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Recent elections here

Jan 15, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment
The LDP called elections, with what a lot of people feel is a platform for encouraging the militarization of Japan. http://peoplesworld.org/opposition-to-militarism-spurs-big-win-for-japan-s-communists/ Earlier, two people immolated themselves in protest. http://www.japanfocus.org/events/view/234 Interesting times

free climbing

Jan 13, 2015 by libjpn | 1 Comment
Not Japan, but I've been following the two guys free climbing up El Capitan in Yosemite https://www.facebook.com/kjorgeson http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/12/yosemite-climber-higher-el-capitan-summit-catch-up amazing

Japanese consumer electronics and the Japanese internet scene

Jan 11, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment

CNN's new web design is terrible

Jan 10, 2015 by Ugh | 43 Comments
Sucks on the iPhone and in Chrome. WTF?

For the music thread

Jan 09, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment
I wanted to put this in the music thread, http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/blog/the-j-pop-world-why-one-anti-idol-group-is-covering-themselves-in-fake-semen-akB48-dis-2014 but had no idea how to explain all the questions that would arise.

Not really Japan stuff

Jan 08, 2015 by libjpn | 2 Comments
Two groups I am with are trying slack, which is a cloud based team collaboration tool. Questions I have -What do you call it? software? application? thingmabob? -Did they name it slack because of the verb 'to slack off' or the adjective 'a slack rope, knot, etc'

the three things to remember about Japan

Jan 06, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment

Japanese dates

Jan 05, 2015 by libjpn | Add comment
No, not like that, actual calendar dates. An interesting and perplexing topic

7 years

Jan 04, 2015 by libjpn | 1 Comment
via FB, I am reminded that it has been 7 years since Andy Olmsted was killed in Iraq.

Maybe it is different here

Jan 03, 2015 by libjpn | 2 Comments
Living here in Japan, I think that there are two poles people oscillate between. The first is 'if you burrow down deep enough, the Japanese are just like anyone else' and the second is 'geez, maybe it is different here.' The longer you live here, the more you tend to shade to the former, but every so often, something pops up that pushes you to the latter and this might be one of them
More than 140 years after their ancestors started tending the grave of a British man who died in obscurity, a Japanese family has finally learned his identity and received an official message of thanks from the British government.
For much of that period, members of the Murai family, who live in Ishikawa prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, thought they were maintaining the last resting place of a man named Philip Ward.
In fact, the grave belongs to Bernard George Littlewood, who came to Japan to teach English in 1870, just as the country was beginning to modernise.
Littlewood taught English at a school in what is now the city of Kaga, but died of smallpox the following year, aged just 30, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.