The Mainichi: Smartphone classes taught by teens attract flood of elderly applicants in central Japan

The Mainichi: Smartphone classes taught by teens attract flood of elderly applicants in central Japan . “The municipal government here has received a flood of applications from older people to join classes in which local high school students will teach them the basics of smartphones. The free classes intended for those aged 70 or older will be taught by their grandchildren’s generation at a lifelong learning center in the Mie Prefecture city of Ise on Aug. 25.”

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower. “Japanese digital consultancy Gluon is combining data from laser scanning with 20,000 photographs to create an augmented reality model of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, which is currently being demolished. Named the 3D Digital Archive Project, the team aims to use digital technology to create an extremely accurate virtual model of the metabolist residential block designed by Kisho Kurokawa.”

Mainichi: Rare records of A-bomb survey at Hiroshima junior high school in 1947 donated to museum

Mainichi: Rare records of A-bomb survey at Hiroshima junior high school in 1947 donated to museum . “Hiroshima Daiichi Junior High School was located approximately 850 meters from the hypocenter, and many students were working at munitions factories in and around the city when the atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. According to the documents, a total of 1,334 students and staff were registered at the time, and more than half, or 727 were exposed to the A-bomb.”

South China Morning Post: A stunning 16th-century Chinese ‘magic mirror’ was found in a US art museum after being tucked away in storage

South China Morning Post: A stunning 16th-century Chinese ‘magic mirror’ was found in a US art museum after being tucked away in storage. “Buddhist magic mirrors, also called ‘transparent’ and ‘light-penetrating’ mirrors, were first made in China during the Han dynasty (202 BCE–220 CE) and were also a notable artefact from Japan’s Edo period (1603–1867)….When the mirror is held to light from the correct angle, the bronze reflects the light to reveal the secret image, a buddha in the case of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s relic.”

The Verge: Japan to start jailing people for online insults

The Verge: Japan to start jailing people for online insults. “Posting ‘online insults’ will be punishable by up to a year in prison time in Japan starting Thursday, when a new law passed earlier this summer will go into effect. People convicted of online insults can also be fined up to 300,000 yen (just over $2,200). Previously, the punishment was fewer than 30 days in prison and up to 10,000 yen ($75).”

WIRED: Who Owns 4chan?

WIRED: Who Owns 4chan?. “Even as the imageboard continues to rise in infamy, a question lingers: Who actually owns 4chan? For years, its ownership has been murky: Invented by an American, sold to a Japanese businessman in 2015, its corporate structure is largely unknown, beyond a pair of Delaware-registered corporations. New information, shared exclusively with WIRED, provides greater detail into 4chan’s largely unpublicized relationship with a major Japanese toy firm called the Good Smile Company.”

The Mainichi: Tokyo’s only wooden traditional vaudeville theater seeks funds to survive pandemic

The Mainichi: Tokyo’s only wooden traditional vaudeville theater seeks funds to survive pandemic . “The Shinjuku Suehirotei theater is likely to go bankrupt if the revenue decline it has suffered from the pandemic continues. The theater in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward with its classic atmosphere is a precious venue where top-notch masters of the Showa era (1926-1989) vied with each other. It recently also became the model for the Uchikutei theater featured in the popular manga series ‘Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.’”

The First News: Extraordinary life of Józef Piłsudski’s older brother told in new website

The First News: Extraordinary life of Józef Piłsudski’s older brother told in new website. “The extraordinary life of Józef Piłsudski’s older brother Bronisław is showcased in the first website dedicated to the man many regarded as a real king…. After being exiled to Sakhalin Island in the far east of the Russian Empire, Bronisław soon learned the language of one of the most mysterious peoples in the world, the Ainu, and set about documenting the life and culture of the island’s people.”

REITI: Did COVID-19 create more zombie firms in Japan?

REITI: Did COVID-19 create more zombie firms in Japan?. “With low levels of firm exits, it appears that Japanese firms have weathered the pandemic. However, aggregate firm exit rates mask developing corporate vulnerabilities due to: (i) weaker cleansing mechanism with the decline in the exit of unhealthy firms; and (ii) increased borrowing, especially in long-term debt. The pockets of vulnerabilities are concentrated in sectors most affected by the pandemic, with a sharp increase in the number of firms with solvency issues (‘zombie firms’), which would have otherwise been healthy firms without the pandemic.”