Chinese gyoza causing problems in Japan

Some tainted meats are causing a big commotion in Japan. The New York Times writes that nearly two hundred people have claimed to be ill after eating frozen foods from China, particularly gyoza....

Tuesday bullets

Get ready for an interview with Dr. Jack Fujimoto, the first Japanese American college president in the mainland United States. Unlike their counterparts in America, Japanese politicians are wary of harnessing the full power of...

Monday bullets

Break out your calendars, the Japanese new wave band, Polysics has announced the dates of its upcoming North American tour. Bad news for drinkers of sake and sho chu. Japanese and Native Hawaiians are two of...

Tainted gyoza dumplings: The plot thickens

The Chinese-made frozen gyoza that has sickened scores of Japanese residents may have been intentionally contaminated with pesticide, Japanese police say. According to this Kyodo News article, police are "looking into the possibility the...

Robot girlfriend, new Japanese cinema and American Astro Boy

Remember when everyone used to joke about having a robot girlfriend way, way, wayyyy into the future? Well, thanks to Sega Toys, the same company which brought us the popular Playstation 3 console, that...

Poetry boxing and the art of the verbal jab

It's no secret that technology has grown exponentially over the past decade. But has human interaction suffered because of that growth? There are some in Japan who say yes. A decade ago, as a response...

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...

Wednesday bullets

An in-depth story from Jean Hopfensperger of the Star Tribune about a special volunteer who is bridging the gap between St. Paul, Minn. and Japan. A diminutive Hawaii-born tea master teaches students the beauty of...

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...

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"...

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