controversy

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator apologizes for drawing charters making political statements ahead of elections

Doesn’t back away from accusation that Japan’s currently in-power politicians are “betraying the country” though.

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Some thoughts on Netflix’s Evangelion anime translation controversy: Like, love, and eating d***s

Evangelion’s original English scriptwriter has some harsh words for people complaining about translation choices, but also a pretty good point.

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Kim Kardashian drops plans to call new fashion brand Kimono Solutionwear

Angry response causes lifestyle entrepreneur to backtrack from first-choice of name for new innerwear line.

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Mayor of Kyoto drops mic on Kim Kardashian, sends letter explaining what “kimono” really is

You know you’ve messed up when you get a letter from the mayor.

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Kim Kardashian trademarks the word kimono, gets slammed by people in Japan

The hashtag #KimOhNo goes viral as the star comes under criticism for cultural appropriation.

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirt grand prize-winner disqualified for violating contest rules

Two designers used rule-breaking designs, which were super effective, until they got caught.

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Christian groups in Japan criticize emperor’s ascension ceremony as violation of constitution

Spokesmen say this week’s ceremony, and another scheduled for October, violate the principal of separation of church and state.

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Harry Potter actor apologizes for wearing shirt critics say glorifies Japan’s WWII aggression

Draco Malfoy’s real-life actor apologizes for causing offense through his “ignorance.”

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“Pantie”-flashing anime girl Japan Self-Defense Forces recruiting poster shot down by critics

”Those aren’t panties” claims regional recruiting office, but critics aren’t convinced.

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Japanese Dragon Quest fan finds her one-button fix for composer’s questionable politics

Koichi Sugiyama’s political beliefs keep some gamers from enjoying the video game series, so this famous Japanese psychiatry expert has her own special cheat code.

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Giri obligation chocolates seen as power harassment, more Japanese companies ban practice

Survey results indicate that Japan’s Valentine’s Day custom of giri choco may soon become a thing of the past. 

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Naomi Osaka responds to controversial Nissin anime ad that portrayed her with pale skin【Video】

Tennis star makes first comment regarding Cup Noodle ad that’s drawn accusations of whitewashing.

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Cup Noodle maker apologizes for pale-skinned depiction of Naomi Osaka in anime ad【Video】

Half-Haitian, half-Japanese tennis star’s real-world complexion is far darker than how she appears as Prince of Tennis character.

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Man buys CD from amateur musician on streets of Tokyo, stomps on it in front of her face【Video】

Claims it was an accident, but absolutely no one believes him.

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Company known for Pokémon cards and toys under fire for tweet about visiting Yasukuni Shrine

Korean and Chinese netizens demand apologies from the company for tweeting about the controversial shrine.

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“We don’t need an age of women” Japanese commercial says, then hits actress in face with cream

“I am me” declares actress in video for department stores that’s sparking debate and controversy.

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Man sues Tokyo wine tasting event for not allowing him to drink while operating a wheelchair

Valid safety concern or unjust discrimination?

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Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side

Unless you read all the way to the bottom, the poster might look like it’s sending the wrong message.

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Korean boy band bumped from Japan’s most popular music program over A-bomb T-shirt

Appearance on TV show was still being promoted up to one day before scheduled performance.

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Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test

The tests were confiscated and the teachers forced to apologize to students.

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