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Wanna rest a bit and grab a coffee or snack while seeing the Tokyo sites? Here are some of our favorite spots in the city.
The notorious case of a Sri Lankan detainee's death in an immigration detention center hit a dead end as prosecutors dropped charges.
Luxury Japanese fruit sells for a pretty penny. That's motivating organized crime rings to turn to fruit theft as a new source of income.
Is your experience of Japan about to become a lot more regulated? A new proposal would require tourists in some cases to hire tour guides.
Hanami or Hanamizu? Forecasts say hay fever in Japan next year is set to be among the worst ever experienced.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a garbage can in a Japanese city these days. Thankfully, Kyoto is experimenting with a new approach to trash.
It used to be the tallest statue in Japan and is still a major tourist attraction. But why is the Sendai Daikannon sporting a shade of pink?
Animation giant Studio Ghibli, fresh off a new film, is now announcing its acquisition by Nippon TV following decades of independence.
A controversial author and social media bomb-thrower best known for denying the Nanjing Massacre launches a new political party.
Rumors and disinformation sparked the Kanto Massacre in the wake of the Kanto Earthquake. Today, denialism continues to dishonor the victims.
Japan's fastest shinkansen bullet train service, the Nozomi, will be doing away with non-reserved seats during major holidays.
A true tourist trap? Japanese customers who used Booking.com had their vacations ruined recently thanks to a hotel that someone made up.
Do you always feel like someone's watching you? That may be true in Shibuya if one company's plan for 100 AI-powered cameras takes off.
A new survey says the vast majority of Japan's irregular public servants - many of them women - routinely suffer harassment at their jobs.
The assumption has been that The Boy and the Heron would be Miyazaki Hayao's last film. Now, Ghibli VP Nishioka Junichi says otherwise.
The weak yen has made it more attractive than ever to travel to Japan - but some restaurants and stores are taking advantage of that.
A recent survey asked tourists to Kyoto about their favorite spots. Here are their top five - along with five recommendations from UJ.
Want Japanese reading practice with newspapers or essays? Here's how to level up your Japanese game with side-by-side readers.
Want to read Japanese newspapers or essays? Preparing for JLPT N1? Here's how to level up your Japanese game with side-by-side readers.
Studying on vacation? Learn how one prefecture in Japan is giving kids more time with their parents - but only if they keep hitting the books.
Japan’s Rising Death Rate is Good Business For ENDEX: The End Of Life Exhibition. We discover that it’s more than just Hello Kitty urns!
Gamers: Would you eat noodles with caffeine and niacin if it meant the difference between victory and defeat? Nissin is betting you will.
Nagashi-somen is a fun way to enjoy noodles in Japan. But the event nearly turned deadly for hundreds of people recently.
Officials regulations have forbidden bus drivers in Japan from waving howdy to each other for 20+ years. But how many of them follow the rule?
A court throws out an inflammatory lawsuit, part of a recent string of attempts to silence a Tokyo organization that helps girls in trouble.
One of Tokyo's most famous cafes, Coffee Seibu, is moving after 59 years. Here's why it may be even harder to get a seat now.
It's Tsukimi season again in Japan - which means it's time for McDonald's and others to roll out their limited time Tsukimi menus!
A subway line in Tokyo now lets you enter with a credit card tap. What does this mean for the future of Japan's IC transit cards?
A young boy couldn't dress as his favorite PreCure character. The ensuing backlash sent a toy company scrambling.
Freddie Mercury loved Japan - and a new auction from Sotheby's gives you a chance to own some of his art and memorabilia (if you're rich).
An onsen YouTuber living in the country in Hokkaido, Japan says she had to flee the entire island after enduring severe sexual harassment.
A child died after exercises in Hokkaido, sparking a debate about school's lack of air conditioning as global warming heats up.
Looking to settle down in Japan? According to a new survey, here are the best places to live in each of Japan's major regions.
How Sendai Shiro, a man in Japan's city of Sendai, became regarded as a "god of good fortune" whose reputation still persists today.
They say they can get you the love of your life - even if they're already married. Enter the morally bereft world of Japan's wakaresaseya.
Idol Fujisaki Nagi shocked fans this weekend with an announcement that draws parallels with a popular manga and anime series.
A popular South Korean DJ made headlines in Japan when she said she was assaulted by fans at a concert in Osaka.
For many decades, Japan had an inhumane forced sterilization law on the books. Much information on the infamous program remains censored.
A medical resident worked 207 hours of overtime in a month. His case highlights Japan's continuing problem with karoshi - death by overwork.
A clever social media user in Japan put a modern spin on an Obon tradition, giving their ancestors a ride home in a stylish Pokemon.
Kurdish residents in Kawaguchi face scrutiny after an outbreak of violence - and one local party is calling for a foreigner "crackdown".