Casey Baseel

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Casey Baseel spent his formative years staring in frustration at un-subtitled Japanese TV programming shown on Southern California’s international channel. Taking matters into his own hands, he moved to Tokyo to study the language, then found work in Yokohama a decade ago teaching, translating, and marketing hotels he can’t afford to stay in. When not participating in the eternal cycle of exercising to burn the calories form his love of Japanese food, Casey scours used comic and game shops for forgotten classics, drags his wife around the country in a quest to visit all its castles, sings karaoke not nearly as well as he thinks he does, and counts the days until the summertime bars open on Enoshima Beach.

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Japanese men and woman both have the same top requirement for a spouse in konkatsu poll

Communication skills and thoughtfulness make men’s and women’s lists, but don’t come out on top.

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Pokémon Oasis break room coming to Japanese ski resort this winter【Photos】

When you need to get in out of the cold, Pikachu and his pals are waiting for you with tabletop trick art opportunities.

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Japanese government wants to give people an extra 80,000 yen to have babies, but will it work?

Increase to Childbirth and Childcare Lump-Sum Grant is latest proposed plan to boost birth rate.

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85-year-old great-grandmother from Hiroshima is Japan’s newest virtual YouTuber/idol【Video】

And it’s all thanks to her “idiot grandchild.”

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Domino’s Pizza now sells fancy gold-topped cakes in Japan【Taste test】

Yeah, Domino’s? Let me get a large peperoni and a gateau au chocolat with gold leaf for delivery.

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J-pop singer Rina Aiuchi wins legal right to call herself Rina Aiuchi

Tokyo district says Detective Conan singer can once again use the name that everyone else already calls her.

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First live-action Spy x Family stage play video previews more in-costume cast members【Video】

Stage play gives first looks at Yuri and Fiona.

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“I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!” Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests

Never get into pointless arguments on the Internet, especially if the other person is friends with a yakuza member.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 4: Not Like a Dragon

The fourth and final stop on Mr. Sato’s look at Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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Japanese fish that beat Pokémon Sapphire are retiring from video game streaming【Video】

End of the line for the gamer fish that became some of the very best.

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Legendary pie shop Anna Miller’s returns to Tokyo with station popup shop【Taste test】

Hey, Mr. Sato, how do you like them apple (pies)?

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Clever trick gives Gundam duel on Tokyo’s 3-D billboard some of its coolest visuals yet【Video】

It’s always cool when two iconic mobile suits throw down, but it’s especially awesome this time.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 3: Crazy Town

Stories of blood, cockroaches, and the old days of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho.

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With entrance exams looming, “ads that only students can see” appear in Tokyo train stations

To the naked eye, these ads look like gibberish, but students cramming for entrance exams can see through the mystery.

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New Year’s Eve plans in Tokyo? Tokyo Metro won’t be running any extra late-night trains this year

You might need to pack it in early or be prepared to go all night.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 2: Towards the Gray Darkness

Mr. Sato continues his night out in Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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A visit to Japan’s one and only nuclear shelter maker【Photos】

Seiji learns about the importance of “positive pressure.”

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Is Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho as dangerous as the Yakuza games’ setting? Mr. Sato investigates

Our ace reporter hits the streets in his Kiryu Kazama cosplay to talk to the people who know Kabukicho best.

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Even by Hokkaido standards, Cape Chikyu is an amazingly beautiful place to visit【Photos】

Often-overlooked town boasts the top-ranked sightseeing spot on Hokkaido Natural Beauty 100 list.

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One of Tokyo’s busiest subway lines is adding women-only cars

Policy seeks to protect female passengers from gropers.

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