more rabbits than people! The island has a perimeter of 4 kilometers, one hotel, one camping, one golf course and hundreds of rabbits. Map with the location of rabbit island Continue reading: Cat Island.
  • Giant Space Invaders Attacking Tokyo

    kirai
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Several years ago I came across several small Space Invaders in the streets of Tokyo. It seems that this kind of street art is growing and now the Invaders are becoming larger. They are easier to find! Have you seen any around? In this Instagram account you can see Space Invaders art around the whole world. This one was taken by my friend @lluisgerard Astroboy with the same style as the Invaders. This one doesn’t have the same style as the Invaders but I liked it
  • Sharing A Drink With Your Virtual Girlfriend Using Oculus Rift

    kirai
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    An otaku nicknamed Negipoyoshi has coded a simulator that you can use to share a drink with Hatsune Miku, a Japanese virtual idol that will pretend to be your “real” girlfriend. To achieve this feat, Negipoyoshi has used version 2 of the Oculus Rift Development Kit. This is just another example of how the real and the virtual world are starting to converge. It is difficult to explain with words, better see the images and watch the video below. Source: Rocket news
  • Japan Is Awesome by Javier Yañez

    kirai
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    My friend Javier Yañez sends me this video that he recorded while travelling around Japan last Spring. It’s great! One of the things I want to improve myself is my ability to create good videos. I asked Javier and he recommended me to use Hands Free Camera Shoulder Pad to stabilize the image. To record the video Javier used a Canon 7d in Magic recording in Latern RAW and gave it colour using Davinci Resolve.
  • Absurd Japanese Inventions

    kirai
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Here are a couple of Japanese inventions that look impressive at first but that I suspect might not be so useful. The first invention is a chopsticks-fan that will help you cool your noodles. The second one is a full body umbrella to avoid getting wet at all Related posts: Sleeping Device
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  • Unique Japanese office space after artists take over

    Lee
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Japanese offices generally aren’t the most inspiring of places, with conservatism and practicality the overriding themes. Work is what’s to be done there, so that’s their sole, and thus soulless, role. No startup-like table tennis tables or soft seating — just desks, chairs and drab surroundings.However, when such spaces are emptied due to a building’s planned demolition, and a bunch of young artists are let loose inside, things can be really quite different.So much so in fact that it’s almost impossible to imagine the more than likely banal, day-to-day…
  • Young Japanese woman in a dirty Tokyo alley

    Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    When working in a seedy part of the city, it would appear that cigarette breaks aren’t necessarily much of an escape. Or at least that’s certainly the case in this passageway, as the smoker below is the second young woman I’ve photographed there. The first, should you have a similar soft spot for such squalor, can be seen here.
  • The dude?

    Lee
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Or at least a Japanese dude?
  • Tokyo’s oldest and weariest shop owner?

    Lee
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The sight of people way past retirement age still working isn’t an uncommon one in Japan. In fact it isn’t even unusual on the pages of Tokyo Times. There’s a shoemaker still plying his trade in a wonderfully archaic workshop. A long since ex-French chef still cooking up a storm. Plus another septuagenarian bar owner in no way ready to put her feet up just yet. But as old as those people are, they act nothing like their years, energetically going about their business in the manner of someone much, much younger.This woman, however, is a different story altogether. Admittedly she may not…
  • A wide, wild, staring eye

    Lee
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    He surprised me. I surprised him. But a post-shot mutual nod made our brief passing an unexpectedly pleasant one.
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Erotic women’s summer fashion, according to Japanese men

    Ken Y-N
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    As promised, as a follow-up to what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic, goo Research took a look at a slightly differently-worded question for the men, what summer fashions do Japanese men find erotic. Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 10th and 14th 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. This question was for…
  • The cutest dog bums in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Let’s skip the usual niceties and soon head to the details of this survey conducted by iBRIDGE’s Research Plus for goo Ranking, looking into, as it were, cute dogs’ rears. Ranking result Q: What dog breeds do you think have cute bums? (Sample size=500, multiple answer) Rank   Percentage 1 Shiba 39.0% 2 Corgi 20.6% 3 Chihuahua 19.8% 4 Pug 14.0% 5 Poodle 11.8% 6= Pomeranian 9.8% 6= French bulldog 9.8% 8 Dachshund 8.8% 9 Papillon 8.4% 10 Golden retriever 6.8% 11 Maltese 6.0% 12 Shi-tzu 5.4% 13 Beagle 5.2% 14 Yorkshire terrier 4.2% 15 Collie 3.2% 16= Bull terrier 2.6% 16=…
  • Erotic men bits, according to Japanese women

    Ken Y-N
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    With the real summer upon us, goo Ranking took a look at what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic. If a female body version appears, I will of course report it, although I suspect the answers will be much more limitied… Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 7th and 10th 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.
  • Japanese sleep patterns

    Ken Y-N
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    The company Aisin Seiki recently conducted a survey into sleep. Demographics Between the 24th and 26th of June 2014 1,206 people aged between 18 and 69 (and implied to be in paid employment) completed an internet survey, although details of whether it was a closed or open survey were not reported. Detailed demographic was similarly unavailable. Further information on sleep patterns of 100 people with 100 different jobs is available, as is a sleep monitoring device which they presumably used to collect said 100 people’s data. Well, I’d hate to say how little sleep I get on…
  • Wives’ disappointments after five years of marriage

    Ken Y-N
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    I’m still trying to get back into the swing of blogging, so here comes another stopgap from goo Ranking, looking at what changes in their husbands wives were disappointed to see after five years of marriage. Demographics goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 27th and 30th of June 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. This question was for the females only, and…
 
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  • 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…
  • Biwako Wind

    Shibuya246
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    An afternoon out feeling the breeze at Lake Biwako Related posts: Biwako Morning A calm view of Biwako lake in the early morning... Biwako Ohashi Taking a look at the Biwako Ohashi bridge from Kome... Biwako Cycling I have been cycling around Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken for...
  • Summertime in Kyoto

    Shibuya246
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Walking down the banks of the Kamogawa in summer is always a nice way to cool down. Sitting up on the wooden decks with a cool drink in your hand is another good way. Related posts: Kamogawa Walking As summer cools off and the Autumn breezes arrive, it’s... Summer dining on Kamogawa Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy.... Kamogawa, Kyoto The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an...
  • Mountain Trail

    Shibuya246
    4 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Heading up the trail on Mount Kongou in Osaka Related posts: Mount Hiei This is a view of the mountain in the morning... Mount Hieizan, Sunset I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount... Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show...
  • Spring Weather

    Shibuya246
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Such great weather out today. It was nice to see the temperature reach 20 degrees and enjoy the sunshine. Related posts: Tokyo Weather Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the... Spring weather, Autumn reflection The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the... Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great...
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  • 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 →
  • The World’s Most Peaceful and Dangerous Countries of 2014

    Ryo
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    Countries that are extremely peaceful and those in utter political disarray are subjects of much fascination all across the world. Luckily, the Vision of Humanity came out with their eighth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), a ranking of … Continue reading →
  • In Tokyo, Dancing is a Crime

    Ryo
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Police raids on clubs in Tokyo have been gradually increasing in recent years. This isn’t particularly abnormal, because in virtually every country in the world, clubs often close down (and often open later under a different name) for certain things … Continue reading →
  • Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)

    Ryo
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    Rarely do I make new articles based on my interactions with commenters, but a recent one warranted a full response. From my article “Read a Bible – Become an Atheist (In That Order)” one commenter said: Sorry, atheism is a … Continue reading →
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    Frugalista Japan

  • Beginner’s Guide To Forex Trading

    Daniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Trading on the foreign exchange markets, better known as Forex trading, is one of the most popular in the world and has probably benefited more than any other market from the trading allowed to smaller investors by the Internet. Forex trading basically means that foreign currency is bought and sold by a trader in the hope that a movement in the foreign exchange market will increase the value of a specific currency over another. The advent of 24 hour trading that has taken place since the Internet brought investing into the homes of everybody and everybody with an Internet connection has led…
  • Casino Gambling in Japan – All Bets are Off

    MJTM
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Image by  Chatham House, London  The current controversy over whether or not casino gambling should be legalised in Japan continues to rumble on. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has committed to trying to get his pet project through parliament by the end of the autumn, but its success is far from guaranteed. There are a host of objectors who, for one reason or another, simply do not want Japan to open up this particular sector of the leisure industry. The good news for those of us who do not want to go the time and trouble of dressing up and physically travelling to enjoy the casino experience is…
  • Never Hit The Trade Show Without Considering These Considerations

    MJTM
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Whenever your boss tasks you with bringing home business from the trade exhibition, you have one task: you must wow everyone at the trade show with a presentation all week long that may be above and beyond, and really shows everyone that your business is the one and only one who anyone with any sense may wish to associate with. How in the world can you do that, with a bit time to prepare and a product similar to everyone else’s? It may seem like an arduous task, but with a few industry secrets, your booth can be a home run and you can generate the accolades you deserve home. Make absolutely…
  • Calculate The Amount Needed To Retire | How Much Do I Need To Retire?

    MJTM
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Trying to calculate the amount of cash savings and other assets you’re going to need in place so that you can enjoy your upcoming retirement? You’re not alone. There are loads of financial planners’ advice columns available to learn from. Each of them have their own specific recommendations, but there’s something you should know: Nobody can tell you “the best” way to calculate your retirement amount. It’s not possible! Here’s why How much do I need to retire comfortably? You can plug your information into any online retirement fund calculator, and get…
  • Don’t Order Your Checks From The Bank

    Daniel
    3 Sep 2013 | 3:54 pm
    In order to save some money there is a great option for you.  It won’t cause you any suffering due to the savings, meaning, I am not telling you to stop eating out or to sell your prized possessions.  All I am telling you do it start ordering your personal checks and business checks online! It’s that simple.  You were probably expecting something big.  While it is something small and you won’t be saving tons, it’s something easy to do so why not make the move.  No, you won’t be able to quit your day job with this kind of move, but it’s a start for your…
 
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  • 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…
  • Biwako Wind

    Shibuya246
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    An afternoon out feeling the breeze at Lake Biwako Related posts: Biwako Morning A calm view of Biwako lake in the early morning... Biwako Ohashi Taking a look at the Biwako Ohashi bridge from Kome... Biwako Cycling I have been cycling around Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken for...
  • Summertime in Kyoto

    Shibuya246
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Walking down the banks of the Kamogawa in summer is always a nice way to cool down. Sitting up on the wooden decks with a cool drink in your hand is another good way. Related posts: Kamogawa Walking As summer cools off and the Autumn breezes arrive, it’s... Summer dining on Kamogawa Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy.... Kamogawa, Kyoto The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an...
  • Mountain Trail

    Shibuya246
    4 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Heading up the trail on Mount Kongou in Osaka Related posts: Mount Hiei This is a view of the mountain in the morning... Mount Hieizan, Sunset I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount... Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show...
  • Spring Weather

    Shibuya246
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Such great weather out today. It was nice to see the temperature reach 20 degrees and enjoy the sunshine. Related posts: Tokyo Weather Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the... Spring weather, Autumn reflection The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the... Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great...
 
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    GaijinPot

  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 38 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Check back every Tuesday 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. Electrical Component Engineer ¥5.0M ~ ¥8.0M / Year Saitama Japanese: Native level Must currently reside in Japan An interesting role has come available at a foreign capital commercial vehicle manufacturer in the Kanto region. The role is earmarked for a mid-level experienced professional who can step into people management responsibility in the near…
  • Groovy Osaka: The Turtles of Shitennoji

    Quincy B. Fox
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Shitennoji is one of the oldest temples in Japan, and the oldest temple in Osaka. It is the first ever Buddhist temple built by Japanese royalty and directly linked to the government. Prince Shotoku, son of Emperor Yomei, was a devout Buddhist in the time before Buddhism was prevalent in Japan. In fact, he helped make it prevalent. Even though he was into Buddhism before Buddhism was cool, he wasn’t a religion-hipster. He wanted everyone in Japan to have access to Buddhism and to like it, too. He considered it a necessity to advance the Japanese civilization. After the death of his father,…
  • The God’s Crossing On Lake Suwa

    John Asano
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Lake Suwa is a picturesque part of Japan situated in the central region of Nagano Prefecture. We had a chance to stop by and pay it a visit after visiting the famous Matsumoto Castle which is located nearby. One of Japan’s largest fireworks festivals is held at the lake in summer, making it a popular summer destination in Japan. The skies over the lake are illuminated by around 40,000 fireworks with over 500,000 people descending on the lake from all over the country to see the two hour spectacle. You can enjoy a relaxing swan boat ride on the lake and feel the cool breeze to beat the…
  • Sushi every day? Not if you’re Japanese…

    Grace Buchele Mineta
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A lot of first-time visitors think sushi is eaten daily in Japan There are a lot of foreigners who don’t like sushi, but the overwhelming majority of us seem to love it. I fall into the “I really, really love eating raw fish on rice” category, to the dismay of my husband. While he prefers to chow down on yakiudon or miso nasu, I’m just as fine munching on some cuts of raw salmon or squid, from a 50% off “evening sale” at the local grocery store. A couple months ago, my sister visited us in Tokyo. She stayed for a couple weeks and the two of us had a…
  • Dining On The River In Kawadoko

    Mark Guthrie
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am often told by my Japanese friends and co-workers that the summers of Aichi, the prefecture in which I live, are amongst the hottest and most humid of Japan. As I hail from the north east of England, it is safe to say that I don’t handle the heat all too well. With this in mind, I was more than a little distressed to be subsequently informed that Kyoto, the destination of my planned Obon outing to witness the impressive Daimonji festival, is in fact THE hottest summer location. As I began to entertain serious thoughts of cancelling my excursion, one of my travelling companions suggested…
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    Izakaya Politics

  • Abe’s Trip to Sri Lanka: Another Country, Another Opportunity to Contain China

    Stephen Stapczynski
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Abe responds with his patented “Oh no he didn’t,” after totally epic story was told by Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, further establishing himself as the most-traveled Japanese prime minister in history. Although his trip to Bangladesh went well, I found Abe’s trip to Sri Lanka to be a little more notable. Not only was it the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to Colombo in 24 years, but it also resulted in an important maritime deals with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ontop of that, Abe agreed…
  • As Expected, Abe’s Reshuffle is Popular with the Ladies

    Stephen Stapczynski
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Promoting His Favorite Topic: Single Ladies. I am about a week late to the cabinet reshuffle party. Everyone in the blogosphere covered the reshuffle (Michael Cucek did an exceptional job over at Shisaku), so I won’t be going into too much detail regarding who Abe picked. One of the most notable aspects of Abe’s September 3rd reshuffle was his appointing five women.  There are already early signs that this gesture has translated to increased nationwide support, particularly among Japanese women (cue the “duh”). With five women in his cabinet, Abe…
  • LDP Faction Politics Alive and Well

    Stephen Stapczynski
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Yuko Obuchi Shaking Hands With Someone Who Isn’t Shinzo Abe Over the weekend, a few media outlets reported that former Cabinet Minister Yuko Obuchi emerged as the frontrunner to replace Shigeru Ishiba as secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Many would see Abe tapping Obuchi as a way of supporting his “womenomics” strategy. After all, Obuchi served as the special minister in charge of improving Japan’s low birthrate (but it is questionable as to whether she did a good job). But Abe picking Obuchi is more than just a gender thing, as it is also a play by the…
  • LDP Will Ride On Current Fukushima Governor’s Coattails, Even Though This Election Probably Doesn’t Matter

    Stephen Stapczynski
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato Showing Off New Secret Handshake with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano After 3/11, Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato wasted no time by lashing out at Tepco and rejecting a personal apology from President Masataka Shimizu. To this day Sato demands that all nuclear reactors in the prefecture be dismantled, including the four that are still intact at the Fukushima Daini plant, located miles south of the damaged Daiichi reactors. Just like the people in his district, the Fukushima disaster forced him to change his stance toward nuclear energy. In 2010, he was reelected by…
  • Historical and Territorial Disputes are Keeping Japan and South Korea from Greater Economic Integration

    Stephen Stapczynski
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an ill-timed “Your Mama” joke, derailing recent high level bilateral talks. Saying that Japan and South Korea have strained relations would be an understatement. Despite them both being developed, democratic East Asian nations with world renowned high-tech industries, historic- and regional-fueled disputes have derailed efforts by both governments to better integrate the two economies . Strains in Japan-South Korean relations have put a large roadblock in front of building stronger economic ties. Trade between South Korea and Japan is declining, and…
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    90 days in Kyoto

  • Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    When I left the temple, I saw a lot of Japanese roof tiles (kawara 瓦), ornamental end pieces and ogre tiles called onigawara (鬼瓦) arranged on the ground under a tree. The temple just underwent major restoration work and the tiles were probably stored/exhibited there. The first thing that caught my eye was a row of neatly arranged roof end tiles with a typical Japanese ornament. These symbols are called Kamon (家紋) – emblems used by a family, a temple or an individual, much like a family crest in the western world. This one is made up of three comma shapes that move clockwise…
  • Grumpy Dumpty – Daruma paintings at Toji-in (等持院) in Kyoto

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The first thing you see when after you take off your shoes at Toji-in temple is a huge daruma painting at the end of a long wooden corridor. The comical rendition of a seemingly grumpy Bhodidharma, with eyes wide open, surprises and and reliefs some of the heavy, solemn atmosphere one expects when entering a temple. The high contrast of white, red and black certainly made an impression on my the first time I visited the temple in 2012. This time, I was looking forward to see the Daruma again. The Japanese call the legendary Buddhist monk Daruma (達磨 or だるま) after the Indian short…
  • Day 1 – Simple flower arrangement at Toji-in (等持院)

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    A simple flower arrangement in a reception room near the entrance of Toji-in temple (等持院)
  • Day 1 – Texture

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Japanese work days start early – very early. By 7:15 usually all the trucks have left the company and are on the way to the genba (現場 – another word that is not easily translated – it means scene, site, the place where stuff happens – in other terms: construction site for gardens). I arrived at 8 and missed Oyakata (親方 – the master), but his wife welcomed me and begged me in for tea. After introducing myself and answering questions about my life, I was told that one of the company’s employees would pick me up around noon. Oyakata’s wife…
  • Day Zero – The Kyoto adventure begins (with the help of time travel)

    Jenny Feuerpeil
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    After you returned from a vacation, have you ever let your packed suitcase sit for a few days? I do that all the time. I do it so I can enjoy the lingering fragrance of a foreign country a bit longer. If I just unpacked the suitcase immediately, it would feel as if the journey never happened, right? Well, it’s been four weeks since I returned from my 90 days in Japan. I unpacked my suitcase by now, but haven’t touched the more valuable souvenirs yet: the pictures and diaries. Upon my arrival in SF, I decided not to sort my photos or read my notes for a while. I wanted to let…
 
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