Japan

Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators, prohibit walking up and down

Although walking is common practice, support for banning it is strong online.

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If you love Psyduck, you’ll love U-Treasure’s newest Pokémon necklace

Keep the headache-ridden duck Pokémon close to your heart every day!

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Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued

A frightening case of using the legal system to commit robbery.

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New gachapon figures from Japan imagine a romance beyond bathroom boundaries

Well, for the little icons on the door signs, at the very least.

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Netflix offering full Tokyo anime school scholarships with living expense support, open to foreigners

Streaming giant teams up with Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell studios for course designed by Studio Ghibli veteran.

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When you fall in love with a cosplayer【Photos】

Hashtag goes viral online, with photos that cosplayers and those who love them can relate to.

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Is it a Lawson or a train station? We investigate the mysterious Sekiguchi Station

Melon bread or train tickets, which can we buy here?

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Tokyo Olympics organizing committee president resigns over sexist remarks

Yoshiro Mori apologizes, insists “I have supported all women.”

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New Godzilla has super-thick thighs thanks to Studio Ghibli anime veteran

King of the Monsters is also King of the Quads.

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We try out the hot new social media app that everyone’s talking about, Crabhouse!

It’s…a little different than we were expecting.

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Drink like an ox, eat like a horse! Five Japanese idiomatic phrases to celebrate Year of the Ox

From the relatable to the amoo-sing, there’re idioms for Japanese language learners of all skill levels.

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Illustrations show how Japanese makeup trends changed in the last 25 years, and what’s coming next

The evolution of techniques for chasing Japan’s kogao ideal.

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Plant-based burger battle: Burger King Japan vs. Freshness Burger【Taste test】

The two sandwiches leave very different impressions.

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Nametake tuna rice: A delicious rice cooker recipe using just three ingredients【SoraKitchen】

Some of the best recipes in life are the simplest.

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Starbucks’ Phantom Frappuccino: One of the hardest drinks to find in Japan

Encountering this Frappuccino is all down to timing…and bad luck!

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Tokyo’s new chocolate ramen smothers us with attentive affection for Valentine’s Day【Taste test】

Chocolate and matcha green tea aren’t even half of the surprises here.

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Government worker leaves water running for a month, forced to pay half the 6,000,000-yen bill

Employee forgets to turn off the water, but did employers forget to turn on labor laws?

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Tokyo Tower lights up with hope in first-ever event celebrating Chinese New Year

It’s the first time in the tower’s history for such an event to happen.

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Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch gets new footage for theatrical release

Ghibli’s first-ever all-CG anime is coming to theaters.

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Foreign Reuters journalist in Tokyo spreads mutant strain of coronavirus

People like this are giving foreigners in Japan a bad name.

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