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Olympic Scandal: Musician Oyamada Keigo’s Horrific Abuse of Disabled Classmates

Highly disturbing elements of famed guitarist Cornelius' past have now come to light - and enveloped the Olympics in yet another scandal.

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Licensed in Silk – a Mixed Nikkei’s Journey in Studying Kimono in Japan

Newly licensed in the wearing of kimono, Rin takes a look back at what drew her closer to the traditional clothing - and to her own heritage.

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Holocaust Joke Lands Olympics Opening Director in Hot Water

An old Holocaust joke comes back to haunt the famed comedian acting as the director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies.

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Pass the JLPT! How to Study JLPT Vocabulary for Your Level

Studying for the JLPT? There's even more JLPT vocabulary than kanji! Here's how to learn literally thousands of new words in months!

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What’s in a Tier? Layers of Meaning in the Japanese Pagoda

We all know the striking image of a multi-tiered Japanese pagoda, but what exactly are they? And what are they called in Japanese, anyway?

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Ito Shiori Wins First Defamation Lawsuit Against Twitter Troll

A Twitter troll claimed Ito Shiori, face of #metoo in Japan, was operating under a false identity - so she took him to court for defamation.

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JLPT Kanji: How to Study Kanji for Your Level

There are far too many kanji to study them all! That's why you need to break it down and only focus on the JLPT Kanji for your level.

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Baseball Diplomacy: Babe Ruth in Japan

In 1934, Babe Ruth set off with a team of all-stars to visit faraway Japan. Their goal: hit some homers -- and prevent an all-out-war.

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LaShawn Toyoda, Creator of FindADoc: Full-Length Interview

Thalia Harris sits down with LaShawn Toyoda to discuss her efforts to make sure English-speaking residents in Japan have access to vaccines.

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The Life and Legacy of Ainu-Japanese Translator Chiri Yukie

Only 19 when she passed away, indigenous Ainu translator Chiri Yukie left behind an invaluable legacy for her people and the world.

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Kotobagari: Japan’s Hunt for Taboo Words

It's often said that there are no swear words in Japanese. But while profanities may be rare, taboos - and banned words - abound.

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How to Study Kanji for the JLPT Pt.1: Kanji Radicals

The trick to memorizing kanji for the JLPT is... don't! Instead, focus on learning kanji radicals, the alphabet of kanji characters!

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Summer Sonic Festival Promises Foreign Acts Despite Tight Border Control

With spouses, job-seekers, students and more stuck outside of Japan, a festival's claims at getting foreign talent into Japan grates.

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JLPT Study Guides: Choosing the Right One for You

Want to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? You're gonna need a JLPT study guide! Here's how to pick a good one.

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The Zairyu Card App: An Invasion of Privacy

A government app designed to spot residency card forgeries puts the foreign community of Japan on edge, increasing feelings of alienation.

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Homegrown Terror: The Birth of the Japanese Red Army

Bombings, battles with the police, hijackings...and that was just the beginning. Read about the revolutionary group that would shock Japan to its core.

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How to Study for the JLPT: Designing Your Game Plan

With no set curriculum for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, how can you know what to study for the JLPT? Read on to find out!

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Want to Take the JLPT? Here’s What You Should Know!

Curious where you stand in terms of Japanese language ability? Take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and find out!

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Zuzu-ben: How Japan’s Northern Dialects Became Shorthand for “Hick”

Why a wide range of local dialects in Japan's north are intrinsically - and unfairly - associated with rural backwardness.

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Naomi Osaka and the Grand Slam Media Boycott

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka sparked controversy and waves of international support after skipping a presser for mental health reasons.

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Japanese Schools Court Controversy with Draconian Hair Regulations

School regulations regarding students' hair harm those whose natural appearance doesn't fit the mold, including foreign and biracial kids.

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Your Anime is Political: Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo

How the classic series by Shinichiro Watanabe present a vision for radical acceptance and multicultural soul-searching.

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JP Twitter Rages: “You’ll Kill Everyone for the Olympics?!”

As Olympics loom, Japanese-language Twitter explodes in anger at the Japanese government's insistence of sports over safety.

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Japanese Billionaire to Visit International Space Station in December

Billionaire Maezawa Yusaku, former CEO of online retailer ZOZO, will be the first Japanese citizen to visit the International Space Station

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The Artist Behind Resident Evil’s Absurd Enka Parody

The new Resident Evil Enka Parody music video showcases the creative range of Yoshi Ikuzo: internet meme icon and the father of J-Rap.

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New Survey Ranks the Top 5 Most Popular Furikake of 2021

Ever wondered what the most popular furikake dishes are? A recently conducted survey ranked the top five furikake types in Japan.

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One Marriage, Two Last Names: A Landmark Decision

A Japanese couple was able to keep their different last names, after a landmark case concerning marriage in Japan.

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Crying Freeman and the 1980s Home Video Revolution in Japan

Straight out of the age of anime on VHS comes a series emblematic of the excess of the Japan of the bubble age, when new tech met new…

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Japanese Politicians Sound Off on Suga-Biden Summit

Opposition leaders spoke out against Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's statements on the Olympics, during a Suga-Biden Summit in April.

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Hajichi: the Banned Traditional Tattoos of Okinawa

Hajichi, a traditional form of tattoo native to the Ryukyuan people in modern-day Okinawa, has been making a comeback among young people.

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“Beware of Gropers”: Anti-Molestation Latte Art Collaboration Draws Fierce Criticism

An Osaka cafe created Latte Art raising awareness for anti-molestation in collaboration with local police, but it backfired on the internet.

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Debates Spark Over Hokkaido School’s Role in 14-year-old Girl’s Death

After a 14-year-old girl froze to death in Hokkaido, criticisms arose over how her school handled allegations of bullying and abuse.

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Three Lesser-Known Sengoku-Themed Video Games

While the Sengoku or Feudal Era of Japan has been popular in video games for decades, here are a few lesser known examples of the genre.

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New Uniqlo Commercial Featuring LGBTQ+ Couple Receives Positive Response

Uniqlo has released a new commerical featuring an LGBTQ couple, the first example of LGBTQ representation in the company's history.

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Meet Voice Actress Fairouz Ai, the Newest JoJo

Fairouz Ai, a half-Japanese half-Egyptian voice actress, will be playing Jolyne Cujoh in the upcoming adaptation of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

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Instagram Japan Bug Converts Diacritical Marks into Smiley Faces

Instagram Japan experienced a strange bug where some Japanese symbols would not show up, with smiley faces and emoji's taking their place.

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Olympic Torch Relay’s “Men-Only” Boat Ride Lambasted for Sexism

The Olympic Torch Relay was planned to take a course through a "Men Only" festival boat, but was quickly changed after intense public outcry.

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Benkei: The Warrior Monk Who Died Standing

Benkei was a Warrior Monk whose life was filled with rich history and folklore. Or at least, that's how the tale is told...

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Sumo Wrestler Injury Raises Concerns Over Emergency Medical Protocol

After a recent match where a Sumo Wrestler sustained a severe neck injury, fans and athletes alike raised concerns over how it was handled.

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Your Anime is Political: The Radical Revolutions of Akira and Evangelion

Some anime are more than political. In fact, our author argues, two of the most well-known anime in history are downright revolutionary.

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Promoting Prefectures Through Punny Pokemon

The Pokemon Local Acts initiative is helping promote many lesser known prefectures, including those affected by the Tohoku Earthquake.

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Chargeman Ken and Other Popular Japanese Memes: A Retrospective

The pandemic, the Olympics, and many other blunders gave plenty of material for Japanese people to make memes of. Here's the best of 2020.

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The Game That Sparked a Quasi-National Holiday in Japan

How a new game release proved so distracting that a handful of companies decided just to give all their employees the day off.

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Web Commercial Calling Gender Equality “Outdated” Sparks Anger, Major Backlash

A web commerical made by Hodo Station was taken down, after sparking controversy online for calling gender equality an "outdated" issue.

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Ghibli: Miyazaki’s New Film Halfway Complete, Another Movie in the Offing

While Earwig and the Witch seemed to be a flop, Studio Ghibli is making another movie, and this one is almost half way done.

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