Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last...

Marine accused of rape in Okinawa released from custody

According to this article by Martin Fackler in the International Herald Tribune, the U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old Okinawan girl has been released from police custody after the girl dropped her accusations. 38-year-old...

There’s nothing like a tall glass of Placenta juice in the morning

The idea might sound shocking if you have never tried it, but according to this blog in Wired, the Japanese love drinking Placenta. Yes, I am talking about a health drink made from "that" placenta. Although...

Australian activists hunt down Japanese whalers

If you haven't heard about it already, Japanese fishermen have defied - or at least circumvented - international law and resumed whaling. Mark Schliebs, from Australia's Herald Sun, writes that some Australian activists are ready...

The six thousand dollar watermelon, Eastwood and Takei

It's Aloha Friday and what better way to prepare for the weekend than by reading about Star Trek alumni, Clint Eastwood and high-end watermelons? Star Trek alum George Takei speaks to NASA's Goddard Space Flight...

How do you say “ohana” in Japanese?

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, "Lilo & Stitch," the popular Disney duo, will be adapted into a Japanese television show called "Stitch" this October. Only instead of Lilo, the orphan who...

Apparently Okinawans love their spam, too

It's no surprise to anyone in Hawaii that local residents like their spam, rice, eggs and root beer. Well, according this article in the New Zealand-based Stuff, so do Okinawans. In Okinawa, large square "onigiri"...

Tuesday bullets

Japanese and Japanese American music acts fill out the bill of Los Angeles' upcoming Pacific Music Live festival. An interesting look at how life will drastically change following the presidential election in the sleepy town...

To the skies

The intriguing story of "Nisei stewardesses" lives on. In the month following the Tohoku earthquake, Americans have given $246 million to relief and recovery efforts in Japan. Alabama plans on folding paper cranes for Japan. Internment photographs...

Quick links

Groundbreaking pitcher Hideo Nomo retired today. The 39-year-old Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995 and captured the National League Rookie of the Year award. Along the way he opened up...

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