Two Lunar Holy Days

September 13, 2007

We’ve been falling behind on our holiday posts and observances here at Geek Buffet, so here’s a quick note that today is both Rosh Hashanah and the first day of Ramadan.

(The latter was brought to my attention when I went to karate tonight, and my sensei had to take a break between the kids’ class before mine and the adult class in order to break his fast, as well as that of many of the kids. He brought milk for everyone. Yay!

However,¬†that’s about the extent of my personal involvement with these holidays at the moment, so this isn’t much of a post. Sorry. I still thought it was worth mentioning.)


Abe’s resignation boosts manga stock prices

September 13, 2007

This saga is getting addictive. When I was wondering what effect Abe’s resignation yesterday would have on things in general in Japan, I never in a million years would have imagined this story:

Manga shares gain on leader hopes

Clearly, the stock market is a strange place. As the article explains:

Japanese comic book shops have been the surprise beneficiaries of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shock exit.

Shares in retailers selling the “manga” cartoon strips surged on belief that manga-fan Taro Aso is the leading candidate to replace Mr Abe.

Mr Aso, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is a big promoter of manga cartoons abroad.

While the main Tokyo market fell after Mr Abe’s resignation, manga-linked stocks like publisher Broccoli rose.


Shares in second-hand bookshop Mandarake jumped 13% to 436,000 yen ($3,817; £1,879), while manga publisher Broccoli also gained, up 71% to close at 157 yen.

“We are happy to receive people’s attention this way,” said Kenichi Saito, a Mandarake store manager in Tokyo.

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