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Japan's Emperor plans to step down in near future

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 to be Emperor i...

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Japanator supports love!

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social media and the int...

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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 shouldn't do, no mat...

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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 got to make th...


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 awareness ad to run in...

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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 War II, focusing ...

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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. After all, it l...

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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 convention, and ...

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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 target du jour.&nb...


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 that the women f...

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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 Exchange and Teachin...


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 (called "Diaoyu" in...


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 Akita puppy to ...


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 Democratic Party of Japa...


Japan's latest PM: Yoshihiko Noda

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 loach as the h...


Wikileaks reveals Japanese spy agency

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 revelation tha...


OH SNAP: Manga author protests Bill 156, refuses award

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 Kawasaki, known for h...


Artists fight the anti-everything bill with sexy doujins

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 not letting pru...


FFFUUU-- Part 2: Tokyo anti-loli bill passes for real

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 "nonexistent youth bi...


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

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 attempt, includin...


Rejoice: Japan backpedals on paranoid package restriction

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 States.This is n...


Lawyers and luminaries rise up against new anti-loli bill

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 them to restrict p...


Tokyo Anti-Loli bill is now an Anti-Everything bill

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 Government's infamo...


President Obama visits Japan, hangs out with robots

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 tiresome press conf...


Former Prime Minister Taro Aso hawks moe sake

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 a recent event...


Politician's tweet takes a turn for the moe - and strange

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 cause. Of course,...


Kobe considers banning tattoos at the beach

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 individuality....


Sound trucks in Tokyo are f'n loud!

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) against the Russian o...


North Korea demands apology for Japanese colonialism

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 thousands of art...


Japanese PM's harshest critic is his wife

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 economy is still not...


Nuclear powers sending representatives to Hiroshima event

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 powers have surpr...


The Democratic Party of Japan is 'already dead'

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 Minister and leading t...


Beards are now forbidden!

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 word on whether...


Yay: Anti-loli Nonexistent Youth bill voted down

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, which would have...


Kan cup charges to creation

Newly-appointed prime minister Naoto Kan is already making waves, and apparently no industry is affected more than the ceramic cup industry. Now that the short-lived era of Yukio Hatoyama has ended, it's time to shift everyone's focus towar...


Yes we (Naoto) Kan: Japan picks a new PM

It's done. The brief age of Yukio Hatoyama is over, and once again, Glorious Nippon has gone and chosen a new leader to, ideally, bring back that whole "Glorious" part to the title.  His name is Naoto Kan, and with his electi...


Opposition to Tokyo's anti-loli bill spills into fiction

The fight over the fate of fictional lolis everywhere (within the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) might not be over, but one side is surely girding itself for battle.It seems that the latest group to join those opposed to the bill (which aims to a...


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