Japan suicide fad crosses the pond

Japan suicide fad crosses the pond

Remember the wave of suicides that happened last year in Japan due to the toxic hydrogen sulfide mixture? Well, it has now officially traveled across the pond here to the U.S. Turns out that there were over 500 deaths in Japan due to the mixture. Here in the states, there...

Read more
JapanSoc’s new logo

JapanSoc’s new logo

 Nick over at JapanSoc.org is looking for a new logo, and he needs your help in deciding which to choose. There are 12 different logos in the running, all with thier own unique feel. The winner not only gets to have their logo on the new J-web enthusiasts google group, but also...

Read more
2 MLB Teams Sign Japanese Pitchers

2 MLB Teams Sign Japanese Pitchers

Two Major League Baseball teams announced today that they have signed Japanese players. What’s interesting is that these two teams have never signed a Japanese player ever. In total there are 14 Japanese players in the MLB. The Boston Red Sox lead the MLB with 3 Japanese players, the Seattle...

Read more
Japanese scientists can see your dreams

Japanese scientists can see your dreams

We are one step closer to being able to see what people are dreaming about. A team of Japanese scientists have created a device that can reconstruct images and thoughts from people currently dreaming. The device is in its basic stage, but it can output what it finds on a...

Read more
Barak Obama, Taro Aso, and the Internet

Barak Obama, Taro Aso, and the Internet

As I stopped at the last redlight before pulling into my driveway tonight, it hit me. Barak Obama and Taro Aso, prime minister of Japan, share one similarity; thier legions of fans on the internet. I believe I can safely say they are 2 of the talked about heads of...

Read more
Translate Japanese feeds in Google Reader

Translate Japanese feeds in Google Reader

My favorite RSS reader by far is Google Reader. Without it, I could easily spend most of my day reading blogs without getting anything done. They just recently added a very cool new feature that integrates thier translation service into the google reader application. While the translation service is hardly...

Read more
New job, so tired!

New job, so tired!

I havn’t missed a day posting this year so far, and I don’t plan to, but my posts may get latter on in the day due to me having to find a new posting rhythm. One thing that I loved about freelancing is that I could make my own schedule,...

Read more
14 year old girl to compete in Sumo World Championships

14 year old girl to compete in Sumo World Championships

We all know how big sumo is in Japan. You may not realize that it is actually big in other countries as well. Meet Samantha-Jane Stacy. She’s not your ordinary school girl. Her 8th grade Australian classmates have affectionately named her “Sammy Sumo”. At age 14, she hopes to be...

Read more
Man skinny dips in Imperial Palace moat

Man skinny dips in Imperial Palace moat

As an American, this is one of those stories where I have to say, “I’m glad he wasn’t American”. Fuji TV reports of a Spanish man who came to Japan on in a tour group. Apparently he dove into the moat naked in order to retrieve a bag dropped by...

Read more
Japanese researchers prove amoeba are smart

Japanese researchers prove amoeba are smart

I didn’t know that there was such a thing as the Ig Nobel Prize. Apparently it’s a parody of the Nobel Prizes, and it has been going on since 1991. This year a group of Japanese researchers won the cognitive science prize for their research on amoeboid organisms. Toshiyuki Nakagaki,...

Read more
Japanese inventor creates needle-free injection

Japanese inventor creates needle-free injection

Were you one of the kids who were scared of needles? Are you still scared of them? Well inventor Yoshoi Oyama has developed a needle free injection which he has lovingly dubbed, “Mother’s Kiss”. The container uses air pressure in order to deliver the medicine. In poorer countries, where needles...

Read more