Tokyo government provides coronavirus home recuperation sets with instant ramen, curry, and more

Comfort food care packages eliminate the need to go out for groceries or take-out during final stage of recovery. It’s pretty safe to say that no one in the world enjoys having to quarantine at home as they recover from a coronavirus infection. For those living in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, though, there’s at least something […]

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Deepening Japan’s cooperation with Papua New Guinea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill as he arrives for the APEC Summit, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 17 November 2018. (Photo: Reuters/David Gray)

Author: Shane McLeod, Lowy Institute

A small but telling glimpse of Japan’s diplomatic approach in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the soundtrack as world leaders gathered in Port Moresby in 2018 for the APEC leaders’ summit. The ability of the PNG Defence Force band to trumpet national anthems through the tropical heat was in no small part thanks to Japan which has been supporting the band since 2014 with training and instruments through its aid program.

It is an example of the low-profile but strategic support that the world’s third-largest economy is known for in its relationship with PNG.

Japan may be set to take a much more prominent role in PNG’s political and economic future as it pledges to help the country’s economy recovery from the coronavirus pandemic — with speculation that it may be central to a mooted IMF-managed bailout of the country’s government finances.

Japan’s presence in PNG since its independence is often understated. Japan is a generous development partner and regularly ranks as PNG’s third-largest bilateral aid donor. It is known for delivering aid projects with a focus on quality infrastructure. Recent examples include funding an upgrade of Port Moresby’s dilapidated sewerage treatment capability, improvements to electrical transmission networks in the Ramu grid that serves the industrial city of Lae, as well as the coming upgrade of that city’s airport to international standard.

Japanese companies are critical investors in PNG’s economy. They have been foundation investors in oil and gas projects including the massive PNG LNG project. Japan is also a major customer for the country’s resource outputs including oil, gas …continue reading


We eat at Japan’s first-ever ramen restaurant, finally reopened after 44 years

Tasting history at Rairaiken, the restaurant that introduced Japan to ramen over 100 years ago. There are plenty of unique ramen restaurants around Japan that proudly boast unique attributes like Michelin stars, idol singers, and straight-up fire, but only one can lay claim as being the country’s very first ramen restaurant, and that accolade goes […]

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Adorable talking Pokémon Eevee coin bank is here to take your money, make you happy about it【Vid】

The special power of Eevee’s latest evolution is to encourage you to save your loose change. Between the video games, anime Blu-rays, soundtrack CDs, and everything from desserts to toilets shaped like its characters, few things in life are as effective in separating us from our spare cash as Pokémon. Not that we’re complaining, of […]

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You can build Japan’s hauntingly beautiful Gunkanjima as a papercraft kit【Photos】

Putting together “Battleship Island” gave us a new perspective on what life was like for the families that lived there. A while back, we spent the day recreating Japan’s most famous mountain, Mt. Fuji, in paper form. Today, we’re turning our attention, and fingertips, to another iconic sight of Japan as we build a papercraft […]

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Using a Japanese Rice Cooker

Source: Gaijin Pot
GaijinPot Daily Study

Coming from another Asian country, I can confidently say that Japanese rice is completely different from the rice I grew up eating in the Philippines. From its shape to its texture, Japanese rice feels much more dense and sticky.

As delicious and filling as Japanese rice may be, if you aren’t familiar with how to use the buttons on a Japanese rice cooker, you can miss out on making some Japanese dishes like おかゆ, or rice porridge.

Japanese rice cooker controls

To start off, let’s get acquainted with some of the controls on the メニュー (menu). While the positioning may be different on your particular model of rice cooker, generally these are the buttons you should watch out for.

If you’re in a rush and can’t wait, the (炊(すい)飯(はん)), or “fast cook,” button comes in handy. This will have your rice ready in around 30 minutes or less.

Would you like to schedule your rice to cook automatically? You can do so by clicking on the 予(よ)約(やく) (reservation) button then selecting the number of hours until the rice cooker will do its job. For example, if you leave home in the morning and want your rice piping hot when you get home, simply calculate the amount of hours you’ll be gone and time it to start an hour from when you’re about to arrive. Rest assured, if you do this properly you can expect to come home to a freshly cooked bowl of rice after a long day of work.

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Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode 3 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Setsuna and Moroha gets transported to the modern world with a demon. Later, Towa gets corrupted by a demon parasite.

Wow, it was awesome to see a lot of Inuyasha backstory and references being explained. Also, they revealed how the twin girls are the daughters of Sesshoumaru and Moroha is the daughter of Inuyasha. Other than that, the demon fighting action is great as usual. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more awesome backstory details and demon fighting action. …continue reading


Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III Episode 3 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, the Guild directly deploys the Hestia Familia to the 20th floor with Wiene. Meanwhile, Hestia learns about the monster situation.

So I like this arc development more and more. It’s wholesome to see Wiene and Bell continue being together and develop their bond. Also, seeing the Xenos finally being properly introduced is awesome. Other than that, Ouranos seems to be a truly nice open-minded God because he reveals his intentions to Hestia. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be looking foward to it. Overall, cool 20th floor journey and new characters introduced. …continue reading


Debt relief for homeowners could arrive in December

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) is firming up plans that would reduce or exempt home loan repayments for struggling borrowers. These are extraordinary measures that would apply to those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact, and help to prevent home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies.

The measures could be implemented as early as December 1.

Back in October, the Guidelines for Debt Consolidation for Victims of Natural Disasters (2015) was revised with references to the coronavirus added. The FSA has already started briefing the Japanese Bankers Association Japan Federation of Bar Association. Under the Disaster Relief Act, eligible borrowers can consult with their bank to decide on a course of action to avoid foreclosure. This may include extending the repayment schedule or even selling the mortgaged property. These debt consolidation measures are typically only used in times of natural disaster, and only 498 cases to date have been granted.

Kyodo, October 5, 2020.
The Tokyo Shimbun, October 5, 2020.

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Table of Contents:
1) W on Japan’s Kafkaesque and faulty re-entry procedures (even after October revisions to “open borders to Re-entry Visa foreign residents”): More elaborate racist barriers now.
2) Oct 1, 2020’s new govt regulations for NJ Resident Re-Entry: Not much of a change. Racialized barriers still up; instead, “business travelers” and “foreign tourists” may soon be prioritized
3) Dejima Award #9: Again to Japan Rugby Football Union, for classifying naturalized Japanese players as “foreign”, in violation of Japan Nationality Law.
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4) My latest SNA VM column 14: “Visible Minorities: Weaponizing the Japanese Language”, on how Foreign Minister Motegi’s discriminatory treatment of Japan Times reporter Magdalena Osumi is part of a bigger phenomenon …continue reading