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A Study in Bad Social Science, re: Immigration

Or, A Response to “Why Does Japan Need Immigrants” from VisualPolitik EN. This video is just so mismatched between it’s slick presentation with its authoritative host, and it’s completely bonkers research methods that I couldn’t help but write up a … Continue reading

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Vox’s “Japan’s rising right-wing nationalism”

A commentary. I think what I dislike about Youtube channels like Vox most is their attitude.  It’s a attitude that says, “all you need to learn about this topic can be had in a seven minute video.”  They rarely leave … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Yasukuni

Mindy Kotler has, according to her on CV, made her entire career out of being critical of Japan.  Or, to put it another way, she has made a career out of Japan-bashing.  Which of these is more true is really … Continue reading

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Pay for Parking?

Saw this comment on a Youtube video about biking in Japan. “Why does it cost to park?  In Sweden there’s places to park your bike all over the place, and if there aren’t any places where you are, you just … Continue reading

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Peyoung Chocolate Yakisoba

Happy Valentines Day! In a previous post I included a quote about how a country’s strengths are often its same weaknesses and vice versa.  I think that is largely true, and today I’d like to apply that to food and … Continue reading

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The Financial Times on Japanese Arcades

Let’s analyze this new video from the Financial Times.  It’s pretty much the archetype of stereotypical reporting on Japan, so I think it is worth looking at not so much to point out how dumb the Financial Times reporting is, … Continue reading

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Creeping Terror (3DS) Review

Another Japanese 3DS download title that does not appear to have a single review in English anywhere, so I’ll write one. Creeping Terror is one of a small number of horror games available on the 3DS.  It is the product … Continue reading

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