Dec 26 2013

Thanks to our followers here!

Category: Japan Related,Japanese GirlsIchiban @ 2:48 am

Dear Japanichiban fans,

Thanks for the visits this year, our best year yet.
Even without our forum functioning the site continues to improve its rankings on

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a better New Year in 2014.
Christmas sunset at Sekiyado Castle with Mt. Fuji to the left 200km away.











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Or why not tell a lonely friend to try. May be the catalyst that changes their life. Lots of people have found their soul mates in there. Amazing to think that this site has brought so many people together. Really!

I’ll be watching closely today and tomorrow to see Ichiban do well in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. May be worth a small wager!


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Dec 08 2010

Japanese Rock Sensation The Beatles

Category: J-pop,Japan Related,News WorldIchiban @ 7:28 pm

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Dec 07 2010

Last Asahi English Newspaper

Category: Japan Related,News WorldIchiban @ 6:05 am

Will be February 28th. (printed version)

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Dec 06 2010

Japanese Man marries videogame character

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 8:24 pm

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Dec 02 2010

Nova Saruhashi (Sahashi) 2 years Jail

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 12:56 pm

Sahashi aka Saurhashi’s appeal has been turned down and he has been sentenced to 2 years in jail. Accused of embezzlement from the business (diverted 320 million yen ) A lot of it reserved for employees pensions and wages.

Former Nova President Nozomu Sahashi. (Mainichi)

Former Nova President Nozomu Sahashi. (Mainichi)

OSAKA — The former president of English conversation school Nova was handed a two-year prison sentence for corporate embezzlement by the Osaka High Court on Dec. 2.

Nozomu Sahashi, 59, had been convicted of the offence by a lower court and sentenced to a three-year, six-month prison term in August last year. The high court decision on Sahashi’s appeal confirmed his conviction for embezzling money from employees, but reduced the sentence as the funds were used to pay back customer deposits and Sahashi did not himself profit from taking the money. Sahashi intends to appeal.

According to the lower court ruling, Sahashi wrote a check for the entire amount in the Nova employees’ Shayu-kai mutual aid fund account — some 320 million yen — and deposited it in an account held by a Nova-associated company.

“The entire purpose of the Shayu-kai was employee welfare, and you used it for an entirely different purpose,” said Presiding Judge Sumio Matoba in the high court ruling. “You were Nova’s primary shareholder, and there is no trace you ever committed to returning the money you took. Thus, this court can conclude that you had criminal intent when you embezzled the funds.”

Sahashi’s defense counsel argued that “The Shayu-kai did not exist as an independent entity, but was just one part of the company. The entire sum withdrawn was set aside for refunding customers, and thus was not embezzled.” Furthermore, “If Nova had not been able to refund its customers, it would have gone bankrupt, and Mr. Sahashi fully intended to return the funds once the company attracted new investment.”

Nova was founded by Sahashi, and at its peak had some 1,000 schools nationwide. However, it was ordered to suspend part of its operations by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in June 2007. Nova declared bankruptcy in October that year. A suit the company’s bankruptcy administrator filed against Sahashi for the recovery of over 2.1 billion yen is currently being heard at the Osaka District Court.

Original story here:

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Dec 02 2010

Vanilla Mood – Day By Day

Category: J-pop,Japan RelatedIchiban @ 12:42 pm

Vanilla Mood

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Dec 01 2010

Narita Ueno 1000 yen New Shuttle Bus

Category: Japan Related,News WorldIchiban @ 9:41 pm

1,000 yen Shuttle from Narita to Asakusa/Ueno will debut today Dec, 1, 2010

Alternative competitor to Keisei Skyliner

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Nov 27 2010

English Teachers – Episode 6 "Dun dun dun!"

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 8:04 pm

‘I came here to get pissed….’

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Nov 27 2010

Kim Jong Il has the same theme!

Category: Japan Related,News World,North KoreaIchiban @ 6:33 pm

Check out Kim Jong Il’s blog.
He uses the same web design as Japanichiban!

The other side of the coin:

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Nov 27 2010

Billy Blanks ripped off more than a million bucks from his bank accounts

Category: Japan Related,News WorldIchiban @ 3:21 pm

Last year we reported about Billy marrying his Japanese interpreter. Now he is in the news again.

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