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Stories about Japan

28 March 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Elephant in the Room

In this edition we take you to Somalia, Japan, China, Pakistan and Cuba.

March 2016 Marks a Time of Change and Rage for Japanese Television Broadcasting

Japanese broadcasters heading for the exit are using their remaining airtime to highlight the government's increasingly autocratic approach to press freedoms.

23 March 2016

Which Japanese Convenience Stores Attract the Most Insects? One Student Decided to Find Out

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.

19 March 2016

Japanese Mapping Project Records Last Movements of 2011 Tsunami Victims

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.

8 March 2016

Japan Observes International Women's Day With Mimosa Flowers and Grim Statistics

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.

5 March 2016

Photographs of Ramen, the Comfort Food Japan Has Elevated to a Fine Art

While the rest of the world may be more familiar with sushi, perhaps Japan's most beloved food is ramen.

4 March 2016

The Japanese Opposition's Mascot Has Reason to Fear for His Job

"...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."

28 February 2016

Is Japan Having Sex?

How much sex are Japanese people having, anyway, and could having more sex help Japan improve its declining birth rate?

27 February 2016

Hokkaido's Popular Poplar Cut Down Because of Misbehaving Tourists

The tree had increasingly become a tourist attraction in recent years, with people traveling to visit the tree to snap its picture.

24 February 2016

Volunteer Disaster Relief Efforts Cultivate a Friendship Between Taiwanese and Japanese

"You helped us and we weren’t even your friends, so of course we came to help. Japan and Taiwan will be best friends forever."

21 February 2016

Fascinating 16mm Films of Japan, Hong Kong and Asia From the Last Century

Michael Rogge has uploaded a collection of videos documenting life in Japan and other parts of Asia at the dawn of the continent's economic transformation.

18 February 2016

A New Poster Shows Just How Desperate Japan's Hated Opposition Party Is for Votes

Japan's DPJ has released an election poster that asks voters to hold their nose and vote for them. Desperate?

15 February 2016

Citizens Protest Against Trinidad Mayor's ‘Vulgar’ Victim-Blaming Statements

"Clothing does not cause violence. Dark streets do not cause violence. Walking alone at night does not cause violence."

11 February 2016

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

4 February 2016

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

28 January 2016

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

23 January 2016

Get a Glimpse of Life in ‘Fair Japan’

Japanophiles, rejoice! Many amazing images of the country can be found in the New York Public Library's digital image archive, now in the public domain.

17 January 2016

Viral Story About Special Train Service for Hokkaido Schoolgirl Causes Problems for Student

Heard of that viral story about the train station in Japan with just one young passenger? It's full of inaccuracies. And the female student is being harassed by train nerds.

12 January 2016

Japan Celebrates the Spectacular Images of a Volcanic Island Being Born

A volcano south of Japan is providing spectacular images of a new island's slow creation.

7 January 2016

Japan and South Korea's Historic ‘Comfort Women’ Deal Angers Surviving Victims

The Imperial Japanese Army forced women from across Asia forced into sexual slavery during WWII. The surviving victims and some right-wing Japanese politicians weren't on board with this agreement.

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