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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.
Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio seemed to suggest parents should "reskill" during parental leave, drawing immediate backlash online.
Want to sleep absolutely anywhere, anytime? A new product from a Japanese company promising just that has gone viral on social media.
Like Higashino Keigo? Want more Japanese mystery? Check out these five other famous authors whose works are available in English.
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.
A conveyor belt sushi chain says they're filing a police complaint against a customer for a viral sushi wasabi attack.
How a hard-to-fix foreign elevator is forcing some passengers at this Tokyo Station to take the stairs (assuming they can).
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.
A shocking case of stalking and murder in Fukuoka Prefecture raises questions about whether Japan's stalking laws need more teeth.
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.
Other political parties in Japan are lambasting Reiwa Shinsengumi's scheme to turn one of its Diet seats into a game of musical chairs.
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.
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).
"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.
Umeboshi manufacturers are freaking out as fewer people in Japan eat dried plums and warehouse stockpiles keep growing.
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?
In a statement sure to generate controversy, the governor of Miyagi Prefecture says Japan needs immigrants to counter population decline.
Depopulation in Japan means more abandoned land - and that means the bears in the Tohoku region are getting bolder.
Gwen Stefani is raising eyebrows for telling an Asian reporter that she considers herself "Japanese" after being introduced to the culture.
What happens when technology in Japan develops independently from the rest of the world? A brief history of the Galapagos Effect.
A rare criminal incident has marred Coming of Age Day for at least seven victims whose expensive clothes were ruined by an unknown assailant.
Here we go again? Sapporo is bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics - but, much like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, few residents actually want it.
A new survey shows support for businesses with LGBTQ+-positive messaging - and a surprising level of support for sexual diversity in general.
Kumamoto Prefecture legislator Ide Nobuo is no stranger to controversy. But it looks like, this time, he went one step too far.
Various spots in Japan - including a rail crossing made famous by the manga Slam Dunk - are dealing with obnoxious tourists. Again.
Wanna feel old? The Heisei Era just ended and it's already considered "retro". A look at loose socks and other Heisei "throwbacks".
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.
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?
A new service called "Cats Unlimited" will suspend operations after accusations that it amounts to a "cat subscription", its company said.
You may think you know what these words mean in Japanese. Think again! A rundown of the language's most famous "false friends".
A Korean restaurant in Japan used Google Translate to greet its customers in Korean. They should've just asked an actual Korean person...
Japan's Coming of Age ceremonies are rebranding thanks to the age of adulthood changing this year from 20 to 18.
We talked with singer-songwriter-essayist Terao Saho to explore her differing approaches to writing, music, and more.
Don't call it "cleaning": Japanese cleanliness guru Marie Kondo says her "magic" method is more than just mere "tidying up".
A woman was refused public assistance in the city of Anjo and told to "go home" despite being in desperate economic straits.
'Tis the season for...geek burgers? Japanese Twitter users express their confusion and amusement over a new Spanish KFC offering.
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...
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.
A former biker gang member and musician is angling to be Miyazaki Prefecture's next governor. Does he stand a chance in hell?
Discount retailer Don Quixote ignited a social media firestorm when it claimed it would retire its beloved mascot Donpen.
There are basic rules you should follow when riding Japan's shinkansen bullet trains. But is abstaining from Pokémon card games one of them?
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.