[PHOTOS] Japanese Commuters in Tokyo Serenely Endure Panic-Inducing Flesh Compression on Crowded TrainsPosted: July 28, 2014
Great item, forwarded to me by filmmaker and KTLA reporter Robert Holguin. From The World’s Best Ever Posted by Tara McGinley at Dangerous Minds. Photos by German photographer Michael Wolf of Japanese commuters in Tokyo. Wolf’s series is called “Tokyo Compression.” See more here.
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[VIDEO] Japanese Musician Recreates Disgraced Politician Ryutaro Nonomura’s Uncontrollable Weeping on Electric GuitarPosted: July 5, 2014
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】
BBC News reports: A man set himself on fire in central Tokyo in protest at a proposed law which could allow Japan to deploy its military overseas.
“He was sitting cross-legged and was just talking, so I thought it would end without incident. Then all of a sudden his body was enveloped in fire.”
The man was taken to hospital after being hosed down but his condition was not immediately known, officials said.
Japan’s government could make the change to its pacifist constitution as early as next Tuesday.
The US-drafted constitution bans war and “the threat or use of force” to settle international disputes.
Witnesses said the middle-aged man, wearing a suit and tie, climbed onto a pedestrian bridge at Tokyo’s Shinjuku station.
“He was sitting cross-legged and was just talking, so I thought it would end without incident,” one eyewitness told Reuters. “Then all of a sudden his body was enveloped in fire.”
For Gizmodo, Casey Chan writes: In the future, we’ll get the news from fair and balanced android newscasters that’ll somehow terrify us more than the cable newspeople we have today. These android newscasters are frighteningly lifelike and can interact with humans, read the news and Tweets, tell a joke and basically replace the lousy talking heads on TV.
The android newscasters were shown off in Japan at the Android: What is a Human? exhibition in Tokyo. At times, the two robots demoed—Kodomoroid and Otonaroid—look and act so real that they seem like human actors pretending to be a robot.
Japanese scientists on Tuesday unveiled what they said was the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills. Duration: 01:20
Via 縁起もの Engimono, a lovely turn-of-the-century artifact from Japan, a 1903 postcard featuring a hand-tinted photo of the Port of Yokohama:
This postcard shows what the Port of Yokohama (a major Japanese shipping port) looked like back around 1903. The image is hand-tinted. The stamp is postmarked September 20th, 1903.
By 1903, Japan was well on the way modernity, some 35 years having passed since the Meiji Restoration. Furthermore, the Port of Yokohama had been a center for commerce since its opening to international trade in 1859.
Looking at the photo, I assume that the large building in the background is the Silk Inspection Hall where silk was inspected before export overseas. As the port was developed further in the early 20th Century…(read more)
Originally posted on RocketNews24:
The professional video game world might be a boys’ club — males account for 70% of frequent viewers and players — and there aren’t a lot of women playing video games professionally. At least not yet.
But those who do are definitely making a name for themselves.
e-Sports Earnings has ranked the top 100 female players who have won the most prize money, based on information provided online.
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— The Economist (@TheEconomist) June 10, 2014