Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

It’s almost impossible to lose things in Japan

May 6, 2022

If you lose a wallet or a phone in Japan, you will most likely be reunited with it. The country has one of the most effective Lost and Found processes in the world. The system relies on the honesty of the finders  and a national culture of reporting, cataloguing, and storing lost property. A BBC video by Terushi Sho.

More:

“Japan’s Lost-and-Found System Is Insanely Good,” Allan Richarz, Bloomberg CityLab

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The Abacus and Cognitive Memory

April 26, 2022

Asia’s ancient calculator, the abacus, still has proponents in Japan. A video by Terushi Sho.

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December 7th

December 7, 2021

“The reason Japan attacked Pearl Harbor,” a short video by the UK Imperial War Museums.

More:

“Blood and Oil: Why Japan Atracked Pearl Harbor,” Daniel Yergin, Washington Post

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Law & Order: Japan

February 11, 2020

Evan Hadfield of Rare Earth discussed Japan’s criminal justice system.

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Home: Knowledge, Bathing, Drama, Music, and Food.

January 15, 2020

Architect Takeshi Hosaka built himself a house that would supply the five elements that ancient Romans said were needed for a perfect life: knowledge, bathing, drama, music, and food. He did it in 190 square feet.

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Aitai Lonely Christmas

December 27, 2019

“Aitai Lonely Christmas,” written by Tsunku, recorded by the Japanese idol group C-ute in 2010.

Related:

“In Tokyo, the ‘war on Christmas’ is led by lonely single men,” Yanan Wang, Washington Post

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Japan Tests Its Disaster Warning System With Folk Tunes

August 15, 2019

A 5PM each evening, Japan tests its emergency alert system by playing folk tunes. If there’s an earthquake, they’ll play someting less melodious.

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North Korea, In Japan

October 3, 2018

Stateless Koreans in Japan have been adopted by North Korea. Johnny Harris of Vox explains.

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Japan’s Bowling Ball Test

March 21, 2018

While defending his trade war during a fundraising speech in Missouri last week, President Trump claimed that in Japan, to test American auto imports, “they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify…It’s horrible, the way we’re treated.”

The Japanese were baffled, since they don’t do that. Americans were, too, until they dug up the 2010 Nissan commercial above.

More:

“Donald Trump botches Japanese bowling ball on the car hood test,” Jon Greenberg, Politifact

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Japan’s Tricked-Out Trucks

September 18, 2017

Dekotora:  Japan’s long-haul truckers customize their rigs. From Great Big Story.

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