money

Japanese artist creates cat banknote alternative: Kittens on 200 yen

Kitty currency merchandise has us hoping this faux banknote will one day become a reality. 

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Japanese Mame Shiba Inu banknote design pays homage to nation’s beloved dog

Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise. 

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Stranger sticks 1,000 yen in man’s hand in Japanese train restroom, for a very good reason

Forcefully given, unsolicited gifts aren’t usually what anyone wants in a public bathroom, but this was an exception.

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Japanese man’s bank isn’t satisfied with him cancelling fixed deposit to support favorite idol

Banker asks fan why he needs the extra cash, struggles to process the idol-loving response.

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Kyoto has a shrine that’s supposed to make you rich, so our reporter Mai tested its power

With blessed money and a blessed wallet, is Mai about to strike it rich?

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Japan unveils beautiful new yen coins for Tokyo Olympics, needs your help picking the best design

They’re all great, but which one is the best?

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How much do you need to earn every month for a “normal” life in Kyoto? Here’s a sample budget

Fantasizing about relocating to Japan’s ancient capital? Here’s what it’ll cost you per month, and no, a minimum-wage job isn’t going to cut it.

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What do Japanese kids spend their allowance on? Survey finds out

Surprisingly, prunes and nicotine patches didn’t crack the top 10.

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Japan issuing beautiful new coins to celebrate Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

The 10,000-yen (US$92) coin costs a lot more than 10,000 yen.

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Why was the 2,000-yen bill left out of Japan’s yen redesign, and how does it feel about the snub?

We interview Japan’s least-popular form of currency and the only bill not to be getting a slick new face-lift in the near future.

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Japan redesigns yen bills and coin, adds beautiful ukiyo-e painting, women’s education pioneer

Country continues tradition of honoring icons of art and science over politicians on its currency.

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We dare Tokyo’s pigeons to crap on us because we think it’ll make us rich【Experiment】

Will our crap investments make us filthy rich, or just filthy? Read on to find out!

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Rich and bald or handsome and poor? Survey asks Japanese women who’d they’d rather marry

Does a thick wad of bills make up for a thin head of hair?

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In Japan, one yen coins don’t get picked up by strangers in public – they multiply instead

One coin became an investment in happiness for an entire apartment complex.

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Top Japanese cosplayer Enako reveals jaw-dropping annual income

Enako is living her best life and getting paid millions of yen for it.

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Japanese netizen backs out of initial promise to donate one million yen to Palestinian refugees

Noble goal of promoting music education shadowed by personal needs.

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Get your money Mizuho Bank customers! All ATMs are taking the long weekend off

In Japan, even cash-dispensing machines need a little R&R sometimes.

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Twitter’s most retweeted tweet of all time: New record set by Zozotown billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

The new world record comes with the offer of 1 million yen each for 100 lucky people.

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A brilliant way to save money: Treat your favorite anime character like a stripper

Why spend your cash on anime merch when you can stuff it down your favorite character’s pants instead?
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Mysterious Japanese woman gives one million yen in cash to man she’s never met, then disappears

The money wasn’t meant for him, but the intended recipient has no clue who the woman is either.

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