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7 July 2017

In Effort to Stop Anti-Korean Hate Speech, Osaka Mayor Wants to Loosen Internet Privacy Laws

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For more than a decade, Osaka and other communities with large populations of ethnic Korean residents have struggled to deal with far-right organizations that target ethnic Koreans and other minorities.

Early Typhoon Brings Torrential Rains and Deadly Flooding to Japan

"It's become apparent there has been massive destruction."

1 July 2017

In Japan, Paraplegic Man Resorts to Crawling Up Stairs After Being Refused Help Boarding Plane

"Why is Japan's implementation of "barrier free" so excessively luxurious?"

29 June 2017

Beatles Memorial Day Marks the Anniversary of the Iconic Band’s First Visit to Japan

The 1966 visit by the Beatles to Japan is regarded as a turning point in Japanese postwar culture.

17 June 2017

Japan's Controversial Anticonspiracy Bill Becomes Law

"It's possible that the law, which is intended to deal with organized crime groups, will expand to affect ordinary citizens."

16 June 2017

Japanese Traditional Sweets Day Means Twitter Is Full of Mouth-Watering Photos of ‘Wagashi’

Did you know Japan has observed "traditional sweets day" on June 16 for more than a thousand years?

10 June 2017

Locals Rejoice as Restart Planned for Nuclear Power Plant

The reactor restarts are welcome news to isolated host communities. However, residents of one of Japan's most densely populated regions are fearful about the potential for another massive nuclear accident.

3 June 2017

A Hashtag in Support of Victims Takes Off on Japanese Twitter After a High-Profile Journalist Is Accused of Sexual Assault

In Japan, as in other countries, many sexual assaults go unreported, but one victim has decided to go public in the hope of getting justice.

27 May 2017

On the 45th Anniversary of Okinawa's Return to Japan, People Protest US Presence

It's been 45 years since the United States returned Okinawa to Japan. But American bases still dominate the landscape, and the politics of the prefecture.

22 May 2017

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

"Is there anyone out there who is going to say, "Wow, cool, I can customize my smartphone case with salmon roe?" I think I'll be the only one."

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

13 May 2017

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

6 May 2017

Photographer Chronicles Day-to-Day Life in Tokyo

From stunning portraits to cultural scenes that may not be around for much longer, Lee Chapman is passionate about documenting life in Tokyo.

1 May 2017

A Software Engineer's Blog Takes Readers on Bike Rides Through Japan's Backroads

Friedl's blog is a great way to explore Japan by bike, even if you aren't in Japan or don't necessarily own a bike.

29 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.

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."

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