Greetings from J-List, which is officially banned in Saudi Arabia.
People in Japan in Japan have gotten used to getting special perks from the government as it tries to help kick-start the Japanese economy. First it was last year’s special $400-per-child gift from the government to people with families, in the form of coupons that had to be used by a certain date. Now there’s a special tax deduction arrangement for small companies, allowing them to deduct purchases for computers, office equipment, etc. this fiscal year, rather than breaking the deductions up over time. This is great news for me, since it allows me to get a new PowerMac G4 and take the deduction all at once.
America exports many things to Japan, but one I could have done without was the Infomercial. Now you can’t watch late-night TV in Japan without bumping into one or two of them running on different channels. They usually have Japanese infomercials, but occasionally you see a really bad U.S. one with Japanese dubbed over. The other night, though, I saw that you could buy the entire run of the Ed Sullivan Show on videocasette. That would be kind of interesting to watch.
We’ve got some new toys at J-List — a Tangerine iMac DV and a new Panasonic digital camera. After setting things up, we were literally making and editing movies of the kids in about ten minutes. See our first zany efforts (a film of our kids tearing the paper off our shoji paper doors) at: http://www.myjapan.net/ourmovie.html .
We’ve got some lovely new items for you today. First, there’s a positively fabulous all-new Miura Aika photobook for fans of this lovely lady. An extremely high-class piece of work, it features some of the most shocking and erotic pictures of this lady I’ve seen. For fans of J-List’s videos, we’ve updated both the in-stock videos pages (Mizuno Haruki, Yoshino Sally, and more!) as well as the special-order videos pages (Yoshikawa Minami, Asato Yuka, more!) for you. There is a nice new posting of JPOP albums and maxi singles (half-albums) to J-List’s JPOP page, as well as reductions in the prices of our calendars as we get close to the end of the year — pick up a great bargain on some of these items. For fans of the popular Video CD & DVD Soft Catalog, a dual-VCD sampler providing an all-color magazine and nearly two hours of footage for a great price