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· August, 2011

Stories about Japan from August, 2011

Japan: A Revealing Blog by a Fukushima Robot Operator

Blogger Erico Guizzo at IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog reported that “an anonymous worker at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has written dozens of blog posts describing the ups and...

Japan: Noda elected as leader of ruling party

Finance minister Yoshihiko Noda has been elected leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, and will become the next prime minister. On the Agora blog, Hiroshi Ohnishi calls [ja] it...

Japan: Tofugu's favorite YouTube vloggers

The Tofugu site shares their favorite Japanese/English YouTube vloggers, saying “there is definitely a rising J-vlogging scene“.

Japan: Trends in the blogging service landscape

Netaful shares observations [ja] from a recent comScore report [ja/pdf] that in terms of visitor count, livedoor blogs have surpassed Ameba Blogs. The report concludes that even with the spread...

Japan: Web, Social Games, and Mobile

Serkan Toto from Asiajin has made available his presentation on The Web, Social Games And Mobile In Japan.

South Korea: Blood Type Personality Theory, How It Works

The blood type personality theory claims that people's blood type is predictive of their personality and compatibility with others. Nowhere is this belief more popular than in South Korea and...

Japan: Computers as a social and communicative tool

In Japan's Former Computer Lag, Néojaponisme looks at the development of the Internet and computers in Japan from the perspective of infrastructure and as a social and communicative tool.

Japan: How to Unplug Your Life and Save Electricity

People in Japan have been unplugging their lives as electricity-saving measures have been implemented to cope with power shortages. The effectiveness of the measures is yet to be proven but...

Japan: Indie service GoogleSatTrack used by NASA

Isana Kashiwai, developer of GoogleSatTrack, is astounded [ja] to see his software being used in NASA's Mission Control Center. He had happened to be watching the Atlantis return to Earth...

Comedic Fun with Japanese Hashtag Memes

Since Twitter introduced Japanese language capability for hashtags, the Japanese Twitterverse has turned into an oasis for wordplay.

Japan: Mapping radiation online

Rick Martin gives an update on the radiation mapping work by Yahoo Japan and Safecast.org.

Japan: Kusoshigoto blog closed down

“Diary of a NEET Working Abroad” by Kusoshigoto “crappy job” was unexpectedly closed down and deleted, with a short message that conveyed his regrets and fear of danger. Tweeps are...

Japan: Chaos at Chitose Airport on March 11

On March 11, 2011, a Delta airplane pilot approaching Tokyo airport described his experience of an emergency landing in an email so vividly, that it spread rapidly across the blogosphere....

Japan: “Plutonium is safe,” they say

Youtube user tokyobrowntabby has translated into English the video clips of three Japanese nuclear researchers who claimed safety for plutonium in a TV show. A blogger at EX-SKF – who...

Japan: Perspective on London Riots scale in relation to Tokyo

To get perspective on the geographical scale of the London Riots, @c50cub96 mapped a comparison to the greater Tokyo area.

Walking through Japan

On August 1st Thomas Köhler started a mission: to walk trough three of the major Japanese islands, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Köhler – who works as a manager at a...

Japan: Foraging for food in Tokyo

Jess Mantell blogs about “free food everywhere, in Tokyo” at her blog, Edoble. Her latest discovery is perilla growing in the pavement.

Japan: Photo Report for Yokohama Triennale 2011

William Andrews from TABlog has a photo report on Yokohama Triennale 2011, “arguably the biggest art event of the year”.

Japan: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Creative Industry Survey Results

Chris Palmieri published “Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Creative Industry Survey Results” in English and Japanese on the AQ blog, reporting how people who work in the creative industries were affected...

Japan: “Hiroshima Archive” maps testimonials and photographs

Hiroshima Archive is a multilayered resource cataloging the reality of atomic weapons. They use Google Earth to associate geographic information with testimonials and photographs. Their website is in Japanese and...

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