Category Archives: US vs Japan

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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Tokyo Game Show – For Kids Only

Check out this ad for the 2016 Tokyo Game Show in the latest issue of V-Jump: At the top it says “Tokyo Game Show 2016, Special area that only middle schoolers and younger can enter!”  What’s more, those in elementary … Continue reading

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Japanese Urban Planning

I want to share with you what is easily one of the best blogs in existence.  Which is inaccurate to say, as it’s more like an urban planning beginner’s textbook published as a blog.  I spent several days reading through … Continue reading

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1 in 3 Women Report Sexual Harrasment in the Workplace

Look what comes up if you do news search for “japan”: Well that certainly seems to confirm everything we’re always hearing about how sexist Japanese society is.  Unlike the West where it’s just a feminist paradise, of course.  Maybe a … Continue reading

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What do Japanese police officers carry?

Time for another question from Japan Guide: “I have always wondered if the Japanese police carry guns. … Do Japanese police carry guns?” Like most basic questions on Japanese police practices, this one can be answered by reading “Forces of … Continue reading

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