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Japan's Emperor plans to step down in near future


Emperor Akihito makes his plans known
Jul 13
// Soul Tsukino
In a report from the NHK today, it was said that Japanese Emperor Akihito may abdicate his role in the next few years and pass along the title to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. The reports state that Akihito wishes not ...
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Hokkaido

Hokkaido is taking the air out of tourism


Hold on to your gas!
Apr 29
// Soul Tsukino
A downloadable guide put out by The Hokkaido Tourism Organization to help foreigners understand the customs of Japan's northernmost island sparked a bit of an outrage recently when it was found it to be offensive. C...
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Japan

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack


Well, for the most part
Apr 11
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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Japan

Tokyo at highest risk to suffer natural disaster


Pretty sure giant monsters would be considered unnatural
Apr 02
// Pedro Cortes
When you think of natural disasters, what cities pop up in your mind? At least for me, I think of places like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Well, according to a 2013 study performed by insurance company Swis...

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Japan

Host club shut down, forced 90 women into prostitution


The other choice wasn't much better
Feb 28
// Pedro Cortes
There's been a lot said about the vicious circle of host clubs in Japan. How female hosts prey on the salary men, how male hosts prey on their lonely wives, how the female hosts then go to the male hosts for the same services...
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Aksys

Nice move: Aksys to hold sale for Typhoon Haiyan victims


The Philippines called, wants to say thanks!
Nov 20
// Josh Tolentino
As you may know, on November 7th, the category 5 tropical cyclone Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) struck the eastern portion of the Philippines - becoming the strongest tropical storm ever to make landfall - and wreaking catas...
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Cosplay

Popular Malaysian cosplayer now a murder suspect


Cosplay community deeply saddened
Oct 24
// Amber Hunt
Ng Yuk Tim, a 15-year-old girl from Malaysia went missing not too long ago. Now, the missing girl has been found dead. The man who allegedly murdered her is apparently a big One Piece fan; the 23-year-old suspect ...
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Environment

Pollution from China found at Mt. Fuji


Get sick at 3,776 meters
Oct 07
// Pedro Cortes
Mt. Fuji, one of the most picturesque locales in the world, is suffering from Chinese pollution. According to an article from Japan Today, scientists have found that the famous mountain has almost double the amount of Mercury...
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Norio Wakamoto Championship finally exists


Mar 27
// Chris Walden
It's finally here. An event that has been predicted since the beginning of time is finally being realised, and it'll be happening at Moe Culture Festival 2012. This is a new event being held by both Good Smile Company and Nip...
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Keep your junk warm this winter with a Puella Magi


Jan 11
// Chris Walden
Chara-Ani are back with their latest money-grabbing scheme, this time in the form of 100% cotton undergarments. Of course, as exciting as that news is, there would have to be a reason to be talking about it here, right? Well,...
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Tomonobu Itagaki is a playable character in Saint Row


Sep 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
Is this a first for a game? A Japanese developer is a playable character in a Western game? I think so. While the whole thing may seem a bit ridiculous, you have to admit it makes some sense. I mean, Who's a bigger beast...
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Arashi promote Japan tourism, prance around like idiots


Jul 13
// Tyler Jones
Japan's tourism industry is doing pretty poorly this year due to the disaster. A new video called "Message From Japan" is meant to promote tourism by featuring the pop group Arashi, who will welcome tourists to their nation a...
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Tohoku gets some love from top New York chefs


Jul 07
// Tyler Jones
In a move that I would dare to call 'badical,' several top New York chefs have flown to Japan to prepare some of their signature dishes for those affected by the recent earthquakes. Daniel Boulud led a group of renowned chefs...
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Pranking Indonesians makes them... not get mad


Jun 21
// Tyler Jones
Apparently the Indonesians are among the slowest to anger. After reading an international study on the subject, a Japanese TV show sent comedian Udo Suzuki to Indonesia to do his best to piss people off and see what would hap...
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Japan working on immigration point system


Jun 15
// Tyler Jones
The Japanese government is considering a new system for allowing skilled immigrants into the country by grading them on a 100 point scale. Points would be given for things like employment history, company position, education,...
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Arabic manga attempts to promote its cultural roots


Sep 14
// Bob Muir
Last time we checked in on how the rest of the world contributes to the manga format, we saw the U.S. military financing a manga intended to promote American-Japanese relations, trying to explain why we've still got troops ov...
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Chinese economy trumps Japanese in Hetalia-unrelated move


Aug 17
// Lauren Rae Orsini
It sounds like a new Hetalia fanfic: After years of burgeoning growth, China has dominated Japan and become the world's second largest economy. The news came from Tokyo on Monday when economists noticed that Japan's econ...
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North Korea demands apology for Japanese colonialism


Aug 13
// Bob Muir
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...
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Nuclear powers sending representatives to Hiroshima event


Jul 28
// Bob Muir
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...
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Antiwhaling protester lucks out


Jul 07
// Crystal White
The controversy over whaling practices are a big deal in Japan, and around the world. But one New Zealand protester took things to the extreme, and now he'll be serving jail time for it. Peter Bethune, 45, was accused of tres...
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Someone's making a Russian eroge


Jan 11
// Josh Tolentino
It's quite simply titled "IIchan Eroge Project," developed by the appropriately-named "IIchan Eroge Team," IIchan being the Russian-language equivalent of 4chan or 2ch.There's not too much known about the ...
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Jellyfish siege of Japan continues


Dec 01
// Jon Snyder
Japanator now brings you the latest news from the oceanic battlefront. The siege of deadly Nomura's jellyfish, which has already claimed one fishing trawler, continues to plague Japan with no end in sight. Aside from clogging...
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Who is our hero?


Dec 01
// Jon Snyder
These are trying times, and the Earth is in peril. The world's economy has been destroyed by the greedy and the incompetent. Poverty, famine, war and disease kills thousands every day. Our shortsightedness even threatens to d...
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Japanese hidden camera show uses sniper attacks for comedy, world media reacts predictably


Oct 18
// Andres Cerrato
Japan loves to take things over the top. Some of its game shows probably violate several conventions of the UN Declaration of Rights of Man. Though one show in particular, Panic Face King, to some internationally, may have ta...
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Huff-Po and Forbes spew 'utter nonsense' about Japan


Oct 06
// Zac Bentz
A child abduction case between Christopher Savoie and his ex-wife Noriko is making something of a splash in the US press. The couple, whose marriage began to break down after thirteen years in Japan, left that country and mov...
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Welcome to 3 months ago: Japan getting ready to flip out over Susan Boyle


Aug 31
// Josh Tolentino
Susan Boyle. Remember her? Portly Scottish lady, sings quite well, surprised Simon Cowell? Yeah, that Susan Boyle. While her fifteen minutes may be up in most parts of the world, the wave is approaching the shores of Glorious...
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Japan: The worst place ever to have the flu


May 07
// Dale North
I know, I know. The Swine Flu was sooo last week. But this whole business of Japanese hospitals sending away sick patients is new. And wrong.Tokyo area hospitals are refusing examinations to those suffering from fever or othe...
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Google maps incite anger with Edo period maps of Japan


May 06
// Chelsea Thompson
Last year, Google added woodblock-print, Edo-era maps of Japan to its service. It seems that the Japanese have begun to take notice of this and are not happy; mainly because these maps can be viewed overlaying current satelli...
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Weirdest theft ever? Vials of bull semen stolen from research lab


Apr 08
// Colette Bennett
Yeah, we know Japan is weird, but this is weirder than weird. Asahi.com reports that it was revealed yesterday that 143 vials of bull semen were stolen from the Miyazaki Livestock Research Institute in 2007. Why this news is ...
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Resonance film documents WWII Buddhist bell travels


Apr 06
// Zac Bentz
During WWII, everyone everywhere was melting down every last scrap of metal to aid in the war effort. For many Japanese communities, this meant dismantling their temples and melting down their huge, ancient brass bells.Afte...

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