The Best Jerry, the Best! (anyone catch this reference, or am I old?)
At Tofugu, we don’t do a very good job keeping you up to date on Japanese news. In fact, we do a pretty horrid job, because that’s not really our niche (though it’s hard to pass up the occasional fun story). There are a few sites that thankfully do a good job at keeping up with Japanese news, but they tend to be overflowing with content and it’s hard to keep up, even for an RSS guru like myself. That’s why I love JapanSoc, and you should to.
JapanSoc is a lot like Digg, except it’s only for Japan-related things. Better than Digg, it has a great (friendly) community, it focuses on a specific niche (Japan), and works really really well. Whenever I want to know what’s going on in Japan (and only want to know the interesting / important things), this is where I go – otherwise there’s just too much noise, and I can’t keep up!
Of course, if you’re only interested in a certain aspect of Japan, JapanSoc’s got you covered there as well. There are different categories that allow you to follow certain things (like language learning, otaku culture, business, news, etc), which makes it even more useful to those of you that only want to see what’s important to you, and you alone.
Though, I gotta say, my favorite feature is the rankings. By Soc’ing things, friending people, and being a part of the community, you get points, which translate to sumo rankings. Sumo rankings. Right now I’m a Jonokuchi, which basically translates to small fry… but I will rise through the ranks, just wait and see, just wait and see. Come friend me and we’ll sumo it out geek-style. It’s on, Donkey Kong.
Anyways, big props to JapanSoc for making my Japanese news reading life simple and easy. Go give them an RSS subscribe too, if you swing that way. Oh, and if you stumble across this post in Japan Soc, give it a Soc (a point)! Don’t forget to Soc all the other cool news you see, too, to help good things get to the front page, otherwise I won’t know what to read!