SoraNews24

SoraNews24 is a Tokyo-based news site. In 2008, our sister site, RocketNews24 published its first Japanese-language article, and two years later came the start of our English site, which originally existed exclusively to translate articles from our Japanese colleagues. Over time we’ve expanded the amount of English-language content we produce while maintaining a focus on fun, weird, and intriguing news from Asia, particularly Japan.

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Survey picks Japan’s top three (actually four) open-air museums【Photos】

A day at the museum doesn’t have to mean a day inside.

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How do Japan’s host club hosts get their professional names? We talk with five Kabukicho pros

Interviews reveal backstories behind the genjina.

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Deep-fried delight – Taste testing the menchi katsu from four Japanese convenience store chains

Four chains, five cutlets, and one very full stomach.

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Japan’s Family Mart selling rainbow socks, rainbow-package fried chicken as show of LGBTQ support

Portion of revenue to be donated to advocacy groups.

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Old Enough: Netflix show sparks global debate on parenting and child safety

Wholesome Japanese TV show about toddlers going out on errands divides overseas viewers. 

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Is a sandwich “bread?” Our reporter refuses to let survey results stand

Japan picks its favorite type of bread, but was the contest a fair fight?

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Who’s got the best, cheapest one-person sushi delivery in downtown Tokyo? Mr. Sato investigates!

And he investigates crazily, of course.

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Japanese supermarket entrusts customers with unusual discount sticker system

A new way to make the customer feel like God in Japan.

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Two Tokyo train stations getting Harry Potter-style makeovers

Hogsmeade Station serves as inspiration for closest stop to new permanent Harry Potter museum.

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Man or pan? Japan’s new meatless meat buns confuse our taste-tester

The inside of the No-Filling Steamed Bun still manages to surprise us.

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The Spring 2022 Starbucks Japan Frappuccino Chart is here to solve your drink dilemmas

Our reporter puts together a flavor/calorie map for the chain’s frozen dessert beverages in Japan.

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Uniqlo reverses position, will close all stores in Russia

Decision follows multimillion-dollar humanitarian donation and international criticism.

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3-D printing a house in less than 24 hours — Japanese company meets its goal

Sphere micro-houses will cost about as much as a compact car, designers say.

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Russian Shop in Tokyo becomes target of vandalism after owner’s controversial remarks

Workers at the store send out a plea to the public. 

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Japan to accept Ukrainian refugees

Prime minister says he wants Japan to “respond as it should as quickly as possible.”

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan dresses as samurai in show of strength against Russia

In the words of one Twitter user, “WTF IS GOING ON”?

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Mandarin orange peels aren’t trash, they’re treasure! Three chimpi tips to reuse your mikan skins

Japanese granny, of course, knew things we didn’t.

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Oolong tea lattes get a place on the Starbucks Japan menu, but do they get one in our heart too?

Taste-testing the newest member of the tea latte lineup.

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Which Japanese conveyor belt sushi chain has the best tuna sushi?【Taste test】

We go kaitenzushi hopping for a back-to-back-to-back-to-back maguro comparison.

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Newest Japanese vending machine crush: Keikyu’s kimchi vending machine!【Taste test】

For those times when you’ve got someplace to be, and you’ve also got a craving for kimchi.

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