Articles about Japan

As I see interesting links,articles and sites about Japan I will add to this page. From the factual to the weird and wonderful, to the shocking and interesting.

1) January 2015 – The Weak Yen – A great time for people to visit Japan. You get more bang for your buck.  Not so good if you are working here and earning yen. Not a good time to send savings home. I am playing the waiting game at the moment.

http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/52245/weaker-yen-boosts-tourism-to

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/06/business/corporate-business/weak-yen-draws-surge-foreign-holidaymakers/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/29/business/weaker-yen-helps-hurts-travel-industry/

2) WTF interest value.

Bagel Heads! This wee gem surfaced in 2012. May be rubbish but it could easily fall in to the “only in Japan” category!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2208051/Bagel-head-trend-Are-saline-injections-Japans-extreme-beauty-look-yet.html

http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/japan-pulse/bagel-head-trend-is-a-big-distortion/

3) Shocking! This shocked me. I didn’t realise child porn was legal in Japan until June 2014.

http://time.com/2892728/japan-finally-bans-child-pornography/

4) Food! Everyday I partake of a Unesco cultural intangible asset and it is delicious!

http://www.nippon.com/en/genre/culture/l00052/

5) Aged care by a bear????? that is a robo bear. The aging Japanese population is bringing forward many problems. One major one is there are not enough people to care for the elderly. I am not entirely convinced this is the solution! Needless to say I will return to NZ to live out my dotage.

http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-engineers-robo-bear-to-replace-human-caregivers/87618.html

6) Robot with feelings and a price tag!

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/06/worlds-first-robot-with-feelings-is-a-big-hit.html

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