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 […]

MOS Burger crossing the Pacific?

MOS Burger to come to the US? Oh god, I don’t know how to express how happy I am. I’m ecstatic. This is the best news ever. Oh my god. I love MOS Burger. This is so great. I thank you MOS Burger gods. I will patronize you as soon as you come to America […]

Record numbers of tourists visit Japan in 2010

Japanese tourism reached a record high in 2010, up 24.6% from the previous year, according to the Japanese National Tourism Organization. After tourism took a nosedive along with the economy in 2008 and 2009, it rebounded last year, with more than 9.4 million foreign nationals visiting the country, attributable to the beginning of economic recovery […]

Fall of Japan? A look at 2010 and what it might spell for J-Pop around the world

So it’s another year, and while real life doesn’t actually revolve around the increment of 365 ¼ days, it’s good to know that we like to box everything into little categories. Ronald Kelts, author of Japanamerica, wrote last January that Japan may have jumped the shark: 2009 wasn’t such a hot year for them either, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The Japanese longevity letdown

Another year passes, and at this point, I wonder how many more years I have left. Sheer longevity seems like an absurd goal, and I am not interested in living to be 100. I’m told that natto and macha and seaweed will give me health and long life, but I am dubious about these claims, […]

PlayStation seen useful for war games in U.S. military

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has recently revealed a supercomputer built from thousands of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s PlayStation 3 game consoles, transforming a machine made to play video games into one suitable for military tasks. The computer, known as the Condor Supercomputer, was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the United States’ […]

Dance master promotes Okinawan culture in the Bay Area

Noriyoshi Arakaki has been going back to his birthplace of Okinawa almost every year for the last 32 years since he moved to Hayward, Calif., where he owns a gardening business. This time, his visit had a special meaning. “I saw a banner in the National Theater Okinawa in Naha” — Okinawa’s capital — “that […]

OBITUARY: Chalmers Johnson

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Chalmers Johnson, an international politics scholar known as the original “Japan revisionist,” died Nov. 20 at his home in California aged 79, people close to him said. The cause of his death was not immediately known. As a revisionist, Johnson considered Japan different from other developed countries and his book “MITI […]

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