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· July, 2008

Stories about Japan from July, 2008

30 July 2008

Formoz Festival 2008: Don't wanna say goodbye

Here is wikipedia's explanation of the annual Formoz Festival: The annual Formoz Festival, Spring Scream, and Gung-liao Ho-hai-yan Rock Festival are representative gatherings within Taiwan's indie scene. Of these, Formoz...

27 July 2008

Japan: Toyota's Just-In-Time System and the Akihabara Killings (Part 1)

When Tomohiro Kato killed 7 people and injured many more in Tokyo's Akihabara district last month, the details of his life became the talk of the Japanese blogging world. Among...

21 July 2008

Japan: Communist Party gets boost from Nico Nico Douga

It is a long time since the Japanese Communist Party had any luck in Japanese politics, but with help from no other than Japan's popular video sharing site, Nico Nico...

Japan: Ban on Daggers and Double-edged Knives

Japan: Why Expats Don't Speak Japanese?

South Korea: Dokdo Demonstrations

Japan: Mainichi's “Foreign Staff”

In the latest step in a long and drawn out controversy, Mainichi newspaper has issued a 3-page official apology in response to the harsh backlash concerning its English-language WaiWai column....

18 July 2008

Korea: Chopsticks… Rather Complicated…

Why does Korea use iron for chopsticks while other chopsticks countries use wooden materials? What is the history of the use of chopsticks? When do kids learn how to use...

Japan: Facebook Will Fail?

Japan: Chinese Novelist wins Akutagawa Award

On Tuesday, the Akutagawa Award for Fiction, considered the most prestigious literary prize in Japan, was awarded to Chinese novelist Yang Yi for her work, “Tokiga nijimu asa”. Yang, who...

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