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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoys a shaved ice, Twitter buries him in a hashtag avalanche

Japanese netizens react to the PR photo with a variety of “helpful” advice hashtags, as well as some hashtags that aren’t very helpful at all.

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Tokyo politician creates dojinshi manga, will be at Comiket selling it

Otaku assemblyman’s latest project stars a 1,300-year-old girl from a popular video game franchise.

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Japanese government proposes driver’s license change to make them easier for foreigners to read

Japanese imperial era targeted as potential source of confusion.

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Japan outlines new strategy to boost economy, aims to create lucrative “unicorn companies”

Welcome to the sequel of Abenomics.

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Japan passes law requiring efforts for equal number of male and female candidates in elections

Back-to-back unanimous votes draw praise from Minister in Charge of Women’s Empowerment, but will anything really change?

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After four years Cool Japan is “4.4 billion yen in the hole” and continuing to show few results

What happened? You used to be Cool, Japan!

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Candidate running for mayor in one of Tokyo’s districts wants AI to manage politics

The future is here, but some residents aren’t prepared to accept an artificially intelligent mayor so soon.

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Japanese prefecture introduces a Pokémon as its governor in start-of-the-month political shakeup

Video shows first appearance of unexpected political dynamo Slowpoke.

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Future Japanese casinos to use steep admission fees to curb addiction, make winning harder

”Preventative measures” sees visitors setting themselves back $75 before even stepping foot into the casino.

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Japanese government reveals that it has no defense plan against UFO invasions

Japanese citizens alternatively relived and disappointed to learn their government isn’t spending time planning how to fight aliens.

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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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Donald Trump meets Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer Piko Taro in Japan

Dreams came true last night when Piko Taro met the President of the United States.

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Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer to dine with President Trump, Prime Minster Abe during state visit

Singer and Internet sensation to join world leaders at dinner reception next month.

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Asakusa’s Sensoji temple shocks store owners with sudden 16-fold rent increase in shopping arcade

Businesses in one of Japan’s oldest shopping strips are wondering if they can survive after the surprising new increase.

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Japanese Emperor abdication date revealed by government officials in new report

The date will bring an end to Japan’s current Heisei era.

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Easier anime work visa requirements for foreign students being considered by Japanese government

New system could start as early as next year, making it easier for foreigners with anime aspirations to get their foot in the door.

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North Korea fires new missile over Japan, residents woken by government warning systems

Broadcasts warned residents not to touch parts of missile if found.

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Prefectural capital building in Japan has a moat, ready for mobs of invaders or zombies

Awesomely-defensible Fukui Prefectural headquarters is built on castle grounds.

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Permanent Japanese residency to be possible for foreigners with anime-related jobs after one year

Japanese government to start fast-tracking select foreigner workers in “Cool Japan” professions.

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Tokyo Governor joins Piko Taro for new version of PPAP 【Video】

The surprising collaboration aims to draw attention to a new environmental initiative.

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