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· January, 2010

Stories about East Asia from January, 2010

Japan: Sit-In Protest against US Helipads in Okinawa

TenThousandThings from Kurashi blogs about a sit-in protest against the construction of US Helipads in Yanbaru Forest, a mountainous region full of biodiversity in the northern part of Okinawa.

Japan: Micro-gardens

Palmsundae from Tokyo Green Space blogs about the micro-gardening practice in old Tokyo neighborhood.

South Korea: Why do Koreans like cute things?

Ask a Korean! tries to answer the question on why Koreans like cute things.

China: Threatened by American Internet censorship

Reactions from Chinese programmers to SourceForge.net's decision to follow American law and block users from several countries include suggestions for how to work around American censorship of the global Internet.

MENA: Breaking the veils

AltMuslimah reviews the exhibition Breaking the veils: Women artists from the Islamic World, which contains art and literature from women in over 20 countries, including Palestine, Yemen and Morocco. The...

Japan: In Choosing a Job (or Company)

With limited work experience, how does one make the decision on which company to work for, straight out of university? The question carries weight when you take in the fact...

Korea: Translating The Tweets Of Novelist Lee Oisoo

Lee Oisoo is a Korean novelist and artist who has been described as "an eccentric, a genius and a lunatic". When he set up a Twitter account last year he...

What the Tibetan Language Needs is Space

A young Tibetan blogger based in the US, who goes by the name of “Jhutok” (one of those untranslatable Tibetan words that describes someone who is nosy and likes to...

Japan: Itami Airport

In response to the news that the Osaka Governor is talking about closing down Itami Airport, Joe Jones at the Mutant Frog Travelogue contemplates obsolete airports and suggests alternate uses.

China: Animal cruelty law

Joel Martinsen translates the mainstream media's discussion on drafting of animal cruelty law. The new law may ban the selling and eating of dog and cat's meat.

Japan: Peace walkers

TenThousandThings from Kurashi reports on a 4-month peace walk from Okinawa to Tokyo calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Japan: The Japan-China-U.S. trade relation

MTC from Shisaku shows the changes among Japan, China and U.S relation with a statistical illustration on foreign trade.

Japan: Website Localization

Motoko discusses the need for foreign websites to be localized into Japanese: If your website is not in Japanese, it would have little to no chances of being found in...

South Korea: Mediact to be dismantled

Mediact, South Korea's first public media center, will be dismantled in 1st of February under the Lee Myung Bak's government (more from interlocals). A petition has been launched to save...

Japan: Pokemon in Japanese Style Paintings

Mari from Watashi to Tokyo links to a pageful of illustrations of Pokemon done in ancient Japanese style.

College Students Protest on Japanese Employment @ TOKYO

Spurred by a protest late last year by a small number of college students in Hokkaido Prefecture, a number of students in Tokyo organized for a demonstration protesting against Japan's...

Philippines: “Renewable Marriage Bill”

A partylist group in the Philippines wants to introduce a law that would put a ten-year expiration date on marriage contracts. As expected this unique proposal generated an intense reaction...

China: Sexism in Han Han’s Film Review?

C. Custer posts the question on whether Han Han, a famous Chinese writer, is using sexist language in his comment on the woman director of the recent movie Confucius.

China: Wedding banquet

Maryannodonnell blogs about Chinese wedding style – banquet and happy wine.

Philippines: Mindanao review in 2009

The Mindanao Examiner reviews the significant events in Mindanao Island in the past year. Mindanao is the second biggest island in the Philippines

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