Permanent residency in Japan now possible after just one year

The Justice Ministry’s new rules could cut your wait by years.

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Collection of Jackie Chan’s best freerunning scenes never stops being amazing 【Video】

In case you didn’t already know that Jackie Chan is a total badass.

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Sanrio releases new character: Aggretsuko, the white-collar red panda with anger issues

For some people, living an idyllic life of apples and cake is hard to relate to. For those people the makers of Hello Kitty bring you Aggretsuko.

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Happy New Year from RocketNews24!

Ordinarily, Japan has no problem working itself to the bone. That’s not the case at the start of the year, though, as the nation pauses to catch its breath and charge up for the months to come by visiting relatives, leisurely reading New Year’s cardseating osechi, and buying lucky bags.

While we at RocketNews24 like to think of ourselves as proficient multitaskers, even we’re not capable of getting much work done as we use both hands to stuff our faces with food or carry as many shopping bags as possible, and so we’ll be slowing down a bit as we take advantage of one of the few times Japan relaxes its hard-line stance against anything remotely resembling laziness. We hope you all get to do the same, regardless of where in the world you are.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to have even more great stuff for you whenever you visit our site in 2017!

Simple heart drawing test may help you tell someone’s age

Who knew those little doodles in your notebook could reveal so much about your generation?

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The fourth best place to visit in the world is…this neighborhood in Osaka?

We all know Osaka is great, but we didn’t know it would be this great.

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Merry Christmas from RocketNews24!

We’re not sure if we should thank Santa or Pikachu, but when we woke up this morning, our homes were filled with presents!

Christmas might work a little differently in Japan, but it’s still an occasion for sharing time and joy with loved ones, so you might be hearing from us a little less frequently over the next few days. Rest assured, though, that you’re all in our thoughts and we’ll be back to full speed shortly covering all things weird and wonderful from Japan and Asia.

In the meantime, whether this holiday season has brought you an eye-opening calendar, some captivating reading material, a chance at romance, or even just some nice, practical coal, all of us here at RocketNews24 wish you and yours the very best.

Tokyo ranked as most expensive city in the world for expats, three other Japanese towns in top 10

But the situation might not be as bad as it sounds.

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People all over the world wish Mickey Mouse a very happy 88th birthday!【Video】

It helps that he’s willing to travel the globe to receive our birthday wishes.

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How to make awesome glow-in-the-dark jelly shots【RocketKitchen】

With just four quick steps and a very special ingredient, anyone can make this spectacular fluorescent jelly!

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Anime hit Your Name to get Academy Award-qualifying U.S. theatrical run this year

Move would make Makoto Shinkai’s hit eligible for consideration at February’s Oscar awards, but does it have a chance of winning?

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The top-ranked restaurants in Japan, Asia and the world!

These top 10 lists come from our friends at TripAdvisor.

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J.J. Abrams sits down for an interview with RocketNews24 about Star Trek, the moviemaking process

J.J.’s in Japan, so we paid him a visit to ask about his favorite part of making films and the intense pressure of working on such a beloved franchise.

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Eating a rice ball? You could feed five hungry kids just by sharing a photo for charity campaign

Onigiri Action World Food Day campaign is donating meals to children in Africa and Asia for every rice ball photo shared online with its hashtag.

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New Tekken 7 Video Reveals Miguel as Playable Character

Character 1st appeared in Tekken 6 game

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James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel Film Casts Eiza Gonzales

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series actress signs on for 2018 film

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James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel Film Casts Nashville’s Keean Johnson

THR: Johnson plays “love interest” Hugo, who teaches Alita a gladiator-style game

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The new PlayStation VR comes with an adorable miniature PlayStation 4

The “PlayStation VR Processor Unit” acts as a middleman between the headset and the PS4 console itself.

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Report: Anime Industry Up 12% in 2015

Industry market value estimated at 1.83 trillion yen

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Japanese horror icon Sadako collaborates with Snickers in yummy commercial!

Horror meets chocolate in this Japanese commercial for Snickers. Are the results sweet … or creepy? 

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