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Japan Tourists Get Wi-Fi on the Fly

Travelers to Japan no longer need to sneak around like ninjas to capture the nearest, cheapest Wi-Fi signal while away from home. Enticed by the country’s ongoing tourism boom, innovative telecom providers are making connecting to the internet cheaper and easier than ever....more


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Vietnam Eyes Top Outsourcing Status

Don't look now, but Vietnam is on the move, and quietly eyeing a spot among the world's top outsourcing destinations. The nation's effort is good news for companies looking for an alternative to rising wages in China, particularly IT firms on the hunt for engineers to help them build computer networks, databases and other systems on the cheap....more


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Ministering the Masses: DJ Joey Slick Finds Tokyo's Groove

As a man, Joey Slick may not be a recognizable household name everywhere in Japan, but he probably comes as close as it gets. As a top-rated DJ for the past 16 years on JODW 89.7 InterFM Tokyo, he commands a following that includes much of the 42 million-strong population of the Kanto Area surrounding the nation's capital....more

 
LIFE IN JAPAN


Unshaken Saga Hopes to Stir More Business Interest Today

Saga Prefecture, located in one of Japan's most southernmost regions on the island of Kyushu, sports the country's lowest exposure to earthquakes.

It may say something about a house party when the host boasts that attendees are less likely to suffer from building collapse than at any other gathering on the block. But the relative stability of Saga's soil is nevertheless part of the state's official pitch to attract more business. Saga recently sent a team of reps with that goal in mind to the 7th International Rechargeable Battery Expo, held March 2-4 at the Tokyo Big Sight venue in Daiba....more


LIFE IN JAPAN


Entrepreneurial ‘Dinosaurs’ Still Roam in Japan

Dinosaurs, thought to be long extinct on planet Earth, remain alive in Japan -- at least some of the species that helped to shape Japan’s post-industrial economy....more


LIFE IN JAPAN


Japan’s Tatami: Down, But not Out

Japan’s rapid industrialization and embrace of Western lifestyle have spelled the gradual, decades-long decline of the traditional tatami mat....more

 
OPINION


OPINION: Can Japan Resurrect Freedom of the Press?

By the fall of 1945, Japan had been devastated by war. But the nation, which had fallen into a repressive religious/police state which ultimately led to its destruction, rose anew. Within a relatively short period of time it had rejoined the community of nations, first becoming a member of the U.N., and ultimately a member of the G7 as one of the world's major powers....more


OPINION


Freedom of the Press Holds Little Virtue in Japan

The notion of “freedom of the press,” hailed as a universal principle among journalists and news writers, may be more hype than reality in Japan. At least that appears to be the view among those aspiring to high public office....more


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OPINION: Yuriko Koike, the Governor Who Could

Something amazing has happened in Asia's largest city....more




TRAVEL
Okinawa Pushes Free Trade Zone

“Obviously, what happens with the U.S. bases matters a great deal. But we can still do a lot independently of negotiations between governments, and we need to think pro-actively.” -- Shikatsu Touma


OPINION
OPINION: Japan University Study Tour is an Eye-Opener

Having a (Japanese language) teacher who spoke only in Japanese was a plus. -- Gany Erlano


TRAVEL
Japan Tourists Get Wi-Fi on the Fly

“All these tourists and languages are providing a good test for the country’s communications infrastructure leading up to the (Olympic) Games four years from now." -- Rustam Makhmadaliev


JAPAN
Ministering the Masses: DJ Joey Slick Finds Tokyo's Groove

"If the programming is hot, it will get a strong listenership. But it has to stay hot and engaging in order to keep people on your station. Merely spinning records doesn’t cut it." -- Joey Slick

 Joey Slick

LIFE IN JAPAN
Unshaken Saga Hopes to Stir More Business Interest Today

"In Saga, we have no active volcanoes and are safe from major active fault lines, so companies needn’t worry about the risk of structural damage caused by the shifting earth." -- Tatsuhide Soejima

Saga Prefecture

JAPAN
ADVICE COLUMN: Understanding Dual Citizenship in Japan

If a person born with dual citizenship in Japan does not decide which they prefer to keep by age 22, the government has the authority – but not the obligation -- to institute legal proceedings to revoke Japanese citizenship. In practice, however, this is not done. -- Marcus Kosins




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