Around the Web: Hokkaido’s Insider goes national and Google adds Pyongyang

In this week’s installment of Around the Web — a collection of interesting things I’ve been reading online — I’ve added new subheadings to break down Hokkaido items, Japan items, and well, the rest. Enjoy!


New Yorker opens doors for foreigners in Sapporo

Ken Hartman and his Hokkaido Insider service — which I can thank for helping find work here in Sapporo last year and for spreading the word about this magazine — was featured in The Japan Times in a nice profile.


Otani ready for new challenges with Fighters

Also in The Japan Times comes this write-up on Nippon Ham Fighters superstar-to-be Shohei Otani, the teenaged pitcher who opted to stay in Japan after first flirting with a direct move to the major leagues in the states. The article begins humorously with Otani being forced to enjoy various types of ham at a company event, but the article goes on to offer some nice details about the “good Tohoku boy” and what awaits in his first pro season.



Japan’s school lunches make page 1 of The Washington Post

Making the rounds this week was The Washington Post’s feature on locally made healthy school lunches in Japan, especially compared to the mass produced frozen stuff that graces most trays in the states (pizza as a vegetable anyone?). While some on Twitter said things in Japan aren’t as rosy as the article makes it seem, it’s still an interesting read.

Hunting and gun control in Japan

There was lots of interesting reading in The Japan Times this week, including this piece about how tightly guns are controlled in Japan and some other facts about hunting and gun ownership. Enjoy the article, but avoid the comments  section, which seems to have turned into a political shouting match about gun control in the U.S.



North Korea — gulags and all — are now on Google maps



Lots of articles covered the recent addition of a detailed North Korea on Google Maps. This Atlantic Wire article shows what it looked like before and gives a few details on how the data was collected. Last week we were planning a trip to remote Sibera to check out the coldest village on earth. Now who wants to join me on a tour of Pyongyang?

That’s it for this week. Again, if you have any links you think might fit this column, let us know by email or on Twitter you might just see them here in a future installment.


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