Richard Simmonds

Originally from Sussex in the UK, Richard came to Japan for the first time in 2011 to teach English. Deciding that only one stint as a student wasn’t enough he returned to go to university in Osaka where he still lives, working slowly towards his inevitable destiny of being killed in an avalanche of manga and textbooks, surrounded by the discarded wrappers of assorted matcha-flavour sweets and biscuits. Whilst continuing his love-hate- hate relationship with the Japanese language he works as a translator, writer and sometime bar pet gaijin.

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U.S. military personnel launch US$5 billion lawsuit against Tokyo Electrical Power Company

Lawsuit claims Tepco misled scale of 2011 Fukushima disaster, causing relief workers to be exposed to radiation.

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Baskin-Robbins unveils its only ice cream vending machine in Japan, and it’s in an odd location

Nothing says summer like delicious ice cream… and roadside toilets.

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Petition gathers support for men-only train carriages in Japan

Man (and woman) is born free and everywhere is in trains.

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Ethereal, doe-eyed Chinese cosplayer wins over Japanese Twitter 【Photos】

Meet the anime-doll lookalike who’s winning hearts all over the Internet. 

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Proof that Japanese Twitter users have Dragon Quest on the brain 【Pictures】

Brain-addled fans of the hugely popular Dragon Quest game series see it in everything around them.

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5 weird and wonderful Tokyo cafés worth a visit, perfect for breaking the ice on first dates

Go fishing, do some handicrafts, or just enjoy a nice cuppa with hedgehogs at these delightfully odd cafés.

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“My dog ate my salary” – Japanese Twitter user captures the aftermath on camera 【Pics】

Hundreds of dollars in cash left in tatters… and beyond repair?

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Mystery of Attack on Titan’s Levi’s lipstick-stained romantic dalliance at Japanese theme park

Wall mural of brave squad leader, and ladies’ favourite, Captain Levi proved irresistible for one lipstick-wearing fan.

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Retro freak classic game console returns in cocktail table form【Video】

Relive the classic games of your childhood on a piece of stylish furniture.

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Melodica musician surprises cosplayers with character’s anime and movie themes at convention【Vid】

Adorably awesome but timid prankster stalks cosplayers, with musical accompaniment, at Indiana’s Indy PopCon.

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Criminal discovered living in between arcade games in a Japanese amusement arcade

Thief managed to steal 1,230,000 yen (US$11,184) worth of stuff.

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Final Fantasy XV cosplayers go off-road, level-up at real-life haven camp 【Photos】

Prompto, Noctis, Gladio and Ignis settle down around a fire, and look good doing it.

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Japanese Twitter users go crazy for exotic curries in cute packaging

Ready-to-eat curry isn’t just for the spice-craving survivalist anymore, not when it looks and tastes good, and when there’s also curry for dessert!

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Makku or Makudo? Would a burger by any other name taste as sweet?

Kanto region vs. Kansai region in a regional McDonald’s burger battle.

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McDonald’s unveils latest Black Burger – the Spicy Korean Burger 【Video】

Hot and spicy enough to distract you from the off-putting blackness of the bun and cure bland food Malay-se?

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Meow! Japanese Internet comes together to appreciate “artfully” posed nude cat photos

At long last, photogenic kitty pics that are SFW.

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To celebrate Pokémon anime’s 20th anniversary, superfan redoes his fan art from 20 years ago

Art and Pokémon stand the test of time; or, how to do a Pokémon remake properly without ditching characters.

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Are separate shampoos key to a successful relationship in Japan? Some women think so

Equality for all! Except when it comes to the bathroom and its contents.

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We taste test the new Squid Ink Black Cup Noodle!

Could Nissin’s new instant ramen ever match the black-as-night colour of our souls?

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Spate of violence targets people walking while looking at their phones in Japanese train stations

Japanese train stations get the self-proclaimed “vigilante” heroes they neither need, nor want.

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