Japanese game makers mine the past

telstar game
Asahi.com : Video game makers rely on oldies as new titles flop

Video game software developers are struggling to survive in a shrinking domestic market. They’ve been hurt by a lack of success with new titles, and are relying instead on sales of updated versions of well-known titles…..

New merit-based pay systems strike terror in the hearts of Salarymen

EDITORIAL: Employee evaluations
Subject executives to the merit-based pay system.
Asahi.com

…When the Japanese economy kept growing vigorously year after year, the seniority system of automatic pay increases was the norm in Japan…However, as the Japanese economy has entered an era of slow growth or even contraction, many companies now cannot afford to keep paying handsome salaries to all their senior workers…. quite a few companies that have used the new pay system to give raw deals to young employees while providing generous compensation for sections with big in-house clout….

Fugitive ex-president and fake Japanese citizen, Fujimori wins in Peruvian poll

ex-president FujimoriPeru’s ex-president Fujimori leads in poll
LIMA, Peru (AP) — He may be a fugitive with nearly two dozen criminal charges facing him, but former President Alberto Fujimori is still Peru’s most popular politician, according to a survey released Tuesday…..Fujimori, who is fighting extradition from Japan, hopes to make a political comeback despite his fugitive status on nearly 20 criminal charges against him, ranging from embezzlement to authorizing death squads….

Where the rubber meets the (virtual) road

Gran Turismo 4, Mini Cooper in Japan
Fool.com: Where the Rubber Meets the (Virtual) Road [Commentary] November 30, 2004
…..we’d have up to four brand new street race [games] for this holiday season, on top of Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) grand simulator Gran Turismo 4….there is now room for all five games to have their own varying degrees of success….Namco released Street Racing Syndicate in September. While that game was fun, it got played out in about four days, and gamers were ready for another title…..

Electronics Exporters to EU scratch their heads about “RoHS”

Electronics exporters to EU stare at a RoHS block
Ever heard of RoHS? Well, those exporting or planning to export electronic items to the European Union had better….
[RoHS stands for restrictions of the use of hazardous substances]
…Products sold from then on in the EU will not be allowed to contain more than 0.1 per cent lead, mercury, chromium VI, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and 0.01 per cent cadmium….. countries exporting electronics and IT hardware products to the EU will also have their products rejected, if they do not comply with the standards. As the leading electronics component manufacturer, Japan has already started modifying its processes to manufacture lead-free products….

It’s Karate, Kid The Musical

It’s Karate, Kid the Musical
It’s KARATE, KID! The Musical is an outrageous and unconventional riff on the beloved 80s film. Under the manicured guiding hand of a mystical
maintenance man, Daniel-San Larusso wages war against pill-popping, white trash deviants; well-styled, bloodthirsty karate students; rampaging hormones and many more unsavory things….
Karate, Kid the Musical

Heir to the throne, Japanese Princess Aiko birthday

Aiko-chama
Yahoo! News – World Photos – Reuters
Aiko, the only child of Japan’s imperial heir Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Masako, will turn three on December 1…

[3yen] ‘blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words Of The Year

Yahoo! News – ‘Blog’ Tops Dictionary’s Words of the Year

Koizumi Pledges Grants To Narrow Asean Economic Gap

Koizumi pledges grants to narrow ASEAN economic gap
……Prime ministers of the CLV (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) and Japan shared the view to have a working-level meeting between the CLV and Japan to discuss follow-up measures, including the possibility of holding a meeting with participation of other donors…

Terrestrial Digital TV To Be Viewable By 80% Of Homes By End Of 2006

Terrestrial digital TV to be viewable by 80% of homes by end of 2006
….high-definition images and high-quality sound, terrestrial digital broadcasts will find their way into 27 million households or nearly 60 percent by the end of 2005….broadcasting service began a year ago in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya…..