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· June, 2008

Stories about Japan from June, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago: Poetic Port of Spain

Trinidadian blogger Sweetlime dips into the newly published Echo of Basho. He discovers that even though haiku and Port of Spain are as distinct as “oil and water”, authors Alec...

Japan: Politics

Shisaku has some obervations on Japanese politics.

Japan and China: East Sea Deal

Sun Bin blogs about the details of the East Sea oil field deal between Japanese and Chinese government.

Japan: Greenpeace Members Arrested

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about the arrest of two Greenpeace members in Japan. The arrest is related to the whale meat scandal.

Japan: Minimum Wage

James blogs about the minimum wage policy in Japan with a chart comparing the wage standard in different countries.

Japan: Iwate-Miyagi Inland Earthquake

On June 14, an inland earthquake reaching M7.2 on the Richter scale struck the Tohoku region of Japan. In Iwate and Miyagi, the hardest hit prefectures, 10 have been confirmed...

Japan: Slimming Down Policy

Brain Engel from Japundit blogs about the Japan government's plan to slim down its citizens.

Japan: Reflections on the Akiba Massacre (Part 2)

The massacre on June 8th in Tokyo's Akihabara district sparked heated debates in Japanese blogs about the limits of citizen media. Two Ustream users who were on at the scene...

Japan: Reflections on the Akiba Massacre (Part 1)

When all the dust had settled and the knife rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district last Sunday, which took the lives of seven people and left 17 injured, had come to...

Japan: Toyota's Kanban System, Applied to Humans

A post by blogger boiledema [ja], offering an alternative perspective on the background of Tomohiro Kato, offender in Sunday's Akiba massacre, has drawn a huge reaction, with over 1200 bookmarks...

Japan: Hair Pin Art

Ryoko from Pingmag writes an interview feature on the renovation of traditional silk craft into modern hair pin design.

Japan: Work Culture

Harvey from Japan newbie discusses about work culture and the phenomena of “death by overwork” in Japan.

Japan: The problems facing Japan's IT industry

An article in the New York Times a few weeks ago, describing a chronic shortage of engineers in Japan, received support from many Japanese bloggers. The article explains that young...

Kuwait: Japanese Bug Fights

“Is there a game show the Japanese haven’t invented yet?? Japanese Bug Fights is a site with videos of bugs of different species battling out in a small glass arena,”...

Japan: Kite Festival

Harvey from Japan Newbie wrote a photo essay about the Hamamatsu Kite Fesitval.

Japan: Bloggers on Akihabara knife rampage

A knife attack in Tokyo's Akihabara area has taken the lives of at least seven people and left many more injured. The suspect apparently crashed a two-ton rented truck into...

Japan: Popularity of Q&A services

Results of a survey by NetRatings Japan, Inc. released on May 23rd and posted at revealed some surprising trends among Japanese Internet users. One of the interesting findings was...

Japan: Death Art

Chiemi from Pink Mag blogs about an art exhibition on death theme. The writer inteviews the gallery owner Narutoshi Sekine about this art category.

Japan: Photograph Memorial Service and Festival

Ampontan introduces a Shinto rite called photograph memorial service and festival hold by the Ozaka Shinto shrine.

Japan: Haunting Beauty

Edo from Pink Tectacle introduces a digital art genre by Yoshitaka Kawakami. Most of the works are about haunting look of school girls. The artist's gallery is here.

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