Stories about Japan from March, 2016
The wooden phallus has grown over time, as it is replaced each year, so that it is now about 2.5 meters (13 feet) long and weighs 280 kilograms (620 pounds).
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Japanese broadcasters heading for the exit are using their remaining airtime to highlight the government's increasingly autocratic approach to press freedoms.
Japanese social media can't get enough of the middle schooler's science experiment. One photo of his results was retweeted more than 16,000 times.
A new online mapping project tracks the last movements of more than a thousand people who perished in the March 2011 tsunami that affected Japan's northeastern Tohoku region.
International Women's Day comes less than a week after a Japanese government survey showed that 30% of working women report being sexually harassed in Japan.
While the rest of the world may be more familiar with sushi, perhaps Japan's most beloved food is ramen.
"...I think a better idea is to take him down to Hello Work [employment centers], get him some retraining and introduce him to a new workplace."