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· November, 2008

Stories about Japan from November, 2008

Japan: Changing jobs in a recession

Noriyuki Okada at Silicon Valley wa Kyô mo Hareru (シリコンバレーは今日も晴れ) [jp] describes his experience taking the decision as a software-engineer to change his job despite being in the middle of...

Japan: Street View and the Burakumin

The Internet, many would argue, has created the possibility for anyone to express their opinions freely. Recently, however, some have worried about an increase in the number of racist and...

Japan: Children and mobile phones

At Kyô mo Aruku [ja], Shigeru Kurokawa casts doubts [ja] on the propriety of a report [ja], published by the government Discussion Group for Education Rebuilding, which urges mobile phone...

Japan: Italian students demo seen through Japanese eyes

Id:sawabonroma, a Japanese writer living in Rome, describes her everyday life in the Italian capital at Roma no Heijitsu (ローマの平日). In a post on October 30th, she writes about a...

Japan: Umbrella Loudspeaker

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a new design that turns umbrella into loudspeaker.

Japan: Public Violence Police

Niphonese posted a youtube video that shows how public violence police repressed citizen's right to protest. The music video editor urged people to release the video and demanded the government...

Japan: Granny's blog

The first of its kind, a Japanese blog called Sobolog (祖母ログ) [ literally “Grannylog”] crosses three generations, written by a nephew living in Tokyo in collaboration with her mother (who...

Japan: Mobile Suit Gundam

On the occasion of the foundation of the International Gundam Society (国際ガンダム学会) during the Hiroshima Anime Biennale in August, Kange debates the aims of the research group which will study...

Japan: Three Arrested for Visiting PM House

Niphonese translated some local discussions about the recent arrest of three protesters under the Tokyo Public Security Act. The “reality tour” (not protest) was organized by Freeter Union.

Japan: Halloween party train

Joe Jones from Mutantfrog posted a youtube video on the Halloween party train.

Japan: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

In a post entitled “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, Yasai-DX2 posts a picture of three guys [ja] dressed up as Japanese anime character Haruhi Suzumiya. “Well, they have nice legs,...

Japan: Chrétien, Aso, ALF

mamachari at niwahacker.com remarks on the resemblance between Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and sitcom character ALF.

About our Japan coverage

Nevin Thompson is our Japan editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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