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Month: October 2011

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Japan's First Food Bank: Applying Japanese Efficiency to the Problem of Hunger

the non-profit organization that pioneered a whole new field in Japan

Ghosts in the Shell 2 (Innocence) Review and Second Opinion

Innocence focuses on the increasingly shrinking barrier between humans and technology, addressing the question of what it means to be alive, and pulls in a bit of political commentary as…

October 1st: Nationwide in Japan Anti-Yakuza Laws Go Into Effect: "Do Tell, We Won't Ask."

The new laws criminalize profit-sharing with the yakuza or paying them off. Both the yakuza and those who use them face severe punishment for illegal activity. The autumn of the…