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· October, 2010

Stories about Japan from October, 2010

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Shintaro Ishihara’s views on China, Japan

21 October 2010

Shintaro Ishihara is a politician, author and governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government since 1999. He is well known for his critical stance on Japan’s dependence under the US-Japan security alliance. In 1989, he co-authored the book The Japan That Can Say No with then-Sony chairman Akio Morita. He is...

Japan Blog Festival

18 October 2010

Todd's Wanderings hosts the October Japan Blog Matsuri (or festival), “dedicated to the best Japan has to offer…or at least what YOU think are Japan’s best places, experiences, activities…whatever.” The theme for this month is Japan Highlights and here are the guidelines [en] to submit a post.

Japan: Udon noodle to cause water pollution

17 October 2010

On Blog Action Day, Japanstyle reported the news [en] that udon (thick wheat-flour noodle) caused water pollution in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku Island). According to the post, the problem would be the poor drainage system as “In the region without sewer, the water left over after boiling udon which contained high...

Japan: Ancient anatomical illustrations

16 October 2010

Pinktentacle published a series of anatomical illustrations [en] that date back to the Edo period (1603-1868). Each illustration is followed by a caption that describes the publication where it first appeared and its scientific value.

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China: Anti-Japan demonstrations erupt in three cities

16 October 2010

An anti-China protest held in Japan today has been known about for some time, but large anti-Japanese demonstrations which also took place today in three Chinese cities seemed to have taken a lot of people by surprise, and what exactly sparked them isn't yet clear.

Japan: Virtual water

15 October 2010

On Blog Action Day Masato Fukushima reflects [ja] on the concept of Virtual Water [ja]. Japan has a very low food self-sufficiency ratio and rely on imports, he explains, adding that imported food is cultivated and processed using the water of other countries and that Japanese should keep it in...

Japan: Straw Art Festival

10 October 2010

Japanstyle published pictures [en] of the Wara Art Matsuri [ja], where giant mammoths, dinosaurs and other sculptures made of straw were exhibited in Uwasekigata Park (Niigata Prefecture, western Japan).

Japan: Photos of a WW2 Shipyard

8 October 2010

Michael Gakuran published pictures of the Ruins of the Imari Kawanami WWII Shipyard [en], which was used as a munitions factory in and as a ship factory during the war.

Photos Of Anti-China Protests In Japan

6 October 2010

Kai Ping posts a widely circulated e-mail with many recycled anti-China protests in Japan in China/Divide and invites the readers to discuss on whether or not or how to handle such mis-informed information online.

Japan: Economic crisis and demography

4 October 2010

What if Japan's economic crisis could be explained with a change in the demography of the country? Paul Krygman at Truthout argues [en] that the crisis might be “not so scary after all” and related to the aging of Japan's workforce.

Japan: A viewpoint on the Chinese-Japanese dispute

3 October 2010

In an article titled Coming attractions [en] Ampontan gives his interpretation of the recent diplomatic row between China and Japan – following the arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain by the Japanese authorities near disputed islets in the East China Sea.

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