Hello Blog. Two things came out today that might interest you:
1) Interview with Steven of BigDaikon
Had a chat by Skype over the weekend with Steven, a JET out northern-Japanways. He turned it into a podcast interview, available at
Talking about recent issues. Apologies for the sound quality, but the media is still pretty fledgling at this time. Keep listening–one gets used to it.
There’s also an ongoing discussion of the interview amongst the JETs on BigDaikon, FWIW, here at http://bigdaikon.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=92487 I’m actually a fan of the JET Programme (see why briefly in the interview), even if the feeling sometimes isn’t mutual. 🙂
2) Debito.org listed as notable source of info in JapanZine
We get a special mention from JapanZine, Carter Witt Media’s monthly free magazine in the Aichi region, in their March 2007 issue’s “JAPAN ON THE WEB” assessment. Their writeup of what this means as follows:
Japan on the Web
by James Hadfield
It’s been nearly ten years now since Japanzine’s first “Japan on the Web” issue, our survey of the most essential websites for people living the dream in the Land of the Rising Sun. Back then, the World Wide Web was largely the domain of geeks, freaks and folks with way too much time on their hands – and, well, that’s pretty much how it looks today. But the internet has gone from being a marginal concern to an integral part of most people’s lives: imagine a world with no e-mail, Google, Wikipedia or puerile YouTube videos… makes you shudder, doesn’t it?
The following guide is intended to help you get the most out of the web while you’re here in Japan. It’s by no means definitive but, hey, there’s only so much web surfing a guy can manage before he starts to get a weird tingling sensation around the back of his eyes and a mild sense of nausea. While you’ll probably be familiar with some of these sites, we hope you’ll run into a few new faces, too. Oh, and if you already know all of them, maybe you should consider going outside and reminding yourself what the sun looks like, eh?…
Debito Arudou was all over the papers again last month, kicking up a stink over the controversial Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu mook. His website, Debito.org, is a mine of information for social activists and Average Joe foreigners living in Japan. His step-by-step guide to handling random ID checks by the police is a time-worn classic.
Thanks very much for the writeup, James and JZ! Glad you find the stuff up here useful. Hope people enjoy the interview too. Debito in Sapporo