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Old 2021-03-17, 09:47   Link #3761
SeijiSensei
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TOKYO — A Japanese court on Wednesday ruled that the country’s failure to recognize same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a landmark decision that could be an important step toward legalizing the unions across the nation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/w...-marriage.html
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Old 2021-03-27, 02:26   Link #3762
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Japanese Company Offers Paid Leave for Employees Grieving Over
Their Favorite Idol's Retirement


"Some companies are made by otaku, for otaku. The copywriting company Hiroro, inc.
recently made waves on Twitter when its president Itaru Tsurumi declared that the
company will offer paid leave for idol fans in grief when their favorite idol graduates (i.e.
retires) or gets married."

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https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/int...rement/.170957
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Old 2021-04-01, 23:38   Link #3763
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Old 2021-04-21, 07:06   Link #3764
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Even in ancient times, the Japanese already had factories called water scoop mills which were used to power hammers in forge mills, saws in sawmills, stamps in stamp mills used for mining, and to make wool textiles in fullers, and pottery in pottery mills:

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The Japanese already had cannon-armed ironclad battleships called Atakebune during the 1500s:

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Old 2021-04-25, 08:05   Link #3765
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35 Japanese gadgets

https://travelerdoor.com/2020/06/14/japanese/

My favorite might be the doki-doki bra.

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Japanese lingerie creator Ravijour created a smart bra AKA True Love Tester to gauge whether a woman is really in love. If she is, then it unfastens, if she’s not, then he remains unsaddled for another day.

The smart bra has sensors determining the woman’s heart rate. The maker explains that when a person is in love, the brain relays the message through an increased rate of breathing, heart rate, and perspiration. Love, much like sexual arousal, gives women an instant boost in excitement.
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Old 2021-04-25, 12:37   Link #3766
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35 Japanese gadgets

https://travelerdoor.com/2020/06/14/japanese/

My favorite might be the doki-doki bra.
Some of those inventions were seen in Steven Chow's Forbidden City Cop (the shirt with a grid back, and broom shoes). For me, the glow-in-the-dark toilet is a winner
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Old 2021-05-03, 09:47   Link #3767
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Lovely travelogue of sakura season in Kyoto this year. It's nearly an hour long, so I only watched the first twenty minutes until I was overcome by a surfeit of blossoms. Nearly every scene highlights the exquisite aesthetic sense of the Japanese when it comes to gardens and nature.

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Old 2021-05-03, 11:29   Link #3768
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Meanwhile it's been raining non-stop in Sapporo region so it's a front seat to dripping wet sakura and fallen petals all over. Also the temperature plummeted to zero once. In May..... .___.
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Old 2021-05-09, 23:40   Link #3769
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Japan has long been suffering a chronic population decline, a trend that has led to the abandonment of scores of rural villages. Nationwide, 13 per cent of all homes are listed as abandoned.

But the coronavirus pandemic may have started changing this. Fed up with the stress of urban living, some families are opting to go back into the country, to enjoy a slower pace of life, and to return to the basics that many have taken for granted.

For three straight months in the middle of 2020, the number of people leaving Tokyo exceeded arrivals for the first time since 2013. The increased need to work-from-home, as a result of the pandemic, has also shown that it's possible to work from anywhere, as long as one has a computer and a reliable internet connection.

VICE Asia (Nov 12, 2020)
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Old 2021-05-10, 07:15   Link #3770
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Interesting, but I wonder if the focus on couples with one Western partner makes this story unrepresentative of native Japanese families. I understand the choice given that Vice makes shows for Western audiences.

Did most people in Japan experience the Touhaku quake as the life-changing experience it seems to be for these people?
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Old 2021-05-10, 07:53   Link #3771
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Interesting, but I wonder if the focus on couples with one Western partner makes this story unrepresentative of native Japanese families. I understand the choice given that Vice makes shows for Western audiences.
I'm under the impression that it's mainly foreigners who are spearheading the return to the countryside. I had the privilege of interviewing Alex Kerr on a similar subject in 2020, during the height of the first wave of coronavirus infections. My focus at the time was more on what it means to pursue sustainable tourism, in the light of the impact of pandemic on the industry.

In the course of researching his work prior to the interview, I found that once he managed to restore the first few homes in the countryside, more families started moving in.

In short, what you need are pioneers to start the ball rolling. My guess is that the average Japanese is risk-averse, and it would take a fair bit of persuasion before they would take the plunge.
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Old 2021-05-17, 09:32   Link #3772
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In short, what you need are pioneers to start the ball rolling. My guess is that the average Japanese is risk-averse, and it would take a fair bit of persuasion before they would take the plunge.
Non-Tokyo Japanese claim Tokyo is great to visit but hellish to live in though. So it's not like locals actually like Tokyo. If the jobs all dispersed to elsewhere, you can be sure everyone else would follow. Seriously, the stupid high rent for crap quality tiny housing alone is a major turn off
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