Monthly Archives: October 2014

Japan’s latest anti-piracy ad features wacky new mascots Popcorn Otoko and Soda Otoko

Japan’s latest anti-piracy ad features wacky new mascots Popcorn Otoko and Soda Otoko

  Japan’s latest anti-piracy ad features wacky new mascots Popcorn Otoko and Soda Otoko   Earlier this year, we brought you the news that Japan’s wacky anti-piracy ads have turned…

Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults a license to play

Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults a license to play

Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults a license to play   TOKYO — As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello…

Fujifilm's Ebola drug underscores new face of Japan Inc

Fujifilm’s Ebola drug underscores new face of Japan Inc

  Fujifilm’s Ebola drug underscores new face of Japan Inc   TOKYO — Fujifilm’s potential as a major player in the fight against the Ebola virus underscores a move by…

Mosley fears for F1 teams after Marussia and Caterham collapse

Mosley fears for F1 teams after Marussia and Caterham collapse

Mosley fears for F1 teams after Marussia and Caterham collapse LONDON — Marussia and Caterham “may not be the last” Formula One teams to go bust given the incredibly high…

Why Japanese doesn’t need swear words

Why Japanese doesn’t need swear words

Why Japanese doesn’t need swear words   The other day, my wife and I spent the day hanging out at the beautiful and awesome Hitachi Seaside Park. As we headed…

Kyoto company starts “Solo Wedding” service for single women who want to be brides for the day

Kyoto company starts “Solo Wedding” service for single women who want to be brides for the day

Kyoto company starts “Solo Wedding” service for single women who want to be brides for the day     Although Japan is not often considered the best place for sexual…

Japan Picked to Join Super Rugby

Japan Picked to Join Super Rugby

Japan Picked to Join Super Rugby   Japan is set to join the Southern Hemisphere’s top provincial rugby tournament after the governing body of the event said it preferred Japan’s…

5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter TOKYO — I spent two winter seasons working in the hospital emergency room (as a translator) in Niseko, a…

Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year

Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year

  Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co., manager of the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is expecting to log a group pretax…

Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery

Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery

Tsunami-hit Miyagi mulls casino to hasten recovery   by Ritsuko Ando Reuters SENDAI – Business and political leaders in the northeast are betting on a casino as the brightest hope…