Yakuza to the rescue!

I know Americans as a whole can be a bit sheltered as to what’s going on with the world as a whole. Anyone living in America now knows that even though our government isn’t calling this an official recession, it is. However, it’s not just us. There is a worldwide...

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Mislabled Sushi: That’s not tuna!

Two teenagers in New York City have exposed a number of sushi restaurants and seafood markets that were mislabeling fish and other underwater staples. Funnily enough, this story starts out at the dinner table. Kate Stoeckle asked her father one night while at a sushi restaurant, “Could you bar code...

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Live goldfish inside unofficial Olympic keychains

In a similar bit of news to my earlier post on the Chinese fish necklaces, traders in Qingdao have also begun selling live fish inside keychains. Qingdao is the site for the Olympic sailing events for the Beijing 2008 games. On the front of the keychain itself is an unofficial...

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Chinese teen fad: Live fish necklaces

Since everyone’s fixated on China these days, for obvious reasons, I thought I would take a look at a new trend among Chinese youths and entrepreneurs. It seems like the Chinese population can’t get enough of wearing fish as fashion. In Chengdu city, teens are snatching up plastic pendants that...

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Best Buy’s gadget vending machine

Seems Best Buy took a cue from Japan’s vending machine addiction. In the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, someone spotted this new Best Buy Express vending machine. They are located at Terminal B’s Gate 29 and Terminal E’s Gate 32. What’s inside? Since this is Best Buy’s vending machine, it obviously has...

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Beijing Olympics 2008 in Legos

I think it’s going to be tough to top this lego creation for the time being. To celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this lego replica of the Olympic grounds is on display in the Grand Century Place in Hong Kong until August 31st.The attention to detail is amazing. I would...

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MeGlobe: Chat in Japanese

MeGlobe: Chat in Japanese

If you had to choose one thing that keeps us from truly connecting on a global level, what would it be? To me, it has to be language. While language is one of the most fundamental things that unifies a group of people, it also hinders a lot of communication...

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Japan swimmers promise 5 medals

Japan has promised to bring home 5 medals during the swimming competitions during the Beijing Olympic Games. Japan’s coach, Koji Ueno has told reporters, We have prepared very well and the swimmers are in scintillating form. Breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima showed he was in true form at the training camp...

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July 2008 stats

Is it me, or is 2008 flying by! Only 4 more months till 2009. That’s a bit scary as I’m haven’t even begun to think of Christmas. That’s for another post. July was the best month for xorsyst.com so far! Saying that is beginning to be a habit thanks to...

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AKIBA Today site launches

As an American covering Japan, I depend on blogs and other websites that offer glimpses into daily Japan. I believe many people would be surprised to see how many blogs I have in Google reader in my quest to catch things off the radar that other Japan focused blogs miss....

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Japan objects to Olympic baseball rules

The new baseball rules for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has team Japan manager Senichi Hoshino very upset. The new rules state that during the 11th inning, each team will begin with a runner on first and second base. This was done to prevent long drawn out games. The Olympic Committee...

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Manga coming to Nintendo Wii

Four of the biggest manga publishers in Japan have announced a partnership to offer their manga titles via the Nintendo Wii Ware channel.  Sadly, this seems like it’s only happening in Japan. Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha and Shogakukan formed a partnership with a local software devoloper to develop a platform for...

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