Top Japan Links - Dec 18, 2011

We're back with another round of Japan-related links, important news and other interesting tidbits from the past two weeks. Tuck yourself into your kotatsu or settle in front of a heater, grab your favorite hot beverage, and enjoy! -Ashley

Christmas/New Year's

Warm up with these winter drinks trends - Japan Pulse

Can't find Santa in Japan? Skype with him instead from Inhabitots

Dishing up a delicious Kansai Christmas - Japan Times

New era for New Year’s cards - Japan Pulse

Living in Japan

AFP: Japanese cities most costly for Asia expats: survey

You can purchase an IC transport card (PASMO or SUICA) for your child for half price with proof of school enrollment from @JapanInfoSwap

HIS Japan to offer Western Union money transfer services - Japan Today

Service enables overseas residents to purchase tickets for events in Japan with mobile phones - Japan Today

Yes, you can get Reese's pieces and generic brand peanut butter cups in Japan. Go here:

My Experiences with Dating in Japan from @WhoaiminJapan

All employees in Japan are entitled to paid leave, period - Japan Times

A must for anyone going to Okinawa - Japan Today

Fukushima Crisis/Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami-related

Escaped ostriches wandering around no-go zone - Japan Times

Real cause of nuclear crisis - Japan Times

Moms make radiation risks a study - Japan Times

Google Street View explores Japan disaster zone - Japan Today

¥2.3 billion for Tohoku diverted to whale hunt - Japan Times

Cesium-laced baby formula sparks concern, but risk low - Japan Times

More Leaks From Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant - New York Times

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