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Justin Bieber

Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident


Do you even geopolitics?
Apr 26
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... read
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Japan

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack


Well, for the most part
Apr 11
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... read
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Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness


Poko Murata's billboard in gay neighborhood draws ire from local government
Mar 19
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... read
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World War II

South Korea hosts 'Comfort Women' exhibit at French con


A major European manga festival is battleground for proxy war
Jan 31
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... read
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Cool Japan

Cooler Japan: Japanese gov't opening new anime channel


Coming to an Asia near you
Jan 04
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. ... read
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Comic Book Legal Defense

Comic Book Defense Fund gives an epic speech at Comiket


Telling it like it is on Manga Freedom
Aug 19
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... read
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Anti-Loli Bills

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


They fought the law, but the law wants to win!
May 31
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... read
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Osaka mayor says WWII comfort women necessary


Abandon the Old in Politics
May 14
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... read
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JET Program Expansion

English teachers ahoy: Japan to expand JET program 200%


Hangs gigantic 'Help Wanted' sign outside door
May 06
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... read
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Anisama Shanghai 2012 axed due to Anti-Japan protests


Sep 17
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... read
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Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president


Jul 24
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 ... read
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AKB48 doesn't want you to kill yourself


Feb 24
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... read
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Japan's latest PM: Yoshihiko Noda


Aug 30
Once again, Japan has a new prime minister. Naoto Kan has left the building, and the Japanese parliament has elected Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda as their next prime minister. Wondering why there's a picture of a... read
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Wikileaks reveals Japanese spy agency


Feb 21
Call me cynical, but I kind of figure that if you don't assume every industrialized nation has a spy agency, then you're a bit naïve. A thread on FG revealed a link to The Sydney Morning Herald which covers the Wikileaks... read
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OH SNAP: Manga author protests Bill 156, refuses award


Jan 05
In a gesture that can only be regarded as a big middle finger to the Tokyo Metro Government and Governor Ishihara, a prominent mangaka has decided to refuse an honor given to him by the upcoming Tokyo Anime Fair.Noboru Kawasa... read
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Artists fight the anti-everything bill with sexy doujins


Dec 28
Tokyo Governor Ishihara might have thought he struck the final blow against otaku and their warped DNA with  the passage of Bill 156 (aka the anti-everything bill) but nay, say those who still care about free speech and ... read
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Love is over. Well, any love that Tokyo's government deems "harmful" or "unjustifiably glorified and exaggerated". That's over Bill 156, also known as the "virtual crimes bill" or the "nonex... read feature

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Tokyo Gov supports anti-loli bill: 'Japan's too untamed'


Dec 06
I'm sure you've heard of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's latest attempt to reintroduce its infamous "anti-loli" bill, now revised to be an "anti-everything" bill. Some powerful people are behind the at... read
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Rejoice: Japan backpedals on paranoid package restriction


Nov 30
Good news, everyone who wants to buy things from Glorious Nippon! The land of the rising sun has decided to scupper its previous plans to ban all personal packages weighing over one pound from being air-mailed to the United S... read
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Lawyers and luminaries rise up against new anti-loli bill


Nov 29
Though defeated numerous times before, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is back, and has reintroduced a revised version of their original "nonexistent youth" protection bill, only now with new language allowing the... read
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Tokyo Anti-Loli bill is now an Anti-Everything bill


Nov 23
Well, practically everything, so far as it encompasses whatever potentially weird things you might think are kind of kinky that happen to be present in manga, anime and/or videogames. Yes, friends, the Tokyo Metropolitan Gove... read
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President Obama visits Japan, hangs out with robots


Nov 15
One thing I've come to admire about President Obama is the fact that, no matter how awkward the situation may be, he is essentially always able to maintain an unmatched cool and calm composure. Whether it be at countless tire... read
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Former Prime Minister Taro Aso hawks moe sake


Oct 27
Woah, moe sake? Feels a little deja vu in here. But here's a new twist: Taro Aso, former Prime Minister of Japan from 2008 to 2009, is encouraging young Japanese people to drink moe sake.Kotaku heard about... read
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Politician's tweet takes a turn for the moe - and strange


Oct 21
I love it when Twitter messes something up like this. You've got your average politician, Meg Whitman, running for governor of California. Your spokesperson, Sarah Pompei, was retweeting a video that would help promote her ca... read
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Kobe considers banning tattoos at the beach


Sep 04
The Western world is much more accepting of tattoos these days, due to their massive popularity among the younger crowd. These days, having a tattoo isn't a sign that you're a hoodlum or troublemaker, but a permanent badge of... read
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Sound trucks in Tokyo are f'n loud!


Aug 20
Our pal Cheapy D created this video on his YouTube channel to show off the sound trucks and how much noise these as*holes can make. In the video he explains that protesters are making noise (literally and figuratively) agains... read
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North Korea demands apology for Japanese colonialism


Aug 13
Back in 1965, Japan and Korea put aside their differences over Japan's brutal colonization of Korea - which included forcing men into military service, forcing women into sexual slavery as "comfort women," seizing t... read
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Japanese PM's harshest critic is his wife


Aug 02
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has enough problems to deal with when it comes to politics. His Democratic Party of Japan is facing an uphill battle against their strong opponent, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the econo... read
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Nuclear powers sending representatives to Hiroshima event


Jul 28
For the first time in, well, ever, the U.S., Britain, and France will all be sending official government representatives to a memorial event held for victims kiled by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The three nuclear po... read
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The Democratic Party of Japan is 'already dead'


Jul 17
In case you haven't been keeping up with Japan's politics, things aren't going so well for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Yukio Hatoyama resigned back on June 2, ending his incredibly brief stint as Prime Ministe... read
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Beards are now forbidden!


Jun 20
Well, at least if you're a government employee located in the city of Isesaki. As part of an energy-saving campaign, the Gunma prefecture city has instituted a new rule banning its employees from growing beards. (There is no ... read
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Yay: Anti-loli Nonexistent Youth bill voted down


Jun 15
Lovers of lolis and/or freedom can rejoice, for a grave threat to 2-D waifus everywhere has been suppressed...for now.Yesterday the Tokyo General Affairs Committee voted down the infamous "Nonexistent Youth" bill, w... read






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