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Arakawa breathes life into Japan’s Olympic campaign

#jsoccer #KenichiUemura [Japan Times]Japan’s delegation chief Kenichi Chizuka did not hide his surprise at the color … Yuya Oikawa and the women’s pursuit team in speed skating. Moguls skier Aiko Uemura also flirted with a medal before ending her campaign in fifth place.

Arakawa breathes life into Japan’s Olympic campaign

#jsoccer #KenichiUemura [Japan Times]Japan’s delegation chief Kenichi Chizuka did not hide his surprise at the color … Yuya Oikawa and the women’s pursuit team in speed skating. Moguls skier Aiko Uemura also flirted with a medal before ending her campaign in fifth place.

A pen from the “Yokoso! Japan” Japanese tourism campaign. Sadly, the Japanese government forgot that most non-Japanese don’t know what the word “Yokoso” means so the campaign flopped.

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Sugar’s Campaign - “Holiday” (2015)

Oh OK, 2015 is already looking better than 2014.

(Sugar’s Campaign is wonky producer Seiho and wonky producer Avec Avec’s pop project. I talked to Seiho back at the start of 2012 and he said that, with Sugar’s Campaign, they wanted to capture the sound of older artists such as Tatsuro Yamashita. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED with flair.)

Arakawa breathes life into Japan’s Olympic campaign

#jsoccer #KenichiUemura [Japan Times]Japan’s delegation chief Kenichi Chizuka did not hide his surprise at the color … Yuya Oikawa and the women’s pursuit team in speed skating. Moguls skier Aiko Uemura also flirted with a medal before ending her campaign in fifth place.

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Japan’s Beloved Christmas Cake Isn’t About Christmas At All

The Japanese Christmas Cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it’s ubiquitous (it’s even in your smartphone).

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New Campaign Started at the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Including a ban on Whale and dolphin Captures!

New Campaign Started at the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Including a ban on Whale and dolphin Captures!

In an encouraging development at the recent UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, 120 nations signed a resolution which states they will consider banning the capture of dolphins and whales from the wild for display in zoos and aquaria. Despite saying they no longer capture wild cetaceans, a Seaworldspokesperson said that they would oppose the progressive…

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Japan’s Ruling Party Poised For Landslide In Snap Elections

The victory is seen as a mandate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic overhaul plan, even as Japan has fallen back into recession in the second half of 2014.

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AP PHOTOS: Political campaigning, Japan-style


#jsoccer #FCTokyo [Independent Record]In this Dec. 9, 2014 photo, a canvasser for Masatada Tsuchiya, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Tokyo district, waves to pedestrians with white-colored gloves during a lower house election campaign rally in Tokyo. White-cloth …
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Japan LGBT candidate hopes to raise awareness in polls campaign

TOKYO, Dec 12, 2014:

Taiga Ishikawa has an uphill battle in his bid to become Japan’s only openly gay member of Parliament, but hopes his campaign for Sunday’s general election will raise awareness in a nation where gay rights hardly get a nod in the mainstream political agenda.

Ishikawa is keen for his candidacy, which has attracted considerable attention on the Internet, to help others in Japan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community come out of the closet.

“It is said that 3% to 5% of the population in Japan is LGBT. I would like to think that these people could use their vote to tell the nation that they exist,” Ishikawa told Reuters in an interview on the campaign trail.

Apart from lesbian Kanako Otsuji, who briefly filled a vacancy in the upper house in 2013 after the incumbent died, Japan has had no openly gay lawmakers at the national level.

Ishikawa, 40, is running in a Tokyo district from the tiny opposition Social Democratic Party in a lower house poll that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition is expected to win hands down. Media projections show the SDP may be obliterated by the ruling bloc landslide.

The author of a popular book, “Where’s My Boyfriend”, that described his feelings of isolation from mainstream society, Ishikawa got his start in politics as an aide to the then-leader of the Social Democratic Party.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Japan but many members of the LGBT community face discrimination in schools, workplace and home and prefer to hide their true identities.

According to an Ipsos poll for Reuters, only 5% of Japanese say they know someone who is LGBT, compared to 60% or 70% in most Western nations.

“Most (of the LGBT community) are invisible and LGBT issues have never made it into the political discussion,” said LGBT activist Kazuhiro Terada of Equal Marriage Alliance (EMA).

EMA is working to change that and has compiled a list of 20 candidates who have openly expressed support for LGBT rights. Another group, Partnership Law Japan, added an another 10. That was out of more than 1,000 people running in Sunday’s poll.

AP PHOTOS: Political campaigning, Japan-style

TOKYO (AP) — Some deliver their stump speeches standing on plastic milk crates, Japan’s version of the proverbial soapbox. Others climb atop platforms on specially-equipped vans.


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How KFC Became A Part Of Japan's Christmas Traditions


#Wine #JapaneseWine [The Huffington Post]which came after a group of foreigners ended up at KFC upon learning that it was impossible to find turkey in Japan. The campaign was a hit, and now KFC sells a full Christmas dinner — complete with chicken, wine, cake and champagne — for about $40.
100 People Went Half-Naked this Morning to Get Free Clothes

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Some people took off their clothes and went almost naked just to get new clothes. 

This morning, more than 100 semi-naked people were seen queuing up at the Orchard Central shopping mall since the wee hours of the morning.

They were queuing up because if they made it to the first 100 in the queue, they would get a free set of clothes. 

And why half-naked?

It was part of Desigual’s Seminaked campaign.

The first Seminaked campaign actually started in Barcelona in 2005 as a fully-naked campaign.

Japan held the campaign in 2013. Singapore is the second Asian city to do so.

The campaign has also been held in more than 50 cities in London, Paris, New York and San Francisco. 

The idea is for the customer to enter half-dressed and to come out fully dressed in new clothes.

The people in the queue were seen dressed up in underwear, boxers and tank tops.

By 8am, there were already 60 to 70 people in the queue.

But when the store opened at 9am, the crowd dashed in to get themselves covered up. It should have been quite easy to try on the clothes since there were not that many clothes to take off in the first place, so the whole store pretty much became the fitting room.

But was it easy to organise an event to get people to walk in Orchard Road in just their underwear?

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Apparently not.

Ms Andrea Figueras, Desigual’s Marketing Communications Manager for the Asian Market, shared that many applications had to be made to the government and approved before Desigual could hold the event. 

“We had to file a lot of applications. We also had to respect the fact that nobody can see from outside of the shop because there are people semi-naked inside.”

The first two people in the queue was housewife Sharene Ong, 39, and her husband Sahfiee Rashid. 

She even started queuing up since 11pm last night.

"I did not know what time people were going to start queuing, being Singapore and all – people are very ‘kiasu’," she said. "In the end I told my husband I could not sleep at all, and he said ‘OK let’s go’, so that is why we were here at 11pm last night," she told Channel NewsAsia.