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  • Ta-im: Falafel Paradise in Ebisu

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    Yasmim
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Located at the midpoint between Ebisu and Hiroo, Ta-im (meaning delicious in Hebrew) is heaven for Middle-Eastern food lovers in a city where real falafels are a rarity. The restaurant, which has been serving up authentic, fresh Israeli food for over [...]
  • MAXIMUM THE HORMONE Headed to US

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    tokyoguy
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/m/maximum_the_hormone2014.jpg" width="420" height="410" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE" alt="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE"> <br clear=all>Hard rock band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE are headed to the United States again for a solo show at New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 27 following their appearance at...<br clear=all>
  • Japan shares fall before Fed decision on monetary policy

    News On Japan
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (businessweek.com)
  • New Report Available: Nippon Carbide Industries Co., Inc. (4064) -...

    Tokyo, Japan News
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    The company develops, produces and commercializes chemicals, plastics and resins, plastics films and electronic materials. Its products include specialty polymers, calcium carbide, hydrazine hydrate, cyanamide solution, alkyl monovinyl ether, cyanamide derivatives, fire retardants, fine chemicals, nikalet, marking films, packaging materials, stickers, ceramics, printed wiring boards and optical products.
  • South Korea Japan to hold talks on sex slavery

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    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Senior diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold talks about Tokyo's sexual enslavement of Korean women during the World War II, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday. The director ...
 
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  • New Report Available: Nippon Carbide Industries Co., Inc. (4064) -...

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    The company develops, produces and commercializes chemicals, plastics and resins, plastics films and electronic materials. Its products include specialty polymers, calcium carbide, hydrazine hydrate, cyanamide solution, alkyl monovinyl ether, cyanamide derivatives, fire retardants, fine chemicals, nikalet, marking films, packaging materials, stickers, ceramics, printed wiring boards and optical products.
  • How Youtube is your kid's new after-school tutor

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Google Inc.'s YouTube logo is displayed on a wall at the company's YouTube Space studio in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, March 30, 2013. In Japan, YouTube's biggest regional success story in Asia, the company is recruiting online stars to bolster its local-language channels with more-targeted original programming and higher production values.
  • Japan Exports Fall Less Than Forecast With Recovery Weak

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    A shipping container is loaded from a truck onto a container ship at a shipping terminal in Tokyo, Japan. Close Japan 's exports declined less than forecast in August while a drop in imports underscored the challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in stoking domestic demand.
  • Sony Thinks It Will Lose $2.14 Billion This Year

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Hirohito Kondo, product planning manager at Sony Corp, displays the company's new SmartWatch 3 wearable device while holding a Xperia Z3 following an interview at the company's showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.
  • Elena Scotti/The Daily BeastHated Bitcoin Tycoon: My Life Is at...

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    In the first interview with Mt. Gox's Mark Karpeles since Japanese police launched an investigation into his bankrupt exchange, he says he's just a regular geek-and that he's in danger.
 
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  • LOCKE [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I heard about LOCKE [2013] on the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast and did not listen long as to not want to hear too much about the movie because the premise alone had me interested. This movie can easily be described one man in a car (BMW X5 to be exact) the entire time talking hands-free on the phone to five different people. Obviously this is a dialogue driven movie especially since he is driving at night and there is no scenery to be scene at all. Ivan Locke is not actually driving the entire movie, he walks from his worksite into his car in the opening frames. It seems he is making the…
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014] movie review

    Jason Collin
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    It might be easy to think of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as a really good movie, or at least certainly a very entertaining one. To think so would only consider its contemporary competition. Standards are so low for movies now, simply not sucking, I feel, is often confused for being an actually good and recommendable movie. GOTG is yet another massive CGI sci-fi comic book movie. Yes, the characters have some witty lines and how they come together is rather interesting, but there is no exceptional story, no exceptional acting, and certainly no exceptional action sequences. The movie simply has…
  • SNOWPIERCER [2013] movie review

    Jason Collin
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    It is funny how movies come out of nowhere to appear on my radar, though since I was browsing a mostly movie review website (AICN), it was not surprising that I would discover a little known movie, SNOWPIERCER [2013], that I never heard of at all until this week. The concept is what convinced me to watch it right away. A chemical is released into the atmosphere to reduce global warming, but it goes wrong and creates an ice age that kills off all life, save for a few who ride this train on a perpetual loop across the continents, each loop taking a year. Now that’s an original idea! This is…
  • THE WIND RISES [2013] movie review – recommended

    Jason Collin
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I was waiting for the right day to watch the final Hayao Miyazaki movie, THE WIND RISES [2013], as his movies have imprinted in my mind like few other moviemakers have. This being the summer solstice, and having been deep in the woods & Nature earlier today, capping it in the world of Miyazaki for one last time seemed fitting. Miyazaki makes movies for dreamers and the pure of heart. For those people, his movies are the safest of refuges where one can connect without fear of exposure to malice. There are very often no villains of any kind, and such is true for WIND. The conflict in the…
 
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  • ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview

    Gerhard Fasol
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    ApplePay is expected to start in October 2014 – Docomo’s Osaifu-keitai wallet phones started on July 10, 2014. Click blue arrow below to watch video: Read more details here: ApplePay vs Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai In business the first-comer does not always win the game Japan’s NTT-Docomo tested two types of wallet phones, manufactured by Panasonic and […] The post ApplePay vs Osaifu-Keitai – CNBC interview appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Apple Pay vs Japan’s Osaifu-keitai

    Gerhard Fasol
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    What can we learn from 10+ years of mobile payments in Japan? Apple Pay mobile payments are expected to start in October 2014 Japan’s Osaifu keitai mobile payments started on July 10, 2004, after public testing during December 2003 – June 2004 Two different types of Docomo‘s “Osaifu-Keitai“, manufactured by Panasonic and by SONY, were […] The post Apple Pay vs Japan’s Osaifu-keitai appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • EU Japan management: what is the value of good management?

    Gerhard Fasol
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    EU direct foreign investment into Japan could be 56% higher! With improved management skills, EU owned business in Japan could be at least € 50 billion high than it is today Many companies would wish to have a larger business in Japan, and generally the overall amount of direct EU investment in Japan is considered […] The post EU Japan management: what is the value of good management? appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Storage battery testing laboratory for batteries up to 2 MegaWatt hours

    Gerhard Fasol
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Electricity storage is crucial for the efficient use of renewable energy, especially solar and wind Japan plans to build world’s largest storage battery testing laboratory Wind farms and solar plants deliver electricity not continuously, but output depends on weather, wind and solar illumination conditions. Battery storage technology is necessary to store solar electricity produced during […] The post Storage battery testing laboratory for batteries up to 2 MegaWatt hours appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Carlos Ghosn: “the four global socio-economic mega-trends reshaping the auto industry”

    Gerhard Fasol
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault, Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance The Renault-Nissan Alliance was started on March 27, 1999 with Renault acquiring 36.8% of outstanding Nissan shares, and with Nissan acquiring 15% of Renault later in 2001. Chronological details can be found in the EU-Japan Direct Investment Register. Carlos Ghosn speaks at the […] The post Carlos Ghosn: “the four global socio-economic mega-trends reshaping the auto industry” appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
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  • AF's Coordination Conundrums for Textile Symposium 2014

    auberginefleur
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The photo BELOW shows my first thoughts on what to bring to wear for the Textile Society of America Symposium 2014; ABOVE shows my most recent thoughts. Now it remains to be seen what I actually pack and wear? Any thoughts? Comments? (comments here) Textile Society of America Symposium 2014 (AF’s of Special Interest picks) 9/10 (WED) EARLY DYEBOOKS AND THE INVESTIGATION OF THE SCIENCE OF COLOR – PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP 9/11 (THU) Sessions 2D. Alternative Plant Fibers: Preservation, Development, Sustainability Chair: Yuko Fukatsu Location: South Bay Room 1. Lesli Robertson: Ugandan Bark…
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar AUGUST 2014

    auberginefleur
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
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  • 紅葉情報 2014 Fall Leaves Forecast for Japan・Tokyo Etc

    auberginefleur
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    See also, The Color of Autumn in Japanese Poetry The next most important thing in Japan after Cherry Blossoms, is the fall colors, called Kōyō (紅葉) "crimson leaves" in Japanese. The fall leaves are still being predicted (WeatherNews et al)to be at their best in the Tokyo area around the third week of November or so, but some have reported (as of September) spotting colored leaves already in some areas, as can be seen in the large map above. * Click on the maps below to interactive fall color maps at their original site. (Beware though, some of the sites may not have been updated…
  • 〔普段着〕 と〔季節ルール〕 と 〔5月・9月〕がぶつかる問題

    auberginefleur
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Everyday-wear Kimono vs. Season Rules vs. Temperature Reality 〔普段着〕 と〔TPO〕(主に季節ルール)の問題…
  • AF’s Kimono Calendar JULY 2014

    auberginefleur
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I have long wanted this yukata, but couldn’t make up my mind whether to buy it, that it is now almost impossible to find. This is a fairly famous yukata by Shiorian, famous because it has been in magazines everywhere. So, not only is it very much NOT a mine-only yukata, the wearer is automatically compared with the fashion model in the magazines—not a pretty picture. Also the ro-gauze fabric is a creamy color that I didn’t think would be becoming on me. Hence, my dithering about this purchase. But, when one suddenly became available after many years, I just grabbed it up without…
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  • The Dark Side of Japanese Online Dating

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Some of the loneliest Japanese people I know are married.... The beach was happening on August 30th. It's September 7th and the beach is dead. My old pal, Mutsuhiro "Mandrake" Watanabe (33), spent the last two weeks of prime pick up season locked up. Japan's beach scene goes into hibernation from Sept 1st.  His usual hunting ground,Yoyogi Park's Fall Festival circuit, is closed until further notice thanks to the Dengue fever outbreak. Newlywed Mandrake doesn't care what the date is, “ Of course I'd rather be in the park this time of year, the culture…
  • Inside the Seaworld of Japan

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Plain looking, 27 year old Sayuri Kondo has been cleaning the shit and windows of the penguin and sea turtle exhibits at Kamakura Sea Paradise for the past 2 years. She graduated from UCLA with a MS in Marine Biology in 2011 with dreams of helping the sea return to it's former glory. She applied for a job on the Sea Sheppard as translator to help stop Japan's whale hunt. She was rejected for not being a vegetarian."Not only does is the smell worse than an anchovy's cunt, it's hot as hell in here! I thought these things liked cold weather but it's always like a fucking…
  • Shonan Beach Series: When Rogue Waves Attack

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My friend Minoru Miyamoto ordered sand bags be deployed to protect the shops. These horny shitworkers spent half the time chatting up the passing ladies. The waves were rough as fuck today- thanks to  over hyped Typhoon Halong all the way on the other side of Japan. A state of calamity had been declared in the Miura Peninsula, as well as in Enoshima and Hayama beaches- which were closed to the public. Yuigahama beach was open as all the lifeguards were sent there to concentrate on safety. No swimming or wading was allowed due to the strong riptides. They should have taken Minoru's…
  • The Inside Scoop on Zushi Beach

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    New Rules 2014 Series The 2014 Zushi Beach rule amendments are distinctly anti-foreigner. In response to them, foreigners are flocking to Yuigahama and Enoshima's beaches to escape these blatant discriminations. White residents of the Shonan area say these changes in rules, law and the enforcement of laws on the beach are due to a shift in power in the region. Those politicians in power in Zushi, who were once friendly with the US military and their horny men carousing the beach, are long gone. These ideas are appealing to  Zushi people because they need a simple explanation for…
  • 2014 One Love Jamaican Festival Sleazes Up Yoyogi Park

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Sex And Outrage At The Tokyo One Love Jamaican FestivalDAY 1The dirtiest, skankiest and loosest women in Japan all converge for two glorious days a year, the place is the Yoyogi Park Jamaican Festival. This year the Bob Marley cover bands were banned as Sony Music Japan was demanding a big royalty fee for the rights to perform the songs. The promoters struck back by having a band on to punish the festival goers. The music consisted of random beats with a seemingly angry and drunken, Jamaican man screaming and shouting obscenities with no rhyme or reason. The non black, straight men in…
 
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  • Lake Ikeda

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    池田湖Lake Ikeda (Ikeda-ko), located 40km south of Kagoshima, and about 10km east of Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture, is Kyushu's largest lake.Ikeda-ko has a perimeter of 15km and reaches a maximum depth of 233m. From December through February, the lake is surrounded by fields of flowering rape plants (nanohana), which makes for a lovely sight.A caldera lake, Lake Ikeda is known for the clarity and cleanliness of its water, though its quality has been in decline since the 1960's, with the lake water down from a transparency of nearly 27m to 5m.Lake Ikeda is also home to Japan's largest…
  • Military Recruitment in Japan

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    自衛隊The Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) is made up of three branches: Ground, Maritime and Air. Prevented by the Constitution of Japan from engaging in any military action besides the purely defensive, Japan's participation in even United Nations peacekeeping mssions was not without controversy.This might give the impression of a militarily emasculated Japan, but in actual fact Japan's military budget is the fifth biggest in the world and growing. The appointment of Shinzo Abe as prime minister in 2012 heralded the start of a more tigerish mood in Japan, a mood fortified by…
  • Japan News This Week 14 September 2014

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    今週の日本Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Report and Fires EditorNew York TimesJapan nuclear regulator approves reactor restart BBCFukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprootedGuardianPop star Aska gets off with suspended sentence for drug useJapan TimesHistory and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan RelationsThe DiplomatOn Patriotism and Constitutional Amendment: An interview with film director Miyazaki Hayao 愛国心と憲法改正について宮崎駿監督に聞く Japan FocusNishikori makes US Open history as first Asian finalistChristian…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 41 Yunomae to Hitoyoshi

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 41, Yunomae to Hitoyoshi Monday November 25th, 2013 It's raining heavily when I wake in my womb-like sleeping compartment on the Taragi Blue Train. I've been lucky with the weather for the vast majority of the walk so far, but today starts with a downpour. I sit in the cafe area of the train and drink a couple of coffees to wait and see if it will ease up a bit. The next pilgrimage temple is just a couple of stops along the rail line at Yunomae.By 8am, a couple of hours later than I would normally head off, I decide to take the train to Yunomae and see if the weather…
  • Sanage Onsen

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    猿投温泉Sanage Onsen is a local beauty spot close to Mt. Sanage not far from Toyota city and Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.Located on a small hill, the main onsen hotel here is the Kinsenkaku Hotel (Tel: 0565 45 6111) with a radium bath said to be good for rheumatism. The food here was excellent and plentiful. Even at a slight elevation the air is cooler than in Toyota and Nagoya cities below during Chubu's relentlessly hot and humid summers.There's a peaceful pond above a pretty shrine not far from the Kinsenkaku Hotel. A row of eateries runs along the street past the hotel,…
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  • Yokohama Triennale 2014

    Nick West
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    In the “Yokohama Triennale 2014 – Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion,” there’s a tremendous amount to see. Occupying the two main venues—Yokohama Museum of Art and the Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall—the triennale extends to a further five smaller venues. Known as Creative City Core Area Bases, these include BankART Studio NYK, Zou-No-Hana Terrace, Steep Slope Studio, the Hatsuko/Hinode Area and the Yokohama Creativity Centre. If you’re intent on seeing everything, be warned: an all-area ticket could easily take all day to explore. Be sure to get there…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: September Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    The inaugural Hillside Terrace Photo Fair is happening this weekend in Daikanyama until Sunday 7th. The fair includes talk events from some pretty big names in Japanese photography, such as Miyako Ishiuchi, Eiko Hosoe, Issei Suda, Daido Moriyama, as well as younger artists such as Takashi Arai, Daisuke Yokota and Ken Kitano. As well as a dozen photobook publishers, among the galleries represented are MEM (with Charles Fréger, pictured), Misako & Rosen, Taka Ishii, Shugoarts and Tomio Koyama. One of the visiting international photographers, Beat Streuli, is also showing at Yumiko Chiba…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: August Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    First on the agenda is the fifth Yokohama Triennale, happening at the Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall until November 3. This year’s artistic director is Yasumasa Morimura, an artist best-known for his self-portraits modeled off Western masterpieces. His chosen subtitle for the Triennale is the epic “Art Farenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion”, with a theme surrounding humanity’s unknown future. Dominating the main venue is Michael Landy’s Art Bin (2010), a rather self-explanatory piece in which selected participants can dispose of…
  • Public Art Series #8: Kimiyo Mishima’s Trashcan

    Nick West
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Consumer waste is often a source and a subject for contemporary artists. In 2000, Yuken Teruya began creating dioramas of trees within, and from, paper shopping bags in the series ‘Notice Forest’. In the late 1990s, Tomoko Takahashi became known for marshaling refuse into deceptively chaotic installations that had been carefully orchestrated to question notions of order and classification. And for over twenty years, Fumioko Aono has been salvaging materials in Miyagi to make inventive, ramshackle assemblages. Kimiyo Mishima’s Work 2012 stands on Tennōzu Isle as a recent example…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: July Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    “Tsumari Story,” an exhibition of beautiful photographs from remote Japan by RongRong & inri, is in its last days at Mizuma Gallery. The husband and wife artist unit (and their children) spent some time in Tsumari, in close proximity to the isolated northern landscape of Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country, and developed a body of images that eloquently capture love, intimacy, and the wholesomeness of getting back to nature. Until July 12. See works by Tsuyoshi Ozawa and other international artists who have participated this year in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government-funded…
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  • MAXIMUM THE HORMONE Headed to US

    tokyoguy
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/m/maximum_the_hormone2014.jpg" width="420" height="410" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE" alt="MAXIMUM THE HORMONE"> <br clear=all>Hard rock band MAXIMUM THE HORMONE are headed to the United States again for a solo show at New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 27 following their appearance at...<br clear=all>
  • Akina's Back, Again

    tokyoguy
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Veteran J-pop idol Nakamori Akina (48) is making another comeback, four years since her last attempt ended in hospitalization. In and out of hospital since 2010, reportedly for ...
  • Japan's Latest Internet Sensation

    tokyoguy
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    The latest Japanese web sensation isn't a J-pop group but a politician caught with his hand in the public cookie jar. Nonomura Ryutaro, a member of the Hyogo Prefectural government, gave a press conference this week to apologize for his embezzlement of some ¥3 million (about $30,000) for almost 200 "business trips" to several hot spring resorts. Nothing unusual or sensational there, you might think. But this was more like watching a...
  • The Taiji Saga Heads to Court

    tokyoguy
    16 May 2014 | 2:19 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/r/ric-obarry-tokyo-2014.jpg" width="420" height="297" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Ric O'Barry in Tokyo" alt="Ric O'Barry in Tokyo"> <br clear=all>Dolphin conservationist Ric O'Barry just doesn't know when to stop. The 74-year-old is back in Japan for the umpteenth time in his ongoing effort to bring an end to the dolphin slaughter and capture in the small fishing town of Taiji, Wakayama…
  • It's Been a Long... 48-year Wait

    tokyoguy
    13 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/m/mccartney-ono.jpg" width="450" height="350" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono" alt="Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono"> <br clear=all>Beatles fans who didn't manage to see their idols perform at the Nippon Budokan way back in 1966 will finally have a chance to see, well one quarter of the Fab...<br clear=all>
 
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  • Crime writer says Kudo-kai arrests not end game for Kyushu cops

    Amy Takahashi
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    Shukan Asahi Geino Sept. 25Over the past week, Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested the two top bosses of the Kudo-kai organized crime group for participation in the murder of a fishery cooperative president more than a decade ago in Kitakyushu. Sources tell Shukan Asahi Geino (Sept. 25), however, that this long, twisted tale of violence is likely not over. On the night of February 18, 1998, Kunihiro Kajiwara (then age 70) was struck by four bullets at point-blank range in the street outside a cabaret club in Kokurakita Ward. Four years later, a court convicted two members of the Kudo-kai…
  • Fukuoka cops bust sex club tied to yakuza for prostitution

    Brett Bull
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Police allege the suspects used dating sites to recruit customers for prostitutesFUKUOKA (TR) – Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested the manager of a sex club with ties to organized crime for introducing male customers to female prostitutes in Kitakyushu, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 17). Between April and July, Yoichiro Matsubara, the 47-year-old manager of an out-call “delivery health” sex business in Nakatsuguchi, Kokurakita Ward, and one other suspect allegedly posed as females on deai-kei “encounter” matchmaking sites to recruit male…
  • Tokyo cops arrest yakuza in bust of illegal porn operation in Kabukicho

    Brett Bull
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Toshihiro YoshikawaTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested an organized crime member in the bust of a business in Shinjuku Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports AV Asahi (Sept. 17). On Monday, officers arrested gang member Toshihiro Yoshikawa, 39, manager Yoshito Imai, 54, and four other employees of the operation, which included a shop and a warehouse, for the sale and possession of uncensored pornographic DVDs. A search of the warehouse by investigators revealed approximately 54,000 discs. By law, films available in Japan are required to have genitalia…
  • Tokyo cops bust Internet casino in Ikebukuro, arrest 5

    Brett Bull
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hidenori TakadaTOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of an Internet casino in the Ikebukuro entertainment area of Toshima Ward for permitting illegal gambling, reports Nippon News Network (Sept. 17). On Monday, officers raided parlor Rifrein and took manager Aritomo Oishi, 37, and employee Hidenori Takada, 35, into custody for providing baccarat and roulette gambling on 14 computers connected to an overseas site. Oishi has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “When I came to Tokyo I didn’t have a job,” the suspect is quoted by police.
  • Tokyo cops arrest ex-yakuza in Koiwa shooting

    Brett Bull
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Police charged the suspect with possessing an automatic pistol and two bullets used to shoot a gang member on August 21TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a former gang member for a shooting incident inside a coffee shop in the Nishi Koiwa district of Edogawa Ward last month, reports public broadcaster NHK (Sept. 17). Officers arrested a 42-year-old Cambodian national, a former member of the Yamaguchi-gumi, for possessing an automatic pistol and two bullets used to shoot a gang member on August 21. At approximately 11:30 a.m., an employee at the shop called emergency…
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  • Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever

    Rohan Gillett
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! As you’ve probably seen in the papers or on the t […] The post Shinjuku Gyoen closed due to Dengue Fever appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Takaido Photowalk

    Rohan Gillett
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today I did my first photowalk.  I’ve been wantin […] The post Takaido Photowalk appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Koenji Awa Odori 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! The Koenji Awa Odori is always an amazing event.  IR […] The post Koenji Awa Odori 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat

    Rohan Gillett
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Yesterday I visited Sengakuji to get some photos for my […] The post Sengakuji – home of the 47 ronin under threat appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014

    Rohan Gillett
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Today was the first time for the All Student Art Festiv […] The post All Student Art Festival – Gakuten 2014 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
 
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  • 4 Tips For Going To A Modern Japanese Wedding

    Rebecca Quin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    

Navigating the tricky waters of Japanese social protocol can be at best, challenging, and at worse a one-way ticket to a deserted island of social otracizism ruled by crazed, man-eating baboons. Ok, maybe I’m being a little extreme but there’s definitely a certain amount of pressure involved in making sure you don’t, well, screw it up. When I received an invitation to a friend’s wedding* (a person I really admire and who chose to invite me despite being well aware of my tendency to fall down the stairs and/or break things) I frantically googled ‘Japanese weddings’ and found…
  • Saijo: A Sake Day Trip From Hiroshima

    Lisa Hong
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The classic Hiroshima visit includes the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, Atomic Bomb Dome, and Miyajima. To add another spot to your list, try a day trip to a little Sake brewing town called Saijo. Just 40 minutes away by local train, this town provides you with a Sake walking map of all the local breweries. To start your sake journey visit the tourist office just outside of the JR Saijo station. Here, they can provide you with a walking map in English. Now you are ready for your adventure! Tastings are complimentary, but I usually purchase at least a small bottle to show the host that I…
  • Is Japan Foreigner Friendly?

    Liam Carrigan
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    As regular readers will know, I’ve been in Japan for a significant portion of my adult life. I love this country and I love its people. I would go so far as to say that, overall, I feel more welcome and more at home in my adopted home of Osaka than I ever felt in my native Scotland. Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories and read numerous blogs from various foreigners living in Japan claiming unjust, discriminatory and downright prejudicial treatment in some of their interactions with the Japanese. I have been lucky in that I have never really experienced direct discrimination…
  • 10 Essential Items You’ll Need To Start Living In Japan

    Lynn Allmon
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    In August, we asked you, the GaijinPot readers, what items are essential for living in Japan. After pouring through the suggestions, the editor and I have chosen the ten items necessary for life in Japan. Whether you bring them with you from home or buy them when you arrive, below are the top 10 items you’ll need while living in Japan. Out and About: Slip-on Shoes Japanese: スリッポン (surippon – for slip-on shoes with no laces); スニーカー (sunīkā – for sneakers, usually with laces) Where to buy: Shoe stores (ABC Mart, etc.), clothing stores (AEON, etc.) or before…
  • Top Jobs in Japan for Week 38 – 2014

    GaijinPot Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Check back every Tuesday as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot. Electrical Component Engineer ¥5.0M ~ ¥8.0M / Year Saitama Japanese: Native level Must currently reside in Japan An interesting role has come available at a foreign capital commercial vehicle manufacturer in the Kanto region. The role is earmarked for a mid-level experienced professional who can step into people management responsibility in the near…
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  • Cheapo Weekend for September 20-21: Chai, Consoles and Shrine Festivals

    Frances Maeda
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    This is a bumper weekend in Tokyo, with one of the globe’s biggest game shows going down, as well as some awesome shrine festivals. Not to mention all the curry and chai that will be making cheapo stomachs happy in [...]
  • Ta-im: Falafel Paradise in Ebisu

    Yasmim
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Located at the midpoint between Ebisu and Hiroo, Ta-im (meaning delicious in Hebrew) is heaven for Middle-Eastern food lovers in a city where real falafels are a rarity. The restaurant, which has been serving up authentic, fresh Israeli food for over [...]
  • Museum Lovers’ Tour with the Grutto Pass

    Selena Hoy
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Museum buffs – high ticket prices getting you down? Tired of shelling out big yen for museum entry only to be disappointed with the exhibition? There are still several months to take advantage of the 2014 Grutto Pass, a museum [...]
  • Tadaku: Hands-on Experience of Japanese Home Cooking

    haruka
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    We all want to eat, pray, and love (food) like Anthony Bourdain does in his travel TV show, No Reservations. But why do we dream of being him out of all the celebrities that travel and eat like kings for [...]
  • Japan’s Autumn Beer Showdown: Four Brews Put to the Taste Test

    Greg Lane
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Japan has four seasons. You probably knew that already, but it really is a big deal – especially when it comes to the major beer producers pushing their products. Zythologically speaking, (yes it’s a word) autumn brings about some of [...]
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