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[PHOTOS] Dancing Bones and Chipmunks at Tokyo Disney Sea’s ‘Skeleton’s Street Party’

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[PHOTO] かわいい!Lindo! Kawaii! Tokyo Disney Sea Día de los Muertos Skeleton Parade

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Some truly colorful (and very kawaii!) festive images at Tokyoblings Blog, see them here:

It is Halloween which just possibly could be the highest point of the season at the newer one of Tokyo’s two different Disney parks, Tokyo Disney Sea. The whole park is decorated in a sort of hyper colorful Mexican Day of the Dead theme with fantastic looking skeletons entertaining the visitors throughout the park…(more)

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日本での不公平: Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

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[Also see - Japan Makes First Arrest Over 3-D Printer Guns  - punditfromanotherplanet.com]

Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws.

[More – [VIDEO] How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons in Just One Year  – punditfromanotherplanet.com]

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Vintage Japanese Pulp: ‘The Practical Science for Boys & Girls’, November 1949

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Vintage Post-War Japanese Pulp Cover

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カストリ雑誌「だんらん」「真相」

1958年(S33)/1948年(S23)

The title of this magazine not easy to translate, my source tells me. “Relaxation”, sort of, but implying gathering, or visiting. This is the May issue, in the very short history of this publication.

The magazine itself is an enigma. It was produced for maybe only one year, in the 1950s, then discontinued. The stories inside were about sex, crime, true confessions (which were usually about sex) and the description says it was a low-quality book printed on really cheap paper. Which was (and still is) true of a lot of pulp books and comics in Japan. If any bilingual readers recognize this vintage magazine, or can translate this better (the google translate version is too poor to include here) we’d be interested. On the web, my source found this.

上の画像は、1958年5月に出された興文社発行の「だんらん」3号と1948年発行の「真相」の表紙である。カストリ雑誌が出されるのは敗戦直後の1946年だが、上の「だんらん」はそれから12年経ったものであるが、品質が良くないので保存状態が悪いのがわかる。カストリ雑誌は戦後のカストリ焼酎をもじった造語で、「1合(号)から3合(号)くらいなら、大丈夫だがそれ以上は危険である。」というところからつけられていると、上の「だんらん」のあとがきにしるされている。命名した人物ははっきりしていないが、戦後の大衆雑誌の源流なのである。カストリ雑誌は「読み物」と「風俗」に分けられる。猥褻もののカテゴリーに入るのが右の「だんらん」、政治ものが右の二つの「真相」である。、戦後になって粗悪な印刷媒体しかない頃だが、大衆の力が顕われている文化なのである。

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[VIDEO] Volcano Erupts In Central Japan, Hiker Dead, Dozens Reported Stranded | 御嶽山 大噴火 山頂火口付近 衝撃の山小屋

Dozens of hikers were stranded Saturday on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that has reportedly killed one person and left 30 more seriously injured.

A manager of Japan Meteorological Agency speaks at a press conference to explain the eruption of Mount Ontake, in Tokyo on September 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)

A manager of Japan Meteorological Agency speaks at a press conference to explain the eruption of Mount Ontake, in Tokyo on September 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)

Ash, rocks and steam continued to spew from Mount Ontake more than nine hours after it sprang violently to life as around 250 people were trying to scale its peak.

“The speed of the smoke was too fast. You can’t escape.”I’m worried that many more people are still on the mountain.”

– A climber, reported by NHK

Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported.

“I first thought it was thunder as I heard a bang and another bang, two or three times,” a trekker told public broadcaster NHK. “Then volcanic dust fell noisily.”

A picture taken by Nagano Prefectural Police on September 27, 2014 shows ash and smoke billowing from Mount Ontake (AFP Photo/)

A picture taken by Nagano Prefectural Police shows ash and smoke billowing from Mount Ontake (AFP Photo)

“Amateur cameraman Keiji Aoki told Jiji Press: “It was tremendous. I prepared for death when I got caught in the dust under a pine tree.”

– Amateur cameraman Keiji Aoki, to Jiji Press

A suffocating blanket of ash up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) deep covered a large area of the 3,067 metre (10,121-foot) volcano, trapping climbers and forcing up to 150 into mountaintop shelters at one point.

Around 230 people have now reached the bottom but a further 40 are trapped at the summit where they will spend the night in shelters, local media reported.

Aerial footage of Mt. Ontake showed several cabins smothered with the thick dust, some with windows that appear to have been shattered by the force of the eruption. Read the rest of this entry »


黒ハンバーグ!BURGER IS THE NEW BLACK: Behold, the Kuro Pearl Burger

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An enviable assignment for Japan Real Time‘s Jun Hongo:

Burger King Japan has a strategy when it comes to its new hamburger menu: always bet on black.

The company, whose previous offerings include the “Windows 7 Whopper,” said on Wednesday it will start selling the Kuro Pearl burger and burger king black is backKuro Diamond burger beginning on Sept. 19.

“The black burgers sold extremely well because of their visual impact, but people continued to come back for them because of their taste.”

– Spokeswoman for Burger King Japan.

The burgers will feature black buns, black sauce and black cheese in addition to black-pepper heavy beef patties. Kuro means black in Japanese.

Jun Hongo doesn’t mention personally tasting one, so we’ll have to contact a source in Japan to satisfy our curiosity. Stay tuned for an update.

The black burgers were first introduced for a limited time by the chain in 2012 and became a hit, outselling all other new products that Burger King offered during the year, according to the company. Read the rest of this entry »


Japanese People Hate China More Than Ever

Originally posted on China Daily Mail:

Chinese children look at weapons used by the Japanese military in World War II at an exhibition about the war, in Beijing on Sept. 3.

Chinese children look at weapons used by the Japanese military in World War II at an exhibition about the war, in Beijing. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa, according to new polls, although Chinese views of Japan have become slightly less chilly.

The percentage of Japanese respondents who said they had a negative impression of China increased to 93% from 90% a year earlier, according to a poll by Genron NPO, a Tokyo-based nonprofit group. In a parallel poll conducted by China Daily, 87% of respondents said they had an unfavorable impression of Japan, a slight improvement from last year’s record high of 93%.

More than half of Japanese respondents who had a negative impression of China thought the country’s actions were incompatible with international rules.

Disputes over the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, controlled by Japan and claimed by…

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[VIDEO] University of Tokyo Biped Robot Races Toward the Singularity at Record Speed

From JapanJun Hongo reports: A research team at the University of Tokyo has unveiled one of the fastest two-legged robots in the world that can reach speeds up to 4.2 kilometers per hour (2.6 mph).

While many robots are controlled using what is known as “zero moment point” dynamics to balance itself, the new robot uses a combination of a high speed camera and a stabilizing motor so that it can lean forward without tipping over, enabling it to run in a dynamic form, according to Prof. Masatoshi Ishikawa. The robot can even perform a somersault. Read the rest of this entry »


Report: Tokyo Suspects North Korea of Abducting 883 Japanese Nationals

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TOKYO, September 2 (RIA Novosti) – The number of Japanese nationals, who may have been abducted in North Korea, has risen to 883, Kyodo News Agency reported Tuesday, citing a high-profile security official.

“We are saying that there could be as many as 860 abductees. The government’s policy is to retrieve every single abductee.”

Japan cannot exclude the possibility of the abduction of a further 23 Japanese nationals by Pyongyang, making the total number 883, the country’s National Public Safety Commission Chairman Keiji Furuya was quoted as saying.

Earlier, Furuya said there have been 860 Japanese citizens, missing and possibly kidnapped and taken to North Korea over the last few decades. Read the rest of this entry »


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


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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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 »


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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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Vintage Chinese Coca Cola Ad

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Delicious!

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