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· April, 2017

Stories about Japan from April, 2017

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

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.

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

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

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.

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.

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."

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."

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?

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