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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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Japanese government mulling over potential four-day working week

Three-day weekend every week? Yes please!!

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Does Tokyo need a legal limit on kids’ video game playing time? Governor gives opinion

One year after Kagawa capped kids’ playtime, will Tokyo follow suit?

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Prefectural governor wants 2021 Olympics and torch relay cancelled, Tokyo not pleased

Fellow politicians call for Shimane governor to be reprimanded for his comments.

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The end of the pay phone? Japanese government considering getting rid of phone boxes

Let’s be real though — when was the last time you used one anyway?

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Donald Trump parades around streets in Japan on the shoulders of Japanese supporters

Protestors in Japan show their fervent love for Trump despite needing help to sing the U.S. national anthem.

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Tokyo Olympic Committee trains 220 “hackers” to protect games

The real global competition might be going on behind the scenes.

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Shibushi-shi Shibushi-cho Shibushi no Shibushi Shiyakusho Shibushi Shisho to change name

And I JUST learned how to say it!

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Did the Governor of Tokyo just cosplay as Buzz Lightyear to talk about coronavirus?

People can’t work out whether she looks more like a character from Toy Story or Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Japan’s Minister in Charge of Information Technology Policy defends politicians’ use of paper

Says tree-based physical media is “easier” in certain situation.

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Japanese mayor “Jo Baiden” becomes famous after U.S. election

A meeting between the two Bidens looks set to be on the cards for the future.

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden chibi mascot characters win fans during results coverage in Japan

Japanese media covers the U.S. presidential election in true zany Japanese style.

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