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Stories about Japan

23 April 2017

Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of

Raw chicken, fish sperm, raw liver, "cherry blossom meat" and other Japanese foods you may not know about.

21 April 2017

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."

14 April 2017

Amidst Political Scandal and a Hate Crime Probe, Japan’s Old Rescript on Education Is Back

When a Japanese private school was caught making racist and nationalistic remarks, the ensuing scandal started a national conversation about the relevance of a pre-war imperial edict on education.

10 April 2017

Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II

On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.

8 April 2017

Osaka Becomes the First Municipality in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Foster Parents

"If you love the children you raise above all else, be you same-sex parents or parents of the opposite sex, that's all that's important to being a parent."

3 April 2017

Six Years On: How Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Are Recovering From the Tsunami

The report includes statistics from Japan's Reconstruction Ministry as well as surveys of evacuees themselves to provide a local perspective on efforts to recover from the 2011 "triple disaster."

1 April 2017

Ready Your Vaseline and Face Mask—It's Hay Fever Season in Japan

It is estimated that 1 in 4 of Japan’s population of 123 million people suffer from hay fever. Why are pollen allergies so common in Japan?

24 March 2017

Concrete Lovers, This Is What Social Housing Looks Like in Japan

An interesting blog devoted to documenting the concrete housing projects that have been home to several generations of Japanese since the end of the war.

19 March 2017

How One Small Japanese City Is Attracting Trainspotters

How is a small city in western Japan attracting thousands of tourists? Trainspotting.

16 March 2017

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

8 March 2017

Nyango Star, the Apple-Shaped Mascot Who Drums for Japan's Tohoku Region

"Anytime Nyango Star makes a public appearance it is to help Tohoku recover. The mascot isn't drumming for its personal gain but for its beloved home."

6 March 2017

Japanese Media Reports of Sagamihara Care Home Stabbings Overlook the Disabled Victims

The Bridge

Media reports have also placed great emphasis on finding a deeper motive behind the stabbings, in spite of the perpetrator's assertion that "....It is better that disabled people disappear.”

Japan Tries to Get Workers to Duck Out Early—With Poor Results

When the Japanese government launched Premium Friday the goal was to allow workers to quit work early, and then go out and shop. But it hasn't worked out that way.

27 February 2017

Obama, Japan's Fiery Start to Spring

Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.

New Immigration Policies Convince More Japanese Americans to Engage in the Radical Act of Remembering

Americans were discriminated against and incarcerated during World War II because of their ancestry. This created a generation of their descendants who don’t want to see it happen again.

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".

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