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!



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Japan shows its creative side at Tokyo Designers Week: Japanese design is some of the most highly respected and imitated in the world, so Tokyo Designers Week is a showcase of some of the world’s most talented designers. This year’s Designer Week included a showcase of all of NTT Docomo’s 611(!) cell phones, a building-sized instrument, and kimono skateboards. Check out all the pictures at the source.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Meet the Oldest People in the World: The Japanese are well known for their longevity, but Jiroemon Kimura makes 90-year-olds look like spring chickens. Kimura, now age 115, is currently the oldest man in the world, and will be the oldest man to have ever lived if he makes it to December 28 of this year. I don’t have the heart to tell him that it’s all moot, since the world ends on 12/21/12 anyway.




Manga Artist Flips Out At Crying Baby on Flight, Reactions: We’ve all been there — sitting on a long, cramped, uncomfortable flight while a baby shrieks and cries its eyes out. I’m not too surprised that manga artist Sakamoto Mimei had a less than calm response, but Japanese netizens had a less sympathetic reaction. People on 2ch without a lot of empathy? Color me shocked.
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Report: How Japanese Women Tell If Male Co-Workers Are Totally Unpopular: What are the telltale signs of your coworker being a shut-in? Apparently, Japanese women have a checklist for telling if their male coworkers prefer to stay in and troll message boards rather than socialize. Do you fit the profile? Does your mom still cook dinner for you? Are you a gambling addict?

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  • ZXNova

    I thought the world ended on 12/21/12, not 12/12/12. Though the numbers 1 and 2 are used 3x.

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    It’s been moved ahead to 12/12/12 now. Koichi’s been using the money from Textfugu and Wanikani to build a Death Fugu for the sole purpose of getting into the record books as the first person to destroy the world.

  • Xaromir

    You know what? She’s absolutely right. Young families need to learn how to behave. I’ve just googled it and a mother measured her babies cries at 122dB (while most sources describe a babies cry at ~110dB), and remember that the permissible exposure time to this kind of noise is less than 30 seconds, or below 1 minute at ~110dB, otherwise you risk damaging your ears. People need to stop thinking that it’s OK no matter what, just because it came out between their legs, it’s a health hazard and a source of great (dis)stress for everyone around if children keep being loud, people need to be aware of that!

  • Hashi

    Oh good, I have more time than I thought!


    Kimura-san looks old, but then again I am not very good at pinning ages with faces after 80 or so. Good for him for keeping the fight going.