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Japanese bowing etiquette

President Obama’s recent trip to Japan caused a stir when he greeted the Emperor with a 90-degree bow. The President’s supporters are claiming that it was protocol, but it most certainly was not. Bowing between equals involves a 45-degree bow. Never does a party on equal terms with the other perform a 90-degree bow (unless […]

Longevity a mixed blessing for Japanese

Japan Today reports: Japan on Friday welcomed the news it had topped the world longevity ratings, but with its citizens living increasingly longer lives it may soon become hard for the government to find enough young taxpayers to support them. The statistics for 2007 published on Thursday by the World Health Organization put Japan on […]

Please pray for PAZ Japan and the Japanese people

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The Japanese people are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. For more information, visit the PAZ Japan website.

You sell what?

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This is a store beside TGI Friday’s in Tokyo (Machida) where I like to eat when I want some American food. I took the picture with my mobile phone, which does not have a very good camera on it, so in case it’s too fuzzy to read or you can’t believe your eyes, the name […]

Do you know your blood type?

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I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked my blood type in Japan. I’m still too lazy, though, to find out. I’m sure my mom knows, and I always forget to ask when I get blood drawn. In Japan, people think that blood type determines personality. They have books and games on […]

Shhhh! Don’t say the “C” word!

Here’s the first story I’ve seen this season: For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill’s two main libraries. Not this year. The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas of Wilson and Davis libraries each December, were kept […]

Controversy where there is none

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Can anyone imagine someone in the US claiming that there’s some secret conspiracy behind a government organization putting up the national flag? That’s exactly what happened earlier this month in Japan. Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa decided to display the Japanese flag in the ministry’s press briefing room. What on earth could possibly be wrong with […]

It’s all good

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Here’s another Japanese group I like. The name of the group is “Ulfuls.” All their songs are fun. This one translates roughly to “It’s all good” (Nahndemo ay nen). Some of the lines are: You don’t have to do anything You don’t have to say anything Go ahead and laugh Do what you want It […]

Japan trading freedom for safety and getting neither?

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I usually agree with Joseph Farah, but I think he needs to take a deep breath and honestly assess the gun control situation in Japan. Here’s an excerpt: A 25-year-old Tokyo man, describing himself as “tired of living,” yesterday killed seven and injured 12 more people…Japan has among the very strictest gun control laws in […]

Chitose Hajime

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I thought I’d do something different today and introduce one of my favorite Japanese singers. Her name is Chitose Hajime. She is from the Amami Islands and mixes in traditional folk sound with her music.