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· November, 2006

Stories about Japan from November, 2006

Japan: fake consultation meetings

Adamu from Mutantfrog reports on an investigation of recent scandal about the government's fake public consultation meetings on issue such as postal privatization and education reform.

Japan: typical foreigner?

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

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...

Japan: fingerprinting foreigners

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

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: school bullying

Kaishin blogs about the school bullying issue in Japundit.

China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan: acquittal rate

Chinese law prof blog compares acquittal rate among China, U.S, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Japan: miserable youth

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

Japan: historical preservation activist

Adamu reports on a speech given by author/businessman/historical preservation activist Alex Kerr.

Japan: internet homeless

Adamu at Mutantfrog Travelogue comments on the growing phenomenon of people living in Internet cafes.

Japan: cultural day

David Weber in Japundit has a nice photo essay on the Japan cultural day.

China: Put the E back in APEC

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...

Japan: paper plane

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

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

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...

South Korea: university pressure on Dokdo

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.

South Korea: war criminals cleared

Robert Koehler in Marmot's hole comments on the clearing of 83 Koreans (out of 148) conscripted by the Japanese military during the World War II of war crimes.

Japan: lining up

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...

Croatia: Japan in Zagreb

Neretva River writes about Japan's growing popularity in Croatia's capital.

Japan: police can't marry non-Japanese?

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....

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