Ninkyodo, dude! Even The Yakuza Are Speaking English Now

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Maybe the detective was right, because while the Yamaguchi-gumi may not have substantially expanded their operations, they are certainly trying to expand their appeal internationally. Recently, they debuted their own English version of the website, NINKYOUDOU (任侠道). Ninkyodo is the supposed to be the philosophy of the yakuza, an ethical code and way of life which places importance on helping the weak and self-sacrifice. The old-school yakuza, while still being essentially criminals, but mostly professional gamblers or street merchants–also maintained a code of honor which forbid theft, robbery, sexual assault, fraud and dealing in drugs. (Of course, racketeering, extortion, and other money-making ventures were not off-limits. Even a noble semi-samurai has to earn a living, right.)

Abe tells women to “shine,” but, really, he meant “die!”

A post that was meant to to show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support for women, due to some bad English usage with a different meaning when read as Japanese, ended up saying, "Hey all you women in Japan, drop dead!"

A blog post written by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to show his support for women backfires when people pointed out that the English word “shine” can actually be read as the Japanese word for “drop dead! (死ね)”

Sexist jibes at Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Spark & Ignite Protests

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The insults included such gems as: “You should hurry up and get married!” “Can’t you have babies?”
The remarks brought up bad memories for some of the population as it mirrored the infamous 10 Precepts for Marriage issued by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1939 under the Imperial Japan regime. The guidelines concluded with the infamous line: 産めよ殖やせよ国のため (For the sake of the country, give birth and grow the population). These guidelines were based on similar ones issued by the Nazi regime.

Put Tokyo in your pocket: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Tokyo is a great guide book

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Tokyo is far to big to cover in one short trip, but Lonely Planet’s travel guide to Tokyo shows you the places worth hitting.

Scary Tales From Japan’s Marriage Graveyard: My Wife Divorced Me Over “Frozen”

On an on-line forum, "The Marriage Graveyard" a Japan man claims his wife divorced him or rather "let it go"  because he didn't appreciate the Disney film FROZEN.

A husband’s lack of interested in the Disney movie “Frozen” was the icing on the cake that triggered his wife’s demand for a divorce.

The First Rule Of Secret 3D Gun Club In Japan: Don’t Upload The Video of Firing The Gun on Youtube

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In Japan, getting your hands on a gun is almost impossible, so the natural thing to do if you want a firearm is to make one. Or more appropriately, print one. Just don’t upload a video of yourself on Youtube doing target practice with that gun.

The Last Day of Sanja Matsuri Today! (May 18th) Get your mobile phones out & welcome portable Gods

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While we plan to run a full photo essay later in the week, for those of  you looking to get lucky, Asakusa is the place to be.  The Sanja Matsuri ranks as one of the greatest festivals in all of Japan. What is it? This is one of those times we will let the JNTO [...]

Who really wrote Henry Stokes’s revisionist history book? More questions.

The controversial book by Henry S. Stokes. Does it represent his views or those of the extremist "translators" who put it together?

yodo News questions about the last 2 lines of Chapter 5. Henry said his idea is different. I insisted that is my understanding of what he said. After Kyodo interview we discussed the difference and came up with the below statement:

No Spitting On The Train…Staff or Conductor. Japan Commuter Etiquette #1

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Don’t spit on station workers. They’re human, too. JR Railways releases a series of hilarious posters warning passengers to be nice to railway staff.

Japanese Capsule Hotel Lands In New York: Small space, medium savings

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Can you really give up space and fancy amenities for huge savings at a hotel? Especially in a notoriously expensive American city like New York?

The popularity of the Pod Hotel is proving enough people are willing to give up things like space and staff for a much cheaper rate. But the savings may not be as dramatic as advertised.

Considered one of the western variants of Japan’s famous capsule hotels, the Pod Hotel claims to offer rooms starting at only $89 USD.