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· May, 2009

Stories about Japan from May, 2009

Internet in North Korea, Nokia's Ovi Store, Google Wave and Tech Happenings

Tech events were happening in Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. North Korea got mobile internet and Google released a new product. We have reviews, analysis and links from bloggers in Asia...

Go Farm, Young Man! – How Farming in Japan is Changing

For a country that identifies strongly as being historically agricultural people, the landscape of Japan's agricultural sector is bleak, and has been for some time. Simply put, the workforce is...

Japan: Open access online journal Journal@rchive

Librarian Charles Ellwood Jones writes about academic journals focusing on antiquity at open access online journal Journal@rchive, an archive site of J-STAGE operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency....

Japan: Nova under G-Education

Koichi gives us a rare glimpse of life after the collapse of giant English school Nova at ‘Post-Nova Bust: How is G-Education for teaching English in Japan?‘. [en] His blog...

Japan and Korea: Nuclear test and missiles

Are you surprised that North Korea conducted another nuclear test? And fired more short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan? Ampontan made a list of surprises to comment on the...

Japan: Aging Population and Public Transport

Yumeji's Theme sees signs of the hyper-aging population influencing Tokyo's public transport in ‘The Tyranny of the Aged‘ [en].

Japan: Ministry of Health posts YouTube video

Kotori Piyopiyo praises the progressiveness of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for posting a video on YouTube and observes with irony that they have turned off the embedding...

Japan: A brief review of the eco-technologies

In mid May the Japanese Government has launched a stimulus package to boost the demand for energy efficient household appliances with a new eco-points system, details of which will be...

Japan: Shunsuke Nakamura to rejoin Yokohama Marinos?

Ryota welcomes the news that soccer star Shunsuke Nakamura might be coming home from Celtic to his old stomping grounds of Yokohama F. Marinos, calling him “a treasure of Japan“....

Japan: NHK says no to Takafumi Horie on backstage YouTube video

Former Livedoor chief Takafumi Horie wrote on his blog that NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization, rescinded their request for an interview when Horie stated as his terms the right...

Japan: Children's Day

At Hi, I am Ruther, a travel blog about Japan, two posts (Koinobori and Kabuto and Kashiwamochi) describe [en] some customs and festivals related to the Children`s Day (子供の日, kodomo...

Japan: John Roos to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Unexpected appointment of lawyer John Roos as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan: Blogger namekawa01 gives a high evaluation of Roos's close connections with President Obama and speculates that he...

Japan: Harvest Time In Satoyama

Martin J Frid from Kurashi introduced a video, Harvest Time In Satoyama, which explains the links between satoyama landscapes and food and fuel security. The video is produced by Anne...

Japan: Video by Eric Testroete

Eric Testroete has posted ‘This is Japan!’, a fantastic video using hundred of images from a three week stay in Japan. [via watashi to tokyo]

Japan: Hatoyama is the next DPJ leader

Following Ichirō Ozawa's resignation, it's Yukio Hatoyama‘s turn to be leader of the Democratic Party of Japan once again – Tobias Harris on Hatoyama's leadership abilities, Ampontan with ‘some morsels...

Japan: Ueno as a World Heritage site

A UNESCO panel has recommended postponing listing of the National Museum of Western Art and the surrounding buildings in the Ueno area as a World Heritage culture site. Blogger Dragon...

Japan: ‘Yoshiharu Habu and Modern Shogi’, an Open Translation Project

A volunteer translation project sprang up and translated all of Mochio Umeda's book "Watching Shogi from Silicon Valley - Habu Yoshiharu and Modern Times" into English in under a week.

Japan: Mass hysteria over swine flu

James from Japan Prob quotes from Tsuyoshi Takashiro's blog [ja] on the opinion about the over-reaction to the swine flu.

Japan: Nice middle age

Harvey from Japan Newbie introduces a hilarious music video by Takosan called Nice Middle.

Japan: Akihabara Aftermath

Almost one year after the Akihabara massacre (covered by GV here, here, and here), Fumi Yamazaki at “What's Happening in Japan Right Now?” gives a comprehensive recap[EN] of the happenings,...

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