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Shohei Ohtani amazes Major League Baseball with his impeccable Japanese manners

After making jaws drop both on the mound and at the plate, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star is winning fans with his performance in the dugout.

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Nintendo Switch Online launches in September, comes with 20 free games and cloud save for a fee

Enjoy exclusive features and take your games online for some epic fun for as little as $4 a month.

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Female New York Sushi Chef makes amazing sushi that flies (or swims) in the face of gender roles

Oona Tempest is a world-class sushi chef whose cuisine could satisfy the palate of even the pickiest sushi connoisseurs.

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Our Japanese reporter heads to Okinawa and a U.S. military casino to try and win it big

Steak, dollars and men with guns (somewhere probably); we have a Las Vegas-lite experience at a U.S. military casino in Okinawa.

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Anime film Your Name’s director Makoto Shinkai is immortalized in an asteroid’s name

Makoto Shinkai can add one more special achievement to his resume that is quite literally out of this world. 

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Seiji and the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteem barely interview Andrew W.K.【Video】

Once again, our pseudo-interviewer Seiji harnesses the rising force of a guitar god to confront the premier party-rocker.

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Sushi gets a dessert makeover with beautiful sushi ice creams in NYC【Pics】

The (culinary) world goes topsy-turvy with mint chocolate chip sushi and fish-flavoured doughnuts.

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Half-Chinese woman undergoes extensive cosmetic surgery to become the next living Barbie doll

Born from the need to raise her self-esteem, this woman turned to plastic surgery to look more Caucasian.

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Chinese mom highlights differences between having a first child and second with hilarious comic

Royal treatment for the first-born and overly laid-back attitude for the second, this cool mom draws out her charming parenting life.

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Oregon as a Studio Ghibli film – Gorgeous tourism video shows the state as a Miyazaki wonderland

Inspired by the works of Japan’s most celebrated anime icons, short animated video captures the magic of the state across the Pacific.

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Opening theme of popular troll anime Pop Team Epic gets awesome heavy metal cover【Video】

Decked out in a tight-fitting sailor uniform and shades, this singer shows he’s got what it takes to be as metal as the anime.

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Hayao Miyazaki says Studio Ghibli once stood up to Harvey Weinstein with a Japanese samurai sword

According to Hayao Miyazaki, the act meant “I defeated him”.

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Pro player reaches top 8 in Dragon Ball FighterZ competition using piano keyboard as controller

Tap that C, D sharp, and F sharp to unleash Goku’s ultimate!

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Viral Facebook post may see couple name their child after Dragon Ball character

Father-to-be from Arizona gets more than the one million Facebook likes needed to persuade his wife to call their newborn Son Goku.

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NBA star collaborates with Sony and Nike to create awesome PlayStation-themed basketball shoes

Designed to look like PlayStation’s signature DualShock 4 controller, wearing these will surely up your game.

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Artists prove to us that Stranger Things x Studio Ghibli crossovers make perfect sense

Turns out that sci-fi horror blends surprisingly well with the fantastical world of Japanese animation.

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Amazon strikes down its Anime Strike video streaming service just before its first birthday

Good news! If you’ve got an Amazon Prime membership, you’ve now essentially got an Anime Strike membership too.

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Japanese American tells of how she was teased in school, and the touching way her mom stepped up

Young Melodee didn’t want to take Japanese-style lunches to school after being teased by classmates, but her mother had the perfect solution.

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Apple still lets video game developers keep their loot box odds a secret in Japan

Recent rule that companies must disclose probabilities not yet added to Japanese App Store, perhaps due to cultural differences.

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Star Trek’s William Shatner picks best girl in idol anime Love Live!, sets off fan debate

The ever-headstrong Captain Kirk will not be swayed by haters who disagree with his choice of school idol.

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