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· December, 2006

Stories about Japan from December, 2006

China: Nary Xmas?

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...

Japan: how to survive the year end party

Alexpappas from Japundit gives the readers some tips on how to survive a Japanese style year end party – Bonenkai.

Japan and South Korea: citizen reporters meeting

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...

East Asia: the East Asian Libraries and Archives wiki

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,...

Japan: wealth

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...

Japan: organic architecture

Verena in pinkmag writes a feature story on organic architecture by Patrick Blanc, where plants can grow vertically into a garden building.

China and Japan: translating USA

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 Zhaihua looks into historical documents and tries to explain why there is such a difference....

Croatia: Japan's First Embassy in Zagreb

Neretva River offers a glimpse into the history of Croatian-Japanese relationship.

Japan: difference between minister and commissioner

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.

Japan: metabolic ministers

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.

Japan: foreign workers

Debito translates an article about the treatment of foreign workers in Japan and NGO's effort in advocating “free choice of work sector”.

Africa: Japan and Africa

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...

Japan: old photos

Morgan Pitelka in Frog in a Well blogs some invaluable old photos from 1951.

Indonesia: Japanese Nationalism and NEETs

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.

Japan: edible postcards

JP from Japundit reports that a town in Japan is selling edible postcards made of cuttlefish.

Japan: mobile flash art

An article in Pingmag by Verena showing how mobile screen can be a site for creative artworks.

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