controversy

List of jobs in Japan that “don’t allow women to wear glasses” upsets fans of vision, meganekko

Talk show explains debatable logic behind four professions that frown on eyewear.

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Weekly Shonen Jump under fire for naked image of busty manga girl with tapioca nipples

Hidden hack makes nipples appear on a character’s breasts in the teen magazine. 

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Controversial busty manga girl Red Cross poster’s artist donates blood

And it wasn’t the Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out creator’s first time, either.

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Kyoto admits to paying celebrities 500,000 yen per tweet to talk about how great the city is

”We expected a strong, positive reaction from young people” says city government spokesperson.

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Spokesperson says anime collaborations have regularly led to increased blood donations.

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Theorizes that otaku are more likely to meet blood drive requirements than more mainstream members of society.

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Man in China says he likes Pokémon’s Team Rocket on social media, company makes him issue apology

Post expressing love for Jessie, James, and Meowth deemed “inappropriate content that adversely affects society.”

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Typhoon warning from NHK Japan “to all foreigners” causes controversy online

There’s a fine line between kindly simplifying the Japanese language and offensively dumbing it down for foreign readers.

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Supermarket throws away bench because of sales tax hike, angers many

Netizens agree it sucks, but don’t agree on who’s to blame.

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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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