2011 November Contents
TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE: Revitalize Shotengai & CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
"Good afternoon!" "Irasshaimase! Welcome!" Bright young voices resound inside the shops of the Momodani Station shotengai or shopping street, about 15 minutes by train from Osaka's downtown. The young people selling recycled clothing and other things in some of the shops here are energetic and enthusiastic. Most of them in their 20s, have either never had a job or have never been employed in a full-time position. Now they have brought a fresh breath of life to this commercial district of small independent retailers that was teetering on the edge of decline.
Doraemon Guides You to the World of Manga via The "Dokodemo Door"!
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, a three-story building featuring Doraemon manga, animated cartoons, and other popular works by the late cartoonist Fujiko F. Fujio, opened in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 3, 2011.
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Soaring above Narihirabashi in TokyoSoaring above Narihirabashi in Tokyo's Sumida Ward, the 634-meter high Tokyo Skytree® is nearing completion and is scheduled to open to the public on May 22, 2012.
The Real Privacy of Japanese People
By Dave McCaughan
There are many myths about Japan and Japanese contemporary culture but one certainty is that "standing out" is still frowned upon. So perhaps it is not surprising that when you ask people about the nature of privacy and their concerns about it given that today's prevalence of social media it seems inevitable that Japanese people do indeed seem more conservative and more concerned than those in other nations.