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· December, 2007

Stories about Japan from December, 2007

Japan: Web visionary Umeda Mochio

While famous in Japan as a web visionary, Silicon Valley resident Umeda Mochio, president of Muse Associates, co-founder of Pacifica Fund and board member of the Japanese bookmarking and diary...

Japan: Three easy steps to a regulated Internet

Government moves in Japan to regulate web content, filter mobile phone access for users under the age of 18, and revise file transfer-related copyright legislation are outlined in a report...

Japan: Learning from the failure of Second Life

Second Life in Japan is virtually dead. While three-dimensional environments such as "meet me" and Hatena World have seen their popularity rise, the most famous virtual environment in the world...

Japan: 2007 Politics

Japan Observer has a roundup on Japan's politics in 2007.

Japan: Christmas Cards

James blogs his collection of Christmas Cards in Japan Probe.

Japan: Top Ten News

Morgan Pitelka picks his top ten Japan News in the Japan History Group Blog.

Japan: How the Japanese spend Christmas

Ampontan blogs a survey on how Japanese spend their Christmas.

Japan: Foreign Snails Invasion

James from Japan Probe blogs a video about giant snails from South America's invasion.

Japan: Witnessing Gang Fight

Adamu witnessed a gang fight near his home.

Japan: Economics of the “Illegal” Download

Following on recent moves by the government to regulate the Internet, plans for regulation in other areas of online communication have been moving ahead apace in Japan. Among these is...

Japan: The Mixi Social Network

At Asiajin, shunichi arai writes about Mixi, Japan's largest and most popular social networking service.

Japan: UFOs Do Exist

James from Japan Probe picks up an interesting local news: a top government official believes that the existence of UFO is definitely real.

Japan: The battle of HCV victims

Stories about tainted blood products are nothing new in Japan. In the 1980s, patients with hemophilia contracted HIV from tainted blood products, the result negligence on the part of the...

Japan: Depopulating Second Life

Adamu translates a local news report on the depopulation of the Japanese version of Second Life.

Japan: Drop in Average Height

James from Japan Probe analyzes how the news about the decrease in average height of Japanese male was reported in Japan by comparing the situation with U.S.

Myanmar: Getting Harder for Japanese to Visit

A Japanese passport usually enjoys hassle free entry to most countries in the world but now it has become more difficult for a Japanese citizen to visit Myanmar.

Japan: Final Report on Internet Regulation

The idea that a country boasting one of the world's most active net cultures would attempt to regulate online content within its borders may appear to some as infeasible. But...

Bahrain: A tenfold increase in population?!

This time the roundup from Bahrain covers three weeks. We have frustration on every front, unfortunately: frustration with being surrounded by apathy and ignorance, with being a teenager, and with...

Japan: 2007 Kanji of the Year

James from Japan probe blogs about the Kanji (Chinese origin character) of the year, and the winner is the word “fake”.

China: Forgetting Nanjing Massacre

Yesterday (December 13) was the 70 year memorial of Nanjing Massacre. The Chinese government is trying to downplay the historical issue by stressing that they don't want to stir up...

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