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· June, 2009

Stories about Japan from June, 2009

Bahrain: Comparing Government Efficiency In Bahrain And Japan

Bahraini blogger Yagoob is studying in Japan, and he compares the experience of receiving financial aid from the Bahraini and Japanese governments: “Nagoya is a city with a population of...

Japan: Shiso-flavored Pepsi

Pepsi Shiso (Japanese for perilla or beefsteak plant) went on sale a couple of days ago – Curzon loved it while Darg thought it was nasty.

ISS: Photos and a Poem from Koichi Wakata

Astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station posted some photographs, including one of Sarychev Volcano while it was erupting (Also part of NASA's Image of the Day Gallery), and...

Japan: News Digest from Tokyo Art Beat Blog

William Andrews has posted this week's News Digest at the Tokyo Art Beat Blog. The series is a good mix of local and international art news stories.

Japan: Moonwalker, Jacko's video game

Esu-kei remembers [ja] the popular video game Moonwalker featuring the animated version of Michael Jackson. The object of the action game by Sega is to score points destroying the bad...

Japan: News in Japanese for Iran Election Protests

“You can't get really the details of the Iran election protests from the Japanese newspapers and TV stations, but the situation is updated by the minute on Twitter.” – Hiroto...

Japan: Chinese Translation of 2channel

Takeshi Yamaya links to 2ch Kan Riben (2ch看日本), a blog that posts Chinese translations of interesting threads from the Japanese Internet forum 2channel. He appreciates the thoughtful observations made by...

Russia-Poland: History revisionism at large again

The Beatroot comments on a current dispute between Russia and Poland about a Russian state TV-documentary, claiming that Nazi Germany, Poland, and Japan were preparing to invade the Soviet Union...

Japan: On How to Perceive the Japanese Web (Part One)

Reporter Yuka Okada from the Japanese tech news site ITmedia brandished her well-regarded interviewing skills for a one-on-one session with Mochio Umeda. The result was “The Japanese web is ‘disappointing':...

Japan: Iran from a Japanese viewpoint

Gompagompagompa tells about his last trip in Iran, before the elections. The blogger describes Iranians as an extremely kind and hospitable people and explains how he decided to write this...

Japan: ‘1Q84′, the new bestseller by Haruki Murakami

“In your sky how many moons are floating?”. This the catch phrase of 1Q84 [ja], Ichi Kew Hachi Yon, (Q in Japanese reads the same as 9), the new 2...

Japan: Mobile social network

Serkan Toto from Asiajin blogs about a fastest growing (2 millions in three months) mobile social network in Japan.

Japan: HBS on Japanese Anime Industry

Matt Alt links to a Harvard Business School working paper (pdf) on the state of the Japanese anime industry: “If Japan wants to bank on its ‘Gross National Cool’, it...

Japan: Copyright Law amendment

Fumi Yamazaki from What's happening in Japan right now blogs about the amendment of copyright law in Japan. Now downloading illegal contents will be illegal…

Taiwan: Japan meeting highlights China threat

An exchange between Hsiao Bi-Khim (蕭美琴),the DPP's director of international affairs, and Wu Shumin (武樹民), the Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka, at a meeting in Fukuoka, Japan highlighted the tensions that...

Japan: Why highly educated women want to be housewives?

Mari Kanazawa wondered why highly educated women in their 20s want to quit their jobs and become housewives.

Japan: Raining tadpoles

Pink Tentacle quoted and translated a story from Sankei about tadpoles falling with the rain to Japan's Ishikawa prefecture.

Japan: Social translation tool

Masaru IKEDA from Asiajin introduced some social translation tools that are designed to fill up the gap between human profession and computer’s imperfectness.

Japan: Sex crime victims and the lay judge system

Absentia wrote a post [en] about the repercussions that the new lay judge system might have on the sex crime victims. According to the blogger, “there is a possibiliy that...

Japan: Wrongfully convicted man released with new DNA tests

Having serving 17 and a half years of a life sentence for the alleged abduction and murder of a four year old girl, Toshikazu Sugaya was released from prison after...

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