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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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Movie about Japan’s file sharing pioneer Winny coming in March 2023

A story of innovation lost.

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Sushi chef drops knives on the train, causes panic and delays

You should never take your work home with you.

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Hotel guest who boiled crabs in room’s kettle angry to have to pay for damages

Legal dispute has everyone feeling crabby.

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Sayonara, crossbows – Police ask owners to turn in their crossbows as new ban goes into effect

Possession of crossbow without a license to become illegal this month.

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“Every police station in Kanagawa accepting funeral home bribes,” according to former officer

Defendant in bribery case claims he’s far from alone.

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Elderly Kyoto man detained by police for three hours because of hammer in his car

Stop! Hammer crime!

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Gunma man arrested for attempted marriage of woman without her knowledge

Groom took his victim to be his unlawfully wedded wife.

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Aichi Police refund over a million yen in fines to drivers who violated a misplaced traffic sign

It’s the kind of news you only read about in Monopoly.

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First convictions in Japan handed down to YouTube movie recap posters

Judge threw the copyrighted book at the three defendants.

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Japanese police reminding drivers not to perform the illegal “Ibaraki Dash” maneuver

Friends don’t let friends Ibaraki Dash.

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Drunk droning arrest first of its kind in Aichi Prefecture

Friends don’t let friends fly tiny helicopters drunk.

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Three people become first arrested in Japan for posting 10-minute movie recap on YouTube

Movie makers say 10-minute summaries hurt their bottom line.

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“Conbini warp” an increasing traffic problem for businesses and authorities across Japan

Warping is best left to the Mario Bros.

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12-foot python found in Yokohama after evading authorities for 16 days

Giant snakes are always in the last place you look.

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7-Eleven in parking lot of other 7-Eleven opens for business in Japan

Owner of lot’s first 7-Eleven goes shopping at the new one, talks to reporters on opening day.

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Aichi man who stole and replaced women’s shoes set free, victims too “disgusted” to press charges

A rare example of someone being below the law.

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Segways soon to be permitted on public roads and new rules in the works for electric scooters

Of course, the new rules will come with a few catches.

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7-Eleven to build 7-Eleven in parking lot of another 7-Eleven

Japanese convenience stores have everything, even passive-aggressiveness!

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Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators

They’ve become the first prefecture in Japan to do so.

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