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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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Police in Japan looking for suspect who threw octopus at condominium over and over for one hour

Full marks for persistence and weirdness, but it’s still a crime.

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How you can help victims of Japan’s massive flood and earthquake by enjoying delicious Kit Kats

This one of the best-tasting Kit Kat flavors out of Japan’s many exclusives, and it’s aiding the recovery of disaster-stricken Osaka and West Japan.

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Aspiring Canadian cosplayer living in Tokyo arrested for immigration fraud sham marriage

Approached Japanese man she met at cosplay event and offered to pay him to be her husband for visa purposes.

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Psychology professor says Japanese people show mood with their eyes, Westerners with their mouths

Educator ties theory into why Japanese people wear surgical masks, but not sunglasses, but how solid is his logic?

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Our reporter goes on a one-night, three-day “Extreme New Zealand Trip” over the weekend

Join our Japanese-language correspondent P.K. Sanjun on his whirlwind time-warping tour of Auckland, which still got him back in time for work on Monday.

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Tokyo Pokémon Cafe has a new Tropical Sweets line, so we head back to try it for ourselves【Pics】

We took a tropical trip to the balmy shores of Nihonbashi, Tokyo to experience the local Poké-culture and taste the bright, beastly cuisine. Alola!

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This is what a 10,000-yen (US$90) Unagi Sushi Cake looks like

A beautifully arranged, blissfully huge order of one of Japan’s favorite summertime foods.

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