Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
Percentage of total electricity generated in Japan by power source

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced on July 21 the draft of the new basic energy plan. The plan is to increase the ratio of renewable energy to the total amount of electricity generated in FY2030. The ratio of renewable energy The ratio of renewable energy will be increased to 36-38%, and […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
Urushi (うるし 漆), Japanese Lacquer Wares

What is Urushi of Japan? Maki-e, Raden, Lacquer trees and their saps "Shikko" (漆工) is a genre of craft which uses sap from the Anacardiaceae family of trees. Lacquer trees mainly grow in South East Asian countries, and depending on the species of tree, there are three main different ingredients in their sap: urushiol, laccol […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
What is Mentaiko (Karashi Mentaiko)?

It is said that the opening of the Shinkansen or the  bullet train service to Hakata or Fukuoka  in Northern Kyushu, Japan was what made Karashi Mentaiko (spicy Alaska pollock roe), a local specialty of Hakata, well-known throughout the country of Japan. That is, the Shinkansen passengers having bought the Karashi Mentaiko sold as a […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
About Yakuza, Japanese Mafia, Organized Crime Syndicates in Japan

Yakaza on the verge of extinction by Ryoji Shimada, staff writer There are two yakuza movies "Yakuza to Kazoku" (Yakuza and its Family) and "Subarashiki Sekai" (Splendid World) that have been shown this year. They are both highly rated and seen by many people, but they all have one thing in common that the life […]

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About Japanese companies and Japanese business people
Working As an English Teacher in Japan: Inside Japan’s English Conversation Schools

The Truth About Japan’s English Conversation Schools By Erik Tielking This wasn’t supposed to happen.  Nova Corporation, my employer for ten years in Japan, operated the nation’s largest chain of English conversation schools, or eikaiwa gakkō.  It had been listed on the JASDAQ stock market since 2004.  At its peak in 2005 it had 994 branches, […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
What is Shibaku? しばく

What is Shibaku? しばく It is a Kansai dialect and it might not be used in Tokyo or Kanto region. But this expression is commonly used in Kansai especially Osaka. "Shibakku" is often used to mean similar to "to hit" or "to beat". Tokyo people will say "Naguru" instead. It is popularly used as a […]

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The TRUTH About MOM GENERATIONS in Japan

By D. McCaughan Diverse Values of Japanese Mothers Born in Between 1970-74 and 1980-84 We talked to mothers born in 1970-74 and 1980-84. Keep in mind that the latter basically don’t remember the bubble years. They are the generation that embraced the “loose sock” fashion, fell in love with purikura, a photo sticker booth, and […]

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Kojiki: the Oldest History Book in Japan

Read Kojiki to Understand Japan and Japanese World's Longest Dynasty: Do you know that Japan is called "the only country in the world with a single dynasty"? This refers to the fact that there have been 126 generations of emperors, up to the present emperor, with one line of succession for 2,700 years. There is […]

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Live in Japan: Japanese lifestyle and its social culture
Different Desires in Japan and China

Source: Survey of 1,500 Japanese and (between age 20 and 69) and 1,440 Chinese (between age 29 and 59) by the Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living. Japanese people don't have anything to buy The Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living, the research arm of the Hakuhodo advertising agency, last July conducted a survey consumer […]

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The Truth About JAPANESE Consumers

By D. McCaughan Shopping is a complicated business. Balancing different elements including price, convenience, personal preferences, sources of information, trust and special offers. No more complicated than in Japan where variety, new offerings, crowded stores and endless on-line and mobile advice are overwhelming. I have written before about some of the shopping options and decision […]

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