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· April, 2010

Stories about Japan from April, 2010

Japan: Plastic duck race

Photoreporter Damoncoulter uploaded original pictures of the duck race held at the second Ashigara River festival in Matsuda city (south of Tokyo). Some hundred yellow, plastic ducks are emptied into...

Japan: Kabuki Theatre to be Rebuilt

One of the most recognizable buildings in Japan, the grand, old Kabuki-za in Ginza is closing this month. It will be torn down and become a theater and office complex...

Japan: Remove the U.S. Marine Base From Ginowan

Martin from Kurashi blogs about the recent protest in Tokyo calling for the Japanese Parliament to remove the U.S. marine air base from Futenma, Okinawa in the city of Ginowan.

Japan: The art of making Sake

A few pictures by Buddhika illustrate the art of making sake, the alcholic beverage made from rice. The photographer portrays some workers at a sake distillery in Fukui Prefecture.

Japan: Blogosphere Reactions to the Nikkei Ban on Links

Growing up in a salaryman household in Japan, one assumes that in the future, one will start wearing a tie, drink coffee, and read the Nikkei. And that would mean...

China and Japan: AV star Aoi Sola writes to China fans

Alice from DANWEI translated adult video star Aoi Sola's blog post to her China fans.

China and Japan: 2010 World Expo theme song

Chinese netizen from KDN found out that a 1997 Japanese song has plagiarized our 2010 World Expo theme song! – Translation via ChinaSMACK

Japan: People live longer, so do TV shows

Japan may be known for the longevity of its people, but the TV programs have a rich and long history as its population. There are some series that have been...

Japan: Diet Session Snapshot

A photo of members from the newly formed political party Sunrise Party of Japan nodding off has been making the rounds in the 2channel boards and Twittersphere. The party name...

Japan: New Hires Seen Around Town

New hires that started their jobs on April 1st “reminds me of baby penguins standing around waiting for their masters to bring them scraps of food…”, says The Adventures of...

Japan: The enigma of Japanese intellectuals

Ken Mogi shares his thoughts on “The enigma of Japanese intellectuals“: “Although it is sometimes a dirty word, I consider myself as “a kind of” intellectual. “

Japan: Toilet terror

Pink tectacle has a collection of pictures on legendary ghost Hanako-san, a spooky young girl that haunts school restrooms across Japan.

Japan: The Nikkei stops free links

Andy in Tokyo wrote a post [en] on the Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei Shimbun's new policy, according to which “linking to any of its articles – and even its home...

Ustream and Twitter changing politics in Japan

Fumi Yamazaki blogs about the use of Ustream and Twitter by Japanese politicians and how it brings changes to politics in Japan.

Japan: 2channel Advice for New Hires

Matt Alt translates “nuggets of wisdom for new hires at Japanese companies from the anonymous hordes of 2ch”. It offers another angle on the subject to our article “Japan: Call...

Japan: Call us social beings now!

April 1st marks a new academic year for students and the first day of work for the young, new employees. To distinguish them from the students, who don’t pay taxes...

Japan: The meaning of globalization

Chikirin reflects upon the meaning of ‘globalization’ [ja]. She wonders whether it's really possible to call ‘global’ the Japanese companies, only because they export their products abroad, while their personnel...

Japan: Remote-control female android

Pink Tentacle has a post on a robot project by Osaka University to create a realistic-looking remote-control female android that mimics the facial expressions and speech of a human operator.

Japan: Sakura in bloom

The beauty of the cherry blossoms (sakura) in bloom is immortalized by Asiaimages’ pictures.

Japan: Cosplay carnival

The Englishman posts pictures of a cosplay carnival in Osaka.

About our Japan coverage

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


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