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Fish wholesaler’s HQ crashes Tokyo Olympic medal ceremony

Hohsui gets gold in photobombing.

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Japanese artist sells people’s darkest secrets encased in concrete

A novel idea for people who have something they want to get off their chest.

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FFXV director Hajime Tabata talks leaving Square Enix to make the first Paralympic game【Interview】

Tabata and JP Games hope to make the world a brighter place, one game at a time.

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Cans of 7-Up discontinued in Japan, production quietly stopped last January

7-Up, Japan hardly knew ye.

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Why did this stand-and-eat soba noodle shop in Tokyo open in the middle of the pandemic?

At a time when many small restaurants are going out of business, we speak to the manager of one that took the exact opposite approach.

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Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

Not the ramune!

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7-Eleven in parking lot of other 7-Eleven opens for business in Japan

Owner of lot’s first 7-Eleven goes shopping at the new one, talks to reporters on opening day.

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7-Eleven to build 7-Eleven in parking lot of another 7-Eleven

Japanese convenience stores have everything, even passive-aggressiveness!

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From April onward all price tags and ads in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included

Retailers and stores rush to implement new rule.

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AI translation company Rozetta bans staff from speaking a foreign language at work

The company’s AI machine translation programs eliminate the need for anyone to speak a language other than their own, they say. 

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Yakuza leadership airs complaints about COVID-19’s effect on money gains and operations

Nothing to shed tears over, really.

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Goodbye katanuki? Japanese festival game may go extinct thanks to the pandemic

The only makers of katanuki pieces may have to close their doors forever if the pandemic continues much longer.

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Japanese restaurant from the Edo Period forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic

Serving diners since the days of the samurai and once loved by famous writers like Natsume Soseki, this long-standing business will soon be no more.

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Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan

The final shell was cast in the long legal battle, and it was a blue one.

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Nintendo’s “God-like” customer service warms hearts again, this time helping a husband in Japan

Solving a mystery and saving a marriage is all in a day’s work for this beloved Japanese gaming company.

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Shortage of chocolatey milk enhancer Milo has Japanese resellers licking their chops

Truly the winter of our discontent.

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Someone asked Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to lay off workers, and his response was awesome

Late video game boss said the words every employee wants to hear.

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Face mask distributer imprisoned in sex shop by yakuza for 11 hours

All in a day’s work for a medical supply dealer.

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Japanese company creates “business card masks” that put your name and workplace on your face

Handy mnemonic helper, or complete sacrifice of privacy?

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Japanese clothing chain offers an answer to job-hunting suit conundrum

Yofuku no Aoyama suggests a new suit service to suit job-seeking students.

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