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Japanese designers’ brilliant way to stop people forgetting their smartphones in public restrooms

Browsing while pooping is an internationally loved pastime, so here’s a clever way to make sure you never leave your phone behind.

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These Pakistani students in Tokyo had never been to the beach, and that’s something we had to fix

We hit the coast with a group of international students for a day of sun, surf…and maybe romance?

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Mysterious Japanese woman gives one million yen in cash to man she’s never met, then disappears

The money wasn’t meant for him, but the intended recipient has no clue who the woman is either.

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This restaurant’s US$0.45 sushi is an amazing way to expand your sushi horizons in Tokyo

More variety than we’d hoped for at far less than we’d ever expect to pay make this a great place to try types of sushi you’ve never had before.

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Stretching the limits of Japanese budget belts with the Easy Stretch Belt from the 100 yen store

Our in-house 100 yen store guru snaps up a deal that eliminates the need to keep his belt buckled, and keeps his finances as secure as his pants.

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The best way to drink Japanese sake? From an edible squid bottle!

After this taste test, you’ll never want to go back to using regular drinking vessels again.

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Pikachu Outbreak 2018 photos! Pikachus parade through Yokohama, bust out dance moves at night

In previous years, the famous and adorable Pokémon went to sleep when the sun went down, but this time they’re staying up late to party!

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Mr. Sato tries to eat a cheap beef bowl, gets a massive, luxurious surprise in the process

Why could Mr. Sato possibly be freaking out over this delectable beef bowl?

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First-ever Eevee outbreak is going on in Japan right now, and it’s awesomely adorable【Photos】

Eevees appears en masse at the annual Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama to grab their share of the Pokémon spotlight.

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The beautiful cosplayers of summer Comiket 2018【Photos】

Soaring temperatures couldn’t stop these amazing cosplayers from shining brighter than the sizzling sun at this year’s premier otaku gathering.

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We tested out an anti-UV umbrella to see how much it cools us down in this dreadful summer heat

Is it just a marketing gimmick or a brilliant invention of the century?

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We taste-test 7-Eleven’s new fusion cuisine: the Cheese Dak-galbi Burrito!

Our Japanese language reporter bites off a hefty chunk of the convenience store’s take on Mexican-Korean cuisine so we can bring you a spicy review.

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The real star of Starbucks’ new Matcha S’more Frappuccino is its huge matcha powder boost

Starbucks amps up both the Japanese and American elements, and makes us fall in love with green tea Frappuccinos all over again.

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Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores

Majority say they can see some sort of logic behind university systematically reducing women’s entrance exam scores by up to 20 percent.

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Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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Transgender Japanese YouTuber criticizes LGBT demonstration held in downtown Tokyo

Voices concern that disruptive gatherings will hurt public perception of LGBT community.

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We’re not going to see Hayao Miyazaki’s new anime for another three to four years, producer says

Producer gives tentative timetable while promising Studio Ghibli is doing “things we were never able to do in the past.”

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Japanese government proposes driver’s license change to make them easier for foreigners to read

Japanese imperial era targeted as potential source of confusion.

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These little-known Japanese plastic bags can be a lifesaver in times of disaster

Unless you live in a handful of prefectures, you’ve probably never even heard of I-wrap, but those who know it swear by it.

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Japanese government’s newest plan to fight overwork: Give employees Monday morning off

Shining Monday initiative sounds great for anyone who likes to party on Sunday night, or just would rather not be working on Monday morning.

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