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· September, 2008

Stories about Japan from September, 2008

Korea: The End of OhmyNews Japan (following Hanako's)

Following the post, “The End of OhmyNews Japan” by the Japanese editor, Hanako, I was curious how Korean bloggers talk about the failure of OhmyNews Japan. Many bloggers have analyzed...

Japan: Manga teaches children danger of fast food

Japanese blogger and author Chiki Ogiue [荻上チキ] scans an educational manga book he stumbled on at an eco cafe [ja] that teaches children good dietary habits with incredibly frank visual...

Japan: Wordcamp Tokyo 2008

Akky Akimoto writes about the first Wordcamp (conference of WordPress users) in Japan [ja], Wordcamp Tokyo 2008 held on September 23rd, and also rounds up other Japanese blog posts on...

Japan: The true revolution of Google Street View

Blogger id:bohemian_style reflects on the launch of Google Street View in Japan [ja], noting that the way the service is viewed differs depending on where people are living: in modern...

Japan: Maga on War and Japan

Japan Focus just published a translation of one of Mizuki Shigeru’s short manga pieces, entitled “War and Japan“, with a brief introduction to the man and his work written by...

Japan: The changing value of knowledge

Japanese Hatena user id:TomoMachi argues that now that everything on the Internet is so easily accessible to everyone, the value of simply “knowing something” is disappearing [ja]. User id:aureliano follows...

Japan: Not just Hatena, the whole Internet has too many ads

Hatena user id:gnarl responds to id:rycotan's complaint that Japanese bookmarking service Hatena has too many ads on its keyword page with a post arguing that it's not just Hatena: the...

Japan: Takeda Castle, the Japanese Machu Pichu

An entry entitled “Japan's Machu Pichu? The ruins of Takeda Castle, Castle to the Heavens” [ja] posted at Tomorrowearth.com has an incredible set of photos (more here, here and here)...

Japan: Nobuto Hosaka on the streets of Tokyo

Politician and blogger Nobuto Hosaka [保坂展人] of the Japan Social Democratic Party writes at his doko doko diary [保坂展人のどこどこ日記] about his experience yesterday giving speeches [ja] on the streets of...

Japan: Too many ads in Hatena Keywords

User id:ryocotan complains that the keyword page at Hatena, Japan's largest social bookmarking service, has too many advertisements [ja], demonstrating this problem with a diagram for the keyword “violin” (バイオリン...

Japan: Virtual Shopping Mall

Serkan Toto from Asiajin introduces a popular virtual window shopping website in Japan.

Japan: The Birth of Blog Critique

Hiroshi Yamaguchi at H-Yamaguchi.net discusses [ja] Japanese journalist, author and Internet commentator Toshinao Sasaki‘s latest book, “The Birth of Blog Critique” [ブログ論壇の誕生]. In the book, Sasaki describes the circumstances through...

Japan: Japanese input on iPhone 2.1

Views on the usability of Japanese characters on iPhone 2.1: At Thir's notes, thir reports that while many have complained that the input of characters is too slow on iPhone,...

Japan: Missing Pieces in Tainted Rice Scandal

The latest food scandal making headlines in Japan revolves on the nation's staple commodity: rice, one of only a small handful of foods for which the country achieves almost complete...

Japan: DVD release by Politician Yuri Fujikawa

The upcoming release [ja] of a DVD featuring 27-year-old Japanese politician Yuri Fujikawa [藤川 優里], member of the Hachinohe city [八戸市] assembly in Aomori Prefecture [青森県], is all the talk...

Japan: The Unhealthy Image of “Ladylike”

Japanese blogger Miyakichi at Miyakichi Nikki writes about why the image of ladylike beauty in the world today so unhealthy [ja], tracing the preference for pale skin, 40cm waists and...

Japan: Wire Free Gadgets Network Bloggers Meeting

The Agile Media Network blog has a post [ja] about a bloggers meeting in Tokyo's Shiodome area on September 29th, organized by NTT Communications, on the theme of “Wire Free...

Japan: Virtual Boyfriends Social Network

Akky Akimoto introduces a very distinctive social network game in Japan called Web-Kare – virtual boyfriends social network.

Japan: The End of OhmyNews Japan

At the end of August, 2008, OhmyNews, the citizen journalism site from South Korea that entered the Japanese market in 2006 with much fanfare, closed its doors. First officially announced...

Japan: Healthy Diet

Ampontan writes some Japanese diet tips for staying healthy.

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