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· July, 2008

Stories about Japan from 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...

Japan: Tokyo Street Performance

Edward from Japundit posts two youtube clips on Tokyo street performance by Koharu and friend.

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...

Japan: Anti War Demonstration

Tokyo Reporter reports on the left wing groups’ plan for a peace demonstration in August near Yasukuni Shrine.

Japan: LGBT Youth Exchange Project

LGBT Youth Exchange [jp] is a joint project by the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo and Youth and Play Services of the city council of...

Japan: Six Eco Cities

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about Japan government's policy on eco model cities.

Japan and South Korea: Busan or Takeshima

Ampontan looks into the Japan and South Korea relation and summarizes it into two paradigms: Busan or Takeshima (or Dukto).

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

Esotericlarity from Japundit comments on the recent ban on daggers and double-edged knives to prevent assault incident such as Akihabara massacre. The blogger wonders if the ban would be effective...

Japan: Why Expats Don't Speak Japanese?

Dann0 listed out 10 reasons on why expats in Japan don't speak Japanese.

South Korea: Dokdo Demonstrations

CINA collects local reports and photos on demonstrations against the Japanese textbook territorial claim over Dokdo islets.

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....

Japan: The Linguistics of Nico Nico Douga

Metagold is a research blog based out of a project at Goldsmiths College, University of London, focused exclusively on the video sharing web service Nico Nico Douga. In a July...

Japan: Is it all over for Mainichi?

Nobuo Ikeda writes in English and in Japanese about the latest step in the drawn-out WaiWai controversy: after a string of earlier statements, Mainichi has issued a 3-page-long official apology,...

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?

Akky Akimoto from Asiajin looks into the obstacle of facebook's development in Japan.

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...

Japan: Internet Trend

Peter Payne from Japundit blogs about the latest internet trend among young people in Japan.

Japan: Tokyo2point0

Serkan Toto from Asiajin reports on the two presentations in the Tokyo2point0 event. The first is about a Japan portal site Goo and the second is about Japan twitter.

Japan: Cultural Difference

Harvey from Japan Newsbie explains the graphic representation of cultural differences between East and West from the MountainRunner site.

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