Japan

Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money

Keep your saliva in your mouth, not on things other people are going to touch, taxi company says.

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Demolition work begins on Kyoto Animation’s arson-ravaged studio

Workers begin gutting interior of Fushimi anime studio in preparation of tearing down its frame.

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Wannabe science fiction writer graffitis centuries-old Kyoto temple for extremely weird reason

Baffling justification still gets him arrested.

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“Tidying up” master Marie Kondo sparks controversy, not joy, by opening online knick-knack shop

The guru of de-cluttering your home now wants you to buy products to clutter your home with.

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The pope gets idol singer treatment in Japan with anime-style happi coat and official goods【Vid】

Pope-tan!

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Japan Travel: Exploring Manabeshima cat island

A travel destination packed with cats, not tourists. 

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We make a super giant sushi using Costco salmon in Japan【SoraKitchen】

Jiro dreams of sushi, but we dream of GIANT sushi. 

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Overworked Japan celebrated Labor Day on a Saturday this year

Enjoy your day off…which you would have had anyway!

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Ultimate way to treat otaku ashes: Cremation into a pencil?

Japanese artist explains why turning your ashes into a pencil is a better choice than turning them into a diamond.

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Manga about 40-something man’s relationship with daughter’s schoolgirl friend sparks controversy

Major publisher’s promotion of Musume no Tomodachi has some saying the company is encouraging an illegal relationship with a minor.

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Japanese teacher’s advice for opinion essay writing stays with one student to this day

Sometimes it just takes the right kind of push to get the words flowing across the paper.
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Get a taste of the high life with a US$92 “Tapioca” bubble tea in Tokyo

Return to Tapioca Land.

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HacoKara Karaoke Box: The best way to de-stress at the cinema in Japan

Mr Sato belts out a tune in the phone-booth style box and emerges like Superman.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki’s birthday party gets extra-special with a surprise visit from Barack Obama

J-rock legend hangs out with the 44th president of the United States at birthday bash in California.

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These comfy pajama suits are for the gamers! Wrap up warm as you rack up points

The Damegi 4G series comes with a bunch of cushy features to keep your extremities toasty warm.

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KFC Japan is heart-warming and finger-licking good with new food donation program for poor kids

Becomes first major restaurant chain in Japan to provide cooked food to “children’s cafeteria” facilities.

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Young Japanese men say paying for dates is the hardest part of life as a guy【Survey】

But a different mental burden takes over the top spot as they get older.

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Japanese students and samurai in the spotlight for Guinness World Records Day 【Videos】

In Japan, children and adults alike are achieving amazing things.

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Trouble with stalkers? Japanese moving company offers discount to musicians trying to escape fans

Multiple music-related scenarios earn band members cheaper bills.

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