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· March, 2008

Stories about Japan from March, 2008

Japan: Why does Mario move from left to right?

Blogger lastline has drawn over 400 bookmarks on the Japanese bookmarking service Hatena for a detailed investigation of the question: Why does the video game character Mario run across the...

Japan: Views on Yasukuni, the movie

A documentary film about the controversial Yasukuni shrine, shot by a Chinese filmmaker through funding by a Japanese government agency, has sparked debate and discussion after a group within the...

Japan: Richard Gear ditched by Nissan?

A news report [ja] (summary in English) that Nissan has decided to back out of a contract for a TV commercial with Richard Gear due to the actor's support of...

Japan: 40% Spam Blog

Asiajin pointed to Nifty Laboratory survey which found out 40% Japanese Blogs are spam.

Taiwan: Religious buildings–a way to explore how cultures mix

The popular image of multi-culturalism as a mosaic, a salad bowl in which different cultures mix but keep their integrity, is misleading. Cultures are more like soups, flavored with many...

Japan: Ikeda Nobuo's Spectrum Japan Blog

Blogger and economics professor Ikeda Nobuo has started [ja] an English-language blog entitled “Spectrum Japan” focused on spectrum policy in Japan. In the first post, he explains that the Japanese...

Japan and Korea: Comfort Woman

Michael Solis from Ohmynews! reported on Korean comfort women who live in the house of sharing.

Japan: Nobody Outpolls Asō

Global Talk 21 highlighted a poll on “Who among the current Diet members do you think is most appropriate as the next Prime Minister?” The choice on “nobody” has outpolled...

Japan: The New Era of Video

Last Friday, Japan's national broadcaster aired a special on the "New Era of Video" predicting changes in the industry of broadcast television that will shake the foundation of mass media....

Japan: Eyes on Tibet

Essa at the Uncategorizable Blog proposes (in Japanese and also in English) a simple way for bloggers to focus attention on Tibet, by adding a Tibet-related link to their everyday...

Japan: Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant fuels debate

The village of Rokkasho, situated Aomori prefecture in the north of Japan's main island Honshū, hosts a nuclear facility for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, the first of its kind in...

Japan: How to Eat a Bamboo Shoot

Marie Mockett from Japundit shows the readers how to cook bamboo shoot.

Japan: Crackdown on File Sharing?

Danny Choo writes about an announcement that Japanese ISPs are going to forcibly cut off users who share files over the Internet, pointing out differences between English-language and Japanese-language coverage...

Japan: Tibet Tibet

Blogger and artist Takami Toshio writes about the Japanese film Tibet Tibet [ja] at his blog Radical Imagination. He points out the similarity in perspectives between the director, who is...

Japan: Support for Tibet

As fires rage on in the streets of Lhasa, bloggers in another part of the world have been anxiously following developments in Tibet with open eyes and open ears. Over...

U.S.A and Japan: Comparing School Bus

The Englishman compared the school bus designs by U.S and Japan school.

Japan: Ancient Toy Design

BibliOdyssey selected and reposted some Ancient Toy Design pictures from the Ningyo-Do Bunko Database.

Japan and Korea: History Issue

William Underwood (internews) via Ohmynews! has an article on the new era of the Japan and Korea history debate.

Japan: Obama gets support from Japanese city

Excitement is growing in a sleepy fishing town on the coast of the Japan Sea. The city of Obama, whose name means “little beach” in Japanese, is receiving unusual attention...

Japan: Mythical Body Worm

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a 16th Century medical book which explains body diseases with body worms and describes how to fight them with acupuncture and herbal remedies.

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

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