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For Lisa Katayama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

<em>Urawaza</em> — quirky, everyday Japanese tips — head West

Sep 2, 2008

Urawaza — quirky, everyday Japanese tips — head West

Two years ago, a mysterious 20-second video clip triggered some unexpected buzz on the Web site YouTube. In the segment, an ordinary-looking housewife draws an invisible line across the chest of a shirt with her finger. Then she pinches the shirt under the armpit ...

Japanese Facebook takes Model T approach

| Jun 25, 2008

Japanese Facebook takes Model T approach

Late last month, as part of a rare work-vacation trip to Asia, Mark Zuckerberg made a quick stop in Tokyo to announce the launch of Facebook Japan. Facebook, a social-networking Web site that the 24-year-old new billionaire created while he was a Harvard undergraduate, ...

Tokyo upstart offers freeters mobile flexibility

| Jun 4, 2008

Tokyo upstart offers freeters mobile flexibility

Ryoji Kaneko is always looking for work. It’s been six years since the 25-year-old aspiring actor moved to Tokyo from his home in Hyogo Prefecture, and he’s still waiting for his big break. He can’t get a regular side job because the auditions and ...