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Pocky and the Japanese Snack Industry makiko Sat, 08/17/2019 - 00:29

The humble chocolate covered Pocky is actually a prime example of a manufacturing method that pioneered in Japan, and is more associated with car manufacturing.

Japan Airlines Flight 123, the FRIDAY incident, and the wild 1980s makiadmin Thu, 08/15/2019 - 05:18

A look back at a period in Japan's recent history that was very different from today, starting with a tragic plane crash, and also starring an entertainer who is still in the spotlight.

Japanese Convenience Stores (Konbini) May Be At a Crossroads makiko Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:46

For decades, convenience stores (konbini) in Japan have been a fixture in the urban landscape, a much loved and much praised part of Japanese society. But there are signs that the konbini business may be showing some cracks, that reflect the problems of the society as a whole. (Originally posted on August 8, 2019.)

A few thoughts on war, on the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima makiko Tue, 08/06/2019 - 17:29

A few thoughts about war and its lasting legacy, on this day, the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Protecting the Tokyo Olympics volunteer staff from the elements with wearable parasols makiko Tue, 07/30/2019 - 20:01

They may or may not be stylish, but the wearable parasols designed for Tokyo Olympics volunteers do seem practical. Plus, there's some history behind them.

Tipping in Japan makiadmin Sun, 07/28/2019 - 21:03

Is there really no tipping in Japan? Well, yes and no. When is tipping acceptable, and are the commonly held beliefs about tipping in Japan true?

The Yoshimoto Kogyo Scandal and the Japanese Entertainment Industry

In a very eventful week, the news that dominated the headlines and on-air news programs even more than the Kyoto Animation studio arson tragedy or the House of Councillors election, was the firing of a comedian/TV show host called Hiroyuki Miyasako by his management agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo. It exposed a host of problematic issues with the Japanese entertainment industry.