Compared to a decade ago, before Facebook, Twitter and other social media took over, there aren't as many Japan blogs are there used to be.
A few gems still remain. If you're interested in developing a more in-depth understanding of Japan, these blogs, many written by expert expats, are a great place to start.
SNA – Shingestu News Agency
More than a blog, Shingetsu is an independent news agency that has frequent updates and analysis about current events in Japan. Headed by journalist Michael Penn, a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera, the SNA Twitter feed is a good way to stay on top of breaking news in Japan.
If you want to truly get a good understanding of Japanese politics, Shisaku is a good place to start.
Written by scholar and commentator Michael Cucek, a resident of the Tokyo Metropolitan District since 1994, the Shisaku blog tries to identify the personalities and factions that power Japanese politics, and often provides an informed, sardonic take on current events.
A great place to start is this blog post describing the absurdities behind Japan's pro-whaling stance.
Filled with a lot of sex, and a little bit of violence, this sometimes-NSFW blog also has interesting stories otherwise missed by foreign media reporting on Japan, such as the man inside the Godzilla costume.
Japan Subculture Research
Run by Jake Adelstein, an investigative reporter who covered the Tokyo crime beat for Japanese-language dailies, Japan Subculture Research is where you want to go to get the latest gossip and insider notes on the mafia, vice, corrupt politics and the “dark side of the Rising Sun.”
Adelstein's book Tokyo Vice is well worth-reading, with rumors it will soon be made into a motion picture.
A rising star in Japan's English-language blogosphere, Tofugu features beautiful design and compelling commentary about Japanese pop culture.
Now studying in a Zen monastery, Medama-sensei sparked equal parts praise and condemnation for his YouTube expose of discrimination during his sojourn as a high school English teacher in Okinawa.
世論: What Japan Thinks
In the world of Japan blogs, this influential site has been around for a long time. What Japan Thinks investigates and translates how Japanese people respond to opinion polls and surveys. If you like data, this blog is for you.
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