Gundam is back in Odaiba !
Woohoo ! Two years after leaving to save other endangered parts of Japan, Odaiba’s Gundam is back ! (Well, he’ll be back in spring) We do not know yet if he will stay permanently but he will protect Tokyo Bay at least till March of 2013. Deux ans après son départ pour aller protéger d’autres contrées en danger, le Gundam d’Odaiba est de retour !...
First salary amount for University graduates rised
Woohoo \(^o^)/ The average salary of University graduates who started work this spring rised of 2,3% comparing to last year, reaching 202,000 yens (205,000 yens for males, 197,900 yens for females). It the first time since 2001 that it outreaches 200,000 yens. This average salary is based on salaries paid by 13,534 companies of 10 or more employees. The Ministry of Labour says we overcame...
The end of an era : NHK sues people !
You can spot the scene in countless dramas, films or mangas : the NHK employee knocks the door and suddenly the household becomes mute, hoping he will think the house is empty ans leave without claiming the television tax. Television tax fraud may be the more common one in Japan (nevertheless, 78% of household pays the tax, meaning the majority of Japanese people are still honnest). Till...
What is your degree of happiness ?
If you live in Fukui, Toyama or Ishikawa, it is likely you’re happier than people living in Ōsaka. I must confess “Are you joking ? There are at least 3,76 okonomiyaki restaurants per square meter in Ōsaka, if this isn’t heaven, then what is it ?” was my first reaction. A study by Hosei University analyzed each prefecture regarding life expectancy at...
Message from the Jidaigeki Supporting Committee
So, as I stated previously, Mito Kōmon is coming to its end… And (as I stated previously, II), I am not the only one it bothers. The city and the prefecture of Kyōto sent a request to five national television channels to prevent the disparition of all serial jidaigekis (historical dramas in costume) : with the cancellation of the NHK’s Saturday evening jidaigeki this spring...
No, this is not ecological.
Japan faces an ecological problem other industrial countries do not have : disposable chopsticks. They are everywhere : not only for take-away meals, but even in restaurants. Japan is said to butcher Canada’s forests only with its disposable chopsticks. We’re talking about billions of chopsticks a year. Don’t laugh, this is a serious problem and for a few years,...
Since we're in space : news from Akatsuki
So, Akatsuki failed at orbiting Venus, which, for a Venus probe, is pretty bad, yes, we know… (Please, do not mention Nozomi, thanks). The main engine being damaged, a secondary engine (retroaction control system) was ignited yesterday during 10 minutes to correct the trajectory of the probe, a first step in a project that may conduct to an orbit insertion in 2015. A second ignition...
Super Starbust Galaxy discovered !
One shall never write articles about things one does not completely understand. But hey : isn’t this what 80% of bloggers do everyday ? I apologize for any misconception that may occur in this article. I am not even sure I would have understood everything would have the source been in French either… An international team of researchers including members from the...