Two in three feel constitution doesn’t protect Japan

Perhaps I’m being a bit too free with my interpretation of the figures, but this recent survey from @Nifty into constitutional amendment focusing in particular on Article 9, the clause that renounces war, showed narrow support for revision, which is significantly more for revision than other opinion polls. From a foreign English-language media point of […]

Shared memories of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

I was a computer person rather than a console person, but still this survey by goo Ranking into typical stuff regarding the SNES/Super Famicon resonates with me. I’m not sure what the cubes in this photo (Google suggests dice decorated with LEDs) are made of but they look interesting! Ranking result Q: What typical stuff […]

Almost half of Japanese understand virtual currencies to some extent

CCC Marketing recently conducted a survey into virtual currencies. i’m very sceptical about virtual currencies and wouldn’t recommend investing anything you aren’t prepared to lose 100% of your investment, a quite probable outcome due to either your own mistake, a local software bug, an exchange running off with your money, etc, etc. Furthermore, due to […]

Not in the least missed things from the early days of the personal computer revolution

As the opposite of my recent look at feature phone nostalgia, today we have typical events from the early days of the IT revolution that one cannot imagine today. Dial-up seems such a distant memory, and I moved to ADSL in my first couple of years in Japan, which was a revolution for both my […]

Overseas travel and sleep disorder

This survey from DeNA Travel looked at overseas travel and sleep disorders. Note that this survey is about chronic sleep disruption; not just one late night, but a series of poor sleep experiences resulting in a build-up of tiredness. On foreign trips I suffer hopelessly from lack of sleep, caused by probably everything in Q4… […]

Memories of feature phones that haven’t faded

Although smartphones are far more feature-rich, this survey from goo Ranking took a look at what feature phone memories people felt most nostalgic for. From an internal point of view, feature phones have been completely superceded by Android and iOS-powered phones, but externally, a few local manufacturers are making Android-based flip-phones, which incidentally I think […]

Ahead of Mario and Pikachu, which character most represents Japan?

goo Ranking posed an interesting question, asking its monitor group to select the characters that best represent Japan. The criteria for selection were not clearly stated, but the main aim seems to have been to find the character that is most popular with the average person on the street. From a foreign perspective, I’d have […]