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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Japan is so polite even its hanko stamps bow to show respect

Unique aspect of traditional business etiquette surprises even Japanese people.

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Going over the top with a lesson at Tokyo’s top arm wrestling dojo【Photos】

Some of Japan’s strongest “arm sumo” competitors show us how it’s done.

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Two Harry Potter cafes opening in Japan, serving up Gryffindor bento and Hagrid misspelled cakes

”You’re a Japanese cafe, Harry.”

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A visit to Japan’s train station that looks like a spaceport in the middle of nowhere【Photos】

Unusual station’s unique name also makes it a destination for those seeking good luck, but things might feel different in the near future.

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Anime masterpiece Akira seemingly banned in Russia due to fears of mentally damaging kids

St. Petersburg doesn’t want people to watch Neo Tokyo EXPLODE.

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Starbucks Japan releases beautiful new drinkware line designed by local artists【Photos】

Jimoto Made soothes the heart even after you’ve drunk the last drop of coffee.

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Engrish mistake turns innocent sign into X-rated notice at Japanese store

This isn’t the type of self-service they were meaning.

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We try buying a giant Costco Japan purin that’s not purin and not at Costco【Taste test】

The surprisingly complex tale of Mr. Sato’s desire to eat a bunch of pudding.

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Beautiful high-end Snorlax and Munchlax rings let you wear your love of Pokémon on your fingers

U-Treasure’s new pieces are so nice they’re Poké-graced twice.

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“Raw Pepsi,” the most refreshing flavor ever, is out in Japan, but how does it taste?【Taste test】

The Japan-exclusive Pepsi Nama sets itself part from normal Pepsi in a big way.

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Japanese man deported for eating cats

Man admits to killing and eating five kittens.

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Animals weighing themselves are Japan’s newest line of strangely relatable capsule toys figures

We know how you feel, panda.

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Happy Father’s Day, Japan-style with the Asahi Super Dry beer tower set【Photos】

After going to all the trouble to raise you, doesn’t Dad probably need more than just a six-pack?

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Osaka to Fukuoka for less than 40 bucks? It’s possible with Japan’s overnight ferry

Ship’s amenities include an onboard Japanese-style bath with a view of the Seto Inland Sea.

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, discusses experiences with depression

Decision comes days after tennis star says she would not speak with reporters during event.

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Naomi Osaka refuses to talk to reporters at next tennis tournament, doesn’t care about fines

“I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”

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This pork-wrapped Japanese dessert recipe is outside the box and out of this world【Recipe】

No need to save room for dessert when you can eat it with your meat!

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New unstaffed store in Tokyo sells entrails 24 hours a day

“Beauty & Health” store has some surprising meals in the fridge for customers.

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Does the virgin-killing sweater really kill virgins?【Video】

Japanese AV star models the flesh-revealing sweater for a real virgin to test its deadly powers.

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Japanese sake KitKats feature controversial package design in Australia

Pssst, Nestlé — that character’s not Japanese and you’re playing into problematic Asian stereotypes.

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