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.

All Stories by Casey Baseel

New single moves AKB48 to second place on all-time Japanese CD sales list, but is it enough?

Idol group’s newest song is its 36th million-seller in a row, but a recent change may mean it’s leaving a ton of money on the table.

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Foreign technical trainees accused of shoplifting 12.58 million yen of drugstore goods in Japan

Vietnamese nationals accused of swiping thousands of cosmetic items and medicines.

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The top 10 famous men that Japanese women wish would make love to them【Survey】

Manga-adaptation actors and musicians abound in the list of desired fandom consummations.

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Is overtime work in Tokyo going to get worse thanks to the Olympics’ new last train schedules?

Tokyo’s last trains are too early for many travelers and partiers, but they’re a God-send for overworked office employees.

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Epic Street Fighter comeback actually isn’t a comeback, but is something even more amazing【Vid】

Taking the concept of action movies and applying them to fighting games is an awesome new idea for e-sports professionals.

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Disney stops selling, producing Frozen Blu-rays in Japan as drug arrest fallout continues

Voice actor’s white powder activities put his snowman Olaf performance on ice.

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Sakura shine at beautiful art installation at Tokyo Sky Tree’s Solamachi complex

Sakura and jellyfish: an unusual, but beautiful, combination.

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“In the end, she’s just a woman!” Man forcibly licks woman’s face on Tokyo street【Videos】

Police press attacker to the pavement in take-down.

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Honey with Hornets from Japan is exactly what it sounds like【Photos】

No beating around the bush with this buzz-worthy stinger-enhanced sweetener.

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Drinkable rice balls appear in Japan, allow you to chug the country’s favorite snack on the go

Onigiri cross over into the beverage world in this revolutionary taste test.

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Bloody, ridiculous high-heel requirement for Japanese women at work sparks online movement

Women in Japan are often required to wear heels for job hunting and office work, but the #KuToo movement wants to squash that part of the dress code.

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Otaku nearing death can have anime collections appraised by Japanese company before they pass on

Living Appraisal service helps family decide what to do with all the Blu-rays, figures, and plushies that departed otaku can’t take with them.

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Anime cosplayer burglar arrested in Japan, can’t stop dressing up/stealing

”Get in the damn prison cell, Shinji!”

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Our lovestruck reporter tries to make a batch of cookies for his girlfriend for Japan’s White Day

After getting love-dovey Valentine’s Day chocolate for the first time in his life, Seiji steps into the SoraKitchen to make cookies that require no butter or liquid.

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Rich and bald or handsome and poor? Survey asks Japanese women who’d they’d rather marry

Does a thick wad of bills make up for a thin head of hair?

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Idol singer mega-group AKB48 cancels annual General Election following string of scandals

Event will be skipped for the first time in 10 years, leaving fans to find some other way to throw money at their favorite idol units.

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Barely half of Japanese men in survey will give thank-you gift to women for Valentine’s chocolate

Richer men in study found to spend less per-gift than their poorer counterparts.

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Wrinkly Pikachu cookies are the latest Japanese interpretation of Ryan Reynold’s CG Pikachu

Edible fan art comes after the latest preview taste of the live-action Detective Pokémon movie.

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Godiva Japan unveils beautiful cherry blossom party cake, but you won’t find it at fancy stores

Gourmet chocolatier is selling its mouthwatering sakura/matcha combo where ordinary people go to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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Pepsi’s new Japan Cola has a special ingredient: one of Japan’s most delicious sweets seasonings

Japan-exclusive soft drink has a citrus finish, but it’s not from oranges, lemons, or limes.

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