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· October, 2007

Stories about Japan from October, 2007

Japan: Kameda hits below the belt

(In)famous for their big mouths and bad behaviour, coupled with showy performances such as singing karaoke after their victories in the ring, the Kamedas have become the media's favourite boxing...

Japan: Life of a Homosexual Foreign Male

David Markle from Japan Probe interviewed Scott, a homosexual foreign male, about his life in Japan.

Japan: Chinese spectators boo Japanese team, arouse national debate

Ampontan discusses the booing of the Japanese national team by a crowd of Chinese spectators at the Women's World Cup. After losing the game, the Japanese team displayed a banner...

Japan: Fingerprinting to Prevent al-Qaida's Friend of Friend

Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama explained the need of getting foreigners’ fingerprint was to prevent al-Qaida's “friend of friend” from sneaking into the country with false passports and disguises. However, from...

Japan: Design Week 2007

Pingmag shows how the design week exhibition (Oct 31 to Nov 4) would look like.

Japan: Halloween Train vs. Netizen Rage

James from Japan Probe reports on a clash between foreigners and Japanese netizens over a Halloween Train party .

China and Japan: Clash over Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands

James from Japan Probe posts a video on a Chinese vessel attempted to reach Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands.

China and Japan: Japanese AV in Rural China

Japan AV girl, Nonami Takizawa, came to rural China for shooting adult video. The promotion clip is up at Todu, and netizens from China reacted strongly to the “pollution” bought...

Japan: Racial profiling in the U.S. and Japan

Hasan at hasanhujairi[dot]com writes about his experience being a Middle Eastern foreign student in a post 9/11 world, subject to racial profiling first during his time in the U.S., and...

Japan: Family Crests

There are around 20,000 Kamon, family symbol, in Japan. Ryoko from Pingmag introduces some of the kamon design with animal motif.

Japan: Taiwanese chorus music to the ears

A video of an auditorium in Taiwan featuring 258 Taiwanese people watching and singing along to the lyrics of Japanese anime songs became a hit in Japan earlier this week...

Japan: Rape at Iwakuni

Turner at Keeping Pace in Japan comments on the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Japanese girl by four US Marines on the first night of the Sake Matsuri [Festival] in...

Japan: Peace as a Global Language Conference

Debito forecasts a conference on Peace as global language in Kyoto University of foreign studies from Oct 27-28.

Japan: Veggie Characters

You can take a look at the Japanese vegetable packaging culture from Pingmag.

China and Japan: Dali Lama

Angry Chinese Blogger wonders how China would respond to Dali Lama's visit to Japan: China's two big hates set to come together.

Japan: Investigation commission to discuss welfare cutbacks

Starting in 2008, according to blogger tokyodo-2005, an investigation commission will begin discussing plans to cutback the welfare system in Japan. tokyodo-2005 writes that the existence of the commission has...

Japan: NOVA on the brink of collapse

Despite numerous statements to the contrary from an increasingly evasive management, the collapse of Japan's largest English language school operator NOVA appears imminent as bloggers have been reporting lesson cancellations,...

Japan: Starving in the Land of Plenty

The recent story of a man starving to death as a result of not being able to receive welfare assistance, made famous thanks to his having documented his last days...

Japan: Employers to start reporting non-Japanese employees

Debito reports that Japanese employers have been forced to start reporting all their non-Japanese workers to the government, in an attempt by the government to crack down on illegals.

Japan: Language and Culture

Is it possible to learn a language while remain clueless in its culture? Ampontan has some interesting discussion.

About our Japan coverage

Nevin Thompson is our Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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