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Fun / foon Tokyo
Friday, July 23, 2004

Topic: Media
You folks in the "Real World" aka not Japan have got it easy even if you're just a level 3 pitchfork handler. Japan Inc. only hires alien gaijin for careers as level-4-or-lower scoop shovel handlers to scrape up Japanese brain droppings.
5-Tine Manure Fork
(for well-composted material)

Eastern-pattern scoop shovel (scrape up the wet nasty stuff)

Posted by trek/taro at 10:05 AM KDT
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Monday, July 5, 2004
Lil' Kim & Koizumi avoid pesty alien/gaijin reporters
Topic: Media
Foreign Reporters Battle Kantei [Prime Minister's office] for NK Access
July 5, 2004, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

Pyongyang II was a sequel the foreign media in Japan didn't want.
On Monday, May 17, the Prime Minister's office (Kantei) told the Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ) that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would be going to Pyongyang on Saturday, May 22. Two of 27 media seats on the PM's plane were for foreign reporters...losing wire services -- Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse -- the news brought a flurry of scathing e-mails.
..."In normal emergencies, reporters rent planes. Why don't we charter a plane, call it Koizumi's press plane, and tag along?" suggested the New York Times' Jim Brooke in an e-mail. "I realize [the] Gaimusho and North Korea are two daunting bureaucracies...

Posted by trek/taro at 1:20 PM KDT
Updated: Monday, July 5, 2004 1:19 PM KDT
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
"Flamola!" Dubbing & mugging Fuji TV's "Iron Chief"
Topic: Media
Wokin' and Rollin': Dubbing Iron Chef
June 24 by Captain Japan!
.....Though Bickard is developing amusing phrases like "Flamola!" and "Bang a gong, let's get it on!" - some of the show's trademarks - this is indeed work. With a VCR, red pen, and script of dialogue, he matches the pictures of the culinary action on the screen with these irreverent, over-the-top sportscaster-like phrases, a recipe that has been a major reason for the show's cult status amongst both finicky gourmets and Sunday afternoon barbecue cooks in search of a few laughs.....

Posted by trek/taro at 2:38 PM KDT
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Thursday, June 17, 2004
Bill Gates is Chairman Mao
Topic: Media
Last night I got this week's issue of Newsweek Japan with Bill Gates on the cover looking like Mao Tse Tung.

He looks better.

See Microsoft's Cultural Revolution

Posted by trek/taro at 11:59 AM KDT
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Bush is No. 1 on Google for "idiot" & "miserable failure"
Topic: Media
Have you tried search for "idiot" on Google?

How about "miserable failure" on Google?

Posted by trek/taro at 1:48 PM KDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 1:50 PM KDT
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"Sea Monkeys" -- the movie!
Topic: Media

A sea monkey and a gentleman -a movie review

The Japan Times: June 16, 2004

...."Umizaru (Sea Monkeys)," an action movie based on a popular manga appearing in Shukan Young Sunday magazine. This time the heroes are Japan Coast Guardsmen training to be divers -- an elite group that constitutes only 1 percent of the JCG force. Think "An Officer and a Gentleman" in wet suits. To qualify, the trainees have to survive a 50-day course that is hell on earth -- or rather in the deep end of the pool.

Posted by trek/taro at 11:30 AM KDT
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Sexy to Japanese?
Topic: Media

Sex, self-image and the Asian-American man
Chicago Tribune (vile but free subscription required), IL - May 25
... Wars with Japan, Korea and Vietnam helped demonize Asian men further and gave Americans license to ridicule them, historians say. ...[professor] Hamamoto has taken the advice he gave his students, albeit in a more controversial manner. He financed a pornographic movie titled "Skin on Skin,"....

"I wanted people to look at this Asian-American and say, `He's great, he's performing, he's bright, he's beautiful,"' he said. "I wanted to take the lowest road possible. Something basic. Raw."....word of Hamamoto's project led to spoofs on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," which aired a mock news story about the dearth of Asian men in pornography, and NBC's "Tonight Show," which showed a skit featuring Godzilla with his groin blacked out breaking up an all-Asian
((View the full-size 4-some pix here))

Posted by trek/taro at 11:48 AM KDT
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Charles "Dumbo" Jenkins will find a firing squad has "very strong attitude"
Topic: Media
Dumbo Jenkins may weasel out of this yet....
Current laws may compel Japan to hand Jenkins to U.S.: Hosoda
TOKYO, May 25, Kyodo -
Current laws may compel Japan to hand the American husband of a Japanese abducted by North Korea over to the United States if he comes to Japan and Washington wants custody of him on the charge of deserting the U.S. military, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said Tuesday....
''If America comes to us and asks with a very strong attitude that this person is being prosecuted thus and therefore they want him to be handed over, it is highly possible at this time that we will come to legal interpretations that would leave us with no choice but to hand him over,'' Hosoda told a press conference....

Posted by trek/taro at 6:01 PM KDT
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Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Empress Michiko has got worms
Topic: Media
Kyodo / May 19 Empress fees silkworms
TOKYO, Japan - Empress Michiko prepares mulberry leaves with the help of her aide to feed silkworms at a cocoonery in the Imperial Palace on May 19.

Posted by trek/taro at 5:20 PM KDT
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Friday, May 14, 2004
Mo' fun than Private Dogleash --- Japanese Sexual PSYOPs
Topic: Media
Japanese Sexual PSYOP

....Both the Axis and the Allies printed aerial propaganda leaflets using sexual themes in an attempt to demoralize enemy soldiers at the front. Did these leaflets work? Did the finders become emotionally crippled and unable to carry on their duties and responsibilities? .....
.... The Journal of Personality and Social Behavior... "When males have not been angered or have been exposed to mild erotica, aggressive behavior has been reduced." He later says, "In summary, the present results suggest that highly arousing nonaggressive-erotic stimuli can be a mediator of aggressive behavior by males toward other males under certain condition." .....
Professor Linebarger noted that obscene pictures showing naked women, designed to make the celibate troops so desirous of women that they surrendered was a Japanese idea that did not work. "The troops kept the pornography and despised the Japanese as queer little people for having sent it."

Posted by trek/taro at 2:38 PM KDT
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Monday, April 19, 2004
"Lost in Translation" lost on Japan
Topic: Media
Via Gen Kanai's blog April 19, 2004 11:00am ...
"Lost in Translation" fails in Japan
..."Lost in Translation" is offensive enough to the Japanese that the distributor has only screened it in one 300-seat, indie-movie theater in Shibuya. ...more...

As Taro always says...

If the shoe fits, take it off at the genkan.

Posted by trek/taro at 4:19 PM KDT
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1960s, B&W, doo-wop Japanese styling
Topic: Media
Via Bitter Cinema
QUOTE: "An interesting collection of Japanese television advertising from 1960 to the present from Shiseido , a cosmetics company that has been around since 1872. I especially like the b&w; 1960 doowop guys with the checkered jackets and portable grooming kits. "

Posted by trek/taro at 3:41 PM KDT
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Made in "JAPAN" Computer Girl?
Topic: Media
Via the Veronikaah livejournal blog, here is COMPUTER GIRL.
Veronikaah says, "The main reason why Computer Girl RULES is that she was designed in Japan, as was her box." However, "Song Yun Toys" is neither Japanese name nor a Japanese company. It's Korean which is equivalent to saying "Aeroflot is a French airline."

Posted by trek/taro at 12:14 PM KDT
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2004 1:46 PM KDT
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Friday, April 16, 2004
Win the Platinum Piss Boy with diamonds
Topic: Media

Win the Platinum Pisser!

Platinum Piss Boy is worth1,000万円. See the pissing CM for the DaKaRa drink which is on all the Japanese TV networks this morning.
PS: Their Piss on it intro is a laugh too.

Posted by trek/taro at 2:03 PM KDT
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Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Mo' betta than Batboy. it's CARPMAN!
Topic: Media
Today on the front page of "Tokyo Sports" shimbun....
After 14 Years
In Korea
Fish With Human Face Re-Discovered!

See the weird, full-size JPEG picture of the front page and find the Japanese link at the Michael Schubart's Weblog.

Posted by trek/taro at 3:48 PM KDT
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Friday, March 26, 2004
Tokyo courts, bah!
Topic: Media
Last week, the Tokyo District Court ordered a publisher not to distribute the magazine with an article about the divorce of the daughter of former prime minister Tanaka. The Court called it an "invasion of privacy." However, 740,000 of the 770,000 copies printed had sold like hotcakes. Now the Yahoo eBay price is 2,000yen per copy about $18!
Tokyo court bans weekly's publication over Tanaka's daughter
Kyodo / Wednesday March 17, 12:30 AM

The Tokyo District Court has issued a temporary injunction banning the publication of Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine which had planned to run in its latest issue a story about the eldest daughter of House of Representatives member Makiko Tanaka, the daughter's lawyer said Tuesday....
In its March 25 issue to be published Wednesday, the popular weekly, published by the Tokyo-based Bungei Shunju Ltd., planned to run what it calls an "exclusive scoop" on Tanaka's eldest daughter.
According to her lawyer, the story says that the daughter got married despite her parents' fierce opposition and divorced after only one year and returned from Los Angeles....
Her parents are Tanaka and her husband Naoki. Tanaka, the daughter of the late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, is widely known as an outspoken politician and has served as foreign minister.

Notice how this story fails to name the "daughter" who is the secret love-child of Makiko-chan and Taro. Maybe she doesn't have a name.

Court halts weekly over story on Tanaka daughter

Posted by trek/taro at 1:35 PM JST
Updated: Friday, March 26, 2004 1:50 PM JST
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"Clone Wars" in Japan
Topic: Media

Star Wars: Clone Wars

(Episodes 11-20)
Begins March 29 (Mon.)
Every Mon. thru Fri. 19:00-19:05, 24:30-24:35
Star Wars: Clone Wars continues the saga where the live action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off - at the beginning of the Clone Wars....
Cartoon Network Japan, Clone Wars info
On SkyPerfecTV Channel 726 Or read my foul Japanese site were my insane provider, Jens Spinnet, tries to ban English from personal blogs. Sheesh.

Posted by trek/taro at 10:39 AM JST
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Thursday, March 25, 2004
This site is now fully legal in copying headlines in Japan
Topic: Media
Court denies copyright for Web news headlines
(Mainichi--Mar 25)

A damages suit filed by the Tokyo head office of the Yomiuri Shimbun against an Internet service firm that used the newspaper's headlines without permission was rejected in the Tokyo District Court ...denied that the headlines were creative expression. "These headlines were created within 25 characters, and either stated objective facts, or used only very short qualifying words, and cannot be described as creative expression"

Posted by trek/taro at 4:09 PM JST
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Mysterious Dr. Evil strikes again
Topic: Media
BWAHAHAHAHA! Mysterious Dr. Evil Kim strikes again. Will Iraq be next on the oil-for-nukes-for-cheaper-gasoline plan?

Report: Iran, N. Korea building secret underground nuke plant Mar 23--- North Korea and Iran are building a secret underground facility in northwestern North Korea to produce centrifuges to enrich uranium, according to a Japanese press report. The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported March 10 ...

Posted by trek/taro at 3:48 PM JST
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Thursday, March 18, 2004
Boring flower news saturates the Japanese media
Topic: Media
Cherry blossoms come out in Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoka
Thursday March 18, 1:59 PM

Cherry trees started blooming Thursday in Tokyo, Yokohama and Shizuoka, the second-earliest date for the three cities since data were first collected in 1953, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The development allows for Japan's popular springtime custom of "hanami" or cherry-blossom viewing to be enjoyed earlier than usual.
The earliest blossoming in Tokyo was March 16, 2002, and March 15 the same year for Yokohama and Shizuoka, it said.

Posted by trek/taro at 3:46 PM JST
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