japan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21289/all en Year of the dragon promises good luck http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5688482 <p> Fireworks and feasts ushered in year of the dragon, an ancient symbol that promises strength and good luck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5688482" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China fireworks happy new year japan korea lunar new year new year Thailand vietnam year of the dragon Asia-Pacific Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:33:00 +0000 David Trifunov 5688482 at http://www.globalpost.com Tokyo police seize 100,000 uncensored porn DVDs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/tokyo-police-size-100000-uncensored-porn-dvds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a regular raid, police find porn films featuring completely naked people. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It happened again.</p> <p> Tokyo Metropolitan Police raided the Kabukicho entertainment district Jan. 21 and seized 100,000 uncensored porn DVDs. Every time I hear about these police raids on &ldquo;uncensored porn,&rdquo; I remember the time I saw the cover of a Japanese porn film. I was in Tokyo and friends recommended seeing a local sex shop is a &ldquo;must do&rdquo; for everyone visiting Japan. Especially for a sex writer.</p> <p> I have seen a good deal of sex shops in my life &mdash; being a diligent global sex correspondent and all &mdash; but none quite matched the level of kink of Japan.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s just say Japanese porn isn&rsquo;t for the faint of heart. It features anything from schoolgirl rape fantasies, to mass peeing contests, to women having sex with eel. Live eel, if that makes a significant difference.</p> <p> An average Japanese sex shop gives the impression nothing is &ldquo;off limits&rdquo; in local porn.</p> <p> Except, of course, for one thing. Full nudity.</p> <p> In Japan, all &ldquo;intimate parts&rdquo; of porn actors must be fully blurred or pixilated. Say, for the sake of argument, you are into films where women copulate with long, skinny fish.</p> <p> Thanks to Japan&#39;s porn regulations, all you would actually see is the eel disappearing in a large brown pixilated splotch. Which, in this case, is probably for the best.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s almost funny that it&rsquo;s illegal in Japan to display genitalia anywhere in erotic films or on DVD covers. Even in <a href="http://www.harperdesigninternational.com/html/erotic-manga.htm">erotic &ldquo;manga</a>,&rdquo; Japanese comics, genitalia of animated characters must be covered or blurred. This stubborn commitment to covering intimate parts of people in the wild sea of the world&rsquo;s most bizarre fetishes and the most advanced sex toys, is almost as bizarre as the porn flicks themselves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/tokyo-police-size-100000-uncensored-porn-dvds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eel erotic films japan manga police raid porn Travel/Tourism uncensored pornography Offbeat Japan Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:04:16 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688831 at http://www.globalpost.com Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, Olympus ex-chair, and six others arrested in $1.7B fraud probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120216/olympus-ex-chairman-and-six-others-arrested-accounting-probe <p> Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, who resigned as chairman in October after heading up Olympus for 10 years, was taken into police custody.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120216/olympus-ex-chairman-and-six-others-arrested-accounting-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific japan Business Asia-Pacific Japan Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:02:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5692003 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan cabinet approves sales tax increase http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120217/japan-cabinet-approves-sales-tax-increase <p> Under the plan, which requires parliament&rsquo;s approval, taxes will rise from the current 5 percent rate to 8 percent in April 2014, and then up to 10 percent by October 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120217/japan-cabinet-approves-sales-tax-increase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific japan Business Asia-Pacific Japan Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:13:49 +0000 Luke Browne 5692187 at http://www.globalpost.com Radiation from Japan's Fukushima power plant found 400 miles off the coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120221/radiation-japans-fukushima-power-plant-found-400-mil The water had 1,000 times the amount of radioactive contamination than it did before the meltdown. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120221/radiation-japans-fukushima-power-plant-found-400-mil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific Green Health japan Japan Tsunami Nuclear Green Asia-Pacific Japan Health Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:31:00 +0000 Amy Silverstein 5692829 at http://www.globalpost.com US freezes Japanese gangsters' assets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120224/us-freezes-japanese-gangsters-assets <p> The Yamaguchi-gumi group earns &ldquo;billions of dollars&rdquo; every year from crimes inside and outside Japan, including human and drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and fraud, the US Treasury Department said in a statement yesterday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120224/us-freezes-japanese-gangsters-assets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific japan Asia-Pacific Japan Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:21:45 +0000 Luke Browne 5693273 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's 'Madoff' moment after asset firm loses billions in pensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120224/asset-management-company-loses-25-billion-what-may-be-japans-mado <p> Japan&#39;s authorities ordered a halt to all operations of the asset management company, AIJ, on Friday, after fraud allegations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120224/asset-management-company-loses-25-billion-what-may-be-japans-mado" target="_blank">read more</a></p> japan Japan Economy Business Japan Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:27:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5693382 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympus unveils new board members http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120227/olympus-unveils-new-board-members <p> Former chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and two other former executives were arrested earlier this month as part of an ongoing probe into the company&rsquo;s efforts to cover up massive investment losses incurred in the late 1980s bubble economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120227/olympus-unveils-new-board-members" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific japan Business Asia-Pacific Japan Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:32:56 +0000 Luke Browne 5693654 at http://www.globalpost.com Great Pacific Garbage Patch will soon have even more garbage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120301/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-will-soon-have-garbage-from-japan-tsunami Nuclear meltdowns weren't the only environmental fall-out from the Japan tsunami. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120301/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-will-soon-have-garbage-from-japan-tsunami" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific Green japan Japan Tsunami United States Green Asia-Pacific Japan Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:24:00 +0000 Amy Silverstein 5694213 at http://www.globalpost.com Tokyo tower becomes the world's tallest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120301/tokyo-tower-becomes-the-worlds-tallest <p> Tokyo&#39;s Sky Tree, the world&#39;s tallest communications tower and the second largest building after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, was completed Wedneday after a two month delay caused by the tsunami that pounded Japan&#39;s coast last March.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120301/tokyo-tower-becomes-the-worlds-tallest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> japan Asia-Pacific Innovation Japan Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:44:30 +0000 Alexander Besant 5694251 at http://www.globalpost.com Spider silk violin strings created by researcher in Japan. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120305/spider-silk-violin-strings-created-researcher-japan <p> A Japanese researcher has found a way to harvest enough spider silk to string a violin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120305/spider-silk-violin-strings-created-researcher-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> japan Science Business Innovation Japan Science Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:16:54 +0000 Alexander Besant 5694677 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan: Prosecutors charge Olympus and former executives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120307/japan-prosecutors-charge-olympus-and-former-executives <p> The charges come four months after the firm admitted covering up massive investment losses incurred in the late 1980s bubble economy for as long as 20 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120307/japan-prosecutors-charge-olympus-and-former-executives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pacific japan Business Asia-Pacific Japan Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:44:23 +0000 Luke Browne 5694946 at http://www.globalpost.com Future flood threat to British nuclear reactors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/future-flood-threat-british-nuclear-reactors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report says many will be underwater due to rising sea levels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A year ago, the world was watching Japan wrestle with the flooded reactors at Fukushima nuclear plant.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/07/uk-nuclear-risk-flooding">Guardian</a> newspaper has obtained, under a Freedom of Information request, a report partially published two months ago detailing the risks to 12 of 19 nuclear plant sites in the country.</p> <p> It is the older ones right on the sea cost that are cause for concern. Global warming has led to a rise in sea levels around this island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/future-flood-threat-british-nuclear-reactors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Global Warming Global Warming Home japan nuclear energy Regions rising sea levels Green Energy Europe United Kingdom On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:15:04 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5695024 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan reports record current account shortfall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120308/japan-reports-record-current-account-shortfall Japan's finance ministry said the data represents the first negative figure since January 2009, when the country recorded its previous record deficit of 132.7 billion yen at the height of the global financial crisis. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/120308/japan-reports-record-current-account-shortfall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> japan Business Asia-Pacific Japan Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:37:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5695154 at http://www.globalpost.com Wanderlust Daily Trifle: March 14 - White Day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/march-14-white-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn something new. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Today is March 14. That&#39;s exactly one month after Valentine&#39;s Day and if you are in&nbsp;Japan, South Korea, Taiwan or China, you know exactly what that means.</p> <p> It&#39;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Day">White Day</a>.</p> <p> Since in the countries above, Valentine&#39;s Day is a holiday where women give chocolates, or other gifts to men, White Day is the when men reciprocate the kindness.</p> <p> Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie and marshmallows.</p> <p> Sometimes the term sanbai gaeshi (literally, &quot;triple the return&quot;) is used to describe the generally recited rule that the return gift should be two to three times the cost of the Valentine&#39;s gift.</p> <p> If you are not really into that, you can celebrate another holiday.</p> <p> Today is also Pi Day, a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant &pi; (pi).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/march-14-white-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> japan pi day white day China Offbeat Japan South Korea Wanderlust Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:12:01 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5696031 at http://www.globalpost.com