Japan Archives: New website looks back on 150 years of modern Japanese history


RocketNews 24 (by Cara Clegg):

A new website looks back on 150 years of modern Japanese history in visual format.

Japan Archives went live on June 30th and contains a treasure trove of information on modern Japanese history from the Bakumatsu through the Meiji and Taisho eras and up to the present day, covering everything from politics and economics to sport, nature, and the everyday life of the people.


Who even needs museums anymore when you can now experience the most important events in the country’s history through photographs, posters, postcards, woodblock prints, and other visual media from the comfort of your own home.


While only available in Japanese, the site is conveniently organized by time period and genre, making it user-friendly and easy to browse.

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There’s a wealth of historical media to sift through, and even if you can’t read the Japanese captions you can still enjoy the nostalgic images which bring the samurai and geisha of the past to vibrant life on your screen. And best of all, it’s all freely accessible!

Follow this link to see more.

Asian-American media watchdog Kulture aims to abolish Asian stereotypes in entertainment

PR Newswire:

Asian-Americans have been unfairly maligned by Hollywood over the years and the trend shows no sign of abating. Kulture monitors the entertainment media for offensive representations of Asian-Americans and documents stereotypes and denigration of Asians in movies and television. The site is easy to navigate, categorizing offenses by media outlet, by type of offense, such as “Reinforces Stereotypes,” and by media type, such as TV commercials. Visitors to the site can also submit their own witnessed offenses through the “Report an Offense” feature.

Kulture is the only website that maintains a database of media offenses against Asian-Americans. They pull the curtain back onHollywood’s subtle racism and feature write ups that explore the offensive themes and tropes that are used to belittle Asian men and sexualize Asian women. In addition to providing the information on the offense, Kulture also analyzes the situation and provides explanation as to why it is considered offensive. Popular shows featured on the site include: “2 Broke Girls,” “Royal Pains,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “The Mindy Project.”

The offenses range from “Depicting Asians as Perpetual Immigrants” to “Asians as a Subordinate.” Every media offense, once added to the ‘Kulture Offense Database,’ stays forever. It serves as a repository and reference for the Asian-American community to know which TV shows, which directors, and which companies stereotype and demean Asian cultures.

According to Kulture, the Asian-American community doesn’t yet have full awareness of how depictions in the entertainment media disadvantage them in real life. As an example, Hollywood representations of Asians as timid translate into real-world stereotypes whereby whites refuse to see Asians as leaders.  Asians are often unable to fundamentally change attitudes towards them, which are stubbornly reinforced by Hollywood. In other cases, Asians have a general awareness, but there is no common understanding as to why exactly certain Hollywood depictions are offensive; this forms a shaky basis from which to advocate change. Kulture addresses this by unpacking TV and movie scenes in detail and explaining the offensive nature of them.

Asian-Americans account for approximately 5.6% of the United States population, roughly 18.2 million people. According to student surveys conducted by the University of Michigan, Asian-Americans, when asked, could not name more than a few Asian actors, and the ones they could name were often portrayed in negative terms. Women are often sexualized while men are cast as villains or uncultured characters.

Many Asians know TV shows represent them in a bad light. But they may think they’re alone in that view,” says Kulture’s founder Tim Gupta. “Kulture spotlights how Hollywood mocks and excludes Asian men while fetishizing Asian women. Kulture helps Asians and those concerned about media racism stay abreast of how Asians are depicted, and we will eventually serve as a platform for them to take action against Hollywood offenders.”

To view the list of media offenses, visit www.kulturemedia.org.


Glee’s Harry Shum, Jr. launches tech website


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Actor Harry Shum, Jr., best known for his role on Fox‘s Glee, is such a tech geek that Monday he launched a new website, Tenth & Fourth.

Shum, who told USA TODAY readers recently on Talking Tech that he was obsessed with tech, dove in even further this week, with a site that features app and gear reviews.The site is “basically an extension of myself in introducing cool things I find into the universe,” Shum told USA TODAY Monday.

The site features Shum and others talking about cool apps, 3-D printers, instant cameras and fashion. Shum says he hopes to post once a week and perhaps start attending tech conferences as well to cover for the site.

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Glee’s Harry Shum, Jr. launches tech website



Starting a new website? Why not make it a “.ninja” domain?

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Following recent evaluations by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) the world is steadily seeing a wider range of Top Level Domains (TLD). A TLD is the final segment of a web address like [.com] or [.org]. However, tech giants like Google and Microsoft have applied for dozens of new TLD’s as have specialized domain name companies leading to thousands of applications.

Perhaps the luckiest of them all is United TLD Holdco who have begun accepting registrations for the upcoming domain name of [.ninja]. By 18 April, it and around 80 other generic domains will have become available to the public.

From 19 February, .ninja has begun its sunrise period. This is where those who hold copyrights can claim a domain name before others. For example, if Kawasaki wanted to make a website for its Ninja motorcycles and their trademark was filed with the proper office they could get an advance claim on [kawasaki.ninja].

The price of a sunrise TLD registration for [.ninja] is 22,050 yen (US$216) for the first year. However, in the case of competing claims like say the popular app Fruit Ninja versus a hypothetical food processor by the same name, the domain [fruit.ninja] would go to the highest bidder between the two parties.

Since real ninjas don’t trademark their names and likenesses they are not eligible for this preliminary application period. RocketNews24 tried to contact a ninja spokesperson for comment but they were really hard to find. However, at 11:00am on 18 April they and all of us non-trademark owners will be able to register a [.ninja] website.

Other soon to be publicly opened domains include [.nagoya], [.education], [.email], [.solutions], and [.coffee]. There are also some metaphysical domains coming down the pike such as [.computer], [.domains], and [.link].

It should be noted that each TLD mentioned here is generic meaning you don’t actually have to be a coffee-selling ninja in Nagoya to apply. This comes as good news to us as [rocketnews24.sexy] is currently available!

Source: .NINJA – United TLD Holdco 

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Starting a new website? Why not make it a “.ninja” domain?


Hacker group “Anonymous” takes down Japanese prefecture’s website to protest dolphin killing


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International hacking group “Anonymous” has stated that it breached and shut down the official Wakayama Prefecture website earlier today as a taste of what may come should local fishermen continue to hunt dolphins. The prefecture is home to Taiji, the coastal town that shot to infamy in 2010 following an exposé in the film The Cove, which documented the mass slaughter of thousands of dolphins that takes place in the area each year.

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At 9:05 a.m. today, a message from Twitter user @YourAnonPriest stated that Taiji (which is, in fact, a city rather than a prefecture) was “offline”. Animal news site The Dodo reports that when checked the website was indeed inaccessible, though it came back online a few minutes later, with the same Twitter user stating that the intrusion had been a “warning”, and hinting that more attacks could follow should the Japanese government not bow to pressure and put an end to the hunt.

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Dolphin and whale hunting has been a part of Taiji City’s heritage since the 17th century, with dolphin hunts taking place each year between September and April. Animal rights groups have long protested the annual killings, which involve herding migrating dolphins into a narrow cove before trapping and slowly killing them, but Taiji spokespersons, particularly following the release of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, protested that the fishermen in the area are acting within the law, and contested much of scientific evidence put forward by the film.

Source: The DodoTwitter Wikipedia

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Hacker group “Anonymous” takes down Japanese prefecture’s website to protest dolphin killing


China blocks the Guardian (UK) website

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The website of Britain’s the Guardian newspaper has been blocked in China since Tuesday, for no apparent reason. While US publications and journalists have been coming under pressure from Chinese censors for a number of years, this is the first time a major UK publication has been blocked.

A source in Beijing confirmed that theguardian.com was still blocked as of 4.26pm local time Wednesday, and could only be accessed through a VPN service. Another reader confirmed the same from Shanghai.

The websites of the New York Times and Bloomberg have been blocked by Beijing since both published reports in 2012 on the wealth of Chinese leaders’ families. However, the Guardian claimed, “no China-related stories published by the Guardian in the past two days would obviously be perceived as dangerous by the country’s leadership.”

As of Wednesday afternoon there was no sign of the Guardian website being unblocked. Major websites have been blocked temporarily before and later unblocked, so this may be a temporary measure. Last month Chinese immigration withheld visas from some NYT and Bloomberg reporters in what appeared to be an intimidation tactic, before later issuing them.

The censorhip of the Guardian website was initially confirmed by website monitoring site Greatfire.com.

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China blocks the Guardian (UK) website


New website lets artists post drawings that self-destruct in 24 hours

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There are lots of websites out there that invite artists to post their works for all to see. However, there are a great many artists out there, and over time a build-up of paintings, drawings, CGIs and photos can become too much for the average person to know where to begin, let alone anyone scouting for new talent.

On 6 January, a new website called Slash Temp (stylized “/temp”) was opened that lets illustrators freely post whatever creation they like on one condition: a ticking timer will be attached that deletes the image in 24 hours. This isn’t just some random image dump though. There is a way to preserve drawings that get a rise out of viewers for better or worse…

Although created by Japanese company pipa.jp, the website is also available in English. Viewing the 8-bit stylized top page you’ll see the “super extend” images, “almost the end” pictures, and “new arrival” illustrations.

Although Slash Temp fixes a time limit to all posted images, their time-limits may be extended by other users. By posting a comment on the image, you extend its life by one hour per character. This way images that elicit a reaction will be preserved, and if you find a picture you particularly like you can keep it alive by expressing your feelings about it.

The images in the “super extend” have received the most comments, whereas those in “almost the end” likely have not received any feedback from the public and are nearing their expiry date.

This is an interesting change from the standard “like” buttons found throughout the internet as Slash Temp only preserves images that have an impact, letting things go as interest wanes. This perhaps also opens the door for saddening or anger inducing images that you’d normally feel weird clicking “like” can be recognized.

It can be a good way for artists to spitball ideas by submitting a rough sketch and seeing if it gets a reaction before putting the time and effort in on a full-blown piece. It’s free to use and simply requires a nickname and password to register. Just one word of warning: make sure you get your picture exactly right before posting it as there’s no way to remove it until the clock finally hits zero.

Source: /temp (Japanese/English) via Netlab (Japanese)

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New website lets artists post drawings that self-destruct in 24 hours