The quickest way to insult a Japanese is to say they’re Korean and vice versa. The two groups despise each other. So, you can imagine how horrified the the Japanese reporter in this news segment was to find K-pop being promoted at the Japanese government sponsored “Cool Japan” Expo in Paris.
Of course, how could the French know the difference between K-poop and J-poop?
The Japan Expoo has Korea content
fnn-news.com | 07 / 24 / 2014 (in Japanese)
Japan Expo was held in France Paris at the beginning of July. The Japan Expo of Japanese culture of Europe’s largest but at some of the venues there was a surprising sight—Some booths at the Japan Expo Hall had "K-pop" products on display …more…
The exciting name J-CRAT stands for: ‘Cyber Rescue and Advice Team against targeted attack of Japan’ (Note 4: ipa.go.jp/about/press…).
Watch the always-dorky NHK News report (in Japanese but self-explanatory) about the newest Geek Police of Japan.
Click the view the news video at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
The “Syrian Islamic forces total command” aka the Jihadist rebels fighting in the Syrian War have quite a charismatic leader—Hello Kitty.
According to the report in The Independent , Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al-Islam Jihadist rebels, may be a huge fan of Generalissimo H. Kitty or he just stole the Kitty notepad from charity packages or from aid convoys sent to Syria.
With today’s loss at the World Cup (3Yen / 2014-06-25), Japan’s “Samurai Blue” team (above) is changing its name to 3rd Arrow after Prime Minister Abe’s “Japan Revitalization Strategy”…
Read more about PM Abe’s disastrous Three Arrows at Documents | Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet: Overview of “Japan Revitalization Strategy” for New Growth .
Japanese Prime Minister Abe can’t tell "Shine" from "Shinola."
urbandictionary.com/define…Shit from Shinola
Translated from Japanese by Bing*
It’s harvest time of Niigata’s tetrapods in the north of Japan. According to tetrapod farmers they are little less sweet this year—High temperatures made many worried about crop, but you can enjoy as usual the taste of them.
Previous reports of Japan’s tetrapod boondoggle on the 3Yen include:
Although it’s red and white paint job doesn’t look too stealthful, this leaked photo of Japan new China-killer stealth fighter jet will make the continuing friction between Japan and China more “interesting.”
Is this Japan’s First Indigenous Stealth Jet Prototype?
theaviationist.com | June 14, 2014
A leaked image may show the famous Mitsubishi’s ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter…more…
The Great Wall of Japan is yet another dubious plan to concrete over much of the country’s coast for the LOVE OF CONCRETE™, grrr.
The Great Wall of Japan
—Tsunami protection–or a boondoggle for builders?—
The Economist.com | 2014 June 14
…Three years ago, an earthquake under the Pacific Ocean triggered towering waves that carried away over 18,000 people and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station…
…Japan’s government wasted little time announcing a favourite solution: pouring concrete. A few months after the disaster it pledged to build hundreds of seawalls and breakers in the three worst-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The total cost will be up to ¥1 trillion ($9.8 billion). More walls are planned. A report by the ministries of agriculture and land said 14,000km of Japan’s 35,000km coastline requires tsunami protection.
Seawalls are controversial. They look hideous and the evidence for their effectiveness is flimsy…in the city of Kamaishi a $1.6 billion breakwater, listed in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the world’s largest, crumbled on impact. Nearly 90% of existing seawalls along the northeast coast suffered a similar fate. Critics say they even resulted in greater damage being caused elsewhere. “There is simply no guarantee that seawalls will stop every single tsunami,” says Nobuo Shuto, an engineer at Tohoku University.
Environmentalists, surfers, and anybody sane hates these concrete seawalls and tetrapods because over time they cause all the sand on beaches destroying the beach habitat creating a concrete dead zone. The Japanese fishing industry is so stupid they don’t realize that by destroying the beach/coastal habitat they are further reducing the number of fish in their already over-fished waters, arrrg.
Previous 3Yen reports (since 2006) on this concrete problem include:
For the past 10 years Japan has buying and stockpiling plutonium even though it’s against their constitution to have or use atomic weapons. Two years ago, Japan abandoned its fast-breeder nuclear reactor program, which their only excuse for wanting so much plutonium. Now Japan has been caught hiding bomb plutonium from the IAEA while at the same time publicly demanding complete nuclear disarmament: wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_nuclear_weapon_program”
Japan fails to include 640 kg of unused plutonium in report to IAEA
Kyodo News | 2014 June 07
Japan has failed to include 640 kilograms of unused plutonium in its annual report to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2012 and 2013…
… that Japan’s reporting does not reflect the actual state of unused plutonium that could be diverted for nuclear weapons. The unreported amount is enough to make about 80 nuclear bombs.
Right now Japan is in the middle of Yet Another Mysterious Japanese National Holiday, “Golden Week”—a string of Japanese national holidays that stretch from April 28 to May 6 (3Yen / 2010-05-01).
Japan’s newest holiday Mountain Day gets approval
Japan Today : Apr. 30, 2014
The Lower House of the Diet has passed an amendment to the nation’s Holiday Act which includes a new public holiday, Mountain Day (Yama no Hi)…more…
The real rest-of-the-story is that “Mountain Day” is another just another corporate excuse for layoffs and save money. Since more than 40% of Japan’s workers are on “part-time” and subcontracts, all holidays are unpaid. All these so-called “holidays” mean for the ever-growing numbers of poor office temps is yet another day without pay. Basically, it’s a 20-30% pay cut in the month due to all the holidays (since Japanese workers expected to make up for all the lost work with unpaid overtime).