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· January, 2008

Stories about Japan from January, 2008

Japan: Whale as Food Culture

Lee from Toyko Times blogs about Japan Prime Minister Fukuda's defence for whale research while public discourse is about food culture.

Japan: Letters from the Prison

Debito posted letters from Osayuwamen Idubor, written in jail. The Nigerian was sentenced last December to three years for rape despite no physical evidence and flawed accuser testimony. Part I...

Japan: Videotape from 1995 Monju reactor leak

The infamous Monju fast-breeder reactor leak of 1995, an accident that long ago earned itself a place in the history of nuclear power in Japan, has returned one more time...

Japan: Hacking for Virtual Dress

Edo from Pink tentacle blogs about a student hacking into a game company for stealing 36 million yen worth of virtual currency for buying virtual dress.

Japan: Matchbox Art

Ryoko from Ping mag has written a feature on Matchbox Art.

Japan: False arrest, new strategy

Shisaku despairs at the arrest of Nakatsuji Masato, allegedly for programming a virus when in fact there are no laws against virus creation in Japan. The arrest is connected to...

Japan: Insider trading at public broadcaster NHK (Part 1)

Japan's public broadcaster NHK faces yet another controversy, with revelations of insider trading by three NHK employees on shares of Kappa Create Company. This first part of a two-part series...

Japan: Illegal or Harmful?

Blogger Sakiyama Nobuo, a social activist who has covered the area of web censorship in Japan for many years, early last week responded to a conversation initiated by fellow blogger...

Japan: The Whistle of the Middle East

The sport of handball is receiving the kind of attention from the media and general public it never has before in Japan, as well as in Korea. The dispute came...

Japan: Best Selling Mail Order

Mari blogs a magazine survey on best selling mail order in 2007. The top product is a medical pillow from Italy.

Japan: voting rights to foreigners?

James from Japan Probe summarizes the debate on granting voting rights to foreigners in Japan.

Japan: Japanscapes

Edo collects a few high dynamic range (HDR) photography on Japan Landscapes.

Japan: Language as Long-term Visa Requirement

Debito has an elaborated comment on the Japan government's proposal on making Japanese language a requirement for long-term visa. Ampotant criticizes BBC's report for creating an impression that Japanese don't...

Japan: Japanese a Requirement for Residence?

James from Japan Probe asks whether Japanese language be one of the qualifications for obtaining long-term residence visas in Japan? The Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura thinks so.

Japan: Brides of The World

Edo from Pink Tentacle blogs photographer Kimiko Yoshida's photo interpretation of brides of the world.

World's Eyes on Obama

As his ratings continue to slip in the primaries, US presidential hopeful Barack Obama's popularity is on the rise among bloggers around the world. Global Voices Online editors and contributors...

Japan: Turn off the lights

Since their introduction in the 1970s, convenience stores, popularly called konbini, have developed into a prominent feature of the Japanese landscape. Now the number has grown to about 45,000 stores,...

Japan: A new car? No thanks.

Word on the street is that the Japanese economy isn't doing too well, with sluggish car sales apparently a major culprit. Who is to blame? Some say the kids, who...

Japan: Guerrilla Flowerpots

Pingmag has a report on citizens’ attempt to change the urban landscape by guerrilla flowerpots.

Japan: Naked Festival Posters = Sexual Harassment?

The festival is a thousand-years-old. But the Japan Railway refused to put up the poster under the excuse of sexual harassment. More details from James, Japan Probe.

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