Issue 9: From the Editor

As readers are surely aware, a series of earthquakes struck Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, centered on but not limited to Kumamoto Prefecture. An extremely strong earthquake struck on April 14th, and an even stronger one two days later on April 16th. Moderately strong aftershocks were felt for days. Dozens lost their lives. Tens of thousands have been at least temporarily displaced. With roads and train lines down in this somewhat rural prefecture, delivering food and supplies was proving challenging immediately after…

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sakefan World App

There’s an app for everything these days. Too bad most of them aren’t very useful and many of us just delete them from our phones. Luckily for sake fans, there’s a new app that shows a lot of promise. If this one keeps improving, we’re certain it will have a permanent place on your phone. The “sakefan World” app is designed to help sake fans who don’t have Japanese-language skills. Even if you do read Japanese, though, you may find this app useful. One of…

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