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How you can send aid now to people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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I don’t think there’s any need to explain why sending a few ¥, $, £ or whatever you have is a good idea.

Shiny shiny - DWT logo all dressed up in rhinestones
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Off Topic | WTF? 08:40 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Wow - we’re really getting into the hard tech news now, eh? Completely ignoring the 18 insanely dull new phones DoCoMo just announced, I bring you our famous Pikarin-kun logo done up in finest colored glass beads instead.

Swine flu-fighting face masks From Japan’s master makers
Monday, May 04, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic 04:37 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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You’ve seen the pictures of people wearing face masks to prevent catching the H1N1 swine flu. If you’re going to wear a mask, why choose plain blue? People in Japan wear masks out in public all the time, for colds, the flu, and hay fever. Japanese mask-wearing citizens demand the finest quality, menthol cool wet-filtered, nonstick lipstick-ok face masks. From single-use to 7-day to designer…

 

High-tech Japan solves those low-down embarrassments
Monday, April 13, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 10:00 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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In the spirit of the amazing Kowa anti-pee pills, we bring news of another product helping Japan move toward ending the need for people to urinate entirely.

Down with Japanese girls’ micro- miniskirts!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 10:39 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Teachers at a high school in Japan want school girls to pull down their skirts. The group of teacher-guidance counselors commissioned, published, put up, and distributed three posters advising girls to lower the hemlines of their school-uniform skirts. News outlets reported on the ‘Proper dress all at once together campaign’…

Battlestar Galactica says What the Frack? to weird bicycle
Monday, February 23, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 11:11 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Battlestar Galactica fans on a budget might get a kick out of this Japanese Mama Chari (or ‘Mom’s bike’) named for their favorite pseudo swearword.

Escape modern life with ancient Japanese smell ceremony
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Anyone with more than a passing interest in Japan has probably heard of Sado (tea ceremony), Shodo (calligraphy) and maybe even Kado (flower arranging), but what about Kodo, or the ancient art of smelling stuff?

Japan bicycle safety campaign all wonky
Friday, February 13, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation 09:59 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Check the bicycle brakes, the lights, don’t use your cellphone, learn the rules of the road. Ads from a bicycle industry association offers tips on riding safely on approved bicycles. High tech brake-accuracy testing is depicted in the TV commercials. But one safety feature that prevents injury…

Missing monkey playing real-life game with police
Monday, February 09, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 04:12 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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The infamous wild monkey of Tokyo continues to elude captors. The macaque monkey that stormed Shibuya train station in August 2008 is apparently living in an internet cafe. Frustrated authorities have requested assistance from experts in primatology and the government’s spy agency.  An expert…

Tokyo Gift Show packed with unnatural goodness
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Read the full story Events | Household | Japan | Off Topic 07:03 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Banana gadgets, super-soapy shower slippers and ingenious uses for empty drinks bottles are among the zillions of products you didn’t know you needed, but now can’t live without, that are on display at this week’s International Gift Show in Tokyo.

ATMs speak up to stop extortion scams
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic 06:28 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Con artists continually update their techniques for fraudulently getting cash from elderly victims in Japan, but automatic teller machines are catching up quickly.

Small towns tell public employees to hunt troublesome wildlife
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic 02:45 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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A lack of experienced hunters in Japan to cull wildlife that is damaging crops and rampaging in rural cities is forcing muncipalities to get creative. Some local governments are encouraging municipal workers to learn how to hunt. One rural town is providing weapons…

Obama demands from men’s mag ad: Japan yes you can!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Ads for men’s magazines are commonplace on commuter trains in Japan. Sometimes pictures of Japanese politicians peer down from the hanging advertisements. US President Barack Obama may …

New natto packaging prevents spills and sticking beans
Monday, January 19, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic 01:34 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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An innovative package for natto – the popular fermented soybean food – lets users start eating quicker by eliminating two steps from the usual preparation process. Previously, after removing the package lid, one would have to peel off the top film, stir the natto….

Tokyo police can track missing monkey on Twitter
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:37 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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That crazy little monkey that’s been taunting Tokyo police since August 2008 has moved into a new home. It seems the wacky macaque monkey – dubbed Makawaii – spends its nights at an internet café. The impish ape first showed up – alone – at Shibuya train station in Tokyo in August, 2008. The critter dodged…

Find a new job for 2009 right now on our new Japan jobs board
Sunday, January 04, 2009
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If you’re in the market for a new job this year and also happen to be in Japan or still thinking about it, then you might want to check out our new, free-to-use jobs board – you’ll find it up there near the top of the page.

Princess Masako may have waved during annual New Year’s event at Imperial Palace
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 05:25 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Japan’s Crown Princess Masako made a rare appearance on Jan. 2 when she joined other members of Japan’s royal family for their annual public New Year’s welcoming at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Masako has been suffering from stress-related symptoms and mental…

Gadget gift suggestions for the Lost Monkey of Tokyo
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 02:15 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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The macaque monkey who’s been eluding police capture since August this year could use some holiday cheer. It’s cold in Tokyo now, much different from that hot summer morning when the cute wild ape jumped the wickets and…

Anti-pee pill lets women work longer
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Read the full story Off Topic 08:45 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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A new pill offers relief for women who have to run to the toilet often. Lady Guard is the first OTC pee reliever in Japan…

101 days of monkeying around in Tokyo
Monday, December 01, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:44 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Now that it’s winter, police continue to use their resources investigating reports of loose monkeys in the city, with sightings regularly reported on Japan TV news programs.

Japanese jelly candy might just choke you to death
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 09:22 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Hey kids, see this sweet candy? You probably want some, right? Here you go…no, can’t have it! Put it back behind the counter. It’s dangerous. And don’t let grandma buy it either.

Businessman wrestler finds strength from few fans
Monday, November 24, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 09:42 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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During the week, this man sits at a desk in a company in Tokyo. On weekends he wrestles. But he is not a-pro wrestler. Not a semi-pro wrestler. No, there is a new category – according to this man - that is ….

Foaming beer shampoo only for baseball champs
Friday, November 21, 2008
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In honor of the much-televised locker-room celebrations sports teams worldwide love so much, Bandai has found a way to turn spraying carbonated beverages from a filthy pastime into the very embodiment of cleanliness.

More quality Me time from Tenga’s toy box
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Can you guess what these little plastic eggs are for?

Tokyo’s wild monkey still doing his thing after three months of freedom
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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It’s exactly three months since a wild monkey decided to make his home in central Tokyo, so to mark the almost-anniversary our pals at Lets Japan have put together a scarily detailed dossier on the simian’s schedule over that period.

Japanese live-in coffin for the saddest of shut-ins
Sunday, November 16, 2008
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Take a look at that photo - yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you; and no, you don’t need to do one of those cartoon double-takes on the whiskey bottle in your hand before throwing it over your shoulder. It really is a portable wooden room that is designed to be set up inside another room.

Japan arms female train staff with pepper spray
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 05:30 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Female attendants on JR Tokai line trains are being issued personal protection cayenne pepper spray devices.

Monkeying around in Tokyo ... again
Friday, November 14, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 01:40 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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How many monkeys are there in Tokyo? According to a TV station on monkey-watch, there may be more than the original one mad-monkey of last summer. The tale of the monkey in the city began Aug. 20, 2008 ….

Japanese nano-tech microwaves your tiny feet warmer this winter
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Yutapon’s the name, getting your feet warm in bed’s the game.

We Heart Tokyo friend finder bigger and better than ever
Friday, November 07, 2008
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Sure, many of you already know the benefits of our private-label friend-finding site, We Heart Tokyo, but did you know just how much there is going on behind the scenes to make sure every last member finds the perfect match?

Letter from Canada – Emru Townsend update
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Read the full story NOT Japan | Off Topic 05:14 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone who has been following Emru Townsend’s story of his battle with leukemia will know by now that he got his bone marrow transplant back in September – it was fantastic news.

Light up plug adapters make travel feel fun again
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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There’s nothing particularly unusual about Kashimura’s new range of ¥350 ($3.50) travel adapters for AC plugs apart from the fact that each one lights up blue when the juice is flowing.

Japanese scientists study cow burps as Earth heats up
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 02:05 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Vegans should probably look away now – researchers at a Japanese agricultural institute are so concerned about global warming putting livestock off their food they’re testing ways to make them eat better.

DWT downtime - gone surfin’

With the tiny amount of stuff I’ve been posting recently, it hardly seems like a holiday is in order, but Hawaii calls and we’re answering with an enthusiastic Mahalo

Geeky Google (Maps) goodness in Tokyo Bay
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic 12:24 AM JMLH • Permalink
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So, there we were on a jetfoil in Tokyo Bay the other day, cruising back from a DWT jaunt to Kozu-shima when we spotted this rather attractive monolith in the ocean just to the southeast of Haneda airport.

Japan aims to exploit sea-bed methane, end life as we know it
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 03:34 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Worrying news from the Nikkei this morning as the august organ reports that Japan has made concrete plans to exploit methane hydrate deposits on the ocean floor 1km down in a wide area off its coast.

Iron Man, Hancock, Dark Knight ... Retarder Elf?
Friday, August 01, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 11:57 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Picture. Thousand words. Etc…

Gorgeous Japanese kids’ dinner set hewn from bamboo
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Japan has long enjoyed the reputation of being home to some remarkable craftsmen in fields as diverse as ceramics and woodblock prints, but today’s mail brought the first piece of art I’ve ever seen that’s designed to be bashed around by kids at meal times.

Stunning urban animation crosses genre boundaries - and walls
Friday, May 16, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | NOT Japan | Off Topic 07:39 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Heck - it’s nothing to do with either Japan or technology (at least, not directly), but it is an absolutely stunning piece of animation work by a bona-fide genius.

Beating leukemia for Emru and thousands like him
Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Here at DWT we don’t ask for much, but just this once we’d appreciate a few minutes of your time that might make a heck of a difference to the lives of a lot of people in general and our pal and DWT contributor Emru Townsend in particular.



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