¥1 deals redrawing netbook PC market

| Apr 2, 2009

¥1 deals redrawing netbook PC market

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Personal computers for as little as ¥1 are currently on sale, attracting flocks of customers and sending shock waves through Japanese PC makers. Major electronics retailers Bic Camera Inc. and Yodobashi Camera Co. have since July been selling a package of a netbook computer and ...

Getting a glimpse behind the mask

| Feb 6, 2009

Getting a glimpse behind the mask

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It happens in Japanese cities every winter and spring — the mask attack. These white strips of cloth obscuring your fellow commuters' faces have long been a common way to ward off influenza and hay fever, but their popularity is soaring higher than ever this ...

| Oct 8, 2008

Kimutaku — enduring heartthrob

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Of Japanese male celebrities, actors Ken Watanabe of "The Last Samurai" and Masi Oka of "Heroes" are among the better-known overseas. But domestically, no one beats Takuya Kimura. Foreigners living in Japan who follow the entertainment scene undoubtedly recognize the singer-actor who goes by the ...

'Anime'-decorated cars latest 'otaku' fad

| May 29, 2008

'Anime'-decorated cars latest 'otaku' fad

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They're painful. So painful that pedestrians can't help staring at them and real girls stay away from their owners. The heavily decorated vehicles called "itasha" have been experiencing a nationwide resurgence lately, reflecting Japan's "anime" craze. Combining the words "itai" ("painful") and "sha" (vehicle), itasha ...