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· September, 2009

Stories about Japan from September, 2009

Japan: Anime Character ‘Masuo-san’ on Twitter

Sazae-san, a comedy chronicling the lives of the fictional Isono family, is one of Japan's longest-running and oldest comic strips and animations. The animated series first aired in 1969 and...

Japan: Lessons in Communication from the Hatoyama Essay

When an online Op-Ed piece by current Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama appeared in the New York Times just days before the Lower House elections last month, national reaction ranged from...

Japan: Measuring Celebrity Buzz on 2ch

Blogger APEESCAPE translated a 2ch post that measured the buzz of celebrity stories by counting the number of threads on 2ch from 2004 to 2009.

Japan: Animated Explanations of Policies?

Inspired by this American video explaining ‘Why We Need Government-Run Universal Socialized Health Insurance‘, Media Sabor suggests using some of the budget from the canceled National Center for Media Arts...

Japan: Training for disaster prevention

The first week of September in Japan is the Disaster Prevention Week [ja]. During this week schools, organizations, offices and so on come together to organize disaster prevention training.

Japan: Homeless World Cup

Ikeda-san, at Greenz, uploaded some old and recent pictures and videos [ja] of Nobushi Japan, the football team that represented Japan at the Homeless World Cup, the championship held in...

Japan: The decline of the LDP

Observing Japan has an article explaining the decline of the LDP. The blogger points out that from the early 1990s until 2007 the LDP shifted not just from center to...

Japan: Against animal testing

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about the upcoming peace walk for animals on September 27, 2009 in Osaka.

Tourism and HIV Infection in Thailand

A report titled “Why Japanese and Western people are infected with HIV in Thailand” by Doctor Kyo Taniguchi from NPO Gina covers statistics about sex workers and “Love, Marriage, and...

Japan: Lecture on Manga, Anime and Otaku

Jean Snow points us to Patrick Macias's lecture at California State University, made available as a podcast episode: ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Manga, Anime and Otaku‘.

MENA: Thanks “Khawater” from Japan

Television viewers across the Arab world were in for a treat this Ramadan, with the airing of a special programme on Japan. In its fifth season, Khawater (Thoughts) visited Japan,...

Japan: Plans to Accept More Foreign Students

The Guyjin blog is positive about the long term benefits of the plan to increase the number of foreign students studying in Japan to around 300,000 by 2020, a 250%...

Japan: DPJ on Press Clubs and Media Opennness

Blogger APEESCAPE covers the way the Democratic Party of Japan has gone back on their promise and closed off press conferences to foreign, internet, and independent press. The Hatoyama administration...

Japan: Threats on Twitter

Angry and frustrated, Akihito from the Polar Bear Blog reports that his wife received threatening DMs on Twitter and decided to delete her account [ja]. He thanks everyone who responded...

Japan: Japanese pickles

Ad Blankestijn from Japan Navigator introduced different types of Japanese pickling.

Japan: The boyladies

An Englishman in Osaka introduced a theatrical troupe called the Takarazuka Revue Company. The group is famous for their boyladies – women performing man's role on stage.

Japan: Welcome Asia-Update.net

Yumeji welcomes the new blog Asia-Update.net to the blogosphere. The blog will cover news and analysis on the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan: In Response to ‘The Cove’

Lisa Katayama at Tokyo Mango blogs about an update about the dolphin killings in Taiji from the Oceanic Preservation Society, the organization behind the documentary ‘The Cove’.

Japan: Worries about spread of HIV and AIDS

There are some alarming statistics about the spread of HIV and AIDS in Japan. While the rest of the developed world UNAIDS reported that the cases of infection are decreasing,...

Japan: Suggestions to LDP

Parsley gives to the defeated Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) five advices to be reborn.

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