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· February, 2008

Stories about Japan from February, 2008

Japan: Tokyo’s Mobile Food Bars

Ryoko from pingmag has a feature story on Tokyo's mobile food bars.

Japan: Poisoned Dumpling Blame Game

James from Japan Probe has a poll about the poisoned dumpling scandal between Japan and China. Most believe that they were contaminated in China.

East Asia: Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ampontan has a very elaborated post on debate and discussion about the registration of intangible cultural heritage at UNESCO among China, Japan and South Korea.

Japan: the First English Teacher

Peter Payne from Japundit traces the history of the first English Teacher in Japan.

Japan: Evil Mickey Mouse Invasion

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces an old propaganda animation (1934) about the future (1936) invasion of evil mickey mouse. The film is available in youtube.

Japan: Charisma Man

James from Japan Probe traces the origin of the term “Charisma Man” which is used for describing foreign man with many girlfriends.

Japan: Cat Day Round-up

Feb 22 is Japanese Cat Day and Mari has a round-up with links to cat photos and paintings.

Japan: Laughometer

Pink Tentacle introduces a new tool to measure laughter with “aH”.

Japan: More views on alleged rape in Okinawa

Blogger Niphonese translates views in Japanese newspapers and blogs on the recent alleged rape of a schoolgirl by a U.S. marine in Okinawa.

Japan: Gov't to admit Burmese refugees

At the Glocom blog, there is news that the Japanese government is planning to admit refugees from Burma now staying in Thailand.

Japan: Advertisers abandon print, move online

Japanese blogger and journalist Fujishiro Hiroyuki at Gatonews summarizes results [ja] from a report [ja] issued by Japan's largest on ad agency Dentsu on advertising sales in Japan over the...

Japan: Edo-period Monster Paintings

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces Edo-period monster paintings by Sawaki Suushi.

Japan: Indoor Cultivation

Japundit has a short photo essay discussing the potentials of indoor cultivation.

Japan: Reactions to alleged Okinawa rape

The news last week that a U.S. Marine had allegedly raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Okinawa sparked various degrees of condemnation from local citizens, politicians, the government and bloggers, reigniting...

Japan: Sex and Marriage

Ping mag has an interview with Sumie Kawakami, who has spent two years interviewing Japanese women on issues related with sex and marriage.

Japan: Hand Towel Dolls

Lee from Tokyo Times posts a new manga figure called hand towel hero. Apart from this hero, there are some other cute hand towel doll pictures in his post.

Japan: Filtering going global

Blogger and social activist Sakiyama Nobuo [ja] (see earlier coverage) picks up a number of recent news stories and predicts that it may not be long before Chinese filtering policy...

Japan: Bloggers study group

Blogger shinyai [ja] (Keiwa College Associate Professor Ichinohe Shinya) writes about an upcoming bloggers study group [ja] organized by the Agile Media Network (AMN), which will take place on February...

Japan and U.S: U.S. Military Crime Record

Edward Chmura from Japundit reposts a list of U.S Military sex crime record in Okinawa since 1955.

Japan: Okinawa Outrage

Japan Observer follows up the incident of the raping of 14 years old girl by U.S marine and explains its political implications on U.S presence in Japan.

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