Stories about Japan from February, 2006
Computer Crash: Food Overload
Was your umbilical cord attached to a computer when you were born? It may sound like a strange statement, but the truth is that some of us think that. Especially if you happen to be in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes and there is no telephone or Internet for...
Mongolia: Japan's Chingis Khan Craze
Mongolia Matters has the latest evidence of Japan's Chingis Khan craze.
Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand: Globalization Mini-Stories
Cafe Salemba has two mini-stories of globalization, both in-flight: one involving an encounter on an American on a plane who works for a Japanese company and another about Japan Airlines practice of hiring Thai stewardesses.
Which Is Better – A Boy or A Girl?
The news of Japan's Princess Kiko being pregnant makes the writer of The Asia Pages a little nervous. If she will have a son, “what will happen to all the progress Japan has made in regards to warming up to the idea of having a female empress“?
Beyond One's League in Gay Japan
On Chinese Chic, hcpen cites a comprehensive review article of gay life in Japan from the Japan Times, and contemplates on why a Westerner “could get guys ‘way beyond his league’ in terms of looks and age” in Japan.
The Illusion of “Pan-Asian Identity”
Konrad Lawson tells a few anecdotes on a recent trip to Japan and discusses the illusion of the new pan-Asian identity movement – “a regional based ‘Asian identity’ which is constructed at the hands of intellectuals or political policy based on what will inevitably be a contradictory set of perceived...
To Show Or Not To Show In China
Various blogs discuss the banning of Memoir of A Geisha and Brokeback Mountain in China.
China, South Korea, Japan, Iran: Nuclear Concerns
Mingi Hyun explains why China's concerns over nuclear proliferation are different from the Western powers. The reason why it doesn't want Iran to have nukes is because it worries South Korea and Japan may one day want them too.