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As “Sushi Terrorism” Grips Japan, Some Say Ditch the Conveyor

Will bio-terrorism kill conveyor belt sushi in Japan? At least one chain says it's moving on after a series of high-profile hygiene breaches.

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Japan PM Suggests Workers “Reskill” During Parental Leave

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio seemed to suggest parents should "reskill" during parental leave, drawing immediate backlash online.

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How Odaiba Got its “O”: A Brief Tokyo History

The island of Odaiba is one of Tokyo's major landmark. But not long ago, it didn't even exist. Discover Tokyo history rising from the depths.

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Wearable Beanbags? A New Fashion Trends on Japan Twitter

Want to sleep absolutely anywhere, anytime? A new product from a Japanese company promising just that has gone viral on social media.

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Discover These Five Japanese Mystery Writers (Who Aren’t Higashino Keigo)

Like Higashino Keigo? Want more Japanese mystery? Check out these five other famous authors whose works are available in English.

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Stop Making Parents Carry Used Diapers Home, Japan Tells Daycares

Japan's government is calling on the country's daycares to end a stinky practice of forcing parents to haul their kids' dirty diapers home.

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Sapporo Snow Festival: What to See, How to Enjoy

The iconic Sapporo snow festival is back! Some background on its history, what to expect, and how to make the most of your visit.

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Wasabi Terrorism?! Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Sues Customer for “Prank”

A conveyor belt sushi chain says they're filing a police complaint against a customer for a viral sushi wasabi attack.

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Japan’s Deepest Train Station is Now Harder to Access

How a hard-to-fix foreign elevator is forcing some passengers at this Tokyo Station to take the stairs (assuming they can).

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Utada Hikaru Celebrates 40th Birthday with Streaming Concert

Utada Hikaru rang in their 40th birthday this month - and, as is their once-a-decade custom, celebrated with 80,000 of their closest fans.

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Stalking Murder Rekindles Debate About Women’s Safety in Japan

A shocking case of stalking and murder in Fukuoka Prefecture raises questions about whether Japan's stalking laws need more teeth.

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Japan’s Morioka Hailed as New Top Tourist Attraction

Want to do something a little something different on your trip to Japan? Get out of Tokyo and Kyoto and head north to Morioka instead.

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Reiwa Shinsengumi Under Fire for Diet Member “Rotation” Scheme

Other political parties in Japan are lambasting Reiwa Shinsengumi's scheme to turn one of its Diet seats into a game of musical chairs.

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Konishi Hiroko: The Anime Voice Acting World is the Abode of Demons

A former anime voice actress discusses the sexual and power harassment she faced in the industry - and what needs to be done to fix it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Drive with a “Tempura License Plate” in Japan

Why some license plates in Japan are named after a delicious food (and no, it doesn't mean your car's been boiled in oil).

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How a “Killer” Pasta Dish is Taking Japan by Storm

"Assassin's Pasta" has been a favorite dish of Italy's Bari for decades. Now, thanks to one chef, it's taking off big in Japan as well.

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Explore Japanese Minimalism with Setsugekka

Taking its name from a poem dedicated to the world of natural beauty, Setsugekka is a new select shop focusing on Japanese minimalism.

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Why Japan’s Umeboshi Business is Suddenly Drying Up

Umeboshi manufacturers are freaking out as fewer people in Japan eat dried plums and warehouse stockpiles keep growing.

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As Japan’s Birth Rates Continue Declining, Politicians Talk Cash

Both Japan's PM and Tokyo's governor want to pay people to have more kids. But is this just another doomed short-term strategy?

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Japanese Governor: Accept More Foreigners to Combat Depopulation

In a statement sure to generate controversy, the governor of Miyagi Prefecture says Japan needs immigrants to counter population decline.

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In Japan’s North, The Bears Are Now Visiting the Train Station

Depopulation in Japan means more abandoned land - and that means the bears in the Tohoku region are getting bolder.

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The Top 5 “Solitary Gourmet” Spots in Tokyo

Inogashira Goro has eaten his way through Japan. Here are the top five Tokyo spots from The Solitary Gourmet you should absolutely visit.

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Gwen Stefani Says She’s Japanese Because Her Dad Worked There

Gwen Stefani is raising eyebrows for telling an Asian reporter that she considers herself "Japanese" after being introduced to the culture.

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The Galapagos Effect: How Japan Sometimes Ends Up Standing Alone

What happens when technology in Japan develops independently from the rest of the world? A brief history of the Galapagos Effect.

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Multiple Dresses Ruined in Shocking Coming of Age Day Attack

A rare criminal incident has marred Coming of Age Day for at least seven victims whose expensive clothes were ruined by an unknown assailant.

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67% in Sapporo Oppose 2030 Winter Olympics in New Survey

Here we go again? Sapporo is bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics - but, much like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, few residents actually want it.

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87% in Japan Say Sexual Diversity Should Be Honored: Survey

A new survey shows support for businesses with LGBTQ+-positive messaging - and a surprising level of support for sexual diversity in general.

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Japanese Lawmaker Who Threatened to Punch Taxi Driver Resigns

Kumamoto Prefecture legislator Ide Nobuo is no stranger to controversy. But it looks like, this time, he went one step too far.

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Tourist Areas in Japan Struggle with Ill-Mannered Visitors

Various spots in Japan - including a rail crossing made famous by the manga Slam Dunk - are dealing with obnoxious tourists. Again.

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Loose Socks and the Rise of the “Heisei Retro” Trend

Wanna feel old? The Heisei Era just ended and it's already considered "retro". A look at loose socks and other Heisei "throwbacks".

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Man in Japan Prosecuted for Overly Long Scissors

0.86 centimeters. That's all it took for a man in Osaka to be arrested for a pair of scissors a cop found in his car.

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How Gender Bias Keeps Japanese Girls Out of STEM

Why are there so few women in STEM fields in Japan? Yuko Tamura argues that the bias starts before girls even turn seven.

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Hirano Aya’s Harassment in the Anime Industry All Too Common

Death Note voice actress Hirano Aya talked recently about threats against her life. Sadly, her story isn't a rare case in the anime industry.

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Namahage: In Japan’s Akita, Demons Ring in the New Year

The namahage are wild, Krampus-like New Year's mountain gods of Akita Prefecture. But what's the story behind the horns and straw coats?

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Japanese Company Suspends Controversial New “Cat Subscription” Service

A new service called "Cats Unlimited" will suspend operations after accusations that it amounts to a "cat subscription", its company said.

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Beware These False Friends Between English and Japanese!

You may think you know what these words mean in Japanese. Think again! A rundown of the language's most famous "false friends".

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Google Translate Fail: Japan Restaurant Tells Customers “Go Away” in Korean

A Korean restaurant in Japan used Google Translate to greet its customers in Korean. They should've just asked an actual Korean person...

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As Adult Age Lowers, Japan’s “Coming of Age” Ceremonies Rebrand

Japan's Coming of Age ceremonies are rebranding thanks to the age of adulthood changing this year from 20 to 18.

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Terao Saho: Singer-songwriter-essayist floats between real and ethereal

We talked with singer-songwriter-essayist Terao Saho to explore her differing approaches to writing, music, and more.

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Marie Kondo: My Cleaning Method is “Tidying Up the Past”

Don't call it "cleaning": Japanese cleanliness guru Marie Kondo says her "magic" method is more than just mere "tidying up".

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Tokyo Tax Bureau Fires Worker Over Sex Work

A woman who worked for the Tokyo Tax Bureau resorted to sex work to fund her host club habit - and lost her job for it.

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Japanese-Brazilian Woman Told “Go Back to Your Country” by Welfare Office

A woman was refused public assistance in the city of Anjo and told to "go home" despite being in desperate economic straits.

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Will New Law Mean More Delivery Drones in Japan?

Japan has authorized a new tier of drone operations allowing for autonomous flight over residential areas. Here's why that's a game-changer.

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Spain’s “Otaku Burger” Draws Attention on Japan Twitter

'Tis the season for...geek burgers? Japanese Twitter users express their confusion and amusement over a new Spanish KFC offering.

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Shibuya’s “Transparent Toilets” Don’t Always Work, Says Japan Internet

An online streamer revealed that a set of gimmicky toilets in Shibuya Ward in Tokyo don't always function the way they're supposed to...

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The Legendary Cat Yokai of Odoriba Station, Yokohama

It's not often you see a subway station dedicated to dancing cat spirits - but that's exactly what you'll find at Yokohama's Odoriba Station.

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The Crazy (?) Political Aspirations of Japan’s Super Crazy-kun

A former biker gang member and musician is angling to be Miyazaki Prefecture's next governor. Does he stand a chance in hell?

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Donpen No More? New Don Quixote Announcement Perplexes Japan Users

Discount retailer Don Quixote ignited a social media firestorm when it claimed it would retire its beloved mascot Donpen.

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No Pokémon Cards on the Shinkansen?! A Game Sparks Debate

There are basic rules you should follow when riding Japan's shinkansen bullet trains. But is abstaining from Pokémon card games one of them?

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This Service Connects Japan’s Small Shops to the World

Japan's small shops are struggling to stay afloat. A new service lets you give them a helping hand - without even setting foot in Japan.

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