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Slow Digitization in the Pandemic Japan Posted by on Apr 24, 2021

When is your last time to send or receive something via fax? I would say it was well over 10 years ago? But the facsimile culture (文化 bunka) is very much alive in Japan.   This Twitter tweet describes the core of the problem why Japan has been moving so slowly when it comes to the…

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Today’s Japan: Living with Karen Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

In the US, 2020 is called the year of Karen.  According to Wiki, “Karen is a pejorative term for women seeming to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. “  A bit different from “Karen” is the Japanese 自粛警察or jishuku keisatsu.  Jishuku keisatsu means “police who monitor if people are practicing self-imposed…

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Where are Anime Masks? Posted by on Nov 18, 2020

It’s 2020, so we need to talk about masks(マスクmasuku) – masks that prevent(防ぐfusegu) COVID-19 from spreading, masks that divided (分割する  bunkatusuru) the United States, and masks that are new fashion items. Before we were shifted to work at the home mode in early March, I had a group of Japanese college students visiting from Japan…

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