Japan Links, News, and Resources
An assortment of information and resources on Japan.
Various news sources for Japan.
The major newspapers (and a few other important ones).
Asahi Shimbun (left/US liberal)
Mainichi Shimbun (moderate left/US liberal)
The Japan News - the Yomiuri Shimbun (center right)
Nikkei Asian Review - Nihon Keizai Shmbun (right, business)
Japan Forward - Sankei Shimbun (right/far right)
The Japan Times - primary independent English daily newsppaper in Japan
Japan Press Weekly (progressive/left - associated with the JCP's Shimbun Akahata)
Shingetsu News Agency
Various news aggregators
Japan Today - news aggregator
News on Japan - news aggregator
Various news aggregators
Japan Subculture Research Center - "A guide to the Japanese underworld, Japanese pop-culture, yakuza and everything dark under the sun.", website of Jake Adelstein, Japan based independent investigative Journalist, mostly focused on crime
Sora News 24 - formerly Rocket News, pop culture
Tokyo Reporter - "salacious news on crime, politics, business and entertainment from Japan", largely based on Japanese tabloids, entertaining, usually dubious quality, occassional gems, often has NSFW advertising
The Japan Forum on International Relations
Discuss Japan - Japan Foreign Policy Forum
The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University
General Union - labor union, largely (but NOT exclusively!!!!) made up of non-Japanese workers in the Kansai area. Great people.
GU's Labor Bulletins
National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu
Fukuoka General Union
Deep Kyoto - Michael Lambe's excellent blog on Kyoto
Unbeaten Japan - tour company offering "tours into the deep countryside of the Kansai area of Japan and provide opportunities for international visitors to experience localities up close".
Japan Station - Japan transportation guide
Osaka Station - Osaka transportation guide
Kyoto Station - Kyoto transportation guide
Hyperdia - transportation timetable search
Japan Transit Planner - transportation timetable search
JR Shinkansen Timetables
Gaijin Pot - largely employment focused
Japan Guide's Forums
F***ed Gajin Forums - mostly long term expatriates, denzines may not behave in an socially acceptable manner and often NSFW (as the title suggests), but can be very entertaining and useful.
Other Useful Resources
JMA - Japan Meterological Agency
JMA's Earthquake Information
Kansai Flea Market - good old classified ad zine
Japan Wireless Magazine
Miscellaneous Other Stuff
What Japan Thinks - an interesting blog that looks at Japan through translation and analysis of marketing statistics.
Kayo Kyoku Plus -0 blog covering 70s and 80s Jpop music
J Castle - blog about Japanese castles
Japanzine - originally titled The Alien, started as a rather crude "humor" zine, probably most famous for the comic strip Charisma Man
Charisma Man - a comic strip that originally ran in The Alien and later in Japanzine, primarily satirizes stereotypical Western men in Japan.