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Japan’s Shinkansen bullet trains to remove all onboard payphones

Before you hop on the Shinkansen, make sure you’ve got your ticket and a charged phone.

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Tokyo Olympics Official Shop branch closes down four months before Games may or may not start

The latest sad development for the troubled event.

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Edible Evangelion Angel cores now on the menu at Coco’s Japan【Taste Test】

Special anime meal includes an optional Spear of Longinus to eat it with.

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Travelers entering Japan will have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones

Don’t have a smartphone? You’ll be required to rent one, and pay for it out of your own pocket.

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We try Japan’s new Starbucks Frappuccino with first-ever almond milk whipped cream

Will this season’s limited-edition non-dairy milk beverages be a tasty revelation or a crushing disappointment? 

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The extremely violent backstory of how to write the word “take” in Japanese

Commonly used kanji’s components don’t make a lot of sense nowadays, but once upon a time…

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Japanese sake brewery launches One Cup Rainbow in honour of the LGBTQ community

New sake will be sold in eight countries around the world. 

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Yoshinoya teams up with Wagyumafia for a super expensive beef bowl

Only available in Japan for one day only.

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Survey asks Japanese teens which school club they want to join, and “kitaku” club is top choice

Sure, tennis and band are fun, but it’s hard to beat the appeal of kitaku.

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Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says

Current age limit is well above the cutoff line for embarrassment, survey says.

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What’s it like to watch a sumo tournament in Tokyo during the pandemic?

We take you through a day at the sumo, with all-new procedures, restrictions and perks for spectators.

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Judge rules Japanese government rejecting same-sex marriage applications is unconstitutional

Decision could affect outcomes of other ongoing lawsuits.

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Beef jerky curry rice? We’d never have thought of it, but Tengu proves it’s awesome【Taste test】

A very nice jerky idea.

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Former idol singer arrested on fraud charges, police say she found victims through dating apps

Former SKE48 member claimed to be an investing expert with a can’t-fail get-rich-quick scheme.

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Japanese company allows workers to take vacation to grieve if favorite idol singer gets married

Policy also allows for bereavement leave when idols retire, leaving office early for surprise concerts.

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Life-size AND posable Rei Ayanami Evangelion figure could be yours for a small fortune【Photos】

It’s not the first full-scale figure of the Eva pilot, but it’s the first one you can pose.

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Mos Burger’s new super-thick sliced bread: Is it as good as their burgers? 【Taste Test】

Fast food chain brings out a bread so buttery it doesn’t need butter.

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Japan’s biggest family restaurant chain now lets you take your leftovers home with you

Order with gusto at Gusto, because whatever you don’t finish is yours to keep.

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Are Mister Donut’s new sakura and matcha doughnuts all they’ve been hyped up to be?

A 161-year-old green tea company from Kyoto takes the helm for new “Blooming Matcha” collection.

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Ban on free plastic forks and spoons drafted by Japan’s Ministry of Environment

First they came for the bags and I said “cool.” Then they came for the spoons and I said “sure, that’s cool too.”

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