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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Japanese educator embezzled $69,200 over four years to fund mobile game microtransactions

Mobile games sure are fun, but that’s no reason to steal money meant for education.

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Japanese man sees his popularity with women skyrocket thanks to (mistaken) contents of his wallet

Cynics might say nothing makes a man attractive like a wallet full of cash, but this guy stumbled upon what he thinks is a cheaper aphrodisiac.

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Man’s lottery success disintegrates in the wash, Japanese netizens commiserate

“Your one chance to win the jackpot slid down the drain?!” What would you do in this nightmare scenario?
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Japanese women show continuing decline in how much they expect a husband to earn in survey

This year’s top answer is one to two million yen less than a year ago.

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“HOW much?!” Professor estimates appropriate salary for housewives, housewife actresses gasp

In a special press event, a Tokyo professor puts a price to the blood, sweat, and tears of Japanese wives and mothers.

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