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· July, 2009

Stories about Japan from July, 2009

Japan: Housing statistics

Joe Jone from Mutantfrog reads into the newly released housing statistics.

Japan: DPJ's election manifesto

Tobias Harris from observing Japan comments on Democratic party's 2009 general election manifesto. The manifesto covers five major areas: (1) cutting waste (essentially political and administrative reform); (2) child care...

Japan: Parental child abduction

Given the rise in cases where children born to a Japanese mother and a foreign father are abducted by the Japanese mothers and brought to Japan without the father's consent,...

Japan: Yokohama Mayor Resigns

Shisaku on Yokohama Mayor Nakada Hiroshi's resignation: “When an electoral shoo-in like Nakada takes a leap like this into the unknown, it is just one more indication that postwar system...

Japan: Election manifesto

Paolo Soldano at Japanblues sums up (it) the main points of the election campaigns of LDP and DPJ.

Japan: Fireworks in Tokyo

Auberginefleur at Japan Now & Then has compiled a handy list of Tokyo's firework events for 2009. suzurzan.ranran, cadm2, chris.jan have uploaded their photos of yesterday's Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, one...

Japan: Possible Twitter Novel Publication

Netafull [ja] reports that writer/essayist Mica Naitoh tweeted [ja] that she has received an offer to publish her Twitter novel, just a few days after she started tweeting with the...

Japan: Mizuhiki twine art

Adamu from Multantfrog introduces a Japanese craft, Mizuhiki, which uses twine made from Japanese-style paper to create fancy bows and other designs.

Japan: School Lunches

Kara at morotsuka.com has chronicled what goes on during school lunches in Japan.

Japan: No Twitter for Election Campaigns

In response to the government's decision that the usage of Twitter in election campaign activities violates the Public Offices Election Law, Kengo Preston wonders why disruptive methods such as direct...

China: On Eclipses and Astronomy in Chinese history

Today part of India, China and Japan saw the longest total sola eclipse in 21st Century. In Chinese Astronomy, solar eclipses is related with instability and Granite Studio has an...

Japan: Political animation

Adamu from Mutantfrog Travelogue posts three political animations produced by political parties that campaign for the Lower House election in August.

Japan: Internet users in the world

A post [ja] at ideaxidea shows graphs [en] describing the percentage of the world's internet users in 2008.

Japan: Cat mania

The spreading of communities of people with same interests and hobbies is not new in the internet society. Netizens often exchange news, suggestions and picture on things and activities they...

Japan: Japanese characters as ccTLD?

Motoko Hunt reports that a new conference is being set up to discuss Japanese ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain) issues. We'll be seeing ccTLD with Japanese characters, such as...

Japan: Unemployment in Japan by Region

Curzon from Mutantfrog posts a map that shows unemployment in Japan by region.

Japan: Poor Japanese people

Lee from Tokyo Times brings into focus a 10 minutes documentary, Japan: A Story of Love and Hate, which touches upon poverty problem in Japan.

Japan: The coming DPJ tsunami?

Tobias Harris from Observing Japan comments on Daniel Twining's argument that the advent of a DPJ government could represent a “tsunami” for the US and Japan. The blogger pointed out...

Japan: Tokyo prefectural election results

Adamu at Mutantfrog liveblogged [en] the election results for Adachi Ward (Tokyo).

Japan: Beng Mealea Temple and Miyazaki's Laputa

Karapaia shares some pictures of the ruins of Beng Mealea Temple, Cambodia, which, the blogger says, inspired the architecture of the floating island in the anime Laputa: Castle in the...

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Nevin Thompson is our Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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