Our Man's on the political map, thanks to Iain Dale. Must get round to putting a link to his blog on the left.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Our Man took a couple of days off from the virtual world after a hectic week, but he's back now raring to go. He's been busy collating more blogs and websites to increase the range of sources so the daily briefings can focus more on the meat and potatoes of the Japanese experience (should that be fish and rice?), rather than the sidedish of miso soup that no matter how tasty (problems with polar bear sex or useless doors, for example) isn't ultimately very satisfying.
One main course that Our Man can heartily recommend that won't leave you hungry is Observing Japan, a blog by Tobias Harris, a self-described fledgling Japan hand. His latest post, The LDP will lose the next general election, sums up the political situation in Japan perfectly. In fact, Our Man was so satisfied with the blog, he is willing to name it the inaugural Blog of the Week. A worthy winner indeed.
Labels: Blog of the Week
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
- Faces of Tokyo Series: Takadanobaba on Tuesday
- UK VAT cut spells danger for planned consumption tax increase in Japan
- Japanese car sales saviour?
- College students find job offers withdrawn
- Polar bear sent to impregnate another at zoo found to be female
- Mystery as Japan Sea jellyfish menace eases
- How to Follow Japan-Blogs Like a Pro (Plus Some e-Begging For Your Help)
- Das ist verboten: Hospital clerk tapes over patient data with German lessons
- Lonely feelings from disappearing items in Japan
- Hmmm, this isn’t really politically correct, is it…?
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
- 12 great panoramic views of Tokyo
- Aso in a tailspin
- Aso's stimulus plan is just a bribe
- Japanese nurse robot Twendy One
- Businesses told to encourage sex
- Lost Hiroshima photos found in suitcase
- Japan: A Closer Look At Hokkaido
- Thanksgiving Sushi Roll
- Snakes on a Plane 2 - Worms on a Train
- Stating The Bloody Obvious
Monday, 24 November 2008
Here are 10 stories people will be talking about in Japan tomorrow:
- A night on the phoenix
- Suspect says he planned more murders of health ministry officials over death of pet
- Many Japanese 'uneasy' about increasing foreign visitors
- The Possibilities of Blog Monetization
- Japanese man living in Mexican airport terminal
- How much do you know about Japan?
- Catholic Church beatifies 188 Japanese martyrs in Nagasaki
- More people back pacifist Constitution
- FYI: People working for American companies in Japan are covered by US Civil Rights Law
- Monkeys attack five women in Nagano
Sunday, 23 November 2008
So what do you know about Japan?
- What of its history? OK, you know about World War II - the Japs were the evil baddies, right? There was also a period of samurai, geisha and tea ceremonies in the olden days. OK, what else?
- How about popular culture? Yes, there's geeky manga comics and computer games, karaoke, sushi and inane quiz shows. Is that it?
- Business. Ah yes, you know about the big conglomerates that run the show and the salarymen who work like machines. Is that the whole story?
- Oh, and then there's politics. You know the place has an emperor and a parliamentary system, so therefore has a prime minister. Well reasoned. What's his name (prime minister or emperor)? What party is in charge? What parties are in opposition?
I'm guessing there are some pretty basic gaps in your knowledge of a nation of 130 million people with an economy second in the world only to the United States.
You might need a little help. Allow me to introduce Our Man in Abiko. He's a mostly reliable chap, who formerly did sterling work for Britain, but is now plying his trade on the other side of the world. He could show you a few things. Some of them might even be useful.
Labels: Our man's mission
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Welcome to the Encyclopedia Ourmanica, here to provide guidance on reading and thinking about Japanese politics (mainly for Our Man's benefit. His memory isn't what it used to be). It will grow over time, case by case, as Japanese are fond of saying, to eventually provide something of an overview of the Japanese political scene. Maybe. Disagree with any of the entries? feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts and Our Man might incorporate the points. Or not, depending on how he feels. Click on a link below to see the full entry.
A good question. Have you noticed how every blog these days kind of looks the same? Have a look at a few in the links list on the left. Nice clean lines, pretty pastel colour scheme, nothing to upset gran if she happened upon one while looking for a cheap yoga class close to her favourite needle shop. Most blogs are two column affairs - the central bit for the posts - and the right or left for favourite links and fascinating biographical details. STOP! OUR MAN HAS THREE COLUMNS. Why? Our Man likes ugly! In fact, that point is so important, he highlighted it in red. Why? Why the hell not? Oh, and why the ugly typeface that looks a bit like a typewriter? Because this is journalism, baby, THE FIRST DRAFT OF HISTORY. And that ain't always pretty. Or grammatical. That's why.