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From April onward all price tags and ads in Japan must reflect final cost with sales tax included

Retailers and stores rush to implement new rule.

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Japanese man donates bags of cash to local schools, disappears without a trace

The school staff even chased after him, but to no avail.

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Tokyo woman, only person to win court case against Japan’s public broadcaster, told to pay up

Recent ruling overturns win in landmark case.

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If you die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, the government will give your family over 44M yen

$420,000? Now that’s putting your money where your mouth is.

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Japanese game developer reveals the rags-to-relevance tale behind his mobile JRPG

He allegedly had just 20,000 yen (US$188.87) left in savings when the game was released.

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NHK announces “substantial” fee reduction, Japanese Internet reacts with jeering

Most people wonder why they still bother charging any fee at all.

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Japan’s number-one cosplayer Enako sparks heated debate after revealing insane 2020 income

Not everyone was happy about Enako revealing her riches during a year that’s been financially tough for many.

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Living costs of Tokyo families now average 23.5 million yen over half a lifetime

And that’s not something you can easily take a loan out for.

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How to stop thieves using your cash cards when you lose your wallet

Simple hack from a former bank clerk in Japan.

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Japanese Komeito party suggests 20,000 yen (US$189) grant for graduating high school students

They argue that high school graduates and deferred students deserve a boost considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Akihabara store praised for “God-like” customer service

A store that trusts customers so much they literally leave money out for them.

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Coronavirus makes popular Japanese restaurant chain raise prices by one yen, but not to earn more

Saizeriya’s price bump isn’t an economic decision, it’s a health one.

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Japanese government to limit foreign students’ coronavirus financial aid to top 30 academic percent

Those who haven’t been hitting the books hard might need to severely pinch their pennies.

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Hatch dinosaurs by saving your money in new line of Japanese toy coin banks

It will be easier to resist the urge to spend that pocket change when you know that you can hatch a prehistoric reptile instead.

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How well do you know your Japanese vending machines?【Quiz】

They’re everywhere and we use them every day, but how well do we really know them?

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Japanese landlord’s touching gesture to tenants during coronavirus crisis goes viral

If only we could all have landlords like this.

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Japanese hospital worker tweets about receiving temporary 100,000 yen bonus for economic reasons

This bonus comes with a special set of conditions: you must prove you used up the entire amount by April 30, or it’s null and void.

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New 800-yen bill artist concept brings Shiba Inu to canvas of Japanese currency

Previous 500-yen Shiba design also gets a sakura spring makeover.

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Japanese businessman plans to give away a BILLION YEN on Twitter, but there’s a catch

“Send me your business ideas!” he says in his tweet.

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The anime crush savings plan: Woman explains how to save thousands of dollars, have fun doing it

Having an anime crush usually drains your wallet, but here’s how your 2-D passion can make you richer instead.

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