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8:00 AM on 04.26.2014

Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident

I don't have anything against The Bieb. In fact, I find the hate for him somewhat petty. I mean, it's not like he's against vaccines or whatever. That said, causing an international incident is something you really shoul...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack

Oh, the woes of living close to North Korea. Anybody living close the antagonistic, aggressive dictatorship has to worry about their constant threats of attack. Even if most of these threats are mere political posturing, it's...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awarene...

Brad Rice

7:00 PM on 01.31.2014

South Korea hosts 'Comfort Women' exhibit at French con

The Japanese government is none too pleased by an exhibit at France's Festival de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme, one of the biggest manga festivals in Europe. The exhibit in question details Japan's atrocities during World Wa...

Brad Rice

11:57 PM on 01.04.2014

Cooler Japan: Japanese gov't opening new anime channel

I'm hardly in a position to say whether Japan's culture export-focused "soft power" initiative, dubbed "Cool Japan" is successful, but whatever you think of it, it's good news to see that they're still rolling along with it. ...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Comic Book Defense Fund gives an epic speech at Comiket

In case you weren't keeping up, the 84th Comic Market ("Comiket") happened in Japan a few days ago. And on the off chance you don't know what that is, it's pretty much Japan's - and possibly the world's - largest comic c...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 05.31.2013

Uh-oh: Anti-Loli bills return to Japanese politics

Ooh, boy, here we go again! It seems that Japanese politicians have seen the low-hanging fruit, and returned to the subject of legislating morality, with the exploitation of non-existent underage youngsters once again the tar...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Osaka mayor says WWII comfort women necessary

The issue of comfort women and Japan's atrocities in World War II is a delicate subject. Even now, there is a lot of animosity between Japan and China and the Koreas because of what happened. But you do not go ahead and say t...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 05.06.2013

English teachers ahoy: Japan to expand JET program 200%

Have you ever wanted to live in Japan? If you're reading this site, chances are you've at least considered it. And for many an English-speaker, the most accessible gateway to living in Glorious Nippon has been the Japan Excha...

Josh Tolentino

12:45 PM on 09.17.2012

Anisama Shanghai 2012 axed due to Anti-Japan protests

In case you've not been following international news of late, you're in for a bit of facepalming over politics. It seems the rising tensions between China and Japan over the territorial status of the Senkaku islands (cal...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 AM on 07.24.2012

Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president

Another day, another Morning Puppy post! Wait, that's not a running feature? Why the hell not? Japan's latest prime minister Yoshihiko Noda recently met with Vladimir Putin in Mexico. Eventually, Noda promised to deliver an ...

Bob Muir

4:00 PM on 02.24.2012

AKB48 doesn't want you to kill yourself

Blame it on demanding jobs, societal expectations, or historical methods of atonement, but Japan has a high suicide rate. In fact, when it comes to people killing themselves, Japan ranks 7th in the world. The ruling Democrati...

Bob Muir