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Japanese Twitter user’s smart, chocolate-based way to make yourself do chores you’re too lazy for

Because no amount of loafing is as sweet as chocolate.

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3 rules to make you a more productive writer, from Japanese novelist who wrote 25 books in 8 years

Oh, and he did it all while also being a practicing doctor.

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Japanese system engineer uses kitty power to keep angry customers from yelling at him

Ingenious idea turns system errors into something to look forward to.

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Japanese parent finds a quick and easy way to get your kids to love reading from an early age

A small investment pays quick dividends as elementary schoolers’ grades jump to the top of the class.

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Manga shows a revolutionary way to eat sushi that makes it more delicious than ever

A tiny trick turns one sushi fan’s world upside-down.

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Supermarket comes up with ingenious way to market onigiri rice balls to non-Japanese customers

Personal endorsements from internationally famous faces help bring down cultural barriers.

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Amazing Super Mario Maker 2 player creates level that’s also a brilliant 3-D maze【Video】

It even comes with a minimap indicating your current location.

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Japanese doctor’s amazingly simple way to keep kids from crying before and after they get a shot

Skipping the white lies and asking a single question is a better way to deal with tiny patients’ great big fears.

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Japanese service will lock your social media accounts and boost your productivity

Can’t put down your phone? This service is here to help.

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Japan now has sleepable rental cars to help travelers save money by skipping a hotel

Clever interior modifications turn parked car into private bedroom.

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New couple builds a promising life together with 3D-printed plastic model wedding favors

What better way to ensure your guests remember your big day than by giving them a tiny plastic model set of you and your spouse?

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Japanese online fashion retailer Zozotown develops foot-scanning tech for perfect-fitting shoes

But can they get it right this time?

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Japanese dad has heartwarming and creative solution to son’s bad morning

We wish our dads treated us like this when we didn’t want to go to school, too.

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How to make awesome Japanese curry in five minutes without using instant packs or even a stove

Too lazy to really cook, but too gourmet for instant food? Our reporter Go finds a solution.

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Want to keep your sexy manga collection a secret from movers? This otaku has an idea

For when you’ve got too much sexy anime art to carry yourself, but don’t want the moving company to know what they’re carrying for you.

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Peek-a-boo Shiba Inu towels from Japan celebrate their best trick: Getting stuck in silly places

Clever design lets you give these good boys some well-deserved pets as you dry your hands.

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Easily distracted? Have no fear, a new gadget to the rescue!

This gadget attempts to solve your procrastination problems and help you focus to get the job done.

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A love of anime can protect you from religious solicitors in Japan, otaku discovers

”But do you accept Hayao Miyazaki as anime’s lord and savior?”

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New anime fashion line combines stylish T-shirts with the glory of physical media packaging【Pics】

Do you miss the amazing box art of anime VHS tapes, laser discs, and DVDs? Here’s a way to get it back while expanding your wardrobe.

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Minds blown by wire art that shows transition to from old Japanese era to new【Video】

This creative depiction of Japan’s new era will play tricks on your mind and your eyes.

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