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· September, 2010

Stories about Japan from September, 2010

Japan: Pachinko, a legal gambling game

A blogger at theJapaneseTutor.com shortly explains [en] what pachinko [en] is and why this gambling game is legal in Japan.

Japan: Earthquake warning via mobile phone

Akky Akimoto from Asiajin introduced an earthquake early warning system via mobile phone network in Japan.

Japan: “Our Park” a documentary about Tokyo's Nike Miyashita Park

Directors Emil Langballe and Maria Samoto le Dous produced a documentary titled Our Park [en] about Tokyo's Miyashita Park [en], which is also called Nike Park [en] after sportswear multinational...

Japan: Relics of a US Army-Air Force base

Ruins explorer and novelist Michael John Grist documented through pictures [en] what remains of Camp Drake, a joint US Army/Air Force base in Saitama (north of Tokyo) active until the...

Japan: Hiring research talent from abroad

In “No choice but need to hire from abroad?“, Sibylle Ito outlines how some Japanese companies in different sectors are taking a multinational approach to supplement research and product development...

Japan, China fishing boat row: a war of words

Just as the Diaoyu Islands row between Japan and China intensifies over the detention of a Chinese fishing captain, whose detention has just been extended by a further 10 days,...

Japan: A new cabinet, again

Tobias Harris at observingjapan comments [en] on the new cabinet that was formed after Prime Minister Kan won the DPJ party leadership election last week.

Japan: Welcoming Karen refugees

Adamu at Mutantfrog reported the news [en] that by the end of September a group of 27 Karen refugees, natives of Burma, will resettle in Japan. The blogger also investigates...

China: Han Han on Daiyu Islands

Julian Smisek translated prominent blogger Han Han's recent post on Daiyu islands incident. (via DANWEI)

Japan: Reflections on normality

Kei999 reflects [ja] upon the meaning of normality. In a post titled “Is ‘normal’ ‘right'?” the blogger takes into consideration various issues such as homosexuality and the practice called fūfu...

Japan: Drinkommunication, when drinking alcohol is a social obligation

Alcohol in Japan it is often used as a social lubricant in a society that still sees a gap between one's real feelings and intention and what one says on...

Japan, Korea: Traces Of Japan-Korea History Within The Zainichi Community

August 10th, 2010 will remain a historical date in the Japan-South Korea diplomatic relations as the Japanese Prime Minister apologized for past crimes during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Still,...

China and Japan: Reactions on Chinese Fishing Boat Captain Arrested by Japanese

ChinaSMACK translates Chinese netizens’ reactions towards the arrest of Chinese fishing boat captain by the Japanese coast guards.

Japan, Brazil: Dirty Hearts, a movie on first-generation Japanese-Brazilians after WW2

Jamaipanese reports [en] that next year will be released in Brazil the new film by Brazilian filmmaker Vicente Amorim titled Coracoes Sujos (Dirty Hearts). The movie is about an underreported...

Taiwan: The Allure of Night Markets

After sunset in Taiwan, when the stars start to twinkle, night markets are crowded with people from all walks of life. To Taiwanese, night markets are more than mere eating...

Japan: Ancient medical woodblock prints

Pinktentacle published [en] some images of a health-themed woodblock prints collection that dates back to the 19th century. The series of 400 prints is maintained by the University of California,...

Japan: Run Uncle Yamashita!

A 62-year-old Japanese man, known as uncle Yamashita, rollerbladed across the United States from the east to the west coast. During his 6000 km journey he tweeted @kenyamashita62 [ja] and...

Japan: What's wrong with being a bookshop browser?

Twitter users debate [ja] on tachiyomi, the (very common) habit of standing and reading books or magazines in shops without necessarily buying them.

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