Monthly Archives: December 2007

The Economist and Ranald MacDonald

I was surprised and delighted to read  the essay “When Japan was a secret” in the December 19 Special Holiday Double Issue of The Economist. As Chairman of Friends of MacDonald, a historical enthusiasts and Japan-America friendship organization based in … Continue reading

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Red Sox for Christmas

Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima was in the news today having been chosen by the MLB This Year in Baseball’s "Top Setup Man for 2007." He made history in Game 2 of the World Series this year when he … Continue reading

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New Asus Tablet PC: R1E Announced

Just last week Asus and Wacom Components on December 11 announced the launch of a new Asus Tablet PC, the R1E. We make the pen and digitizer components for the Asus Tablet PC now shipping in two models, the R1F … Continue reading

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Nanking 70th Anniversary

Anyone dealing with China and Japan these days has heard something about the Nanjing Massacre or Rape of Nanking called “Datusha” in Chinese and remembered for its horror 70 years later. I saw the film “Nanking” at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre … Continue reading

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LinkedIn

Linkedin connections and online social networking seems to increase around holidays when socializing at real parties creates opportunities to connect with people you don’t have contact with during the normal monthly routine. I enjoyed seeing old friends at holiday socials … Continue reading

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Confucius Institute – Chinese Conversation Class

I met Meiru Liu, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute, Portland State University at a meeting of the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Committee. I had heard about the opening of the Institute in May 2007 just before I traveled to Shanghai … Continue reading

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Christmas Ships and JASO After Hours

It is December 11 and the Christmas ships are sailing up the Willamette. The view from the 21st Floor offices of Lane Powell Attorneys  is great and the firm has hosted an “JASO After Hours” party for the Japan-America Society … Continue reading

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