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Japan Struggles with Soaring Incidence of Intoxicated Roadside Sleepers

Japanese authorities are stepping up road safety warnings. The reason? People sleeping on the streets after drinking.

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South Korean Tourists Praise Japan for Cost/Performance Travel

South Korean tourists now comprise the largest group of tourists to Japan - and many say it's because the price is right.

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New Joint Custody in Japan Law Worries Child, DV Victims Advocates

In a major shift, Japan plans to introduce joint custody post-divorce. Critics worry domestic violence victims and kids may be left behind.

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For Comedian Yuki Nivez, Japanese Comedy Has Some Issues

Tokyo-based comedian Yuki Nivez reflects on frustration with comedy in Japan and discusses the type of comedy she wants to see in the world.

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Japan Pocket Wifi: Best Way to Stay Connected While Traveling?

Japan's lack of public wifi can be a problem for travelers. Here's why a pocket wifi device is an affordable and versatile alternative.

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Why You Should Never Learn Japanese with Romaji

Some argue that beginners to the Japanese language can skip the writing system and just use romaji. Here's why that's never a good idea.

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Why High-Alcohol Chuhai Drinks are Disappearing in Japan

Maybe they're not so Strong: once-popular high-alcohol chuhai drinks are disappearing in Japan due to a mounting health backlash.

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New Travel Discounts Seek to Boost Earthquake-Stricken Region in Japan

Japan's government is rolling out a new discount package to rejuvenate tourism in the earthquake-affected Hokuriku area.

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In South Korea, Japanese Restaurants Break Law with Japanese Signs

Japanese food is trending in South Korea - and many restaurant owners are technically breaking the law to make the experience authentic.

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The Most Popular Castles in Japan Among Tourists

Which castles in Japan have the most fans among incoming tourists? One company ran the numbers to find out.

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Japan Debates: What’s the Best Raw Egg on Rice Recipe?

Do you stir before putting the egg on - or after? And IS there one right way to eat tamago kake gohan, Japan's famous raw egg on rice…

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Tourists Love Koedo Kawagoe – and The City Doesn’t Know Why

Koedo Kawagoe's Edo-era charm is attracting more tourists than ever better - but the city is at a loss to explain its sudden popularity.

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Baumkuchen: The German Dessert’s Long Japanese History

Read the intriguing history of how baumkuchen, the tree trunk-shaped German cake, grew in popularity in Japan.

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New Japan Food Terrorism: Domino’s Prank Leads to Store Shutdown

Domino's Japan is making headlines, and it's not for cheap eats: A new food terrorism assault led the chain to close one store - for good.

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New Japan Food Terrorism: Domino’s Prank Leads to Store Shutdown

Domino's Japan is making headlines, and it's not for cheap eats: A new food terrorism assault led the chain to close one store - for good.

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The Shopping Destinations in Japan Tourists Are Loving Now

Tourists are spending more than ever in Japan. But where? Check out these popular shopping destinations on your next trip.

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The Shopping Destinations in Japan Tourists Are Loving Now

Tourists are spending more than ever in Japan. But where? Check out these popular shopping destinations on your next trip.

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Poll: 90% of Japanese Moms Buy Valentine’s Chocolate For Their Sons

A new poll says the vast majority of Japanese moms give their sons chocolate on Valentine's Day to "save them from heartbreak".

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Poll: 90% of Japanese Moms Buy Valentine’s Chocolate For Their Sons

A new poll says the vast majority of Japanese moms give their sons chocolate on Valentine's Day to "save them from heartbreak".

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Sexy Tanaka-San: A Fumbled Drama Adaptation, a Tragic Death

The sudden death of manga author Ashihara Hinako has fans demanding answers from publisher Shogakukan about the dramatization of her work.

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Sexy Tanaka-San: A Fumbled Drama Adaptation, a Tragic Death

The sudden death of manga author Ashihara Hinako has fans demanding answers from publisher Shogakukan about the dramatization of her work.

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Takoyaki: The History of Japan’s Popular Street Food

It's now so popular you'd think it was ancient - but in truth, takoyaki isn't even a century old. Learn more about the popular street food.

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Takoyaki: The History of Japan’s Popular Street Food

It's now so popular you'd think it was ancient - but in truth, takoyaki isn't even a century old. Learn more about the popular street food.

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Japan Researchers Make Breakthrough Link Between Baths and Happiness

No need to be shy about taking extra soaks in the tub. A research team in Japan says more bath time may equal increased happiness.

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Japan Researchers Make Breakthrough Link Between Baths and Happiness

No need to be shy about taking extra soaks in the tub. A research team in Japan says more bath time may equal increased happiness.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Cancellation: Live Show Woes Leave Fans Distraught

The new live production of JoJo became a bizarre adventure in its own right this month as its production company canceled the first shows.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Cancellation: Live Show Woes Leave Fans Distraught

The new live production of JoJo became a bizarre adventure in its own right this month as its production company canceled the first shows.

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Cancellation Calls for Kurdish Spring Festival in Saitama Renew Tensions

Why a conflict over a spring musical festival is renewing tensions between Kawaguchi and Saitama cities and the local Kurdish population.

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Cancellation Calls for Kurdish Spring Festival in Saitama Renew Tensions

Why a conflict over a spring musical festival is renewing tensions between Kawaguchi and Saitama cities and the local Kurdish population.

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Why Japan’s Ramen Restaurants Keep Going Out of Business

As prices of goods keep rising, ramen shops in Japan are going out of business at an increasing pace. Many blame the ramen "price wall."

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You Can Write These Japanese Loan Words in Kanji (But Probably Shouldn’t)

We typically write them in katakana now - but these Japanese words originally had kanji. How many of these can YOU read?

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You Can Write These Japanese Loan Words in Kanji (But Probably Shouldn’t)

We typically write them in katakana now - but these Japanese words originally had kanji. How many of these can YOU read?

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Why Japan’s Ramen Restaurants Keep Going Out of Business

As prices of goods keep rising, ramen shops in Japan are going out of business at an increasing pace. Many blame the ramen "price wall."

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Japan’s LDP: Permanent Residency On The Line If Taxes Go Unpaid

Legal hassles used to be the only exit threat for permanent residents of Japan. Not anymore — now unsettled bills could be their ticket out.

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Japan’s Technical Interns Could More Easily Switch Jobs Under New Proposal

Japan's technical interns, some of whom suffer horrible abuses from their employers, may soon find it easier to find a new job.

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Mount Fuji Climbers Hit with New Fee as Overtourism Concerns Soar

Amidst escalating tourism (over-tourism?) at Mt. Fuji, local officials respond with a new fee to ensure a safe climbing experience.

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In Sexual Assault Crackdown, Police Raid Male Underground Idol Events in Kabukicho

Reports of assaults against female fans have led authorities in Kabukicho to perform inspections at men's underground idol events.

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Japan Unveils Plans for New Digital Nomad Visa

Japan has released initial plans for its digital nomad visa. How does it compare to what other countries offer?

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Is Hokkaido’s Niseko Overpriced? Tourists Can’t Seem to Agree

It's beautiful - but is it overpriced? Domestic ski enthusiasts to Hokkaido's Niseko think so - but inbound tourists beg to differ.

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How Fraudulent Bars in Kabukicho are Fleecing Customers

Police in Kabukicho are cracking down on peddlers who are pulling customers into shady bars that charge exorbitant rates.

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How Many Foreigners in Japan Actually Commit Crimes?

Some online allege that foreigners in Japan commit more crimes than Japanese citizens. But what do the statistics say?

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Aso Taro: Japanese Politician Under Fire (Again) For Sexist Comments

The Liberal Democratic Party's Aso Taro can't seem to open his mouth without a sexist comment flying out - and his latest is a doozy.

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At This Unique Harajuku Cafe, Everyone’s Your Friend

Wanna go to a place where everybody knows your name - or at least pretends to? If so, this cafe in Harajuku is your new best friend.

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Uniqlo Rejuvenates Osaka Flagship Store with New Osaka-esque Designs

From t-shirts to gaudy toilet paper, UNIQLO says "ookini!" once again to Osaka with a new flagship store and locally inspired designs.

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Kirishima Satoshi, Bombing Suspect 50 Years on the Lam, Possibly Identified

Kirishima Satoshi, a member of a notorious '70s terrorist group, may have finally been found after nearly 5 decades in hiding.

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New Law Threatens Homemade Japanese Pickles (Tsukemono)

Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) are a traditional dietary staple. But could a new law drive drive small mom-and-pop makers out of business?

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Which Of Japan’s Prefectures Are Proudest Of Their Food?

A new survey reveals which prefectures in Japan take the most pride in their local cuisine. Which one landed the top spot?

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Japan Reacts Strongly to Release of US Officer Who Killed Two

The release and subsequent victory lap media tour for Ridge Alkonis evoked a strong reaction from Japanese public officials and social media.

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Oscar Noms for Miyazaki’s Boy and the Heron, Godzilla

Hot on the heels of its victory at the Golden Globes, Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron receives an Oscar nomination, alongside two other Japanese films.

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How Did “Octopus” Become a Japanese Insult?

Did someone just call you an "octopus"? How "tako" became both a fish and an insult in Japanese (spoiler alert: it involves samurai).

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