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· March, 2009

Stories about Japan from March, 2009

Japan: Tourism videos

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a series of official tourism videos produced by the city of Hakodate. The videos are about aliens invasion of the city.

Japan: Two-man union on strike at Kyoto University

Adamu from Mutantfrog blogs about a two-man strike at Kyoto University against the exploitation of irregular work contract.

Global Recession Survey: Survival Tips and Business Opportunities

Everybody is trying hard to cope with the global economic crisis. Bloggers are offering survival tips to their readers. Businesses around the world are adjusting. Some are even profiting from...

Japan: Political volcano awaiting to blow?

Ampontan gives an update on the Japan political climate that the voting public will erupt, soon or late, is inevitable.

Japan: Italian news commentary in Japanese

Italian comedian and opinion-leader Beppe Grillo's blog [ja] is the only blog that is translated into Japanese (and English), presenting Italy from an unusual perspective. In his blog, he also...

Japan: Tech Innovation Awards Contest

Masaru IKEDA from Asiajin introduces the 15 nominees of CNET Japan's Tech Innovation Awards Contest.

Japan: I wanna know America!

Koichi (耕一), a webdesigner living in Oregon (U.S.A.), tells about American culture, people, food, language and much more at his personal website Koichiben: Amerika ga shiritai (コウイチ弁、アメリカが知りたい lit. Koichi dialect: I...

Japan: Sri Lanka, Somalia, us? The government?

Ryutaro Yanagawa (柳川龍太郎) in his podcast program Nekura Nomikon Onvoice (ネクラのみ来ん on voice) [ja] reflects upon issues related to Japanese foreign politics. In the last episode, the podcaster invites us...

Japan: The work of art in the age of digital reproduction

A cross-generational debate over the value of art, and culture in general, has arisen among users of the social bookmarking service Hatena. The debate, originated by an anonymous entry titled:...

Japan: Shintaro Kago's Terror Animation

Shintaro Kago, a Japanese guro manga artist, has set up a channel in youtube (warning: some are rather scary). via Pink Tentacle.

Global recession and its discontents

Today the world seems flat. From Asia and Africa to Europe and the Americas, the people of the world are experiencing the traumatic effects of a global economic recession. This...

Japan: On Twitter, nobody knows you're a bot

“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.” -- The words of a well-known adage dating back to a New Yorker cartoon from 1993 capture the anonymity people generally expect...

Japan: Brazilian community

Roy Berman from Mutantfrog blogs about the life of a Brazilian community (with photos) in the Homi public housing area of Toyota City.

Japan: Link Spam

Motoko comments on Google's decision to punish Google Japan for paying bloggers to promote their new “hot new keywords” by links.

Japan, Brazil: Crisis puts an end to the dream of a better life

After 30 years of a strong immigration trend from Brazil to Japan, young Brazilians who have crossed the ocean in search of a better life are now leaving their adopted...

Japan: Making money thanks to the economic crisis.

If on one hand libraries and newspaper kiosks overflow with books and magazines that examine, analyze and comment on the current economic recession hitting Japan, then on the other hand,...

Japan: The end of Bloomberg TV in Japanese

Kawase Madoka (為替 円) expresses surprised [ja] at the halt of Bloomberg Television's Japanese channel starting from the 30th of April. The blogger, who participated several times in seminars organized...

Japan: To you who will graduate this year

Spring is fast approaching, and in Japan that means two things: the fall of cherry blossoms and the start of the new school year, which coincides with last year's graduates...

Japan: Virtual Marathon

Masaru IKEDA from Asiajin blogs about a newly launched virtual marathon game.

Japan and Taiwan: Gay politics

Roy Berman from Mutantfrog Travelogue notices the different between gay politics in Japan and Taiwan.

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