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When most people in the UK or America talk about "hugely popular anime" they ignore a vast chunk of the market that never gets localised for our consumption.
I was chatting on a podcast about classics and took the chance to point out that the most watched #anime in #Japan is actually Sazae-san, a soap opera that's been running since the 60s. It's a social institution.
Sazae-san has long outlived its creator, becoming such a touchstone of Japanese life that the emotional slump when you realise "the weekend is almost over and it's Monday tomorrow" has been tied to its ending theme and named Sazae-san Syndrome.
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1) #THREAD: #Japan to build JSDF base on Mage Island, Okinawa

The #Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has revealed plans to build a base, as well as a training site for #US carrier-based aircraft on Mage Island (Mageshima) off Kagoshima Prefecture.…
2) The base will have 2 runways, a fuel facility, an ammunition storage, a hangar & several ports, according to the MoD.

Japanese media have reported that the 2 runways will be about 2,450 m and 1,830 m long, respectively.

It had previously been touted as a missile launch site
3) Mage Island has recently been acquired by the Japanese government for JPY16 billion (USD146 million) from a private company.

The uninhabited island in the East China Sea is only 8-square-kilometers in size.
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There has been a lot of engagement on the topic of re-entry to Japan for non-Japanese nationals, some decent comments. Some daft stuff. Thought I would respond by thread to clarify some points, add some resources & hopefully bring like-minded people together. #Japan
First & foremost, I would like to emphasise this is *not* about tourism/travelling, it’s about the right to return to your country of residence regardless of nationality.

Japan has been my country of residence for nearly 30 years and I know many are in the same boat. #Japan
As someone committed to Japan’s future, I recognise the impact this will have on individuals who have dedicated OR intend to dedicate their life to being in & contributing to Japan. This extends to businesses & companies that may consider opening offices here. #Japan #reentry
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.@RahulGandhi hs questions on Foreign Policy. Here are some answers:

•Our major partn’ships are strongr & internat’l standng higher.Witness regular summits&informal meetngs wth #US #Russia #Europe & #Japan.India engages #China on more equal terms politically.

Ask the analysts.
•We speak our mind more openly now. On #CPEC, on #BRI, on South China Sea, on UN-sanctioned terrorists, etc.

Ask the media.
• And address the #border infrastructure imbalance legacy. Compare 2014-20 with 2008-14. Budget up by 280%, road building by 32%, bridges by 99% and tunnels by 6 times.

Ask our Jawans.
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@HelenClarkNZ @ @UNDP know #GhislaineMaxwell??
#Ghislaine spoke @ the @UN 20+ times.
[25 Jun 2013]#Ghislaine #Maxwell, Founder of the TerraMar Project and H.E. Mr. Stuart Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Palau, Speak at @UN press conference…
How long was @HelenClarkNZ @ the @UNDP
(MINURSO), is not only accused of sexual harassment in a previous @UN post, but is about to benefit from a cover up by the UN boss “to protect another UN official”…
Dat:Fri,Jun 28, 2013 at9:38 AM
Sub:The TerraMar Project To: matthew.lee, It was a pleasure to meet you. As promised, here is some information on the TerraMar Project – you can see all the latest…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 7/08/2020-2…

The radical technologies to keep offices clear of coronavirus | Free to read | Financial Times…

#technologies #offices #radical #coronavirus
Evictions likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hardest hit. - The Washington Post… 

#jobs #renters #summer
The Metaverse Is Coming And It’s A Very Big Deal… 

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greenTEG has made it to outer space! Our gSKIN sensors have been used to run an experiment in outer space during the docking of the #HTV9 cargo ship, built and launched by @JAXA_en, to the @Space_Station.
The #HTV9 was launched from #Japan using the #H2BF9 rocket on May 20, 2020. On the tip of the rocket, you will see mounted the #HTV9, nicknamed Kounotori (“white stork” in Japanese)
Both vessels are the last of their kind to be launched to #space, as they will be replaced by the next generation, capable of sending bigger loads to space.…
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Thread - Geo-Pol - #India #China #Japan #SouthChinaSea

Days after Japan extended support to India, patrol ships from the Chinese Navy entered Japanese territory twice this week. Japanese Coast Guard confirmed presence of Chinese patrol ships in territorial waters of Japan.

Japan had supported India and called for a peaceful resolution, opposing any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in Ladakh. Two Chinese patrol ships entered waters of Senkaku Islands in ECS "before re-entering the area again".
The Chinese ships even approached Japanese vessel inside the territorial water and the Coast Guard said that it was the "longest intrusion into the territorial waters by Chinese ships. Despite repeated calls to leave the area, the vessels stayed inside Japanese territory...

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The last 72 hours or so :
9 Points & Counting :
1. #France commits Military support to #India
2. #US & #Germany block #China's move in #UNSC which blamed #India for #Karachi terror attack
3. #India deviates from 'One China Policy' for the 1st time by mentioning the new #HongKong Security Law in #UNHRC
4. #US praises #India's move to ban TikTok for 'furthering National Security against #Chinese spying
5. #UK offers residence in UK for 5 years to 2.6 million people in #Hongkong, after which they will be granted citizenship
6. #US bans #Huawei for links to Communist Party of #China
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Tencent Music Entertainment Group Announces Strategic Partnership with CoMix Wave Films
$TME @CWF_STAFF #China #Japan #Tech #SocialMedia #Film #Movies #Music #anime…
Under the partnership, soundtracks from 17 popular animated movies, including 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words, both directed by Makoto Shinkai, will go on TME’s music platforms - QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing.
$TME #China #Japan #Movies #Music
$TME, a long-established player in #anime, comic and game #songs, selected CWF as a strategic partner to meet demand from fans for access to #music specific to their preferences.
#China #Japan #Tech #SocialMedia #Film #Movies
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#THREAD: #Japan’s aim for first-strike capability

With the cancellation of the Aegis Ashore deal amid continuous threats from its neighbors, Japan needs to step up its military posture…
Japan has officially decided to scrap the deployment of the US-based Aegis Ashore, a land-based variant of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, in a move that has surprised many.
The decision was apparently made because of the huge costs involved in running the project – the redesign needed to fix the safety concerns about interceptor missiles falling on residential areas were not found to be cost- or time-effective.
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Update on #ContactTracing for #COVID19 - a thread. Early signs of success from SF Bay Area. Many local counties are approaching goal of contacting 90% of the region’s positive cases, even as coronavirus cases spike across the state. @mikereidmd @SF_DPH…
2. San Francisco @SF_DPH data:
• % of Cases Reached for #ContactTracing over Prior Two Weeks – currently 82%, target 90+%
• % of Named Contacts Reached for Contact Tracing over the Prior Two Weeks – currently 85%, target 90+%…
3. OTOH, lack of transparency makes #ContactTracing success hard to measure. Impossible to know whether Bay Area’s two largest counties have been successful because their health officials refuse to reveal how many people they do reach, and how quickly.…
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I don't know what to call this!
It will blow your mind off tou!!
If I post to expose them- I am being threatened by @instagram for my account to be deleted .
She is a very popular Turkish pop culture singer!
And these photos are from her video clip🙄
What y'all think? Image
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#Japan monitoring #China’s ‘alarming’ activities at sea, border with #India and in #HongKong

Taro Kono, Japan’s defence minister, said China was ‘obviously’ trying to ‘unilaterally’ change the status quo in a number of disputed areas…
“Obviously, China is trying to change the status quo unilaterally in the East China Sea, the South China Sea, at the Indian border and in Hong Kong. It is easy to make connections about those issues,” Taro Kono said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo.
“Our fighter jets scramble against Chinese airplanes [over the East China Sea] almost every day, sometimes more than once,” he said. “Their ships with guns are trying to violate our territorial waters.”
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THREAD: #Japan Has A Plan For Dismantling #China’s Submarine Fleet

#Japanese forces chased a #Chinese sub out of Japanese waters on Thursday👍

For 2 days, the Kaga ASW carrier & P-1 patrol planes tailed the submarine until it finally left Japanese waters…
A Japanese helicopter-carrier Kaga—along with a P-1 patrol plane reportedly detected the submarine within 24 miles of Amami-Oshima island, near Okinawa in southern Japan. For 2 days Kaga and patrol planes tailed the submarine until it finally left Japanese waters.
The last time a foreign sub got caught infiltrating Japanese waters was in 2018, according to The Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The chases underscore Tokyo’s sophisticated plan for defeating Beijing’s undersea forces.
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Thread: Wearing masks is our best defense against the #coronavirus.

@WhiteHouse press secretary said today that masks are no longer required in West Wing. Many tweets also advise against masks.

Result: Colossal failure of the US #COVID response.…

An example of anti-mask rhetoric can be seen in the video below by a Mr. Huff. I will explain why everything that he says here is scientifically incorrect and a danger to public health. (I do not know Mr. Huff or his motivations.)

I am not comparing the US to the several dozen countries that have mostly controlled this epidemic, e.g., #Taiwan, #Iceland, #SouthKorea, #Japan, #Thailand, #NewZealand, #Australia, #Austria, #Switzerland, #Greece, #Norway, etc. Some of them never even had to lock down.

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For today's #ThursdayThoughts I'm looking back at one of #Japan's greatest science fiction magazines: Hayakawa S-F!
Esu-Efu Magajin (S-F Magazine) was first published in February 1960 by Hayakawa Shobō publishing, and has gone on to shape both Japanese SF and champion Japanese authors for many decades.
Science fiction had been reasonably popular in Japan before the war, but it was in the mid-1950s that specialist story magazines, such as Takumi Shibano's subscription fanzine Uchūjin (Cosmic Dust) began to appear.
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4 years ago today I sat in a Tokyo police station til 2am reporting my #sexualassault. Relevant to present convos on racism in #Japan, police at the time insisted it had to have been a Korean man. Every year I post resources for students, educators & visitors. So here's a thread:
I was lucky I was not raped or worse, & I stand in support of survivors who have had to endure so much more. But every experience is valuable & reveals the systemic issues that prevent women (& others) from reporting, so I wrote an account of that night:…
When I wrote that & when I was interviewed on secondary victimization from poor police training/lack of training in #Japan, I wrote semi-anonymously so my name wouldn't be closely tied to searches. Why? Most colleagues worried it would hurt my job search.…
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#AfricanNeuroscience [Thread]

Ever wondered what #Neuroscience research looks like in #Africa? For 3 years, we have been working on profiling the neuroscience research landscape in the continent’s 54 countries. Very excited to share our latest work:…

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Why is this important?
#Africa has real potential in #Neuroscience, but needs help to rise from its current position! To do this, we need accurate data that reflects the heterogeneity of research across the continent's 54 countries.

Such data is lacking, as previous estimates about research outputs from #Africa are mostly inaccurate, partly because it is difficult to tell whether the research was, in fact, conducted within Africa or outside the continent in collaboration with #Africanscientists

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As the seasons progress, many small changes, some almost imperceptible, take place in the tearoom.

One of the most obvious changes can be seen with the teabowls used. During the hottest months we switch to Natsu-jawan (夏茶碗 lit. Summer Bowls).
#Kyoto #Japan #teaceremony #茶道
It is actually a little early to use summer bowls in the tearoom, but as Kyoto is already a sweltering 32 degrees today, we thought we would begin unpacking our summer utensils and scrolls.
I fear we may be in for another year of heatwaves😓🥵🍨
#Kyoto #Japan #京都 #hollyhock
In the photos you can see the differences between Natsu-jawan (夏茶碗-left) and Chawan (茶碗-right).
Natsu-jawan are low in height and have a wide mouth, allowing Matcha to cool quickly in the stuffy summer heat. They are often decorated with summer motifs.
#Kyoto #京都 #Japan
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1. To get a better idea of where #Covid19 might be the biggest problem in the short term, I organized this growth rate chart from countries with highest to lowest rate increases over the past 8 days.
2. Among countries with a recent #Covid19 growth rate of 18% or higher between May 17-20 are #Ethiopia, #Brazil, #Bangladesh, #India, #Kenya, #Mexico, #Egypt, #Pakistan, #Congo, #Nigeria, #SouthAfrica, #Columbia, #Iraq, #Afghanistan, #Argentina, & #Sudan.
3. Countries Between 6-18% #Covid19 Growth Rate between May 17-20 Include #Indonesia, #Russia, #Philippines, #USA, #Iran, #Myanmar, #Uganda, #Algeria, #Ukraine, #Canada, & #Poland.
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Modern politicians match Talleyrand’s jibe that “The Bourbons have forgotten nothing and learned nothing”
Having needlessly crashed the economy, they now presume to rescue it with New Deals, Bridges-to-Nowhere, #Green boondoggles & ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
So, let’s repeat the errors of the 30s; let’s kowtow to the #Climate lobby; let’s ignore #Japan’s three decades of ‘infrastructure’ failure (#China’s more recent efforts, too); and, risibly, let’s echo #Obama’s corrupted & ineffective ‘shovel-ready’ nonsense of 2008.
If the word’s “collective effort” do not strike fear into your heart and the bland appeal to a “post-#COVID” world do not dismay you, you are sleep-walking through the camp gates - behind whose thin overlay of mock-Pugin wallpaper lies the usual tangle of barbed wire.
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