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Stories about Japan

24 February 2017

Short Video Documentary Explores Japan's Flashy Art Truck Subculture

Known as "dekotora," hobbyists trick out their trucks with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome.

14 February 2017

Despite What You Read, Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Aren't ‘Soaring’

A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.

13 February 2017

Trump and Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Feature Among Sapporo Snow Festival's Ice Sculptures

At least two million people visit the festival each year, making for some great photo uploads on social media.

4 February 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others

The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.

21 January 2017

How the US Marines Spread Fake News About an Afghan ‘Terrorist’ In Okinawa

A long-term Afghan resident of Japan was accused of being a terrorist by an American military unit stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. It has since been debunked as "fake news".

5 January 2017

A Japanese Researcher Tweets Vintage Photos Colorized Using Neural Networks

Anyone can use this interesting web-based tool to add color to black-and-white images.

30 December 2016

A Satellite Launch Lights Up the Night Sky Over Japan

"A beautiful glow in the nighttime sky." "It was really impressive."

29 December 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Observes Pearl Harbor Anniversary

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.

23 December 2016

Transportation Showdown: Japanese Mascots’ Big Butts Vs. Train Doors

Japanese mascots often have a hard time boarding trains. It's because of their butts.

17 December 2016

Masaki C. Matsumoto: English-Speaking, LGBT, Queer and Feminist in Japan

Masaki C. Matsumoto writes in both Japanese and English about LGBTQ+ issues in Japan. He was recently interviewed by Anime Feminist about the portrayal of LGBTQ in manga and anime.

15 December 2016

Japan's ‘Kanji of the Year’ Choice Refers to the Olympics, Political Scandal and Trump

The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.

3 December 2016

Innovative Japanese Mapping Project Returns With Interactive Map of 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack

An innovative online mapping project, which incorporates historical photographs and eyewitness testimony re-colorized by neural networks, brings the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to life.

24 November 2016

VIDEO: How Do Japanese Cats Stay Warm in Winter? With ‘Kotatsus’, Just Like Humans

YouTube vlog Kagoneko captures a quintessential Japanese winter scene of warmth and comfort—cats snuggling under 'kotatsus.'

21 November 2016

Japanese Social Media Panic After Psychic ‘Predicts’ Massive Earthquake

"Matsubara Teruko, who predicted the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is the perfect example of the saying 'even a stopped clock is right twice a day.' Trust her predictions accordingly."

19 November 2016

When Abe Met the Trumps

Japanese PM Abe was the first world leader to meet the US President-elect. While the meeting reportedly went well, not everyone in Japan is thrilled.

17 November 2016

1990s Japan Is Alive Online Thanks to One Man

Lyle Hiroshi Saxon's massive Web presence provides a fascinating glimpse into life in Japan during the 1990s.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

10 November 2016

How Japan Is Reacting to Donald Trump's Presidential Victory

A Donald Trump presidency raises a number of pressing questions for Japan.

6 November 2016

It's Autumn in Kyoto, Which Means It's Time for ‘Leaf-Peeping’ Season

Behold some of the most spectacular Instagram photos of fall in Arashiyama, on the western outskirts of Kyoto.

31 October 2016

Revellers in Costume Descend on Tokyo by the Thousands for Halloween

Halloween has been growing in popularity in Japan over previous years. In 2016, there was more money spent in Japan on Halloween than on Valentine's Day.

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