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MCAS Iwakuni to serve civilian flights FY 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture will resume serving civilian flights around fiscal 2012 as part of a Japanese-U.S. deal on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Monday. “We’ve received requests from Yamaguchi Prefecture and Iwakuni city for the early resumption of civil aviation,”… Keep Reading


MSDF Anti-piracy Missions Off Somalia?

The government is considering special legislative measures to send Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to waters off the coast of Somalia in order to guard commercial freighters against pirates. The MSDF’s antipiracy operations would be limited to offshore areas near the Somalia coast. The MSDF would guard not only Japanese commercial ships but also foreign ships.… Keep Reading


Yajima Biyoshitsu

The talented and sometimes funny owarai duo, Tunnels, have recently hooked-up with DJ Ozma (former Kishidan band leader) to form and produce a temporary female trio called Yajima Biyoshitsu (Yajima Beauty Salon). The female trio is actually the three men in drag. Here is the official website. The Yajima Biyoshitsu new song ties into a new Lotte chewing gum commercial (the… Keep Reading


My Response to the "Obama is a Monkey in Japan?" Comments

Well the first round of feedback on E Mobile’s “Yes, We Change” commercial shown on TBS and TV Tokyo’s World Business Satellite comes from one reader that thinks Black Tokyo harbors a “bitter racist” and from the website Japan Probe: While I respect everyone’s opinion, let me clear a few things up and respond to comments such… Keep Reading


Obama is a Monkey in Japan?

              [display_podcast]  Hello BT’ers! Well it seems like the ugly head of racism has reared its big head again on Japanese television. E Mobile’s new cell phone commercial seems to depict a presidential campaign with “red” supporters (red is E Mobile’s corporate color and not representative of the Democratic… Keep Reading

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