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Were the NOD mice really stolen from the Japanese?

I was told a story once, about an American stealing Non-obese Diabetic (NOD) mice from a Japanese lab, and smuggling them back to the States. But I can't find the story anywhere on the web. [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on May 25, 2007 - 4 answers

What type of courses in Japan are taught in English?

I'm investigating doing an exchange with my university here in Australia to study in Japan for 6 months. I will only have learned a semester of the Japanese language before I go over, however there are some exchange courses offered in Japan taught in English. Does anyone have any experience with these courses, and are they limited only to some majors? [more inside]
posted by jord on May 15, 2007 - 1 answer

Paying for graduate school

Help me figure out the best way to finance graduate school abroad. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on May 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Family in Japan! Want to eat an octopus.

Family coming to visit me in Japan: My sister and brother both asked me to do one thing each. My sister would like to participate in a tea ceremony, my brother would like to eat a live octopus. Please, any recommendations in or around Tokyo were I can take them. Thanks everyone. [more inside]
posted by nintendo on May 7, 2007 - 4 answers

SUPER HAPPY EXTREME GRINNING DOLL!

I took a photo of this doll when I was on holiday in Japan (because it's the spitting image of someone I know). What is it? Where can I find more information/photos/videos anything?
posted by lemonfridge on May 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Financial planning resources for U.S. expatriates?

What are some good resources to help an expatriate plan for retirement? [more inside]
posted by armage on Apr 29, 2007 - 1 answer

Kyoto trip with the fam

Family comming to visit me in Japan. I live in Yokohama, would like to spend one or two days in Tokyo, and 5-7 days in Kyoto. I've only been down there briefly for buisness and have no contacts and no solid idea where to stay and what to see. Check to see [more inside]
posted by nintendo on Apr 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Best online Japanese guitar store for price and reliability

What is the best online Japanese guitar store in terms of price and reliability for an Edwards Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by atmu on Apr 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Tokyo cost of living

I'm thinking about a relocation from London to Tokyo. How does the cost of living compare between the two? [more inside]
posted by rsk on Apr 10, 2007 - 10 answers

What is this "true story" actually based on?

This past weekend, my friend's boyfriend told me a crazy thing that happened to him that can't possibly be true. I believe that it may be based on a film/book/short story. Help me figure out whether he's lying. *Story inside is long but involves Japanese brothels!* [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Apr 4, 2007 - 32 answers

How much are customs fees in Japan for a Nintendo DS Lite?

Is it worth it to have a Nintendo DS Lite shipped halfway around the world and back? [more inside]
posted by greasepig on Mar 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Getting into Japan with a criminal record

So I have a small issue with my criminal record and obtaining a Japanese student visa. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Where is the info on Tokyo Design Week 2007?

How can I find information (dates, location) about Design Week in Tokyo so that I can make my travel plans? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Mar 28, 2007 - 5 answers

MUJI equivalent notebooks in the US

Stationery question: Where in America can I buy a spiral bound notebook with a dot-grid (similar to those sold in Muji)? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Mar 23, 2007 - 14 answers

Japan/ese-ophiles: Help me find out more about this WWII-era phenomenon in propaganda in Japan.

Japan/ese-ophiles: Help me find out more about this WWII-era phenomenon in propaganda in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Mar 14, 2007 - 3 answers

looking for a used scooter in Yokosuka??

Trying to find a used scooter to buy in or around Yokohama or Yokosuka, Japan, any ideas for a gaijin with no Japanese skills. [more inside]
posted by nintendo on Mar 2, 2007 - 3 answers

It's a small world after all.

Looking for a bit of advice on working (teaching English most likely) in Japan or Korea. [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Feb 20, 2007 - 18 answers

so awesome, sounds like...?

must.find.more. where can i find more music that sounds like the track in this movie? more inside... [more inside]
posted by whatitis on Feb 19, 2007 - 3 answers

What's worth seeing on Honshu, between Tokyo and Sendai?

JapanFilter: What's worth seeing on Honshu, between Tokyo and Sendai? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Feb 16, 2007 - 4 answers

I don't wanna sleep under the sakura!

I was off to Kyoto by myself to see the cherry blossoms, till a friend decided to come too. Now I've cancelled my single room accommodation and because of the mere weeks to go, we can't get a booking... I need help - google fails me! [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Feb 14, 2007 - 18 answers

Looking for Japanese written political blogs

Help me find Japanese political blogs... [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Feb 5, 2007 - 5 answers

I, too, would like 10 million dollars

Can these fares to Japan possibly be real? [more inside]
posted by scrim on Jan 25, 2007 - 9 answers

My mission: get involved in research so I can cure myself.

My mission: get involved in research so I can cure myself. [more inside]
posted by wireless on Jan 23, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me find these weird Japanese T-Shirts again

A couple of years ago I bought two bizarre T-shirts from an obscure, Japanese website. See them here. Does anyone know where I can find this site again? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Fukuoka For Foreigners

Any advice for places to eat and/or things to see in Fukuoka, Japan? [more inside]
posted by vagabond on Jan 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Quick, MeFi I need a dog park to go to in Yokohama, Japan, anyone, anyone???

Quick, MeFi I need a dog park to go to in Yokohama, Japan, anyone, anyone???
posted by nintendo on Jan 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Books about Tokyo?

I'm off to Tokyo in a few months and would love to read some interesting books about/set there before I go... [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jan 15, 2007 - 17 answers

What do the Japanese eat for breakfast?

What do the Japanese eat for breakfast in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ on Jan 12, 2007 - 39 answers

20-something woman wants to visit Japan for two weeks, alone. Doesn't speak Japanese (but can learn), has never visited Asia. Feasible?

20-something woman wants to visit Japan for two weeks, alone. Doesn't speak Japanese (but can learn), has never visited Asia. Feasible? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 8, 2007 - 31 answers

Is Japan the Life Changing Experience I need?

Help me decide if teaching English in Japan is the experience I need. (see inside.) [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jan 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Find The Singer

Asking for a friend: Here is a music mystery I need help to solve: There is a band from Japan called Buffalo Daughter that, in 2003, released an album called Pshychic, which consists of 5 tracks: [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jan 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Are they taking them to the whale weigh stations?

Whalefilter: What are the Japanese whaling fleet researching? [more inside]
posted by scodger on Dec 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Wii are Japanese, if You Please

Is the Wii marketing campaign the first game console campaign to make such a big deal about its Japanese heritage? (In the U.S., anyway.) [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Dec 22, 2006 - 14 answers

Pi-ta-go-ra su-i-chi!

In this collection of clips of Rube Goldberg machines for NHK's Pitagora Suichi, was CG animation used? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 17, 2006 - 18 answers

International money transfers between family members

What's the best way to transfer money from my father's (residing in Japan) account to my own in the US for banking/investing, and what complications may there be? Or, if he's not expecting extreme rates, are there better options he can pursue himself within Japan? [more inside]
posted by Muu on Dec 9, 2006 - 6 answers

Sake to me (...sorry, I had to)

I want to get a bottle of sake as a gift, but I am a total sake virgin... [more inside]
posted by lovetragedy on Dec 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me buy Japanese train tickets

My brother is spending a year in Japan, and I'd like to buy him some train tickets so that he can go somewhere he wouldn't otherwise go while he's over there. The ticket options seem pretty complicated, though, and I can't figure out what to buy and how to buy it. [more inside]
posted by rachelv on Dec 4, 2006 - 4 answers

DJ Isso Concrete Green

When I was in Tokyo last year I bought a CD from a dude in a stall in Shibuya called Concrete Green by DJ Isso. Does anyone know anything about DJ Isso, or the rappers that appear on the CD? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Nov 24, 2006 - 3 answers

Ski bum in Japan?

Should I accept a job as a ski bum in Japan? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Nov 20, 2006 - 21 answers

Japan during the Autumn Festival, and related questions

I'm going to Japan next week. I've already reviewed the general "what should I do?" threads, and those have been great, but I have some specific requests and questions. [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 18, 2006 - 20 answers

In need of a Japanese translation

My girlfriend brought me back some green tea from Japan to which I've become hopelessly addicted to. Please help me identify it so I can continue to feed my habit! [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Nov 15, 2006 - 18 answers

What locations in Japan would work for me?

I need to choose my top three choices for locations in Japan for the Jet Programme. Can you help me choose something that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by valmonster on Nov 12, 2006 - 14 answers

working holiday at ski resort in japan?

How can I find a job at a ski resort in Japan? I have lots of customer service experience, but I don't speak Japanese. [more inside]
posted by goseethesphinx on Nov 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Are the teach English in Japan programs legitimate?

Are the teach English in Japan programs legitimate? [more inside]
posted by fellion on Nov 9, 2006 - 25 answers

Help me travel to the future (in Tokyo)!

Help me travel to the future (in Tokyo)! [more inside]
posted by Eringatang on Nov 4, 2006 - 18 answers

out of the way fun in tokyo

looking for new things to do in tokyo... [more inside]
posted by rklawler on Nov 2, 2006 - 8 answers

How to send yen from dollars?

I'm looking for a way to send, from the U.S. to Japan, money in denominations of yen. The merchant wants a money order in yen, which rules out Paypal. Do you know of a web-based or brick and mortar business that will take my payment in dollars, convert it into yen, and ship out a money order or give me a money order to ship?
posted by jeffmshaw on Oct 16, 2006 - 11 answers

The French, Japan and Love. What's the movie name?

Friend of mine is looking to track down the name of a movie. The dialogue is in English, French and Japanese. Most of the story is set in post-WWII Japan. It is about a French engineer who is working there. He is developping a relationship with a Japanese woman who runs a kimono store, but his old flame flies in from France and hijinks ensue. No it's not "Hiroshima, mon amour". As always there is [more inside]
posted by cm on Oct 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Tokyo on $85 a day?

I've been offered a one month gig in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, with a US$85 per diem. Travel and accomodation are covered - I'm only responsible for food and fun. I know that Japan is expensive, but just HOW expensive is it? How far will this get me?
posted by fingers_of_fire on Oct 10, 2006 - 31 answers

Whatsit called when they got no feet?

Is there a name for the manga style where characters are drawn so simply they have no feet, merely dull points at the bottom of their legs? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Oct 6, 2006 - 8 answers

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