Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
Japanese Scientist Awarded Nobel Prize: The Nobel prizes were awarded over the last week, and the Japanese were ecstatic. No, not because Murakami won the Nobel prize for literature (he didn’t), but because a Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka won a Nobel prize for medicine. Yamanaka, along with British scientist John Gurdon have discovered how to turn regular cells into stem cells, a huge scientific development that has a lot of promise. It’s especially impressive considering Yamanaka has been a failure at most other things he’s tried; his father once told him that “If you do take over the family business it would terrible,” and he was so slow as a surgeon that patients would apparently wake up during operations. I think he’s redeemed himself. [via BBC, Shisaku]
Japan Electronics Emulates Detroit Autos Before Bankruptcy: Tech: The American car industry is the quintessential cautionary tale about how a once mighty, thriving business can fall flat on its face. Now people are starting to draw comparisons between Detroit and Japanese giants like Sharp, Sony, and Panasonic. Are these electronics titans too complacent? Will we see a day when Sony will have to be bailed out? Only time will tell. [via The Verge]
Japanese Geek Recruiting Boyfriend on GitHub For most people, meeting someone online means signing up for OKCupid or Match.com or something; for one Japanese nerd though, it means using popular coding site GitHub. Noriko Higashi has spelled out her criteria for a boyfriend on GitHub including “somebody who can write beautiful source code” and “someone who likes Mac or Linux more than Windows.” I just hope some nerd doesn’t send her a merge request (version control joke, yes!). [via Reddit]
Now ‘Eagle Dad’ and his long-suffering son have to be saved by rescuers on Mount Fuji after he tried to climb Japanese peak when it was closed to the public: There’s been a lot of nationalism going on all around Asia with all of the island disputes going on. This week, one “Eagle Dad” (I guess the male equivalent of a Tiger Mom) tried to go with his children to the top of Mt. Fuji to declare that the Senkaku islands belong to China. Unfortunately, Eagle Dad and Eaglets weren’t prepared for the weather and didn’t bring food, so they had to be rescued by Japanese park rangers. It would be more funny if it weren’t borderline child abuse. [via Reddit]
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