Falling birth rates and infantile otaku culture

I’m more of a Western gamer when it comes to my video gaming habits. I guess I just never got into the Moe-blob romance and tsundere masochism my friends have enjoyed (though I did play a few dating sims in my day). If I had to choose, I’m much more an “action games” person. That, […]

Fun With Marketing: Children’s Films in Japan

I’ve been thinking a lot about what Chinese consumer power is going to mean for images of Asian people in Hollywood films — (even if offending Asian Americans doesn’t effect a studio’s bottom line enough for it to be an issue, offending Chinese viewers, or the Chinese government, has real monetary consequences). I’ll probably write […]

2 more ways to help Japan

We’re almost a month out from the devastating events in Japan and I still feel a little weird talking about something as lightweight as food. But you probably don’t come to this blog for Japan relief updates, so this week I’m compromising with this quick post on two more opportunities to help, and a full-length […]

Limbaugh Amused that Earthquake Hit Birthplace of Prius

Apparently, Rush’s understanding of the concept of environmentalism is that you make Mother Earth offerings of Priuses and recycled plastic in hopes she won’t smite you. Media Matters has a transcript and a quick list of some of his other absurd, unfeeling statements.

Japan establishes a secret intelligence unit: WikiLeaks

SYDNEY — Japan has established a secret foreign intelligence unit for the first time since World War II to spy on China and North Korea and gather information to prevent a terrorist attack, according to an Australian report on Feb. 21 citing whistleblower Website WikiLeaks. The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers said a […]

Sumo tournament canceled in wake of match-fixing scandal

The Japan Sumo Association announced the first canceled tournament since 1946 in the wake of a series of text messages that brought to light a seemingly widespread system of match-fixing among sumo wrestlers. According to the New York Times, police found text messages that link as many as 13 wrestlers to rigged bouts. Wrestlers must […]

A look at “Made In China”

There’s a sort of derogatory attitude taken by people in the US and Japan over China. The nation, not to make light of their questionable ethics, is beleaguered with bad press. In Japan’s case, it’s the recent debacle over the fishing boat collision last year, as well as mounting concerns over China’s haughtiness since being […]

Oh Ishihara you are a funny man

Gov. Ishihara calls for more immigration. Not sure how to feel about that seeing as he’s made a fair share of xenophobic remarks in the past… Why the turn around? Is he actually a pretty decent politician after all? No, I don’t think so. Okay, I really talk way too much about that without really […]

Japanese American Leadership Delegation to depart for Japan March 4

Thirteen Nikkei from across the nation will on March 4 embark on a trip to Japan as members of the 2011 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The delegation will be comprised of senior Japanese Americans who are at the foremost level of leadership in their professions, have had moderate to extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations, and […]

I feel slightly nausiated by this…

Hey guys, it’s time to relax, it’s the weekend and… What is this? Where did this guy come from? I really want to watch this show, just to be allowed to yell profanities at it, but alas, the UK doesn’t let me watch it legally. But seriously, when you name your documentary off of a […]

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