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  • Deer head in a dingy Tokyo apartment building

    Tokyo Times
    Lee
    3 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The ten or so rooms in this Tokyo apartment building are small, old and basic. So basic in fact that a room is all you get, along with a communal toilet and sink, meaning daily ablutions require a trip to the local bathhouse or public shower. But being a bit on the dingy side doesn’t mean the building can’t be unusually decorated. Or indeed be devoid of a talking point other than the toilet predicament.
  • Government eyes private body to identify drone operators

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Abe administration is considering having a private entity assume practical work for regulating drone flights, such as identifying their operators, after one carrying a small amount of radioactive... Read more ...
  • Masako - Crown Princess of Japan

    Japan News
    4 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Masako - Crown Princess of Japan . TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 02: Crown Princess Masako waves to well-wishers during celebrations for the New Year on the veranda of the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 28-year-old man arrested for fatally stabbing mother

    News On Japan
    3 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, arrested a 28-year-old man on Sunday on suspicion of stabbing his 53-year-old mother to death at their home. (Japan Today)
  • Japan 2015 Q1 first preliminary GDP estimates - Nomura

    Osaka News
    4 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    "We project that 2015 Q1 real GDP figures scheduled for release on Wednesday 20 May will reveal a q-q decline of 0.3% annualized (down 0.1% q-q). Real GDP in 2014 Q4 rose by 1.5% q-q annualized, ...
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    The Japan Times: News & Business

  • Government eyes private body to identify drone operators

    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Abe administration is considering having a private entity assume practical work for regulating drone flights, such as identifying their operators, after one carrying a small amount of radioactive... Read more ...
  • Park signals two-track foreign policy toward Japan

    4 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    President Park Geun-hye signals that South Korea will pursue a two-track diplomacy toward Japan, separating current governmental relations from historical issues stemming from Japan's colonial rule... Read more ...
  • Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing

    4 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    A UNESCO advisory panel recommends listing Japan's "Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution" for World Heritage status. The post Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing appeared... Read more ...
  • 18 looms as new age of majority

    Tomoko Otake
    4 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    Japan’s youth will finally get a chance to have their voices heard in politics. Revisions to the Public Offices Election Law that would lower the minimum voting age to 18 from 20 are being... Read more ...
  • Scorsese says movie ‘Silence’ inspired by Catholic upbringing

    4 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the drama “Silence” — based on a novel by Shusaku Endo — was inspired by his religiously observant... Read more ...
 
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    Japan News

  • Masako - Crown Princess of Japan

    4 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Masako - Crown Princess of Japan . TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 02: Crown Princess Masako waves to well-wishers during celebrations for the New Year on the veranda of the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Tomblin to lead trade mission to Japan

    4 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced he will lead a business mission to Japan May 12 through 21. The trip also will mark the 25th anniversary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce's Nagoya Office. The mission's goals will be to celebrate and strengthen the ties the state has established with investors over the past 25 years and to attract new business investments to West Virginia.
  • Japan gets UNESCO approval for Meiji industrial sites

    4 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Japan has received a UNESCO endorsement for major industrial sites built in the late 19th to early 20th centuries but is drawing criticism from South Korea. The country's "Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution" were recommended as a World Heritage Site, reported Kyodo News on Monday.
  • Denials of the past deny the future

    4 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Dozens of protesters hold signs and posters urging visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to look squarely at history and apologize for the crimes committed by Japan during the World War II as Abe delivers a speech at the Harvard University in Cambridge, the United States, April 27, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua] The other day I had a conversation with a Japanese journalist who had worked in Beijing for several years.
  • Class to send 1,000 paper cranes to Japan

    4 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Japanese legend promises anyone folding 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish.
 
 
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    Japan Blog

  • The Cherry Blossom Phenomenon

    Teresa Te
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    The cherry blossoms or sakura are one of Japan’s gems that attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. But they can only be experienced during spring time hence, people from foreign countries wishing to see them should plan well for their trip. These flowering trees bloom at different times every year depending on their location. Generally though, the blossoms bloom early in areas with milder climates. Those in sunny areas bloom earlier than those in shadowy places. Blooming Season On the southern island of Okinawa, for instance, the cherry blossoms open in January…
  • Schoolchildren Bike to School in Japan

    Teresa Te
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Japan is one Asian country that boasts of an active bicycle lifestyle for kids and adults. As such, one would see specific bicycle lanes around the country’s major cities and these are widely used by people of all ages and social standings every day. Among the active bicycle users in Japan are the schoolchildren. Even in their uniforms, these young kids notably those already in the higher level are urged to pedal to and from school on a daily basis. Schools in Japan prohibit parents from dropping off their kids by car. If they do, they have to drop off the child a few meters away from…
  • Australian Model Miranda Kerr Becomes a Geisha for Vogue Japan Cover

    Maki
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Geishas have always been held in high regard in traditional Japanese culture, and while what the world may know about them may mainly come from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, these female entertainers and hostesses are highly trained in a wide array of Japanese arts including classical music, dance, games, and the art of conversation. They were – are – truly one of the symbols of Japanese culture. Source Perhaps that is why the new Vogue Japan cover is making waves. Australian model Miranda Kerr is the cover girl for the November issue of Japan’s Vogue magazine, and even one…
  • Comfort Women: Who and Where are They?

    Teresa Te
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    In Asia, the words “comfort women” strikes a chord to people who are aware of such reference to older females. Although a reality, the term often causes an unpleasant emotion particularly among female citizens of Asian countries occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. It was during World War II when tens of thousands of young women mostly teenagers were forced to become the sex slaves of Japanese soldiers. This was not limited to a single country as the trade was done in China, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even the Dutch women were not…
  • Tensions in Asia Stoke Rising Nationalism in Japan

    Teresa Te
    23 May 2014 | 7:26 am
    Tension is high in Asia as several countries in the region are involved in territorial disputes particularly in the China Sea. China is in the forefront for being in conflict with Japan and other Asian nations. China has been in a row for years now over islands which it claims to be part of its territory. It claims most parts of the South China Sea and does not accept any claims to any part of those areas from countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China-Japan Islands Dispute While China insists it owns most of the islands in the South China Sea, it is also…
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  • Announcing the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative

    Joi
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    As Bitcoin continues to gain momentum and capture the interest of entrepreneurs, hackers, businesses, policymakers, and academics, we have decided to launch an Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, with participation from faculty and students from across the Institute, focusing on Bitcoin and more generally cryptocurrencies. The Initiative will explore vital research topics that our faculty and students will engage in with the support and participation of some Media Lab member companies. The students running the MIT Bitcoin Club, the MIT Bitcoin Project, and the various events including the…
  • Why Bitcoin is and isn't like the Internet

    Joi
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    In the post that follows I'm trying to develop what I see to be strong analogues to another crucial period/turning point in the history of technology, but like all such comparisons, the differences are as illuminating as the similarities. I'm still not sure how far I should be stretching the metaphors, but it feels like we might be able to learn a lot about the future of Bitcoin from the history of the Internet. This is my first post about Bitcoin and I'm really looking more for reactions and new ideas than trying to prove a point. Feedback and links to things I should read would be greatly…
  • Beyond "The Uncanny Valley"

    Joi
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    This year's annual Edge question was "What do you think about machines that think?" Here's my answer: "You can't think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something". --Seymour Papert What do I think about machines that think? It depends on what they're supposed to be thinking about. I am clearly in the camp of people who believe that AI and machine learning will contribute greatly to society. I expect that we'll find machines to be exceedingly good at things that we're not--things that involve massive amounts of data, speed, accuracy, reliability, obedience, computation,…
  • Why I joined PureTech

    Joi
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    When I became the director of the MIT Media Lab three years ago, my previous primary "occupation" was investing in and advising startup companies. I invested in mostly Internet-related software and service companies (e.g., Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter). Joining the Media Lab and MIT was bit of a "pivot"-academia was a fundamentally different model for impacting the world, focused more on fundamental science and technology that wasn't as easily commercialized. In order to focus on the Media Lab after joining, I decided I would stop investing in startup companies. (I invested in Media Lab…
  • Antidisciplinary

    Joi
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    One of the first words that I learned when I joined the Media Lab was "antidisciplinary." It was listed an a requirement in an ad seeking applicants for a new faculty position. Interdisciplinary work is when people from different disciplines work together. An antidisciplinary project isn't a sum of a bunch of disciplines but something entirely new - the word defies easy definition. But what it means to me is someone or something that doesn't fit within traditional academic discipline­­­-a field of study with its own particular words, frameworks, and methods. Most academics are judged by…
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • On the "HYPERSONIC music club Art Print"

    Patrick Macias
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    My webcomic Hypersonic Music Club, which I write and Hiroyuki Takahashi draws,  is a thing now and we have several (!!!) anime industry and licensing people looking at taking it to the next level. But now is sort of a crucial time where we have to show traction / buzz / interest. If anyone wants something killer cool to hang on their wall, you could actually spend a few bucks on this and I will kiss you on the astral plane!  HYPERSONIC music club Art Print  VAL rocks the HYPERSONIC music club in this limited-edition high-quality print by artist Hiroyuki…
  • 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…
  • 20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Patrick Macias
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
 
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    Culture Japan - Your portal to Japan - Posts

  • Hestia X Draven

    4 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Because sharing is caring - Hestia (Danmachi) X Draven (League Of Legends) spotted at Anime Festival Asia Thailand - a few more photos on YingTze's Twitter account.
  • Design Philosophy

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Purpose If you have not done the “what is the purpose of my existence” exercise then I would recommend that you take time out to discover what it is sooner rather than later. The sooner you find your purpose, the more time you will have left of your life to fulfill your existence. Some people never find out the answer before they die but just before they do, many of them end up saying "I regret living the life of others instead of living a life for myself" - according to a research by nurses who interviewed people on their deathbeds who spoke about their regrets in life. It’s not easy…
  • Brooks Pickwick Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a bit of a bag otaku - I love bags! I think I like them because they help keep my stuff organized and the better the bag I find - the more productivity I will gain. Or at least thats the excuse I give my wife.Today I'm going to review my latest bag that I've been using for the past year - the Brooks Pickwick Backpack. I got mine from a cycling shop back in the UK near Liverpool Street Station (forgot the name of the shop) and remember it costing about 200 pounds at the time. The price varies a lot online as you can see from this Google…
  • Meguro River Cherry Blossom

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    The cherry blossom (sakura) season has just ended but there are a few trees here and there hanging on to those lovely petals which usually last for just about a week or so. These are photos taken around Meguro River near our office during the day and night. Most of these taken on the Sony A7 II with the Vario-Tessar T* FE 4/24-70 ZA.Our lovely Mirai also enjoyed the cherry blossoms too.Photos of the sakura from previous years are tagged "sakura."
  • doS Deka Mirai Suenaga

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    Just to let you know that Mirai Suenaga is to make an appearance in the new NTV Drama called doS Deka [ドS刑事](Doesu Deka) pronounced "Doh Esu Deka" starring Tabe Mikako and Yoshida Yo. Looks like Mirai skipped the anime and went directly to live action ^^Edit post broadcast - and this is what it was like!Mirai appears in the drama as her Smart Doll form voiced by none other than the main actress Tabe Mikako!The drama starts today at 9PM (2015/04/11) on NTV.I'm not allowed to reveal too much before the broadcast or I'll get in toraburu ^^ Here I'm setting up one of the filming locations…
 
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    japan running news

  • 'Dobson, Tsuchiya Win Rotorua'

    Brett Larner
    2 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/athletics/news/article.cfm?c_id=19&objectid=11442298
  • 'Marathon Star From Kenya Runs Into Criticism'

    Brett Larner
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:35 am
    http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3003692&cloc=joongangdaily|home|newslist2 Background on this story: Part 1 - Part 2 Note: Sohn Kee Chung competed in the 1936 Olympics under the Japanese flag during the Japanese occupation of Korea.
  • Fujiwara Plans to Seal Up Rio Olympics Spot in Beijing

    Brett Larner
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150429-OHT1T50341.html translated by Brett Larner 2015 Beijing World Championships team member Masakazu Fujiwara (34, Team Honda) ran in the 5000 m at the Apr. 29 Heisei Kokusai University Time Trials meet.  His first race of the season, he finished in 14:22.76.  "That was about what I expected," he said. Along with World Championships teammates Masato Imai
  • Mathathi, Karoki, Kebede, Kipkoech, Baysa and Kirwa Lead Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon Field

    Brett Larner
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    by Brett Larner Course record holder Bedan Karoki (Kenya/DeNA RC), past champion Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) and Fukuoka International Marathon course record holder Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) lead the men's field for the 5th edition of the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon on May 17, an event that has quickly surpassed the Sendai International Half Marathon as Japan's premier late-spring
  • Okayama and Masuda Score Sado Toki Marathon Victories, Kawauchi Wins Half

    Brett Larner
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2015/04/27/kiji/K20150427010244100.html translated and edited by Brett Larner 2726 people ran the 2015 Sado Toki Marathon on April 26 on a course starting and finishing in front of Ondeko Dome on the island of Sadogashima, Niigata.  In the race's main distance, Haruki Okayama, 20, won the men's marathon in 2:37:16, with Akiko Masuda, 30, winning the women's
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • 米大統領選に初の女性共和党候補、HP元CEOが出馬表明

    4 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    [ワシントン 4日 ロイター] - 米コンピューター大手ヒューレット・パッカード(HP)の元最高経営責任者(CEO)だったカーリー・フィオリーナ氏(60)は4日、2016年の米大統領選挙に共和党から立候補すると表明した。
  • 北海ブレントが年初来高値、米稼動リグ減や中国政策期待で

    4 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    [ロンドン 4日 ロイター] - 4日の原油先物市場は、北海ブレント先物が一時、1バレル=67.10ドルまで上昇、年初来高値を記録した。米石油掘削設備の稼動数が減少したほか、中国の製造業指標がさえず、景気刺激策への期待が高まった。
  • イスラム預言者風刺画展で銃撃、米テキサス警察が容疑者を射殺 

    3 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    [ガーランド(米テキサス州) 3日 ロイター] - 米テキサス州ダラス近郊で3日、イスラム教の預言者ムハンマドの風刺画展示会の会場近くで銃撃事件があり、警備員1人が負傷した。容疑者の男2人は警官に射殺された。容疑者の身元は判明しておらず、展示会に批判的な組織に関係しているのかどうかについても分かっていない。
  • 米大統領選、元外科医カーソン氏出馬へ 共和党唯一のアフリカ系

    3 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    [ワシントン 3日 ロイター] - 元神経外科医のベン・カーソン氏(63)は3日、フロリダ州のテレビ局とのインタビューで、来年の米大統領選に共和党から出馬する意向を表明した。4日に予定しているイベントで正式に発表するとみられる。
  • 豪、外国人の違法な不動産購入への罰則強化 価格高騰に対応

    3 May 2015 | 10:20 pm
    [パース 2日 ロイター] - オーストラリア政府は2日、住宅価格が高騰する中、不動産を違法に購入した外国人や仲介業者に対する罰則を強化する方針を打ち出した。不動産の取得で法律に違反した海外の個人には最長3年の禁固刑か最大12万7599豪ドルの罰金、企業には最大63万7500豪ドルの罰金が科せられる。
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine news

  • Hurd 0.6をベースとした「Debian GNU/Hurd 2015」リリース

    末岡洋子
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
     Debian GNU/Hurdチームは4月30日、カーネルにGNU Hurd 0.6を採用したディストリビューション「Debian GNU/Hurd 2015」をリリースした。i386のみに対応、プロジェクトのWebサイトより入手できる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Debian UNIX 末岡洋子 関連記事「GNU Hurd 0.6」リリース GNUが30周年、16年ぶりの「GNU Hurd」新版も登場 「Debian 8.0 Jessie」リリース、systemdを採用
  • マルチプラットフォーム対応の2Dアニメーション作成ツール「Sysfig Studio 1.0」リリース

    末岡洋子
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
     オープンソースの2Dアニメーションソフトウェア「Synfig Studio」開発チームは4月27日、「Synfig Studio 1.0」をリリースした。ボーン機能や画像変形機能、物理演算を利用したアニメーション作成支援機能などを備えており、WindowsおよびMac OS X、Linuxで動作する。 ニュース オープンソース マルチメディア 末岡洋子 グラフィックス 関連記事IMEサポートが追加された「Blender 2.73」リリース Synfig:実験的要素を盛り込んだ2Dアニメーション用プログラム…
  • EclipseSource、JavaScriptでネイティブモバイルアプリを構築できるフレームワーク「Tabris.js 1.0」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    1 May 2015 | 5:21 am
     独EclipseSourceは4月30日、モバイルアプリ開発フレームワーク「Tabris.js 1.0」をリリースした。JavaScriptでiOSおよびAndroidのネイティブアプリを作成できるフレームワークで、単一のコードから両プラットフォーム向けのアプリを生成できる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 開発ツール フレームワーク 末岡洋子 JavaScript 関連記事米Microsoft、クロスプラットフォーム対応ネイティブアプリ生成ツール「ManifoldJS」を発表…
  • 米Microsoft、クロスプラットフォーム対応ネイティブアプリ生成ツール「ManifoldJS」を発表

    末岡洋子
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
     米Microsoftは4月30日(米国時間)、オープンソースのWebアプリケーション開発ツール「ManifoldJS」を発表した。Node.jsで動作するツールで、Windowsだけでなく、iOSやAndroid、Chrome、Firefox OSに対応するWebアプリケーションを生成できるという。現在バージョン0.0.5が公開されている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Microsoft 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事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…
  • ベアメタル「Ironic」が正式導入された「OpenStack 2015.1(Kilo)」リリース

    末岡洋子
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
     OpenStack Foundationは4月30日、オープンソースのクラウド基盤ソフトウェア「OpenStack 2015.1」(開発コード「Kilo」)をリリースした。ベアメタルサービス「Ironic」が正式に導入となったほか、IDサービス「Keystone」でのマルチクラウド環境対応など、既存コンポーネントの強化も行われている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー グリッド/クラウド 末岡洋子 OpenStack 関連記事クラウドとコンテナを強化した「Ubuntu 15.04」リリース…
 
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • PMO support in a multinational Pharmaceutical company

    4 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    ・Understand business users' discussion and facilitate meetings ・Manage 3-4 small & mid-sized IT projects going on within the customer ・Use your experience in Pharma domain
  • 【派遣】安全管理アシスタント

    4 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    営業担当者およびディーラーからのクレームの受付 クレーム内容の翻訳(日本語→英語)、HQへの報告 QAミーティングでの苦情内容の検討、顧客への文書回答のドラフト作成 データベース管理、営業担当者への苦情情報の確認報告書の発送、ファイリング等
  • ファシリティーマネジャー

    4 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    ・全国200拠点以上展開しているオフィスのファシリティーマネジメント ・新オフィス開設、移転、レイアウト変更などのプロジェクトマネジメント ・予算管理 ・企画、設計、調達、施工管理業務における協力会社とのやり取り
  • 年末調整スタッフポジション

    4 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    年末調整業務 ・扶養、保険の書類内容チェック、訂正 ・不備問合せ
  • Finance (FP&A) Manager for new pharmaceutical business line

    4 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Business Finance Manager will be in charge and have full control over all finance activities and work closely with Country Head, HQ in US and Sales & Marketing team. ・Drive annual planning processes to reflect mid-long term strategies through coordination with functional leaders (strategic plan...
 
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Asahi Breweries Education Program Wins Ministerial Award

    4 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Asahi Breweries, Ltd., a major Japanese brewer, announced on January 13, 2015, that its Wakamusha (Young Samurai) Educational Seminar for Protecting Japan's Environment was awarded the 2014 Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister's Prize, which recognizes companies with experienced-based learning activities for youth.
  • Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 2)

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:51 am
    JFS Newsletter No.152 (April 2015) JFS held a symposium on February 9, 2015, "Community Initiatives forSurvival--from a Local Economy / Regional Revitalization Perspective,"to which front-running practitioners in local community development wereinvited as guest speakers.
  • Fujitsu Tests App for Young Parents Using Linked Open Data System

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Copyright Fujitsu All Rights Reserved. Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment and services provider, announced on January 5, 2015, the launch of a demonstration test using a Linked Open Data (hereinafter LOD) system in collaboration with the government of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. LOD is an open data system for sharing information that enables open data from different sources to be connected and queried.
  • Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by Doctor Autumnal sky Some Rights Reserved. Nara City in Nara Prefecture established the Child-friendly City Development Ordinance on December. 18, 2014, based on the notion of Child Friendly Cities (CFC) advocated by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1996. Nara functioned as the ancient capital of Japan, called Heijokyo, in the eighth century, and hosts many cultural properties registered as World Heritage Sites. This article introduces the city's views on children toward the future, and its efforts to realize this vision.
  • Japan's "FutureCity" Initiative: Fourth-Year Update

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.151 (March 2015) In recent years, individuals, organizations, and governments around the world have continued working to create new models for cities and communities. The Japanese government, for instance, launched its environment-friendly "FutureCity" Initiative (FCI) in 2011. To follow up on previous stories on the FCI in the JFS newsletter, this issue gives an overview of the FCI's fourth-year efforts, based on updated information from Japan's Cabinet Office.
 
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  • Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D Related Posts:Neko AtsumeThe Best Ways to Get Around in OsakaBackpackers Guide to OsakaMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiMeetup and Guide App for Japan Travellers
  • Neko Atsume

    Travis
    1 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Just read an article over on Kotaku on Neko Atsume. The game is in Japanese but I have a feeling that Stacey may want to check it out :D Here are the Android and iPhone links. Related Posts:Astro Boy Crossing SignalHigh Speed SushiYummy JapanRobotic Comedy DuoJapan’s Cat Travellers
  • Japanese Gyusuji Curry (Beef Tendon Curry)

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I’m a big fan of Japanese curry…well any curry to be honest. Plus I feel like we haven’t seen a Cooking with Dog episode for way too long. This recipe looks like it’s a bit too concerned about removing fat and I think it takes so long that Francis falls asleep, but the end result looks yummy! Phrase of the day is “rippling jelly like state” :D Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Here’s how you Make Curry RiceYummy JapanBook Review: My Japanese Table5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In Japan
  • 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…
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  • Hestia X Draven

    4 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Because sharing is caring - Hestia (Danmachi) X Draven (League Of Legends) spotted at Anime Festival Asia Thailand - a few more photos on YingTze's Twitter account.
  • Design Philosophy

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Purpose If you have not done the “what is the purpose of my existence” exercise then I would recommend that you take time out to discover what it is sooner rather than later. The sooner you find your purpose, the more time you will have left of your life to fulfill your existence. Some people never find out the answer before they die but just before they do, many of them end up saying "I regret living the life of others instead of living a life for myself" - according to a research by nurses who interviewed people on their deathbeds who spoke about their regrets in life. It’s not easy…
  • Brooks Pickwick Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I'm a bit of a bag otaku - I love bags! I think I like them because they help keep my stuff organized and the better the bag I find - the more productivity I will gain. Or at least thats the excuse I give my wife.Today I'm going to review my latest bag that I've been using for the past year - the Brooks Pickwick Backpack. I got mine from a cycling shop back in the UK near Liverpool Street Station (forgot the name of the shop) and remember it costing about 200 pounds at the time. The price varies a lot online as you can see from this Google…
  • Meguro River Cherry Blossom

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    The cherry blossom (sakura) season has just ended but there are a few trees here and there hanging on to those lovely petals which usually last for just about a week or so. These are photos taken around Meguro River near our office during the day and night. Most of these taken on the Sony A7 II with the Vario-Tessar T* FE 4/24-70 ZA.Our lovely Mirai also enjoyed the cherry blossoms too.Photos of the sakura from previous years are tagged "sakura."
  • doS Deka Mirai Suenaga

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    Just to let you know that Mirai Suenaga is to make an appearance in the new NTV Drama called doS Deka [ドS刑事](Doesu Deka) pronounced "Doh Esu Deka" starring Tabe Mikako and Yoshida Yo. Looks like Mirai skipped the anime and went directly to live action ^^Edit post broadcast - and this is what it was like!Mirai appears in the drama as her Smart Doll form voiced by none other than the main actress Tabe Mikako!The drama starts today at 9PM (2015/04/11) on NTV.I'm not allowed to reveal too much before the broadcast or I'll get in toraburu ^^ Here I'm setting up one of the filming locations…
 
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  • Don’t Feed The Pigeons

    kirai
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Even signs that forbid things are cute in Japan. Many times signs explain their message in a graphical way using cartoon characters. The pigeon in the sign says: Stop please! I don’t need food! You can find more strange and funny Japanese signs in this category.
  • Restaurant On Top Of A Gajumaru

    kirai
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    This strange restaurant built on top of a tree can be found in Okinawa not far from Naha airport along highway 58. The tree is a Gajumaru (also known in India as Banyan), which is a species of the genus Ficus. The Gajumaru/Banyan is a tree that you can typically find in Asian tropical areas, and they can also be seen in Hawaii. If you watched Lost you surely saw them many times as they are used by the characters in the series to hide from the smoke monster. Gajumarus are also known because Robinson Crusoe built his house in one. My ass trying to climb a Gajumaru. According to the mythology of…
  • Book At A Setagaya Coffee Shop

    kirai
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:34 pm
    The other day I was taking one of my aimless strolls around Setagaya, a residential area in Tokyo with many green areas. I like to get lost around the alleys of the neighbourhood in which Akira Kurosawa lived, and I always enjoy finding new places in town. I went into a random coffee shop to rest a bit. Just right after entering, I noticed a Pulp Fiction poster and, not far from it, hidden in some shelves I found one of my books just behind a Gremlin. “Why do you have this book here?” – I asked the waiter. “Lately there are many foreigners around here” – he…
  • Manufacturing Makeup Brushes

    kirai
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    The president of Beautilish, an online shop that sells makeup, follows me on Flickr and seems to like the style of my photos. Last year he offered me to travel to Kumano (near Hiroshima) to visit the factory where their makeup brushes are made and do a photo report of the manufacturing process of the brushes. You can see the result in the website of Beautilish. It was a ver interesting experience! See all the photos at Beautilish website
  • Sakura 桜

    kirai
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Sakura is something that I didn’t understand at the beginning. I remember my first years, when I was looking at the flowered cherry trees with indifference, taking a photo from time to time. I recall how I looked with surprise the passion of hundreds of Japanese people gathering around the trees and spending the day chilling. After several years my indifference has been transforming into love of the Sakura. I guess it’s like wine or bitter chocolate, it’s a matter of learning how to appreciate it. It’s not only one flower, it’s all that is represents. The…
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  • Which acts should open the Tokyo Olympics?

    Ken Y-N
    3 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    There’s still five years to go, so no doubt this topic will appear again a good number of times, so here goes with the first look at what acts people want to see at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 17th 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. I cannot argue with the top two; Sakamoto will bring some class, and Southern All Stars are a great band for live events, but…
  • 3.5% already reserved an Apple Watch

    Ken Y-N
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    ICT Research and Consulting recently conducted a survey into Apple Watch buying intentions and found a reasonable number already interested in buying one. Demographics Over the 13th and 14th of April 2015 550 people aged from 20 years old completed a web-based questionnaire. No information was given on how the sample was collected, so it is a bit difficult to extrapolate these numbers. I’m no Apple fan, and I’ve got almost zero interest in any sort of smart wrist device. My mobile phone works as a pedometer, and I cannot think of other features that I’d want. The health…
  • Totes delish scoff LOL: when schadenfreude tastes sweetest for Japanese

    Ken Y-N
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Much like English, Japanese has imported the German word for the joy in the misfortunes of other, but this survey from goo Research used the internet slang for this, 「メシウマwww」, approximately “totes delish scoff LOL!”, to find out what tales of woe Japanese take pleasure from hearing. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 11th and 16th of March 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. My…
  • Top Japanese web site annoyances

    Ken Y-N
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    goo Ranking took a look at what things on web sites annoy people. 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. Most of the moans seem to be related to adverts; I have various adverts here, so I hope few of these annoyances appear here. If they do annoy you, or if other aspects of this site do, please let me know in this thread. I’m not sure the best way to…
  • Encountering beautiful Japanese women

    Ken Y-N
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Here’s a survey, short but sweet (just like much of the subject matter), on women’s external appearance, conducted by SBS Tokyo, a beauty salon. Demographics Over the 17th and 19th of February 2015 300 men between the ages of 20 and 49 who had the experience of a beautiful woman crossing their path completed an internet-based questionnaire. Note that this is talking about catching sight of a beautiful woman while going about one’s daily activity, not hanging out at a club. Excepting every day at home, I probably see a beautiful woman every few days; what I like the most is a…
 
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  • The Deadliest Machine on Earth?

    Ryo
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    What’s the deadliest weapon known to humankind? An atom bomb? A virus? Maybe it depends on how we look at history, or the definition of the “weapon.” But in modern times, in our civilized societies, the statistics always point to … Continue reading →
  • Top 10 Most Lucrative Psychology Careers & Sub-fields

    Ryo
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Whether or not you found yourself looking for an area of psychology that suits you, you’re researching potential career paths, or you’re warning your child about the terrible mistake they’re about to make, you must be curious to know who … Continue reading →
  • Who’s More Believable: Science Expert or Random Internet Commenter?

    Ryo
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:03 pm
    In the latest battle of the war on science, many ignorant parents are risking the lives of their children and others by choosing not to vaccinate their children. This is a terrible idea, but the false, unethical, fraudulent, discredited, expunged … Continue reading →
  • Japan Crime, Business, and Education Stats in 2015

    Ryo
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    It’s not easy to predict what kinds of trends we might see this year, but many recent investigations have shed some light on various aspects of Japanese society. They might be based on information from a few years ago, but … Continue reading →
  • Mass Shootings – Increased incidents, or just increased reporting?

    Ryo
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    One of the most fascinating contentions out of Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” is that we are actually in the most peaceful time in world history. It may be hard to swallow at first – … Continue reading →
 
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  • 10 Japanese Souvenirs You Can Fit In Your Carry-on

    Erik Luebs
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Visiting a friend’s house in Tokyo? Going to see extended relatives for the first time? Don’t forget to bring an omiyage (gift) with you. No doubt, gift giving is a common feature of societies around the world, but what’s different in Japan is the degree of formality and the frequency of the exchange. Family and friends are understandable, but the office is just as important. Imagine the scene as individually wrapped regional sweets are discretely placed on the desks of entire office floors, simply because a few members of the sales team returned from their meeting in…
  • This Week In Tokyo: May 4 – 10, 2015

    Leslie Lee III
    3 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Golden Week is in full swing and you’ve decided to stay in the city instead of escaping to the countryside or traveling abroad. Here are some ways to make the most of your holiday in the Tokyo area. If you’re doing something fun or interesting this Golden Week, be sure to leave us a comment or email us to have your event listed. Cinco de Mayo Festival Date: Monday, May 4th Time: 10:00-17:30 Location: Yoyogi Park Event Space Admission: ¥500 Enjoy the other big May holiday with the Cinco De Mayo Festival in Yoyogi park. It’s Japan’s largest Cinco de Mayo event, and celebrates the…
  • Deadline for Swapping to the New Residence Card Looms

    Louise Kittaka
    2 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    As most foreign residents are probably aware, Japan has been phasing out the old Alien Registration Cards (often just called the ‘gaijin cards’) and has replaced them with Residence Cards. The new system came into effect on July 9, 2012 and there was a three-year grace period for changing over. However, the deadline is looming and you must get your Residence Card by July 8 of this year. Permanent residents, in particular, may be dragging their feet on making the change (and I was one of them), but with the deadline less than three months away, the Immigration Department advises against…
  • A Survival Guide to Japanese Misbehavior

    Matthew Coslett
    1 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Japanese kids have it rough, there are no two ways about that. As a teenager, being rushed through cram school, club activities and university preparation takes its toll. One of the unfortunate outlets for all this pent up frustration is いじめijime・bullying. As a result, teachers working in Japan need to be aware of some of uniquely Japanese forms of mischief that are common over here. At the lighter end of the spectrum is the あっかんべぇakkanbee. This is a popular taunt in Japan where kids expose the reds of their eyes and stick out their tongue. It is often done behind the…
  • How to Master the Japanese Client Dinner

    Mark Kennedy
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You’ve worked hard to develop a relationship with a key prospect to the point where now you would like to take them out to dinner. That’s a great idea, because by interacting with this client outside of their normal setting it may be possible to really get to know each other and more precisely uncover their true needs. Especially in Japan, interaction with customers on a professional level in a relaxed setting such as a traditional Japanese restaurant will help to solidify your relationship. To make a good impression and get the most out of this opportunity, you must plan the event with…
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  • The Story of Tokyo’s Popular “Pigeon” Tour Buses

    Mana Soda
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Story of Tokyo’s Popular “Pigeon” Tour BusesJapanese people see pigeons—“hato” in the local language—as symbols of peace. Those calm, docile connotations, combined with the pigeon’s ability to fly fast and always find its way home, are what shape the name and the concept of the Hato Bus company: a provider with a fleet of buses that whisk us around to tourist spots and bring us back to where we started. The Hato Bus story started 66 years ago, when the company’s predecessor—Shin-Nihon Kanko Co., Ltd.—began operations. Hato Bus has since grown into a provider with a…
  • “Cool Japan” Spins Its Wheels

    IGNITION Staff
    1 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Cool Japan” Spins Its Wheels(This article was previously published in Gendai Business. It has been modified from the original.) Origami: The epitome of “cool Japan” The morning edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun on March 5, 2013, featured a story about a Japanese man who runs an origami studio in New York. The man, a US-based patent attorney named Taro Yaguchi, created Taro’s Origami Studio about a year ago. The article explained that the 118 students currently under his tutelage, ranging in age from 5 to 72, use tablets to learn the proper techniques and explore the origami world. The…
  • Forecasting the Smartwatch Market: A Catalyst for Innovation?

    Wataru Tsuchiya
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Forecasting the Smartwatch Market: A Catalyst for Innovation?“By the year 2020, smartwatches aren’t going to be anything out of the ordinary anymore,” says Nain Inc. CEO Kentaro Yamamoto. The impending launch of the Apple Watch has sparked a flurry of lively activity in the smartwatch market, a surge that experts think is going to continue: Strategy Analytics forecasts project the smartwatch market to swell from roughly 30 million units in 2015 to around 100 million units by 2017. At the current stage, however, not everyone is so sure that smartwatches will be able to become fixtures…
  • Reflections on Jazz in Japan

    E. Taylor Atkins
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Reflections on Jazz in Japan(Top photo: © Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Toshiko Akiyoshi performs on stage at the 2014 International Jazz Day Global Concert on April 30, 2014 in Osaka, Japan.) Since 2011, April 30 has been International Jazz Day. This UNESCO-sponsored commemoration—planned and produced by the Thelonious Monk Institute—is designed “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe”. It provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the role of jazz music in the creation of a globalist culture in the…
  • The Homeowner Community Website “Houzz” Arrives in Japan

    IGNITION Staff
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Homeowner Community Website “Houzz” Arrives in Japan“ Houzz” has arrived in Japan. The Japanese version of the American community website, which connects people wanting to remodel their homes with home improvement professionals, has gone online on the 9th of April 2015. A distinctive feature of the site is that it allows experts to upload images of house interiors and exteriors that the users can then browse, saving the ones that they like or using them as reference materials during their own remodeling projects. With over 6 million images and counting, Houzz has been praised as…
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  • Enjoy the Family-Life Aquatic at the New Enoshima Aquarium

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The New Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館 / shin enoshima suizokukan) can be securely tagged ‘family fun’. Its collection of denizens from the deep cover the requisite categories of cute, weird, and fearsome so as to enthrall the little ones, at the same time as introducing a bit of science, history, and social responsibility for the conscientious adult. Where it also comes up trumps is in its location. Enosui, as it’s affectionately known, is so close to the ocean itself that an extra strong leap from one the resident dolphins could see it in the open waters. Five minutes walk…
  • Getting Your Ears Cleaned at a Jibika: Japan’s ENT Clinics

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    There's a rumor out there that Japanese couples like to have a poke around … in each other's ears … with ear cleaning devices. Yes, apparently cleaning your loved one's ears is right up there with sharing the bathroom as a sign that a relationship has really gone to the next level. Alas, this writer has never been afforded access to anyone's ears, nor is such access particularly desired. I have, however, allowed others access to my own. (Un)lucky for some! We'll spare you sordid lifestyle details and simply say that not so long ago I woke up one morning with the feeling like I had chewing…
  • Discount Shopping With A View! Japan's Most Popular Outlet Malls

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Karuizawa (軽井沢) seems an unlikely place to go for discount shopping. The stately township, less than an hour’s Shinkansen ride from Tokyo, exudes an altogether different air. Tucked into the fresh foothills of Nagano and home to perky wooden churches, fine country walks, and twee little tea houses, this is where the rich come to get away from the great unwashed; it’s here that the Imperial couple met over a spot of tennis, and where John Lennon used to hide-out with Yoko Ono. It’s all very delightful really, except that there are two sides to Karuizawa (literally, depending on…
  • Japan’s Best Oyakodon Restaurant? Come See For Yourselves!

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Who doesn’t like oyakodon (親子丼)? It's surely one of life’s great comfort foods; goopy eggs drooling over a bowl of juicy chicken atop a bowl of steaming rice. So let’s not muck about here, if you’re a fan, you should go to Tamahide (玉ひで) in Ningyocho; Tokyo’s (neigh, Japan’s) best oyakodon restaurant, apparently. Quite who decided upon this bold superlative is unknown but Tamahide’s reputation lingers (like a good smell) somewhere in the ether, such that mere mention of the name draws knowing nods from reverent locals. Longevity might have something to do with it. In…
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    Is the page to introduce Kyoto scenery photos mainly.Available in English, traditional Chinese, Korea, France,.就是頁面主要介紹京都的風景照片。在英國,傳統的中國、 韓國、 法國、 中可用。http://ameblo.jp/nandemo-photo
 
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