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Karako

This Karako (唐子), a boy dressed in ancient Chinese clothes, is a traditional design pattern on silk textile used for haura, the back of a haori (a coat worn over a kimono).

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• Saturday November 29, 2008 • TraditionalAdd Comment

Het leven van een Japanse CEO

JAL CEO Haruka Nishimatsu heeft gesneden in zijn salaris cen extras, en verdient nu minder dan zijn piloten. Hij neemt de bus naar het kantoor. CNN verslaat.

CNN • Sunday November 23, 2008 • SocietyAdd Comment

The Life of a Humble CEO

JAL CEO Haruka Nishimatsu cut his perks and pay, earning less than his pilots. He takes the bus to work. CNN reports.

CNN • Sunday November 23, 2008 • SocietyAdd Comment

Japan in de toekomst vast tussen de VS en China: denktank

National Diet Building, Tokyo

Japan zal waarschijnlijk vast komen te zitten tussen de VS en China over de volgende 17 jaar, met haar buitenlands beleid overgeleverd aan het beleid van Washington en Beijing, berichte een Amerikaanse inlichtingendiensten-denktank donderdag.

In een niet-geclassificeerd verslag met de titel #Globale trends 1025: Een getransformeerde wereld,” zei de National Intelligence Council ook dat Amerikaanse macht zal afnemen tegen 2025, met de wereld meer instabiel als het internationale systeem van na de Tweede Wereldoorlog verdwijnt.

Volgens het 120-pagina tellende verslag gaat Japan een “grote heroriëntatie” tegemoet ten aanzien van het binnenlands en buitenlands beleid, maar zal het land zijn status als een “top macht van de middelste rang” behouden.

OHet voorspelt dat Tokyo’s buitenlands beleid “beinvloed zal worden door het beleid van China en de Verenigde Staten,” met een breed spectrum van mogelijke opties. (Bron: The Japan Times)

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The Japan Times • Saturday November 22, 2008 • PoliticsReageer

Japan in the future to be caught between U.S., China: think tank

National Diet Building, Tokyo

Japan will probably find itself caught between the United States and China over the next 17 years, with its foreign policy at the mercy of the policies of Washington and Beijing, a U.S. intelligence community think tank reported Thursday.

In an unclassified report, titled “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World,” the National Intelligence Council also said U.S. power will decline by 2025, with the world becoming unstable as the post-World War II international system vanishes.

On Japan, the 120-page report said the country will face a “major reorientation” of its domestic and foreign policies yet maintain its status as an “upper middle rank power.”

It forecast Tokyo’s foreign policies “will be influenced most by the policies of China and the United States,” with a broad spectrum of options possible. (Source: The Japan Times)

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The Japan Times • Saturday November 22, 2008 • PoliticsAdd Comment

Top 60 Buzzwords of 2008

Decorated Phone

Pink Tentacle has once again listed this year’s top buzzwords as released by publishing company Jiyu Kokuminsha. The words are an excellent way to discover what events, people and trends dominated the Japanese media during 2008. The list includes terms like Princess Phone (姫電, Himeden), Guerrilla Rainstorm (ゲリラ豪雨, Gerira Gou), Marriage Hunting (婚活, Konkatsu), Whispering Matron (ささやき女将, sasayaki okami), Taste for Middle-Aged Men (カレセン, karesen) and many others. (Source: Pink Tentacle)

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Pink Tentacle • Tuesday November 18, 2008 • TrendsAdd Comment

Yokohama 1890s • Nectarine No. 9 Brothel

Yokohama 1890s • Nectarine No. 9 Brothel

Gorgeously dressed prostitutes are standing in the windows of the Nectarine brothel in Yokohama, a world-famous house of prostitution also known as No.9 or Jimpuro (occasionally romanized as Jinpuro or Shinpuro). Until the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Jimpuro was one of the top brothels of the city. It was originally opened in 1872 (Meiji 5) in Yokohama’s Takashima-cho. In 1882 (Meiji 15), Jimpuro moved to the less visible area of Eiraku-cho. A branch specifically for foreigners was opened at the red-light district of Kanagawa’s Nanaken-machi. The brothel was called No. 9, because this was Jimpuro’s original address in Takashima-cho. (Source: Old Photos of Japan)

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• Tuesday November 11, 2008 • HistoryAdd Comment