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Japanese News and Culture Blog Roundup: 10/01/09-10/07/09

October 8, 2009

The Things You Said

Shonen Knife 10/01/09: Go Japan! Five Great Japanese Bands
YouTube clips and brief blurbs about five Japanese bands formed mostly in the 80’s and 90’s. As someone who actually doesn’t follow much Japanese music, I found this post very interesting! Learning to sing along with Japanese songs is a great tip for learning the language, by the way, since it helps with pronunciation and vocabulary retention. I remember memorizing a bunch of Shakira songs for my AP Spanish exam way back in the day, and I definitely put some complicated grammar points I learned from the songs to use in one of my essays. You never know when it might come in handy!

Pink Tentacle

Squid Robot 10/07/09: Photos: CEATEC Japan 2009
Fun coverage of some of the new technology on display at CEATEC Japan 2009, the largest consumer electronics trade show in Asia. Items include music players you can control with eye movements, wood-encased cell phones, and lots of robots.

Japan Probe

10/07/09: Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara angers Brazilians
As I’m sure you’ve heard, Rio de Janeiro has officially won the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics in a battle between Rio, Tokyo, Chicago, and Madrid. However, Tokyo’s governor has made remarks that suggest there were some quid pro quo deals between other countries that eventually clinched the win for Brazil. Whether or not there was corruption in the bid process is up for debate, but most seem to agree that Ishihara is being a sore loser for not accepting Tokyo’s loss with more dignity. Of course, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also joked about Japan’s revolving door of Prime Ministers a few days previously, so the relationship between the two hasn’t exactly been cordial.

Tamiflu 10/04/09: Tamiflu in Japan’s rivers
Japan, which uses Tamiflu extensively compared to the US, has found that Kyoto’s rivers have been contaminated by the active form of Tamiflu, which could result in the developement of drug-resistrant strains of the flu virus. The urine of Tamiflu users contain excretions of the active ingredients, which are not filtered out at water treatment plants. Birds may ingest the Tamiflu from river water, and end up spreading resistant flu strains. Tamiflu is used for the treatment of regular, avian, and swine flus.


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