Stories about Japan from May, 2016
How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years
From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.
‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says
An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug
"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."
On Not Becoming a Buddhist
Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?
A Japanese City Uses Frightening CGI to Teach Residents Tsunami Survival
Do you know where to run if a tsunami strikes? The city of Kamakura has created a simulation that aims to help residents answer this question.
Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?
By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?
Striking Google Satellite Photos Show Landslide Damage in Japan After Earthquakes
At least 49 people died in collapsed buildings and landslides, and tens of thousands more were evacuated as the result of frequent and violent aftershocks.
Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II
Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.
Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star
Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.
For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter
A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.