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  • Autochthonous Dengue Fever, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

    Japan News
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan After 70 years with no confirmed autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Japan, 19 cases were reported during August-September 2014. Dengue virus serotype 1 was detected in 18 patients.
  • Notorious gangster known as Britain’s most violent dies

    The Japan Times: News & Business
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    An infamous London gangster known as “Mad” Frankie Fraser has died in a hospital at age 90, a former associate said on Wednesday. In his 1960s heyday, Fraser was known as an enforcer who... Read more ...
  • Suprema Wins All-Over-IP Award as Best Product

    JCN Newswire
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Suprema Wins All-Over-IP Award as Best Product
  • Japan volcano eruption hits flights

    Japan News
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday to avoid a cloud of ash and smoke spewing from Mount Aso's erupting volcano in Kumamoto. TOKYO: Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday to avoid a cloud of ash and smoke spewing from an erupting volcano in the south.
  • SJVNL signs pact with Nepal for hydro-power plant

    Osaka News
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Indian public sector company Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVNL) has signed a project development agreement with the Nepal government for executing the 900 MW Arun-III Hydro Electric Project in ...
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    The Japan Times: News & Business

  • Notorious gangster known as Britain’s most violent dies

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    An infamous London gangster known as “Mad” Frankie Fraser has died in a hospital at age 90, a former associate said on Wednesday. In his 1960s heyday, Fraser was known as an enforcer who... Read more ...
  • First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The Western world’s first gene-therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a price of €1.1 million ($1.4 million), a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high... Read more ...
  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi’s commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy... Read more ...
  • Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who... Read more ...
  • Macaws bring harmony to Caracas’ chaos

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    In one of the world’s most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and... Read more ...
 
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    Japan News

  • Japan volcano eruption hits flights

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday to avoid a cloud of ash and smoke spewing from Mount Aso's erupting volcano in Kumamoto. TOKYO: Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday to avoid a cloud of ash and smoke spewing from an erupting volcano in the south.
  • Japan country profile

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Comprised of four main islands, and over 6,000 smaller ones, Japan stretches for around 1,500 miles from sub-tropical Okinawa in the south to the frozen climes of Hokkaido in the north. The bulk of the country's 127 million inhabitants live in urban areas, mostly on Honshu island, the country's largest.
  • Japanese handmade 'washi' paper added to UNESCO intangible heritage list

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Mayor Tetsuhiro Muto of Mino, Gifu Prefecture, home to Honminoshi paper, early Thursday celebrates with local residents after the announcement that the Japanese traditional handmade paper was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list along with two other 'washi' traditional paper products. "Washi" traditional handmade paper was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list Wednesday, a move expected to help Japan publicize its culture overseas and encourage such crafts to be inherited in the country.
  • More than just along for the ride

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sometimes, they trade war stories - from Vietnam, Guadalcanal, Korea, Japan. Sometimes, they just sit in the silence.
  • Autochthonous Dengue Fever, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan After 70 years with no confirmed autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Japan, 19 cases were reported during August-September 2014. Dengue virus serotype 1 was detected in 18 patients.
 
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    Osaka News

  • SJVNL signs pact with Nepal for hydro-power plant

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Indian public sector company Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVNL) has signed a project development agreement with the Nepal government for executing the 900 MW Arun-III Hydro Electric Project in ...
  • Japanese court rejects lawsuit against reopening two n-plants

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A Japanese court Thursday rejected a class action lawsuit filed by residents of the western prefecture of Shiga against reactivating offline nuclear power plants in Takahama and Oi. The ruling ...
  • Japan issues warning as volcano continues to erupt

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Mount Aso in southern Japan's Kumamoto prefecture continued to spew smoke and ash 1,000 metres into the air Thursday, severely disrupting flights in the region on the island of Kyushu and forcing ...
  • Sapporo to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Japanese city of Sapporo announced Thursday that it would bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Games while Japan also hosted the 1998 edition in Nagano, reports ...
  • Japans washi paper in Unescos Intangible Cultural Heritage List

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Unesco has added the Japanese traditional handmade paper called "washi" to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will likely help create more international awareness about the time-honoured ...
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    Néojaponisme

  • Murakami Haruki's Advertorial Short Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tora Kigurumi

    danny
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Looks like our Kizuna-chan is about to clap her grubby mitts on the snacks again ^^Update: ACK! Looks like all pre-order slots are taken >< Never fear cos email is here so send Murasaki.me mail to [murasakime.me at gmail.com] and let her know you want one and she will stick you in the queue. The Mirai Tora Kigurumi for Smart Doll is ready! But in limited made-to-order quantities by Smart Doll tailor Murasaki.me. I kinda like it with the zip done halfway up......but if you prefer your girls fully protected from evil then you can zip em up too.Murasaki.me will be taking a limited amount…
  • Desk Diary 2014/11/27

    danny
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Going to try something crazy - update the website with a post everyday ^^; For the past year its been challenging posting updates while building an entirely new business of fashion dolls - its either that I spend time on stabilizing and growing the production line or do updates to the site and unfortunately I've always put the business first. It will take another half year before the production line stabilizes as I've decided to build our own soft vinyl molding factory here in Tokyo - up until now we worked with vendors but now we have to learn how to do the molding ourselves but am excited…
  • AFA 2014 Merchandise

    danny
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Its that time of year again! Anime Festival Asia 14 takes place next weekend and I've been practicing my Singlish for the past year ready for the event - the whole post below is written in Singlish with my Singaporean sensei Linus and Zhao here at Culture Japan HQ in Tokyo. Anyway here goes... <Singlish Start> This year AFA is on December 5-7 (wah! next weekend!), at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre again. They say its the biggest anime event in Singapore, JB, and some say the whole Asia. And got a lot of seiyuu, anime producer, and many exhibitor. Also got us. Summore, you can buy…
  • Hakone Tour

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

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

  • Tanaka and Fukushi Entered for National Corporate Women's Ekiden

    Brett Larner
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20141126-1401292.html translated by Brett Larner Rosters for the 26 teams entered in the Dec. 14 National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships were announced Nov. 26.  Both 2014 Yokohama International Women's Marathon winner Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) and 2013 Moscow World Championships women's marathon bronze medalist Kayoko
  • Both London Olympics Gold Medalists to Run 2015 Tokyo Marathon

    Brett Larner
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    http://response.jp/article/2014/11/26/238309.html translated and edited by Brett Larner The organizers of the 2015 Tokyo Marathon have announced that both London Olympics gold medalists will run next year's race, men's marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) and women's marathon gold medalist Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) each signing on to run as invited athletes.  Kiprotich ran the Tokyo
  • Kyudenko Rounds Out New Year Ekiden Qualifiers With Kyushu Corporate Ekiden Win

    Brett Larner
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    by Brett Larner photo by akm.y Corporate men’s qualification for the Jan. 1 New Year Ekiden national championships wrapped up Sunday with the westernmost region Kyushu Corporate Men’s Ekiden. Despite missing its top Japanese man, 2:08:00 marathoner Kazuhiro Maeda, defending champion and course record holder Kyudenko made it two in a row, taking the top spot over the seven-stage, 78.8 km
  • Japan Scores First International Chiba Ekiden Win in Five Years In Anchor Stage Battle Against Kenya

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    by Brett Larner Up against a relatively anonymous team fielded by course record holder and three-time defending champion Kenya, the Japan team fought hard over the final two of the day's six stages to come up with its first International Chiba Ekiden win since 2009, covering the 42.195 km course in 2:05:53 for the win with an all-star team of three men and three women.  But it was anything but a
  • Inoue Leads Kanto 10000 m Time Trials in 28:19.28 PB

    Brett Larner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    by Brett Larner video by naoki620 With universities in the Kanto Region gearing up for the season-ending Hakone Ekiden on Jan. 2-3 the KGRR held its annual 10000 m time trial meet Sunday, moved this year from Tokyo's soon-to-be-demolished National Stadium to one of the most beautiful tracks in Japan, Keio University's Hiyoshi Field in Kanagawa.  Sixteen men's 10000 m heats and one women's
 
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  • ルーブルが下落、OPEC減産見送り発言を嫌気

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    [モスクワ 27日 ロイター] - 27日の外国為替取引で、ロシアルーブルが下落した。サウジアラビアとクウェートの石油相が石油輸出国機構(OPEC)総会後に、減産しないことを決定したと明らかにしたことが重しとなっている。
  • OPEC減産見送り、原油先物大幅下落

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    [ウィーン/ロンドン 27日 ロイター] - 石油輸出国機構(OPEC)は27日の総会で、減産を見送る決定を下した。これを受け、原油先物が急落した。
  • ベネズエラ、OPEC総会で減産提案へ=外相

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    [ウィーン 27日 ロイター] - ベネズエラのラミレス外相は27日、この日の石油輸出国機構(OPEC)総会で減産を提案することを明らかにした。
  • タイ、民政復帰の総選挙は2016年に後ずれ=副首相

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    [バンコク 27日 ロイター] - タイ軍政のプラウィット副首相兼国防相は27日、民政復帰に向けた総選挙について、当初約束していた2015年から16年に延期される見通しを示した。軍政に反対する勢力の存在が理由の1つとしている。
  • インドネシア、中国主導のアジアインフラ投資銀参加で覚書に署名

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    [ジャカルタ 27日 ロイター] - インドネシアのバンバン・ブロジョネゴロ財務相は25日、中国が主導するアジアインフラ投資銀行(AIIB)への参加について覚書に署名した。中国大使館のウェブサイト上の声明で明らかになった。
 
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    SourceForge.JP Magazine news

  • 「DragonFly BSD 4.0」リリース、32ビット対応を廃止しx86_64のみをサポート

    末岡洋子
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
     BSD系OS「DragonFly BSD」開発チームは11月25日、最新版「DragonFly BSD 4.0.1」をリリースした。グラフィックサポートなどを強化したほか、i386アーキテクチャ(32ビット版x86)のサポートが廃止されている。 ニュース オープンソース デベロッパー BSD 末岡洋子 関連記事パッケージ管理でDportsを採用、「DragonFlyBSD 3.6」がリリース DragonFly BSD 2.2における日本語環境の構築 「DragonFly BSD 3.0」が登場、マルチコアサポートを強化
  • 「OpenStack Days Tokyo 2015」、2015年2月3日・4日に開催

    SourceForge.JP Magazine編集部
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
     日本OpenStackユーザ会は11月25日、OpenStack関連カンファレンス「OpenStack Days Tokyo 2015」を2015年2月3日および4日に開催することを発表した。基調講演にはOpenStack FoundationのCOO、Mark Collier氏と、GMOインターネットの三木泉氏が登壇する予定。 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 関連記事英Canonical、OpenStackディストリビューションのベータ版を発表 「OpenStack 2014.2 Juno」公開、データ処理サービス「Sahara」が正式版に…
  • NSAがデータフロー技術「Nifi」をオープンソースに、ASFに寄贈

    末岡洋子
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
     米国家安全保障局(NSA)は11月25日、データフロー技術「Niagarafiles(Nifi)」をオープンソースで公開することを発表した。NSAはApache Software Foundation(ASF)にNifiのコードを寄贈する計画で、受け入れが決まればASFの下でインキュベータープロジェクトとしてスタートする。 ニュース オープンソース 末岡洋子 関連記事NSA、EAL5レベルのセキュリティソフトウェア「Tokeneer」をオープンソースに…
  • オープンソースのヘルプデスクソフトウェア「Open Ticket Request System 4」リリース

    末岡洋子
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
     ドイツOpen technology Real Services(OTRS)は11月25日、オープンソースのチケットシステム「OTRS 4」をリリースした。4年ぶりのメジャーリリースとなり、インターフェイスの一新や性能強化などさまざまな改良点を持つ。 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Ajaxを利用したオープンソースチケットシステム「OTRS 3.0.1」リリース ヘルプデスクや顧客サポート向けのオープンなAPIを策定するNetworkedHelpDesk.org…
  • 動画エンコーダ「HandBrake 0.10.0」リリース、H.265やQSV、VP8などを新たにをサポート

    末岡洋子
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
     動画フォーマットの変換ツール「HandBrake」を開発するHandBrakeプロジェクトは11月22日、最新版となる「HandBrake 0.10.0」をリリースした。新たにIntel QSVやH.265、VP8といったエンコーダが利用できるようになったほか、フィルタ機能やGUIも強化されている。 ニュース オープンソース マルチメディア 末岡洋子 関連記事HandBrake日本語版の使い方:DVD/動画ファイルを変換する HandBrake 0.9.5リリース オープンソースの動画変換ツール「HandBrake…
 
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  • 【買ってよかった】 一万円ぐらいで買えるドローン『ローリングスパイダー』が楽しい

    taguchi
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    ホバリングが簡単なので飛ばすのが楽しいですよ・・・。あまりに楽しいので弊社CTOにプレゼントしたぐらいw。 ↑ 入っているもの。バッテリー外付けなのがいいですね。5分ぐらいしか飛ばせないですが、もっと楽しみたい人は予備を買うといいですよ。 公式サイトの「Software Update」から最新版パッチをダウンロード。 USBにドローンを接続。外部ドライブとして認識されるのでルートにさきほどのパッチをコピー。 専用アプリ「FreeFlight…
  • 【買ってよかった】 5千円以内で買えるAmazonのポータブルBluetoothスピーカー

    taguchi
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:39 pm
    最近、キッチンに長時間立っていることが多いので笑、気になっていたBluetoothスピーカーを買いました。いい感じのレビューがついていたのであまり迷わずにAmazonベーシックブランドのものをチョイス。 使い方は簡単でBluetoothで接続して、スマホ側で再生するだけ。家庭内WiFi+SoundCloudがいい感じです。Podcastもよく聞きますね。 Amazonベーシック ポータブルBluetoothスピーカー ブラック iPhone、iPod、iPad、Android搭載スマートフォン対応 AmazonBasics…
  • MacOS XにWindowsのタスクバーを追加する『uBar』

    taguchi
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    $20のアプリですが便利かも?!MacOS Xにタスクバーを追加してくれます。 ↑ 画面下にこのようにタスクが並びます。Expose的なものでもいいけど、一覧になるのはちょっとうれしい。 詳細は以下からどうぞ。4週間トライアルで無料ダウンロードもできますよ。 » Brawer Software – Products – uBar
  • 航空券の価格をウォッチしてYo!してくれる『FlightYogurt』

    taguchi
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Yo!系はスルーしていたのですが、妙に使いやすかったのでご紹介。 ↑ 行き先などを指定。行き先が「Wonderland」になっているのもしゃれてる。 あとはYo! IDを入れれば良いだけですね。機能的にはよくあるツールかと思いますが、シンプルだし、何をどう入力すればいいのか迷わないのが素晴らしいですな。 » FlightYogurt
  • 『Androidでクイズアプリを作ろう (全17回) 』の#14以降を再収録しました #dotinstall

    taguchi
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    先日公開した「Androidでクイズアプリを作ろう (全17回) 」ですが、LaunchModeの指定が一般的でなかったので再収録しました(めったに使われないsingleTaskを指定していました・・・申し訳ありません)。 ↑ Activityを呼び出すときのLaunchModeでSingleTaskを使っていましたが一般的でなかったのでFlagで処理しました。 なおLaunchMode、Intentのフラグについてはこのあたりで。まずはTaskとActivityの関係を理解しなくてはいけませんね。 Tasks and Back Stack | Android…
 
 
 
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Who In Their Right Mind Moves to Pahoa?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Approaches Featuring Smart Agriculture Using Solar Power, Small Hydroelectric Plants Using Dam Wall to Vitalize Japanese Farm Villages

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Image by *sii Some Rights Reserved. In Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, renewable energy businesses have started to spread, particularly in agricultural villages and mountainous areas. Below we share a report about the efforts in the prefecture to introduce renewable energy businesses.
  • Ajinomoto Partners with Saga City on Joint Biomass Research

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Ajinomoto Co. All Rights Reserved. Ajinomoto Co., one of Japan's leading food and amino acid manufacturers, announced on June 3, 2014, that it will start a joint research project with Saga City on the application of byproduct biomass generated during the amino-acid fermentation process of its manufacturing operations in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.
  • Perception, Awareness, Efforts over Biodiversity Shrinking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

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

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

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

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

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

  • Astro Boy gets green light in robot-branded Sagami

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tora Kigurumi

    danny
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Looks like our Kizuna-chan is about to clap her grubby mitts on the snacks again ^^Update: ACK! Looks like all pre-order slots are taken >< Never fear cos email is here so send Murasaki.me mail to [murasakime.me at gmail.com] and let her know you want one and she will stick you in the queue. The Mirai Tora Kigurumi for Smart Doll is ready! But in limited made-to-order quantities by Smart Doll tailor Murasaki.me. I kinda like it with the zip done halfway up......but if you prefer your girls fully protected from evil then you can zip em up too.Murasaki.me will be taking a limited amount…
  • Desk Diary 2014/11/27

    danny
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:34 am
    Going to try something crazy - update the website with a post everyday ^^; For the past year its been challenging posting updates while building an entirely new business of fashion dolls - its either that I spend time on stabilizing and growing the production line or do updates to the site and unfortunately I've always put the business first. It will take another half year before the production line stabilizes as I've decided to build our own soft vinyl molding factory here in Tokyo - up until now we worked with vendors but now we have to learn how to do the molding ourselves but am excited…
  • AFA 2014 Merchandise

    danny
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Its that time of year again! Anime Festival Asia 14 takes place next weekend and I've been practicing my Singlish for the past year ready for the event - the whole post below is written in Singlish with my Singaporean sensei Linus and Zhao here at Culture Japan HQ in Tokyo. Anyway here goes... <Singlish Start> This year AFA is on December 5-7 (wah! next weekend!), at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre again. They say its the biggest anime event in Singapore, JB, and some say the whole Asia. And got a lot of seiyuu, anime producer, and many exhibitor. Also got us. Summore, you can buy…
  • Hakone Tour

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

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

  • A little bar and the world’s grubbiest lamp?

    Lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    For a country obsessed with rules and regulations, Japan is oddly relaxed when it comes to hygiene standards — or at least it is in regards the capital’s countless, and wonderfully comfortable, little bars and eateries. Places where cooking areas often seem as old as the septuagenarians using them, and buckets even make do as a bathrooms. And yet even those elements could arguably be deemed as minor concerns when compared to this lamp. A device that is now almost more artefact than implement.
  • Japanese girl with a gun

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

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

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

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

  • Cool-sounding historical events and people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 50 Japanese Buzzwords of 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kitano Tenmangu

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

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 65

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

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

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

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

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

  • How One Tea Ceremony Taught Me So Much About Appreciation

    Jenny Nakao Hones
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Seattle’s Sister City in Japan is Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture.  To deepen the relationship between the two cities, they often have cultural exchanges.  This fall, the Hyogo Japanese Tea Ceremony group visited Seattle to increase cultural awareness.  It consisted of a group of young women who are learning tea ceremony accompanied by their adult mentors.  These events are also a wonderful chance for those of us living in the U.S. to learn many things about Japanese culture and how it’s changing. As a student, when I attend chado, tea ceremony, lessons they are often…
  • Ikebana is Not a Zen Flower Arrangement

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Things to Know About Japan’s Handmade ‘Washi’ Paper

    Jun Hongo
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    The UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on Wednesday added Japanese paper known as "washi" to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Here are 5 things to know about its craftsmanship.
  • Chess Legend Kasparov to Face Japanese Shogi Master Habu

    Jun Hongo
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Video portal provider Dwango Co. said it will host a chess game between former world champion Garry Kasparov and shogi (Japanese chess) master Yoshiharu Habu.
  • New Flier Warns of Risks of Underage Campaigning

    John D'Amico
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Underage drinking is one thing, but underage campaigning? That’s exactly what Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is trying to stop with its latest flier.
  • Star Wars-Inspired Dictionary Published in Japan

    Jun Hongo
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    TM & (c) 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. A great way to learn English, this is. Gakken Education Publishing Co. on Tuesday released an English-to-Japanese dictionary which uses phrases from the Star Wars movie series to help learn junior high school-level vocabularies. The 256-page publication, which sells for ¥1,900 ($16), shot straight to the top spot on Amazon Japan’s best-selling English dictionary rankings. It is the first such publication to use lines from Star Wars for English education, according to the publishers.
  • BOJ Beat: Setting an Example for Japan Inc. on Wages

    Takashi Nakamichi
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    The Bank of Japan did its stated duty by raising the salaries of Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and other executives, just a day after Mr. Kuroda pressured business leaders to do the same for their workers.
 
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    GaijinPot

  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 48 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. IELTSインストラクター ¥3,500 / Hour Chiyoda, Tokyo Japanese: Native level English: Business level バークレーハウスは1973年以来、大手企業、官公庁、大学等にて語学研修を実施しております。…
  • Pregnant in Japan: Deciding to Stay or Leave

    Lisa Hong
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Let your joy, excitement, and bliss override any fears of being pregnant in a foreign country. I will be writing a 3 part series on being pregnant in Japan so you can take control of your situation and make the best decisions possible for you and your family. In this article, I will focus on how to decide if you will stay in Japan or move back to your home country. Below are some important questions to consider… 1. Is being able to read food and product labels important to you? You will probably become more concerned with what you are putting into you…
  • Three Terrific Tokyo Terraces

    Lynn Allmon
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    With Tokyo firmly in autumn jacket territory, it’s only a matter of weeks until the winter coats come out of storage. The approaching cold means that shortly the weather will be unsuitable for lounging outside for any length of time. The change in seasons, though, heralds an end to hazy air and late summer storms. As a consequence, right now is the perfect time to visit some of the free, open-air terraces around Tokyo. Photographers will find the spots excellent for the outlook onto iconic Tokyo buildings and areas. Travelers looking for a warm cup of tea with a view will also want to…
  • Yunessun Hot Springs Resort and Spa

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Fall and winter in Japan are notorious for having the best weather for enjoying the natural hot springs, or “温泉“ (onsen). People from across Japan travel to their nearest hot springs and take part in this timeless custom of relaxing in nature’s baths. Traditionally, the Japanese style of enjoying these onsen are through “裸の付き合い“ (hadaka no tsukiai) or loosely translated, “naked socializing.” This process is very strange to some foreigners who have never bathed naked publicly before; but to the Japanese, it’s not even questioned as out of the ordinary. Most…
  • Can Japanese Judo Recover Gold?

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

  • LDP looking strong ahead of December Lower House election

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

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

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

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

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