Did the Akira manga predict the coronavirus epidemic?

Tiny background detail in ‘80s manga masterpiece getting new attention decades later.

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Mount Fuji plans to start charging compulsory fee to climbers

Soon you’ll have to pay to climb Japan’s highest mountain. 

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Our male otaku tries Japan’s anime heroine mascara, learns what it’s like to be shojo manga star

So that’s the reason that keeps happening in shojo anime and manga!

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Wage hell — Japanese office worker reveals soul-crushing past paycheck for 171 hours of overtime

No matter the era, it never feels like you can make enough.

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Cherry blossoms blooming in Tokyo right now! The super-early Mr. Sato sakura party【Photos】

Shinjuku Gyoen garden is right in the middle of the city, and has two different types of cold-weather sakura.

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Treat yo self with new bath powder that makes your tub smell like a bowl of oden

Why take a trip to the convenience store when you’ve got the tools for self-love right at home?

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Man sees figure clinging to bus on highway in Japan, immediately calls police 【Video】

The vehicle was spotted travelling at speed and showed no signs of slowing down. 

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Kyoto starts new “Empty” tourism campaign to attract tourists during coronavirus outbreak

Visitors to Kyoto have plummeted, prompting a new series of ads showing sites like the Arashiyama bamboo forest totally devoid of people.

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Starbucks Sakura Frappuccino blooms in Japan 【Taste Test】

Spring has sprung at Starbucks, where a delicious cherry blossom hanami party awaits you.

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Detective Conan collaborative cafés to open across Japan, will serve drug that turned Conan tiny

Get ready to settle the Case of Your Grumbling Stomach with a spread of character-themed dishes and drinks!

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Cats in Japan can now get digital resident cards in Kanagawa Prefecture

Dog version also available.

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Shikayose: The Calling of the Deer in Nara with acorns and a French horn

With thousands less tourists in Nara due to the Coronavirus, this year’s winter celebrations seem strangely more magical

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Kenshi Yonezu’s “Paprika” might be a much heavier song than we thought

Mega-hit kids’ song may very well be an ode to the dead.

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Kuma Cooking invites fans to “look at her dish,” and also own her clothing.

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Can a curry shop legally ban you if you don’t finish your rice? A Japanese lawyer chimes in

We find out if being wasteful is grounds for banishment.

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Parasite ramen challenge: Can you cook the movie’s noodle dish in just 8 minutes?【SoraKitchen】

We had to see how realistic the movie was in terms of cooking, but did we pass the test?

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New edition canned fish rings in capsule machines nationwide, now with tuna!

It’s never been a better time to be a tuna can enthusiast.

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This classic Japanese candy shop is a trove of nostalgic treats, sends us into the past【Photos】

We found a candy store/Showa-era time capsule in Fukuoka, and took lots of photos of its old-timey delights!

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Japanese man berates American woman for “crime” against taiyaki, ends up converted to her ways

The Japanese sweet should not be treated this way…or should it?

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Do 100-yen hair removal pads do the trick, or leave our reporters the hairy messes they are?

Is being a “kuru kuru Princess” really all it’s cracked up to be?

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