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· December, 2010

Stories about Japan from December, 2010

Japan: Top popular Japanese phrases of 2010

Pinktentacle reported and translated into English the “Top 60 popular Japanese words/phrases of 2010″, published on the website of Jiyu Kokuminsha.

China, Congo and Japan: Soccer politics

Ministry of Tofu translates Chinese netizens’ reactions over a recent soccer fans riot in Congo. The African soccer fans had mistaken the Japanese referee as Chinese and smashed Chinese-own stores...

Japan: A year of blogs

As the character 暑 (sho) meaning ‘hot or heat' was chosen to represent the year 2010 at the annual ceremony in Kyoto, let's see a selection of “hot topics” that...

Japan: Celebrating the Emperor's Birthday

Today is a national holiday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's birthday. Bruce Meyer-Kenny at Demotix posted some images from the celebration at the Imperial Palace. The Emperor is now 77 years...

Michael Anti: Blogging the gap between China and Japan

GV Japan interviews Chinese journalist and activist Michael Anti.

2010 Chinese blogosphere: Peace and conflict

The top stories among Chinese communities in Northeast Asia in 2010 can be summarized in two words: Peace and Conflict.

South/North Korea: A Review of 2010 in Keywords

From Cheonan incident in March to the latest North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong island, Global Voices took a look back at the year’s hottest keywords that have been widely circulated...

Japan: Woman sued Google Street View for pics of underwear

Again troubles for Google Street Views [en] in Japan. Reports said [en] that a young woman sued Google for showing pictures of her underwear drying on the balcony and claimed...

Japan: Fruity Samurai

The animated series Fruity Samurai [ja] (フルーティー侍), which received a special award for the section ‘World Wide Laugh’ at the last Okinawa International Movie Festival [ja], makes fun of the...

Japan: Blogging from the PM's residence

With the aim to connect citizens to politics and show how's life at the prime minister's official residence, in November the residence staff launched a blog called Kan-Full Blog [ja]...

Digital historical archive Japan Air Raids

Cary Karacas and Bret Fisk [ja] run the digital historical archive Japan Air Raids. The site, available in English and Japanese, is “an ongoing project to build a digital archive...

Japan: “What’s Wrong with Being No. 2?”

Roland Keats published “What’s Wrong with Being No. 2?” in the Adbusters site: “Japan may be the first nation to opt for a no growth, steady state economy.“.

Japan: Opposing Proposed Bill to Restrict “Harmful” Anime and Manga

The anime and manga industry's protest again Tokyo's proposed bill for tighter restrictions on content sold to youths escalated on Friday when ten publishers announced that they would not participate...

Japan: Asahi's English Daily to become Electronic Only

Andy Sharp at the Diplomat's Tokyo Notes reports that the print version of Asahi Shimbun’s printed English-language daily will be discontinued next February and become electronic only. This leaves two...

Japan: Web Service Togetter now in English

Togetter is a popular Japanese web service that allows users to bundle tweets under any given topic. They launched an English version of the service as Chripstory last week. Many...

Japan: The Fear of the Internet

Last year W. David MARX at Neojaponisme wrote a thoughtful post on “Japanese internet aversion” [en], in which he proposed an interpretation of the Japanese attitude toward the Net that...

Japanese Expat Population

Adamu at Mutantfrog reviews [en] the situation of the Japanese expats around the world.

Japan: A Quiet Revolution by the NEET [Not in Education, Employment, or Training]

In a post titled "Revolution of the NEET (lol)", Sayuri Tamaki explores a new breed of NEET and how they are changing the country.

Japan: Cartoon Blog

The Tokyo Reporter just launched a new section called Cartoon Blog [en], in collaboration with cartoonist Roberto De Vido (also author of Politicomix [en]).

Japan: Confusion and speculations on the North Korean incident

The latest attack by North Korea on South Korea has put Japan on the alert. Is it the beginning of a war? Will it be Japan's turn next time? Or...

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