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Monthly Archives: March 2010

TV Guide

World News 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST World News Hour 8-8:50am N1 ER: Season 13 8:15-9am N2 Underdog (M) 9:40-11:10am W BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Semifinal 11-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Semifinal 11am-4pm N2 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Semifinal 11am-4pm Nhi Highlander: ...

Mar 31, 2010 | No Comments | 616 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Horton Hears a Who! (M) 6-7:30am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 World News Hour 8-8:50am N1 ER: Season 13 8:15-9:55am n2 BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 Pro Boxing: Darchinyan vs. Guerrero 10:45am-12:45pm W HS: Baseball: Spring Koshien: Quarterfinal 11am-4pm N2 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Quarterfinal 11am-4pm Nhi HS Baseball: ...

Mar 30, 2010 | No Comments | 572 views

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PGA Golf: Arnold Palmer Invitational 5-7am N1 Fame (M) 6:15-8:30am W Good Morning World 7-8am N1 World News Hour 8-9am N1 ER: Season 13 8:15-9:45am N2 BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Quarterfinal 11-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Quarterfinal 11am-4pm Nhi HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Quarterfinal 11am-4pm N2 HS Baseball: Spring ...

Mar 29, 2010 | No Comments | 589 views

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TV Guide

PGA Golf: Arnold Palmer Invitational 5:10-7am N1 Soccer: La Liga: Teams TBA 5:50-8:15am W World News Hour 8:10-9am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-10am 3 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi Proof (M) 10-11:50am W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 10:05-11:54am 1 BS Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1:05pm 3 You Only Live Twice ...

Mar 28, 2010 | No Comments | 600 views

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World News Hour 5:10-6am N1 Soccer: La Liga: Teams TBA 5:20-7:20am W Good Morning World 6:10-9am N1 Grey’s Anatomy: Season 5 8:10-9am W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi World News 9-10pm N1 BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 Criminal Minds: Season 4 10-11am W Goldfinger (M) noon-2pm W HS ...

Mar 27, 2010 | No Comments | 623 views

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World News 5:15-6am N1 Good Morning World 6:15-8:55am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi The Times of Harvey Milk (M) 9:40-11:10am W BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (M) 11:10-12:45pm W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1pm 3 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 Soccer: La Liga: ...

Mar 26, 2010 | No Comments | 564 views

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Terebi

It’s that time of year again: the twice-yearly athletic extravaganza known as Sasuke returns to TBS. More than just a simple sports competition, this program challenges 100 men (and a few brave women) from around the world to survive a series of mind-bogglingly difficult obstacle courses. From climbing walls to spinning logs, the competitors must ...

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 656 views

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Extra Extra

Technophiles the world over are holding their collective breath for what promises to be a huge month for gadget sales. Apple’s much-ballyhooed touch-screen gadget, the iPad, is slated to go on sale internationally in April. US users can already preorder the wireless model, which comes out on April 3, while the 3G device is set ...

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 513 views

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Gaijin Gamer

It’s always rough waiting for your favorite game to hit the shelves, but when office politics and financial woes are involved, it can spell death even for potentially groundbreaking properties. Case in point: Duke Nukem Forever. I’m not crazy about the series, which began with Duke Nukem 3D in 1996, but it’s impossible not to ...

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 611 views

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You Tube Pick

She may “like” but we’re not so sure

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 616 views

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Coming Soon

April 2 Astro Boy (David Bowers, 2009) 12 Rounds (Renny Harlin, 2009) April 7 Whiteout (Dominic Sena, 2009) Infestation (Kyle Rankin, 2009) The Rebound (Bart Freundlich, 2009) April 4 Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008) April 21 Up (Pete Docter, 2009) The Fourth Kind (Olatunde Osunsanmi, 2009) Adventureland (Greg Mottola, 2009) April 21 ...

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 855 views

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TV Guide

World News 5:15-6am N1 Soccer: La Liga: Teams TBA 5:53-8:15am W Good Morning World 6:15-9am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 The Good Night (M) 11am-12:40pm W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1:05pm 3 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 A River Runs Through It ...

Mar 25, 2010 | No Comments | 550 views

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World News 5:15-6am N1 Good Morning World 6:15-9am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1:05pm 3 CSI: Season 7 12:05-1pm 12 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 From Russia with Love (M) 12:45-2:45pm W Sumo: March Grand Tournament 1-6pm N2 ...

Mar 24, 2010 | No Comments | 603 views

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World News 5:15-6am N1 Man on Wire (M) 5:55-7:30am W Good Morning World 6:15-9am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi WBO Boxing: Klitschko vs. Chambers 10am-noon W BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1:05pm 3 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 Dr. No (M) 12:45-2:40pm W ...

Mar 23, 2010 | No Comments | 587 views

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TV Guide

PGA Golf: Transitions Championship 5:10-7am N1 World News 7:10-9am N1 Return to Neverland (M) 7:15-8:30am W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9-11:54am 1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-5pm Nhi Slumdog Millionaire (M) 9:50-11:56am W BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 11:54am-1:05pm 3 Dr. No (M) noon-2pm W NPB Baseball: Lions vs. Marines 1-4pm ...

Mar 22, 2010 | No Comments | 602 views

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TV Guide

PGA Golf: Transitions Championship 5-7am N1 Soccer: La Liga: Teams TBA 5:53-8:15am W World News Hour 8:10-9am N1 Seven Pounds (M) 8:50-10:57am W HS Baseball: Spring Koshien: Opening Ceremony 9-10am 3 HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 9am-6pm Nhi HS Baseball: Spring Koshien 10:05-11:50am 1 BS Documentary 10:10-11am N1 The Mummy (M) 11am-1:10pm W HS Baseball: Spring ...

Mar 21, 2010 | No Comments | 646 views

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TV Guide

World News Hour 5:10-6am N1 The Man (M) 5:50-7:30am W Good Morning World 6:10-9am N1 Grey’s Anatomy: Season 5 8:10-9am W Private Practice: Season 2 9-10am W BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 Criminal Minds: Season 4 10-11am W Vicky Cristina Barcelona (M) noon-1:40pm W NPB Baseball: Ham Fighters vs. Hawks 12:50-4:30pm N1 NPB Baseball: Giants ...

Mar 20, 2010 | No Comments | 555 views

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World News 5:15-6am N1 Good Morning World 6:15-9am N1 The Adventures of Aladdin 7:30-8am W Monk: Season 5 9-9:45am N2 BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 Sumo: March Grand Tournament 1-6pm N2 False Witness 1:20-3pm W PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2:15-3pm N1 Medium: Season 4 3-3:50pm W Sumo: March Grand ...

Mar 19, 2010 | No Comments | 557 views

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Terebi

The next time you start feeling sorry for yourself about the economic downturn—stop, reflect and be grateful that at least you’re not trying to support a family of 16. This week, TV Tokyo airs its fourth installment of Funto Nikki, a documentary special on the Watazus, a Shimane family struggling to provide for their two ...

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 639 views

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You Tube Pick

Magnetic Kiss Countdown

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 525 views

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Saikin Spotlight

Girl power and gender-bending unite in Fumi Yoshinaga’s award-winning manga series Ooku. As history buffs know, the term “ooku” traditionally refers to the harem of wives and concubines attached to the Shogunate during the Edo period. Yoshinaga’s tale is set in the same period, but with one major difference: in her world, a mysterious plague ...

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 551 views

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Extra Extra

The online community is abuzz with a pair of DRM-related news items. First up was the tweetstorm set off by Niwango’s Tomohito Kinose (@kinoppix), who wrote: “JASRAC director Sugawara says, tweeting song lyrics will incur JASRAC usage fees.” The idea that twitter-length excerpts could infringe on copyright was met with near-universal disdain, including a tweet ...

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 592 views

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Top 10

Baka to Test to Shokanju 7.5 by Kenji Inoue (light novel; Enterbrain, 2010) The Lost Symbol (Part 1) by Dan Brown (Kadokawa Shoten, 2010) Shin Ningen Kakumei: The New Human Revolution, Vol. 21 by Daisaku Ikeda (religious; Seikyo Shinbunsha, 2010) The Lost Symbol (Part 2) by Dan Brown (Kadokawa Shoten, 2010) Shimei to Tamashii no ...

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 577 views

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TV Guide

World News 5:15-6am N1 Good Morning World 6:15-9am N1 BS World Documentary 10:10-11am N1 World News Hour 12:15-1pm N1 Sumo: March Grand Tournament 1-6pm N2 The Diplomat 1:20-3pm W Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 Pro Baseball: Giants vs. Dragons 1:30-3:30pm BSN Medium: Season 4 3-3:50pm W Sumo: March Grand Tournament 3:15-6pm 1 ...

Mar 18, 2010 | No Comments | 574 views

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Gaijin Gamer

Is Sega trying to fail? I have to wonder, given some of their recent business decisions, especially when it comes to the Western releases. You have a number of quality RPGs like Valkyria Chronicles and Infinite Space getting virtually zero advertising both here and abroad. Then there’s the handicapped PS3 port of Bayonetta. On top ...

Mar 11, 2010 | No Comments | 613 views

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Saikin Spotlight

The rise of Twitter during the past year has certainly been phenomenal, but a look at the numbers makes it clear that Mixi still reigns supreme in Japan’s SNS community. That might change soon thanks to a new program to be aired on Fuji TV. Starting in April, the network will be launching a—get this—Twitter-themed ...

Mar 11, 2010 | No Comments | 572 views

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Featured App

As the days grow warmer and the evenings get longer, more and more people will be moving the party outside. Yet one of the quickest ways to kill the buzz at an al fresco bash—second only to drinking all the booze, that is—is running out of food. Now, Domino’s has come out with a convenient ...

Mar 11, 2010 | No Comments | 1,003 views

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Terebi

It’s been said that Japanese people—especially those in Tokyo—are obsessed with the need to have the “best” of everything. So it’s no wonder that Fuji TV has decided to devote an entire show to that very idea. The Best House 123 is a weekly variety program that counts down the top three of… well, just ...

Mar 11, 2010 | No Comments | 2,439 views

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You Tube Pick

This too Shall Pass by OK GO From the new album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky“. The Rube Goldberg Machine version.

Mar 10, 2010 | No Comments | 520 views

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Terebi

Call it the Japanese American Idol. Well, maybe not. NHK’s musical variety show Nodo Jiman has been giving amateur singers of all ages a chance to show off their pipes since debuting as a radio program in 1946. On March 6, viewers will be treated to the best of the past year’s performances with the ...

Mar 4, 2010 | No Comments | 1,488 views

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Extra Extra

Many people (including us, we must admit), are drawn to the Street Fighter video games for their sheer simplicity—after all, with the tried and true “button mashing” method, you can win a match without having any clue what the individual buttons do. But go up against a true SF enthusiast, and you’ll find out the ...

Mar 4, 2010 | No Comments | 620 views

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Saikin Spotlight

Japanese literature has its share of “lone wolf” investigators, but the king of them all is Detective Samejima, the “Shinjuku Shark.” Samejima made his debut in Arimasa Osawa’s 1990 novel Shinjuku Same as a rogue cop charged with keeping the peace in yakuza-filled Kabukicho. His willingness to break whatever rules are necessary to get to ...

Mar 3, 2010 | No Comments | 661 views

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You Tube Pick

Kirsten Dunst and McG go to Akiba

Mar 3, 2010 | No Comments | 489 views

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Top 10

Hiroshi Tamaki (Mazda) Aya Ueto (Softbank) Yukie Nakama (KDDI) Takuya Kimura (Secom security co.) Akiko Wada (Nagatanien Foods) Aoi Miyazaki (Tokyo Metro) Seishiro Kato (as Toyota’s “kodomo tencho”) Saki Aibu (Kirin Zero) Miki Maya (Hanao toothpaste) Yu Aoi (Shiseido Tsubaki shampoo) Jan-Dec 2009. Source: Video Research, Ltd. (www.videor.co.jp)

Mar 3, 2010 | No Comments | 613 views

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