As many people know from Anime, Valentine’s Day in Japan is the day that girls give boys chocolate, which is the opposite of the US. There are two types of chocolates that girls will give. One is called 義理チョコ（ぎりちょこ), Giri-choco.
I asked my German friend, what are the stereotypes of Japanese in Germany. He said “Short” and “Camera.” I don’t want to be viewed as a short person who always bring a camera, so I asked the same question to my another American friend and expected a better answer.
I remember once I stepped into KFC at night on Christmas Eve, they asked me to wait for a hour to buy one piece of chicken, because all of their chickens had already been reserved. KFC is not very popular as McDonald’s is, and I have seen two KFC shut down so far in my […]
How Japanese feels about this elections? Hard to say. Politicians are saying that no matter who is the next president, the strong relationship between Japan and the US would not change.
Usually Halloween is such a big day for firms. They are busy trying to create “the special goods” which are only sold in a certain period of time.
I’d like to introduce Second Harvest Japan—–the 1st food bank in Japan. This firm was actually started by an American navy officer, Charles McJilton, who was studying in Japan and graduated from Jyochi Daigaku (Sophia University). There are two youtube videos about this food bank company in the link below.
Hello all. I am the new Language Assistant from Japan. I am actually from TIUA 2005 and I come back here about 3 years later. At Willamette, nothing seems to have changed but the people.
Hi~I’m Yu Senzaki who is an international student from Japan and a transfer student that tranferred as a junior. I’m an Econ major, so you probably can see me in Smullin many times.(*＇-＇)b
This video clip is pretty hilarious. But, I wonder who it was made for. If this is some sort of a comedy for Japanese people, I think that’s awesome. Anyways, enjoy this video. You can learn how to eat sushi at a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant. But, you might better ask your Japanese friends […]
Although Japan’s economy is recovering, there are several elements in the world economy that remain unclear, which make the foundation for the Japanese economy unstable. First, the social security system of Japan should be reformed. Until now, each element of the system – pensions, medical care, and nursing care – has been reformed separately. Recently, […]
Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Is there a special way of spending this time in your culture? In Japan, it is only women who give presents (mainly chocolates) to men. Japanese women are usually too shy to express their love. (Though it might not be true nowadays.) Therefore, Valentine’s Day was thought […]
Japan is moving toward a two-party system comprised of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan. The international environment surrounding Japan has changed drastically in the last ten years. In the midst of economic globalization, the laws and systems adopted by a given nation have even more impact than before on whether […]
Although I created some graphs to show the rate of crime, I could not insert them.
Although this is not an article about the latest news in Japan, I would like to introduce you to a film called “Letters from Iwo jima”. This film is impressive and I think it has to be seen by many people in order to understand the truth about World War II. With “Flags of Our […]
Konnihiwa, kongakki mo douzo yoroshiku.; Hello, again (Greeting for this semester.) I am the Japanese Language Assistant for Spring 2007. I have been here since Fall 2006 and will be on this occupation until the end of spring 2008. Since you have a lot of opportunities to meet and chat with TIUA (Japanese students at […]
For these past few decades, Japan has maintained its three non-nuclear principles of not producing, possessing, and not introducing nuclear weapons into the country. I strongly believe that Japan should never go nuclear because it is the only country that has had a tragic experience of being attacked by atomic bombs, and we should be […]
Japan has been threatened immediate and stern measure over North Korea test, although the Prime Minister, Abe, had taken over post Koizumi. However, I think the issue will stay for long andwon’t be solved until Japan roots a fundamentally warm relationship in entire Asian countries.
Konnichiwa. Misuzu des. dozo-yoroshiku. Hello, I’m Misuzu. Nice to meet you. I’m a Japanese language assistant for 2006/2007. However, I may continue in this position for another year. I like Willamette University because it has a beautiful environment and with nice people. This environment is similar to the one in Albany in Western Australia where […]
Sayaka Horinouchi In Japan, there were only male can be emperors by law today. However, the children who are members of the Imperial Family are only girls now. Therefore, government panel needs to discuss about female can be emperor or not. Eighty percent of the Japanese nation agree with the opinion that female can be […]
Pros and cons about female emperors In Japan, there were only male can be emperors by law today. However, the children who are members of the Imperial Family are only girls now. Therefore, government panel needs to discuss about female can be emperor or not. Eighty percent of the Japanese nation agree with the opinion […]
Hi, my name is Naoko Kasakoshi. I am a transfar student from Tokyo International University in Japan. Now I am a junior and my major is Rhetoric and Massmadia Studies.I am excited to join this group to share our own country’s news. Hope, through this project, you will get some intersts about Japan! thanks!
I’ll Scratch Your Back if You Go To War Things these days between Washington D.C. and Tokyo are pretty sweet. Pretty much all the news coming from Japan and the U.S. regarding one another has been nothing but stories of success in economic progress, political solidarity and the underlying theme of friendship. In fact, Japan […]
The Japanese economy has been increasingly feeling the effects of a more economically powerful China. With growing wealth, the purchasing power of 1.3 billion Chinese has never looked so promising to Japanese companies. Most of these companies are technology oriented such as cellular phones, digital cameras and DVD players. The automobile industry is also seeing […]
Following up on last week’s article on the dispatch of Japanese troops to Iraq, here is an editorial piece which poses some interesting questions and makes some insightful observations on some of those themes. The author seems to suggest that Japan’s willingness to aid the United States is fuelled by ulterior motives. At a time […]
Hotel Apologizes for slamming door on Hansen’s sufferers A hotel in Kumamoto prefecture refused accommodation to former patients and workers at national sanitarium for Hansen’s disease suffers. The 18 patients and four workers had planned to stay at hotel on November 17th, Tuesday, but when the hotel found out that many of them are Hansen’s […]