Feb 03 2017

Trump & Tokyo

Category: Japan News,UncategorizedIchiban @ 8:56 am

Tokyo on fire discuss Trump!

Check it out.

Like a groggy grizzly bear, Tokyo on Fire is back from hibernation in 2017! Are you ready for extra innings of inside baseball? We sure are!

This year’s Tokyo on Fire starts with looking at the US-Japan relationship, which is either huger than ever or on the skids depending on which pundit you ask. With the Japanese media already heavily reporting on President Trump moving into the White House and implementing many gold curtains (and some executive orders), the Tokyo visit of the new U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be closely watched. What’s the outlook for US-Japan cooperation in 2017?

In Tokyo, Governor Yuriko Koike is on a political crusade to conquer the upcoming Metropolitan Assembly elections to accelerate the demise of her enemies in the LDP old boys’ club. Her latest maneuver has broken all precedents and seems to be a slam dunk: she’s fielding 40 candidates as if she were starting a new political party, despite still being a member of the LDP. Will she succeed or will the old boys get their revenge? What’s going to happen in the Tokyo Met. Assembly elections?

The LDP-Komeito alliance, which has existed for the past 16 years, could be coming towards an end in the next national election. What’s the beef? If they part ways, what does this mean for the vitality of both parties?

As of last year, Prime Minister Abe seemed to be the only viable candidate for the PM post, and this was even further reinforced by the LDP’s decision to allow him a 3rd term to stay in power. However, the beginning of 2017 has shaken this up: it looks as if a new contender has emerged. Is post-Abe happening sooner rather than later?

Join Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek in 2017’s first Tokyo on Fire!

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Nov 25 2016

The Big One

Category: Japan NewsIchiban @ 2:42 pm

Is Japan ready for the next big earthquake?

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Nov 25 2016

Tsunami Alert by Tokyo On Fire

Category: Japan NewsIchiban @ 11:55 am

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Join host Timothy Langley and Michael Cucek for another episode of Tokyo on Fire!

Published on Nov 24, 2016

Japan suffered from a 7.4 earthquake this week in the same area that was devastated nearly 6 years ago. This time, however, the response of emergency authorities was swift and efficient.

 

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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???

effin

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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.

Personals Japan

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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.

bowie-japan

“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.

Personals Japan

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Jan 07 2016

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

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

Personals Japan

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Jan 07 2016

Becky Scandal Apologizes

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

becky-apology

 

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

Personals Japan

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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