WANTED: volunteers and guests of 311 Disasters in Japan

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE: YokosoNews, the English social media to introduce Japanese culture in English, is currently looking for volunteer reporters and guests who can share their experience during our live cast for the next generation. YokosoNews usually provide the useful travel tips, lifestyle and entertainment information of Japan to welcome the people from all over the world. However, Japan has lived with natural disasters. In order to welcome the people from all over the world, YokosoNews had been prepared to provide necessary disaster prevention awareness especially to the non-Japanese residents in Japan since the beginning of YokosoNews operation. The journey since 311 Great East Japan Earthquake Since the 2:52pm on March […]


Adding (+1) to US tel numbers in Address Book (Mac OS X)

This is my memo to share with everyone. I moved to Japan, and needed to add +1 to all my US contacts. Then I found the following post Adding 1 to all phone numbers in address book https://discussions.apple.com/message/9169756 However, I already have many Japanese phone numbers in my address book starting with “0” So I’ve modified Andreas’ code to the folliowing So that it will skip the phone number starting with zero (0). How to use the code Launch AppleScript Editor Copy and paste the above codes Click [Compile] Run the script (CAUTION) If you have more than 300 contacts, you need the following extra step. Otherwise, the script may […]


FMLE: How to Ustream the HD, High and Low quality multi streams

Using Flash Media Live Encoder 3.2 (FMLE), you can now stream 3 different quality of streams using Ustream like SpaceVideoCast.com SpaceVidCast http://www.ustream.tv/spacevidcast As on June 6, 2011, you can only 1st Stream will be labeled as “HD” 2nd Stream will be labeled as “High” 3rd Stream will be labeled as “Low” No matter what your quality setting of FMLE. That’s probably why Ustream has not officially put this how-tos in their support yet. Requirement for this tutorial In this tutorial, you must have Fast Windows or Mac faster than Intel Core2Duo i7 6 Core Processor) Fast Internet with fast upload bandwidth More than 5Mbps upload speed is recommended Check your […]


Minutes of YokosoNews and Earthquake

MEMO: YokosoNews originally launched on April 2010 to introduce Japanese culture in English. But it has prepared to serve as information hub on social media in case of emergency. Katz, editor and producer of YokosoNews, has experienced 911 in Los Angeles. Being as a foreigner in the foreign country, he recognized the needs of information for English speakers and possibility of social media. ———- Stories ———- An American who was stuck in disaster area in Sendai got to hold of the English hotline number via YokosoNews. He’s safely on the way back to the US. Some was able to get in touch with relative/friend soon after the quake. Some waited […]


A Happy New Year 2011

at Chiyozaki Beach, Suzuka, Mie, Japan on January 1st, 2011 [ Check more photo and video ] . .


3,000 people in 2 years

I just finished filling out the 10th notebooks. 10 notebooks in 2 years. These are the notebook that I started taking in September 2008 when I first came up with the idea of YokosoNews. As a media, it’s all about how much information you can gather, edit them, and publish it to the public. As I completed the 10th notebooks, I think I’m going to really start editing, and reporting them. The notebooks contain topics, tips and people that could become a YokosoNews stories. And these are NOT from the Internet. For these notebooks, I intended not-to-use any Internet information but newspaper, magazine, TV, radio or books. This is the […]


Hide Google Analytics code on concrete5

concrete5 is great CMS. You never have to go back-and-forth admin panel and front panel to see the result. But this has one down-time, Google Analytic may produce the wrong report. So I came up with the solution. . How to not to print Google Analytics code when Editable Users visited your concrete5 site Usually, you don’t want to count the users who has toolbar on top. After logging into concrete5, and if you see the toolbar, that means you are associated editor for the site. You don’t want to count those people onto Google Analytics. Create a blank text file – /elements/footer_required.php Paste the following codes onto the text […]


10/30 What’s going on with WordPress in Nagoya and Japan

YokosoNews is currently looking for anyone who can join at WordCamp 2010 Nagoya who can talk about their experience with WordPress in English in Japan. WordCamp is the regularly held event all over the world about the web contents management software, WordPress, which is mainly used as blogs, news and magazines. On October 30, 2010, WordCamp will be held in Nagoya for the first time. YokosoNews will join and bring you the Ustream program from Nagoya City University. Because Ustream can be watched to the people all over the world, why don’t we broadcast in English to tell people how we are doing in Japan. At the same time, we […]


Don’t miss WordCamp 2010 Nagoya on Oct 30

This blog post was written as a draft work for the official site. For the latest information, visit http://nagoya2010.wordcamp.jp/english . A very exciting open source event coming to Nagoya on October 30, 2010 about blogging. I am the programmers and Ustream broadcaster for the event. WordPress is a free and open source blogging software. Many of the best blog sites in the world such as TechCrunch, Engadget, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Havard University. And Microsoft just announced to embrace WordPress for its Windows Live users. WordPress is one of rapidly growing softwares in the world. WordCamp is the conference that focuses anything about WordPress from the beginner to advanced programmers. […]


CEATEC 2010: New online Japanese rental service coming this Winter

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at CEATEC 2010 Japan, Sharp announced the partnership with Cultural Convenience Club to launch the online store of Japanese music and movie for the Android touch pad device, GALAPAGOS. On September 27, 2010, Sharp announced “GALAPAGOS”, an Google’s Android OS base touch pad device hoping to be the alternative to Apple’s iPad in Japan. The name, GALAPAGOS, is taken from the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador where many unique and endangered animals are. Those animal are only able to thrive in the isolated islands for long time because they didn’t have enemies – so do Japanese mobile industry. Japanese mobile industry developed its own protocol and services, […]