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  • Tokyo turns up pressure on Okinawa with budget threat - The Japan Times

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    21 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    Tokyo turns up pressure on Okinawa with budget threatThe Japan TimesBut the pressure is likely to fuel already strong resentment against Tokyo, creating more uncertainty over the relocation plan, observers said. In the fiscal 2013 budget, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government set aside ¥300.1 billion for Okinawa
  • 67.9-B.-yen beer coupons left unused in Japan

    News On Japan
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:34 am
    Beer coupons worth a total of 67.9 billion yen have yet to be used by Japanese households, a liquor industry survey revealed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
  • Christine Corday's first solo presentation in a U.S. museum on view at LACMA

    Tokyo, Japan News
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting Christine Corday: Protoist Series, Selected Forms, the first solo presentation by the artist in a U.S. museum. The term 'protoist,' coined by Corday, describes forms in and out of a solid state and is the title of a series of works in which she aims to suspend the moment between sensory perception and definition.
  • Japan send mission to Spain to probe Aguirre allegations

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    20 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    <br>TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier ...
  • Current Conditions : 48F / 9C, Partly Cloudy - 8:30 PM JST Dec. 21

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    21 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Temperature: 48°F / 9°C | Humidity: 58% | Pressure: 29.77in / 1008hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 8mph / 13km/h
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  • Tokyo turns up pressure on Okinawa with budget threat - The Japan Times

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    Tokyo turns up pressure on Okinawa with budget threatThe Japan TimesBut the pressure is likely to fuel already strong resentment against Tokyo, creating more uncertainty over the relocation plan, observers said. In the fiscal 2013 budget, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government set aside ¥300.1 billion for Okinawa
  • Fukushima2020? Disaster-stricken area hopes to host Tokyo Olympic events - RT

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    RTFukushima2020? Disaster-stricken area hopes to host Tokyo Olympic eventsRTFukushima hopes to host some of the events for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to show the world that the worst days of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster are behind it. "We need to set a goal so that we can show how much Fukushima has ...Fuel Rods Are Removed From Damaged Fukushima ReactorNew York TimesJapan in Depth / Fukushima decommissioning inches onThe Japan NewsFirst of four Fukushima reactors cleared of nuclear fuelPhys.Orgall 24 news articles »
  • 30000 more a year 'should leave Tokyo' - AsiaOne

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    AsiaOne30000 more a year 'should leave Tokyo'AsiaOneAs part of its strategy to vitalize local communities and economies, the government aims to increase the number of people who move from Tokyo to provincial regions by 30,000 per year by 2020, according to a draft of the local vitalization strategy. It and more »
  • Tokyo Station in chaos as 9000 aficionados rush to buy commemorative Suica ... - The Japan Times

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    The Japan TimesTokyo Station in chaos as 9000 aficionados rush to buy commemorative Suica The Japan TimesAt least 9,000 people on Saturday rushed to buy East Japan Railway Co. limited edition Suica smart cards commemorating Tokyo Station's centennial anniversary. JR East started selling the cards at Tokyo Station at 8 a.m., one hour earlier than Tokyo Station marks centennial with thousands buying special IC cardsAsahi ShimbunSuica sale halted as crowd swamps Tokyo StationThe Japan Newsall 3 news articles »
  • Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi opens in Medina - cleveland.com (blog)

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    cleveland.com (blog)Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi opens in Medinacleveland.com (blog)If you live in Medina and Hibachi or is your thing, Kevin Zhao is going to be a fast friend of yours. He's the owner of the new Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi at 1132 N. Court St. in Medina. Zhao, who also owns Sakura, a hibachi restaurant in State College
 
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  • Christine Corday's first solo presentation in a U.S. museum on view at LACMA

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting Christine Corday: Protoist Series, Selected Forms, the first solo presentation by the artist in a U.S. museum. The term 'protoist,' coined by Corday, describes forms in and out of a solid state and is the title of a series of works in which she aims to suspend the moment between sensory perception and definition.
  • "Olympus Medical Systems Corp. - Medical Equipment - Deals and Alliances Profile" Published

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The company develops and offers the diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to its customers. Its provides products such as Broncho endoscopes, endoscopic ultrasound systems, capsule endoscopy systems, medical information systems, therapeutic peripherals, biological microscopes, inverted biological microscopes, stereo microscopes, confocal laser scanning microscopes, single-molecule fluorescence detection systems, industrial fiberscopes, peripherals, ultrasonic flaw detectors, IC recorders, optical materials, binoculars, among others.
  • A screening instrument to identify ulcerative colitis patients with...

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    Department of Advanced Clinical Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku 113-0033, Tokyo, Japan BackgroundNon-adherence to aminosalicylates is observed among 30% to 45% of patients with ulcerative colitis and increases the risk of relapse. The Health Belief Model is a theoretical model that could offer a broader perspective to improve patients? self-medication adherence.
  • Japan, South Korea condemn Sony hack Chinese paper says movie is senseless

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington. The government of China, North Korea's only major ally, has yet to respond to the U.S. call, but a state-run newspaper denounced Sony's comedy woven around a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as senseless and arrogant.
  • BOJ maintains monetary easing policy

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 19, 2014. The Japanese central bank, the BOJ, on Friday decided to maintain its ultra-loose monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy amid increasing anxiety in financial markets over the declining oil prices.
 
 
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  • MJG’s 2014 writing roundup and lessons learned

    MJG
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    2014 has been a huge year for me, on many levels. A lot has changed with my writing, life, travel, qualifications, job, and overall existence. There’ve been lots of transitions and new developments. This post is all about my writing...
  • Great Ruins Sonata reviews!

    MJG
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Ruins Sonata, my trilogy of science fiction dystopian post-tsunami apocalypse thrillers- Mr. Ruins, King Ruin, and God of Ruin -just got some stellar reviews from a review site called Bartleby’s reviews. They give away a good chunk of the...
  • Why ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ gives almost all I wanted – book review

    MJG
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    ★★★★ The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey is a perspective-flipping zombie road novel with a very great deal to recommend it. It starts off extremely tight-focused, homed in on one little girl and her experience of...
  • Ruined Cartmel Farmhouse and Priory

    MJG
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Cartmel is a tiny village located at the bottom of the Lake District in the NorthWest of the UK, famous for two things- a racecourse that brings in punters nationally perhaps once a year, and L’Enclume, a Michelin-stared restaurant now...
  • God of Ruin: a thriller (#3 Ruins Sonata)

    MJG
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    God of Ruin is a techno-thriller science fiction novel set in a sprawling future-ruin, sequel to Mr. Ruins and King Ruin. Ex-Arctic marine Ritry Goligh has torn his soul into six pieces, embodied in 6 rugged marines scattered across the...
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    Eurotechnology Japan

  • EU Japan FTA

    g_fasol
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Preparations: EU Japan FTA trade negotiations initiated: At the 20th EU-Japan Summit of May 2011 the EU and Japan decided to start preparations for both a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a political framework agreement (Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA). For updates and further details see: http://eu-japan.com/eu-japan-agreements/eu-japan-trade-negotiations/ … Continue reading EU Japan FTA → The post EU Japan FTA appeared first on Eurotechnology Japan.
  • Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida: “Japan needs to prepare fourth level and fifth level defense-in-depth to nuclear accidents”

    g_fasol
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Safety concerns with the world’s largest nuclear power plant and its operator Governor Hirohiko Izumida: “Nuclear power operating companies should have their headquarters at the nuclear power plant in order to immediately take responsibility and respond.” Governor Hirohiko Izumida (泉田裕彦) is elected by the 2.3 million people of Niigata Prefecture to be responsible for their … Continue reading Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida: “Japan needs to prepare fourth level and fifth level defense-in-depth to nuclear accidents” →…
  • Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview.

    g_fasol
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Interview for the Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly about Shuji Nakamura The Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed me about Shuji Nakamura’s invention of the blue LED and the background to his Nobel Prize. Here some of my answers. Read the article in Southern Weekly in Chinese language here: 【2014诺贝尔·科学】无人相信的发明 Shuji Nakamura: when he first announced his … Continue reading Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview. → The post Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other…
  • Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED

    g_fasol
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue GaN LED Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano enabled the global lighting revolution The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded in equal shares to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white … Continue reading Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED → The post Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED appeared…
  • Japan nuclear safety – Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto’s view and lessons learnt

    g_fasol
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dr Charles Casto: the Fukushima disaster changed my life. We cannot let this happen again anywhere in the world. Dr Charles “Chuck” Casto: leader of the US Government response to the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear disaster When President Obama expanded the Operation Tomodachi to include the nuclear disaster, Dr. Charles Casto was selected to lead … Continue reading Japan nuclear safety – Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto’s view and lessons learnt → The post Japan nuclear safety – Dr. Charles “Chuck” Casto’s view and lessons learnt…
 
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    Ramen Tokyo

  • Ivan Ramen/New York

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Pics from the 11th Ave Gotham Market location:From the Clinton St. location:
  • Mendokoro Hanada/Kanda麺処 花田/神田

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This place was a lifesaver and was open late one night during the big snowstorm of 2014. Only have a picture of the ramen (miso tsukemen, not my favorite but beggars (furriners walking around at night in the middle of a snowstorm looking for food) can't be choosers) - the outside of the shop was too messy and cold to take a picture. Also pictures of Chuo Dori in Akiba in the snow, plus my new hotel home when I visit Tokyo, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda.http://ramendb.supleks.jp/s/55746.html
  • Menya Ishin/Kami Osaki麺や維新/上大崎

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ah good to see another ramen place in the old stomping ground. There's also a couple new ones down the other side of Meguro Dori going west past the station but those will have to wait until next time. Nice new clean interior, good Tokyo style shoyu broth. Certainly respectable but not worthy of a special trip. Have included some nostalgic pictures of the old neighborhood. Well-regarded on Supleks.http://supleks.jp/s/14836.html
  • Ichiran/Hong Kong

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Ichiran on Jaffe Road in Causeway Bay is the first Hong Kong outpost of Japanese ramen chain Ichiran (small wooden booths). It opened in the summer of 2013 and still sports long lines. The ramen was exactly the same as in the Tokyo branches, a long wait outside and little wooden booths inside. Menu paper in multiple languages.Ichiran also opened a factory/store/museum "Ichiran-no-Mori" in Itoshima, Fukuoka in July of this year.http://fukuoka-now.com/2014/07/ichiranfactory/
  • Yoshu Shonin/Shinbashi揚州商人/新橋

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
     Updated review Nov 23 2014 - they also now have a Premium Suratanmen, at least at the Shimbashi branch (again with either thick or thin noodles) that was excellent:A novel concept at a chain ramen shop that is known for constantly bringing out new products: Yoshu Shonin's Su-Ra-Abura-Men. This take on both suratanmen and abura soba together is creative and tasty - it has a very vinegary and peppery taste, just like the regular suratanmen that Yoshu Shonin is rightly famous for and that several people including this page have reviewed in the past. They actually started selling this last…
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  • Japan News This Week 22 December 2014

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    今週の日本Scientist Who Had Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough Resigns From Japanese Research InstituteNew York TimesJapan 'could preserve' damaged 2011 tsunami sites BBCEat to the beat: a music insider’s guide to dining out in Tokyo GuardianActivist challenges secrets law with anonymous whistle-blower websiteJapan TimesJapan’s Resilient, Decarbonizing and Democratic Smart Communities Japan FocusLast Week's Japan News on the JapanVisitor blogStatisticsJapan is pressing ahead with linear passenger rail. The first line will whisk passengers from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes, traveling at…
  • Odoi Hideyoshi's Kyoto Wall

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    御土居The Odoi is an historic fortification built by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi to protect Kyoto in the late 16th century.The Odoi was a system of rudimentary earth works and moats incorporating existing streams and rivers that encircled the historic center of Kyoto, west of the Kamo River. The Odoi encompassed an area from what is now present-day Kitayama Dori to Kyoto Station bounded to the east by the Kamo River and stretching as far west as present-day Enmachi Station on Marutamachi Dori.Little now remains of this long-forgotten fortification, though the best parts of the remaining…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 50 Arao to Hainuzuka

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 50, Arao to HainuzukaSunday December 22nd, 2013It's very foggy as I leave Arao and head north. Before too long I leave Kumamoto and enter into the southern part of Fukuoka, known as Chikugo, the old name of the province.This used to be a major coal mining area, though there is absolutely no sign of it anymore. They didn't run out of coal, there is still plenty under the ground, rather the government chose to shut down the industry because at the time oil was cheaper to import. Same reason why so much wood is imported in this 70% forested country. Pure economics, which…
  • A Walk Around Kyushu Day 49 Tamana to Arao

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Walk Around KyushuDay 49, Tamana to AraoSaturday December 21st, 2013The sun is not yet up, today being the winter solstice and therefore the shortest day of the year, but I encounter several joggers out and about. By the time I cross the river into the town the sun peeks out from the clouds. In the middle of the town is a big Hachimangu shrine with a very impressive gate with a tower. Within the gate a pair of stone Nio, the Buddhist temple guardians removed from most shrines when the government separated Buddhism and Shinto in the Meiji Period.In 1877 Saigo Takamori's youngest brother was…
  • Snap Election 2014 - My First Ever Vote

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    選挙2014年For the first time in the more than two decades I've lived in Japan, I voted today.The candidatesI got naturalized as a Japanese citizen in February of this year, qualifying me to participate in Japan's politics. And the first ever election I got to take part in was quite a newsworthy one, as Prime Minister Abe seeks mid-term endorsement for his policies aimed at turning around the country's flat-lined economy, turning the nuclear electric power plants back on in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and giving Japan official military clout again.The polling stationThe…
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  • TIFF 2014: Japan’s Leading Film Festival in Transition

    M. Downing Roberts
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Traditionally, film festivals have celebrated the people and productions that comprise national cinemas. This, at least, has been their public face, for they primarily serve as important markets and publicity events for distribution companies, which are the true locus of power and profit in the film industry. With the globalization of the industry, festivals now compete more directly for prestige and visibility, though Venice, Cannes, and Berlin still preside as the elder statesmen of the film world. In East Asia, the Japanese film industry may be the eldest, but the Tokyo International Film…
  • A World of Image-Making

    Emily Wakeling
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Right now, Tokyo audiences are being offered exhibitions focusing on three renowned filmmakers. The first is Tim Burton, whose storyboards, sketches and props are on display at the Mori Arts Centre until January 4th. The second is an exhibition and screening program of the films and music of Jacques Demy at the National Film Center. Third is French musician, artist and filmmaker Michel Gondry, who has cultivated over the past two decades a reputation for innovative and whimsical moving images. In the 1990s, it was music videos that first gained him recognition internationally. Before creating…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: December Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan are an Australian husband and wife duo from the Philippines. Since their move to Australia in 2006 the artists have frequently dealt with notions of home and identity as demonstrated here in the large scale rendering of their participative project, “Another Country,” in which local visitors can contribute to the production of cardboard houses to form an expansive installation set across the gallery space. See it at Art Front Gallery until December 23. Scottish artist Jack McLean displays his recent drawings and expands his darkly comical universe of figures…
  • A Not-Entirely Brief Guide to Supergraphics

    Nick West
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    As it’s understood today, a brief guide to Supergraphics is simply big graphics in an architectural setting. A not-quite-so brief guide would cite design critic C. Ray Smith (1929-1988) as the author who first coined the term in the 1960s as reaction to an aesthetic expounded by a previous group of architects known as Supermannerists. A not-really-very brief guide would define it as a term rooted in architectural theory that emphasised the use of graphic form and colour as a spacial, rather than decorative, experiment. And a not-entirely brief and quite possibly Tokyo-centric guide would…
  • 10 Things in Tokyo: November Round-Up

    Emily Wakeling
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    First of all, thank you to all who came and celebrated Tokyo Art Beat’s 10th anniversary. Hundreds of Tokyo art lovers took in art and music performances at this special event. Here’s to another 10 years! Veteran artist Kishio Suga, best known for his work with the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde group Mono-ha, is having a retrospective at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka. Throughout his career, Suga has worked with primary materials such as stone and wood to explore objects in nature, and to bring heightened awareness to audiences of the spaces that surround them.
 
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  • Farewell to Another Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/s/sugawara-bunta.jpg" width="420" height="286" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Sugawara Bunta" alt="Sugawara Bunta"> <br clear=all> <p>Just weeks after the death of Takakura Ken, Japan has lost yet another of its screen legends. It was announced this week that Sugawara Bunta died of liver cancer on November 28. He was 81. He started acting in 1954 and made his screen debut two years later.
  • Sayonara Takakura Ken, a True Screen Legend

    tokyoguy
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/takakura_ken_the_yakuza.jpg" width="420" height="235" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza" alt="Takakura Ken in The Yakuza"> <br clear=all> <p>Japan sadly bid farewell to one of the true giants of modern cinema when it was revealed today that Takakura Ken died of lymphoma on November 10 at the age of 83. Takakura made his name as the stoic star of gangster movies…
  • Tokyo has Won Halloween!

    tokyoguy
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    <p><img src="http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/pix/t/tokyo-halloween-2014.jpg" width="420" height="233" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" style="border: solid black 1px;" title="Halloween in Tokyo 2014" alt="Halloween in Tokyo 2014"> <br clear=all> <p>Halloween in Tokyo used to be a strictly gaijin affair, with a few hundred of us hijacking a Yamanote Line train for one trip around the city. But these days, the Japanese have taken full ownership of Halloween. They're sexy, scary,…
  • 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 ...
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    The Tokyo Reporter

  • Murder of ‘Gyoza King’ remains unsolved 1 year on

    Tokyo Reporter
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    The first branch of Gyoza no Osho in Kyoto (Tokyo Reporter)KYOTO (TR) – With Friday marking the one-year anniversary of the murder of the chief of a dumpling chain, Kyoto Prefectural Police remain puzzled, reports public broadcaster NHK (Dec. 19). On the morning of December 19, Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, the president of Gyoza no Ohsho (Gyoza King) was shot dead near a parking lot for the company’s headquarters in Yamashina Ward as he commuted to work. Ohigashi received four wounds to the right part of his chest and abdomen from an unknown gunman. He was confirmed dead by emergency…
  • Squeeze play: Ex-baseball reporter for Tokyo Sports now a porn actress

    Kenji Nakano
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Kaho ShibuyaHot on the heels of revelations that an ex-reporter at the Nikkei Shimbun was once a porn actress, now comes news of a former baseball reporter for an evening tabloid who is now toiling away as a starlet herself, reports Nikkan Gendai (Dec. 19). Acting under the name Kaho Shibuya, the ex-scribe of evening tabloid Tokyo Sports made her debut in the AV industry last month. Her third film, “Mixed Bathing at the Hot Springs,” is scheduled to be released in January. (Though Gendai does not mention her performing name specifically, a check of the Web site for label Alice…
  • Emergency landing: Slumping salaries push flight attendants into part-time prostitution

    Kenji Nakano
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Shukan Post Dec. 26According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, salaries for Japan’s flight attendants have slumped significantly over the past decade. From 2004 to 2013, the average annual wage of a stewardess, aged between 25 and 29, dropped from 4.98 million to 3.91 million yen, the report said. This has lead to some stewardesses engaging in a selection of sultry services on the side, reports Shukan Post (Dec. 26), which provides a number of confessionals. A 30-year-old attendant tells the magazine that rumors of a “prostitution circle” had begun several years…
  • Yomiuri Giants win suit against tabloid over claims of bribery, ties to yakuza

    Tokyo Reporter
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Shukan Jitsuwa Nov. 24, 2011TOKYO (TR) – The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Yomiuri Giants baseball club in a libel suit against a weekly tabloid over articles appearing three years ago that claimed the team bribed young players and maintains ties to organized crime groups, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Dec. 17). Presiding judge Masako Ishikuri ordered Nihon Journal, the Tokyo-based publisher of Shukan Jitsuwa, to pay 2.2 million in compensation to the Giants, which had sought 33 million yen. “Without any substance in the coverage, it can not be said that…
  • Hiroshima fire chief whips out hose on station platform

    Tokyo Reporter
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The Fukuyama District Firefighting UnionHIROSHIMA (TR) – Hiroshima Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a chief from the Fukuyama District Firefighting Union after he exposed himself to a female college student, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 13). Officers from the Fukuyama Nishi station took Ko Yoshida, a 55-year-old chief at Nishi Fire Station, into custody on charges of public obscenity for allegedly dropping his pants in front of the college student, 19, as she waited for a train on a bench at JR Matsunaga Station at approximately 5:35 p.m. The girl subsequently sought assistance…
 
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    Around Tokyo

  • Parade of the Loyal Retainers

    Rohan Gillett
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! On December 14, the Parade of the Loyal Retainers is he […] The post Parade of the Loyal Retainers appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Imperial Palace: Autumn Open Day

    Rohan Gillett
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! From December 3 to December 7, Inui-dori (or Inui Stree […] The post Imperial Palace: Autumn Open Day appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Red Devil: the making

    Rohan Gillett
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Red Devil is the name of the movie and I’m lucky […] The post Red Devil: the making appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Design Festa vol. 40

    Rohan Gillett
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! Design Festa vol. 40 was another great event at Tokyo B […] The post Design Festa vol. 40 appeared first on Around Tokyo.
  • Grand Autumn Festival

    Rohan Gillett
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Here is the latest from Around Tokyo! This weekend we attended the Meiji Jingu (i.e. Meiji sh […] The post Grand Autumn Festival appeared first on Around Tokyo.
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  • Meeting the Emperor of Japan at His Imperial Palace

    Kelsey Leuzinger
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever seen the Queen of England? How about President Barack Obama? President Xi Jinping? When it happens, it’s always a once in a lifetime experience when you can catch a glimpse of these world leaders. And for most people, a chance to see someone of this status is nearly impossible. In Japan, however, you can live this out this incredible experience on 2 different occasions, and witness the Emperor and his Royal Family of Japan’s appearance at their palace. The first occasion to see Japan’s monarch is on his birthday, December 23rd. Each year, the palace opens its gates to…
  • Happy Holidays, Not Holiday

    Quincy B. Fox
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Many Japanese people consider the terms Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas the same. If you inquire into what they think is meant by “holidays,” they may tell you that the additional holiday is New Years. I was actually quite surprised that most of my Japanese friends and family had never heard of Hanukkah or that any other holidays were observed this time of year. As an English teacher for the last eight years, I was always asked to come up with holiday lessons each year. Some schools called them Christmas lessons, and other schools called them holiday lessons, but they really…
  • How to Spend Christmas in Japan Just Like Back Home

    John Asano
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to share some of my experience of spending many a Christmas here in Japan. As you can imagine, Christmas in Japan is very different from back home in Australia. The special event here is Christmas Eve, which is like a second romantic Valentine’s Day for couples. You’ll find popular restaurants and hotels will be fully booked out during this time as couples go out on a romantic dinner date and exchange gifts. There is even a famous song in Japan “Koibito ga santa kurousu“ (恋人がサンタクロース), which means my lover is Santa…
  • Tips for Overcoming Your Language Study Rut

    Kyle Von Lanken
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To any of you studying the Japanese language with aims to someday be fluent, I’m sure you know the struggle that is studying the language. With tons of context specific words, several phrases that have no English counterparts and around 2,000 or so kanji to learn in order to be able to read any book aimed at adults, the task can be daunting to say the least. Perhaps you are already aware of these facts and have even made some significant strides in your Japanese study; however, you might feel stuck in a rut to the point where you feel like you aren’t getting any more proficient in the…
  • Off Into Space

    Eric Burton
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As we pulled up I saw a rocket in the distance. It was the same rocket I had seen in the anime, Uchu-Kyodai. I couldn’t help but feel like we just entered a sacred ground of intergalactic awesomeness. A place with a direct connection to the space beyond us. We had landed in JAXA. JAXA (Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency) Space Center is the Tsukuba branch of Japan’s space agency. It is the most popular of all the branches; comparable to Houston Space Center in the USA. I am a space enthusiast and have been wanting to take the trip to Tsukuba for some time now. In November I finally…
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  • Hiiro Kushikatsu: Ultra Cheap Japanese Food

    charmaine
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    There are times when only fried food will do. There are times when only cheap food is all that you can afford. That’s where kushikatsu, deep-fried breaded pieces of meat or vegetables, comes in. Cheap, fast, and fried – what more […] The post Hiiro Kushikatsu: Ultra Cheap Japanese Food appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Low(er) Cost Lovin’ at Rabuho: Cheapo Guide to Love Hotels

    Selena Hoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    Ready for some lovin’? Perhaps you live in a guesthouse, a tiny apartment with paper thin walls, or with too many roommates/relatives/children/grandparents all up in your business, and not in a good way. You could go to a regular hotel, […] The post Low(er) Cost Lovin’ at Rabuho: Cheapo Guide to Love Hotels appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Kechi Osechi: Osechi Ryori for Cheapos

    Tiffany
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Welcoming the New Year is a big deal for most Japanese people, and one of the many New Year traditions is eating osechi ryori (お節料理), a Heian-era practice that still survives today. Traditionally, it was taboo to cook during the […] The post Kechi Osechi: Osechi Ryori for Cheapos appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Cheapo Weekend for December 20-21: Hagoita, Winter Festivals and Illuminations

    Frances Maeda
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    This weekend in Tokyo is going to be a cold one. Wrap up warm and head out though – there’s fun to be had at festivals and last-minute Xmas shopping to be done! If you’re in the Yokohama area, we suggest […] The post Cheapo Weekend for December 20-21: Hagoita, Winter Festivals and Illuminations appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
  • Powder Excursions: Skiing and Snowboarding Near Tokyo

    Selena Hoy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Skiing and snowboarding ain’t exactly cheap, but there are lots of places within spitting distance of Tokyo to carve out a bit of snow. With some careful planning, a few days of snow adventure can be had without leaving you […] The post Powder Excursions: Skiing and Snowboarding Near Tokyo appeared first on Tokyo Cheapo.
 
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