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Stories about Japan

22 January 2018

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

The Bridge

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

12 January 2018

‘We Have Entered the World of Adulthood, so We'll Do Our Best!’ Japan Marks Coming of Age Day

Reunions, revelry and motorized mischief mark Coming of Age Day in Japan.

4 January 2018

Many Japanese Don’t See the Problem With Blackface on New Year’s Eve TV

"Note to japanese performing in #BlackFace: #Blackness is not a punchline nor a prop. Need jokes? Get better writers. Need a black character, get a black actor that speaks Japanese."

30 December 2017

Incarceration of Left-wing Japanese Newspaper Editor Sparks Fears of Threat to Free Speech

"We are very concerned that these types of suppression against citizens by the police will expand. The whole purpose of [conspiracy law] is to repress citizen movement and the press."

15 December 2017

Twitter Japan is Not a Safe Space for Minority Users

Global Voices Advocacy

"Of respondents who reported they found it unpleasant when coming across discriminatory articles online (as described above), 19.8% said they would refrain from using the Internet."

20 November 2017

Japanese Students Practice Taking Cover for Missiles Passing Overhead. But What About a Direct Attack?

Students took part in a drill in preparation for a missile attack. But there are no hints about what to do in the aftermath.

10 November 2017

Traveling Japan by Bus… on YouTube

One YouTube user has traveled from one end of Japan to the other by local bus, uploading video of the entire trip.

6 November 2017

Watch a Short History of Japan's Frighteningly Good Horror Films

A YouTube channel offers an excellent introduction to Japanese horror cinema.

30 October 2017

Japan's Largest Diwali Celebration Featured Food, Dancing and a Naan Flatbread Mascot

Thanks to increasing ties between the two countries, the number of Indians living in Japan has increased over the past two decades to at least 28,000.

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

21 October 2017

How One Verification Team Worked to Debunk Misleading Information About the Japanese Election

"Hey, non-Japanese are not prohibited from participating in Japanese elections, okay? I wonder why they do it. Does it feel good to spread such false rumors?"

‘Super Typhoon’ Threatens Japan, Japanese Elections

A "super typhoon"--equivalent to a category five hurricane--is threatening Japan and the country's general election.

16 October 2017

What's at Stake in Japan's Snap Election? The Country's ‘Peace Constitution’, for One

Japan votes on October 22. The campaign has seen the disintegration of one political party, and the birth of two new ones, plus plans to change the 'peace constitution.'

7 October 2017

Achieving Barrier-Free Access Proves a Hurdle in Japan's 2020 Paralympics Preparations

The Bridge

With only three years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Japanese government will have to work quickly to make the games truly barrier-free.

6 October 2017

How People Hang Things Up to Dry In Japan

Some people have fun hanging clothes in Japan, while others appear to be indifferent to the task.

4 October 2017

Aoyagi Bisen's Beautiful Calligraphy Has Earned Her a Social Media Following in Japan

Aoyagi Bisen's video of her writing one of the most complicated Chinese characters went viral in September.

2 October 2017

Japan's Removal from South Korea's Winter Olympics Map Revives Old Disputes Between the Two Neighbors

The organizing committee of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics explained that the omission of Japan on the map was a simple technical mistake.

21 September 2017

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

18 September 2017

For Some Stunning Photos of Japan, Check Out Tokyo Camera Club

Whether you live in Tokyo or not, anyone can submit an image to be considered for Tokyo Camera Club's feed, as long as the photo is of someplace in Japan.

16 September 2017

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

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