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Stories about Japan

21 October 2018

Digging up the lost George Lucas Japanese 1980s TV commercials

Japanese Twitter has unearthed a series of 1980s Japanese TV commercials featuring George Lucas singing the praises of consumer electronics giant Panasonic.

6 October 2018

Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over “comfort women” statue

The mayor of Osaka wrote a 10-page letter in English listing -- often in bolded, underlined text -- a litany of reasons for the breakup.

5 October 2018

Japan mortgages its future, choosing growth over environment

The Bridge

"One could speculate that the Japanese militarism of the early Showa period has simply been channeled into fanatical devotion to the principle of economic growth."

22 September 2018

Amidst typhoon rescue efforts in Japan, a Taiwanese diplomat dies. Did misinformation play a role?

Some hearsay even claimed that Taiwanese had to proclaim themselves as Chinese in order to get on the buses. The news had enraged [Taiwanese] netizens.

13 September 2018

Japan’s vending machines strike again—this time with pizza and crepes

There is one vending machine for every 23 people in Japan and they still never fail to surprise.

11 September 2018

Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years largely forgotten following massive earthquake

The media has struggled to cover the dizzying succession of disasters, leaving people feeling that some are eclipsing others in the public consciousness.

23 August 2018

Blooms of fire: How Japan celebrates summer with ‘hanabi’

The summer months of July and August in Japan are famed for their fireworks, known as 'hanabi' (花火) in Japanese. Here are some photos.

19 August 2018

Fans around the world celebrate as Akira turns 30

On July 16, 2018 netizens around the world marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Akira, a groundbreaking film that revolutionized animated movies forever.

8 August 2018

What happens when women report sexual assault in Japan?

"If this happens again I will feel more powerless knowing there's probably nothing I can do, and nothing the police will do."

26 July 2018

Go sightseeing in Japan, right on YouTube

What makes the videos useful for travelers or anyone interested in Japan is each video includes annotations in English, with time stamps, of what particular sightseeing spot is on screen.

14 July 2018

What's the story behind the samurai walking a cat, anyway?

The image depicting a shoeless samurai walking an armored cat pops up on social media from time to time.

12 July 2018

Questions swirl over Japanese government's response to deadly, unprecedented rains

"As unusual weather becomes the new normal, how are we to protect ourselves?"

1 July 2018

Was a Japanese cybersecurity expert murdered by an online troll?

When a previously anonymous internet celebrity in Japan revealed his true identity, his long-time troll was waiting to track him down.

14 June 2018

Taiwanese and Vietnamese activists are working together to pursue justice for the victims of the Vietnam marine life disaster

"This is the pain of Taiwanese. If we experience this kind of pain, we should not then inflict it on Vietnam."

9 June 2018

Japan's Hirokazu Kore'eda wins big at Cannes. Here's a short selection of his films.

"I have never made a film to praise or to criticize something. That kind of filmmaking is nothing but propaganda."

21 May 2018

Making Japan's hot springs more friendly for LGBT folks

"This is the first time I've entered a communal bath in 13 years. It made me so happy!”

16 May 2018

Japanese high school girls wear badges warning would-be train gropers: ‘I'm not going to take it!

"We want the idea that 'you must have been doing something to attract a chikan' to stop!"

7 May 2018

Tweeting out Japan's idiosyncratic folk customs

Fish heads, jumping frogs and conjugal foxes: one Twitter account takes a look at arcane folk traditions from every corner of Japan.

30 April 2018

Springtime in Japan means the return of the country's beloved swallows

For many Japanese people, the return of the swallows is something to look forward to, and an experience to treasure.

7 April 2018

How ‘Power Harassment’ and ‘Karoshi’ Continue to Cause Serious Problems for Japanese Workers

“Power harassment”, which includes verbal intimidation, emotional abuse, and forcing employees to work overtime with no pay, and “karoshi“ (or “death from over-work”), are becoming real perils in Japan.

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