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Foreign travelers now spend more money in Japan than ever before, surprise country at top of list

Neither Chinese nor American tourists spent the most per person in Japan last year.

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Mother of Kyoto Animation artst who died in arson wants on-site memorial, residents opposed

“I want them to build a monument. Not in some other place, but in the same place where the studio was.”

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Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country

There’s one place in particular where Japanese people aren’t just not polite, they’re downright rude.

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Mayor of Osaka wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home

55-year-old politician thinks kids are ditching school because they’re spending too much time on their phones.

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Does Comiket need to revise its booth code system for foreigners who don’t understand Japanese?

Fan thinks Japanese linguistic stubbornness is limiting the potential audience of Japan’s artists and creators.

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Eat your burger with a Japanese sword at Shogun Burger in Tokyo

Each blade is made by a craftsman from Seki using centuries-old traditional swordsmithing techniques.

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Fewer people committed suicide in Japan last year than in any other year on record

Suicide rate drops to historic low.

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Why throw away your leftover ramen broth when you can use it to make awesome ramen rice instead?

Hop into the SoraKitchen with us for a super-easy way to supercharge your rice cooker cooking.

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Shinkansen tale of crying baby, grumpy man, and clever attendant warms Japanese internet’s heart

“I can’t sleep with this noisy kid crying!”

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Stop what you’re doing and go make Japanese-style s’mores right now with our recipe!【SoraKitchen】

Foreigner in Japan calls ordinary cookies the most delicious things he’s ever eaten, but we transform them with a delicious marshmallow substitute.

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Tokyo department store’s best beef sushi bento combines two of the best things in life

Wagyu plus sushi plus bento is the formula for a perfect meal.

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Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID

He calls it a cosplay accessory, police call it a forgery.

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X Japan’s Yoshiki makes large donation for Australian wildfire relief, rainforest conservation

J-rock legend calls on others to commit to conservation and sustainability.

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Tokyo’s amazing Takarazuka-style photo studio can transform you into a famous anime star

Makeover turns our reporter into Lady Oscar, heroine of The Rose of Versailles and the all-female Takarazuka theater troupe.

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Japanese bar hostess goes too far with the compliments, scares customer into going home

There’s a fine line between “Only this girl realizes how cool I am” and “There’s no way that should make anyone attracted to me.”

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Japanese politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games

Proposal also bans playing games after certain times at night depending on gamer’s age.

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Less than one in four surveyed Japanese men has a girlfriend, over one in three women has a beau

Survey paints a different picture of dating for young men and women.

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Veteran animator claims working on Pokémon anime pays less than working in a convenience store

”Who’s ending up with those profits?” he wonders.

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Japanese man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal

Beef over five-piece chicken nugget combo leads to combo-strike violence.

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Survey says Japan is deeply dissatisfied in bedroom, prefers eating to getting it on

Is Japanese food truly better than sex, which was ranked as less pleasurable than four other things?

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