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Stories about Japanese

29 August 2016

The Summer Season Brings an Orchestra of Cicadas to Japan

There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?

27 August 2016

Super Mario and Prime Minister Abe Took Centre Stage in Japan's 2020 Promo at Rio

Japan invites the world to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo by emphasizing "otaku culture."

17 August 2016

Some Japanese Find the ‘Dangerous’ Giant Hornet Cute, Inspiring—Even Delicious.

If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!

10 August 2016

Tokyo's First Female Governor Won in a Landslide Victory, but She Faces a Rough Road Ahead

At her first day on the job, she was snubbed by Tokyo's assembly members.

7 August 2016

Japan Off to a Strong Start at 2016 Rio Olympics

Japanese men and women got off to a strong start during the first weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

5 August 2016

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

Global Voices Advocacy

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

31 July 2016

Japanese on the Move: Life Stories of Transmigration

What is it like to call two countries home? What makes migrants move in the first place and how do they settle in a new society? Where do they belong?

25 July 2016

With Trepidation and Excitement, Pokémon Go Finally Launched in Japan

Pokémon Go was finally released in Japan on July 22, 2016. The entire country has surrendered to the craze of capturing mythical monsters using a mobile device.

14 July 2016

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

10 July 2016

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

Arashiro Yukiya Wins Red Jersey in Tour de France, and Japan Is Ecstatic

"Cyclist Arashiro Yukiya wins "combativity award" on Tour de France! He inspires us all!"

3 July 2016

Why Are Japan's Election Sound Cars So Noisy, and So Pointless?

It's election time in Japan again and for many Japanese people, that means the return of a particularly Japanese annoyance: 'sound cars' that repeat pointless and uninformative messages.

30 June 2016

Can Japan’s Opposition Parties Compete?

This article is by Corey Wallace and was originally published in East Asia Forum. The article is republished on Global Voices under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. On 10 July, Japan...

26 June 2016

Japan This: The Ultimate Online English-Language Guide to Authentic, Historical Tokyo

Japan This is a quirky historical photoblog that examines parts of Tokyo not normally covered by English-language guidebooks.

24 June 2016

Japan Gears Up for a Hot, Humid Rainy Season

"Good morning. Isn't it muggy? With all this rain. Kyushu seems to be having a hard time again. I wonder if they're all right. Be careful. OK?"

22 June 2016

Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack

"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"

15 June 2016

The Less Sleek, More Timeworn ‘Bits of Tokyo’

'Bits of Tokyo' is a Twitter photo blog devoted to capturing the minute details of surviving postwar life in Japan.

14 June 2016

Japan's Love Affair With Capybaras

In Japan, there is an online subculture devoted to capybaras, the friendly giant rodent from South America.

10 June 2016

US Church Members Stage Roadside Vigil Amid Outrage Over Japanese Woman's Murder

"When I left my hotel and started driving down Route 58, there were Americans standing under the torrid sun with their heads bowed. They seem to be in deep pain."

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