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Otter mascot character Shinjo-kun kicks butt at Street Fighter tournament in full costume【Video】

Bubble-headed mammal quickly becoming the darling of Japanese pro-gaming.

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Japan’s new luxury sightseeing train will show you part of the country most foreigners never see

Toki no Yoake Monogatari lets you enjoy the ride as you travel off the Shinkansen-beaten path.

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Chiitan’s management speaks out about copyright issues and future with Susaki City

Chiitan’s management claim a city rep in charge of happiness told them “permission wasn’t needed.”

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Chiitan the otter rejected as mascot character for Japan’s Susaki City due to reckless behavior

That adorable otter just took one too many blows to the head for the liking of city residents and officials.

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Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana, say “We wanted to be like foreign musicians”

High schoolers from rural Kochi Prefecture wanted to live the high life.

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Aquarium workers in Kochi resort to tweeting “Please come so we can get our salaries!”

The twitter account of an aquarium is willing to stoop to some serious lows to get more patrons. Literally!

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“Annoying to put on clothes,” Kochi City official arrested for taking out garbage naked

Not saying I agree with what he did, but he does have a point.

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Japan has an awesome river that looks just like a dragon

Body of water even has a connection to the creatures’ traditional role in Japanese mythology.

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Kochi high school set to launch Self-Defense Force training course, government totally unaware

In a recent interview, the head of Kochi Chuo High School, Masahisa Chikamori, announced that the school would be starting a Self-Defense Force Course in 2016. This course would provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to join Japan’s armed protective organization, including some combat training.

However, both the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology admitted they were unaware of this training program when questioned about it.

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NHK has been reporting the wrong weather in Kōchi Prefecture for… four years?!

It was announced on April 13 that the Kōchi NHK station’s weekday evening news has been showing the wrong icons for weather conditions in the corner of the screen for four years. Where the following day’s weather forecast for the eastern region of the prefecture should have appeared, the broadcaster had consistently been displaying the forecast for the western region.

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Real-life Winnie the Pooh caught stealing honey, on run from the law

When wildlife researchers in Kochi Prefecture set up an unmanned camera in a local forest to find the cheeky wilderness creature stealing honey from an animal trap they’d set up, they probably expected to find a clever squirrel or some other creature too small or quick to set off the trap door.

Instead, what they found in video footage was what can only be described as real-life Winnie the Pooh turned to petty crime to fund his hopeless honey addiction.

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