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Universal Studios Beijing opens for business, but can we call it “USB?”

Knowing my luck, I’ll go in upside down every time.

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Overly honest taiyaki restaurant flooded with customers after admitting to reducing sweet beans

Honesty is the best store policy.

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Japanese shipping giant planning to start autonomous cargo ships by 2025

A ghost in the machine ship?

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Yamazaki Bakery once again donates bread to evacuation centers at almost inhuman speeds

Thousands of pies and buns arrive at facilities within hours of asking.

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Another Akihabara icon disappears as famous rice bowl restaurant closes its doors

Sad demise of this Tokyo branch breaks our hearts.

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346-year-old sweets store closes at Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Family pulls the final shutter down on one of the oldest Japanese sweets stores in the country.

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Space World Station becomes the most misleading station name in Japan

Space World is dead, long live Space World Station.

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Feel like a kid again at one of Japan’s last true old-school candy stores

Ryu-kun’s Shop in Chiba is a real throwback to another era.

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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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