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  • Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it’s... Read more ...
  • Political fund problem hits Japanese PM

    Japan News
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    A local chapter headed by President of Japan's ruling Democratic Party Shinzo Abe, who is also Japan's prime minister, has been found receiving donations within one year from two firms after they were selected for government subsidies, according to local media early on Tuesday. The Yamaguchi No.
  • Osaka taxi driver arrested in rape of drunken female passengers

    News On Japan
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday announced the arrest of a late-shift taxi driver from Joto Ward for allegedly raping a number of intoxicated female passengers, reports the Asahi Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
  • Cara Delevingne dating St. Vincent

    Osaka News
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Model-actress Cara Delevingne is reportedly dating singer St. Vincent. According to a source, Delevingne was spotted kissing Vincent at the Universal Music after party on February 25, reports ...
  • Kickstarter Campaign for Parting It Out by Ian Lynam

    Néojaponisme
    nj@neojaponisme.com
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Néojaponisme co-founder Ian Lynam launches a Kickstarter campaign for his new book. Our intrepid co-founder Ian Lynam has been hard at work on a collection of essays about graphic design and culture for the past few years, and the project is just about to come to fruition. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the book, titled Parting It Out, which you can view here. It’s going to be a very Néojaponisme-esque book – our very own W. David Marx has written the introduction essay and there are a number of essays which prominently talk about Japanese graphic design…
 
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  • Political fund problem hits Japanese PM

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    A local chapter headed by President of Japan's ruling Democratic Party Shinzo Abe, who is also Japan's prime minister, has been found receiving donations within one year from two firms after they were selected for government subsidies, according to local media early on Tuesday. The Yamaguchi No.
  • Dollar firm after China's rate cut

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The dollar extended its gains in Asia on Monday as better-than-expected revised US economic growth data and an interest rate cut by China boosted confidence, analysts said. In Tokyo, the dollar fetched 119.87 yen, compared with 119.63 yen in New York and well up from 119.17 yen in Tokyo earlier on Friday.
  • Goat licks dog - and it's hilaroius

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    YouTube user nevadamountains shared this video of a goat licking a dog. The sounds the goat makes and the reaction, or lack thereof, from the dog are hilarious.
  • Detective Conan Has His Own Airport in Japan

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    We're not just talking about an airplane, but an entire airport that's named after the famous manga and anime character Detective Conan. The character appears in the series known by the same name .
  • Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    Britain's Prince William, right, receives paper crane from a girl as he visits the ravaged waterfront area devastated by the 2011 tsunami at Hiyoriyama Park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecutre, northeastern Japan, Sunday, March 1, 2015. ISHINOMAKI, Japan - Britain's Prince William stood atop a hill in northeastern Japan on Sunday, and stretched below him was barren land known as the "Bay of Destruction," which was swept by a tsunami four years ago.
 
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  • Kickstarter Campaign for Parting It Out by Ian Lynam

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Néojaponisme co-founder Ian Lynam launches a Kickstarter campaign for his new book. Our intrepid co-founder Ian Lynam has been hard at work on a collection of essays about graphic design and culture for the past few years, and the project is just about to come to fruition. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the book, titled Parting It Out, which you can view here. It’s going to be a very Néojaponisme-esque book – our very own W. David Marx has written the introduction essay and there are a number of essays which prominently talk about Japanese graphic design…
  • Public Domain Day 2015

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Matt Treyvaud looks at the latest works of Japanese literature to hit the public domain, including a guide to rakugo argot. Every year Japan puts older creative works into the public domain — something that no longer happens in the United States. For works of literature, the tireless website Aozora Bunko celebrates Public Domain Day each year on January 1 by presenting a neat list of newly free works. (Note, however, that these works may not be considered public domain in other jurisdictions, including the U.S., because Japanese copyright — “life + 50 years” — is on the…
  • The Year 2014 in Japan

    nj@neojaponisme.com
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    2014: Plurality Power / W. David MARX Japan — a country that once prided itself on a “new middle mass” of “100 million middle class” — now finds its direction from passionate minority factions rather than a set of shared mainstream values. In 2014, there is no mass majority in Japan, only powerful pluralities. The LDP won the election after no one turned out other than their solid bloc of older voters. The right-wing maintained its ruling coalition thanks to the gains of another powerful minority — Kōmeitō, a political party that mobilizes the devoted believers of its…
  • Murakami Haruki's Advertorial Short Stories

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

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

    Teresa Te
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    There may be universal board games that people love to play during their leisure time. They are normally played by two people although there are some that allow multiple players. Each country, however, has its own traditional board games for adults that its citizens have grown to love. Japan is no exception. This land of the rising sun may be known to be a leader in technology including the popular electronic gadgets a lot of people own today but it also boasts of board games that have a cultural significance to the country and its people. Gomoku Gomoku is an abstract strategy board game…
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    An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla

  • 20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Patrick Macias
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:35 pm
  • "HYPERSONIC music club" Page Two

    Patrick Macias
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    HYPERSONIC music club  PAGE TWO Art by Hiroyuki Takahashi Story by Patrick Macias   HYPERSONIC music club links tumblr twitter facebook
  • "HYPERSONIC music club" Page One

    Patrick Macias
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    HYPERSONIC music club  PAGE ONE Art by Hiroyuki Takahashi Story by Patrick Macias   HYPERSONIC music club links tumblr twitter facebook
  • Cyber! Ani! Rhythm! The Hiroyuki Takahashi Interview

    Patrick Macias
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    FEATURE: Cyber! Ani! Rhythm! The Hiroyuki Takahashi Interview Hiroyuki Takahashi is a Japanese artist whose eye-popping work is supercharged with the influence of anime and manga. Now, he is teaming up with Crunchyroll for a series of exclusive new projects. Read an interview with Takahashi and enjoy his art via an image gallery, after the jump! Read here
  • PARANOIA GIRLS page ten

    Patrick Macias
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Paranoia Girls: Page Ten Art: Yunico Uchiyama Text: Patrick Macias Paranoia Girls on facebook
 
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  • Mirai Suenaga Birthday

    danny
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Its the 3rd of March which means its Mirai Suenaga's birthday - she's 17 years old this year ^^ I got her a strawberry shake to go with her strawberry cake which she really liked.Its also Hina Matsuri [ひな祭り] today which is also known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day to wish the healthy and prosperous growth of young girls. During this time, ornamental dolls called Hina Ningyo [雛人形] are displayed on tiered steps which is covered in red cloth.The rest of this post is a celebration of Mirai's birthday with a load of 2560 x 1440px wallpapers featuring illustrations by many sensei who…
  • Desk Diary 20150228

    danny
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    In the previous Desk Diary, we took a look at the transition of how we went from working out of my house for a few years to finally getting our own proper office. Today, I still look around the office and reminisce at how we managed to startup in such a small place. Since the last time we spoke, I moved desks into the lounge area that I said I wanted to keep clear of workstations - but it seems that we are growing at a pace way faster than I imagined and need to use up as much space as we can before we move office again which is could even be later this year at the rate we are growing. Of…
  • Cool Japan Strategy Committee

    danny
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Back in 2013, the Japanese government appointed me as a member of the "Creative Industries Internationalization Committee" [クリエイティブ産業国際展開懇談会] (CIIC) which was an initiative by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Today I'm pleased to let you know that the Japanese Cabinet has now appointed me as a member of their "Cool Japan Strategy Committee" [クールジャパン戦略推進会議] - a larger scale initiative that involves many more ministries including MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology), MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture,…
  • Mirai Photo Walk - Tokyo 20150215

    danny
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    We had a great turnout for our first Mirai Photo Walk which was held in Tokyo on Feb 15th 2015. Despite the short 2 day notice, 30 people turned up for the networking event where we walked around to take photos, exchange ideas and contact details too. Folks from all corners of the world joined us including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, England, Germany, France, US, Brazil, Malaysia and a few other locations which I forgot >< I also mentioned that I was looking to fill the following positions and that folks interested should come along. #TV Producer #Graphic Designer #Smart…
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

    danny
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:42 am
    Its that time of year again - when everything grinds down to a halt for Chinese and Korean folks around the world to celebrate the lunar new year. Even though I come from a Chinese background, being brought up in the UK, I had now idea how important the lunar new year was until a few years ago when I spent CNY (Chinese New Year) in Malaysia - CNY is a *big* deal! So Happy Chinese New Year! 新年好!恭喜發財!새해 복 많이 받으세요! Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll are celebrating in the office while we ship the last of the current orders. What are you doing to celebrate? How much…
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    japan running news

  • Former Marathon NR Holder Atsushi Fujita to Become Assistant Coach at Komazawa University

    Brett Larner
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150301-OHT1T50255.html translated and edited by Brett Larner Now an assistant coach at the Fujitsu corporate team where he spent his professional career, former marathon national record holder Atsushi Fujita, 38, will return to his alma mater, 2011-2014 National University Men's Ekiden champion Komazawa University, in April to take a position as assistant
  • Osako Quits Nissin Shokuhin Corporate Team For Oregon

    Brett Larner
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    http://sports.nissin.com/rikujo/weblog/sp/2015/03/post-52.html translated by Brett Larner At this time we would like to announce that Suguru Osako, who has had great success as a member of the Nissin Shokuhin Group corporate team, will resign his position with the team on Mar. 31, 2015.  We extend our thanks to all the fans who have generously given their warmest support.  All of us at Nissin
  • Asian Games Silver Medalist Kitaoka Announces Retirement

    Brett Larner
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2015/03/01/kiji/K20150301009898830.html translated by Brett Larner 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games men's marathon silver medalist Yukihiro Kitaoka (32, Team NTN) announced his retirement on Mar. 1 following the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon.  In the future he will join NTN's coaching staff, helping to develop its next generation of athletes. At Lake Biwa Kitaoka
  • Hakone Champion AGU's Isshiki Leads 27 Under 1:03 and 265 Sub-1:06 at National University Half Marathon Championships

    Brett Larner
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    by Brett Larner videos by Ekiden News Two months after his 3rd-place finish on the Hakone Ekiden's most competitive stage helped put Aoyama Gakuin University in position for the overall win and a month after running a 1:02:09 PB at the Marugame Half, 20-year-old AGU second-year Tadashi Isshiki scored his first national title with a 1:02:11 win at the 18th National University Men's Half
  • Ndungu Back for Another Win at 70th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon

    Brett Larner
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:47 pm
    by Brett Larner Having left Japan's corporate team system, 2012 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon winner Samuel Ndungu (Kenya) was back to take the top spot again in Biwako's cold and rainy 70th edition.  With a target pace of 3:00/km for the front group including last year's winner Bazu Worku (Ethiopia), 2014 European champion Daniele Meucci (Italy), Mongolian national record holder Ser-Od Bat-Ochir
 
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    Reuters: ワールド

  • 北朝鮮がエボラ懸念の入国制限を正式解除、隔離措置も緩和

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    [ソウル 3日 ロイター] - 北朝鮮は3日、エボラ出血熱の感染拡大を懸念して約5カ月続けてきた外国人観光客らの入国制限を正式に解除した。旅行代理店や外交筋がロイターに明らかにした。北朝鮮は外国人観光客らの受け入れ停止に加え、人道支援活動家や外交官らに対しては21日間の隔離措置を取ってきた。
  • 歓待翌日に警告、北朝鮮流の「外交術」米特使明らかに

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    [ワシントン 2日 ロイター] - クラッパー米国家情報長官は2日、北朝鮮が拘束していた米国人の解放交渉で昨年11月に訪朝した際の様子を初めて明らかにした。
  • 今年エルニーニョが発生する確率、50%程度に上昇=豪気象局

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    [シドニー 3日 ロイター] - オーストラリア気象局(BOM)は3日、太平洋の赤道域でふたたび水温が上昇する兆候が見られるとして、今年エルニーニョ現象が発生する確率が50%程度に上昇したと発表した。
  • 豪中銀が2.25%に金利据え置き、利下げ余地残す

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    [シドニー 3日 ロイター] - オーストラリア準備銀行(RBA、中央銀行)は3日、政策金利のオフィシャルキャッシュレートを過去最低の2.25%に据え置いた。一部アナリストは利下げを予想していた。
  • ヒラリー氏が規定違反の可能性、公務で個人メール使用=報道

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:10 pm
    [ワシントン 2日 ロイター] - 次期米大統領選の民主党有力候補とされるヒラリー・クリントン氏が、国務長官在任時に公務で個人のメールアドレスを使用し、連邦記録法に違反した可能性があると、2日付の米ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙が報じた。
 
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  • 米Google、C/C++コードをHadoop上でネイティブに動かすフレームワーク「MapReduce for C(MR4C)」を公開

    末岡洋子
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
     米GoogleがC/C++コードを「Apache Hadoop」上で動かすためのフレームワーク「MapReduce for C(MR4C)」をオープンソースで公開した。HadoopはJavaベースで実装されているが、このフレームワークを利用することで、C/C++で書かれたアプリケーションを直接Hadoop上で動かすことができる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Google 末岡洋子 関連記事Hadoop環境で利用できるデータベース「Apache HBase」、多数の変更が加えられたバージョン1.0をリリース…
  • Goバインディングが加わった「LLVM 3.6」リリース

    末岡洋子
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
     LLVM Projectは2月27日、コンパイラ環境LLVMの最新版「LLVM 3.6」およびLLVMベースのC/C++/Objective-Cコンパイラ「Clang 3.6」をリリースした。Goバインディングが加わったほか、Clangではデフォルトの言語仕様がC99からC11となり、C++17のサポートも開始されている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事LLVM 3.1/Clang 3.1登場、C++11のコア機能をほぼサポート 最適化機能の強化が行われた「LLVM…
  • Eclipse、クラウド開発のためのIDE「Orion 8.0」をリリース

    末岡洋子
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
     Webブラウザ上で動作する統合開発環境(IDE)を開発するEclipse Orion Projectは2月27日、最新版となる「Orion 8.0」をリリースした。言語ツールの強化とOrionサーバーの可用性強化が大きな特徴となる。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 開発ツール 末岡洋子 関連記事Eclipse、Webブラウザ上で動作するIDE「Orion 7.0」をリリース WebブラウザベースのIDE「Eclipse Orion 5.0」が登場…
  • オープンソースのペイントソフト「Krita 2.9」リリース、OS Xのサポートが実現へ

    末岡洋子
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
     オープンソースのデジタルペイントソフト「Krita」開発チームは2月26日、最新版となる「Krita 2.9.0」をリリースした。過去最大のリリースとしており、Mac OS Xの初期サポートの実現など多数の新機能を盛り込む。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー Linux MacOS Windows 末岡洋子 グラフィックス 関連記事ラスタイメージエディタ:GIMPとKritaの機能比較 タッチ操作に対応したペイントソフト「Krita Sketch for Windows」リリース…
  • 高性能を目指す米DropboxのPython実装「Pyston」バージョン0.3リリース

    松島浩道
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
     Dropboxが手がける独自のPython実装「Pyston」開発チームは2月24日、最新版「Pyston 0.3」を公開した。互換性、性能にフォーカスした改善が図られている。性能ではCPythonに匹敵するレベルになったと報告している。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー 末岡洋子 Python 関連記事米Dropbox、LLVMベースのPython実装「Pyston」を開発 性能を強化したPythonインタプリタ「PyPy 2.4」がリリース 「PyPy 2.3」リリース、新たにOpenBSDをサポート
 
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  • Bluetooth Smart Ready対応のDSP内蔵車載機器向けIC

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    東芝は、Bluetooth Smart Readyに対応したIC「TC35668IXBG」を発表した。ハンズフリープロファイル、オーディオ再生プロファイル、電話帳関連プロファイルに加え、Bluetooth Low Energy機能を内蔵している。
  • 複数の独立閉ループチャンネルを内蔵したPICマイコン

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Microchip Technologyは、最大2つの独立した複数の閉ループ制御チャンネルとシステム管理機能を備えた、8ビットPICマイコンファミリ「PIC16(L)F1769」を発表した。
  • PR: NECが目指した新しい設計・開発基盤とは?

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    企業グループ内にある強い技術やノウハウを結集して、グローバル市場をリードする新しい製品やサービスを創り出したい――。そんな思いをかなえるために、NECでは全グループを対象とする大規模な開発プロセス改革に着手し、その基盤となるPDMステムも1つに統合した。NECグループの取り組みを紹介する。
  • PFC内蔵の共振コントローラIC、部品点数を約25%節減可能

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    インフィニオン テクノロジーズの「ICL5101」は、LEDドライバ向けにPFC(力率改善回路)を集積した共振コントローラICである。屋内外のLED照明機器を始め、オフィス向けLED照明機器、産業分野向けLED照明機器などの用途に向ける。
  • 時計用の32.768kHzとMHz帯を1個で同時出力、2016サイズの水晶発振器

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    日本電波工業の「NZ2016SK」は、外形寸法が2.0×1.6mmと小さく、32.768kHzとMHz帯の2つの周波数を同時に出力できる水晶発振器である。腕時計型やメガネ型のウェアラブル機器用途などに向ける。
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    キャリアクロス外資系求人サイト

  • Technical Service Engineer

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Curvature Tokyo branch is seeking several Technical Service Engineer for the Japan market who can help support the company’s commitment to building lasting customer relationships and providing extraordinary service.
  • Sales Executive - Japan

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Curvature Tokyo branch is seeking several Sales Executives for the Japan market who can help support the company’s commitment to building lasting customer relationships and providing extraordinary service.
  • Customer Marketing Manager

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    全米No.1ソーセージブランドのジョンソンヴィルは、朝食、お弁当が主流の日本の市場においてプレミアムな新しい市場を創造しつつあります。 現在、日本法人で募集しているカスタマー マーケティング マネジャーのポジションに就く方には、ジョンソンヴィル商品の戦略的パートナーであるプリマハム社との協力関係の下、プレミアムソーセージブランドとしての新しい市場を日本に創造するメンバーの一人として活躍して頂きます。
  • 【NEW】 Recetion & General Affairs

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    ストラタシス・ジャパンは、米国ミネソタ州ミネアポリスとイスラエルに本社を置く、3Dプリンティングおよびアディティブ・マニュファクチャリング・ソリューションを提供する世界的なリーディングカンパニー、Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ上場企業)の日本支社です。 当社は世界中に2,500人以上の従業員と600件以上の取得済みまたは申請中の製造特許を有しており、その技術とリーダーシップについて25を超える賞に輝いています。
  • Research Administrator 研究室アシスタント

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Assist Faculty members, Researchers and Technical staff with professional support.
 
 
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.150 (February 2015)http://civilsociety.jcc2015.net/en/ Copyright Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR All Rights Reserved. The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will be held in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northern Japan, from March 14 to 18, 2015. This is the third such conference, held once every decade. More than 5,000 people involved in disaster prevention and reduction will gather from 193 countries. The 2005 conference adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the world's only international guideline for disaster risk reduction. This…
  • Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image by Hidewo Ishida Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necessary. That is one of the key findings of a survey on attitudes on the economy conducted by the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, a partner organization of JFS. The survey, conducted in October 2014, also identified a sense of anticipation that expanding GDP may improve employment and wages.http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035130.html But the reality we see in statistics is contrary to our expectation. Let's take a look at an article posted in the…
  • Japanese Organic Produce Supplier Wins 2014 Award of Excellence from Food Action Nippon

    21 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Daichi wo Mamoru Kai All Rights Reserved. Daichi wo Mamoru Kai Co. (lit. "Association to Preserve the Earth"), an organic produce supplier in Japan, announced on November 10, 2014, that it had won the 2014 Food Action Nippon Award of Excellence (promotion of sales and consumption category) for its Mottainai Fish of Daichi wo Mamoru Kai product line, which features previously un-marketed or non-standard types of fish. It was praised as being a wonderful system that benefits the natural environment, consumers and producers, as well as for its increase in sales. Food Action Nippon is…
  • Crowdfunding in Japan

    18 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright READYFOR? All Rights Reserved. Awareness of crowdfunding in Japan, while still low, is gradually spreading. In this article we will introduce the current circumstances surrounding this new funding method in Japan, using excerpts from "2013 Review of Socially Responsible Investment in Japan" released on March 31, 2014, courtesy of the non-profit Japan Sustainable Investment Forum (JSIF).
  • Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.149 (January 2015) Image by thinkpanama Some Rights Reserved. The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 issued by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) states that the global market for socially responsible investment (SRI) is approximately 13.6 trillion dollars. By contrast, Japan's SRI market is quite small at about 10 billion dollars, less than 0.1 percent of the global market. One reason for this difference is the lack of active participation by institutional investors in the market.
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    i heart japan - Japan travel tips and info about Japan

  • Tomato Feeding Robot

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

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

    Travis
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Photo Credit: JanneM Tokyo has been named the world’s safest city according to a 2015 Safe Cities Index by The Economist. Stuff.co.na website reports: The index, which looks at digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety, ranks the Japanese capital ahead of Singapore second and Osaka third. European capitals Stockholm and Amsterdam complete the world’s top five safest cities. Nice to see Osaka come in third place :D Related Posts:Cat Cafés in JapanTokyo Art Events in June 2012World’s Most Peaceful ContriesTravel Japan and Enjoy itLearning…
  • Cat News Network

    Travis
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    I would definitely watch more news and debate programming if they did it like this! :D Related Posts:Living in JapanHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitJapanese Bridge Washes up in OregonGangnam Style Not Impressing the Japanese
  • 100 Japanese Maids : 1Pancake

    Travis
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Don’t know what to say about this one, other than the Japanese sure have a delightful and strange sense of humour :D Related Posts:The Days of HanakoEat Curry. Win Money.Kawaii FabricThe Japanese Ski Season – When, Where and Why?Japan Law to Force Workers to go on Holiday
 
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    Japan Pulse

  • Mister Donut went berry picking for its newest line of treats

    Tom Hanaway
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Spring is the sweetest time of the year, and Mister Donut is celebrating with its Strawberry Donut Fes. From now until May, the dessert chain will have a special selection of five sugary sweets for customers, including a custard-filled strawberry croissant donut and a strawberry and whip pie. The standout of the collection though is its strawberry donut, created in the shape of a real strawberry. The treat is topped with green-colored chocolate to resemble a strawberry stem. The move comes at a time when Seven-Eleven is rolling out its own line of donuts, including a strawberry flavor. With…
  • I wanna rock ‘n’ roll all night, and be kawaii, ev-er-y day

    Tom Hanaway
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivJZljEostE After the major success of Babymetal, who fused Japanese idol culture with head-banging metal and opened for the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Lady Gaga, another J-pop unit is setting their sights on overseas fame and getting a helping hand from rock giants. The teen idol group Momoiro Clover Z just released a new song, “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina,” with the help of legendary rockers . . . Kiss. What? The Satanic pantomimes? The subterranean lizards of Detroit Rock City? Yes, that Kiss. On Jan. 19, the two released a music video that is…
  • Rewinding some of Japan’s top YouTubers

    Tom Hanaway
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKx2B8WCQuw At the end of 2014, YouTube took a look back at some of the fun, freaky and unforgettable videos that went viral over the past year. Titled “YouTube Rewind,” the official retrospective (which has 50 million views) gave special recognition to dozens of online personalities, including Kid President and Jenna Marbles, who YouTube decided were the top of class in 2014. Japan was well represented with 14 YouTubers joining the global ranks. Their talent ranges from makeup tutorials and video game walkthroughs to clever pranks and English lessons.
  • J-blip: Doraemon hard boiled eggs soften your heart

    Pulse People
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Doraemon, everybody’s favorite blue robot cat, could be coming to a salad near you in the not-too-distant future. Anyone can turn a hard boiled egg into the shape of the Japanese icon, and the good news it doesn’t require Doraemon’s magical gadgets, nor high tech. The simple four-step process is: 1. make a hard boiled egg 2. peel off the egg shells 3. put the egg in the Doraemon-shaped mold 4. leave it inside cold water for 10 minutes. Voila! There you have it. The special mold will be released, in Japan only, on Jan. 30, for ¥100 and will come in both Doraemon-shaped and Dorami-shaped…
  • #pulsepresents: gift idea grab bag

    Pulse People
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    Stumped about what kind of Christmas gift to give the Japanophile in your life? Here’s a grab bag of possibilities, prepared by Japan Pulse’s elves. And you can follow us on Twitter for more #pulsepresents, tweeted daily. Commemorative Tokaido Shinkansen KitKats Trainspotters will love you forever if you can track down a package of these cool limited edition KitKats, sold in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen. The packaging, depicted a number of classics, can be folded into a mini train. The flavor is, inexplicably, frozen mikan. Jagarico Panic…
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  • Mirai Suenaga Birthday

    danny
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Its the 3rd of March which means its Mirai Suenaga's birthday - she's 17 years old this year ^^ I got her a strawberry shake to go with her strawberry cake which she really liked.Its also Hina Matsuri [ひな祭り] today which is also known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day to wish the healthy and prosperous growth of young girls. During this time, ornamental dolls called Hina Ningyo [雛人形] are displayed on tiered steps which is covered in red cloth.The rest of this post is a celebration of Mirai's birthday with a load of 2560 x 1440px wallpapers featuring illustrations by many sensei who…
  • Desk Diary 20150228

    danny
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    In the previous Desk Diary, we took a look at the transition of how we went from working out of my house for a few years to finally getting our own proper office. Today, I still look around the office and reminisce at how we managed to startup in such a small place. Since the last time we spoke, I moved desks into the lounge area that I said I wanted to keep clear of workstations - but it seems that we are growing at a pace way faster than I imagined and need to use up as much space as we can before we move office again which is could even be later this year at the rate we are growing. Of…
  • Cool Japan Strategy Committee

    danny
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Back in 2013, the Japanese government appointed me as a member of the "Creative Industries Internationalization Committee" [クリエイティブ産業国際展開懇談会] (CIIC) which was an initiative by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Today I'm pleased to let you know that the Japanese Cabinet has now appointed me as a member of their "Cool Japan Strategy Committee" [クールジャパン戦略推進会議] - a larger scale initiative that involves many more ministries including MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology), MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture,…
  • Mirai Photo Walk - Tokyo 20150215

    danny
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    We had a great turnout for our first Mirai Photo Walk which was held in Tokyo on Feb 15th 2015. Despite the short 2 day notice, 30 people turned up for the networking event where we walked around to take photos, exchange ideas and contact details too. Folks from all corners of the world joined us including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, England, Germany, France, US, Brazil, Malaysia and a few other locations which I forgot >< I also mentioned that I was looking to fill the following positions and that folks interested should come along. #TV Producer #Graphic Designer #Smart…
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

    danny
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:42 am
    Its that time of year again - when everything grinds down to a halt for Chinese and Korean folks around the world to celebrate the lunar new year. Even though I come from a Chinese background, being brought up in the UK, I had now idea how important the lunar new year was until a few years ago when I spent CNY (Chinese New Year) in Malaysia - CNY is a *big* deal! So Happy Chinese New Year! 新年好!恭喜發財!새해 복 많이 받으세요! Mirai and Kizuna Smart Doll are celebrating in the office while we ship the last of the current orders. What are you doing to celebrate? How much…
 
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    Kirainet.com - A geek in Japan

  • Ultraman at JR Stations

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

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

    kirai
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Until today I knew about rabbit island and cat island but I didn’t know about a small village in Miyagi prefecture where there are more than one hundred foxes walking around the streets, parks and temples. I have immediately added the village to the places I should visit in Miyagi. The following photos were taken by briedis during his last visit to the village. My favourite photo is the one with the Shintoist shrine dedicated to the fox goddess Inari, two stone foxes on the sides and a real fox in the back looking at the camera Here you have the exact location in Google Maps. You can…
  • 2014 Through My Instagram

    kirai
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This is another post to compile the best photos I have taken during 2014, this time with my Instagram. To select the photos I have used Iconsquare by filtering the photos which had more than 300 likes. For those of you that ask me on Twitter, I’m still using an iPhone 4 to take the photos I publish on Instagram. I was thinking to move to an iPhone 6 but I eventually didn’t make up my mind.
  • 2014 In Tokyo Through My Cameras

    kirai
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    In this year that is coming to an end I’ve still been rocking with my passion for photography. In my instagram @kirainet you can follow the photos that I take with my iPhone 4 and that I publish almost daily. In this post I am compiling the photos that I have taken during the year with my Nikon D800 and my Fuji X100. I took some of them in Kanagawa, but almost all of them were captured strolling around the streets of my beloved Tokyo. I wish you all have a very happy Xmas and an awesome year 2015! Cads taking photos for Tokyo-Project For those of us that still use Flickr here are the…
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    Tokyo Times

  • Tokyo train travellers: A contrast

    Lee
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The mobile, and the most definitely, immobile.
  • Photographing me, photographing you

    Lee
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Smile.
  • Drunk and asleep Japanese girl

    Lee
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Tokyo’s Kabukicho red light district offers more than most men could ever want, or even know they want. But, as well as paid for services, the area is also a boozers’ paradise, with bars and the like open till all hours — or perhaps more accurately, all hours. A wonderfully liberal state of affairs that makes weekend mornings and early afternoons there a fascinating mix of shoppers, very visibly drunk revellers, plus equally inebriated hostesses and other entertainment district workers. Some of them so worse for wear that they simply can’t make it home, and instead…
  • Tough Tokyo alley life

    Lee
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The hugely expensive transformation of Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics will soon be well underway. And in the meantime, the much-touted Abenomics continues to stumble along, offering much in the way of promises, if little in perceivable gains. But for many people in the capital, times continue to be tough — really tough.
  • Tokyo ramen shop stares

    Lee
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
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    世論 What Japan Thinks

  • Stuff love can not be blind to

    Ken Y-N
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    goo Ranking recently published a survey into what manners-related behaviour by one’s partner people could not forgive, for both men looking at women and women looking at men. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. Here’s a couple getting a bit too friendly on the train; at least they aren’t sitting legs akimbo. My wife is terrible for…
  • Female English vampires in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    Weblio recently published a self-serving survey into Japanese women’s views on international love, although given the sample group, the results here should not be used to extrapolate to the whole Japanese population. Demographics Between the 24th of January and the 2nd of February 2015 471 female members of the Weblio service completed a survey performed using Macromill Inc’s
  • When women feel damned by faint praise

    Ken Y-N
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    goo Ranking recently published a short ranking survey into what praise from men they are not happy to hear. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 13th of January 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. I’m not sure what number 2 is all about, or if it is just my poor translation; it could also be “You’ll have a lot of money in the bank”, which I suppose is a polite way of saying one has more money than sense.
  • Password management in Japan

    Ken Y-N
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    DDS, Digital Development Systems, a company that makes software to manage passwords through biometrics, recently conducted a survey entitled password refugees, looking at password usage. Demographics Over the 2nd and 3rd of February 2015 400 members of the Macromill Research Monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was aged between 20 and 50 years old, but no further demographics were provided. However, knowing Macromill’s usual style, it would have people aged been between 20 and 59 years old, 50:50 male and female, and 25% in each of the age bands…
  • Spotting a future baldie

    Ken Y-N
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    goo Ranking recently republished a survey I must have missed first time round, why people think someone (male) will probably go bald in the future, with opinions from both women and men. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given. One that doesn’t rank, but similar to going out in the rain without an umbrella, my wife told me that letting your hair dry…
 
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    Skeptikai

  • 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 →
  • Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage

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

    Ryo
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    After doing some independent research for my last article on German, a country that I am growing to like as I learn more about it, I decided to find out what other countries offer higher education in English. Sure, America … Continue reading →
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    The Japanofiles Podcast

  • Episode 68

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

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

    Japanofiles
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Have you ever wished you could take a half year off from what you're doing and move to another country? Today's guest, Michael, did just that. Michael and his wife took a break from their work, moved to Japan, rented a house in Matsumoto, and spent six months doing various things in Japan. On today's Japanofiles Podcast, Michael talks about his half-year stay in Japan. Key Words: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; minka; traditional Japanese architecture; renewable energy; Matsumoto area and the things that Michael likes best; podcast about Japan; English-language interview 
  • Episode 65

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

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

  • It’s Bad Feng Shui to Build on a Floodplain

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

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

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

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    I will be teaching the Mini Feng Shui Lecture Series offered by the Blue Mountain Institute. Are you interested in feng shui?  Would you like to learn about this ancient knowledge? Come and learn feng shui tips for your home to improve the chi flow! All lecture hours are from 7pm to 9pm Location:  Bellevue, Washington Tuition: $40.00 per lecture To register or for more information please email me at jenny@threefrogsdesign.com  Classes for 2015 January 27 (Tuesday) Feng Shui Living Room Workshop  (1) February 3rd (Tuesday) Feng Shui Living Room Workshop (2) February 17 (Tuesday) Clutter…
  • How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting in a small room with no windows. There is no natural light. There is no view of greenery. There is no view of the sky. How would you feel? Now imagine a room with windows, filled with sunlight, with a view of trees and sky. How do you feel now? Several years ago I read a book on the study of biophelia whereby…
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    GaijinPot

  • Let’s All Go To The Movies

    Liam Carrigan
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    As any of my friends will tell you, in addition to being an avid sports fan, lover of Japanese language and culture, and avid traveller, I am also a major movie buff. 2015 promises to be a great year in cinema with the Avengers making their second ensemble appearance, followed by the long-awaited Jurassic World (a reinvigorating of the Jurassic Park franchise) before the greatest story ever told in cinema finally makes its triumphant return at the end of the year. Yes, 2015 is the year when we will finally get to see Star Wars: Episode VII. However, for foreign moviegoers in Japan, going to…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 10 – 2015

    GaijinPot Blog
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Check back every week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. 3DSMAX Game Graphic Designer Salary Negotiable Aoyama, Tokyo Japanese: Business level Visa sponsorship available From character modeling, to special effects, to compositing, Shirogumi Inc. has been engaged in the production of several game to date. We encourage you to improve on your existing area of expertise by challenging yourself to create high quality…
  • Just Japan Podcast: Not So Common Questions About Japan

    Kevin O'Shea
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In this episode of the Just Japan Podcast host Kevin O’Shea asks listeners to share their questions about life in Japan. Returning guests Mully and Pee Jay, two long-term foreign residents of Japan join the podcast as panelists to help answer listener questions. Many Just Japan Podcast listeners are interested in coming to Japan to travel or live and have questions about what life is “really” like once you arrive here. Are there many gyms or health clubs in Japan? If I have prescription medicine from my native country, can I get the same prescription in Japan? Is it true that some…
  • A Storied Life In Japan

    Anthony Joh
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    People come to Japan for all sorts of reasons. Food, culture, sports, anime, robots or even to pursue a romantic relationship. Our goal with the GaijinPot Blog is to bring you stories and advise about living in Japan to make your transition here a little easier. We recently posted our 500th post and to celebrate I asked our writers to tell us about a uniquely Japanese experience that they have had. A Japanese Welcome Andrew Smith Traveler, musician, runner, gamer, video editor. As someone who has been living in Japan for a few years, I am often asked why I chose to stay here. By now I should…
  • Getting Naked at the Hadaka Matsuri

    Mark Guthrie
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It has been said by greater minds than mine that it is better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t. There is perhaps some truth in those words, as I still kick myself to this day for not mustering the courage to ask out Kate Lander when I was eight years old. However there are some things in my life that I am certain were best left undone. Eating bull testicle in Vietnam for one. Getting lost in a Kathmandu red light district is another. And if it was possible to erase the painful, tedious and heat stroke inducing camel ride in India’s great Thar Desert from memory, I would…
 
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  • With No Clear Alternative, Cabinet Approval Rating Continues to Rise

    Stephen Stapczynski
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Inside the official residence of the Japanese Prime Minister. Also known as a place DPJ President Katsuya Okada won’t be anytime soon. (Source: Livedoor) About 2 months after December’s Lower House snap election, the Abe administration seems to be doing just fine. Newspaper surveys have shown the Cabinet’s approval rating — for the most part — increasing since December. The Asahi Shimbun just released the result of their latest survey, which saw the Cabinet’s approval rating hit 50% for the first time since March 2014. Note: The NHK survey for December was…
  • Revising US-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines is Abe’s Next Step to Expanding Role of Military

    Stephen Stapczynski
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    (Source: Kantei.go.jp) Yesterday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a policy speech to the Diet. Some called it an “impassioned appeal” to change the constitution, even though (according to the English translation) he only mentioned the constitution once at the very end of his speech. And he didn’t even directly demand revision — he just asked for deeper public discussion regarding constitutional revision. As far as I could tell, his speech was focused on his growth strategy. Anyway, constitutional reform is difficult in Japan (or anywhere, really). It requires a…
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: 2014 “Shunto” Negotiations Weren’t All That Noteworthy

    Stephen Stapczynski
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Reps from Keidanren and Rengo meeting last year to discuss wage increases. (Source: Japan Times) On January 29th, the Industrial Competitiveness Council met to discuss ways to boost economic growth. The council is tasked with formulating and implementing structural reforms that will, hopefully, lead to long-term growth and prosperity. Many ideas were discussed at the meeting. Most notably, the council suggested that profitability can be boosted in the realms of healthcare, agriculture, and tourism. Tapping these markets will require action from the Diet and leadership from the Cabinet.
  • How much does crude oil actually affect Japan’s rate of inflation?

    Stephen Stapczynski
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:34 pm
    BOJ Governor Kuroda illustrating where he wants to inflation to go. (Source: Fox News) Tomorrow the internal affairs ministry will announce December’s consumer price index (CPI), which will be used to gauge Japan’s rate of inflation. After the data is released, economists and pundits around the world will use it as a yardstick to rate the current effectiveness of the monetary policy from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and Abenomics as a whole. For the last few years, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has been trying to boost inflation so that it hits the 2% target, but to no avail. In…
  • Potential Breakthrough in US-Japan TPP Talks Could Make Completing the Trade Pact in 2015 a Reality

    Stephen Stapczynski
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Wendy Cutler, acting Deputy US Trade Representative, walking and talking with Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief TPP negotiator On Monday,chief negotiators involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks will be meeting in New York City (weather permitting). High-level officials will meet for the entire week, as the 12 participating countries try to come to a consensus on a number of remaining issues. For the last few years, TPP progress has been frozen by the US and Japan’s inability to see eye-to-eye. Little to no progress was made between the two countries in…
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  • Japan’s Vine Users Has Tripled in Three Months

    IGNITION Staff
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Japan’s Vine Users Has Tripled in Three Months(This article was previously published in TechCrunch Japan. It has been modified from the original.) As Vine reaches its second birthday, the Vine team makes their first trip to Japan, where users have tripled over the past three months. In one day worldwide, Vine videos loop 1.5 billion times, and the 1 billion active monthly users (including the app and the website) are said to be increasing. Jason Toff, who is spearheading the movement of Vine videos on Twitter, was asked a few questions about the current status of Vine. - What was the main…
  • 10 Photos of Japan’s Industrial Heritages

    Atsuko Maehata
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    10 Images of Japan’s Industrial HeritagesMy name is Atsuko Maehata and I’m a Japanese photographer. Ever since my first encounter with an abandoned mine 8 years ago, I’ve been travelling across the country photographing what remains of industrial Japan. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, I worked in a completely different field for 10 years; child care. Some would say that what I do now is a 180 degree turn on my previous career and I agree. The industrial heritages I document have so much to tell about the people who used to live and work there. The 10 photos that follow…
  • Yumenoshima, Tokyo’s “Dream Island”

    IGNITION Staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Yumenoshima, Tokyo’s “Dream Island”With Tokyo getting ready to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, organizers are planning to hold many of the events in eastern Tokyo, mainly in Koto Ward. One of the prospective venues is "Yumenoshima", which means “Dream Island” in Japanese. This magical moniker may conjure up a “resort” image, but Yumenoshima, now a 42-hectare park, was once a landfill for Japan's capital during the country’s period of high economic growth. Dream Island  Currently, the Haneda and Narita airports are the main routes to Japan's capital by air.
  • Are the Building Plans Up in Heaven? Japan’s DIY Apartment with Over 100 Residents

    Rumi Tomiya
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Are the Building Plans Up in Heaven? Japan’s DIY ApartmentAmateurs ignore the law, designing and constructing a 5-story DIY apartment building that currently houses over 100 happy residents in with the unwritten consent of the local government. The apartment building is in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. On the fourth floor is a pond, on the roof a vegetable plot, and throughout the building a total of 70 rooms! Likened to Hong Kong’s “Kowloon Walled City” slum, the building is known as the “Sawada Mansion” (“Sawaman” for short). A man named Kano Sawada Sawaman’s plot covers…
  • Brain Training Game App BrainWars Achieved 10 Million Downloads

    IGNITION Staff
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Brain Training Game App BrainWars Achieved 10 Million Downloads(This article was previously published in TechCrunch Japan. It has been modified from the original.) The competitive brain training game app BrainWars by Translimit has achieved 10 million downloads worldwide. It has been exactly one year since the company was founded in January 14, 2014. Users in Japan only make up 4.3% of the user base, indicating a higher proportion of overseas users Related Article BrainWars: The Competitive Brain Training App Now Available for Android! - IGNITION Thumbnail BrainWars is a smartphone game…
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