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· November, 2007

Stories about Japan from November, 2007

Japan: Environmentally-friendly coffin

Blogger Kaz introduces and talks about environmentally-friendly paper coffins, which he found in an advertisement put by an ISO14001 certified funeral company. The paper coffins reduce the amount of fuel...

Japan: Robot Award

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces the list of nominees for the 2007 robot award in Japan.

Japan: Blog Queen takes a break

Gravure idol, talento and blog queen Wakatsuki Chinatsu announced today that she would be taking time off from blogging. The final entry posted today at her official blog attracted thousands...

Japan: Fingerprinting Illegal Immigrants

Apart from the official explanation on fingerprinting terrorists, the policy also targets at illegal immigrants — more from Jamie, Japan Probe.

Japan: Sumie Kawakami Interview

David Marx from Neojapanisme posts an interview with Sumie Kawakami, author of Goodbye Madame Butterfly: Sex, Marriage and the Modern Japanese Woman.

Japan: 5 Foreigners Kicked Out

James from Japan Probe has an update on the finger-printing immigration policy in Japan.

Japan: Kids these days

What do you do when you've had enough of young girls sitting on the floor of the train, talking on their phone and acting like it's their home, when meanwhile...

Japan: Joi Ito on the Tokyo Metro

Joi Ito ponders about “train accident” suicides in Japan in a post entitled Life and death on the Tokyo metro.

Japan: Introduction to the Social Web in Japanese

Blogger Akimoto recommends a new book about social networking [ja] by Japanese writer/translator Namerikawa Umihiko (who blogs at Social Web Rambling [ja]). The title of the book is Introduction to...

Japan: Panties Pulling Game

Lee from Tokyo Times blogs about the panties pulling game.

Japan: Buzzwords 2007

Edo from Pink Tentacle blogs 60 buzzwords which has been nominated as Japanese buzzword of the year (2007) by local publishers. Among the 60 nominees, a panel of judges will...

Japan: Japanese loanwords and their meanings

John at J-Life writes about Japanese loandwords, noting that many such words narrow their meaning when they are imported into Japanese.

Japan: The Bully and the Bullied

The phenomenon of bullying in schools is a recurring theme in Japan. A government survey released last week, which found that that the number of cases of bullying has increased...

Israel: Lost Tribes in Japan

One of the questions that comes up every now and then in the Israeli-Japanese discourse is whether the Japanese are descendants of the Israelite Lost Tribes, reflects Sharvul, from Israel.

Japan:Travelogue from Georgia

Japanese blogger and blog journalism analyst Fujishiro Hiroyuki of Gatonews has posted a three-part travelogue, recording his trip to Georgia last month[Ja]. (1, 2, and 3) The series describes his...

Japan: Has Beaujolais Nouveau gone sour?

As the date changes at midnight on the third Thursday of November, corks come out of bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau and the celebration begins — in Japan. This has been...

Japan: Fingerprinting divides family

Blogger Lionel Dersot wonders what parents of mixed children should do when the family is split at the airport, the foreign parent subjected to Japan's new fingerprinting regulations. Remarking that...

Japan: NEC Fingerprinting Technology

Edo from Pink tentacle gives some technology background of the fingerprinting foreigners policy in Japan: NEC helps Big Brother watch foreigners in Japan.

Japan: Yamanote Line Sprint

Earlier this week, roughly 20,000 Tokyo commuters were forced to wait when a 40-year-old woman jumped onto the tracks of the Yamanote Line, one of the city's busiest train lines,...

Japan: Housing Discrimination

James from Japan Probe blogs about the issue of housing discrimination against foreigners in Japan.

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