There are very few gaijin (foreigners) who know what happens on the dark side of the rising sun like Robert Whiting. Whiting is an American author and journalist living in Japan, one of the rare ones who has written great books published in both English and Japanese language after he first set foot in Japan [...]
“We’re living in a material world. A radioactive material world, ” jokes the lead singer. “This isn’t the future we hoped for.” They released their second mini-album “Living in a Radioactive Material World” this year. The title song has the punch of early Clash, the vocals on the acoustic song, “アスノメ (the eye of tomorrow) are smoky, poignant and reminiscent of Marianne Faithful–if she had been a protest singer. The live recording of 打ち砕いて (Knock it down) has in the background the enthusiastic cheers from the Fukushima local high school kids, who find their despair voiced in the lyrics of the band.
奇遇 (Kigu) an unpublished chapter of Tokyo Vice: An American On The Police Beat in Japan Today (October 14th) marks the 3rd anniversary of the publication of my first book. It also marks the fourth anniversary of former Yamaguchi-gumi mob boss, Goto Tadamasa’s expulsion from the Yamaguchi-gumi. Two important days in my short life. There [...]
Originally posted as Fuzoku Friday: Finding a Job That’s Right For You on November 20th, 2009 Last week we talked about magazines and websites for fuzoku job hunters, but for those looking to dive into the industry and start their career in high-paying part-time work (高収入アルバイト), the variety of work available must be daunting. How is [...]
“Nissan, Honda, everybody is designing a self-driving car. We thought, ‘Hey, what if we take out the human component altogether?’ And that’s how we came up with the HARU2001,” Toyoda Chief Operating Officer Nariyuki Amanojaku says.
The HARU2001 does not require a human driver to get to its destination. In fact, much like a drone, it can be completely controlled by remote–but does not require constant monitoring. A verbal command will allow the car to go wherever it is commanded to go with no one inside the car at all–making it perfect for book and pizza delivery and other services. Amazen Japan is already looking into buying several of the prototypes.
Minoru Tanaka’s story is the story of one man, one journalist. He was sued over one year and half ago for one story he wrote about a shadowy figure in the Japanese nuclear industrial complex, also sometimes called the nuclear mob (原発マフィア). The plaintiff found the story embarrassing and of course, as always in these cases, he had the financial power and luxury to launch a legal assault on the lone reporter.
In his article published on December 16th, 2011 in Weekly Friday (週刊金曜日) Mr. Tanaka, who has long been investigating and reporting the shady sides of Japan’s so-called Nuclear Village also known as the Nuclear Mafia (原発マフィア). There are few reporters who have a better sense of the complicated relations between politicians, electric power companies, media tycoons, advertisement agencies, construction companies and of course, the Japanese police and the Japanese mafia. The reward for his magnum opus was being sued for a total of 67,000,000 yen by one of Japan’s most powerful nuclear industry businessmen, Shiro Shirakawa, for damage and defamation. Mr. Shirakawa, a former secretary to LDP Diet member and power broker, Hiroshi Mitsuka.
Today, September 16th at 18:00 hours, the McDonald’s East Roppongi shop closed after 30 glorious years of serving the hungry masses. One of the reasons for the collapse is certainly the intense police crackdown on dancing after midnight in the Roppongi area.
In other words, it’s as if TEPCO measured the height of Jeremy Lin with only a 12 inch school ruler and proclaimed, “Mr. Lin is the world’s shortest basketball player.” Shunichi Tanaka, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency said at press conference today stated, “I’m quite baffled by TEPCO’S total lack of any sense of crisis at the site. It’s unfathomable.”
[Not only do I find it personally abhorrent, but intellectually, it] is a terrible exploit of labor that robs women, men and children of their freedom and dignity. In fact, human trafficking is too polite of a term. “Modern slavery” is a more apt expression. Perhaps if portrayed by this term, more people would share my vehemence to combat it.
Japan is populated by magical creatures. There are the leprechauns that stole millions from Olympus , Lehman Brothers Japan, a billion dollars from AIJ and MRI and then vanished and there are the alchemist gnomes like Abe and Horie that manage to make money out of thin air (or hot air). Follow the rainbow kids!