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Berlitz sues striking instructors

Background: Soichiro Fukutake, owner of Berlitz’s parent company Benesse Corp. is on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.  In 2009 Fukutake is ranked 17th (up 6 from 2008) in Japan with a net worth of $1.4 billion. Benesse Corp. net sales totaled ¥384 billion in fiscal 2007 (which ended March 31, 2008), an 8.4 percent… Keep Reading

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The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi

From Dec. 2, The Japan Times is serializing one of Japan’s early detective novels, “The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi: Detective Stories of Old Edo,” in which author Kido Okamoto (1872-1939), offers entertaining and thrilling stories set in Edo Period Japan. The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi The Restoration The Serialization of Hanshichi, 1917 —… Keep Reading

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Loco in Yokohama: #5 – Make Japanese Friends!

Another informative post by Loco in Yokohama. I like Loco’s blog for various reasons. He blogs often. His content is informative and entertaining. His commentary reminds me of my early years in Japan. He speaks of my inner-voice that rarely makes it to cyberspace due to my 9 to 5…nuff said!  Be sure to leave… Keep Reading

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Loco in Yokohama #3: Learn that Japanese!

This should go without saying but I’m gonna say it anyway: #3 Learn that Japanese! I studied French for 2 years in JHS, 4 years in HS and 2 years in University, and if you asked me right now how to say anything in French except “Would you like to do the nasty with me tonight?” I’d be hardpressed… Keep Reading

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Commentary: What Barack Obama means to me

When President-elect Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, it will signify moving into every household in America. Obama will not become some Black dude that moved in down the street located in a predominately White neighborhood and he and his family will not become the new Cosby Show. The Obamas will… Keep Reading

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Obama is the "death-death" President?

This was posted on Japan Probe today,”The 44th President: The “Death Death” President?” by Fat Blue Man.: “I was happy to see the result of the election yesterday, as were the residents of Obama City, the little town in Fukui-ken near the Japan Sea. Apparently they had a big festival just to celebrate this wonderful same-name meaningless… Keep Reading

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