Japan

SMAP, one of Japan’s most famous pop boy band groups, have announced they will disband at the end of this year.

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We catch up with world’s first Pokémon Go master, Nick Johnson, in Tokyo

He’s caught ’em all in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong and Australia, and now we get to find out what the gamer’s been up to in Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon.

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Improve your summer dating knowledge with these Japanese dating app survey results

Summer is upon us and we’ve found an interesting survey that may give you the edge for your next summer date.

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Top 10 most irritating Japanese borrowed words – Part 2 (The people’s top 10)

My entries for the “Top 10 most irritating Japanese borrowed words” weren’t irritating enough for some people – so I’ve formulated a part two (“tsuu”) with your help!

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The Internet is going nuts for model Risa Hirako who looks more like 25 than 45.

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Tips on protecting yourself from the stinging inferno of Japan’s “burn bugs”

Whatever you do, don’t smack it!

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Self-driving delivery cars to be used in Japan next year for online shopping

The first self-driving cars will be seen on the streets of Japan from March next year delivering online shopping orders.

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Pokémon Go “gyms” and “poke-stops” in Japan located in McDonald’s

Pokémon Go has officially launched in Japan along with the announcement that “poke-stops” and “gyms” are now located in the nearly 3,000 McDonald’s stores around Japan.

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Japanese police make arrest for fake story posted on Twitter following Kumamoto earthquake

A 20-year-old man from Kanagawa Prefecture has been arrested for posting a picture of a lion on Twitter and claiming it was on the loose in Kumamoto.

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Japan GO! Pokémon GO finally available in Japan!

After weeks of speculation Pokémon GO is finally officially available to download in Japan and here are some of the links you need.

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Cute baby cries every time someone takes the remote control from his left hand【Video】

A baby in Japan has become an overnight Internet sensation after showing a strange affinity for the remote controller in his left hand…but not the right.

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Hello Kitty teams up with X Japan’s Yoshiki to rock out in Yoshikimono!

The edgy kimonos designed by X Japan rock star Yoshiki may have been a bit too edgy for most — but not for Hello Kitty!

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Japanese commercial explaining how to greet a foreigner accused of racism

A Kirin “Rich Green Tea” ad teaching Japanese people the appropriate way to greet foreigners attracted some criticism online, with some calling it racist.

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Japanese baseball mascot kicks and punches another mascot lying defenceless on the ground【Video】

Over the weekend, a fight broke out between two mascots who have a well-documented history of bad blood.

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New laws could inadvertently ban Pokémon GO in some areas of Japan

Soon it may become illegal to take any photos from “hidden cameras” in Shiga Prefecture, which may mean a ban on catching Pokémon with your smart phones – Nooooo!!!

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Hanshin Rail Line gives hilariously cute reason for train delay

This has to be the cutest excuse for a train delay we’ve ever seen involving a train driver, a dog, and a cookie.

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Roomba relishes freedom while zipping at ridiculous speeds across a park

This family decided to take their Roomba for a walk — but this Roomba doesn’t do walking!

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Free Wi-Fi announced for Tokyo Monorail

Good news! Tokyo Monorail has announced this week that it will be providing free Wi-Fi on the Haneda Airport Line later this year.

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This is a pen: These “disposable chopsticks” are all you need to write a letter!

Fool your friends with these must have mega-realistic “waribashi” disposable chopstick pens!

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McDonald’s launches epic Japan vs America burger battle

Batten down the hatches – there’s a war on between Japan and America. Which side will you take in the great burger battle?

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