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Konami Is Pulling 31 Mobile Gaming Apps in Japan

Today, health club company Konami announced that it will be removing thirty-one iOS gaming apps on September 10. Read more...

Nitama The Cat Named Stationmaster At Japan’s Kishi Station

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The newly appointed stationmaster at a rural railway station in Japan has some pretty big shoes to fill. Her predecessor was world-famous, credited with saving the once-struggling station and its railway line from financial collapse. She...Show More Summary

Orchestras are bewildered organisms, don’t know which way is up

From a speech yesterday by Rory Jeffes, managing director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: I remember when we were touring in Japan in 2007 we were giving a performance in Osaka. In Japan concerts halls are often built into larger complexes and this one happened to be on the third floor so you had to […]

A stroll in Yanaka Cemetery.

A stroll in Yanaka Cemetery. Tokyo, Japan.By Armand Ghedira. Read more...

Embassy staff used personal emails for official business

3 days agoNews : NY Daily News

Senior staff at the U.S. Embassy to Japan, including Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, have used personal email accounts for official business, a watchdog report found.


WELL, SHE’S A KENNEDY, WHICH MAKES HER EVEN MORE ENTITLED THAN A CLINTON: US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used private email for official business.

Japan PM Abe, U.S. President Obama held phone talks: Jiji

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama held talks over the phone to discuss issues including the recent release by WikiLeaks of a list of Japanese targets of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday.

CBS, NBC Ignore Report Japanese Amb. Caroline Kennedy Used Private E-Mail for Gov’t Business

On Tuesday night, CBS and NBC teamed with Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision to hide from their viewers news that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has been using a private e-mail server to conduct government business and send sensitive material. Show More Summary

Watch Pokemon Shuffle in Action

Nintendo just can’t stop mixing its special sauce with mobile (well, technically, Pokemon is run by The Pokemon Company, but whatever). The free-to-play 3DS game is heading to mobile (it’s already out in Japan), and Lonnie has taken the upcoming game for a spin. Show More Summary

Iguodala takes NBA title hardware on tour of Tokyo

Andre Iguodala has taken his NBA championship hardware to Japan.

US Ambassador to Japan Used Private Email for Official Work

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of State reports that US embassy officials in Japan, including current Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, used private email accounts to conduct official business.

'Splatoon' is getting a 61-tune soundtrack in Japan

If you've even had a small taste of Splatoon, you know that the inky shooter is defined as much by its upbeat, irreverent music as its bright, Nickelodeon-circa-1995 visuals. Nintendo clearly knows this, too -- it's planning to release Splatune, a whopping 61-song original soundtrack. Show More Summary

Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Rocks Southeast Japan

An earthquake occurred early Wednesday in southeast Japan, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s Use of Personal Email Faulted

3 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

An inspector general says the envoy to Japan and other diplomats there sent and received sensitive but unclassified information on personal accounts.

Yakuza 5 is coming to the West (praise be the Localisation Gods) for the PS3, and when it does, all

Yakuza 5 is coming to the West (praise be the Localisation Gods) for the PS3, and when it does, all of Japan’s DLC for the game is getting thrown in as well. Read more...

Railroad in Japan hires its second cat stationmaster in 10 years

Recently there was some sad news regarding a beloved Japanese feline — but luckily, it had a silver lining. Tama the cat was the first official feline stationmaster of the Kishi railroad station in Kinokawa, Japan, and served the station...Show More Summary

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Scrutinized for Use of Private Email

4 days agoNews : Mediaite

Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. ambassador to Japan, is coming under scrutiny now in a new report for her use of private email.

Some extremely misleading stock market data

Here are the performances of some of the major stock markets over the past year (actually since August 27, 2014): China (Shanghai):  2209.47 –> 2964.97  Up 34.2% Japan:  15534.82 –> 17806.70   Up 14.6% Germany:   9569.71 –> 10,074.66  Up 5.3% S&P 500:  2000.12 –> 1932.34   Down 3.4% Hong Kong:  24,918.75 –> 21,404.96  Down […]

Cat Is Japan’s New Stationmaster

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

After the death of a beloved feline railway stationmaster in a Japanese town, Nitama the Cat rises to this prestigious position.

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