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· March, 2007

Stories about Japan from March, 2007

Japan: Body Suits

You can choose between sexy body suit or powerful body suit in the beach this summer, Lee from Tokyo Times.

Japan: Money as origami

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces some fasinating origami made by paper money.

Japan: Abolition of Nationality Clause

Debito reports that Joetsu City will abolish Nationality Clause in limiting foreigner for holding administrative positions (kanrishoku) in the Japanese civil service.

Japan: Apology Problem

Did or didn't Abe apologize for Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves? Oftenover from Japundit comments on the news about Prime Minister Abe's recent apology on sex slaves issue.

Japan: Mask Idol

Lee from Tokyo Times blogs about Japan fashion and fetishism by refering to the recent “Mask Idol”.

Korea and Japan: Sex Trade

Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole reports that: There are currently an estimated 40,000-60,000 Koreans illegally residing in Japan. Of these, 30,000 are believed to be working in the sex trade....

East Asia: History Round up

Jonathan Dresner from Frog in a Well has written a history round up on issues such as comfort woman, Nanjing massarce, textbook, etc.

Korea and Japan: National Flowers

Ampotan has a nice post discussing differences in symbolism of Japan and Korea's national flowers: cherry blossom or sakura (Japan) and the Rose of Sharon or mugunghwa (Korea).

Japan: Tokyo election and nationalism

James from Japan Probe blogs about the Tokyo governor candidates’ stand and debate on nationalism, in particular to the policy of coercing teachers to stand and sing the national anthem...

The Balkans, Japan: War Re-Enactment Games

Photos of a group of Japanese men clad in Croatian and Serbian military uniforms has caused a scandal in the Serbian blogosphere, Neretva River reports: “…these men were participating in...

Japan: Nostril flush

The Nostril flush is for dealing with cedar pollen allergies, JP explains how to use it at Japundit.

Japan: Hello Kitty product

Hello Kitty product from air purifier to condom? Paul Nicholls from Japundit clarified that the Kitty condom is a fake news.

China and Japan: Sino-Japanese Studies Journal Online

K. M. Lawson from Japan History group blog announced the digitization of the Sino-Japanese Studies Journal. The full journal is available online at

Japan, Croatia: Restaurants

Neretva River writes about Japan's two Croatian restaurants.

Japan: Where are the Japanese comfort women?

Ampontan translates a post written by Kiyotani in response to the recent debate about Abe's claim that there was “no evidence” that the recruitment of “comfort women” had been “forcible...

Japan: police behind racist mag?

Debito explains why he believes that Japan police was involved in the racist publication: GAIJIN HANZAI.

Japan: self-injury

James blogs about a recent survey by Japan Health Ministry: 15% of Japanese women between the ages of 20 and 24 cut themselves.

Japan: salmon skin

Researchers from Hokkaido University have created artificial blood vessels using collagen derived from the skin of salmon – more from Pink Tentacle.

Japan: abortion law

Joe from Multantfrog discusses about the abortion law in Japan. Its origin is related to the Eugenic Protection Act, which is to prevent the birth of progeny which are undesirable...

China and Japan: comfort woman

Granite Studio comments on Japan Prime Mininister Abe's recent comments on “comfort woman”: Is history, and especially history education, nothing more than rhetoric and tales in the service of national...

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