Get Connected to Other Global Minds in Japan

July 31st, 2012

In Japan’s megacities, there are expatriates aplenty. This will, of course, hardly be news to the readers of this blog – some of you have decided to go on the great adventure that is life in Japan yourself. But oftentimes, you might just be looking for a good opportunity and a nice setting in which foreigners in Japan can meet other foreigners. After all, meeting others with similar experiences and in situations similar to yours can be an invaluable source of support while abroad.

Unprepared Westeners in particular often have a hard time acclimating to their new surroundings and feel the full force of culture shock upon relocating to Japan. While the Internet is one of the most important sources of information we have today, face-to-face encounters with knowledgeable expats often prove to be most fruitful. Not only will they often be more than happy to help you with whatever question you might have in mind (themselves having been in the same situations before), but might even turn out to become some of your dearest friends abroad. Immersing yourself in the culture of your new home is vital – so is having a network of like-minded expats!

That’s why I’d like to introduce this free social connection website to expats and travelers, so check it out if you’re living here or going to be traveling abroad soon!
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2NE1 “I Love You” (Japanese Version)

July 30th, 2012

If you’ve been to any clubs lately you’ll notice that Korean pop music and fashion in Japan is growing in popularity. 2NE1’s new single in Japan “I Love You” should be released 2012.9.12 following up on their debut album ‘Collection’ and check out 2NE1’s Official Website Japan at

Here’s a mini mv (music video in Japanese)

Here’s a full version in Korean

Back in March they released “Scream” and debut album “Collection”.

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Wolverine Movie Casts Four Japanese Actors

July 28th, 2012

The Japanese stars will be showing off their acting skills along with Hugh Jackman on the next Wolverine movie that is going to be released on summer of 2013. Since the new movie is acting as a standalone and the co-stars from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine won’t be showing up, it means that it needs a whole new to cast to surround Hugh Jackman as Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

From news sources, the story is based in Japan and the production will take place in Jackman’s native Australia and will also spend some time in Japan. The Wolverine cameras will start to roll next month (UPDATE: See video below) and it will be released on July 26, 2013.

The Japanese stars who are lined up to join the cast of the new Wolverine adventure are Hiroyuki Sanada, a big deal in Japan who has casted in the American films The Last Samurai, Revenge, Lost, Rush Hour 3, and Danny Boyle’s underseen Sunshine, he will be playing Shingen; Hal Yamanouchi, who appeared in The Way Back and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, will be playing Yashida; Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima, the two newcomers who are playing Mariko and Yukio.

Mixi vs Facebook – Is Mixi in Trouble as Facebook Users Double?

July 25th, 2012

If you’re going to compare the Facebook users on Japan to other countries, only 30 percent of Japanese internet users have an account. It’s quite different compared to the U.S. where 67.2 percent uses Facebook and even 39.3 percent in nearby South Korea. It’s comparatively low but 30 percent is a huge increase on May’s figures where just one year ago the figures were around 16 percent using Facebook during the beginning of 2011.

According to a Nielsen/Netratings report, 17.2 million unique visitors from Japan were recorded on Facebook the other month, more than double the 8.2 million in May 2011. On a separate poll, Mixi has seen a loss of about 60 million users at the end of 2011.

Mixi is Japan’s longest dominant social network where most users are anonymous or use nicknames and only reveal themselves to people they know and have met in person and it operates more as an online notice board where they can discuss topics on public forums.Because Mixi allows anonymity, as well as other social networks sites such as Gree and Twitter, has gained popularity in Japan.

Mixi’s Vice President said that he didn’t feel that the rise of Facebook meant the inevitable downfall of Mixi. Facebook is becoming popular in the country because of the social aspect, but it’s still too early to tell if it will surpass Mixi.

Meanwhile in Osaka… semi truck drives 1.2 KM with no driver!

July 23rd, 2012

It’s amazing that the truck made it 1.2 kilometers with no driver before crashing!

[news] A semi-trailer sped along a highway without a driver for 1.2 kilometers in Shijonawate, Osaka, on Tuesday morning. [/news]
[news] The 67-year-old driver of the semi-trailer was quoted by police as saying that he didn’t properly apply the handbrake when he left his vehicle. [/news]

Via: JapanToday