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Independent Taipei mayoral candidate to visit Japan TAIPEI - Independent Taipei mayoral aspirant Ko Wen-je said Wednesday that he will visit Japan later this month to gain city management and election experience. The three-day visit will take Ko to Osaka on Sept.
Tue Sep 16, 2014
BOJ's Kuroda says stable yen key for Japan businesses
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said stable yen moves are crucial for the country's business sector, nodding to complaints from some companies that rising import costs from sharp yen declines were starting to hurt their bottom line. But he stressed that the reversal of past "excessive" yen gains is prompting some Japanese companies to boost domestic investment instead of shifting production overseas, suggesting that he still broadly sees yen weakness as a welcome trend.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
The F-Word Blog
Backstage of life: Japan's love hotels
CN Lester praises Love Hotel, a documentary by Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda that beautifully explores the Japanese phenomenon without exploiting its protagonists Those hoping for an expository, talking-heads and graphs style documentary will not find what they're looking for in Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda's Love Hotel . Instead, the directors offer a far more sensitive look at what could, in the wrong hands, turn into a simplistic, sexploitation flick - another lazy, racist addition to the "look how weird Japan is" genre beloved of Western media.
Shonen Knife played The Wick with Habibi & The Suzan (pics, video), will be back for CMJ
Japanese cult band Shonen Knife -- rocking from Osaka since 1981 -- are currently in the US supporting their new album, Overdrive , that finds them putting a bit of '70s glam sparkling on their signature punky pop. Their tour hit NYC over the weekend with a show at The Wick on Friday that was well matched with Habibi and fellow Japanese band , The Suzan .
The Washington Post
Japanese women who have escaped from North Korea find little sympathy at home
Yoshi Takeuchi realized they had made a mistake as soon as the ferry docked in Chongjin, a major industrial city on North Korea's east coast. Instead of finding the "paradise on Earth" promised by her ethnic Korean husband, who was being "repatriated" to a country he'd never set foot in, the Japanese woman discovered a dilapidated city in even worse condition than their impoverished neighborhood in post-war Japan.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Sacramento Bee Newspaper
Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians
In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Japan's then 114-year-old Misao Okawa, right, and her then 90-year-old son Hiroshi Okawa pose with the Guinness World Records certificate of the world's oldest woman at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, when she received the official certificate from the Guinness World Records. The number of people who are at least 100 years old, known as centenarians, has reached 58,820 in Japan, one of the most rapidly aging countries in the world.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Global Voices Online
A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be 'Happy'
See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone. Taking inspiration from American singer Pharrell Williams' "Happy" video, a group of university students in Kyoto, Japan are reaching out to the youth in China and Korea with a message of peace and friendship, something that the governments of the three nations have been struggling to achieve.
Japan's centenarian population swells
The number of people aged 100 or older in rapidly greying Japan has hit a record high for the 44th straight year, the government said Friday . Sakari Momoi, a 111-year-old Japanese man, receives a certificate from the Guinness World Records naming him as the world's oldest man in Tokyo on August 20, 2014.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Did WWE Overstate Their Japan Tour Attendance Figures?
Did WWE Overstate Their Japan Tour Attendance Figures? Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.03.2014 Find out the more accurate numbers... - WWE's recent Japan tour was reportedly not as successful as originally thought. The WWE previously announced that the attendance figures for the two shows at Sumo Hall were 6,176 and over 12,000.
The Baltimore Sun
Backers of high-speed 'maglev' train to Washington claim $5 billion in funding
An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing in a filing to state regulators.
Trend Hunter Magazine
Plywood Interior Residences - The House in Asahiku's Black Exterior is Misleading
Japanese studio Coo Planning has designed the 'House in Asahiku,' a residence in Osaka that features a somber ebony facade.
Tiny invaders bring pain to popular Tokyo park
The Japanese capital's leafy Yoyogi Park boasts a running track, amphitheater, bird sanctuary, cycling course, dog run, three fountains, and it hosts a nonstop roster of festivals, concerts and flea markets, drawing over five million visitors a year, including many American tourists.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
The Japan Times
Review: Lisa Loeb at Billboard Live
Everyone has probably heard at least one Lisa Loeb song, and most likely it was her debut single "Stay " - a worldwide hit exactly 20 years ago.
New Test Reveals Purity Of Graphene
Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and Osaka universities who have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants.
The Japan Times
Sayuri Yoshinaga's film wins prize at Montreal festival
The movie "Fushigi Na Misaki No Monogatari" starring veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga has won the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Nippon in New York: J-COLLABO Fall Fest, craft beer, the Joy of Sake, Akiko Yano
As the summer winds fade to fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day.
Heavy Metal Baby Is Totally Throwin' Up the Horns
"Where did you memorize that..." tweeted out new father Nao Hazuki, including a photo of his newborn daughter throwing the horns .
Mon Sep 01, 2014
Asian Futures Mixed With Euro Holding Losses as Oil Drops
Asian index futures were mixed while the euro held near a one-year low versus the dollar with Japan to update on its monetary base today and Australia to kick off a week of central-bank reporting.
Thai AirAsia X launches Japan flights
Thai AirAsia X launched flight services between Bangkok and Japan on Monday amid an increase of Thai tourists coming to the country.
Sun Aug 31, 2014
Indian PM tours ancient Japanese city
KYOTO, Japan: India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto on Sunday, the second day of a visit intended to strengthen security and economic relations and counter a increasingly assertive China.