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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California student Julian Adame remains in jail eight months after breaking lamp in Tokyo

Adame’s mother sets up crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for her son.

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Same-sex couples take Japanese government to court, request constitutional marriage rights

Ten same-sex couples are filing a joint lawsuit against the Japanese government, calling for real marriage equality.

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Happy New Year from SoraNews24!

Is anyone else craving pork cutlets and tonkotsu ramen?

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Japanese fetish designer wins the war against plain style.

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Paralympic fencing medalist under fire for “slanted eye” photo on Instagram

The Internet has some fierce words for Italian wheelchair fencer Emanuele Lambertini, and are even calling for his medal to be revoked.

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Foreigner attempts to fend off six Japanese police officers at Tokyo Starbucks 【Video】

The violent scuffle and eventual arrest was captured on camera by an eyewitness.

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Buttress Pillow: People in Japan go crazy for life-sized huggy butt cushion

Because there’s nothing like sleeping with your face buried in a butt crack.

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Japanese politician announces plan to create space division for Self-Defense Forces

Former Minister of Defense wants new organization up and running by 2020.

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Korean boy band bumped from Japan’s most popular music program over A-bomb T-shirt

Appearance on TV show was still being promoted up to one day before scheduled performance.

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Japanese YouTubers cause uproar for stopping women in the street and calling them ugly

Video went viral for all the wrong reasons.

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Aika Okita surprises everyone with a very different look offscreen.

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Korean pop star wears T-shirt commemorating Hiroshima atomic bombing, draws criticism in Japan

Photo surfaces following overseas concert by BTS as band continues to gain international popularity.

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What happened when Conan O’Brien visited the Toto Japanese toilet showroom in Tokyo 【Video】

Video disappears from official account after O’Brien and Jordan Schlansky anger Toto showroom rep.

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Our Korean-Japanese reporter’s thoughts on people asking “Is Naomi Osaka really Japanese?”

P.K. Sanjun takes a look at some of the common criteria used to define what makes a person “Japanese,” and whether they’ll still be used in the future.

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Transgender Japanese YouTuber criticizes LGBT demonstration held in downtown Tokyo

Voices concern that disruptive gatherings will hurt public perception of LGBT community.

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Japanese Twitter freaked out by image of devil that appeared in slice of beef

Helpful commenters point out that the country’s souls are in no danger, however.

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