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Japan Labor Market Signs of Life: July Wages Up at Fastest Pace in Over 17 Years

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Japan’s Defense Ministry Asks for Record Budget Increase in Response to China’s Heightened Military Aggression

A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Type 90 armored tank fires during an annual training session near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, Aug. 19, 2014. Reuters
A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Type 90 armored tank fires during an annual training session near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, Aug. 19, 2014.  – Reuters

TOKYO—Took Sekiguchi reports: Japan’s Defense Ministry has requested a budget of ¥4.899 trillion ($47.1 billion) for the coming fiscal year starting April 1, a 2.4% increase over the amount for the current year. If granted, it would be the third year in a row Japan has expanded its military spending following a decade of cuts.

“We have an immediate neighbor whose military expenditures are at least twice as large as Japan’s and second only to the U.S. defense budget.”

– Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The figure, requested by ministry Friday, doesn’t include spending related to U.S. bases in Japan, or for the purchase of a new government airplane for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. If these items are included, the total budget request would be ¥5.054 trillion, the largest ever for the ministry. It would also come as Mr. Abe continues his program to beef up the country’s defense capabilities.

“So call me a right-wing militarist if you want..”

Citing the continuing need for ocean surveillance amid tensions with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea, the ministry is requesting 20 patrol planes and five patrol helicopters. It is also looking into acquiring an early-warning radar system and aerial drones. Read the rest of this entry »


Japan AIDS Prevention Squeeze-A-Thon Charity Event: ‘I Never Thought My Boobs Could Contribute to Society’

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 Japanese porn stars to have boobs squeezed for AIDS research

A Group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as “Boob Aid”

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“But I would be very happy if you would please be delicate.”

The nine adult movie stars told local media on Monday they could barely contain their excitement about the “Stop! AIDS” campaign event — which will be televised live — but asked, perhaps somewhat optimistically: please be gentle.

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“I’m really looking forward to lots of people fondling my boobs,” Rina Serina told Tokyo Sports.

The event, the 12th since its launch in 2003, will be broadcast on adult cable television, with punters donating to the anti-AIDS campaign in exchange for a feel.

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It comes after sexist heckling of a Tokyo assemblywoman hit the headlines, highlighting old-fashioned views towards women that still permeate Japanese societyDonate-AIDS.

Fellow porn actress Iku Sakuragi had no qualms about being groped by hundreds of pairs of hands.

“It’s for charity.”

“I never thought my boobs could contribute to society,” added the ponytailed Serina, apparently unaware of any contradiction.

“Squeeze them, donate money — let’s be happy.”

Lawmakers from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party sparked a public outcry in June when they subjected Tokyo assemblywoman Ayaka Shiomura to sexist taunts, shouting “Why don’t you get married?” at her during a debate on motherhood. Read the rest of this entry »


Japan Lawmaker Kanji ‘Antonio’ Inoki Takes Sport Diplomacy to North Korea

japan diplomacy politicianA Japanese wrestler-turned-politician hopes his vision of “sports diplomacy” can repair his country’s fraught relationship with North Korea, as he prepares to host an extraordinary sporting event in Pyongyang.

And Kanji “Antonio” Inoki has form: he helped secure the release of Japanese hostages in Iraq in 1990 after impressing tyrant Saddam Hussein, and more recently used his old bouts with Pakistani japan-nork-sport-dwrestlers to foster goodwill between the South Asian country and his own.

Standing 1.9 metres (six feet three inches) tall, with a square jaw and a penchant for red scarves, Inoki is instantly recognisable on Japanese television, but is best known abroad for taking on world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a zany wrestler-versus-boxer match in Tokyo in 1976.

The grappler also organised and competed in a “Sports and Cultural Festival for Peace” in Pyongyang in 1995, featuring bouts between Japanese and American pro wrestlers publicly staged for the first time in the reclusive country, with an ailing Ali as a guest.

Inoki’s latest venture will bring 21 combatants from Japan, the United States, France, Brazil and China to the “International Pro Wrestling Festival” at the North Korean capital’s 20,000-seat Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Stadium on August 30 and 31. Read the rest of this entry »


Japanese Police Car: Ford Mustang, Mid-70’s


頑張って!Ministry Study: Five Million Japanese Have Gambling Problem

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Japan is weighing whether to introduce casino gambling

For WSJ, Jun Hongo reports: A group working under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare estimates that some 5.36 million people in Japan, or 4.8% of the adult population, may have a pathological gambling problem.

“The report said Japan had higher percentage of pathological gamblers than other developed countries.”

A ministry-funded study of the issue was led by Susumu Higuchi of the Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center, a national medical institution. In a survey of 4,153 randomly chosen adults in July 2013, the group found 8.7% of men and 1.8% of women in Japan could be described as being addicted to gambling.

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The report said Japan had higher percentage of pathological gamblers than other developed countries. Earlier studies showed lower numbers in Canada (0.9% in 2002), France (1.24% in 2008) and South Korea (0.8% in 2006), it said. Read the rest of this entry »


Japan Ground Self Defence Force Tanks Take Part in an Exercise at its Higashi-Fuji Training Ground in Gotemba


[VIDEO] 超ハッピーなイチローファン Super Happy Ichiro Fan

“Getting smacked in the face by Ichiro is the best thing that ever happened to me!”

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[PHOTOS] Hayashi Dancer at Hachioji Matsuri

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Some arresting images at Tokyoblings Blog:

A couple of weekends ago saw the grand Hachioji Matsuri, one of the bigger city festivals in the Kanto region and in my opinion, one of the most accessible. Hachioji is a city in western Tokyo, with a population of over half a million people it is the 8th largest in Tokyo...(read more)

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See the whole series at Tokyoblings Blog


Vintage Chinese Coca Cola Ad

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Delicious!

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[公式] Invasion! ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ! Pikachus Overrunning Yokohama

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FRICTION POWERED X-27 EXPLORER

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Japan: TV Series Features Model Yelling at the Camera, and Nothing Else

RocketNews24 reports: 

“..A new TV program seems set to carry this strategy to its illogical conclusion. Instead of enhancing the appeal of something men generally like or feel indifferent towards, broadcaster TV Tokyo’s idea is to create a miniseries that’s nothing but a good-looking girl chewing out the camera.

The program offers exactly what’s implied by its title, “I Want Risa Yoshiki to be Angry at Me”.

At this time there is no official confirmation that a U.S. network TV adaptation “I want Maxine Waters to be Angry at Me” is in the works, though our sources suggest that negotiations are underway, and are looking into it.

Yoshiki is a popular gurabia, one of Japan’s subset of models that specialize in seductive and suggestive photo shoots that stop short of full nudity. In the series, which airs early Friday mornings in August at 1:53 a.m., Yoshiki is dressed fairly conservatively for her line of work, but makes up for it with some extremely provocative language…”

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[PHOTOS] Japanese Commuters in Tokyo Serenely Endure Panic-Inducing Flesh Compression on Crowded Trains

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Great item, forwarded to me by filmmaker and KTLA reporter Robert Holguin. From The World’s Best Ever  Posted by Tara McGinley at Dangerous MindsPhotos by German photographer Michael Wolf of Japanese commuters in Tokyo. Wolf’s series is called “Tokyo Compression.” See more here.

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[PHOTOS] Tokyo in Miniature: Tilt-Shift Technology with Photographer Ben Thomas

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[Check out the book "Tiny Tokyo: The Big City Made Mini" at Amazon.com]

[See more: Ben Thomas photographs Tokyo with tilt-shift technology in his book, Tiny Tokyo - SLATE: Jordan G. Teicher]

Tiny-Tokyo-zoom Intersection at night, Oshiage.

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Sand Sculptor at the Yokohama Sand Art Exhibition in Japan


1964 Japanese Coca Cola Ad

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theladybadass – via vintagegal


Big in Japan: How Tokyo is Gearing Up for the 2020 Olympics


BREAKING: Japanese island of Okinawa on Alert as Major Typhoon Approaches


[VIDEO] Japanese Musician Recreates Disgraced Politician Ryutaro Nonomura’s Uncontrollable Weeping on Electric Guitar

What’s more fun than watching a Japanese politician disgrace himself, lose his marbles, and cough up a bucket of tears on live TV? Watching a Japanese musician recreate the flood of tears on electric guitar, sob by humiliating sob.

Disgraced politician Ryutaro Nonomura, who attempted to claim over 3 million yen (around US$30,000) in travel expenses without providing any supporting evidence has been seen around the world sobbing violently at a press conference thanks to numerous YouTube videos….

One parody in particular caught the attention of the meme-surfers at Rocketnews24:

…Prepare to cringe and be impressed while watching the following video of a perfectly timed, perfectly pitched recreation of Nonomura’s teary defense performed on an electric guitar.

The video was uploaded by a guitarist who goes by the username RioT_Clover on Twitter

「野々村議員 政務費不正疑惑 泣き乱しながら潔白主張」を弾いてみたょ【ギター】

Rocketnews24 – YouTube


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