TOKYO – The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for. The exchange’s CEO Mark Karpeles appeared before Japanese TV news cameras, … Continue Reading
By Raphael Satter And Yuriko Nagano TOKYO — A major bitcoin exchange has gone bust after secretly racking up catastrophic losses, other virtual currency companies said Tuesday — a potentially fatal blow for the exotic new form of money. The […]
Do you love Transformers but hate yourself? Then why not fly around the world to Japan, and stay in a special Transformers-themed hotel room that you could easily recreate by yourself at a Holiday Inn with $50 and a quick trip to Target?Read more…&nb…
TOKYO – Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year. The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of … Continue Reading
OTTAWA — When Prime Minister Stephen Harper lands in Mexico next week, he will likely smile broadly and appear chummy as he meets with his North American counterparts: U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. But relations […]
By Ronald Blum NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka was introduced by the Yankees on Tuesday after chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for his trip from Tokyo to New York. The 25-year-old right-hander agreed Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year […]
We’ve told you about Marvel Super Heroes: Disk Wars, the anime series and about its Pokémon-esque, accompanying collectible disk game, that it’s basically just a commercial for. But did you know the game itself is basically pogs?
Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…
Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that!
We recently returned from Hawaii where we met up with most of Aya’s family. And wow, if their plan was to leave Japan behind, was that ever a bad choice. There was so much Japanese signage in the tourist-area stores, that I felt like a (Read more…)
I know, I know. It’s only February. We still have months to go. But this prank is good. Damn good.Read more…
Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and over a hundred others have signed a statement of support for local residents in their decision to refuse a new military base in Okinawa. Joseph Gers…
Last year was a record year for tourism with the number of people visiting other countries topping 1.087 billion, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The list of most-visited nations remained pretty much the same from previous years, […]
TOKYO – The Japanese government announced Tuesday it is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize Japan’s territorial rights to islands that are also claimed by China and South Korea. The Education Ministry says the decision was made to reflect the … Continue Reading
Ladies! Do you find yourself exposing your bosoms for pretty much anybody you have a small amount of affection for? Then do I have good news for you! Japanese lingerie maker Ravijour has developed a bra whose clasp will only open when its wearer is ex…
Japan and China at loggerheads.
Chinese FM hits back at Abe over WWI analogy. China has hit back at Japan’s Prime Minister over a claim that current tensions in East Asia are akin to those between Britain and G…
In the game of Game of Thrones fan art, you either win or you keep on drawing pictures of Jon Snow cuddling with his direwolf Ghost. Artist Seiji has clearly won with these phenomenal recreations of key GoT scenes and characters translated to feudal Ja…
Welcome to the Japan stop on the Montessori Inspired world book tour!Montessori Inspired Activities for Pre-SchoolersWritten by: Jo EbisujimaPublished by: jojoebi designsPublished on: January 8, 2014As a fellow blogging mom in Japan, I have been …
In September, Neil Young went to Washington to give a speech against the oilsands, describing a road trip he took to Fort McMurray in his hybrid 1959 Lincoln Continental. “The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima,” he said. “Fort […]
Japan addressed worker shortage
The Japanese are very much into their spirits. There are hundreds of them, many harmless, many tragic, and more than a few just mischievous. There actually aren’t too many evil spirits wandering the country… but there are a few, and you don’t want to mess with any of them. Here are 14 reasons to avoid Japanese relationships, Japanese bathrooms, Japanese babies and pretty much the entirety of Japan.
TOKYO – More than 350 people have been sickened across Japan after eating frozen food products that may have been tainted with a pesticide, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported. Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings began recalling 6.4 million packages of … Continue Reading
Japan — because of course, Japan, obviously has combined Cheetos the snack food with Mountain Dew the beverage to create a lemon-lime snack food that will revolutionize the way gamers will eat junk food while pretending to be a half-elf paladin.
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to explain to leaders in China and South Korea about his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honours the country’s war dead. Japan has not made any direct … Continue Reading
Sorry, Disney, but if you don’t have the balls to go ahead and completely sexuallize your beloved Disney Princess girls brand, then Japan will do it for you. Ladies, now your lady bits can truly feel like a princess with lingerie based on Cinderella, A…
Folks, Tokyo has been ravaged, razed, burnt, scoured and decimated several times over by Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and Gamera ………, but each time they re-built and life went on! Gotta hand it to those Orientals, not much gets them down! BUT! This time they might not get away so easily: A GIANT DUCK HAS INVADED […]
The effects of the deadly Japanese tsunami of March 2011 have the potential of now blowing up into one long nightmare.
Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha writing at NYPost:
…..Navy sailor Lindsay Cooper knew something was wrong when billows of metallic-tasting snow began drifting over USS Ronald Reagan.
“I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” Cooper recalled of the day in March 2011 when she and scores of crewmates watched a sudden storm blow toward them from the tsunami-torn coast of Fukushima, Japan.
The tall 24-year-old with a winning smile didn’t know it then, but the snow was caused by the freezing Pacific air mixing with a plume of radioactive steam from the city’s shattered nuclear reactor.
Now, nearly three years after their deployment on a humanitarian mission to Japan’s ravaged coast, Cooper and scores of her fellow crew members on the aircraft carrier and a half-dozen other support ships are battling cancers, thyroid disease, uterine bleeding and other ailments.
“We joked about it: ‘Hey, it’s radioactive snow!’ ” Cooper recalled. “I took pictures and video.”
But now “my thyroid is so out of whack that I can lose 60 to 70 pounds in one month and then gain it back the next,” said Cooper, fighting tears. “My menstrual cycle lasts for six months at a time, and I cannot get pregnant. It’s ruined me.”
The fallout of those four days spent off the Fukushima coast has been tragic to many of the 5,000 sailors who were there.
At least 70 have been stricken with some form of radiation sickness, and of those, “at least half . . . are suffering from some form of cancer,” their lawyer, Paul Garner, told The Post Saturday.
“We’re seeing leukemia, testicular cancer and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention,” said Garner, who is representing 51 crew members suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Daiichi energy plant…………..
Lots of more scary stuff here at InfoWars. Looks like the US govt. has placed a very big order for potassium iodide, the kind that would save some in the event of nuclear disasters. What do they know that they think there’s no need to tell us?
Each year at this time, for fun, I offer up a few bold and foolhardy predictions for the year ahead, to be measured against reality 12 months later. Before we move on to the 2014 edition, let’s assess last year’s […]
The first trailer for the live-action Patlabor movie has arrived, and boy howdy am I excited. Based on the classic anime series by Mamoru Oshii (director of Ghost in the Shell), Patlabor is about Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, which handles Tokyo’s giant robot-related crimes — with their own giant robots.
Back in October, we told you that Toei Animation was making a cartoon called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, which would have a toyline from Bandai, and sounded suspiciously like it was going to be Pokémon but with Marvel super heroes. Well, rest easy — it’s definitely going to be Pokémon but with Marvel super heroes.
When Marnie Was There, the 1967 novel by Joan G. Robinson. It was #18 on Hayao Miyazaki’s list of recommended children’s books, so this shouldn’t be a shock, although it’s worth pointing out that Marnie will be directed by The Secret World of Arriety’s…
Finally! The world gets its first trailer for Hollywood’s upcoming Godzilla film. What did you think? You might have an opinion. I might. Japan definitely does.Read more…
Ugh. I know Kiki’s Delivery Service is based on a Japanese children’s book series, and I know Hayao Miyazaki took a lot of liberties when he made his classic anime movie of it. So maybe this live-action Kiki is going to be more authentic, but there’s …
At Nintendo, they’re not just playing games. Well, that’s not really true. For what they’re playing now is a serious high-stakes game by pitching $240 million to Robinson Cano to become the face — the Super Mario, if you will […]
Researchers diving off the coast of Hawaii have found a sunken 400-foot (122 meter) “Sen-Toku” class submarine. One of the largest pre-nuclear subs ever built, the “mega sub” was torpedoed by the U.S. shortly after the Second World War to prevent the Soviet Union from getting their hands on the super-advanced technology.
China, with its paltry aid to the Philippines and its announcement of a new air-defense zone over the East China sea, has not been making friends in its region these days. But the country to worry about in the Far East is not China. It is Japan. Count…
Literary types often regard Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita as the greatest love story of the 20th century. They’re close, but it’s actually the ’80s cartoon series Robotech.Read more…
Warning: Do not watch this video within the first hour of waking up. It will break your brain. Read more…
As if the going-ons in the Middle East were not enough to keep everybody on their toes, now we have to dance from one end of the world to the other… Asia … to see the warlike developments between China and her neighbours…and of course America. America is like the salt in any and every savory dish at the war table. Everything is insipid and tasteless without that essential condiment.
China has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, state media reports.
The vast zone, announced last week, covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face “defensive emergency measures”.
But Japan, South Korea and the US have all since flown military aircraft through the area……
Japan and South Korea defy China air zone rules. Japan and South Korea have both flown planes unannounced through China’s newly-declared air defence zone, officials from both nations say.
Japanese aircraft had conducted routine “surveillance activity” over the East China Sea zone, the top government spokesman said……
….Without prior notice, Beijing began demanding Saturday that passing aircraft identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions or face consequences in an East China Sea zone that overlaps a similar air defense identification zone overseen by Japan since 1969 and initially part of one set up by the U.S. military.
But when tested just days later by U.S. B-52 flights — with Washington saying it made no effort to comply with China’s rules, and would not do so in the future — Beijing merely noted, belatedly, that it had seen the flights and taken no further action.
South Korea’s military said Thursday its planes flew through the zone this week without informing China and with no apparent interference. Japan also said its planes have continuing to fly through it after the Chinese announcement, while the Philippines, locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands, said it also was rejecting China’s declaration……….