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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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Supporting anime/idol crush tops Japanese teen girls’ New Year’s cash spending targets【Survey】

For those who aren’t planning to hang on to their monetary presents from grandma and grandpa, advancing their oshi is the top plan.

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Everyone: “I wouldn’t move to Miyazaki Prefecture if they paid me.”

Gorgeous but remote region struggles to bring people in.

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Japanese Lucky Beckoning Cat banknote design is the faux money we wish was real

Manekineko cat currency is filled with lucky omens for the New Year.

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Another New Year cash giveaway hinted at by former Zozotown CEO Yusaku Maezawa

This time he’s doling out the dough on YouTube it seems.

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Japan’s awesomely adorable cat pseudo-currency is actually usable at one very special place【Pics】

Available in 100, 500, and 1,000-yen denominations.

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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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