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Japan Travel / Are you ready for wines from Japan?


The words "Japan, wine exporter" have a somewhat unlikely ring but that is the aim of a new organisation, Koshu of Japan, which is keen to shine an international spotlight on a grape variety that is often dismissed within its native country. I have just made my second visit in 12 years to Yamanashi prefecture, the Bordeaux of Japan in terms of winemaking. Except it reminds me more of Switzerland than Bordeaux. Every square metre in the heavily populated Kofu basin overlooked by Mount Fuji is cosseted. Individual vineyards are tiny, partly thanks to the postwar policy, implemented by General Douglas MacArthur, who oversaw Japan's reconstruction, of weakening the powerful landowners by redistribution. Farmers are protected. Labour costs are high. And the most-planted vine variety, like the Chasselas that is known as Fendant in French-speaking Switzerland, is also a table grape. (FT.com)

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Year-end songfest a beloved tradition

Taking up herewith DY Weekend News by Yomiuri ONLINE.
Japanese Life Style Trend might be read via these News.
The News titled "Year-end songfest a beloved tradition" is introducing one of the TV Programs on Dec 31 of the year. 

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Rakugo group offering English conversation class / KANSAI & WEST

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japan News (31)

Takignup herewith Yomiuri ONLINE NEWS regarding KANSAIU & WEST.
By the way, do you know "Rakugo (落語 literally "fallen words")"?
Rakugo is a Japanese verbal entertainment.
The lone storyteller (Rakugoka, 落語家) sits on the stage, called the Kōza (高座).
Using only a paper fan (扇子, "sensu") and a small cloth (手拭, "tenugui") as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story.

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Michelin: Tokyo world's top gourmet city

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japan News (30)

Taking up herewith Travel News by Media regarding Japan.
Recent Japanese Travel News Trend will be read via these News. 
Interested in "Michelin: Tokyo world's top gourmet city", "Castle samurai ham for guests, dispatch trash" and etc.

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Poll: Japan's opposition set for landslide victory

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japan News (29) / Japan News (31)

Taking up herewith Japanese Political Trend News in connection with 2009 Election.
DPJ's victory is expected by Medias.
And if so, Japanese Political Situation might be changed.

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Nation remembers war dead / Emperor, Aso hope for world peace in memorial service

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japan News (28) / Japan News (30)

Taking up herewith Japanese National Trend News by Yomiuri Shinbun.
National Trend in Japan will be read via these News.

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Shrine a litmus test for Japan's premiers

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japan News (27) / Japan News (29)

Taking up herewith Media News in connection with "World War II".
Today is Aug 15, the special day to be rememberred.
On Aug 15, 1945, Japan had accepted defeat to bring an end to World War II as a result of Atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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International 'cosplayers' take to Nagoya street for summit

Taking up herewith News by Media in relation to Japanese Society.
The situation of Japanese Society including Japanese People will be read via these News.

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Watson, Armstrong break through age barriers

Taking up herewith again regarding Tom Watson's British Open.
Watson's fighting spirit in "The Open" is an object of praise.
A lot of medias ia taking up Tom Watson's news.

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History slips through Watson's grasp

Tom Watson gave us all "Very Great Impression" through The British Open this time.
A lot of people in the world are impressed by him without fail, I'm sure.
I have a great respect for his Great Challenge Spirit and also his every day effort for maintaining his Golf ability.

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INTERVIEW WITH HARUKI MURAKAMI / Aum trials 'a starting point' for '1Q84'

Books written by Haruki Murakami / by Amazon

Taking up herewith News by Media regarding Kansai and/or Kyoto.
Recent Kansai ans recent Kyoto will be  read via these News.

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Blind Japanese pianist's album races up charts

Congratulations! Mr. Nobuyuki Tsuji.
Mr. Tsuji is blind from his birth. And Mr. Tsujii became the first Asian to win the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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Susan Boyle Loses on British Talent TV Show

Ms. Susan Boyle's News is very popular herein Japan.
In spite of her best effort, Susan Boyle Loses on British Talent TV Show.
Taking up herewith some Articles by Media.

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Japanese exhibit opens with sushi, sake

Taking up herewith Foreign Media News in relation to Japanese Culture.
This time listed up "Japanese Sake" and "Sushi".

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New author's award winner Shirin Nezammafi

Taking up herewith News by Media regarding Japanese Literature.
"New author's award winner Shirin Nezammafi" dated 16 May by Mainichi will be one of the biggest News.
And I would like to appraise Ms. Shirin Nezammafi's hard effort.

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Japan's New Citizen Judges: How Secrecy Imperils Judicial Reform

Taking up herewith News Repot provided by The Asia-Pacific Journal.
Japanese Social Trend and ertc., will be read by these News Report.

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Tokyo's Mean Streets

Taking up herewith Japanese and/or Asia Trend News provided by The Asia-Pacific Journal.
Japanese and/or Asian Trend will be read by these News Report.
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May 1, 2009 by The Asia-Pacific Jounal

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Asia’s Contributions to World Cuisine Sidney W. Mintz Abstract The movement of food ingredients, cooking methods and dishes across the earth’s surface is ancient, and in large measure only poorly recorded. While the West has documented its contributions to global cuisine, those of the rest of the world are less well recognized. This paper takes note of Asia’s role in enriching the world’s foods, both nutritively and in terms of diversity and taste. If any of us were asked -- in the classroom, or during a radio interview, for instance -- whether Asia had made any significant contributions to a global cuisine, I am certain that all of us would answer spontaneously, and in approximately the same manner: ‘Absolutely. Asia has contributed enormously to a global cuisine.’ Despite what would probably be our unanimous agreement, this exploratory paper demands that the reader accept provisional definitions of two relevant terms, because the question itself i...
Davis Mike - Global Agribusiness, SARS and Swine Flu
May 1, 2009 by The Asia-Pacific Jounal


Global Agribusiness, SARS and Swine Flu Mike DavisMike Davis, whose 2006 book The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu warned of the threat of a global bird flu pandemic, explains how globalized agribusiness set the stage for a frightening outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico. The Spring Break hordes returned from Cancún this year with an invisible but sinister souvenir. The Mexican swine flu, a genetic chimera probably conceived in the fecal mire of an industrial pigsty, suddenly threatens to give the whole world a fever. Initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection rate already traveling at higher velocity than the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu. Stealing the limelight from our officially appointed assassin--the otherwise vigorously mutating H5N1, known as bird flu--this porcine virus is a threat of unknown magnitude. Certainly, it seems far less lethal than SARS in 2003, but as an influenza, it may be more durable than SARS a...
May 1, 2009 by The Asia-Pacific Jounal

Tokyo’s Mean Streets David McNeillIs a new safety ordinance designed to save shoppers from transvestites, flashers and mass killers, or an Orwellian attempt to crush public protests?Last month a group of activists called Dystopia Tokyo called a protest against what they described as a “draconian” new city ordinance by conservative governor Ishihara Shintaro. Cosplay protesters Ishihara was revising an existing public safety law to allow city-center crackdowns on street demos, public performances and the homeless, warned the group, which called the move “Orwellian.”“Even foreigners walking in commercial districts can be categorized as ‘nuisances.’”Few Tokyoites seem terribly concerned: The March 22 demonstration in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district drew just a smattering of seasoned activists, including some non-Japanese and a lone cross-dresser who claimed even he wasn’t safe from the cops.“Anybody the government does...
Apr 26, 2009 by The Asia-Pacific Jounal

Rethinking the Lessons for the US and the World of Japan’s 1990s Economic Collapse: Finance Capital and the State   R. Taggart Murphy   Any serious observer of the Japanese economy follows the work of Richard Katz.  In two closely argued, well-documented books, Japan: The System that Soured (M.E. Sharpe, 1998)and Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), Katz set out the view for which he is best known: that Japan once had an economic system that worked brilliantly but no longer does. Katz continues to elaborate this thesis in his writing for The Oriental Economist where he serves as Senior Editor.  Katz argues that Japan's failure to overhaul its political economy has led to the emergence of “two Japans” -- a hyper-efficient export sector and an inefficient, backwards set of companies that primarily serve Japan's domestic market.  He maintains that it was these companies, protected by rigid, obsolete political a...
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Mount Diablo, Mount Fuji featured in Saint Mary's College art gallery

Taking up herewith recent News by Media regarding Mt. Fuji.
The relation between Japanese People and Mt. Fuji might be understanable by these News.

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Western celebrates Japan Week

Taking up herewith Japanese Culture News refered to by Meidia in abroad.
Hope Japanese Culture to be accepted in every country for mutual understanding.

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THROUGH OTAKU EYES / Resurgence of angry manga

Taking up herwtih Weekend News by Yomiuri.
Recent Culture Trend in Japan might be read by these News.

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