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The real Akihabara: ‘publication of the private’
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews | Japan 10:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone with even a passing interest in modern Japan will have heard of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, most likely through squealing newspaper or blog stories detailing just how weird and depraved the one-time electronics Mecca is…

Virtual reality umbrella shares vibe of guerrilla rain, frog falls and more
Friday, October 23, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Events | Interviews | R&D | WTF? 09:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
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This week’s Digital Content Expo at Miraikan is one of the less corporate tech shows on the Tokyo calendar, so it’s no surprise to see some pretty kooky engineering like the Funbrella from a grad-student team at Osaka University.

Sanyo’s greener, cleaner future (or why the Japanese giant gave itself the mother of all makeovers)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | Interviews 01:02 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Of the many huge Japanese electronics purveyors that we’ve long been familiar with, one name that rarely stands out from the pack is that of Sanyo.

Teeny tiny software developer shows us its Android plans
Friday, June 20, 2008
Read the full story Gaming | Interviews | Wireless 03:02 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Last month, one look at the work Japanese company Eitarosoft is doing with Android made it pretty obvious a closer inspection was in order before the fledgling big player hits the inaccessible heights of some of its current customers.

The future in our pockets at Japan’s Mobile Consumer Lab
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Read the full story Interviews | Wireless 02:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Japan’s legions of small northwest coastal towns are famed for their patchworks of rice paddies and garlands of snow-capped mountains that offer some of the region’s best skiing, but only one is home to a research lab devoted to understanding how we interact with our mobile phones.

Exclusive: DoCoMo gives us its side of the Japanese 3G iPhone story
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Read the full story Interviews | Japan | Wireless 08:36 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Everybody knows the 3G iPhone will hit Japan later this year on the crap-tastic Softbank network, but I don’t believe anyone else was able to get NTT DoCoMo to admit it had been in the race too.

Interview with Akira Tochigi
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews 11:16 PM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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The To the Source of Anime retrospective ends its run today at the Cinémathèque Québécoise with a tribute to Noburo Ofuji. The “Wartime Japanese Animation” programs included propaganda cartoons that feature strikingly American character designs.

Panasonic Blu-ray boss says HD DVD death was suicide
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Read the full story Home theater | Interviews | Video | WTF? 09:34 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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One of the marketing bigwigs behind Blu-ray has gone public with an astonishing claim that Toshiba has only itself to blame for the flop that was HD DVD.

20 Minutes with Norabbits’ Minutes Creator Yuichi Ito

At this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, I sat down with I.Toon’s Yuichi Ito and his manager Hiroko Kamata to talk about his series of short stop-motion films, Norabbit’s Minutes.

DoCoMo: We don’t really care about Android
Friday, November 09, 2007
Read the full story Interviews | R&D | Wireless 04:13 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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After Monday’s announcement by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) of their Linux-based Android platform for mobile phones there are more questions than answers about exactly what it means for the end user.

A trio of Tekkonkinkreet treats

The Tekkonkinkreet anime made its North American home video debut earlier this week, and we decided to celebrate with three bits of Tekkon goodness.

Origins of anime before Tetsuwan Atom
Monday, August 27, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews | Japan 04:45 AM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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Digital Meme’s recent Japanese Anime Classic Collection isn’t just a boxed set, it’s a godsend: it goes a long way toward clarifying things about anime’s origins, or fleshing out what we already knew.

Book tour: Japanamerica by Roland Kelts
Monday, June 25, 2007
Read the full story Events | Interviews | Japan | Robots | Toys 09:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
Tagged with: books culture japanamerica manga

DWT friend and all-round good-egg Roland Kelts has a new book out about the bizarre and intriguing bonds between the cultures of Japan and the US. Japanamerica touches on everything from manga to maniacs, so get your click on and hear what Roland has to say for himself after the jump. PS If you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss the chance to get it straight from the horse’s mouth tomorrow night - details at the end.



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