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Stories about Japan

23 May 2016

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

13 May 2016

Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes

At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.

12 May 2016

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

7 May 2016

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

6 May 2016

For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter

A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.

28 April 2016

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

27 April 2016

Your Skin Is Gonna Hate Japan's Yellow Sand

Every year Japan marks the start of spring with the arrival of 'Yellow Sand' from the Asian mainland. The sand hampers visibility and can cause illness and skin problems.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?

25 April 2016

Japan Gets Ready to Plant Rice During ‘Golden Week’

"Flooding the fields before planting really makes this a representative scene of Japan. The call of the Japanese nightingale echoes throughout the valley. I am entranced by the scene."

23 April 2016

Japan Battles to Care for 100,000 Kumamoto Residents Displaced By Quake

Hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in the open in Japan following powerful earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding and landslides.

15 April 2016

Chacha the Chimp Escaped a Zoo in Japan. Angrily.

An image of an enraged chimp lunges at would-be captors on live TV goes viral.

Social Media Photos Show Aftermath of Strong Quake in Kumamoto, Japan

"We're spending an uneasy night as aftershocks continue in Kumamoto City. Right now we have evacuated to the playing fields at Kumamoto University."

11 April 2016

Japanese Social Media Goes Gaga Over Anime-Style English Textbook

"After her middle school entrance ceremony today, my daughter came home with her new English textbook. Ellen Sensei is totally cute!"

9 April 2016

What Do People Tweet While Waiting for the Train to Go By?

Tokyo's 34,000 level rail crossings are an unmistakable feature of the city, and an unavoidable fact of urban life.

3 April 2016

Japan and Its Wonderful Cherry Blossoms

In late March and April, Japan comes alive with beautiful cherry blossoms. Here is just a small collection of Instagram snaps of this lovely time of year.

28 March 2016

In Spring Welcome, Giant Penises Parade Streets of Japan

The wooden phallus has grown over time, as it is replaced each year, so that it is now about 2.5 meters (13 feet) long and weighs 280 kilograms (620 pounds).

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Elephant in the Room

In this edition we take you to Somalia, Japan, China, Pakistan and Cuba.

March 2016 Marks a Time of Change and Rage for Japanese Television Broadcasting

Japanese broadcasters heading for the exit are using their remaining airtime to highlight the government's increasingly autocratic approach to press freedoms.

23 March 2016

Which Japanese Convenience Stores Attract the Most Insects? One Student Decided to Find Out

Japanese social media can't get enough of the middle schooler's science experiment. One photo of his results was retweeted more than 16,000 times.

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