Stories about Japan from December, 2006
A group of PhD students at several of China's biggest and best universities came together last week to release a letter calling for Chinese to boycott Christmas—a holiday they see as representing waning interest in traditional Chinese culture—and all the rest of non-native cultural trends. Presumably not a very popular...
Alexpappas from Japundit gives the readers some tips on how to survive a Japanese style year end party – Bonenkai.
Oh Mun-su from Ohmynews reports on the recent meeting between Korean and Japanese Citizen Reporters. “It was held in the OhmyNews Japan office in Tokyo to reconcile differences in thinking between the two citizen groups and extend each other's understanding.”
Frog in a Well announces a project on the East Asian Libraries and Archives wiki. The project will will serve as a central collection site for information about archives, libraries, museums, etc. in East Asia that are of potential interest for anyone doing research on or in East Asia.
Alexpappas in Japundit puts forward a local report about the distribution of wealth: Japan is home to a fifth of the world’s richest 10% of adults in terms of global household wealth…
Verena in pinkmag writes a feature story on organic architecture by Patrick Blanc, where plants can grow vertically into a garden building.
The Japanese translation of USA is “rice country”, while the Chinese translation is “beauty country”. Zhaihua looks into historical documents and tries to explain why there is such a difference. One explanation provided by Chiang Kai-shek in 1934 was that “rice” is edible… (zh)
Neretva River offers a glimpse into the history of Croatian-Japanese relationship.
Japan government has turned Japan Defense Agency into the “Ministry of Defense”. Adamu in Mutant frog discusses about the difference between minister and commissioner in Japan's politics.
Lee in Tokyo times reports two Japanese health ministers have started a website (with photos of their bellies) to document their fight against getting fatter.
Debito translates an article about the treatment of foreign workers in Japan and NGO's effort in advocating “free choice of work sector”.
Africa Beat writing about Japan and Africa: “Did you know that Ethiopia once “looked East”…to Japan. Or that in Madagascar, an early attempt to gain independence was prompted not by Western liberalism, but by a desire to pursue Japanese-style economic development?”
Morgan Pitelka in Frog in a Well blogs some invaluable old photos from 1951.
Indonesian journalist Hara Diani on a visit to Tokyo looks at the rise of nationalism and the phenomenon of NEET (young people not studying or working) in Japan.
JP from Japundit reports that a town in Japan is selling edible postcards made of cuttlefish.
An article in Pingmag by Verena showing how mobile screen can be a site for creative artworks.