· April, 2009

Stories about Japan from April, 2009

Japan: The best remedies for hay fever

  8 April 2009

id: Fromdusktildawn sums up [ja] the best items and treatments against hay fever (花粉症, kafunsho). The blogger illustrates the pollen structure and the allergens that cause the hay fever through graphs and microscope images, and accurately reports on the different masks, vacuum cleaners and air filters purchasable in Japan.

Japan: Rocket Launched

  7 April 2009

Tobias Harris has been writing about Japan media and government's reaction in Observing Japan. His latest post is about Japanese government next move in UN Security Council.

Taiwan: Preserving memories of Losheng

  6 April 2009

The action of saving the Losheng Sanatorium is not as successful as many people hoped. Many buildings in the sanatorium are being taken apart and taken away. However, many people keep caring about the people who have spent most of their life in the sanatorium. The Japanese frottage artist, Masao Okabe heard the story about the Losheng Sanatorium, and he decided to hold a frottage workshop to help people preserve their memory of Losheng.

China: Animation industy and Ultraman

  6 April 2009

Premier Wen Jiabo's comment on Ultraman has traveled to Japan as “Destroy Japanese Anime“, there were more than 200 comments showing disagreeable faces :|||. I have also written a post at GV advocacy on recent control on multimedia content in the Internet in China and the netizens call for boycotting...

Japan: “Missile” or “Flying Object”?

  5 April 2009

“Missile” or “flying object”? Yasuharu Dando has put together a page with screenshots of how the major Japanese newspapers have reported whatever it was that North Korea launched over Japan to accompany his blog post on the topic of wording for headlines. The page is temporary and will be taken...

Japan: Bullying at school, the parents’ point of view

  5 April 2009

Ijime – the Japanese word for “bullying” – is still a worrying social phenomenon in Japan, despite the “latest” surveys published by the Japanese Ministry of Education [pdf, ja] (no data after 2007 is available) appearing to show how the cases of bullying at school have decreased by 7.1% in later years...

Japan: Tokyo Marathon 2009

  4 April 2009

Tokyo Marathon 2009, the largest marathon event in Japan, was held on March 22nd. It felt like everyone in Tokyo knew someone who was competing or had wanted to, and with 226,378 applicants for 30,000 spots, that might not have been too far from the truth. Tokyo Marathon's official website...

Global Job Losses and Returning Migrant Workers

  4 April 2009

This post focuses on the stories of the unemployed and migrant workers who are returning home to their countries. Job layoffs are perceived by most people as the primary and most recognizable indicator of the global economic recession. How has unemployment affected individuals around the world? In what ways the reverse migration of workers creating problems for developing nations?

Taiwan: Dancing with the glass eels

  4 April 2009

The adult eels live in rivers. During the reproduction season in summer, they swim downstream toward the deep sea thousands miles away (besides Philippine and the Mariana Islands) to lay their eggs. The eel larvae drift with the North Equatorial Current toward Philippine. They then drift with the Kuroshio toward north. Therefore, we can see people in different countries catch elvers along the way of the Kuroshio: Philippine, Taiwan, and Japan.

Japan: A food tale

  1 April 2009

Greenz.jp, a bilingual internet media source “dedicated to promoting a green economy and a sustainable society”, presents the illustrated book Tabemonogatari (たべものがたり, lit. A food tale). The book is part of the project Think the Earth and it explains the importance of food and many allied and concerning issues through...

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