controversy

Japanese train company slammed for ad branding women “undignified” for applying makeup on board

The new ad campaign addresses a variety of behaviours that should be avoided while travelling on trains, but so far, this is the only act that they’re calling indecent.

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Tokyo Comic-Con reverses policy, will allow male cosplayers to dress as female characters

Gender-based, color-coded badges to be introduced as part of new regulations.

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Tokyo junior high school demands students wear white underwear as part of dress code

Apparently kids just can’t learn properly if they’re wearing any other shade.

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Tokyo Comic-Con explicitly prohibits men from cosplaying as female characters

Event lists restriction on official website.

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Universal Studios Japan receives letter of protest over haunted house using Shinto shrine’s dolls

Trade association upset over Halloween attraction with hundreds of authentic figures.

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Japanese conductor apologizes for “inconvenience of many foreign passengers being on the train”

Famed Japanese politeness wraps so far back around that it ends up being pretty rude on Osaka train.

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AIDS research fundraiser to be held next month in Tokyo.

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Women-only restaurant in Tokyo suddenly reverses policy, allows male diners 【Update】

Looks like this Shinjuku eatery is a boys’ night out option after all.

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Tokyo restaurant refuses service to all-male groups of customers

Feel like having pizza for your boys’ night out? Better find somewhere else to eat it.

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Nationwide Pokémon GO ban sought by Indian lawsuit that claims title is religiously offensive

Pokémon GO’s eggs apparently contain not only baby Pokémon, but seeds of controversy too.

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Samurai sword in new Japan Self-Defense Force emblem causing controversy

Critics say that adding a katana to the insignia is offensively evocative of Japan’s World War II military aggression.

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French Olympic announcer in hot water for calling Japanese gymnasts “little Pikachus”

Broadcasting Standards Association, I choose you!!!

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Former Ghibli producer has (somewhat) harsh words about the Ghibli working environment

Former Ghibli producer Hirokatsu Kihara gave an interview with Dazed magazine, and some of his insights paint the famous studio in a negative light.

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Korean voice actress loses job after tweeting picture of herself wearing feminist T-shirt

South Korea acting a little like its neighbor to the north.

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Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech 【Video】

When a teenage girl from a band with “baby” in its name does a better job of acting like an adult than you do, you might want to work on your manners.

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Ghibli producer provokes backlash for comment regarding abilities of women to direct anime

Producer of When Marnie Was There pontificates on psychological differences between men and women.

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Japanese Netizens weigh in on Cincinnati Zoo’s killing of Harambe the gorilla

We comb Japanese comments and interview some native Japanese to see what The Incident That Exploded The Internet has people here saying.

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Americans show support to Okinawa after murder, locals ask “Why doesn’t Japanese news show this?”

Many Americans are showing up to support Okinawa, but Japan isn’t talking about them.

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Pokémon politics: Proposed Pikachu name-change sparks protests in Hong Kong 【Video】

Pikachu and Nintendo find themselves in the middle of a cultural controversy in Hong Kong.

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Chinese ad for laundry detergent is remarkably racist

Qiaobi detergent promises to fight stains and wash away any faith in humanity you might be feeling at the moment.

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