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Government declaration that ‘miso’ made since 1950s can’t legally be called ‘miso’ sparks debate

The decision incensed netizens around the country, with 2chan’s founder even getting involved.

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Japanese government seeking power to turn down private home air conditioners remotely, report says

Ministry wants new authority to aid shift to renewable energy sources.

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Japan ends travel ban on individual tourists, waives visa requirements for certain countries

Travel restrictions finally set to be lifted as country returns to pre-pandemic entry procedures. 

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Japanese government, please stop using floppy discs, politician asks

And mini discs too.

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Personal information of everyone in Amagasaki City lost by person who passed out drunk on street

Remember, don’t drink and carry the personal info everyone in the city.

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Japan considering relaxing guest number caps for large events, provided guests don’t shout

Government considering ending previous limitations on guests for large events like concerts.

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Japan increases entry limits, offers extra financial aid for foreign students

Plan could allow all foreign students waiting for entry to be in Japan by mid-summer.

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Japanese government now officially allowed to use question marks and exclamation points

Change is part of first update to Guidelines for Official Writing Composition in 70 years.

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High-ranking U.S. politician confirmed as a Demon Slayer music fan

Secretary of State is also fan of anime song.

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Japanese governmental employees in frantic pencil-shaving spree to meet city election day

COVID-19 pandemic measures mean a sharpened pencil must be prepared for each of thousands of potential voters.

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Japan considering adding charges for plastic convenience store utensils, hotel hangers, and more

I guess my days of plastic spoon-hoarding days are now over.

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Japanese companies banned from locking cellphone SIM starting this autumn

The change comes after multiple years of deliberation.

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Japan to begin process of distributing vaccine passports, Chief Cabinet Secretary says

The passports are meant to be used strictly for travel purposes.

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Anti-selfie tech? Japanese government pleads with cellphone carriers to curb inappropriate photos

Officials are eager to stop young people from sending salacious images.

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Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions

Decades-old shops kept in families for generations could be shuttered as a result.

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U.S. government lowers Japan travel warning level

Japan was placed at highest warning level in May.

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Japanese government plans removal of around 2,485 miles’ worth of overhead power lines

The move is intended to minimize damage during natural disasters, but is it too little too late?

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“Do not travel to Japan” U.S. government tells citizens

Don’t go to Japan, and if you’re already traveling there, come home ASAP, says State Department.

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Cultural Affairs Commissioner thinks some Japanese music sucks, angers many

Newly appointed commissioner bringing a little X Factor to cultural promotion.

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