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Stories about Japan

Short film demonstrates what it can be like to be black in Japan

A boy must endure and somehow learn, own his own, how to deal with the racist taunts of his new classmates.  

Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan accused of censorship after taking down Tokyo Olympics parody

The April issue of the club's magazine featured the Tokyo Olympics' emblem depicted in the shape of a coronavirus, which reportedly prompted copyright complaints from the Olympic Organising Committee.

Following COVID-19 closure, Ghibli Museum posts mini-tours online

One of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube.

Are Japanese ‘murder hornets’ invading North America?

It's unlikely they will murder you, but they pose a serious threat to apiaries.

Japanese superfood can't combat COVID-19, but may prolong your life

In mid-March, a consumer research company in Japan found that nearly 40 percent of Japanese people they surveyed incorporated special foods into their diet in order to "boost their immune...

Top Japanese pop stars upload music to YouTube to boost spirits during lockdown

With their spring and summer stadium tours canceled, a variety of Japanese pop superstars decided to help lift the spirits of fans who were now largely confined to home.

As Japan's COVID-19 cases jump four-fold, Abe government launches response

Although Japan seemed to have largely contained COVID-19 in February and early March, confirmed cases nearly quadrupled since March 23.

Japan resurrects ‘Amabie’, an ancient supernatural creature, to fight COVID-19

"Was there a monster that was loved so quickly in such a short time?"

‘Comfort women’ documentary generates worldwide interest—and a lawsuit against its director

"My film is about how the 'comfort women' issue is discussed now, and why there are so many people who have devoted so much time and resources towards erasing it"

Battered by criticism, Abe government scrambles to save Japan from COVID-19

"Just cancel it!" (#中止だ中止), a line from the 1988 animated film Akira about the cancellation of the fictional Olympics, accompanied by a screenshot of the movie, trended on Japan Twitter.

Japan edges ever closer to a COVID-19 epidemic

As a ship with 454 infected passengers remains quarantined at berth in Yokohama, the likelihood of a potential epidemic within Japan has slowly started to sink in.

‘L Japan’: Kobe couple vlogs about lesbian life

Get an introduction to Japanese lesbian slang and more on this YouTube channel by Kobe residents Miho and Clare.

‘Mario Kart’ cosplay company crashes and burns after appealing Nintendo ruling

Patrons were encouraged to dress up in costumes provided by Maricart as characters from Nintendo's popular 'Mario Kart' series and 'race' around the city, but those days are over.

Subdued recognition in Japan for Sugihara Chiune on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.

What's in a ‘Japanese Adult Cream Pie'?

"Didn't McDonald's Japan understand how bad it sounds in English?" was a common reaction. "What were they thinking?"

Carlos Ghosn's great escape embarrasses Japanese government

The Japanese government has been embarrassed as details of Ghosn's escape expose systemic shortcomings in the country's police and prosecution services, the judicial system, passport security and more.

The intertwined origins of ‘kawaii’ and Japanese queer culture

"A major part of Rune's work that's rarely discussed is the work he did for the magazine Barazoku [...],the first mass-market magazine that catered to same-sex attracted men in Japan.

Popular ‘Nausicaä’ animated movie from Japan performed as kabuki play

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, one of Japan's most popular animated films, will be performed as a kabuki play in December, 2019 in Tokyo.

Pope Francis visit highlights Nagasaki's long Catholic history

The first papal visit to Japan in nearly four decades highlighted the country's historical Christian heritage, identified major challenges faced by the rest of the world.

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

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