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Saturday, December 20, 2008

"FREE" 12000 YEN to ALL Registered Foreigners in Japan

UPDATE (March 5, 2009)
How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount

From today's Mainichi Daily News and NHK 7pm News

ALL Registered Foreigners in Japan WILL be eligible to receive Teigaku-Kyufu-Kin(定額給付金) based on their status on Feb 1, 2009.

This is Japanese version of Economic Stimulus Rebate (in the US).

It sounds good to be true, but yes, the following people will receive 12,000 yen with no question as the part of Japanese government's economic stimulus plans.

The people who are eligible of receiving 12,000 yen are
  1. All Japanese citizen who have registered address in Japan
  2. All Permanent Residents who live in Japan
  3. All Foreigners who hold valid Alien Registeration Card (外国人登録証)
So the people who are staying illegally or short-term are NOT eligible.

Also the following eligible people will receive additional 8,000 yen
  1. The people who are 65 years old and older
  2. The people who are 18 years and younger

The government is still debating how to distribute money. So they haven't made the decision how and when to distribute money yet. So I'll try to post the latest update once I find out. It's a usual slow Japanese government, but they are trying to move fast.

But this is what they decide.

They will decide the eligibility
Feb, 1, 2009
  1. The money will be sent to the address on the record on Feb 1, 2009
  2. The person's age will be determined on Feb 1, 2009
For exmaple,
  • If you are 64 years old on Feb, 1, 2009, you won't receive additional 8,000 yen
  • If your birthday is Feb 1, 1990, you WILL NOT receive additional 8,000 yen
  • The babies who will be born on Feb 1, 2009 WILL BE eligible for 20,000 yen
  • The babies who will be born AFTER Feb 1, 2009 receive NO MONEY AT ALL.

So my understanding...

In order for the foreign aliens in Japan to receive 12,000 yen (or 20,000 yen)
  1. You must have valid Alien Registration Card on Feb 1, 2009
  2. The money will be sent to the address on the record on Feb 1, 2009

So if you don't really care about 12,000 yen, and then you don't really care..

Mainichi Daily News (Japanese)


UPDATE (March 5, 2009)
How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

JAMES TORME ::: New Year's Eve Show @ Harvelle's


This New Year's Eve, join James Tormé
and his award-winning Trio
for a night of jazz, blues and r&b

at the legendary Harvelle's in Santa Monica

Dance the night away to a scorching mix of jazz, blues and R&B!

Tickets are selling fast. Go to to puchase tickets now and guarantee your attendance to the coolest New Year's Party in Los Angeles.

James Tormé (vox), Ryan Cross (bass), Brandon Coleman (keys), Gene Coye (drums) and special guests

What: Jazz, Blues, R&B New Year's Eve Bash

When: 9:30 pm, December 31st, 2008

Cost: $30 per ticket (includes champagne toast at midnight, party favors); $50 at the door if tickets remain

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Where: Harvelle's, 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-395-1676

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Japanese Samurai Underwear "Kacchu Panstu"

Copyright (c) 2008 Rogin, Inc.

A Japanese Apparel, Rogin, announced Samurai-style underwear.

Rogin - English Blog

Rogin - Company site in Japanese

Photo - Tokugawa Ieyasu Model - CNet Japan

Photo - Date Masamune Model - CNet Japan

Photo - The Armor that is based on Date Masamune Underwear

TV Tokyo's Business News program E Morning (*)  had an interview of Shiro Nogi, the CEO of Rogin, Inc.

*Earlier post, I wrote "World Business Satellite" but I was wrong. I apologize for the mistake.

According to Mr. Nogi, he released this underwear for the men who are going to have some "fights" ahead, such as job interview or company presentation.... not really for the men who wants to get girls' heart.

The pricing of these underwear pants are ranging around 8,800 yen (approx US$80).

*Rogin, Inc. emailed me that they reduced the price to 8,800 yen

These underwear are made of medical bandage. So it will fit nice and smooth to your skin.

Each model has the armorial insignia (house symbol) of famous samurai families such as Tokugawa, Date, or Nobunaga families. 

The designer Yuri Otomo went to a several museums to research the characteristics of each family's armor design, and took them into the texture of each design.

This may be expensive for the daily uses. But if this is for the "fight" to win some company bids or sales calls, maybe it's worth it?

This is a scam?

These are some of emails that my clients received.

THESE ARE 100% SCAMS(Confirmed with other posts on 12/8/2008)

They are kinda legit since they will register your domain name and trademark for you in China.

But I don't think they received the "application" and there is no laws that they have to ask for the approval to wait for the registration.

More likely, some user searched the domain name using their domain search engine, and the employee picked and choose those names and find out your company.

So this is kinda scam.... but I saw some of my clients' potential domains were already bought and became "for sale," so you actually have a risk that your domain name would be sold to somebody else....

So I think it's not really a 100% scam... I think.... what do you think?

But some of my clients could register  "" and ".cn" domains by themselves using their own registrant.

If you are planning to expand your business to China and received these emails,  try to register your ".cn" domain by yourself using your own domain registrant. Most of the major US domain registrant services does offer the registration services for ".cn" domains ranging from US$25-35/year.

And if you are not able to register these .cn domain and domains.... your desired domain name might have become one of those "for-sale" domains.

I actually had a courage to contact them for fun. Their pricing was about US$35-40 per year which is pretty much legit price as of winter 2008.

But when I searched on the web, I found that some people were asked to pay $160-200/year.

And if you ever contact them back, and those company may likely to purchase the domains right away, and you only have a choice to buy the domain from them... so be careful.

Well, let me know if you ever tried.

I think this is scam, but in a way, everybody does this anyway regardless you are Chinese or not....

So it's not 100% scam in a way... I think...

Here are the sample emails that my clients received.

Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:45 PM
To: info
Subject: Company registration notice

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are Hong Kong Network service Company Limited, a domain name registration center in Asia.

Yesterday we received an application from another company for the domain names “**********” , but later we found your company is their original owner and this may involve your company name or trademark and this may cause confusion between your products and others’ , and bring about negative effect on your company.Therefore we decided to inform you of this and check out your attitude toward this matter. We would appreciate if you can spare some precious time to settle this issue.

Thank you for your cooperation and looking forwards to your early reply.

Best Regards,
***** *****

Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited
Address: 19/F., First Block, New World Bldg.,
No.18 Quen Middle Road,
Hong Kong
Tel: +852-31757931 (ext****)
Fax: +852- 31757932
Email: ****


August 11, 2008
************* Domain name & Internet keyword

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited which is the domain name register center in Asia. We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “**********” as their domain name and Internet keyword on August 4, 2008.Since after our investigation we found that this word has been in use by your company, and this may involve your company name or trade mark, so we inform you in no time. If you consider these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and it is necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon. Thanks for your co-operation and support.
Kind Regards,

****** *****

Tel: +852-31757930-8026
Fax: +852-31757932
Email: *****
Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited

Subject: About your domain name and trademark and internet brand
From:  *****
Date: August 10, 2008 11:57:28 PM PDT

Dear manager:

We are Century Net Group Stocks Limited in China, which is a domain registration agent authorised by Chinese Industrial and Commercial Department.We professionally engage in chinese and international domain names registration as well as trademark registration service.We also offer English and Chinese web design.

we received an application from a chinese company asking to register "*********" as their internet keyword and domain name and trademark.However,We find that it will conflict with your trademark via our confirmation.It is our duty to inform you of this issue according to the regulations of CNNIC.

You are the owner of this trademark,so you have the preferential right to register and protect it by yourself.Of course,if you do not have any disagreement on this issue or you intend to give up the registration,any individual has the right to register those domains and internet keyword,which is legal.Then we will take the formal registration for that applicant.If you oppose other company to register your trademark and domains and internet keyword,even you want to protect your trademark completely,please contact us asap.We will protect your domains firstly.

Looking forward to your reply.
sincerely yours,

Registration Dept
Century Net Group Stock Limited
Tel:+(0086) 755 28581848、28243058
Fax:+(0086) 755 28243958