· November, 2006

Stories about Japan from November, 2006

Japan: typical foreigner?

  28 November 2006

Debito blogs about a school ad: “E R English School needs a native speaker. Blonde hair blue or green eyes and brightly character.”

Japan: cutting cedar trees

  28 November 2006

Multantfrog points to a news concerning Japan public policy makers recent action: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government started a project Monday to cut down 1.8 million cedar trees in the mountainous Tama region west of Tokyo to help people with cedar pollen allergies.

Japan: fingerprinting foreigners

  28 November 2006

Joe in Multantfrog blogs about the newly introduced foreigner registration system in Japan, which requires foreigners to give the immigration a copy of their criminal / fingerprinted record.

Japan: blogger survey

  27 November 2006

Kaishin in Japundit presents some data from a recent blogger survey: almost 70% of the people who took it responded that updating was too much of a trouble…

Japan: miserable youth

  23 November 2006

JP in Japundit quotes from a report which reveals Japanese youth are the most miserable in the world.

China: Put the E back in APEC

  19 November 2006

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum came to a harmonious enough end this Sunday with all twenty-one member nations agreeing to renew calls for North Korea to put an end to its nuclear plans and key player China putting its weight behind the pledge. Chinese bloggers, however, seem to have...

Japan: paper plane

  16 November 2006

JP on Japundit blogs a recent world record set up by elementary school students in Hiroshima: creating the world’s largest paper airplane and flying it.

Japan and China: oil dispute

  16 November 2006

Citizen reporter, Hisane Masaki, at Ohmynews has an article on the development of oil dispute between Japan and China in East China Sea.

Philippines: Toxic trade with Japan

  16 November 2006

Last September 9, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi signed the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA in Helsinki, Finland during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Europe meeting. According to Manila Standard Today: “The JPEPA provides that almost 95 percent of Philippine exports to Japan...

South Korea: university pressure on Dokdo

  15 November 2006

Robert Koehler at Marmot's Hole reports that a blogger has received pressure from university because of his blogging about Dokdo, an island with territorial controversy between Japan and South Korea.

Japan: lining up

  14 November 2006

Neomaxisme has an interesting post on Japan lines culture: ever since I first lived in Tokyo back in 1998, the concept of lines/queues has always been inextricably central to my understanding of Japanese consumer culture.

Japan: police can't marry non-Japanese?

  13 November 2006

Debito repasted another blog post from a German girl who has a Japanese policeman boyfriend: Policemen in Japan have to report their girlfriends when they become serious about their partnership. So my boyfreind reported me. After that we really had a lot of problems, because his organisation said that he...