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...

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...

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...

Japanese rugby . . . who’s ready?

There's nothing like some good old-fashioned rugby news to get you over the Hump Day. That's extra good news for rugby fans in Japan, who just might be getting a new franchise there in the...

Osamu Tezuka, “Father of Anime,” to be honored at film festival

If you are familiar with anime, there's a good chance you know the name Osamu Tezuka. If you aren't, well, you probably have no idea who that is. For those unfamiliar with the auteur, he...

Tourists, development threatening rare wildcat

Here's a story by Norimitsu Onishi in the New York Times that proves development of any size can have wide-reaching consequences. An increase in residents and an influx of tourists is changing the untamed landscape...

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...

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"...

Support for Japan around the world

Japanese Americans respond to the disaster in Japan with words of faith. Those who have voiced their support include everyone from cultural ambassadors to Cherry Blossom participants. The recovery effort in Japan was at the heart...

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