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“But she looked 13!” is no excuse in the eyes of the Japanese law, 40-something man learns

Nagoya man arrested after crossing prefectural lines to perform illicit act with elementary school student.

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81-year-old Japanese man leaps into river to save drowning 86-year-old woman

Because you’re never too old to be a hero.

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Young Japanese women like alcohol more than any other age group, almost as much as old men【Survey】

But for many, their love affair with booze doesn’t seem to last.

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Where’s the very best seat to sit in on Japan’s Shinkansen? Our expert has an answer

Frequent bullet train passenger Meg says this seat is the travel bull’s-eye.

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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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Genius shares the magic phrase to instantly shut down sales pitches in Japan

Four little, and polite, words are all you need to instantly convince a pushy salesman to move along and leave you alone.

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We try the Lawson chicken nuggets that Katy Perry went nuts for on Japanese television

What makes a fried nugget so good that it causes a songstress to cram her mouth full with them and create international headlines?

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Japanese advertising agency breaks tradition by recruiting people who got held back in school

When a company ensures that everyone deserves a second chance, it’s a company worth working for.

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Police in Japan arrest woman on suspicion of literal ass-kicking

Rage-filled 27-year-old mobile phone shopper denies the kicking part, though.

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Is pachinko headed for extinction in Japan? Studies reveal huge drop in players, hall operators

A grim mortality rate for pachinko parlor management companies shines a light on the poor health of the industry.

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Japanese salaryman fears backlash against attractive people due to company paternity leave system

If male employees can take time off for their child’s birth, there’s one simple way to keep them working, he says.

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Five magic Japanese phrases to know before starting a job in Japan

Gomen and kudasai are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these.

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SoraNews24’s Mr. Sato reveals the shocking truth: He’s not really Mr. Sato!

Our reporter reveals his real name, but the bigger shock comes after.

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Drunken salaryman’s solution to barely missing the last train: Ride on the outside of it

Kobe police fail to appreciate the capacity-boosting innovation.

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Tokyo’s new Pizza Burger is a marvelous multitasking meal

Sometimes you really can have it all, Yotsuya burger specialist reminds us.

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Beautiful Kyoto snapshot of graceful heron in a swirl of sakura has much less artistic backstory

Simple urge leads to extremely Japanese photo-op.

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Solo sakura: Four reasons to have a one-person cherry blossom-viewing party

The only person you need to enjoy the sakura is yourself.

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Häagen-Dazs’ upcoming traditional Japanese sweets cafe in Tokyo has our mouths watering already

Delicious-looking desserts make use of sake, mochi, and more.

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Are shonen manga anthologies moving away from their traditional “boy-centered” content?

Almost half the titles published in a recent Shonen Magazine issue are considered “romantic comedies”, which made netizens wonder.

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What’s the best type of sushi to end a meal on? Japanese survey picks the pieces

You can love many kinds of sushi, but for your last piece, you can only have one, so which one should it be?

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