controversy

Anime director under fire for anti-Semitic tweets intended for international community

Tweets made by Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, director of the anime Recovery of an MMO Junkie, claim that the Holocaust and Diary of Anne Frank, among other things, are fabrications.

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Shinji’s “Mexican” scream sparks snickering and debate over Evangelion language comparison video

Anime’s most controversial series continues to cause discord as some hear comedy and others see insensitivity.

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Japanese race queens give their opinion on Formula 1 abolishing grid girls

We talked with the motorsports models, one of whom says Japan’s situation is unique compared to the rest of the world.

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Japan’s extra-slim “Cinderella weight” diet target sparks debate online over health concerns

Formula works out to 18 percent lighter than Japan Medical Association guidelines, but not everyone thinks it’s a problem.

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Controversy as journalist asks Olympic broadcasters to stop saying “Japanese people are amazing”

Call for more balanced language following gold and silver medals for Japanese figure skaters runs into strong backlash.

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Microsoft pulls game inspired by Logan Paul’s infamous suicide forest video from Xbox Store

How did such a game manage to slip past the approval process?

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Following “suicide forest” video backlash, Logan Paul pledges $1 million to suicide organizations

Latest video makes no mention of donations or outreach to suicide prevention organization in Japan, however.

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Japanese idol supergroup AKB48 said to phasing out swimsuit modeling for younger teen members

Rumors cite possible overseas criticism as reason for new policy.

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Partner of Japanese Eddie Murphy blackface comedian says “Exile him from the country.”

Long debate on national television ensues.

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Japanese Twitter reacts to Logan Paul’s “Japanese Suicide Forest” video

Video showing body of man who committed suicide in Aokigahara forest was only up for a day, but the backlash is likely to last much longer.

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Apple still lets video game developers keep their loot box odds a secret in Japan

Recent rule that companies must disclose probabilities not yet added to Japanese App Store, perhaps due to cultural differences.

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Kobe set to light up “World’s Number-One Christmas Tree” in all its confusing glory

It’s soon to be official, Kobe will win Christmas this year, and with it, all of Santa’s gold.

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Japanese city councilwoman stirs controversy by bringing baby with her to assembly hall【Video】

American-educated councilwoman says she want to be “a spokesperson for other people of my generation who are in similar situations.”

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Nagoya Castle reconstruction plan draws disabled citizens group complaint over lack of elevator

Desire for historically faithful reconstruction clashes with accessibility for wheelchair users.

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No more porn–Japanese convenience store chain to phase out adult magazine sales by end of year

New policy follows increased complaints from female shoppers.

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Osaka mayor won’t back away from ending San Francisco sister city status over comfort women statue

Move would end 60-year-old program between Japanese and American cities.

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Anime fans object to plan to plant cherry blossom trees at movie’s real-life location in Japan

Fans of handsome swimming boys anime Free! don’t think gardeners should be free to plant sakura wherever they want.

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Indonesian polygamy smartphone app lets men look for multiple wives online

Faces backlash even in a country where it’s technically legal to have more than one wife.

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Japanese cosmetics ad has women recoiling in horror as ugly man tries to help one of them【Video】

Their reactions are very different in alternate version with handsomer guy, though.

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Netflix’s Death Note director deletes Twitter account, has had it with the fan complaints

Did someone write “Adam Wingard’s Twitter account” in Light’s Death Note?

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