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UKIYO-E.  ”Pictures of the floating world.”
These woodblock prints and paintings were popular in the Edo period in Japan.
Ukiyo-e is a term that you may come across in different contexts, but typical ones are Japanese influence on western art and western opinions/understanding of Japanese culture.
I saw it mentioned recently in a visiting exhibition of paintings from the Louvre (Paris) in the National Art Center (Tokyo) in reference to Manet’s portrait of a young fifer. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e

UKIYO-E.  ”Pictures of the floating world.”

These woodblock prints and paintings were popular in the Edo period in Japan.

Ukiyo-e is a term that you may come across in different contexts, but typical ones are Japanese influence on western art and western opinions/understanding of Japanese culture.

I saw it mentioned recently in a visiting exhibition of paintings from the Louvre (Paris) in the National Art Center (Tokyo) in reference to Manet’s portrait of a young fifer. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e

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Nikkei Inc. (aka Kabushiki-Gaisha Nihon Keizai Shinbun Sha or The Japanese Economic Times Co.) is one of largest and most influential media companies in Japan.
As the full formal name suggests, Nikkei specializes in financial, business and industry news.  
Nikkei’s main titles include Nikkei Keizai Shimbun (NKS), Nikkei Asia Review, Nikkei Weekly.  Nikkei also operates TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC.
The company makes many of its articles available in English through wire services, an English-language website and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.
Nikkei started as an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Co. in 1876, publishing Chugai Bukka Shimpo (Domestic and Foreign Commodity Prices).  The paper changed its name to NKS in 1946.
The NKS is Nikkei’s flagship publication and the world’s largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding 3 million.
The Nikkei 225 stock market index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange has been calculated continuously by the paper since 1950.
Nikkei has many affiliate companies include Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP),  Nikkei CNBC Japan and Nikkei National Geographic.

Nikkei Inc. (aka Kabushiki-Gaisha Nihon Keizai Shinbun Sha or The Japanese Economic Times Co.) is one of largest and most influential media companies in Japan.

As the full formal name suggests, Nikkei specializes in financial, business and industry news.  

Nikkei’s main titles include Nikkei Keizai Shimbun (NKS), Nikkei Asia Review, Nikkei Weekly.  Nikkei also operates TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC.

The company makes many of its articles available in English through wire services, an English-language website and a licensing agreement with LexisNexis.

Nikkei started as an in-house newspaper department of Mitsui & Co. in 1876, publishing Chugai Bukka Shimpo (Domestic and Foreign Commodity Prices).  The paper changed its name to NKS in 1946.

The NKS is Nikkei’s flagship publication and the world’s largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding 3 million.

The Nikkei 225 stock market index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange has been calculated continuously by the paper since 1950.

Nikkei has many affiliate companies include Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP),  Nikkei CNBC Japan and Nikkei National Geographic.

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"The D stands for Dominant."
That is one of the first things I heard about this old-line advertising firm in Japan with annual revenues of over 1.5 trillion yen.
Dentsu is by far the largest advertising and marketing services agency in Japan thanks to its origins as a media rep firm for newspaper and later television advertising when those were growth markets.
These days Dentsu offers a range of communications services and is known for its connections with Japanese industry and close ties with the Japanese national legislature.
The agency started in the early 1900s as Japan Advertising and Telegraphic Service Co. Ltd.
A hundred years later it went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
In 2012 it purchased Aegis Group Plc. in a cash deal worth $4.9B signaling to WPP, Publicis, Omnicom and the other industry giants that it is a force to be reckoned with.
Dentsu is headquartered in a building designed by Pritzker-winner Jean Nouvel in Minato-ku, Tokyo, home to Japan’s largest corporations including Honda, Mitsubishi, NEC and Sony.
Dentsu has four main business units: National Advertising, Ad-Related Markets, New Markets and Foreign Markets.
It has +7k employees and nearly 100 first- and second-tier subsidiaries and affiliates.

"The D stands for Dominant."

That is one of the first things I heard about this old-line advertising firm in Japan with annual revenues of over 1.5 trillion yen.

Dentsu is by far the largest advertising and marketing services agency in Japan thanks to its origins as a media rep firm for newspaper and later television advertising when those were growth markets.

These days Dentsu offers a range of communications services and is known for its connections with Japanese industry and close ties with the Japanese national legislature.

The agency started in the early 1900s as Japan Advertising and Telegraphic Service Co. Ltd.

A hundred years later it went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

In 2012 it purchased Aegis Group Plc. in a cash deal worth $4.9B signaling to WPP, Publicis, Omnicom and the other industry giants that it is a force to be reckoned with.

Dentsu is headquartered in a building designed by Pritzker-winner Jean Nouvel in Minato-ku, Tokyo, home to Japan’s largest corporations including Honda, Mitsubishi, NEC and Sony.

Dentsu has four main business units: National Advertising, Ad-Related Markets, New Markets and Foreign Markets.

It has +7k employees and nearly 100 first- and second-tier subsidiaries and affiliates.

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In 1862, Ueno Hikoma (pictured) opened the first photography studio in Japan.  It was in Nagasaki, where the first camera was imported not long earlier.  I love this self-portrait of the proprietor, arms crossed, expecting (hoping?) this new media market would take off.  So many parallels with today and yet so different.

In 1862, Ueno Hikoma (pictured) opened the first photography studio in Japan.  It was in Nagasaki, where the first camera was imported not long earlier.  I love this self-portrait of the proprietor, arms crossed, expecting (hoping?) this new media market would take off.  So many parallels with today and yet so different.

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Wired Japan is an in-language spinoff of Wired magazine.
Wired Japan is published quarterly, less frequently than its American counterpart from which much of its content is sourced.
Like the US version, Wired Japan’s content focuses is on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.
Wired has evolved over the +20 years it has been publishing, but in some ways still feels aligned to the thinking of its techno-utopian early influencers, Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly.  
http://wired.jp/magazine/

Wired Japan is an in-language spinoff of Wired magazine.

Wired Japan is published quarterly, less frequently than its American counterpart from which much of its content is sourced.

Like the US version, Wired Japan’s content focuses is on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy and politics.

Wired has evolved over the +20 years it has been publishing, but in some ways still feels aligned to the thinking of its techno-utopian early influencers, Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly.  

http://wired.jp/magazine/

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Shoji Ueda (1913-2000) was a photographer from Tottori, Japan who combined surrealist composition and realistic depictions in his work.
He loved to photograph in and around his hometown, including on the sand dunes on the beaches of Tottori.
He stopped photography during the war not wishing to work for the military.  Later in life he became a professor at Kyushu Sangyo University.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shōji_Ueda

Shoji Ueda (1913-2000) was a photographer from Tottori, Japan who combined surrealist composition and realistic depictions in his work.

He loved to photograph in and around his hometown, including on the sand dunes on the beaches of Tottori.

He stopped photography during the war not wishing to work for the military.  Later in life he became a professor at Kyushu Sangyo University.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shōji_Ueda

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The Tokyo Olympics (東京オリンピック) also called Tokyo 2020 (東京2020) will be held in the summer of 2020 in Japan’s capital city.
Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games.
In 2012 it was announced that the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo would receive a $1 billion upgrade and full–scale reconstruction for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics.
As a result, a design competition for the new stadium was launched. 
In 2012 the Japan Sport Council announced that out of 46 finalists, Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design for the new stadium. 
Plans include dismantling the original stadium, and expanding the capacity from 50,000 to a modern Olympic capacity of about 80,000.
The Tokyo metropolitan government set aside a fund of 400B JPY to cover the cost of hosting the Games.
A new railway line is planned to link Haneda and Narita airports through an expansion of Tokyo Station, cutting travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 30 to 18 minutes, and from Tokyo Station to Narita from 55 to 36 minutes.
In 2011 the IOC announced that it was considering packaging the U.S. television rights for four Olympics instead of the usual two: the 2016 + 2020 Summer Olympics, and the 2014 + 2018 Winter Olympics.
The U.S. television rights are the IOC’s single-largest source of revenue.
NBC, ESPN, Fox and a CBS/Turner coalition were invited to bid.
In a deal worth more than 4M USD, the IOC awarded the rights for the four Olympics to NBC.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Summer_Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics (東京オリンピック) also called Tokyo 2020 (東京2020) will be held in the summer of 2020 in Japan’s capital city.

Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games.

In 2012 it was announced that the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo would receive a $1 billion upgrade and full–scale reconstruction for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics.

As a result, a design competition for the new stadium was launched.

In 2012 the Japan Sport Council announced that out of 46 finalists, Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the design for the new stadium.

Plans include dismantling the original stadium, and expanding the capacity from 50,000 to a modern Olympic capacity of about 80,000.

The Tokyo metropolitan government set aside a fund of 400B JPY to cover the cost of hosting the Games.

A new railway line is planned to link Haneda and Narita airports through an expansion of Tokyo Station, cutting travel time from Tokyo Station to Haneda from 30 to 18 minutes, and from Tokyo Station to Narita from 55 to 36 minutes.

In 2011 the IOC announced that it was considering packaging the U.S. television rights for four Olympics instead of the usual two: the 2016 + 2020 Summer Olympics, and the 2014 + 2018 Winter Olympics.

The U.S. television rights are the IOC’s single-largest source of revenue.

NBC, ESPN, Fox and a CBS/Turner coalition were invited to bid.

In a deal worth more than 4M USD, the IOC awarded the rights for the four Olympics to NBC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Summer_Olympics

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All Japanese households having at least one TV set are mandated to pay an annual subscription fee used to fund NHK, the Japanese public service broadcaster. The fee varies from ¥14,910 to ¥28,080 depending on the method and timing of payment and on whether one receives only terrestrial television or also satellite broadcasts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHK

All Japanese households having at least one TV set are mandated to pay an annual subscription fee used to fund NHK, the Japanese public service broadcaster. The fee varies from ¥14,910 to ¥28,080 depending on the method and timing of payment and on whether one receives only terrestrial television or also satellite broadcasts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHK

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"Shimbun" is Japanese for newspaper.
The market for printed newspapers is still very vital in Japan in contrast with most of the rest of the developed world.
There are 634 newspaper copies printed per 1,000 people, making it second only to Iceland in terms of copies/population.
The conservative paper Yomiuri Shimbun is #1 in circulation with +10MM readers. Left leaning Asahi Shimbun is #2 with just over 8MM readers.  
Nikkei Shimbun is popular among business readers with +3MM morning and afternoon readers.  The paper’s “blanket format” differentiates it in a time of high paper costs.
There are several English-language dailies as well including The Japan News and The Japan Times. 
Interestingly, Japanese newspapers are one of the few things you can’t buy from a vending machine in Tokyo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_newspapers

"Shimbun" is Japanese for newspaper.

The market for printed newspapers is still very vital in Japan in contrast with most of the rest of the developed world.

There are 634 newspaper copies printed per 1,000 people, making it second only to Iceland in terms of copies/population.

The conservative paper Yomiuri Shimbun is #1 in circulation with +10MM readers. Left leaning Asahi Shimbun is #2 with just over 8MM readers.  

Nikkei Shimbun is popular among business readers with +3MM morning and afternoon readers.  The paper’s “blanket format” differentiates it in a time of high paper costs.

There are several English-language dailies as well including The Japan News and The Japan Times. 

Interestingly, Japanese newspapers are one of the few things you can’t buy from a vending machine in Tokyo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_newspapers

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What is LINE?  
A Japanese social network? A VOIP app?  An instant messaging app?
Yes to all.  
It was developed by Japanese engineers following the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011 to work around the country’s damaged telecommunications infrastructure.  And released for public use in June that same year.
Now it has +300M users.
LINE works across major platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry.
One reason for its popularity is LINE’s “stickers” feature that lets users add emoji-characters to their missives.
For foreigners in Japan, two cents/minute long-distance phone calls to the USA (and many other countries) are a differentiator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_(application)

What is LINE?  

A Japanese social network? A VOIP app?  An instant messaging app?

Yes to all.  

It was developed by Japanese engineers following the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011 to work around the country’s damaged telecommunications infrastructure.  And released for public use in June that same year.

Now it has +300M users.

LINE works across major platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry.

One reason for its popularity is LINE’s “stickers” feature that lets users add emoji-characters to their missives.

For foreigners in Japan, two cents/minute long-distance phone calls to the USA (and many other countries) are a differentiator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_(application)