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  • Mr. Noodle (2007 obit of maker of Raman Noodles)

    08/25/2012 9:11:59 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 16 replies
    nyt ^ | January 9, 2007 | LAWRENCE DOWNES
    The news last Friday of the death of the ramen noodle guy surprised those of us who had never suspected that there was such an individual. It was easy to assume that instant noodle soup was a team invention, one of those depersonalized corporate miracles, like the Honda Civic, the Sony Walkman and Hello Kitty, that sprang from that ingenious consumer-product collective known as postwar Japan. But no. Momofuku Ando, who died in Ikeda, near Osaka, at 96, was looking for cheap, decent food for the working class when he invented ramen noodles all by himself in 1958. His product...
  • Japan plans to cut state spending, could run out of money in a month

    08/30/2012 10:42:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2012
    Japan's government is planning to suspend some state spending as it could run out of cash by October, with a deficit financing bill blocked by opposition parties trying to force Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda into an early election. Yoshihiko Noda The impasse in Japan's parliament has raised fears among investors that the world's third largest economy is being driven towards a "fiscal cliff". "The government running out of money is not a story made up. It's a real threat," Finance Minister Jun Azumi told a news conference, making a last-ditch appeal for cooperation by opposition parties to pass the bill....
  • Poo powered motorcycle kicking up a stink in Japan

    08/28/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies ^ | 08/28/2012 | n/a
    An eco-friendly motorbike powered by poo has been kicking up a stink across Japan after being unveiled this week. Created by Japan's leading toilet makers TOTO, the energy efficient bike certainly meets the motor industry's demand for more climate friendly vehicles. Talks to turn the ambitious project into reality have been on-going since 2009, with the latest version of the 'Toilet Bike Neo' making its debut at s showroom in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, on Thursday. The environmentally friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle features a specially customised toilet-shaped seat that runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water. Despite...
  • Toyota Japan’s sexy new topless ad featuring transgender model shocks viewers

    08/24/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 24AUG2012 | Steven Simonitch
    TOKYO — A racy new Japanese ad campaign launched for the 2012 Toyota Auris, or Corolla as it’s known in some markets, has been causing a commotion for boldly challenging convention — and probably not in the way you would think. Have a look at the commercial here. The star of the commercial is 19-year-old Ukrainian transgender model Stav Strashko. The commercial ends with the campaign’s tagline “Turn Your Rear to Common Sense” (常識にお尻を向けろ). Check out a short interview with Stav about the commercial here.
  • China Is Entering A 'Danger Zone' [Charts]

    08/21/2012 6:07:44 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-21-2012 | Mamta Badkar
    China Is Entering A 'Danger Zone' [Charts] Mamta Badkar Aug. 21, 2012, 8:25 PM Even as China promises to maintain a "firm grip" on real estate, many are still concerned about a property bubble and hard-landing, in terms of a slowdown and financial crisis. In a speech in Sydney, Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan said China is now "entering the danger zone" that could lead to a financial crisis. Looking back at Japan's experience in the 1990s, and the American experience in the 2000s, that triggered "malign" as opposed to benign bubbles and led to...
  • China bubble in 'danger zone' warns Bank of Japan

    08/21/2012 2:48:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    China risks a repeat of Japan’s boom-bust disaster 20 years ago as exorbitant property prices combine with a demographic tipping point, a top Japanese official has warned. “China is now entering the 'danger zone’,” said Kiyohiko Nishimura, the Bank of Japan’s deputy-governor and an expert on asset booms. The surge in Chinese home prices and loan growth over the past five years has surpassed extremes seen in Japan before the Nikkei bubble popped in 1990. Construction reached 12pc of GDP in China last year; it peaked in Japan at 10pc. Nishimura said credit and housing booms can remain “benign” so...
  • Tensions between Japan and China close to boiling point after Japanese activists scramble

    08/20/2012 1:52:23 PM PDT · by traumer · 24 replies
    * The dramatic assault by a dozen Japanese nationalists infuriated China, which issued an official protest to Tokyo * It sparked a number of anti-Japanese rallies across China Tensions between Japan and China threatened to boil over yesterday in a row over a group of disputed islands. Around ten right-wing Japanese activists swam ashore the main island in the Senkaku archipelago and raised the national flag. They carried out the stunt to call on China to give up its claim to the islands, which are under Japanese control. Infuriated, Beijing issued an immediate rebuke as thousands of Chinese took to...
  • Anti-Japan Protests Held Across China

    08/20/2012 12:13:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | August 19, 2012
    Anti-Japanese demonstrations spread to more than 20 cities in China Sunday, as Tokyo dismissed China's opposition to Japanese activists landing on disputed islands in East China Sea. Chinese demonstrators waved national flags and chanted angry slogans as they protested the arrest of Chinese activists who landed last week in the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China. In some cities, protesters vandalized Japanese made vehicles and clashed with police who tried to restrain them. Earlier Sunday, a group of 10 Japanese activists, including local lawmakers, swam ashore and unfurled Japanese flags on one of the disputed...
  • A Japanese History of the L85 (Video)

    08/17/2012 10:21:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Japan explains in their own, ah, unique way, the history of the L85. In animated form (starts properly around 0:46). Video
  • Japan looks to methane under sea floor

    08/16/2012 6:17:34 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 25 replies
    Cosmos Online ^ | 15 Aug 2012 | Achim Eberhart
    Large quantities of methane gas are stored as ice-like gas hydrates below the ocean floor and these could be used as an energy source, a Japanese geologist said....“One cubic metre of gas hydrate contains 164 cubic metres of methane,” said Ryo Matsumoto from the University of Tokyo, who presented his research at the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia. “Gas hydrates are very effective containers of methane.”....estimates suggest that the total amount of carbon contained in gas hydrates could match or even exceed that bound in fossil fuels.
  • Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities”

    08/15/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Butterflies in the Fukushima Region Plagued by “Genetic Damage” and “Severe Abnormalities” A study of the pale grass blue butterfly in the regions around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, site of the 2011 radiation disaster, has revealed that the insects are giving birth to mutants at an alarming rate. Indeed, the butterflies collected from younger generations have more abnormalities than butterflies born directly after the power plant began leaking radioactive particles into the environment. That means the genetic damage caused by the radiation leak has been inherited by subsequent generations. Above, you can see images taken from the study, published...
  • Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

    08/15/2012 5:06:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow. For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur. The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until the...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About The Japanese Surrender

    08/14/2012 5:30:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 71 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 14, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    (Today marks the 67th anniversary of the announcement on August 14 (August 15 Tokyo time) 1945 by Emperor Hirohito of the acceptance of the Potsdam terms for unconditional surrender (with the condition that he could remain as a figurehead emperor). I find the period from Hirohito's announcement until the formal surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2 to be a fascinating period chock full of things you probably don't know. Although my last blog entry was about the Guadalcanal campaign, the next edition will be about a completely different topic than WWII.) 1. Although the formal surrender of...
  • China: HK, Taiwan, mainland activists plan to land on Diaoyu islands

    08/13/2012 7:25:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    HK, Taiwan, mainland activists plan to land on Diaoyu islands A Hong Kong activist group set sail on Sunday for the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan, in an attempt to join forces with counterparts from the mainland China and Taiwan to assert China's sovereignty over the islands. The official Global Times reported that the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands set sail at noon from the Tsim Sha Tsui pier in Hong Kong with four crewmembers and 11 activists aboard, including one Macanese and one mainland Chinese. Chan Miu-tak, chairman of...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the reckoning

    08/13/2012 7:59:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 63 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dan Jones
    ‘There are no civilians in Japan.” This was the judgment of a US Air Force intelligence report produced before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during August 1945. The meaning was clear. The global conflict that had raged since 1939 had become a total war. London, Coventry, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo and many other cities had all suffered “strategic bombing”. The leading participants in the Second World War did not view civilian population as pure collateral. By 1945 they were the principal targets. The bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively were the...
  • Japan's Democrats offer polls in 'near future' to save tax plan

    08/11/2012 7:26:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune ^ | August 7, 2012 | Yuko Yoshikawa and Tetsushi Kajimoto
    Japan's ruling Democrats on Wednesday offered to call an election in the "near future" to save their sales tax increase plan after the opposition demanded a commitment to early polls in return for backing the bill in an upper house vote. The opposition has yet to formally respond to the pledge, but first reactions suggested it was too vague. "(Noda) will go to the people in the near future when the bill is enacted," Fumio Kishida, parliamentary affairs chief for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), quoted his Democrat counterpart as saying. It is the first time the Democrats have...
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was Imperative

    08/10/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 53 replies
    Self | August 10, 2012 | Self
    We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. The generations which developed the information and made the decisions for World War II, including dropping the atomic bombs on Japan, have passed away. The generation which faced the tragic violence required for carrying out those decisions is rapidly leaving us. As this personal knowledge becomes ever rarer, we must listen increasingly to revisionist contra-factual analyses as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About Guadalcanal

    08/07/2012 3:18:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 7, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first offensive land operation taken by the United States in World War II. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal. The general outlines of that battle which lasted which lasted 6 months until February 9, 1943 are known by many but here are 19 things about Guadalcanal that you might not know. This is the first of my regular "20 Things You Don't Know" posts that I hope will encourage the History Channel to bring back that series. You can read my full mission statement about this in my...
  • The Third Atomic Bomb Was Going To Be Dropped On 19 August

    08/05/2012 4:49:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    National Security Archive ^ | 13 August 1945 | General Hull and Colonel Seaman
    This is a telephone conversation transcript between Colonel Seaman of the Manhattan Project and General Hull of Marshall's staff that took place on 13 August 1945. The subject is atomic bomb deployment and production timeline.
  • Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan was Unavoidable

    08/05/2012 1:27:24 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 46 replies
    Self | August 5, 2012 | Self
    Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Unavoidable We now mark the 67th anniversary of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW II. Once again we must listen to the contra-factual analysis of revisionists as they expound on what a needless, tragic and profoundly immoral decision the United States had made. In support of dropping the atomic bombs historians often cite the inevitability of horrifying casualties, if troops had landed on the home islands. They extrapolate from 48,000 American and 230,000 Japanese losses on Okinawa to estimates of 500,000 American and millions of Japanese casualties for mainland invasions. However,...