Sep 02 2016

FU

Category: Japan NewsIchiban @ 9:51 am

Interesting story at spoon-tamago.com

And another parody here:

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FamilyMart and UNY Merger Results in Fantastically Offensive Logo

 

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Maybe they’ll have some effin sales???

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Aug 31 2016

Housekeepers

Category: Japan News,UncategorizedIchiban @ 3:36 am

Japanichiban has a huge following from the Philippines. Maybe in the near future we can help you come to Japan and secure a job in housekeeping or babysitting as the rules are being relaxed.
I know a lot of ex-pats living in Tokyo already hire full time live in au pairs.

Housekeepers from abroad may be allowed in Tokyo
By NAOKI TSUZAKA/

The Tokyo metropolitan government will consider granting foreign housekeepers visas and permits to work in Tokyo to plug a hole in the work force as Japan’s population is expected to shrink further in the future.

The Tokyo government has changed its tack and decided to study the possibility of creating a “special zone” that would allow deregulation of certain laws in a specified region, in this case allowing foreign citizens to be employed as domestic helpers in the capital.

Under Japan’s Immigration Control Law, allowing foreigners in to work as housekeepers is banned, but in a special zone those who meet certain criteria, such as having one or more years of work experience in housekeeping, may be granted a work permit.

If the plan is realized, Tokyo will be the third municipality to make this move following Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city.

It is likely other municipalities may follow if Tokyo, which has been reluctant to deregulate, adopts the new policy.

The metropolitan government has invested in housekeeper training programs to boost the number of people to take up such employment, rather than allowing foreign domestic helpers in. The government did this in the hope more women could work outside the home, boosting the work force.

It is understood that the change in Tokyo’s attitude resulted from a greater acknowledgment of the problems of a shrinking population and work force as well as the fact that Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city have introduced the special zones.

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Jan 13 2016

Volunteer In Japan

Category: Earthquake,Japan News,World FriendsIchiban @ 8:33 am

Got some free time on your hands?
Got some information that needs sharing?

Volunteers in Japan may be the place for you.

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Jan 11 2016

Vale David Bowie

Category: Japan NewsIchiban @ 11:04 am

David Bowie loved Japan so here we go…he was a bit of a Japanophile.

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“Crystal Japan” is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and released as a single in Japan in 1980. It was recorded in 1979 and used in a Japanese commercial for the sake Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance by Bowie, although he said at the time that the track was not specifically written for this purpose.”

David Bowie – Tokyo 12-12-1978 (full video)

 

RIP David Bowie 1947 ~ 2016.

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Jan 07 2016

What Japanese Think of Half-Japanese People? (Interview)

Category: Japan News,Japan RelatedIchiban @ 1:41 pm

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Jan 07 2016

Becky Scandal Apologizes

Category: Japan Entertainment,Japan NewsIchiban @ 5:35 am

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Shūkan Bunshun a weekly magazine
somehow got copies of LINE exchanges between the couple that revealed the love triangle.

Becky apologizes to fans, her staff/company, her family, the media… for alleged infidelity/ indiscretion.

The media obviously stalk the poor girl. Paparazzi preying for a scandal story to sell magazines.
She is not a little girl and should be entitled to a ‘private life’.

It’s not her who should be apologizing. As far as I can see the only mistake she made is in having a relationship with this guy.

Becky, there are better fish out their to fry.

Becky (31) seems to have had an affair  with a married vocalist Enon Kawatani (27). Who married last summer.
Has he divorced or just separated from his wife?

Enon-Kawatani

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In the New Year Kawatani took Becky to his parent’s condominium in Nagasaki to meet his parents even though he had only recently married.

It is yet unclear but Kawatani may have already divorced and intends to marry Becky.

As news comes to hand this page will be updated.

Both of them deny infidelity which would indicate he has already divorced.

They met in October of last year. Because his marriage was hidden even from fans, Becky didn’t know, but Kawatani supposedly said from his own mouth that he was married at the end of November.

Shukan Bunshun obtained their exchanges from the app LINE. In the messages, they discuss Kawatani’s divorce and heading toward marriage with Becky.

On January 6th, Japanese entertainer Becky held a press conference at her agency in Tokyo to deny reports of infidelity. Born in 1984 to a Japanese mother and British father, Rebecca Eri Ray Vaughan, was raised in Japan and began working as an entertainer in 200x. Her popularity has been credited to her consistently positive, upbeat personality. In recent years, she has been reportedly involved with two men, one a member of a comedy team, the other MAKIDAI, former member of a boy band called EXILE. Both men were single and both times she denied the relationship. This is the first time she has been involved in a scandal.

The January 7th issue of Shukan Bunshun magazine (週刊文春) reported that she is in a relationship with Enon Kawatani, lead singer of the popular band called ゲスの極み乙女, pronounced Gesu No Kiwami Otome, despite the fact that Kawatani was married last summer. The marriage quickly began to deteriorate, and Kawatani and his wife are considering divorce.

During the press conference, Becky apologized over and over with tears in her eyes, stating that Kawatani is only her friend. As for the report of her visiting Kawatani’s parents’ house in Nagasaki for the new year, she stated that it was innocent, and done without thinking.

Kawatani commented that he and Becky are just friends.

Japanese culture is very apologetic, and Japanese entertainers who appear in commercials need to maintain a clean and neutral image. Unlike a country like the US, most people who appear in commercials or any advertisements for corporations are entertainers.

Becky has contracts with ten advertisement campaigns at the moment, and therefore how she’s perceived by the public matters very much.

(Source: Nikkan Sports)

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Nov 25 2015

November 22nd “ii fufu no hi”

Category: A + Japanese Dating,Japan News,Japanese GirlsIchiban @ 8:38 am

‘ii fufu no hi’ is what the Japanese call November 22nd.

.“Ii Fufu Day(Married Couple Day)”!logo
The Japanese idiomatic/phonetic play on words enables  November 22 to be read as…
“11 = i i”, meaning “good” and
“22 = fu fu”, meaning “married couple”!

This is the day to show appreciation for your partner for always being there.
Every year, the most idealistic “Partner Of the Year” is elected.

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The partners of the year were chosen and are shown above.

Hiroshi Hase, Takami Kyoko and his wife and Fujii Takashi Otoha his wife.

To promote “good couples day”

Votes totalled this year through the Internet was  9,154. (Voting period: July 31 – October 2)

「いい夫婦の日」をすすめる会は、毎年、一般応募の得票数と社会背景を基に「いい夫婦の日」をすすめる会が選出する理想の有名人夫婦「いい夫婦 パートナー・オブ・ザ・イヤー」を発表しています。
17回目を迎える本年の「いい夫婦 パートナー・オブ・ザ・イヤー2015」は、馳浩・高見恭子夫妻と藤井隆・乙葉夫妻に決定しました。

今年の「いい夫婦 パートナー・オブ・ザ・イヤー」は、区切りとなる結婚年数を迎えられたご夫婦のお祝いをテーマとしています。

衆議院議員の馳浩さん・タレントの高見恭子さん夫妻は、昨年から今年に掛けて結婚20周年となり、さらに今年は馳さんが文部科学大臣に就任され重責を担うなか、高見さんは内助の功として支えられている様子から選出に至りました。

加えて、芸人である藤井隆さん・タレントの乙葉さん夫妻は、今年、結婚10周年を迎えられ、一般からの推薦理由でも「結婚10周年というのに新婚のような仲睦まじい感じがした」、「藤井さんが奥様を大事にされている」といった声があったことから選出しました。

「パートナー・オブ・ザ・イヤー」は、「いい夫婦の日」をすすめる会が毎年、理想の夫婦・カップルにふさわしいお二人を広く一般から投票していただき、一般応募の得票数とその推薦理由、社会背景を基に選出しています。 インターネットを通じて募った本年の投票総数は、9,154件でした。(投票期間:7月31日~10月2日)

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Apr 01 2015

Silver Pron!

Category: Japan Entertainment,Japan News,Japan RelatedIchiban @ 11:15 am

Is today April Fool’s Day?
Make your own minds up over this article.

‘Silver porn’ shows fifty shades of greying Japan

PUBLISHED ON APR 1, 2015 11:31 AM

TOKYO (AFP) – Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Ms Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony – instead she’s debuting as a porn actress.

Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to roll, Ms Tomita is proof that in Japan’s greying society you’re never too old to chase your dreams, however racy or unorthodox.

She has also become part of a flourishing niche market in Japan: “silver porn” – stretching the limits of eroticism among the elderly and overturning social norms in a country where people are expected to grow old gracefully.

Love, too, is not confined to the young, say Japan’s growing army of pensioners exploring their desires in more conventional ways, with dating agencies for the elderly reporting increasingly brisk business.

Ms Tomita confessed to being “a bit rusty” but made no apologies for her rambunctious lust for life, or her decision to put aside her knitting and crochet and launch into a career making X-rated movies.

“I like my handicrafts but I wanted to try my hand at this, while my body still works,” she told AFP before filming began.

“I do like sex, and this is my last chance before I get too old. I’m very nervous. I wonder if I should really do it, especially in front of so many people, but everyone should follow their dream.

“I just hope I can keep up,” added Ms Tomita, who used to work in a factory manufacturing car parts and registered for an agency in Japan’s booming “adult video” (AV) industry with her daughter.

“We applied through the Internet together. I got offered a job first, which surprised her a bit.”

In ageing Japan, around 32 million people – a quarter of the population – are 65 or over. Thanks to a low birthrate and growing longevity, that proportion is expected to rise to 40 per cent by 2060.

With statistics like that, it’s no surprise that geronto-porn is big business.

Adult movies rake in about US$20 billion (S$27.4 billion) a year, and those featuring unashamedly wrinkly men and women account for between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of that market, industry insiders say. Sales have rocketed over the past decade as more of Japan’s perky seniors celebrate their mojo.

Though not for the faint-hearted, the genre took off thanks largely to now-80-year-old Shigeo Tokuda, the twinkle-toed king of granddad porn, who has peeled off for hundreds of hardcore flicks with titles such as “Forbidden Elderly Care” and “Manic Training of Lolitas”.

Pornography became widely available in Japan in the 1900s, with seventeenth century Edo-era woodblock erotic prints being many people’s first introduction to the genre.

Attitudes towards sex are less prudish than in other parts of the world and fun-loving fertility festivals, where giant wooden phalluses are joyfully carried around towns, take place annually in parts of Japan.

“Everyone has different sexual tastes or fetishes,” said director Fumiaki Kimura. “Elderly porn has become very popular over the past 10 years or so. Older couples watch together because they can feel a connection, a sense of closeness or familiarity, being the same age.

“It’s like a forbidden pleasure,” he added. “Young people watch it because they’re fed up with the regular stuff – whatever turns you on. You do hear about actors taking Viagra, but that can be dangerous for the older guys.”

Mr Tokuda, who beds actresses young enough to be his granddaughter, also co-starred with Ms Fujiko Ito, just two years his junior, the pair frolicking in hot springs or on tatamis with Ms Ito in a kimono.

Ms Natsuko Kayama, 44, a porn star with 25 years’ experience in the industry, told AFP she wanted to outlast the oldest swingers in town.

“I’d love to be the oldest AV actress,” she laughed. “I want to break the record if I can – if I last that long.”

Far away from the steamy film sets, others entering the autumn of their lives are simply interested in finding companionship, perhaps after losing or leaving their first long-term partner.

But with habits set, it isn’t always easy to meet someone, and many turn to one of hundreds of matchmaking services catering to older clientele, such as the Ai-Senior company, which boasts a total of 6,000 registered members, some in their 90’s.

Later life dating hit the headlines last year with the grisly case of the “Black Widow” – 68-year-old Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested in November accused of murdering her septuagenarian fourth husband with cyanide.

Placing adverts for an “unattached elderly man with assets”, she was said to have amassed millions of dollars in insurance and other payouts over 10 years as a result of the death of a string of spouses and lovers.

Most elderly daters, happily, have far more felicitous stories to tell.

Mr Yosuke Komori, 66, and his 57-year-old wife Mutsuko met through another dating agency. Both previously married, they wed four years ago and still hold hands like smitten teenagers.

“I think a healthy sex life is an added bonus of marriage,” said Mrs Komori, who got married in a daringly short dress, to the horror of her daughters.

“I think perhaps my husband is sufficiently confident in that department. But the most important thing in a relationship is mutual understanding.”

For bashful Mr Komori, it was never only about the physical side of things.

“I feel most contented when she is happy,” he said sheepishly. “I don’t want to sound soppy, but I just want to make her smile. What’s important is love, actually.”

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/silver-porn-shows-fifty-shades-greying-japan-20150401#sthash.1WcHsdCx.dpuf

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Mar 31 2015

Miss Universe Japan

Category: Japan News,Japanese GirlsIchiban @ 11:18 pm

OMG!!! A HA-Fuuuuuuu!

 

TOKYO: Born and bred in Nagasaki, Ariana Miyamoto went to study in the US before becoming a model. On Mar 12, she won the Miss Universe Japan title. However, beauty pageant fans are not unanimous in their acceptance of her victory, as some prefer a pure blooded Japanese to wear the crown.

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Miss Miyamoto is the pageant’s first mixed-race winner, being born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father.

 

 

 

 

“I saw the result of Miss Universe Japan. My honest feeling was: does it make sense that a foreigner represents Japan?” wrote a Twitter user. “Miss Universe Japan is not Japan,” read another tweet.

 

 

 

Japan is still far from being considered a multi-racial society. As of 2014, there were only 2.356 million foreigners living in Japan or two per cent of the entire population. In response, the Japanese Government is easing laws to allow more foreigners to live in the country.

Although the move has attracted a record 13 million foreign tourists last year, the rate of new foreigners relocating to Japan has by contrast increased only very slowly.

For some foreign residents, they feel like they are treated differently simply because they are not Japanese. “The older Japanese don’t like foreigners much. They ask me to go away,” said a Filipino woman.

“I’m a Singaporean. They don’t speak badly about Singaporeans. But it sometimes happen. I get feedback from people about other countries,“ said a Singaporean man.

On the contrary, if foreigners are just passing through the country, they are usually treated quite well. “Even if they don’t speak the language, they can point to the right direction, hand signal things away,” said an Asian-American traveller.

With the Japanese population on decline, its Government has been relaxing visa requirements, particularly to Southeast Asian nationals.

– CNA/pp

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Jan 30 2015

All aboard

Category: Japan NewsIchiban @ 4:06 am

All aboard! Never gets old.

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