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The last in this week’s series of introductions to my other web properties is for, a site I developed after seeing the runaway success of the Japanese site Nonai Maker. Sadly for my wallet, I came nowhere near the 600 million accesses!

My rather happy brain is drawn on a bit of clipart that I actually paid good money (a whole $10!) to licence for the site. I did have plans to make a Facebook app out of it, but I didn’t know how to monetise it. Perhaps I should instead make it into a free Android app and fill it with adverts?

I’ll end my series of web sites here – I’ve not mentioned FAQ Japan as it’s mostly just a search engine trap, and I’ve got another site under development that I had hoped to launch during the recent Japanese election campaign, but I couldn’t solve one critical technical issue. It would have been nice to launch it with a slightly different emphasis tomorrow, but I’m still editing a critical image. By the way, if any of my readers know how to move an image on a web page through CSS and JavaScript, please drop me a line and I’ll link to you from the new site!

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If you have no interest in Drama Queen activities in the English-language Japanese blog world, please stop reading now!

My fourth side-project is the most sensitive of my projects, as it is about a site, and the person behind it, that raises the most passions both for and against of any English-language Japan-related site, My site is the coincidentally-named and coincidentally-designed The name comes from this video, which also serves as an introduction to Debito Arudou.

I was planning on embedding the video here, but curiously it’s been marked private.

Basically, Mr Arudou is a… No, I’ll just say have a look at both blogs, and make up your own mind. I’ll just point out that after highlighting at least three errors or inconsistencies on he has amended his site, so I can claim that does have at least something positive to offer even for fans.

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As the third in the series of the WJT blogging empire introduction, I proudly present my second site after What Japan Thinks, a simple one-page name generator, this one spewing out a Buddhist name, based on the English translation of the Japanese of the Chinese of the Sanscript names.

I was impressed when I read about characters like Awesome Sound King and Great Universal Wisdom Excellence, so the site is a chance to create a name of Awesome Excellence for yourself.

My Buddhist name is Dharma Teacher Forest Glow. What’s yours?

ちーん Ωヽ(-“-;)南無南無。。。。

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The second site in the series introducing my blogging empire is This is probably my favourite site, and is definitely the highest-earning per visitor, but when you consider it’s just about the least-frequently visited…

The blog is in a niche all of its own when it started out; it specialises in looking at trusted computing matters, in particular the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) – for more information, check out the Wikipedia entry for it that takes the most neutral point of view that it is the spawn of the devil. I chose this subject to blog about as my work is around the TPM area, and whilst if you read the official Trusted Computing Group (TCG) web site you’ll see a nice friendly face, read this article for the true picture.

In my role as a trusted member of the inner circle of the TCG, if I told you what really goes on I’d have to kill you, so please do yourself in after reading this entry. In October, I’ll be heading off to Hawaii for the annual conference, where along with the usual attendees from the US NSA, UK GCHQ and other alphabet soups of spooks, they’ll also be representatives from the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, and THRUSH. In between deflowering goats and sacrificing virgins (hmm, let me check these agenda items again) we’ll be discussing flicking the switch on the TPM’s backdoor to auto-erase all your MP3s and AVIs, and Linus Torvalds, who you all think of as the father of Linux will actually reveal his true self as a leader of the lizard people.

New Devil Beam!!(ノ^^)ノ§==Э‥…━━━★~O~*)ouch♪
   ^^^Trusted Computing Group             ^^^You

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As I’m on holiday this week, and as most of the survey companies are too, rather than doing some translation I thought instead I’d introduce a few other web sites in the What Japan Thinks empire. I welcome all comments from my readers about these other sites!

ミ★(=^・・^)v Thanks!!★彡

First up is, probably the world’s largest collection of Japanese text emoticons, currently with 13,547 entries and will reach around 25,000 by the time I finish. It also features the ability to rate all emoticons, but despite that, in the 20 months the site has been running it’s attracted just 640 ratings!


I think the evoticon name is quite clever; I could have been boring and gone for or the like, but I think evoticon succinctly describes that I offer voting on emoticons. I also went for the .net extension as a .com would have meant …, which just looks messy to me.

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WJT is back up and running!

I hope… Normal service will be resumed from tomorrow!

Please let me know if you notice anything broken.

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MyVoice survey translation bites the dust…

Probably my favourite data provider, MyVoice, have recently changed their web site to require free registration for access to the full data from their monthly reports. My requirements for selecting what to translate for What Japan Thinks is to only choose freely-viewable pages, so sadly I have to drop them off my roster. By requiring registration to read the full results they are obviously wishing to expand their email lists, so by translating the whole thing on my site I could be judged to be interfering with their business practices. I hope you understand.

Talking of MyVoice, one survey from last month that I wanted to translate on biscuits and cookies was previously summarised by Mari of Watashi to Tokyo.

Oh, and you may have noticed that I have recently upped the translation pace to basically two per day – my new netbook is just right for a quick translation on the train home. I’d welcome comments on that, and on the new comments format with Gravatars and nesting.

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What Japan Thinks, the book

No, I’ve not decided to go into publishing, but instead I’ve just noticed that Google have digitised a book entitled “What Japan Thinks”, written by Kiyoshi Karl Kawakami in 1921 and are offering it in various formats on the Internet Archive for free.

The book is a collection of essays from various authors of various backgrounds written in the years just after the Great War, and provide a fascinating insight into thoughts on socialism, militarism, anti-racism and Christianity at that point in time.

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