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Stories about 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".

5 January 2017

A Japanese Researcher Tweets Vintage Photos Colorized Using Neural Networks

Anyone can use this interesting web-based tool to add color to black-and-white images.

30 December 2016

A Satellite Launch Lights Up the Night Sky Over Japan

"A beautiful glow in the nighttime sky." "It was really impressive."

29 December 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Observes Pearl Harbor Anniversary

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.

23 December 2016

Transportation Showdown: Japanese Mascots’ Big Butts Vs. Train Doors

Japanese mascots often have a hard time boarding trains. It's because of their butts.

17 December 2016

Masaki C. Matsumoto: English-Speaking, LGBT, Queer and Feminist in Japan

Masaki C. Matsumoto writes in both Japanese and English about LGBTQ+ issues in Japan. He was recently interviewed by Anime Feminist about the portrayal of LGBTQ in manga and anime.

15 December 2016

Japan's ‘Kanji of the Year’ Choice Refers to the Olympics, Political Scandal and Trump

The kanji for "gold" was selected by the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society based on the results of a nationwide poll. And now people are having fun with it.

3 December 2016

Innovative Japanese Mapping Project Returns With Interactive Map of 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack

An innovative online mapping project, which incorporates historical photographs and eyewitness testimony re-colorized by neural networks, brings the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to life.

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